Friday, January 30, 2015

#NasaanAngPangulo - Where was our President?

Another disappointment, another wrong decision.  I proudly voted for you, our dear President because I believed that you were the right choice at that time, someone that would lead the country with integrity because I believed that you were brought up by upright, faith-filled and nationalistic parents. And that you yourself by your own words, could not live with yourself if you didn’t run for president.

“#NasaanAngPangulo”, in our social network-filled world of Twitter and Facebook was the #2 trending hashtag in the Philippines and top ten trending topic in the world.  “Nasaan ang Pangulo?” (“Where is the president?”) was a question that I also asked looking at the crowd and the dignitaries gathered at the arrival honors or the 44 fallen men at Villamor Air Base yesterday.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one asking.

President Noynoy, you are the Commander-in-chief, the head, the boss of these uniformed officers who daily put their lives on the line for the safety of our countrymen.  You know that on occasions such as these where your priorities should be.  Not at the Mitsubishi anniversary that was scheduled with businessmen, a lame excuse if ever there was one.  The least you could have done was to be present.  You should have been there to at least console those who lost their loved ones in battle, a battle that is still filled with many questions.

Even if you will be present in today’s necrological service, it still does not fill the void of yesterday’s absence.  Who makes your decisions?  Who makes your speeches?  Do you sit down and reflect on what you will do for the day? Or do you just follow the schedule that your advisers give you?  It wasn’t on your schedule to be at the arrival honors of the 44 SAF soldiers who died in Maguindanao yesterday.  The Mitsubishi event was.  Ask anyone, even a grade school student, where they should go given their choices, and they would answer to Villamor Air Base, to at the very least, pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives in defending our country.

I want to add another hashtag: #PrayforPNoy.  I don’t know what his state of mind is, or his heart, or his spirit.  I know that by the speech he gave in Malacanang at the Pope’s welcome visit, he had some issues against the Church and its members, something deeper than a grudge against a bishop who insulted his hair.  Wherever he may be in his life, I believe that we need to pray for him, our elected President, who makes decisions (or non-decisions) for our country and the millions of our countrymen.  A heavy load indeed and obviously, he can’t do it alone.  

And another hashtag #Prayfor44Heroes.  Thank you to the 44 PNP-SAF (Philippine National Police - Special Action Force) men who sacrificed their lives. My sincerest condolences to their families. It was a part of your duty to defend our country.  You fulfilled it up to the end, that which we sing in our national anthem "Ang mamatay ng dahil sa 'yo."  We salute you men of honor, integrity and bravery.

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