Move on where?
Surviving another House attempt to impeach her, Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called upon Filipinos to “move on with life and work.” For her, it is business as usual, and Filipinos should do the same.
There is something wrong with her requests to the Filipino people.
For her and her spin-doctors, moving on means forgetting past injustices and just accept that fact that she cheated her way to the Presidency. But moving on is a result of a process wherein past hurts are resolved, justice is meted out, rifts are mended, and those who were at fault take responsibility.
One cannot ask another person to move on if that person continues to refuse taking responsibility for his or her actions. One cannot ask a party to move on if the party refuses to forgive that person.
Mrs. Arroyo stole the election from the rightful victor. In a country that professes a vibrant democracy and an active electorate, it’s a heinous crime. And for us to move on with our lives, Mrs. Arroyo should take responsibility for her fault and return what she stole. Saying “I am sorry” with dead eyes in national television is not enough. The sense of justice should be satisfied.
The Filipino people cannot move on if the thief in the Palace continues to steal from them, and in the process, kills and loots the Filipino people’s life and patrimony.
It is not the oppositionists or the critics who continue to stall the healing process; it is Mrs. Arroyo’s stubbornness and duplicity that is preventing the country from moving on. What happened in the House is formidable evidence that it is Mrs. Arroyo who refuses to move on; she refuses to take responsibility for her actions.
It is not business as usual, and the Filipino people refuses to move on until justice is meted out.