‘Day of infamy’

By Joe Maroma

This is how President Franklin D. Roosevelt described the December 7, 1941 sneak attack by Japanese forces on Pearl Harbor.

The stirring speech, delivered the day after to a joint session of the US Congress, aroused a sleeping tiger and galvanized a whole nation into action.

The same phrase can be used to characterize the latest spectacle at Congress when an overwhelming majority muscled through the Maharlika Investment Fund bill.

The legislators, like dumb driven cattle, were herded, corralled and branded.

What a shame!

The greater tragedy was that a big portion of the citizenry simply did not care because of blind subservience or plain ignorance, their minds bankrupt, their hearts numbed.

The more enlightened were sitting on fences as monsters on lease mangled the already limp body of legislative independence.

I see blood on BBM’s hands.

Jose “Joe” B. Maroma Jr. is a retired civil engineer from Cabatuan, Iloilo. He likes to spend his time reading and writing on the burning issues of the day.