Turned ev­ery­thing up­side down

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - KARL G. OMBION

IN­VOK­ING law and or­der, but Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has been go­ing be­yond it, or cir­cum­vent it, in car­ry­ing out war on drugs, crimes, cor­rup­tion, and ter­ror­ism.

Em­pha­siz­ing good gov­er­nance, but he has kept on ap­point­ing and hir­ing cor­rupt of­fi­cials, giv­ing fa­vors to know cam­paign donors and friends, and ex­tend­ing big project con­tracts to big con­trac­tors and de­vel­op­ers with al­legedly ques­tion­able track records.

Brag­ging now and then of his self-pro­fessed so­cial­ist and pro-poor stand­point, but he has been lick­ing the ass of for­eign cor­po­rate in­ter­ests, big busi­nesses, real es­tate de­vel­op­ers, min­ing com­pa­nies, caus­ing mass dis­lo­ca­tion of indige­nous peo­ples and poor farm­ers, fur­ther marginal­iza­tion of the small trans­port groups, odd-job­bers and the home­less, and fir­ing of left­ist of­fi­cials in his Cab­i­net and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Crow­ing to ev­ery cit­i­zen to de­fend our sovereignty, but he has de­lib­er­ately al­lowed the steady en­croach­ment of China into our ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters and nat­u­ral re­sources.

Ex­hort­ing peo­ple of all faith to be true to their re­li­gious be­liefs and re­spect for their lead­ers, but he has been vil­i­fy­ing and de­mo­niz­ing God, church lead­ers, cler­ics, and lately the saints and spir­its.

He makes so many prom­ises, com­mit­ments and stand on a wide range of is­sues and so­cial con­cerns but swal­low them as quickly as he said of them.

The list of Pres­i­dent Duterte’s telling this but do­ing dif­fer­ently is long, and still go­ing.

He has turned ev­ery­thing up­side down that we seem to have reached a point in our na­tional life where many start to ask what is law­ful and not, right and wrong, true and fake.

The def­i­ni­tions and stan­dards, and even the prac­tice of hu­man rights have like­wise been al­tered, blurred, con­fus­ing even the most vet­eran lawyers, pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal leg­is­la­tors, and hu­man rights de­fend­ers and ac­tivists.

A friend called this con­di­tion, a so­cial, po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural ex­plo­sion that po­lar­izes ev­ery­thing. It is a con­di­tion that forces some peo­ple to think and be­have dif­fer­ently, ei­ther ac­cept­ing what the ad­min­is­tra­tion con­veys or not nec­es­sar­ily but keeps a crit­i­cal mind.

Other peo­ple and sec­tors who have their own long-held ide­olo­gies and pol­i­tics, and used to the old gov­er­nance styles, or have other pref­er­ences, def­i­nitely re­act or could not swal­low Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s dec­la­ra­tions and con­duct.

Some sec­tors who are des­per­ate with their con­tin­u­ing sad plight un­der past ad­min­is­tra­tions seem to give the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion a li­cense to pro­ceed with what­ever it thinks is good for this mis­er­able coun­try.

Other sec­tors who be­lieve they have bet­ter so­lu­tions to our coun­try’s prob­lems are putting up a con­certed fight.

Is this a de­lib­er­ate move by Duterte and his ad­vis­ers to cre­ate a new or­der, for who­ever they are be­holden to?

Or is this a part of cre­at­ing a sce­nario to jus­tify au­thor­i­tar­ian and fas­cist rule ei­ther in the form of mil­i­tary rule or mil­i­tary-led civil­ian rule, or fas­cist dic­ta­tor­ship, or what­ever form, for the same pur­pose?

What­ever still awaits for this coun­try, the fact is, the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion is turn­ing ev­ery­thing up­side down and this causes con­fu­sion, chaos, fear, po­lar­iza­tion, skewed eco­nomic growth, and grow­ing pop­u­lar re­sis­tance.

Well, what­ever or who­ever side you take, be sure you can stand its con­se­quences.

But in these times, the old adage is per­fectly right for all of us, “those who have no rea­son for liv­ing, will never find a cause to die for.”

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