I could still remember what my former professor in college told us in the class many years ago. “Who ever sits in Malacanang chances he/she will always be controlled/influenced by Uncle Sam. The issue of America meddling with the political affairs of the Filipinos has never left us since we gained our freedom (kuno) from America. There’s always that public perception that if the president wants to stay longer in power, he/she needs the blessings of the almighty U.S. On the other hand many people also believe that the only way to get rid of a corrupt and overstaying president is to ask the U.S. almighty to kick him/her out.
Ah, colonial mentality… many Filipinos are still locked as prisoners of this mindset. Unfortunately those who really stand to oppose American imperialism are branded as leftists or communists. What an unkind way of treating people who just want themselves to be free from the clutches of Uncle Sam. It’s just like a woman who wants to get out from an illicit affair with a man to leada more morally acceptable life only to be called by the latter as “puta” (slut).
Recently the Inquirer.net posted an editorial entitled “Trip for Nothing” which detailed the issue of the president breaking up protocol in meeting a the director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, Leon Panetta, in Malacanang who is not “even a member of the US president’s cabinet; he is, in the official scheme of things, not a high-ranking official—and certainly not one who is entitled to meet a head of state, particularly that of a friendly, allied nation.” Further the editorial depicts this as a “case of our own head of state having a low opinion of her position.” Is it?
If protocol is to be followed “the director of the National Intelligence Service Agency—not the national security adviser who has cabinet rank—is the local equivalent of the CIA director;” which means if the visit has something to do with security matter not even secretary Norberto Gonzales has to face Leon Panetta but our own director of the National Intelligence Service Agency. But qustion arises: what business does the CIA director have that he went on directly meeting personally with the president ? Does the President of the United States Barack Obama have something very important to tell to our president? If so why not an official envoy? Is this how little does Obama regard us being a sovereign nation?
Right after the CIA’s Chief visit “the Palace announced that the President received an invitation to go to Washington for a tête-à-tête with Obama—at very short notice. The Palace, it should be recalled, pooh-poohed rumors the Panetta visit was a sign of American unease over the 2010 elections, by saying it had been in the works for four weeks. Now the President of the Philippines has been given two and a half weeks to get her act together and scoot off to Washington.” So, Obama is dead serious about the Arroyo’s administration making him an assurance that the 2010 presidential election should push through?
If this so being the case, is it safe to make a conclusion then that no matter how tough and liberal minded our president may be she can not resist summons from a US president like Obama?
Again the editorial said: “Two possibilities are raised. The first is that when Washington snaps its fingers, Manila jumps, and so, the President’s visit to Washington may be in the nature of a summons to explain herself or receive instructions, which makes her a small but energetic puppet indeed. The second theory is that the President has been such a pest that Washington decided to please her, but that what will transpire is yet another meaningless—and expensive—photo opportunity at Filipino taxpayers’ expense.”
Well even if Obama wants to curve of America’s meddling in the political affairs of other countries and governments in the world, almighty America will continue performing its role as the “handyman” fixing up things that may ruin world’s freedom and stability and America’s vested interest. To operationalize this concept in a more practical terms for the Filipinos, we can have the like of Obama to tighten up the screw on the Arroyo’s administration not to perpetuate herself into power; as well as to get an assurance from her not to pursue with the Con-Ass.
If Obama can see to it that 2010 election continues, for a while maybe we can forget all the issues of American Imperialism, colonialism, and the negative implications of loopsided diplomatic relationship with America. Perhaps for a while we can tolerate this “unecessary evil” in our system to see to it that there will be a change in the leadership as millions of Filipinos clamor. As a matter of concept one can say, if America can install an evil leader America can also kick him/her out.