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SC upholds final ruling; Grace Poe allowed to run for president

The Supreme Court (SC) released on Saturday (April 9, 2016) in Baguio City its April 5 resolution that denied with finality the motions to reconsider its March 8 decision which allowed Sen. Grace Poe to run for president in the May 9 elections.

Senator Grace Poe (MB File Photo/ Camille Ante)

Senator Grace Poe (MB File Photo/ Camille Ante)

“No further pleadings or motions will be entertained, and let entry of judgment be made in due course,” the SC ruled on the cases filed by Poe who questioned her disqualification by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for not being a natural-born Filipino and for lack of the 10-year residency.

In a 9-6 vote on the decision written by Justice Jose Portugal Perez, the SC had earlier declared that the Comelec abused its discretion in its disqualification rulings.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno and Justices Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., Diosdado M. Peralta, Lucas P. Bersamin, Jose Catral Mendoza, Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen, Francis H. Jardelez, and Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa voted, aside from Perez, to grant Poe’s petitions and allow her as a presidential candidate.

All of them maintained their votes in denying the motions to reconsider the March 8 decision.

Those who dissented were Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio and Justices Teresita J. Leonardo de Castro, Arturo D. Brion, Mariano C. del Castillo, Bienvenido L. Reyes, and Estela M. Perlas Bernabe who was not present in Baguio City when the motions were taken up but she notice of her dissenting vote.

Justice Carpio said the SC again failed to come up with a clear majority ruling on issue of Poe’s citizenship in resolving the motions for reconsideration.

He said the justices maintained their 7-5-3 vote on issue on whether or not Poe is a natural born Filipino.

Those who maintained their votes that Poe is presumed to be a natural-born citizen were Sereno, Velasco, Bersamin, Perez, Mendoza, Leonen, and Jardeleza.

Carpio, De Castro, Brion, Reyes, and Bernabe kept their votes that Poe is not a natural-born Filipino for failure to establish Filipino blood lineage as required by Law.

Peralta, Del Castillo and Caguioa voted it was premature to settle the citizenship issue, which could only be determined by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) in an election protest against Poe should she win the May 9 elections.

“In short, the issue of Poe’s citizenship remains hanging and unsettled,” Carpio said.

He pointed out that the “majority ruling will allow a candidate with unsettled citizenship to be elected President” and such ruling “will lead to an absurd result.”

“All qualifications of those running for the presidency must be resolved by Comelec prior to elections… Otherwise, all nuisance candidates must now be allowed to run,” he stressed.

De Castro, Brion, and Reyes concurred with Carpio’s opinion.

However, Chief Justice Sereno in her concurring opinion said “the minute resolution that denies the motions for reconsideration accurate reflects the understanding of this Court—that the motions do not raise any new substantial argument, and that all the issues that the motions raise have already been passed upon in the 8 March 2016 decision.”

“Nevertheless, due to the strong feelings expressed by some of our dissenting colleagues, the Court decided to delay the release of the resolution dismissing with finality the Motions for Reconsideration and to await submission of their dissents. Some of them may believe that a minute resolution will not do justice to the motions, but that is their view, and that view remains a dissenting view,” Sereno stressed.

“The candidates must be allowed to move on; the electorate must no longer be distracted by the skirmishes before this Court. It serves no good purpose for baseless howls of protest to amplify today’s ambient noise,” she said.

The notice of resolution dated April 5, 2016 and released on Saturday by Clerk of Court Atty. Felipa Anama stated:

“Acting on the following motions for reconsideration (of the Decision dated March 8, 2016), the Court Resolved, by the same vote of 9-6, to DENY WITH FINALITY the said motions for reconsideration as the basic issues raised therein have been passed upon by this Court and no substantial arguments were presented to warrant the reversal of the questioned Decision.”

The SC said that to disqualify a candidate there must be a declaration by a final judgment of a competent court that the candidate sought to be disqualified “is guilty of or found by the Commission to be suffering from any disqualification provided by law or the Constitution.”

