Friday, 18 November 2011 11:36
In the days of emperors and kings, power was equated with wealth and martial strength. The greater was your wealth, the stronger was your army.
Wealth and army determined the strength of the King to acquire more wealth and more territories. Empires and kingdoms expanded as the wealth increased and the army became invincibly stronger. That’s how kingdoms and empire rose and fell the in the olden ages.
Today, public power in less conspicuous manner is still acquired by the same elements regulated only by legislation. But often, the laws that are supposed to select the best leaders of our country are often circumvented, transgressed, and violated by foxy or cunning politicians, of course, still using force and wealth. Democracy is just an ideology that is for the most part a fairy tale. The “money-army” combination is still the most effective political strategy and form of government.
In reality, Philippine politics is played successfully by people who have money and army. Factually, we have a government of money and army not government of laws. The supremacy of civilian authority is just a political fantasy. It is still money and the Army that call the shot every day. The President is helpless without the Army even if he is protected by all the laws of the land. In the hierarchy of governance the President is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It is actually the AFP that holds the nation together. Without money maintaining the AFP, the defense system of the government instantly collapses and the lawless elements take over in a wink of an eye.
This is the reason why, when a person in power is about to end his term of office, his power and influence diminish and the people around him begin to entertain creative and wily ways of getting out of his sphere of control. Even his orders are no longer taken with seriousness. In fact those who demonstrated total and pure loyalty and obedience to him before, are now busy looking for greener pastures in the camps of other political kingpins who have the greatest probability of taking over the reins of government.
It is therefore, futile for any incumbent politician whose term of office is about to end, to exercise the same degree of control and influence over his subordinates. He has to accept the painful reality that in Philippine political environment, this is inevitable, uncontrollable, and unavoidable. The King is now visibly losing his sphere of power and influence…another reign is about to begin.
By Clem M. Bascar
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