It was President “Pnoy” Noynoy Aquino’s battle cry: “Bawal ang Wang-wang” (No to Sirens) that catapulted him to a near-perfect Presidency. People who heard his latest State of the Nation Address (SONA) find it painful in the ear to hear the President echo this “holier than though” slogan. His no non-sense campaign against corrupt official regardless of party affiliation has become the formidable pillar of his feasibility as the country’s top leader.
Because of this stance, President Pnoy’s men have to measure up to a higher bar. They have to be like their boss – a self-sworn graft buster. A person who abhors influence-peddling and abusive behavior.
Enter Secretary Ronald Llamas.
A brief research on his credentials reveals that Llamas is a Thomasian-educated student activist during the late martial law years. He like the present student leaders- dreamed and fought against a dictator for a better society. Ironically he is no different from former activists like Binay and Panelo who are now forgotten faces in activism movement.
Llamas became Akbayan chief honcho and this explains his close relationship with President Pnoy. Akbayan is the latter’s version of an activist group. Critics say Pnoy and Akbayan use each other for political ends. Other activist groups like Bayan Muna, Act etc. are now saying that this tie unmasked the real Akbayan. It is nothing but an opportunistic political party which piggy back rides (or weighs down?) on a popular President.
From a legal point of view, Llamas will surely wiggle out of this mess. He has a license for the AK-47 that was confiscated from his aides after a vehicular accident (China-made presumably and selling for 40 thousand pesos at Twin Pines Gun Store. Yet it is mind-boggling why Sec. Llamas is able to own one. The store’s website however indicates that this high powered firearm is only open to military and law enforcement agents ) .
What more, he was thousand of miles away in cold Switzerland when the firearm was seized by the authorities. It was his aides and not him who were caught possessing the firearm. Ergo, it is not him but these poor souls who will face the music for the brou-haha.
The only black eye Mr. Llamas sustained from this incident is his qualification as a Presidential adviser and government official under a “No Wang-wang” administration.
If Mr. Llamas cannot tuck his firearm while he is gone on a official trip.
If he cannot discipline his men while he is not away.
He is in no position to become a government official under the Pnoy administration.