Without meaning by Aldrin Cardon
Daily Tribune –
may have not felt it, but burning eyes have shot sharp glances behind his back when he delivered his Independence Day speech in Kawit, Cavite, criticizing the country’s oligarchs for what the vice president thinks is their role in the country’s deeply divided political affairs.
Not a few raised their brows, however, for the speech that seems to be lacking in sincerity as De Castro is himself a by-product of an oligarch’s machinery, rising from behind the radio news production desks to become the country’s second most powerful government figure, who in two years, may even become president.
De Castro blasted wealthy individuals and families, even without naming names, for their influence on the life of our God-forsaken nation, perhaps forgetting that he was once a squirming figure trying to get out of the system that consumed him already. The challenge to free the country from oligarchic bondage, however, is coming from a tainted source, a pseudo revolutionary who could not even challenge himself to lead his promised change.
Thank God nobody took De Castro seriously when he rattled off an attack on the powerful families who control the country’s top businesses, politics, and even leisure, as it would have launched a hate or scare campaign against, say, the Lopezes, who ironically, made one Noli de Castro as one of the country’s best news readers before he took politics, and himself, seriously.
If life is a game of truth and consequence, De Castro would have lost it already right in the first turn of the bottle.
De Castro was lost in the Meralco-GSIS issue, often giving ambiguous statements and limiting himself to calls for lower electric rates when asked about it.
De Castro, of course, could not and will not challenge the Lopez family, which has control over Meralco � and at one point, even our lives. Have you forgotten that once, most of the things we consume in our homes belong to the Lopezes? From the electric current, to the programs we watch in television, the news and music we hear on the radio, to water, and the magazines we read in our bedrooms and toilets while we drop the crap.
Filipinos love to remind one another not to bite the hand that feeds him, and most politicians including De Castro take this adage to heart.
Especially in a Third World country like ours, most politicians owe a thing or two from wealthy individuals and families who have helped fund their campaign, more so their rise from obscurity to political fame.
Congress, for one, consists of nearly two-thirds of the old and new rich, some of those outside of these circles had their campaigns directly or indirectly funded by wealthy interest groups and figures, which then lobby for their interests when payback time comes.
De Castro could not be wrong in his speech, but there could not be a more tainted source than him. He failed to convince the people and he will fail again if he won�t change his tack.
De Castro could be an effective radio and TV communicator, but he could not be a better rabble rouser compared to your company union leader that he could lead a swarm of people through the gates of Malaca�ang in one call.
They were just sound bytes to remind us he really wants to walk through the Palace gate on his own next time and no longer behind Gloria Arroyo and leaving the people he promised salvation outside it.
We have learned our lessons from past history.
Even Hitler, or Idi Amin promised the same. But it would not be fair to compare De Castro with either strongmen, he is such a very tame figure.
So tame that he could not even bite the hand that once fed him.
But the very good communicator that he is, he could fire away words.