An apologist is defined as a person who defends, in speech or writing, a faith, doctrine, idea, or action.
This definition applies to a tee at Ferdinand Topacio, one of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s (GMA) lawyer. He is and has always been an apologist of GMA.
But what makes Topacio an ultimate apologist is that he wants to stop President Benigno Aquino from criticizing the former president especially now that she is a sick person.
Hell, what difference does it make if what PNoy often times tell the world is the truth?
In defending GMA, Topacio ascribed his dismay at PNoy’s wheelchair joke shared before a Filipino community in Auckland, New Zealand which apparently targeted former Philippine leader Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“You know, let me just share this joke. I kept laughing when I got it. It said, ‘Our fellow Filipinos who are corrupt use luxurious cars, so expensive and fast. But when they want to escape, they use a wheelchair,’” the President said.
While Aquino did not mention any names, he was clearly alluding to Mrs. Arroyo, who, in November last year, tried but failed to leave the country for medical reasons. Facing graft and electoral sabotage charges at the time, Mrs. Arroyo was brought to the airport on a wheelchair.
What makes Topacio think that PNoy, in his words, “trivializes the sickness of a person who is suffering from a disease and pokes fun at the anxiety her condition has brought to the Arroyo Family?”
PNoy was not being insensitive to Arroyo’s predicament now. He was talking about a highest ranking official of the land accused of plunder and sly enough to do anything to see if she could get away with it. It is a fact. It happened and it connected well with the Filipino community.
GMA has been up and around in her bailiwick and even attending sessions in congress, sans her wheelchair, but, look what happened when she learned that she was going to be served her latest arrest warrant – immediately she checked in at the hospital in a wheelchair!
It is not about a sick person here or her sickness that befall on her. It is about the country’s former leader, who instead of being a selfless leader, was selfish enough to put her, her family and her cohort’s interest first over and above the interest of the nation, and thus, the plunder case against her.
One could just understand PNoy’s frustration, taking after an administration headed by GMA that has done this country a great disservice. His frustration is our frustration.
Having said that, what more better way of trying to lighten up his problems and making it more bearable than for PNoy to convey this deplorable event in our country by making people laugh?
Here is another joke he, reportedly, told our compatriots in New Zealand. It is an analogy of how GMA and her associates ‘milked’ the national coffers:
“’Di ba marami hong tupa rito pero siguro ho baka mas madali dairy: Ginagatasan mo na, gusto mo pang gawing bulalo (There are many sheep [here in New Zealand] but let’s use dairy [as an analogy]: You are milking [the cow], but you still want to turn it into bone marrow soup),” the President said to the delight of over a thousand Filipinos gathered at SkyCity Convention Centre.
Very candid, as it was entertaining, coming from PNoy, but not to Arroyo’s ultimate apologist.