More than a year ago, I wrote an open letter to a Mr. King del Rosario, who at that time was campaigning for presidential candidate Gibo Teodoro. I never expected a reply, and even if a reply was forthcoming, I never expected a response really worth reading.
Then surprise, surprise, I got this in my Twitter tonight:
“My Late Reply to “An Open Letter to King del Rosario” from “The Art of Hoping” Blog @raggster http://t.co/WPmG82X #PNoy #GiboTeodoro”
Intrigued, I read it. And as predicted, I got a response that was not really worth reading. But if you want a textbook example of a person in denial, feel free to read it here.
And so, I am reminded that, despite the elections being over, people still can’t get over the fact that Noynoy Aquino is President. Even after a year! Some people really have trouble moving on.
In any case, in keeping with the principle, “No good deed goes unpunished,” I will respond anyway. Generally, King only said two things worth talking about, so those are the only things I’ll address.
(1) “I tweeted last night that “although I honestly enjoy poking fun about PNoy, I would honestly prefer if all I could post & tweet are nothing but praises!”
What you tweet, King, is your decision. No one holds a gun to your head and tell you what or what not to tweet (you can thank PNoy’s mom for that). So if you prefer to tweet “nothing but praises,” no one’s stopping you. Although I would criticize you equally for doing both.
I have said it before and I’ll say it again. Be productive, or step aside for others to do so. Bitching about how “things haven’t changed,” how “incompetent and ineffective PNoy is” is all fun and games in the name of free speech, but in the final analysis it does not contribute anything substantial or significant to fixing our nation’s problems.
In a way, it may be my fault for having so many inside stories in government, that I can see the bigger picture of improvement better than the run-of-the-mill blogger sipping latte while blogging about what he read in the newspaper – which makes that person 4 levels removed from the actual sources of information. (Batu-bato sa langit!) It is unfortunate that not everyone is in my position, hence my constant appeal to have the FOI bill prioritized.
Nevertheless. “Productive” isn’t simply just showering PNoy with praises. I certainly don’t. But I will not abide useless criticism.
As for the second:
(2) “Now, people from your camp may still have a lot of reasons to say that PNoy is indeed the President we’ve all been waiting for. But, to quote you, my dear countryman, please, leave your delusions as well at the door.”
And the problem, dear King, is that you still consider those who support this current administration as “your camp.” As opposed to whose other camp? GMA’s? Gibo’s? Yours?
You talk about the smirk on your face when you read the news, but can you imagine the smile on mine whenever I read the news? More and more evidence of rampant and systematic corruption is unearthed on almost a daily basis. TESDA. PCSO. As well as all the developments that have taken place that will help prosecution move forward, such as Merci’s resignation. Indirectly, even the battle for the appointment of the next Ombudsman has become another proxy war against GMA.
You blogged about supporting Heidi Mendoza, but you failed to understand that all other things being equal, Heidi Mendoza and others like her would have NEVER surfaced, EXCEPT under PNoy’s administration. I argued during the campaign that PNoy’s strength was never in his technical ability, but in his capability to bring trust back into government. Heidi Mendoza, Col. Rabusa, and others like them simply prove what I’ve been saying all along. Under the administration of a person beholden to GMA, you can bet your movie reviews that we would have had another 6 years of blatant cover-ups, scandals, and “business as usual” corruption by government, all unpunished and untouchable – all at the expense of public money and development initiatives meant for the poor.
You want this country to change? Well guess what: IT’S NOT GONNA CHANGE FOR YOU UNLESS YOU BECOME THAT CHANGE. Whining about your losing candidate and shrieking “I told you so!!!” at every bit of negative news that comes out is really just old hat, even a monkey with a bag of hammers can do that. It takes real dedication to change, to go past what the media says and go down to the REAL issues, and actually DO something about it.
I told you before to leave your delusions of adequacy at the door.
Today, I ask you to leave another delusion behind: