yes, we are thoroughly appalled by the president’s (mis)handling of mamasapano and distressed by his continuing silence. it’s as if he’s incognizant of the public outrage, or is he just disdainful of, and so refuses to dignify, the widespread sentiment that he owes the nation an explanation for his actions, and non-actions, and their consequences.
or maybe it’s all deliberate, keeping us in the dark, on fractious mode — the lack of credible information preventing intelligent and constructive discussion that might lead to consensus?
whatever, the fact remains that neither the Left (teddy casino atbp.) nor the Right (norberto gonzales, peping cojuangco, the mitsubishops, atbp.) nor any coalition of anti-aquino forces is capable of summoning the kind of people power it would take to compel the president to step down. in 1986 anti-marcos forces were solidly behind cory as replacement, and that makes all the difference.
if the Left and the Right truly care about moving the nation forward from mamasapano with some really hard lessons learned, they would be echoing, adding their voices to, the people’s demand that the president come out, come clean, give us a candid account of his role, and america’s, in oplan exodus.
we don’t want the president to step down, we want the president to tell us what really happened and why he couldn’t stop it from turning out so badly. we don’t want the president to step down, we want the president to empower us with the information we need to ask informed questions and make informed decisions come 2016. we don’t want the president to step down, we want the president to tell all, now na, or, okay, on feb 25 at the latest.
in EDSA 1986 cory was compelled to reconcile differences with enrile, and vice versa, in order to achieve marcos’s ouster. this EDSA anniversary seems like a good time for noynoy to reconcile differences with a nation that would forgive him naman. then, just maybe, history will remember him kindly, warts and all.