Although they make it sound like a joke, it’s a possibility even the most nationalist think is hideous enough for them to immigrate to saner climes. The possibility is that of a Fernando Poe Jr. presidency, and of Noli de Castro’s winning the vice presidency in 2004.
It’s true that Fernando Poe Jr.—at least as of this writing—has yet to declare his candidacy, and Noli de Castro claims to still be weighing his options. But Poe’s declaration seems to be only a matter of time, and de Castro’s candidacy all over except the announcement. In May 2004, Poe would thus be the opposition candidate, possibly with Senator Loren Legarda as his vice president. De Castro would be running as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s vice president under the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats.
The great thing about offering to reconcile with your rivals, opponents, or enemies if you’re a politician is that it’s an offer they can’t refuse without having to explain why.
“Reconciliation” is just like God and Country. While the worst crimes have been committed in the name of both, in the eyes of the mob and the unthinking, only the truly villainous would object to, or refuse, either.
FORMER United Nations weapons inspector and Bush critic Scott Ritter raised eyebrows last March even among those opposed to the US invasion of Iraq when he predicted that the United States would lose the war, and would be forced to leave Iraq “with its tail between its legs.”
The US war machine is after all the mightiest and the most technologically advanced in all of human history, its firepower capable of destroying entire continents and even the entire planet. The idea that the poorly-trained and poorly-armed Iraqi armed forces could survive the massive US air assault, and even defeat US forces, seemed preposterous.
The usual investigation has been promised, this time into the killing of former Air Transportation Office Chief Panfilo Villaruel and Navy Lieutenant Ricardo Catchillar.
Villaruel and Catchillar had seized the Ninoy Aquino International Airport 2 control tower in the evening of Friday, November 7. Both died in the usual hail of police bullets in the early morning of Saturday, November 8.
The world’s only superpower has just had a bad week in Iraq. Such a week is likely to be repeated, as resistance to its continuing occupation of that country continues.
The United States is still a long way from withdrawing from Iraq despite its cost in lives, for reasons US President George W. Bush described a few days ago as “vital.” Just what is so vital that it should be worth the lives of an increasing number of American men and women he did not explain. But anyone who’s followed events in Iraq since last year should be able to tell.