In Search of Closure
I actually got to read a photocopy of that BW column posted at the De La Salle RCBC Graduate School of Business Bulletin Board. I read it with a bunch of grad students who did not know they were standing next to the very person who was the subject of the tirade (anonymity certainly has its advantages). We had a good laugh together.
The column tried to trash my letter by asking questions that were mostly rhetorical. I couldn't make sense of some of the questions. For example, he asked: since I am President of a Foundation, then I must be influential and that my office must be near the Senate - why didn't I just personally convey to the Senators the diatribe contained in that letter? I couldnt fathom the logic in this and other sentences. The columnist revealed that he got his copy of the letter through another columnist "who is a Malacanang factotum" (presumably Jojo Robles of the Manila Standard). On this basis, he said my letter was suspicious; as if I have control over who makes copies of that letter and then spreads it around.
But Max, who is a father figure to me, did make a profound observation. He told me "the operative word is closure." And I agree with him totally.
If we sift through everything that has been said in the last three weeks, one of the inescapable conclusions would be this: everyone wants a resolution to these issues. We need to put a closure to this whole mess.
Trouble is we can not agree on what comprises an acceptable form of closure. There are those who advocate nothing less than removing GMA from office as the only acceptable form of closure. And then there are those who advocate other possible forms of closure - from a graceful exit scenario, to maintaining the status quo until a win-win solution (i.e., a viable alternative) is reached, to accepting an apology and a commitment to making amends.
It is very, very sad that it seems we know where we want to go but can't agree on what's the best way to get there.
Anyway, it has been a very exhausting week and I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend (I wish). I have been dying to write about where I am coming from as a member of the working class. I think that the label middle class is grossly inaccurate - it denotes an elitist class orientation which is simply not there. I feel that there is a need to articulate a particular perspective that is glossed over in the din and dynamics of the name-calling and the sudden rush to judgment.
It is very disappointing that many dismiss the working class simply as a bunch of unpatriotic Filipinos who are unable to see beyond their noses. The criticism that we are only concerned about not being stuck in monstrous traffic jams caused by demonstrations and rallies is a major disservice and is truly undeserved. Hindi naman ganun kababaw ang mga empleyado ng bansang ito!