On June 14, 2005, Lani wrote in response to my post on Delikadeza:
Sad to say, I don’t think aabot pa tayo doon. With the present political situation in our country, everything here is a “big ugly joke.”
Even if the younger Arroyo filed a leave of absence from the House of Representatives, nothing could come out from the investigation. As long as sila ang nasa puwesto, puro Moro-Moro lang lahat ito.
Another People Power could not save our country from disaster. Wala namang nangyari sa Edsa. Pinapalitan lang ang mga pinuno pero hindi naman napapalitan ang “attitude” ng mga pulitiko.
My response: I do believe that most of the Filipinos back home agree with your opinion, Lani. It seems that inspite of all the upheavals which could’ve given rise to a new consciousness which could probably result in a cleaner government, the system is just so steeped in corruption that it cannot be done in one fell swoop. Hindi kaya ng gulpi de gulat — because what’s been happening is that the despite all the changes, the reins of power change hands, but the system remains the same.
As to the young Arroyo’s bold move at reclusing himself by taking a leave of absence, all I can say is, pakitang-tao kaya? Let’s wait and see.
While I like Panfilo Lacson, I don’t necessarily support him. Yet looking bake at the exposes on the First Gentleman ages ago by someone of his stature, you’d think he’d be able to shake up the incumbent government and actually get things done. Instead, his accusations fell on deaf ears and it was all swept under the rug.
As they would say, abangan ang susunod na kabanata.