IN a recent admission of our Great Leader, President Benigno Aquino said that he did not choose Nora Aunor for National Artist because of her much publicized drug problem.
“It’s a metaphor you see,” he said, trying to explain the incident. “”Na-convict po siya sa drugs… na-convict at naparusahan at ang tanong ngayon dito, kapag ginawa ba [siyang] National Artist may mensahe ba akong maliwanag na sinasabi sa sambayanan?”
It can be recalled that Nora Aunor was arrested in Los Angeles back in 2005 for allegedly possessing methamphetamine, popularly known as shabu. Charges were dropped in 2007 after she complied to be taken to a rehabilitation center.
Aunor has also spoken out on the issue, stating that her “thoughts are stars [she] cannot fathom into constellations.”
“Inaamin ko pong nasaktan ako sa nangyari,” she said in the statement. “But you don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world… but you do have some say in who hurts you,” she added.
She also stated that the overwhelming support that she has received from fans, clergy, and fellow artists was enough. “Iniluklok naman ako ng mga kababayan ko, habang buhay sa kanilang mga puso, bilang isang artista ng bayan.
In response to this, an online petition was launched by the Nora Aunor for National Artist Movement to proclaim the actress as the Filipino people’s National Artist. The petition is based on the principles of a democratic and Republican State stated in Article 2, Section 1 of the Almighty 1987 Philippine Constitution.
Meanwhile, fellow artists organized a forum at the Ateneo de Manila University to diss the Great Leader and to discuss the issue.
“Mas okay pa siya sa always,” said Prof. D.M. Reyes, Associate Chairman of the ADMU Department of English. “Siguro ay hirap lang talaga si PNoy sa pagintindi sa sining…tinangka siyang tulungan ng NCCA at CCP. Nagdulog ng mga diskurso at mga saliksik. Nakakalungkot na winalang-halaga ito ni PNoy,” he added.