Aanhin pa ang Tuwid na Daan, Kung Lubak Lubak Naman
December 12, 2011 4 Comments
Now that the weather has cleared on issues surrounding Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the President sets his eyes to the Supreme Court, particularly towards the Arroyo appointees led by Chief Justice Renato Corona. The President has concocted his own constitutional crisis; attacking members of the judiciary and campaigning to get the legislature on his side.
If the President is to continue his maverick behavior, we shall become a society that does not recognize the equality and independence of each government branch. And we can see the President’s plan in place. Last week, we saw the House Committee on Justice elevating the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo on grounds of plagiarism, which is clearly not a constitutional offense. And from the mouth of the President’s deputy spokeswoman, there is a plan in place against the Chief Justice.
The President must remember that he took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Clearly, with his courses of action in the past weeks, we have seen that the President has betrayed his Oath of Office.
The Philippines is facing a myriad of problems. Our economy is on a slide because of government’s non-spending. The crime rate has increased significantly, and public education is in dire need of funding. On the side we can see the plight of retired Court of Appeals Justices who have not been released what’s due them since the start of the year, and the slow process of distributing the President’s Hacienda. We need a President that has a sense of urgency, and a sense of commitment not only towards his political debts but his administrative duties. And until such a time that our President reaches political puberty shall he be able to address these concerns.
Many of the Filipinos, blinded by the angling of administration-allied media organizations, tend to look solely on the President’s political headhunting activities. But that is not the President’s job; that is the Court’s job. And because he has instilled upon himself that the Court cannot be trusted, he does it himself at the expense of quality executive governance. Our government, rather than focusing on enemies, must focus on keeping our economic fundamentals intact. Our government, rather than finding fault on others, must find faults on itself, and improve it. Our government, instead of constantly feeding itself with news about its solid mandate, must serve the people and prove that they are worth of it.
The Presidency is not like a video game that when you kill the enemy, you win. Winning, Mr. President, is not all.
“Aanhin pa ang tuwid na daan, kung lubak lubak naman!”