the sultan’s timing
on facebook boo chanco posted a portion of former senator rene saguisag’s email on the sabah issue that starts thus:
I have yet to read an account on Sabahans pining for our export-quality type of governance, after 20 years of Marcos-Imelda and ten of GMA-Mike.
Many columnists have again found something they don’t understand and proceed to explain it, validating once again that media is the plural of mediocre…
and ends with:
The instant experts of three or four weeks may soon realize that only the tip of the tip of the iceberg they may have seen and should not be so forward with their explanations, suggestions and brickbats. Mike, of UP and Cornell, Nina, of UP, and Letty, of Wellesley and Sorbonne, were serious Senators. We should also engage Muslims Amina, of UP, and Adel, of Harvard, for their inputs.
We in our bivouacs may not irresponsibly continue blasting the Prez in his commanding heights, who may see more and farther. We should not casually provoke war and reprisals
so i’m not going there, except to say that i hope the former senator would be less cryptic and speak more plainly about what it is we don’t know about the sabah claim so that maybe we can begin to appreciate how the president has handled/is handling the crisis, including the “hopeless cause” part of it.
meanwhile, i’ve been waiting for media to ask the sultan or the princess about the timing of the sabah incursion. why now, why not last year, why not later this year. clearly it catches the president at a very bad time when, on the one hand, he’s campaigning for a 12-0 win of his senatorial slate come may, and on the other, things were looking up for the malaysia-brokered bangsamoro deal with the MILF, or so we were being told. the stakes are so high, it would seem that the prez has reason to cry conspiracy.