Through this column, I turn my attention to current brouhaha over the melodramatic arrest and detention of Senator Bong Revilla. I will return to the South China Sea contretemps in my next column.

Revilla is obviously milking the incident to strengthen his bid for the presidency in 2016. He even has his followers do their version of “people power” to support him. He, together with others of his ilk, is peddling the nonsense that victory at the polls means he is innocent of the various criminal charges filed against him.

Revilla is proof positive of the steady deterioration of the quality of our politicians over the decades. That is sad and doubly tragic since the challenges confronting the country have become more formidable.

Of course, the dependent and “ignorant” mass of voters share some of the blame for the likes of Revilla. But I will not put the onus on them. I will not blame the victims primarily. I will indict our political class and political system. Our political class includes Pnoy, Mar, Butch aBAD, Villar, JPE Tanda, Jinggoy Estrada, and the rest of their ilk.



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