In concluding that Poe is a natural-born Filipino, the SC said that the senator’s “blood relationship with a Filipino citizen is demonstrable.”

“There is more than sufficient evidence that petitioner has Filipino parents and is therefore a natural-born Filipino… the burden of proof was on private citizens to show that petitioner is not a Filipino citizen,” it said.

On the residency issue, the SC ruled that “Poe’s claim that she will have been a resident for ten (10) years and eleven (11) months on the day before the 2016 elections is true… as he presented voluminous evidence to show that she and her family abandoned their US domicile and relocated to the Philippines.”

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE: A STRONG LEADER TO MAKE MARTIAL LAW UNNECESSARY!

    THE SPECTRE of Martial Law yet again resurges. It is a never-flinching ember that stokes public fear for the possible return of the authoritarian regime in the country. The bleeding heart liberals cried ‘never again’ while those with SO MUCH political power base to lose said it’s ‘regretful’.

    A LADY presidential aspirant likewise countered to ‘study it first’ BUT only one man above all dared play the devil’s advocate – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte. If the next president is STRONG enough, then declaring a Martial Law seems downright irrelevant, if not completely necessary.

    THE Filipino voters know we have the next president-in-waiting WHEN the propaganda machines of both the ruling and opposition parties desperately try to whip up public hysteria and revulsion to the once-hated dictatorial government. The unstoppable rise of Mayor in the polls induce them all to be NEEDLESSLY frantic and MINDLESSLY paranoiac.

    THEY have no inkling at all that the harder they hit the mayor, the stronger he becomes. Like a bristling storm, Mayor Duterte will soon hit land fall to OBLITERATE the corrupt, STAMP OUT the inept, and SWEEP OFF the criminals back to their prison cells.

    THE DAWN of justice is coming soon, they say, and those who oppress the Filipino people will soon be made to account and pay. And I couldn’t agree more BECAUSE too much had been STOLEN, too many had been made to SUFFER and only too few had been able to partake in the national banquet of PROSPERITY.

    “SHOULD I begin to worry?” Pres. BS Aquino raised a query. “You may regret it”, VP Jejomar Binay averred, brandishing to one and all his human rights advocacy as a lawyer. A few months back, movie and television actress Kris Quino declared that we “should not allow our freedom to be taken away.” BUT why should the law-abiding citizens in this country be worried about it? Why must we always EQUATE Duterte with the spurned Marcos dictatorship? Why the UNFOUNDED fear?

    PRES. Ferdinand E. Marcos was a legal buff. Vice-President Binay may not admit it BUT like the former head of State he once helped oust from power, he thought that to be above the law, he must have the battery of lawyers around to clean up the mess he left behind. UNLUCKILY for him, his sworn political enemies have the BETTER legal minds than the ones he keep in his dark stable. That’s most probably the reason why he’s publicly spreading TALL TALES in his recent sorties that a Duterte presidency will be highly regrettable. But who wouldn’t regret it, if like him who allegedly FILCHED billions from the public coffer, a public official has something sinister to hide?

    WOE unto him, too, who prevaricates for he shall reap what he sows. Pres. Aquino must be having sleepless nights now and should feel very much worried because sooner than he expects, divine justice will visit him like a plague. He can hide under his bed or even run away off-shore BUT he can NEVER escape the wrath of the fallen and the disgruntled.

    HE can step on the pedal to campaign against Duterte but up to what extent does he need to IF the people themselves find his CHOICES unpalatable and tasteless: A dear anointed (Roxas) and the other bet he publicly denies but continues to keep in the shadows (Poe). If by taking away freedom, as actress Kris suggests, means putting the plunderers in jail and running after the thieves in government, then the Filipino people must heave a sigh of relief since they’ll have one less thing to worry about.

