By Hector R. R. Villanueva
“When people are put into positions slightly above what they would expect, they’re apt to excel.”
— Richard Branson
Despite the tumult in the Supreme Court, the economy remains vibrant and exciting, and democracy is holding firm.
`Politics, as usual, remains endemic and obfuscating which is the primary reason the history of the country has been one step forward and two steps backward in a never-ending cycle.
That has to change.
While President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is pointing us in the right direction, there are nevertheless dismaying factors and disquieting developments that may not augur well for the future.
For openers, owing to the shortsightedness and ineptitude of the previous administration by forcing the previous Ombudsman to resign and impeached a sitting chief justice, and convict and sentenced three opposition senators for alleged pork barrel indiscretion, the shoe is now in the other foot.
With an incumbent senator being in custody for alleged drug irregularity, the present Ombudsman is facing charges, and the sitting Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno dead in the water by impeachment or resignation, the nation is in disarray.
These are consequences of the lack of maturity, profundity, and sagacity of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who had popularized impeachments.
In the process, the Judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, has not only damaged its integrity and reputation but has also undermined the people’s faith in their courts.
In effect, the powers-that-be cannot contemplate the possibility of CJ Sereno presiding over the High Court for another 20 years.
However, notwithstanding the squabbles and intramurals, the country under the leadership of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, has embarked in frenetic infrastructure building; modernization of the military; social ameliorization, anti-corruption; prudent financial management and construction of airports and railways.
With these positive changes, there is a growing awareness for climate change, population management, divorce, and technological innovation.
In other words, there are many changes and improvements that are inadequately disseminated and not covered by television cameras that are nonetheless changing the landscape and living condition of the masses.
When all is said done, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte is not the ideal philosopher-king but a small town politician.
Nevertheless, PDU30 is the interim man of the hour that this nation direly needs at these trying times.
You be the judge.