Barely passing

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By Gingging Avellanosa-Valle

Bahin sang Bubay

Sunday, July 27, 2014

HUMANS have to go through some kind of performance evaluation from the time all of us came out into this world up until we depart it. When we were all very young kids till we need to achieve something for ourselves, we went through a battery of tests that not only measure how we fare in things being taught us, but on how we live through the challenges, to see if at all we have what it takes to survive.

But how does one survive being a public figure, the Presidency, in particular? Touted as the highest leading position there is in a nation’s hierarchy of responsibilities, the President’s role is no piece of cake. For one, he is answerable to the people, the ultimate authority that can make or break the presidency.

It seems, however, many among the country’s past leaders including the current one have either forgotten their sworn duty to their ultimate “boss”, or had been struck by that deadly Parkinson’s’ disease, or Alzheimer’s. Even we rationalize that forgetfulness is normal among human beings, such argument cannot stand in any debate on performance.


What we see is what we get. And whether the current State of the Nation Address (SONA) be just another breast beating of President Aquino who is expected to present a glossy picture of his performance past the first half of his presidency or not, it remains to be seen.

The sovereign people would clearly appreciate though, if the President will refrain from resorting to excuses as rationale for his dismal performance like he promised in his “matuwidnadaan…” because that would not help at all. What the President would probably do will is to own up to the weaknesses of his administration, no matter if by doing so, he would feel humbled and ashamed.

But one thing about owning up to one’s weakness is that it would certainly not demean or degrade his position, but rather, it would banner an inner strength that refuses to be buried deep by heaps and heaps of lies and deceits that his minions, advisers, so-called friends in politics storm him with.

If the President would just reconsider and look about at the sad state of the children, the Indigenous Peoples, the Bangsamoro People, even the homeless ordinary folks, mostly old, impoverished people that I see every day existing along the city’s sidewalks, trying to lay their weary bodies and empty stomachs…, and own up culpability for their sad reality, then, I would say, indeed, we have the leader that we can be proud of, sans the weaknesses!

If only…., if only…

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 28, 2014.


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