enteng romano

Delicadeza isn’t dead

Solita Collas-Monsod for Business World wrote this.  It is a must read in its entirety.  Here is a snippet:

Well, well. Delicadeza is not dead after all. Vicente “Enteng” Romano III has shown his colleagues (erstwhile, since he has dealt himself out of the government game) what that is all about. What Romano has done may be par for the course in other countries, but certainly not here, where Kapal Muks as a survival strategy has had a very long and successful reign.

In fact, I cannot remember anyone, Cabinet or subcabinet level, in the past 50 or so years, doing an Enteng Romano — that is to say, resigning so quickly and willingly to deflect from his principals the onus of yet another in a series of issues that are steadily eroding confidence in the government. What is usually done by those who find themselves in the middle of a financial, political or moral scandal is: a) to accuse the accusers of political motivation, as in “they’re out to get me,”, following the principle that the best offense is a good offense; and if that doesn’t work, b) to dump the responsibility on the lap of their principal, as in “I serve at the pleasure of the President,”,or as in ” I am submitting my courtesy resignation, so he can decide.”

The problem I have with the whole thing, though, is that it is possible that Romano’s delicadeza may have been misplaced. Why? Well, for starters, his integrity or honesty has never been questioned. The plagiarism issue is a tempest in a teapot, to my mind, because he apparently gave specific instructions for a logo along the lines of the European logos. Now I don’t know if Polska (the Polish logo) has a copyright, but there doesn’t seem to have been any attempt on his part to claim that the logo he approved was original — he clearly was operating on “imitation is the best form of flattery” mode. And in any case, the logo wasn’t a done deal, because it was still subject to validation, where any violations of intellectual property rights would have come to light.

I may not like Enteng Romano’s taste, but yes, his delicadeza is something worth noting. His decision to resign is without doubt, noteworthy. There are far more incompetent men in government that should leave before Mr. Romano— Misters Alvarez and Puno just to cite two.

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