Compared to what?

Philippine Presidential Palace
I don’t know why but the headline Palace: Government more transparent, responsive; bothered me.
The first question I asked was compared to what, to Gloria’s government? Then I thought about it some more and I realized that what really bothered me was the word “more.”
I mean what the hell is more transparent and more responsive? The government should be transparent and responsive. Period. There’s no room for relativity here, specially on the issue of transparency. Either you’re transparent or you’re not.
Let’s re-word the headline: “Palace: Government less opaque, less unresponsive.”  See?
And then I read the first couple of paragraphs of the story:
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said yesterday being transparent would be one of the hallmarks of the Aquino administration for its first 100 days, and even beyond.
“The biggest difference in this government – though this may not be measured quantifiably – is that change of attitude of the people towards the government. We have a government that has been transparent, we have been a government responding to all the concerns,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.
Lacierda did not say more. So that brings up an additional problem.

Why was the IIRC report released in installments? The recommendations of the panel were only released after it was leaked to the press. Por que? Maybe less opaque is correct. Half a report is better than Gloria withholding the entire Mayuga and Melo reports.
Now how is the new administration “responding to all concerns”? It responded well when it created the IIRC. There was a need to know why the fiasco happened and whom to hold accountable. Applause.
But the President asked his Executive Secretary and his legal adviser to review the IIRC recommendations. What for? Eh kung ganun din pala ang magyayari di sana he just asked them to do the whole thing from the very start.
So that makes one think that maybe, just maybe, the President is not willing to respond to all concerns. Maybe to some but not to all.
Maybe he wants Lim, Versoza, and Puno off the hook. Puno I can understand. He is just a buffoon anyway, who wants to hang a clown? But Lim and Versoza?
Lim tried to have Mendoza’s brother salvaged – “Dalhin na yan sa Tondo”- in addition to not following the operations manual on hostage situations. Dirty Harry threw away the book and relied on his “diskarte” with disastrous results.
Versoza naman left town without making sure someone would take his place while he was at some function in Cagayan de Oro.
The IIRC recommended the initiation of administrative and criminal charges against the Three Stooges. Note that initiation means to check whether or not the three can actually be charged with anything that can stand up in court or in an administrative hearing. That’s all the IIRC recommended.
Why did the President had to have that recommendation reviewed? Hindi pa nga nakakahakbang e papatirin na niya?
This government is not as transparent and as responsive as I hoped it would be. Yun lang.

Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • Eddie J. Luneta

    No. we don’t have to compare P-Noy’s administration to anything else..better still if P-Noy’s slogan is “KUNG WALANG CORRUPT WALANG MAHIRAP” I suggest to adapt a new slogan “KUNG HINDI MAKATULONG ‘WAG NA LANG MAGING URONG-SULONG”