the old hit song "Yesterday Once More" by the Carpenters? Well
yesterday could be back in our future someday soon. Okay here's the
scenario. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. wins the Vice Presidential
race because all that hidden Marcos wealth was suddenly "unhidden" to
buy his election.
assume his teammate Miriam Defensor Santiago, with some of that Marcos
money to boost her poll numbers, becomes president. What the Philippines
will then have is an extremely volatile situation—like a bottle of
nitroglycerine resting against a jackhammer; one wrong move and
everything goes kaboom!
Why? Because Santiago is
such a kinetic personna. When she is not flying off the handle or
picking a fight with some foe or another, she's dealing with her
hypertension or her stage 4 cancer. There is nothing measured or sedate
about this woman. She is always a spinning top in danger of spinning out
of control. She claimed she had stage-four lung cancer, but is now
cancer-free. Hmmm, with hardly any chemotherapy—smells a bit too "fishy"
for skeptics like us!
Anyway, given her age (70) and
her medical condition, it is not hard to imagine Santiago encountering
health problems soon after assuming office. The Philippine is not an
easy country to govern, given its geography, corruption, and the
ingrained bad habits of many Filipinos. It will be a herculean task for any
president to rein in all those disparate forces and unite the country.
certainly don't wish ill on anyone—and again, this is just a
hypothetical scenario we are discussing here—but what if "President
Santiago" becomes incapacitated soon after assuming office? Then "Vice
President Marcos" becomes president.
And with the Marcoses
back in Malacanang, definitive changes will likely occur. For starters
the "Apo" will immediately be buried at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani.
Imelda will likely reconstitute her gargantuan shoe collection and maybe
even begin singing again. Aging "Macoy" cronies who are still alive will
all reunite for one final "hakot" of the Philippine treasury. And
Philippine military brass will have to take their eye of China for a
while in order to re-learn the "Ver doctrine" and its heavy emphasis on
boot-licking and a*s-kissing. And that's just for starters, folks.
So if in 2016 the
Miriam-Bongbong tandem wins. Pray! Pray hard and offer all kinds of
novenas for Santiago to stay lucid, able, and healthy during her entire
term—because the consequences would be too difficult to even imagine.