WHILE we witness unknown people who help out, without any me-dia hype, flooded victims at the height of the torrential and destructive monsoon rains that lasted for more than a week, it was sickening to see local and national politicians who use their positions to take advantage of the situation by engaging in early political campaign gimmickry.
And PNoy, if my memory serves right, had once said that he wouldn’t be going like any traditional politician but it’s now a different thing for him as he be-comes a certified ‘trapo’ engaging in political patronage.
The President, who’s apparently wont to smirk as if to him every-thing is always fine as shown in his visits to affected areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces and interviews while the hapless people are either trapped in their submerged houses or swarming at evacuation centers, even had in his company “senatoriables” of his Liberal Party.
There would have been no issue to talk about if PNoy is surrounded by his Cabinet secretaries especially those whose agencies that are engaged on services vital for the people like the Department of Social Welfare and Development, among others, but not with these young and yet already like “trapos,” and yes with sister Kris. It really sucks!
Imagine seeing Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority chief Joel Villanueva and Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara as well as former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel with PNoy driving through flooded areas or visiting evacuation centers, what the hell were they doing there?
Whatever they claim that they were there to extend help to the people, did they really do?
Does their presence somehow ease the pain and suffering of the flood-stricken victims or they’re there for their personal interest, that’s to amplify their political ambitions which was obvious? Did they help when they accompanied the President and just stood beside him whenever Noynoy is being interviewed on TV as if they were the heads of the lead agencies involved in such situations? It’s a big no, because they were there for the people to know them and yes to remember them come 2013 polls.
Besides, the relief goods they help distributed with PNoy did not come out of their pockets and offices, so they really have no business to be there like Angara who must be at his district in his province in the wake of the heavy rains that battered large areas in the country where he’ll surely be appreciated by his immediate constituents.
They are really no different from the old traditional politicos most of us know and they must be rejected when we all go to polls next year.