Jamby Madrigal has neither problem. Her drawling Old Money diction finds new eloquence in the figures of speech of the Communist Left, with whom she has developed a symbiotic political and ideological relationship with many trans-gender nuances. Fortunately for us, she is the Medium and they are the message. But that combination has been seen on stage many times before, with entertaining, even hilarious effects.
But you don't really have to accept my diagnosis without seeing the clinical evidence. Here it is, in her own words, in a speech she recently delivered in the Hague, and posted on the official Senate government website (talk about infiltration!). It is the Opening Statement for the Prosecution in a trial over political killings in the Philippines. The principal accused is President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. I would compare the forum to processes often associated with certain large marsupials in the Southern Hemisphere, but I've already delivered one undeserved insult today. So let us listen to the good Senator Jamby Madrigal who does the work for us.
Speech of Sen. Madrigal at the People's Permanent Tribunal
The Hague, 30 October 2006
Ladies and Gentlemen of the People’s Permanent Tribunal:
The Filipino people and their posterity have great need for the efforts of this tribunal, and its labors to secure our common objective of exposing to the people, just how deeply and thoroughly the President of the Philippines has betrayed her office, the public trust, and the humanitarian principles to which Filipinos have been committed since independence.
[TRANSLATION] WE CAN'T GET RID OF THE PRESIDENT OURSELVES UNDER PHILIPPINE LAW, SO WE'VE COME TO YOU FOR HELP.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has publicly called for prudence and discernment, so that the institutions of the State and secular society will have an opportunity to assume responsibility for the search for the truth, with fairness, charity, and justice in mind. The President of the Philippines has trivialized and sidestepped proposals such as a Truth Commission; she has actively thwarted impeachment; she has treated the efforts of the Citizen’s Commission for Truth and Accountability with contempt and more.
[The CBCP did not actually withdraw support from the President and they probably don't agree with Joma anywhere nearly as much as I do, but if I mention their name here at the beginning, many people will be fooled into thinking they do.]
The purpose of this exercise is: to engage the legal profession, the clergy and religious, the bishops, and the laity, and to confront them with the true meaning not only of recent pastoral statements from the clergy, but to use secular law for moral objectives; to eliminate the “rule of law” or simply, the law, as a monopoly of the President of the Philippines or any state leader; to engage the President’s partisans in an active defense of her, against evidence and testimony already subjected to the most rigorous legal analysis and interpretation; and finally, to provide a means that is of permanent record, portable, easily distributable, and difficult to misinterpret, throughout the length and breadth of the land and the world.
[Translation: We haven't succeeded in convincing our own people to eliminate this inconvenient "rule of law" even when we held our own Kangaroo Court, with its own Presiduum and all, last year. So we turn to you, the Permanent People's Tribunal, to help us turn it all into propaganda, instead.]
Such an exercise will take a few months, to be sure, but it will prevent Mrs. Arroyo from saying she has achieved normalcy; it shines the harsh light of the law on the issues, it exposes the evidence, it makes them available to all, including the skeptical, fearful, or indifferent. [GLOBAL propaganda]
Since 2004, the Filipino people have been a people demanding answers, and yet unable to get a frank, democratic response from our leaders. Mrs. Arroyo has led the way in substituting confusion for clarity, replacing faith in our people with cynicism towards their democratic demands, and demonstrating hostility rather than dedication to the rule of law. She tramples human rights and yet preaches she loves her people. [So now, we shall do that too!]
I believe what my countrymen and all those in solidarity with them believe: that the truth can be found, and that it is the obligation of every Filipino and every person in the world dedicated to truth, justice, human rights and the creation of a democratic space, to find it. Only then can we be truly democratic, and free, for we would be equal in knowledge, and liberated from doubts concerning our government. [We haven't been able to get rid of her, but we just know she is guilty.]
Normal, to her, is the continued harassment of oppositionists, whether belonging to progressive groups, or to the mainstream political parties. She denounces the party list representatives, then confers heroic status on them by ordering their arrest. [Do unto other's before they do unto you.]
[read the rest at the Senate website in the link above]
Meanwhile, in the real world of the communist insurgency (really just a nationwide extortion and protection racket) here is the NDF boasting of two political murders committed by the CPP-NPA just the other day. But I doubt that these will be added to the list of "extradjudicial killings" -- since they were done after a New People's Army court, (probably the local branch of the one Jamby just addressed!) had already "sentenced" them to death.
There is no denying of course, that many people are dying--both innocents and combatants on both sides. There is after all a communist insurgency on with a "people's army" led by their "vanguard party" that has bedevilled the people for half a century, seeking to overthrow the government, by violent means and foul, and create a new Member of the Axis of Evil Hairdos.
The local version of it last year was a bizarre, Orwellian morality play that only glorified local Leftist fantasies of Justice-by-edict. In the name of the People, of course. No one takes this new, "international" People's Tribunal of Joma and Jamby seriously. Except of course for the Kangaroos, that noble race of mammals more anxious than her to keep their good reputation and upright standing within the democratic and constitutional genus.
Bel Cunanan of PDI, who is normally like oil on water, name-dropping and oozing optimism, displays a rare tantrum as she calls for abolition of the people's initiative as a means of charter change. Tsk, tsk, what a bitter pill is so sour a defeat.
I give John Kerry a lot of credit for apologizing to the American people regarding his controversial remarks to college students recently about Iraq. It's damage control, but I believe it is sincere.
Adrian Cristobal of the Manila Bulletin offers a curious theory. He thinks victory for the Democrats during the midterm elections is a Republican strategy for winning the 2008 elections!
WITH the US mid-term elections just a few days away, the Republicans are trailing in the polls. The usual analysts blame this on the Iraq war. (There’s also Foley’s folly, which reminds us of a British writer’s remark that nothing is as ridiculous as the British public in their sudden fits of morality, only this time it’s the American.)I think Ricky Carandang and the rest of the ABSCBN News Gang will be discussing Bob Woodward's new book on Iraq, State of Denial, tomorrow, Friday on the Morning Show on ANC.
The curious thing is why astute Democrats are wary of winning, and equally astute Republicans are not dismayed at losing, the majority in Congress.
The astute Democrats think that not getting the majority will enhance the party’s chances in the presidential elections. They believe that the Republicans cannot disentangle themselves from the mess they created with George W. Bush in just two years.
The astute Republicans think so, too; that’s why for them it would be better for Democrats to win the congressional majority since the onus of responsibility would be on their shoulders; they wouldn’t be able to do anything constructive either.
It wasn’t so long ago when President Bush said, in effect, that the present mess, if mess it is (which he may have or may have not created), would be the problem of the next administration, Republican or Democrat; certainly not his.
Manuel L. Quezon III has the Really Long View today at PDI with a discussion of the generational displacement caused by Ferdinand Marcos.
My favorite editorial cartoonists, Cox & Forkum, announce a new book, Black and White World III.