|Posted by Manila Mail under Editorial|
The most recent insult was when the country’s top magistrate challenged the President to produce his psychiatric report after he lambasted Mr. Corona for unexplained wealth and partiality toward the person who appointed him. Now, the derision of the two has become mutual, playing out for the world to see.
What should have been a clash of principles between leaders of two of the three branches of government has degenerated into personal, insolent mudslinging. Some may see this as a people’s propensity to reduce honest discourse to the level of private affront.
The public spat of these two powerful men – one elected by some 20 million Filipinos, and the other appointed to a lofty position by outgoing President Arroyo who is now the subject of accusations of corruption and voting irregularities – has descended to the level of fishwives.
Some 114 years after forming and defending the Philippine Republic and 26 years after EDSA People Power, many ask whether Filipino leaders have matured or are still squabbling like fishwives trying to out-heap insults on one another? An ancient Greek philosopher had declared, character dictates our fate. (rjj)