Oddly enough two former military officers have called for rectitude in the actions of President Benigno Aquino (PNoy) and Makati Mayor Junjun Binay in separate and distinct controversial issues both is facing today.
Oddly I say because it is not as if former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Panfilo Lacson and former naval officer, now Senator Antonio Trillanes, were not themselves hounded by controversy in their own respective careers before becoming politicians.
If ever we see them in the realm of politics today it is simply because of the Filipinos’ propensity to vote into office to become tomorrow’s leader controversial figures and movie stars.
But that is neither here nor there now.
What I am just saying is that, despite their unpleasant past, both Lacson and Trillanes have the guts, the fortitude to go public and denounce high ranking government officials whose behavior/actions need to be corrected.
As far as Lacson is concern PNoy broke the chain of command when, instead of allowing Interior Secretay Mar Roxas and PNP OIC Leonardo Espina to participate in the discussion of the covert Mamasapano operation that eventually cost the lives of 44 police commandos, he opted to directly communicate with then suspended PNP chief Alan Purisima, even when the latter was no longer in the PNP’s chain of command.
What made it even worst is that PNoy also seemed to have agreed that Roxas and Espina be kept in the dark about Oplan Exodus until the police commandos were already in harms way.
Thus, when the PNP Board of Inquiry (BOI) result came out, Lacson could not contain his disappointment and criticized Malacañang for saying that the findings resorted to nothing but speculations on the Mamasapano clash.
Lacson said Malacanang’s insistence that the chain of command applies only to the PNP and does not include President Aquino does not hold water.
But whether or not PNoy is the commander-in-chief or the chief executive of the PNP, it all boils down to command responsibility.
Obviously, somewhere in the chain of command was somebody responsible for coordinating with the military for assistance during the Mamasapano raid, but having breached it the covert operation was compromised.
On the part of Trillanes, his tirade on Makati Mayor Junjun Binay for not stepping down after the Ombudsman ordered for his suspension, should might as well been directed to the mayor’s father, Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“Itong drama na ito kailangang tumigil na (This drama should stop),” said Trillanes, one of the senators leading the Senate’s probe into corruption allegations against the Binays.
“Humihingi sila ng simpatya. Kailangang maalala ng mga kababayan natin, itong mga ito ang nagnanakaw ng daan-daang milyon sa kaban ng Makati (They’re just asking for sympathy. Our countrymen should remember that these people stole hundreds of millions from the coffers of Makati).”
To have a better perspective and appreciate what Lacson and Trillanes wants from PNoy and the Binays is to see what other words are similar to rectitude: decency, honesty, integrity, morality, probity, righteousness, goodness, virtue.
Obviously, and sadly, both PNoy and the Binays lack all of these human qualities where they are now in their lofty positions simply because they all think they are powerful, influential and infallible.