Where is the decency?

Decency it is often said is a liability in politics. That’s why lowlifes excel in politics. Public service should confused with politics. Public service is what decent human beings like Jesse Robredo do. Politics is what scoundrels do. It is important to make that distinction because public service and politics often intersect.

Jesse Robredo ventured into politics to become a public servant. He engaged in politics but he remained a public servant. Unselfish, putting others ahead of himself and his family, he went to his death with his good name intact. He now serves as a model and an inspiration for others.That’s not easy. There are not many who have the strength to resist the temptations of public office. How many idealists have gone into public service only to turn into scoundrels? How many good men ended up becoming crooked and power mad?

Jesse Robredo should be allowed to be buried in peace, as a good man who served others unselfishly and to the best of his abilities. He does not deserve to be turned into a soapbox for assholes who want to use his death for their own or their paymaster’s political ends. I’m talking about those who accused the President of shedding crocodile tears over the tragedy, who insinuated that the President should be blamed for Robredo’s death, and who suggested that the “real” reason for the plane crash is being covered up.

Wrote one:

    “Dear Liberal Party Senate candidates: Is it too much to ask you not to descend, locust-like, on Naga City and make political hay out of the funeral of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo? Never mind if your party chieftain asks you to come and wave to the Bicolano crowd as you ride on top of Robredo’s hearse, as Teddyboy Locsin fears. Please resist the temptation of once again shamelessly using a national tragedy to further your political plans and confirm to everyone that you cannot see a significant number of people assembled without thinking about the number of votes you get from them.”

    “Robredo died because he took a light plane that somehow could not make the trip from Cebu to Naga City on that fateful afternoon last week after delivering a speech that Aquino was supposed to give.”

    “If the President and the politicians really wanted to know why Robredo died, they can always investigate the crash itself. If they wanted the people to know, as well, they would allow Robredo’s aide (who seems to have disappeared after surviving the crash and being quizzed by Aquino himself) to appear at an investigation that will be open to the public.”

Wrote another:

    “HYPOCRISY: Now that Robredo has died while on official duty — standing in for his President who was in Manila — those who did not treat him properly in life, those who had kept him out of the loop, are now tripping all over themselves praising him and touching his coffin.
    It is too late for all that. The melodrama is nauseating.

    A housewife signing in as @malougm10 on Twitter described the farcical act as: “Naghuhugas ng GUILT. Or plain HYPOCRISY, pakitang tao.” I retweeted that.”

Those assholes think they are scoring points by turning grief over Robredo’s death into anger, if not hate, against the President and members of his administration. In fact, they are insulting the family of Robredo. They diminished Robredo, not the President, not his official family, not the Liberal Party. They painted Robredo a fool who could not tell who his real friends were, someone who did not have enough sense to differentiate sincerity from insincerity and, worst of all, they raised questions about the man’s character and motives for why would he want to serve in an administration that did not want him in the first place?

What they did, through their editorials, was to go to Robredo’s wake uninvited to tell his grieving family, “You know Jesse would still be alive if the President didn’t order him to go to Cebu and deliver a speech for him. You know they really never cared for him. Their tears are fake. They are only here to campaign and they will use his hearse as their soapbox.” Where is the decency in that?

How would you feel if someone condoled with you in that manner?

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.

  • baycas ,

    Why are there so many praying for Jesse Robredo?

    It is because Jesse Manalastas Robredo was more Filipino than anyone in government right now.

    His “tsinelas” leadership tells all.

    …and to think the Comelec en banc only handed its final decision declaring him a Filipino Citizen in June 2010…with a narrow margin at that: 4 against 3.

    • Joe America ,

      Well said. Mr. Robredo should be sent on in quiet, respectful peace, not in anger and finger-pointing and preening like chickens at a cock fight. Grant the man the honor and singular respect and attention that he deserves.

      • UPnnGrd ,

        The world should have stopped when Masbate became a scene of activity… Then focus should have excluded anything else except. The world should have been respectful.

        Activity in Masbate that continued to Jesse Robredo’s body being returned to Naga. Then to metro-Manil.a. And after the ceremonies…. Jesse Robredo returns to Naga. The world gets orchestrated…. such is how it is.

      • manuelbuencamino ,

        thanks Joe

      • UPnnGrd ,

        The world should have stopped.

        But not to be.

        • GabbyD ,

          why should the world have stopped?

          • manuelbuencamino ,

            You hear some people say “don’t hesitate to speak out for what you believe in” . Fine. But what if it’s something stupid?

            • UPnnGrd ,

              fishball saying “… sana, si GMA na ang namatay, hindi si Robredo!” is not stupid.

              And it should not be surprising that there are pinoys in Pinas who worry that Sereno may be a super-Noynoy loyalist (in other words —> Hacienda Luisita!!)