The Dancing Oreta Strikes Again
Tessie Aquino-Oreta, the senator who made herself despicable in the eyes of the anti-Erap populace through her kind of shindig during the impeachment trial is making moves again. Not that she has stopped her irritating antics brought by her own personal political persuasion (although, admittedly she had ebbed a little in redeeming herself from her “pok-pok” image) but this time, her move to urge the President to call for a snap election is equally infuriating of her impeachment merrymaking. That’s a clear trait of a dirty trapo (a superfluous term for dirty politician?).
It is pure nonsense to announce such a call for snap election just because the President no longer enjoys the support and trust of the Trillanes faction or that an accusation of corruption is hurled at the First Gentleman. Her reason was that these destabilizing events are causing divisiveness in the country. What divisiveness was Oreta talking about when the opposition, of which she belongs, is being charged as a party to the machination to overthrow the government via the Oakwood mutiny? Isn’t it too preposterous to utter such a plea from an oppositionist herself?
What makes the call more laughable is that the Arroyo administration has barely nine months left before the national elections. Snap election in Philippine setting is not as snap as Senator Oreta might have thought it to be. Of course, it will count time for preparation and campaigning before the actual exercise takes place.
Can Senator Oreta assure us of a stable socio-economic milieu if the President accedes to her call for snap election? In all likelihood, calling for a snap election will just make matters worst for this too politicized country. One observer described the kind of our present opposition as destructive rather than a catalyst for fair governance. Indeed, we have become inured to their flows. And Senator Oreta’s call for a snap election is another parody of what this nation fought for some 17 years ago.