Is Noynoy Vindictive?
Well, former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s mug shot published today, which is now part of the collection of celebrity mug shots online, reminds me of my blog post a few days prior to the 2010 national elections. In my blog article titled ‘How to Win the Presidency: Promise to Hang, Quarter Mrs. Arroyo and Minions’ I wrote:
Whether you believe it or not, this presidential elections is all about incumbent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Lest I be misunderstood, I’d like to make it clear that I’m speaking from realpolitik, pragmatic point of view in that if the presidentiables would like to be the next commander-in-chief of this already bankrupt Banana Republic, the best and only route to power is through the unpopular president.
Since election is a political struggle, any person seeking public office must understand the power of ideas. For him to be successful, the candidate must possess the wits and curiosity of a novelist. A good novelist clearly understands the concept of good and evil. A candidate who appreciates the relevance of ideas knows where to position himself in any given political struggle, both during and after an electoral process. Naturally he has to project “the good” and to ascribe to someone or something else the idea of “evil.” During this year’s election process, Mrs. Arroyo undeniably represents “evil.”
This political strategy was perfectly carried out by United States President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential elections. Not only did he ingeniously demonize then incumbent President George W. Bush as America’s national problem, but he also came up with an idea to project himself as the avatar of “the good.” This strategy proves that Obama evidently understood the role of ideas and concepts. Perhaps this could be attributed to his liberal and communist handlers. The Liberals and communists are simply good at myth-making and propaganda. They know exactly the role of ideas in any struggle. So those who reject the power of idea are most helplessly in its power.
To presidential candidates whose economic platforms don’t make sense at all, just promise to give Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo what she deserves. Mrs. Arroyo and her minions must be investigated, sentenced,
pilloried and quartered! No speck of mercy and forgiveness must be given to her and her co-conspirators. And if proven guilty, Mrs. Arroyo and company must be destroyed completely.
They may well be the most wanted, most sought after mug shots of a world leader from the Philippines, or at least, a former world leader.
The photographs, taken frontally and sideways, show former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo wearing a neck brace after police formally placed her under arrest for electoral sabotage, a charge now pending in the Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 112.
Soon after the Philippine Daily Inquirer editors obtained copies of the photos Monday, the same pictures, apparently from other sources, also appeared on the Internet on the website “mugshots.com.”
The pictures carried the captions “Cong. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.” Underneath her name were the numbers of the criminal case against her.
It was the second time in recent history that mug shots of an arrested Philippine leader had been taken and been circulated publicly. In 2001, a photograph of Joseph Estrada also appeared in the media, taken after he was detained on plunder charges.
The publication of Estrada’s picture occurred, ironically, during the Arroyo presidency.
Lawyers of Arroyo have asked the court not to release the mug shots of their client, according to the clerk of court, Joel Pelicano.
“Any party wanting to see the photos must file an appropriate court pleading,” Pelicano told reporters.
Formal requests from parties who wish to see the pictures will be passed on to the defense lawyers for their comment before Judge Jesus Mupas acts on the requests, Pelicano said.
The Arroyo photographs were among the documents and other materials, including the so-called return of the arrest warrant, which were submitted by the Philippine National Police to Mupas’ sala.
The documents submitted by Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel, head of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Metro Manila, concerned not only Arroyo but also her coaccused, former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and former Maguindanao Election Supervisor Lintang Bedol.