If one should make a decision, he has to consider two things: if it is for the truth or for the good. If one has to go with the truth, he has to believe and live with it no matter what the consequences will be of his decision. If he has to condemn himself in the name of honesty, then so be it, if that’s the only way to keep his conscience bothered. If one thinks for the good, then all his concerns will be for the general welfare of his scope. That is, in this case he believes in Niccolo Machiavelli’s “the end justifies the means.”
In our country’s situation today where we are faced with political turmoil and moral degeneration, GMA thought of trying to resolve it. I think that GMA, with all her experiences as a servant leader and her constant exposure to the public, as it was deemed necessary for her, opted to make a decision, for her, was the last and finest resort at that time, to save the Philippines. Guided by her thoughts and principles, she thought she could make the Philippines recuperate of the diseases our country absorbs as long as she’s the president. Therefore, she opted for a decision that is for the good. She could not afford a person like FPJ to replace her and lead the country. What was in FPJ anyway that could made him fitting to that position? An actor vs President Diosdado Macapagal’s daughter. She can’t take that. She just can’t.
Now, having heard the two sides of the story, I believe that Gloria deserves what is due for her. She cheated, thus, she should pay for it. She asked for public apology, yes, and as Filipinos, we accept that because we are a forgiving culture. But then, she still deserves to undergo into proper proceedings of the law.
I know many of us are in confusion right now of what to do and how to take side on this matter. We have a great question on who will replace Gloria in case she’ll step down, the worse, if she’ll be ousted. We have a strong doubt on what decision to make with regards to this matter. But on the other side, I ask myself, if we wont let our constitution work on Gloria’s issue, how could still our constitution be liable and reliable? It does not mean an exemption to the rule for her just because she’s the president; the more she should abide it, at least she should be a role model to her constituents.
Who will replace Gloria?
I bet its part of our Filipino culture to have stipulations on every decision we make. I cannot blame our people because our history is a manifestation to that. With regards to this issue, we are playing the safest way.
Consider this scenario: what if there exist someone whom we think is really that “capable” to replace Gloria right there and then, like in the case of the People Power 1 in the person of Cory Aquino? Would you give in or still hold on with the current administration?
Let us evaluate ourselves. We are Filipinos. We ain’t dumb and stupid. We can think and think critical. If our only problem is to considering what will happen to the Philippines if Gloria steps down, I firmly believe that it should not be a real big problem as compare to the scenario if Gloria and her administration will still continue. Not only to Gloria of questioning her credibility, the big slap is on the Filipino People if she still and will remain. How could we aim for a better Philippines if even the head isn’t working for it. With integrity? How much more. Let us change and mend our image as a country, we aren’t cheaters, are we?