"Patas ako sa lahat. I don't trust them all"
-- LPGD, www.betterphilippines.com when asked about his concept of fair and balanced treatment of politicians in blogs.
This will just be a short entry to make an appeal to my fellow Filipinos to be more discerning about people claiming to be Anti-Gloria but are really using this to serve their self-interest.
There are people claiming to be members of the opposition but what they really mean is that they are against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself. Their objective, really, may be just to replace Gloria with someone who will help them pursue their self-interests or be the one to replace Gloria herself so that they can have full reign in pursuing their self-interests.
Perhaps, one way of differentiating the real opposition from those who are merely Anti-Gloria is to look at what they are doing as elected government officials and see if it is the opposite of the negative traits attributed to President Macapagal Arroyo. More importantly, it would be good to scrutinize their actions to see if they've really worked for the people's interest.
Perhaps, to be a real member of the opposition, an elected official does not have to subscribe to an ideological system or philosophy that is diametrically opposed to the ideological system or philosophy of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
One just really ought to be more effective in helping the people rise out of poverty -- a situation which gives rise to all the problems that the country faces.
If it is said that Gloria is corrupt, the real opposition would be one that is not corrupt and will not abet corruption.
If it is said that Gloria circumvents the law, the real opposition would be one that follows the letter and spirit of the law.
One can probably list all the attributes assigned to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and then find the opposite value that would be beneficial to the common interest.
That would be the real opposition.
Don't trust any politician, let them prove every claim they make.