Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Blunder! Blunder! Blunder!

Greek philosopher Aristotle once said that we are what we repeatedly do.  Now we are getting more acquainted to the sloppy way that the present administration does everything.

First, it was the executive order that unnecessarily sowed fear and confusion among career officers.

Then came the Philippine flag which was displayed upside down right on the website of the Office of the President.  The blunder was corrected after a few minutes but not fast enough that bloggers have already feasted on the disgusting and disrespectful incident.

Patriotic Filipinos were further dismayed when no one was held accountable for such disrespect?  Did the Office of the President took the incident lightly to the point of dismissing it as non-issue? Didn't we have existing law regarding such act?

Republic Act 8491, otherwise known as the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, provides the correct way to display the national flag. Sec. 10 of the Act states that the blue field of the flag shall be on top in time of peace while Sec. 50 prescribes penalty for any violation.

If this administration will dismiss the improper display of an important national symbol such as the Philippine flag as something that is non-issue, then we as a nation is doomed.

Now comes another blunder.  In its bid to have Palawan's famed underground river voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the Office of the President through its official online gazette made its pitch.  Problem is the article which turned out to be an excerpt of President Aquino's speech bannered the title "Vote for the PUERTA Princesa Underground River."  Of course, we all know that "puerta" which is the Spanish word for door or opening, connotes something else naughty.

Unlike the inverted flag incident, I'm not exactly sure if an existing law was violated in this case.  Nonetheless this is blunder just the same.  And it's a blunder just as shameful.  My dog Garfield barked that this particular incident revealed this government's penchant for blunders and errrr . . . puertas?

The fact that blunder has been the official way of doing things in this administration is something we can hardly be proud of.  And so far, the biggest blunder of all, the mother of all blunders is electing Noynoy Aquino into presidency.

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