Thursday, June 24, 2004

Moral Dilemma

I just listened to snippets of the Minority Report delivered by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel. I believe most of the allegations he made, except for the doubts he cast upon the election survey results and exit polls. I do believe there was massive cheating. I do believe that the adminstration used government resources for GMA's benefit.

But think of it this way. If you were GMA, what would you do? Would you throw out all principles to ensure a win or would you irresponsibly allow FPJ (a no-brain as I previously coined) to win knowing that you have all the resources behind you to prevent such a win? There seemed to be unfortunate dichotomies: truth and integrity vs. the future of our nation; principle vs. responsibility to the nation; losing honestly vs. winning unscrupulously. The problem with good vs. evil choices in the real world is that it is not always clear which choice is which.

On another matter, why was there no public outpouring for the opposition knowing that some of the points raised were valid? There are various causes as I would guess: 1) the boy who cried wolf principle - when you read about scandals every other day, at some point you become indifferent; 2) messenger - now matter how true the message rings true, if the messenger is not a credible source, there will be doubt; 3) damned - if you are presented 'damned if you do and damned if you don't' choices, how can you expect decisive support?

And those my friends, are my two cents.


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