    A PRESIDENT Duterte can then run after the criminals and bust their insidious crimes. He can’t do so without invoking his presidential prerogative to declare Martial Law as Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile recently hypothesized. Much as he hopes Mayor Duterte to succeed, he –of all people – still entertains doubt about the next president’s capacity to rule with iron-fist without summoning the entire military and police organization to suppress lawlessness or any other form of threats to national security. I’m sure Sen. Enrile’s legal views meant no harm to the fight against crime and corruption; nonetheless, I BEG to disagree that a President Duterte can’t DO it without placing the entire polity under the spell of authoritarian rule.

    SEN. Enrile’s formula is rather mathematically simplistic. It’s far too linear and certainly less dynamic. He has conveniently swept under the rug the qualities of the next president. Mayor Duterte may not be the best legal mind around BUT he has the CHARACTER and the soundest proposition to rid the country of its dregs and scourges. With brute singularity of purpose, he can put under his sway the civilian and military authorities to quell all forms of index crimes in the country.

    THE architect of Martial Law has probably forgotten that the president wields the muzzle of the gun both as commander-in-chief (Section 18, Article VII, 1987 Constitution) and chief executive (Section 6, Article XVI, 1987 Constitution). The president CAN therefore dictate how threats to national security as well as law and order should be defined and concomitantly addressed. As a matter of policy, declaring Martial Law is too litigious. An overzealous Congress may spurn it; and, if approved, the Supreme Court may on certiorari rule otherwise.

    THE Filipino people should know that the president nearly has vast, if not absolute, powers that match even the modern royalties. No one in government has the sole executive power (Section 1, Article VII. 1987 Constitution) except that being reposed constitutionally upon the president. The other co-equal branches may exercise oversight only under the guise of separation of powers. Yes, our bicameral legislature crafts laws, including the budget, while the judiciary passively rules upon their validity. But BEYOND doubt, ONLY the president can issue commands on how our laws can and should be faithfully executed.

    WE certainly don’t need a human rights lawyer (Binay) to take the lead nor an investment (Roxas) to be at the helm of power. And since our national sovereignty is at stake, the Philippines may find it less patriotic or even pragmatic to have a president who once sworn absolute loyalty to another foreign power (Poe). As chief executive, the next president should carry out his constitutional mandate WITHOUT fear of the criminals or favor to the corrupt public officials.

    INDEED there’s no sure-fire mathematical formula to face the challenges ahead, since the conditions prevailing PRIOR to the declaration of Martial Law is totally different from what we have today. The country doesn’t have to contend with national democratic elements poised to attack the center of power from the periphery. The national government is less beleaguered nor under siege by the right-wing elements in the military. We don’t have any Cardinal Sin to rouse the people in the middle of the political spectrum to fight the seemingly insurmountable crimes against persons AND national treasury.

    SO yes, we have none of those problems that may yet compel the next head of government to invoke his near-absolute prerogative. What the majority of our people will have is a fighting leader in Mayor Duterte – the King Leonidas of Spartan Greece and the President Andrew Jackson of the US – who knows no fear to battle against State enemies. He is the BRAVEST of all presidential wannabes to storm out the thieves in their comfy lair and to bite the hails of bullets from the drug-addled crime syndicates in the country.

    A FEW bad-asses in government wish he won’t resort to martial rule, YET the silent majority of the educated as well as proletarian classes sincerely wish he would. Pres. Marcos thought of constitutional short-cuts to flesh out the insurgents and the political opposition blocs under his reign as dictator. He was fighting against clear and present danger posed by the progressives all in the name of national solidarity. Sen. Enrile very well knew it. And so as former Sen. Kit Tatad who read the proclamation order of the president. BUT all these ideological justifications are no TRUER today than it was at the height of the First Quarter Storm.

    THE State enemies of our generation are NOT the national democratic rebels nor the parliamentary communists anymore. The Islamic fundamentalist secessionists of the South are NOT EXACTLY the bad guys either. IT IS massive poverty that is imminently causing a social volcano to erupt in our faces. IT IS shameless stealing in government that clearly bedevils our faith in the duly-constituted authorities. IT IS the unabated criminality in practically all nooks and crannies of our society that frustratingly inure us all to become learnedly helpless and submissive to fear.

