By Raïssa Robles
Catholic Archbishop Onesimo Gordoncillo gave this unsolicited advice to Catholic President Benigno Aquino: Don’t attack your former college teacher and predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo when delivering your State of the Nation Address (SONA) this Monday
The Monsignor admonished him:
That is not the real meaning of SONA… not to attack a person. Let’s not center on the negative. Let’s do something positive. This is what we are expecting [in] his SONA.
That’s easy. Here’s what PNoy can do and I’m sure his ex-teacher Arroyo would appreciate it if he does this. You know, copying is the sincerest form of flattery.
PNoy can just copy and paste the following paragraphs from Arroyo’s first SONA speech wherein she said:
First we must strengthen justice and the enforcement of law and order.
This pertains to two levels. At the level of principle, this administration affirms its commitment to the principle that no one is above the law.
Thus, our policy is to support the fair and speedy trial of all the accused involved in the cases against former president Joseph Estrada.
If there were times that I showed concern for the personal circumstances of the former president, it is not a sign of diminished determination to see justice done.
Rather, it is out of sensitivity to the feelings of the segments of our masa who have continued to identify with his personal circumstances.
But as I sometimes extend a hand covered by a velvet glove, inside it is an iron hand where justice and the rule of law are concerned.
As a sign of this, I will support legislation to amend the charter of the ombudsman so he can accept the services of private prosecutors.
The second level pertains to our sense that justice prevails and the rule of law works in our daily lives.
Advice for PNoy’s speech writer – for the words “Joseph Estrada”, simply substitute the words – Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
To make it real easy, click on this link to Arroyo’s first SONA speech.