Tuesday, February 5, 2008

De Venecia is out

I'm daily exposed to Philippine politics, but I still don't get it. Today, the House of Representatives effectively ousted Speaker Jose De Venecia from his post, a position he has held for 15 years. De Venecia, of course, is that man with the the funny eyebrows who always stood by President Arroyo during, well, her entire political career, as far as I can remember. Before the votes were cast, I heard him rattle accusations against Arroyo in a very emphatic voice: a combination of grief at his impending ouster and of anger, the angriest I've seen him to date. He decried corruption in government and practically declared war against the President.

Call me nuts, but I've always thought Arroyo and De Venecia made a rather sweet, chummy-chummy pair. Too bad they're both too ambitious for their own good.

4 comments:

  1. Perhaps it's the latent idealist in me, but I think De Venecia is actually sincere. The moment he started propagating the Reform propaganda was the moment he made an enemy of Arroyo. Perhaps he got fed up with the system and wanted out with the corruption and all it entailed. Unfortunately, this could have led to a conflict of interest with the Administration, so he had to be brought down.
    Btw, I had adapted a wait and see attitude to see if he would push through his reforms when he seemed to start to turn a "new leaf". I wanted to know if it real and not just airs and rhetoric designed to improve his image. Unfortunately, he didn't have the time to prove himself, or perhaps he already had.
    Nevertheless, that does it form me. I'm not voting in the next elections, that is unless I see some improvement in this lame government.

    PS I guess it's time to increase my Apathetic Armor by 3 points. This is kind of sad considering that I was even tempted to take it off. HAHA.

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  2. haha! right on. i agree. i even have this theory that the dead fetus found in the palace weeks ago was theirs. haha!

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  3. I am seriously getting tempted to remove Apathetic Armor 3+. I just saw Lozada testify earlier. Now I can't wait to hear Joe de V's more damning evidence.

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  4. @jp_wasnt: Hmm.. I dunno. It's hard to be sincere once you're in politics. Lozada looks sincere. I was actually moved by his testimony, especially the part where he cried. Touched my heart. Really. But is it the truth? Who is telling the truth? Ang hirap malaman kung kanino ka kakampi. And yes, let's look forward to what JDV has to say.


    @mikhael: there was a dead fetus? kawawa naman.

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