    LEGALLY, it is groundless to be wary about a President Duterte declaring Martial Law as a Marcosian recourse to instil societal discipline. Doing so would have been easier under the 1935 Constitution. When the Japanese Imperial Army invaded the Philippines, martial rule was invoked twice and since then, it is only in one glaring instance when in 1972 Martial Law was declared again. BUT Pres. Cory Aquino likewise declared a de facto martial rule in the guise of a revolutionary government. Her reign then was absolute that she could have easily – at a flick of her dainty fingers – stamped down crony capitalism, public sector corruption, political dynasty, pervasive poverty, landlessness, and divisive politics. She TRIED but FAILED not because she made bad decisions. She was deemed a lame-duck president because she DIDN’T make STRUCTURAL POLICY decisions that required firmer resolve and tougher leadership.

    WHAT made Pres. Abraham Lincoln legendary in the eyes of the world is NOT his proven ability to rise above the spectre of his numerous failures as a politician. He is hailed as one of the best leaders in the US because he was extra-ordinarily UNFAZED by threats and challenges to his administration. He once declared Martial Law to quell rebellion of the Southern States and began a bloody war that led to national unification. Even President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to declare Martial Law, despite the adamant opposition by US Congress, to suppress external threats posed by the incipient war in Europe. Presidents William Jefferson Clinton and Barrack Obama, too, had to issue executive orders to empower them to quash possible threats to national security.

    UNDER the present constitutional regime, all it takes then is an executive order, not Martial Law as commonly feared, to impose law and order. In Carpio vs. Executive Secretary (1992), the doctrine of executive control was extensively discussed by the highest court; and so as in Mondano vs. Silvosa (1955). These case precedents all point to the power of supervision and control of the president across all the executive apparatus of the State, including the civilian law enforcement as well as the armed military forces.

    IT need not be mentioned that Republic Act No. 6975 or the PNP Law expressly subsumed the national police under a reorganized department of the interior and local government. Pres. Fidel V. Ramos took advantage of these legal weapons to suppress lawlessness by appointing then Vice-President Erap Estrada to lead the fight against crime. The Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC) was a Ramos’ brainchild that took VP Esrada to task: From a movie actor fighting hoodlums in the silver screen to a real-life fighting knave battling it out in the sleazy slums of incorrigibly recidivist criminals.

    LIKE US Pres. Lincoln, a President Duterte may rise above the GHOST of Martial Law by enforcing his true mandate to serve and protect the citizens. BUT UNLIKE Pres. Marcos, he won’t definitely do it for ideological ends. He doesn’t have to. The fundamental law has more than enough ways and means to assert the power of the presidency beyond the PALE of juridical or constitutional safeguards that ONLY weak leaders often resort to.

    OTHERWISE, a President Duterte can lead a national constitutional convention to radically alter the failed governmental structures. He can do a George Washington, the first president of the United States of America, who ACTUALLY presided the makings of the US Constitution – the blueprint of the federal government that has gone on to become one of the best models in the world. WE the sovereign Filipino people CAN’T certainly pass up this RARE opportunity of electing the NEXT best leader since Pres. Ramon Magsaysay. To many of us, he is more than just providential. He among candidates is the REAL CHOICE that towers ABOVE all.

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE: A STRONG LEADER TO MAKE MARTIAL LAW UNNECESSARY!

    THE SPECTRE of Martial Law yet again resurges. It is a never-flinching ember that stokes public fear for the possible return of the authoritarian regime in the country. The bleeding heart liberals cried ‘never again’ while those with SO MUCH political power base to lose said it’s ‘regretful’.

    A LADY presidential aspirant likewise countered to ‘study it first’ BUT only one man above all dared play the devil’s advocate – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte. If the next president is STRONG enough, then declaring a Martial Law seems downright irrelevant, if not completely necessary.

