Shock ‘n awe

Published May 26, 2022, 12:05 AM

by Jullie Y. Daza


Jullie Y. Daza

When the cold light of reason touches and warms the heart, the stage is set for fireworks and celebration.

In a moment of shock and awe, election lawyer Romy Macalintal delivered a short speech announcing Vice President Leni Robredo’s intent to no longer challenge the canvassing of votes by the two Houses of Congress, thereby clearing the way for the ritual of declaring the winners of the presidential election of 2022.

In one short sentence, Atty. Mac pushed away the clouds of anxiety that had loomed and lingered over the fiercest, most emotionally exhausting presidential elections. “We need to respect the majority’s decision,” he said, quoting the VP.

In the next shocking moment, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, incoming President BBM’s soon-to-be executive secretary, hastily left his chair to shake hands with his compañero and took the mic to thank the Vice President for her patriotism.

Assuredly, the storm has cleared, ending a hurtful season of recrimination, animosity, mutual suspicion, and bad words that were painful to hear (sparing neither the VP’s three daughters nor BBM’s three sons). Watching Atty. Mac chatting on TV with Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja or what little of the conversation I caught earlier in the afternoon, I could not shake the feeling that Ms. Robredo is not the type to listen to anyone’s counsel but Mac’s and only Mac’s. Sooner than later, we shall be calling him Big Mac.

Truth to tell, this election lawyer is also the untitled champion of senior citizens whose welfare he has been advocating, almost as soon as he became a senior himself or since the law was passed granting them rights and privileges. Would he consider an invitation to work for the Marcos government? Good for him, but senior citizens need him more, just as he needs his private practice to stay sane.

If a thorn has been pulled from our side, this is the time for citizens of the republic to pray earnestly, that only the best and brightest men and women will be appointed to help President Marcos succeed. It’s a thankless job and it will continue to be, no matter that he won 31 million votes.

As President Duterte says, no need to call them public servants, call them government workers.