Senator Koko Pimentel, the Fiddler of Manila
By Joe America
Earth watch is important, but I can’t seem get past the people inhabiting the planet. It is like observing a wild amalgamation of Alien, The Three Stooges, and Apocalypse Now. I have little hope for the planet, frankly.
Mankind is the dominant species on the grand blue orb, and it has collectively proved to be an irrational snarling beast devouring its own children, and I mean that. As an example, pity the children who must deal with the madness left to them by the Philippine legislature, a pack of stooges with everything but the pies, and for certain, way too little democratic integrity. The death penalty is in their hands, to be thrown in the faces of their priests and the joyful, humanistic Pope who visited in 2015 to great cheering throngs who a few months later elected a man who gets high killing poor people. Kids age 9 are to be jailed rather than held in a responsible adult’s arms. A woman who walks the planet closer to Jesus than about anyone I’ve seen in my lifetime is to be impeached. Foreign investors are to be ridiculed and threatened, and the great thief China is to be invited into the parlor with a subservient bow and limp handshake.
The only thing we are missing is the helicopter water skiing in the battlefield. Folks, it is Loony Tunes in Manila.
Senator Koko Pimentel is The Fiddler of Manila, and we are allowed to watch him make his music as as the nation’s dignity and promise burn right before our very eyes.
Senator Pimentel is my favorite go-to guy when I want to witness weakness in the human condition first hand. I go to Senator Cayetano to see Bizarro in real time. He’s a guy I can no longer even look at, for he makes my skin crawl up and wrap around my eyes. This is a lawyer, a distinguished Filipino, an aspiring statesman? “Have Bible, will render new truths.” I go to House Speaker Alvarez to see the best imitation of the retardation of decency and democracy I’ve witnessed outside of the Oval Office in Washington DC. A real kangaroo court, a real senator jailed and death being legislated into the Philippine cultural foundation. What a demented soul we seem to have beating the drum for the way the Philippines marches these days.
I used to watch the Binay hearings a few years ago. You remember them? Senators Trillanes and Cayetano took turns grilling witnesses to unveil the breadth and depth of theft orchestrated by the Binay family and friends. Senator Pimentel was the mature moderator, making the proceedings look like something close to due process.
Now he is giving due process to death.
By the way, I notice that Mayor Binay was made a Dean of the University of Makati a few weeks ago.
Judge Judy must have been on the stand and drunk when those cases rolled through the courts. And the Chief Justice has the gall to lecture us about standing up for what is right? What am I missing here?
But I digress.
Senator Pimentel is one of those adults who ought to be old enough, smart enough, and principled enough to know better. But he does not. He straps the fiddle to his back and pounds a drum, too, a snare, I think, demanding that LP prove its innocence at backing impeachment of the President. Now the Senate is that neutral place that would perform as judges in any impeachment trial, so it is really weird when one judge, the senior one if we put any consideration into his title as President of the Senate (I don’t, for “stooge” or puppet seems more suitable to me) chooses to challenge the integrity of the other judges right there in the courtroom.
Please excuse that convoluted sentence. My typewriter has a mind of its own when it is indignant.
I think Senator Pimentel has lost it. By “it”, I mean everything important. Family name, dignity, integrity, mind, and ethical balance. That is just an opinion. I’m sorry I can’t cast it as fact. But I would welcome anyone proving that he is NOT a stooge.
For sure, the children of the Philippines will pay. They are destined to inherit this economically destroyed, death obsessed, lying, shooting, mess of deceits, trolls, traffic jams, storms, protected drug lords, and dirty cops who proudly cite their oaths one day and a short time later become hired killers padding their bank accounts with dead fathers and the tears of widows and children.
I see Senator Koko Pimentel as largely accountable for this condition. He has stopped representing the Senate as an independent institution of government, as the conscience and wisdom of the nation, and sold his soul to political expedience, crass obedience, depravity, death, and division.
Those who are adept at reading between the lines may detect that I harbor a slight bit of anger about this.
My son is one of the kids being dealt this horrible lot, this despicable set of values, deeds, and . . . not security . . . but threat.
To merely say this is “disappointing” is for sure not strong enough.
And as for the Honorable Ma’am CJ Sereno, the ball of right and wrong is big and fat and squarely in your court.