    THE Filipino voters know we have the next president-in-waiting WHEN the propaganda machines of both the ruling and opposition parties desperately try to whip up public hysteria and revulsion to the once-hated dictatorial government. The unstoppable rise of Mayor in the polls induce them all to be NEEDLESSLY frantic and MINDLESSLY paranoiac.

    THEY have no inkling at all that the harder they hit the mayor, the stronger he becomes. Like a bristling storm, Mayor Duterte will soon hit land fall to OBLITERATE the corrupt, STAMP OUT the inept, and SWEEP OFF the criminals back to their prison cells.

    THE DAWN of justice is coming soon, they say, and those who oppress the Filipino people will soon be made to account and pay. And I couldn’t agree more BECAUSE too much had been STOLEN, too many had been made to SUFFER and only too few had been able to partake in the national banquet of PROSPERITY.

    “SHOULD I begin to worry?” Pres. BS Aquino raised a query. “You may regret it”, VP Jejomar Binay averred, brandishing to one and all his human rights advocacy as a lawyer. A few months back, movie and television actress Kris Quino declared that we “should not allow our freedom to be taken away.” BUT why should the law-abiding citizens in this country be worried about it? Why must we always EQUATE Duterte with the spurned Marcos dictatorship? Why the UNFOUNDED fear?

    PRES. Ferdinand E. Marcos was a legal buff. Vice-President Binay may not admit it BUT like the former head of State he once helped oust from power, he thought that to be above the law, he must have the battery of lawyers around to clean up the mess he left behind. UNLUCKILY for him, his sworn political enemies have the BETTER legal minds than the ones he keep in his dark stable. That’s most probably the reason why he’s publicly spreading TALL TALES in his recent sorties that a Duterte presidency will be highly regrettable. But who wouldn’t regret it, if like him who allegedly FILCHED billions from the public coffer, a public official has something sinister to hide?

    WOE unto him, too, who prevaricates for he shall reap what he sows. Pres. Aquino must be having sleepless nights now and should feel very much worried because sooner than he expects, divine justice will visit him like a plague. He can hide under his bed or even run away off-shore BUT he can NEVER escape the wrath of the fallen and the disgruntled.

    HE can step on the pedal to campaign against Duterte but up to what extent does he need to IF the people themselves find his CHOICES unpalatable and tasteless: A dear anointed (Roxas) and the other bet he publicly denies but continues to keep in the shadows (Poe). If by taking away freedom, as actress Kris suggests, means putting the plunderers in jail and running after the thieves in government, then the Filipino people must heave a sigh of relief since they’ll have one less thing to worry about.

    A PRESIDENT Duterte can then run after the criminals and bust their insidious crimes. He can’t do so without invoking his presidential prerogative to declare Martial Law as Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile recently hypothesized. Much as he hopes Mayor Duterte to succeed, he –of all people – still entertains doubt about the next president’s capacity to rule with iron-fist without summoning the entire military and police organization to suppress lawlessness or any other form of threats to national security. I’m sure Sen. Enrile’s legal views meant no harm to the fight against crime and corruption; nonetheless, I BEG to disagree that a President Duterte can’t DO it without placing the entire polity under the spell of authoritarian rule.

    SEN. Enrile’s formula is rather mathematically simplistic. It’s far too linear and certainly less dynamic. He has conveniently swept under the rug the qualities of the next president. Mayor Duterte may not be the best legal mind around BUT he has the CHARACTER and the soundest proposition to rid the country of its dregs and scourges. With brute singularity of purpose, he can put under his sway the civilian and military authorities to quell all forms of index crimes in the country.

    THE architect of Martial Law has probably forgotten that the president wields the muzzle of the gun both as commander-in-chief (Section 18, Article VII, 1987 Constitution) and chief executive (Section 6, Article XVI, 1987 Constitution). The president CAN therefore dictate how threats to national security as well as law and order should be defined and concomitantly addressed. As a matter of policy, declaring Martial Law is too litigious. An overzealous Congress may spurn it; and, if approved, the Supreme Court may on certiorari rule otherwise.

