Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Corruption does not pay. That seems to be the reason of General Sonthi Boonyaratglin when the Thai Army decided to take over the government.
Now, a lot of political analysts are saying that the Philippines and Thailand are very much the same (except for food prices). A case of country soulmates. If this is the case, can a military take-over in our beloved republic be far behind?
I don't know. I really don't. There's one important difference between our country and the land of beautiful transexuals. We don't have a king. Even if Gloria Macapagal Arroyo continues to act like a royalty, we don't have a real king or queen. There's something about the FVR look-alike male monarch of Thailand. I remember when the Philippine team was up against Thailand in a no-bearing basketball match in the Southeast Asian Games. The highly-superior Pinoys were ahead comfortably until there was an announcement that the king's wife would watch the game. I can't believe my eyes when the lead dwindled to five
Mind you, that was just the king's wife. What more if that was the king himself. I wouldn't be surprise if we lost the game.
As a nation, we lack a rallying point. We don't have a Bhumibol. Or an Elizabeth II. Or even a Barrack Obama (I know, he hasn't reach that point in his young and vibrant political career, but the guy is so HOT!). Even during the two EDSA revolts(?), there were personalities that acted (or conspired) as leaders.
But we could use Gloria as our rallying point. Remember during the last US elections when the Democrats are so divided and then they decided to make Bush -not Kerry- as their rallying point? That kind of rallying point.
So, are we next?
Let's ask Esperon. Or Lim. Or Querubin. Or Honasan.
The peso dropped because of the newest developments in Thai politics. Soulmates. We are indeed soulmates.