April 24, 2018, 8:51 pm
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Alternate realities

THOSE who were following President Duterte’s speech (for lack of a better term to describe his long and frequent rants, laced with his favored invectives) at the 120th anniversary of the Department of Justice must’ve done a double take when they read that Mr. Duterte was lambasting Gabby Concepcion, the owner of ABS-CBN. Yes, you read that right. Mr. Concepcion was referenced at least twice by the President as the owner of media giant ABS-CBN, over the continuing saga about money paid for TV advertisements from the campaign that were supposedly unreturned by the network. 

On the other side of the world, US President Donald Trump told those in the audience at Fort Myers, Florida that First Lady Melania Trump “really wanted to be with us.” Trump was speaking about his administration’s recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Those remarks conveying the First Lady’s sentiment wishing she could be present seemed par for the course, if you ignore the fact that Melania was standing right next to him as he uttered those words. Both instances were certainly head scratch inducing, and quite puzzling for those who read the news. 

Their fanatics will surely do their best to brush off these instances and chalk it up to common human error. After all, no one is perfect, and presidents are human as we all are. What is telling about these kinds of mistakes is that it gives the impression that the person making them is not as grounded in reality as everyone, and an impression like that is certainly bothersome when made by the person entrusted with leading an entire country. Worse, no one in the President’s army of staffers bothered to quietly inform their principal of his mistake in an effort to save him from a little embarrassment. 

In any case, the mistake did not stop Mr. Duterte from proceeding with his tirade. As someone who gets to follow the news on a regular basis, Mr. Duterte’s capacity for launching tirade after tirade against a usual band of suspects is astounding. It seems that the man draws strength from confrontation, and actually thrives on it. Very few of his speeches talk about government policy, if you notice. If he isn’t regaling his audience about his crusade against illegal drugs, he latches on to whomever has displeased him, whether by word or deed.

Many, of course, are fearful of being in Duterte’s way, and such fear is understandable. There are a handful of those who continue to stand against Mr. Duterte, among them, Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV. Some critics could shrug those off as mere politics, but it cannot be denied that this seeming collision course with the Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has the President rattled, and in a big way. It seems the Palace panicked enough to issue a not-so-veiled threat against the Ombudsman when Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sal Panelo warned of dire consequences should the Ombudsman reveal the details of the bank transaction reports from the Anti-Money Laundering Council.

And thus the call for Mr. Duterte to sign a bank secrecy waiver to settle, once and for all, the issue of this supposed hidden wealth. The Palace has remained quiet on the issue, a stark contrast to candidate Duterte’s position on waivers during the 2016 presidential campaign. He and his running mate, now Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, made a big splash when they signed twin waivers and called for the lifting of the bank secrecy law for public officials. The stunt was directed against former Vice President Jojo Binay, who had faced allegations of amassing wealth in connection with anomalous government transactions. The two had urged their fellow candidates to follow their example, with Duterte saying that he signed the waiver “so the people will know how much is our worth, if we have bank secrets, deposits.”

What a difference more than a year makes, dear millenial and fillenial. Cayetano even said back then that “this document will be sent to other candidates and if they sign, whoever wins in 2016, you can be assured that the Ombudsman and DOJ will have a weapon.” I wonder what Secretary Cayetano makes of these calls now?

In any case, I wouldn’t hold my breath about Mr. Duterte signing a new waiver anytime soon, given his inclination to say “I was kidding” or a similar excuse whenever anyone takes him up on whatever challenge he issues. And he doesn’t seem to mind these regular flip-flops, because keeping your word doesn’t seem to be as important in alternate realities. Same goes for his new challenge to Ombudsman Morales and Chief Justice Sereno about resigning at the same time. I know of some who view this as an opportunity and have said as much on social media, appealing to both women to accept the challenge, for the good of the country. People have actually asked me if this is a viable option. My answer? In alternate realities, pigs do fly and sprout wings.

Don’t fall for it, folks. It’s just another distraction from the true state of this country, so we forget what can lie ahead and instead just keep looking at what is pushed to our faces.
 
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