ON MY OWN
Karma is a belief that whatever you do will come back to you, either in this life or the next. Political karma refers to “what goes around comes around in governance”. Here is an example of political karma:
Karma came back to the U.S. in the form of inflation from the Vietnam War, as US government borrowed heavily to pay for the war. Karma showed up more tragically in the psychological damage suffered by returning veterans, as thousands committed suicide. But positive karma in the form of peace and abundance returned to the U.S. from its generous treatment of its enemies after World War II. And America’s welcoming of refugees over the centuries created the positive karma of a stronger citizenry with many talents and invited world goodwill for many years (McLaughlin & Davidson, 2004).
In our country, I have one good example of political karma:
Seventeen CHED (Commission on Higher Education) regional and central office directors signed a manifesto of support for President Duterte’s move vs. CHED chair.
It might be recalled that sometime in August a memo circular no. 04 series of 2016 was issued by President Duterte requiring all appointees of PNoy administration to tender courtesy resignation. I was expecting for the CHED chair to comply with that Memo. But she did not. Last Monday, December 5 CHED chair was ordered by President Duterte to desist from attending cabinet meetings. And I was saying to myself that CHED chair should resign to avoid further embarrassment. But she was quoted by the media saying “I will comply with the President’s order. But I will continue to work as chair of CHED.” And I was like “huh?” She should resign. Why hold on to that post when in all reality she belongs to the old administration. She was the alter ego of PNoy in the higher education sector.
Last Monday, Decem-ber 12, the commission on higher education took the media by surprise when 17 of its key officials signed a manifesto urging the President to replace the incumbent CHED chair. The number of those who signed was unforeseen because everybody in the higher education sector was thinking that CHED chair has the number to support her in case she will be removed from the Office.
That’s what I call political karma.
The CHED chair would use number-game in electing president for state universities/colleges. As chairperson of CHED, she likewise chairs the BOR (Board of Regents) which is the governing body (or decision/policy-making body) of SUCs (state universities and colleges).
A regional trial court in Palawan found her guilty and the rest of the BOR of illegal election in Palawan State University (August 2015, Romblon News).
I have wanted to file charges against her and other lady regent for pushing through the election of USEP president despite the presence of TRO. But I ran to God instead and kneeled, and prayed, and cried because there was a blatant display of arrogance and abuse of power.
Today, the same number-game goes around to the CHED chair and it is karmatic in nature. But, whether this political karma is positive or negative, only the bewildered CHED chair would know.