Back after a two-week hiatus, I’d like to share two things I’ve predicted recently one of which happened as I expected and the other, well I’m glad, didn’t go as I figured.
A few weeks back, I read from the very informative blog of Ellen Tordesillas about the upcoming deportation of fertilizer scam mastermind-cum-former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante. I then told my wife that things will follow the natural order as they normally do in Philippine political controversies. Jocjoc arrives, pretends to be sick, aids rush him to St. Luke’s, and his lawyer/s and accomplices file every conceivable legal motion to delay his appearance in the Senate until such time he has properly rehearsed and memorized by heart the lies he will “divulge” in the inquiry. Right on the button, perfectly executed just like the usual script.
The other prediction which, ironically, I hope will fail and it did is the next president of the United States of America. I saw a slim John McCain victory over Barack Obama owing to the racial divide that has haunted America, among other nations, for years. But now, Americans have spoken and indeed “change has come to America”. Obama made history by becoming the first African-American to win the U.S. presidential election. The victory is inspiring not only for America but for the rest of the world.
Change, no matter how inconceivable, is nevertheless possible. But we need to stop being indifferent, apathy breeds bad governance. Every election serves as an opportunity for us to elect new leaders, to reform the system, and to improve the lives of Filipinos.