    THE Filipino people should know that the president nearly has vast, if not absolute, powers that match even the modern royalties. No one in government has the sole executive power (Section 1, Article VII. 1987 Constitution) except that being reposed constitutionally upon the president. The other co-equal branches may exercise oversight only under the guise of separation of powers. Yes, our bicameral legislature crafts laws, including the budget, while the judiciary passively rules upon their validity. But BEYOND doubt, ONLY the president can issue commands on how our laws can and should be faithfully executed.

    WE certainly don’t need a human rights lawyer (Binay) to take the lead nor an investment (Roxas) to be at the helm of power. And since our national sovereignty is at stake, the Philippines may find it less patriotic or even pragmatic to have a president who once sworn absolute loyalty to another foreign power (Poe). As chief executive, the next president should carry out his constitutional mandate WITHOUT fear of the criminals or favor to the corrupt public officials.

    INDEED there’s no sure-fire mathematical formula to face the challenges ahead, since the conditions prevailing PRIOR to the declaration of Martial Law is totally different from what we have today. The country doesn’t have to contend with national democratic elements poised to attack the center of power from the periphery. The national government is less beleaguered nor under siege by the right-wing elements in the military. We don’t have any Cardinal Sin to rouse the people in the middle of the political spectrum to fight the seemingly insurmountable crimes against persons AND national treasury.

    SO yes, we have none of those problems that may yet compel the next head of government to invoke his near-absolute prerogative. What the majority of our people will have is a fighting leader in Mayor Duterte – the King Leonidas of Spartan Greece and the President Andrew Jackson of the US – who knows no fear to battle against State enemies. He is the BRAVEST of all presidential wannabes to storm out the thieves in their comfy lair and to bite the hails of bullets from the drug-addled crime syndicates in the country.

    A FEW bad-asses in government wish he won’t resort to martial rule, YET the silent majority of the educated as well as proletarian classes sincerely wish he would. Pres. Marcos thought of constitutional short-cuts to flesh out the insurgents and the political opposition blocs under his reign as dictator. He was fighting against clear and present danger posed by the progressives all in the name of national solidarity. Sen. Enrile very well knew it. And so as former Sen. Kit Tatad who read the proclamation order of the president. BUT all these ideological justifications are no TRUER today than it was at the height of the First Quarter Storm.

    THE State enemies of our generation are NOT the national democratic rebels nor the parliamentary communists anymore. The Islamic fundamentalist secessionists of the South are NOT EXACTLY the bad guys either. IT IS massive poverty that is imminently causing a social volcano to erupt in our faces. IT IS shameless stealing in government that clearly bedevils our faith in the duly-constituted authorities. IT IS the unabated criminality in practically all nooks and crannies of our society that frustratingly inure us all to become learnedly helpless and submissive to fear.

    LEGALLY, it is groundless to be wary about a President Duterte declaring Martial Law as a Marcosian recourse to instil societal discipline. Doing so would have been easier under the 1935 Constitution. When the Japanese Imperial Army invaded the Philippines, martial rule was invoked twice and since then, it is only in one glaring instance when in 1972 Martial Law was declared again. BUT Pres. Cory Aquino likewise declared a de facto martial rule in the guise of a revolutionary government. Her reign then was absolute that she could have easily – at a flick of her dainty fingers – stamped down crony capitalism, public sector corruption, political dynasty, pervasive poverty, landlessness, and divisive politics. She TRIED but FAILED not because she made bad decisions. She was deemed a lame-duck president because she DIDN’T make STRUCTURAL POLICY decisions that required firmer resolve and tougher leadership.

    WHAT made Pres. Abraham Lincoln legendary in the eyes of the world is NOT his proven ability to rise above the spectre of his numerous failures as a politician. He is hailed as one of the best leaders in the US because he was extra-ordinarily UNFAZED by threats and challenges to his administration. He once declared Martial Law to quell rebellion of the Southern States and began a bloody war that led to national unification. Even President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to declare Martial Law, despite the adamant opposition by US Congress, to suppress external threats posed by the incipient war in Europe. Presidents William Jefferson Clinton and Barrack Obama, too, had to issue executive orders to empower them to quash possible threats to national security.

