The Perpetual Three-Dot Column
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by Jesse Walker

Friday, January 09, 2004
THE FLYING GOLFER: Friday afternoon is a good time for odd, irrelevent posts that aren't really apropos of anything. In other words, it's a good time for the bread and butter of this blog.

In that spirit, I give you
this item from the 1995 conference of the Association of Asian Studies:
In the formal deliberations of the Philippine Constitutional Convention of 1934, the elected delegates were annoyed by an embarrassing presence. Into this elite assembly of lawyers and legislators marched one Hilario C. Moncado, the elected representative from Cebu Island who boasted -- among his qualifications for drafting a constitution for this new nation -- a low golf handicap, the power to heal the sick, and an ability to fly. To restrain the potential embarrassment of his messianic outbursts, the elite politicians in charge appointed Moncado as the Convention's "Official Time Keeper" and seated him beside a large clock whose black sweep hands against a white face seemed the very symbol of modernity, precision, and power. Taking his office seriously, Moncado attended every session in utter silence until a speaker exceeded his time and then, invested with the power of his office, cut the miscreant off mid sentence, no matter how prominent or powerful. Whatever contribution Moncado may have made to the Constitution's punctuality, the burden of office restrained him from making any input into the social or ethical concerns of the impoverished Cebuano constituents who worshipped him as prophet and elected him to express their hopes for social justice.
Have a good weekend, everyone.


posted by Jesse 4:56 PM
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