A friend with a chip on his shoulder is often more dangerous than an enemy. What an endless series of opposition plots failed to do may happen, courtesy of a longtime GMA friend and political ally.
In a privileged speech at the eve of his ouster, House of Representatives Speaker Jose de Venecia cut off any final link to the Malacañang tenant. We are witness to the final act of GMA’s current crisis of presidential legitimacy. In so doing, he has thrown the gauntlet at GMA’s feet, accusing her of orchestrating his ouster and hinting of stormy days ahead.
GMA has no choice but to pick up this gauntlet–issues are already joined. The fuse was lit by de Venecia and the clock is ticking. If taken to its logical conclusion–and if no major damage control is taken, however remote its possibility–the crisis of legitimacy has entered its final act. Jose de Venecia cannot be permitted to speak of living, breathing demons in the Malacañang closet.
GMA faces the specter of serious political opposition with the present and future JDV revelations. In a situation of negative presidential popularity, this is an explosive situation. The possible scenarios basically are open-ended. They certainly include a shortened GMA term or a possible desperate declaration of an emergency situation.
Malacañang’s political strategists miscalculated on this one. It may cost all of them their heads.