    UNDER the present constitutional regime, all it takes then is an executive order, not Martial Law as commonly feared, to impose law and order. In Carpio vs. Executive Secretary (1992), the doctrine of executive control was extensively discussed by the highest court; and so as in Mondano vs. Silvosa (1955). These case precedents all point to the power of supervision and control of the president across all the executive apparatus of the State, including the civilian law enforcement as well as the armed military forces.

    IT need not be mentioned that Republic Act No. 6975 or the PNP Law expressly subsumed the national police under a reorganized department of the interior and local government. Pres. Fidel V. Ramos took advantage of these legal weapons to suppress lawlessness by appointing then Vice-President Erap Estrada to lead the fight against crime. The Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC) was a Ramos’ brainchild that took VP Esrada to task: From a movie actor fighting hoodlums in the silver screen to a real-life fighting knave battling it out in the sleazy slums of incorrigibly recidivist criminals.

    LIKE US Pres. Lincoln, a President Duterte may rise above the GHOST of Martial Law by enforcing his true mandate to serve and protect the citizens. BUT UNLIKE Pres. Marcos, he won’t definitely do it for ideological ends. He doesn’t have to. The fundamental law has more than enough ways and means to assert the power of the presidency beyond the PALE of juridical or constitutional safeguards that ONLY weak leaders often resort to.

    OTHERWISE, a President Duterte can lead a national constitutional convention to radically alter the failed governmental structures. He can do a George Washington, the first president of the United States of America, who ACTUALLY presided the makings of the US Constitution – the blueprint of the federal government that has gone on to become one of the best models in the world. WE the sovereign Filipino people CAN’T certainly pass up this RARE opportunity of electing the NEXT best leader since Pres. Ramon Magsaysay. To many of us, he is more than just providential. He among candidates is the REAL CHOICE that towers ABOVE all.

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE: A STRONG LEADER TO MAKE MARTIAL LAW UNNECESSARY!

    THE SPECTRE of Martial Law yet again resurges. It is a never-flinching ember that stokes public fear for the possible return of the authoritarian regime in the country. The bleeding heart liberals cried ‘never again’ while those with SO MUCH political power base to lose said it’s ‘regretful’.

    A LADY presidential aspirant likewise countered to ‘study it first’ BUT only one man above all dared play the devil’s advocate – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte. If the next president is STRONG enough, then declaring a Martial Law seems downright irrelevant, if not completely necessary.

    THE Filipino voters know we have the next president-in-waiting WHEN the propaganda machines of both the ruling and opposition parties desperately try to whip up public hysteria and revulsion to the once-hated dictatorial government. The unstoppable rise of Mayor in the polls induce them all to be NEEDLESSLY frantic and MINDLESSLY paranoiac.

    THEY have no inkling at all that the harder they hit the mayor, the stronger he becomes. Like a bristling storm, Mayor Duterte will soon hit land fall to OBLITERATE the corrupt, STAMP OUT the inept, and SWEEP OFF the criminals back to their prison cells.

    THE DAWN of justice is coming soon, they say, and those who oppress the Filipino people will soon be made to account and pay. And I couldn’t agree more BECAUSE too much had been STOLEN, too many had been made to SUFFER and only too few had been able to partake in the national banquet of PROSPERITY.

    “SHOULD I begin to worry?” Pres. BS Aquino raised a query. “You may regret it”, VP Jejomar Binay averred, brandishing to one and all his human rights advocacy as a lawyer. A few months back, movie and television actress Kris Quino declared that we “should not allow our freedom to be taken away.” BUT why should the law-abiding citizens in this country be worried about it? Why must we always EQUATE Duterte with the spurned Marcos dictatorship? Why the UNFOUNDED fear?

