I hooked up TFC (the Filipino Channel) and the Kapuso (GMA 7) channels lately in my TV in the hope of alleviating my homesickness. After five months of being away from the Philippines, I longed so much to watch Filipino movies and listen to the cheesiest lines that used to make me cringe five months ago. But as soon as I switched on the boob tube, news of the current political chaos in my beloved homeland greeted me.
I am not ignorant to these stuff. Being a political science baby of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, I breathe and eat politics. Surprisingly, I found myself significantly bothered with all the current political madness. I cannot help but compare the very ordered and unified Dubai to the perennialy chaotic and stagnant Philippines. It breaks my heart that I only have praises for the rulers of Dubai while I only have negative comments for all the Philippine presidents that have served me, starting from Marcos, Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, and down to Arroyo.
But I can still stomach all these disappointment. I am born to see my country and people with so much promise fall prey to the undeserving and money-hungry politicians. What I can never bear is the unbelievale hypocrisy when these politicos start to speak about fighting for truth and justice to the millions of Filipino tv viewers. Just this evening, Joseph Estrada, the ex- president who was ousted for graft and corruption, spoke against President Arroyo for being involved in large scale corruption and breaking the trust of the FIlipino people. Why would the media even give him the opportunity to air his pretentious opinions as if it was so significant? What gave him the right to have his voice heard throughout the land?The Philippines does not need selfish opinion from opportunistic TraPos. What the country needs are facts that could help clear issues and not make it more confusing. As usual, the Philippine media is more focused on creating drama than helping with the solution.
I am pretty sure this circus will never be over. If it will ever be, for sure it will not be soon. I do not care anymore. Besides, it is normal. In life, shit happens. Only in the case of my beloved homeland, it happens every fucking day.