If you ask me, I really would like to see former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo serve her full term in jail or rot in jail, whichever comes, if found guilty of electoral sabotage, breach of ethics and plunder charges filed against her.
For a leader who often described herself as the ‘mother of the country’, I can’t seem to reconcile how she could have wanted the people to believe that she was our ‘mother’ when in fact what she did in wanting badly to stay in power, committing graft and corruption, and supporting criminal-politicians are all unconscionable.
We continued to be a basket case in Asia despite her much touted doctoral degree in economics. Instead of helping improve the situation we found ourselves in as a country and people, she screwed us up with the help of her politicians son, her political cohorts and a scheming husband, who himself has had brushes with the law.
But, that is now neither here nor there.
Because of her present health predicament, I would rather that government heed the advice of our own specialist doctors that she be treated abroad, if our own skills and facilities here are inadequate to fix her. It is for no other reason, than humanitarian.
Dr. Roberto Anastacio, a cardiologist at Makati Medical Center (MMC), said the shifting parts of a metal brace on the cervical spine of Arroyo had become more “progressive and aggressive,” causing her to have increasing difficulty in breathing and swallowing.
In a medical bulletin issued, Anastacio said the results of the quantum-CT scan showed that the 6-cm titanium plate and cage in Arroyo’s neck had shifted some more since May, further pushing into muscles and causing “protrusions” in the walls of her air and food pathways.
The protrusions, Anastacio said, may result in abnormal breathing, leading to sudden disturbance of blood circulation and “sudden death.”
This worsening diagnosis of Arroyo’s health, while it is not good for her, is neither beneficial for the country.
The reason why this updated news of Arroyo’s health disturbs me is because, first, I don’t want her to die a martyr, and, second, let her serve her full term in jail in good health, and/or rot in jail, whichever comes first, as I have mentioned above.
Let us not give her a chance to die a martyr because it would only be exploited and create unnecessary chaos that will only set back the progress we have attained under President Benigno Aquino. Let us not elevate her stature to somebody she is not – even in death. She is a disgrace and that is it.
I doubt very much that once she is cured and finds her strength back, that she will opt to stay abroad and not come back. She will be foolish to that. It will only show how guilty she is.