year-end gripes, and a dream
parang not since the impeachment trial of erap 2000-2001 has the holiday break been so politically charged.
the outrageous hike in meralco bills continues to jolt especially because the supreme court’s 60-day TRO came too late for some customers who have already paid their december bills. energy regulatory commission, sleeping on the job? or just happy for the power industry that’s raking in such profits? vested interests maybe? bakit ngayon lang naisip yang bid price cap sa spot market? what’s going on? testing our limits?
and what about energy sec petilla’s resignation kuno for failing to fully restore electricity to yolanda-ravaged provinces… for a while there ka-excite-excite the prospect of petilla taking up the cudgels for oppressed electricity consumers vs power oligarchs, but that fizzled out soon enough, pa-cute lang pala, knowing full well that the president would not let him go? nakakainit ng ulo, nakakainis, to find that he’s just another traditional politico with a moist eye on the palace, or first the senate?
and what about the Tarlac Devt Corp, said to be the manager of Hacienda Luisita, bulldozing farmlands (that farmers have been farming for years), claiming that the land belongs to TADECO and not part of the Hacienda luisita area ordered distributed by the supreme court. ganoon? if it has long been farmed by the farmers who claim it, and they have papers showing no other claimants since, what claim does TADECO have on the land? sino bang may-ari niyang TADECO na yan? hindi ba ang mga cojuango rin na may-ari ng Hacienda Luisita? whatever, whoever, it’s a case that should be settled in court, according to the agrarian reform law, and not with bulldozing strong-arm tactics.
and what about the binay brouhaha aka dasmagate… as though the binays, like most politicos since forever, have not always behaved this way, what are they in power for, and all that jazz. what was unusual was that the security guards said no, and yet not one in media has told us with certitude that it was because they did not recognize the mayor (and why not? hindi sila taga-makati?), or they recognized him but weren’t told the rules re VIPs until after the incident. it would also help to know if this was the first time the mayor tried to exit through this gate before, or if he had done it countless times and never had a problem. come on, media, level up naman. and you might want to check out a rumor that dasma has opted to change security agencies anyway? i’d love to hear that it’s not true.
and speaking of binay the mayor, what about the hate campaign crackling on social media vs binay the veep, patriarch of an entrenched dynasty, who would (intends to) be prez in 2016. nakaka-freak out naman talaga the prospect of a binay presidency, with abigail in the lower house and nancy in the senate. kulang na lang, mga alipores sa judiciary. yari tayo, ika nga. from the frying pan into the fire.
unless, of course, tamaan ng nakaliliwanag na kidlat si jejomar binay, ala saul sa damascus, at ma-convert siya back to human rights advocacy, as in the days of marcos (before cory made him officer-in-charge of makati, what a plum prize). full circle. abigail, junjun, and nancy would resign out of delicadeza, and in support of their father’s new politics, anti-poverty, anti-corruption, anti-patronage, anti-status quo, pro-environment, for a change.
a pipe dream, yes, but if there’s one who could make it happen, it’s binay, if he only cared enough for this bayang sawi of ours.