The disappointment that is Rene Saguisag
The vice presidential run of Bongbong Marcos in the last election garnered 14 million votes, a sliver behind Leni Robredo and the rest of the Aquino political machine.
For Marcos, this obviously translates to political parity, an equation that has noticeably angered many of the supporters of the previous government, mainly from educated upper class Manila who cannot accept the long dreaded phenomenon that they feel shouldn’t happen.
These people, especially former Senator Rene Saguisag, have been vocal of late against the Duterte administration, laying sole blame on it for the Marcos “return.”
Yet the reality they refuse to accept is that the Marcos resurgence had built up over the last twenty years, aided along by the following:
First, the previous government’s absence of political will and loss of memory, being drunk with power and the support of their own cronies and sycophants, preventing them from successfully prosecuting Marcos and putting in place the needed rules to prevent the family’s political resurrection. All that presumably stolen money may very well be intact.
Their admission to being unable to recover all the ill gotten wealth only leaves the imagination fertile to think that many of them have been compromised by this stolen largesse. Where were the Rene Saguisags to prevent this from happening?
Many supporters of the post-EDSA government have had their falling out shortly after 1986, manifesting in the myriad opposition parties that sprung soon thereafter. Vice President Doy Laurel was the first, and the Liberal Party led by Jovito Salonga had its own break when it sought the presidency alongside Nene Pimentel’s PDP Laban in 1992.
Saguisag by then graduated into a supporter and public defender of deposed president Erap Estrada, a known Marcos supporter. Where were the other ‘human rights lawyers” he had talked glowingly about? Did they lend any hand to the painstaking litigation against the Marcos family after their stints in the Cory Goverment?
Second, what should truly bother the shrill protesters is the reality that this Marcosian phoenix, as it were, is bolstered only by the frustrations of many others with the post-EDSA government. Contrary to what Saguisag and his ilk believe, the slip into failure did not happen overnight, nor can it be blamed on the outcome of any one election.
After all, 30 years is much longer than the Marcos regime, with so much in the country remaining the same. Typical men-on-the-street pouring out their existential frustrations leads anyone to conclude that EDSA failed for the millions that voted for candidates other than Mar Roxas in the 2016 elections. For after all these years, poverty rates have remained the same, the various insurgencies have become even stronger, the scourge of illegal drugs has burgeoned, and our foreign policy has remained tied as a contingent of Big Brother America.
The louder they scream, the more their innards behind their facades are exposed, and the more alienated they become. The once formidable political machine has become exposed and disgraced. Rene Saguisag should stop complaining. The people have spoken against them and have had enough.