by Edcer Escudero
THE SUSPENSE is over. Speculation is now a reality, an indisputable fact. Now we can say with finality “The cat is out of the bag.” Glorious Gloria will step down as President on June 30, 2010.
But wait! She still wants to have political power as a member of the Lower House of Congress, albeit in a lesser degree. Last December 1, she filled her CoC for representative of the second district of Pampanga, her political bailiwick.
Big deal? Of course, it’s the biggest deal of the year, in the opinion of Gloria’s political adversaries, who suspect-perhaps rightfully – that Gloria has an agenda bigger than a congressional seat.
And what is that agenda? It’s clear and simple perpetual hold on power – legislative power.
The anti-Gloria forces in the country have long established and constantly flaunted the scenario which calls for a change in our form of government from the present presidential system to a parliamentary one where the power and authority of governance rests on a Prime Minister.
Under this scenario the principal and dominant character is Gloria, The Mighty Mite, The Mighty One, The Glorious One.
What better scenario can there be for the Arroyo Dynasty? And what scarier scenario can there be for Gloria’s opponents? What good is that scenario for the Filipino people, for the Filipino nation that has long been ruled and oppressed by political dynasties from Aparri to Jolo?
After serving close to nine years as president, more than two years as cabinet secretary, why does Gloria still want to be a congresswoman?
Gloria’s political enemies and detractors have only one answer: She wants to protect herself fron future corruption charges after her term expires.
Is this really what Gloria wants? Will Gloria get what she wants?
She says she wants to continue serving her own people in her own backyard (Pampanga). She says further that public service is the “holy job” and that it’s in her DNA (in here genes).
Gloria’s political foes accuse her of being “addicted” to power, that she is possessed by power, and nothing can stop her from getting it no matter what people will say.
Has Gloria not served enough? What more does she want to do for her countrymen, or for herself? When is enough enough?
Gloria may not have committed crimes against the people. But, perhaps, it would be wise for her to remember that power corrupts in one devastating sense, the mind. A corrupted mind doesn’t know when enough is enough. Mr. Webster calls it insatiability.
Gloria’s supporters call her a “great leader.” My favorite neighbor, Jimmy Dimahulihuli, who was a doctorate degree in neighborhood gossip disagrees. He says that by wanting to become a congresswoman, Gloria proves what a greed leader she is. Agreed?