    PRES. Ferdinand E. Marcos was a legal buff. Vice-President Binay may not admit it BUT like the former head of State he once helped oust from power, he thought that to be above the law, he must have the battery of lawyers around to clean up the mess he left behind. UNLUCKILY for him, his sworn political enemies have the BETTER legal minds than the ones he keep in his dark stable. That’s most probably the reason why he’s publicly spreading TALL TALES in his recent sorties that a Duterte presidency will be highly regrettable. But who wouldn’t regret it, if like him who allegedly FILCHED billions from the public coffer, a public official has something sinister to hide?

    WOE unto him, too, who prevaricates for he shall reap what he sows. Pres. Aquino must be having sleepless nights now and should feel very much worried because sooner than he expects, divine justice will visit him like a plague. He can hide under his bed or even run away off-shore BUT he can NEVER escape the wrath of the fallen and the disgruntled.

    HE can step on the pedal to campaign against Duterte but up to what extent does he need to IF the people themselves find his CHOICES unpalatable and tasteless: A dear anointed (Roxas) and the other bet he publicly denies but continues to keep in the shadows (Poe). If by taking away freedom, as actress Kris suggests, means putting the plunderers in jail and running after the thieves in government, then the Filipino people must heave a sigh of relief since they’ll have one less thing to worry about.

    A PRESIDENT Duterte can then run after the criminals and bust their insidious crimes. He can’t do so without invoking his presidential prerogative to declare Martial Law as Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile recently hypothesized. Much as he hopes Mayor Duterte to succeed, he –of all people – still entertains doubt about the next president’s capacity to rule with iron-fist without summoning the entire military and police organization to suppress lawlessness or any other form of threats to national security. I’m sure Sen. Enrile’s legal views meant no harm to the fight against crime and corruption; nonetheless, I BEG to disagree that a President Duterte can’t DO it without placing the entire polity under the spell of authoritarian rule.

    SEN. Enrile’s formula is rather mathematically simplistic. It’s far too linear and certainly less dynamic. He has conveniently swept under the rug the qualities of the next president. Mayor Duterte may not be the best legal mind around BUT he has the CHARACTER and the soundest proposition to rid the country of its dregs and scourges. With brute singularity of purpose, he can put under his sway the civilian and military authorities to quell all forms of index crimes in the country.

    THE architect of Martial Law has probably forgotten that the president wields the muzzle of the gun both as commander-in-chief (Section 18, Article VII, 1987 Constitution) and chief executive (Section 6, Article XVI, 1987 Constitution). The president CAN therefore dictate how threats to national security as well as law and order should be defined and concomitantly addressed. As a matter of policy, declaring Martial Law is too litigious. An overzealous Congress may spurn it; and, if approved, the Supreme Court may on certiorari rule otherwise.

    THE Filipino people should know that the president nearly has vast, if not absolute, powers that match even the modern royalties. No one in government has the sole executive power (Section 1, Article VII. 1987 Constitution) except that being reposed constitutionally upon the president. The other co-equal branches may exercise oversight only under the guise of separation of powers. Yes, our bicameral legislature crafts laws, including the budget, while the judiciary passively rules upon their validity. But BEYOND doubt, ONLY the president can issue commands on how our laws can and should be faithfully executed.

    WE certainly don’t need a human rights lawyer (Binay) to take the lead nor an investment (Roxas) to be at the helm of power. And since our national sovereignty is at stake, the Philippines may find it less patriotic or even pragmatic to have a president who once sworn absolute loyalty to another foreign power (Poe). As chief executive, the next president should carry out his constitutional mandate WITHOUT fear of the criminals or favor to the corrupt public officials.

    INDEED there’s no sure-fire mathematical formula to face the challenges ahead, since the conditions prevailing PRIOR to the declaration of Martial Law is totally different from what we have today. The country doesn’t have to contend with national democratic elements poised to attack the center of power from the periphery. The national government is less beleaguered nor under siege by the right-wing elements in the military. We don’t have any Cardinal Sin to rouse the people in the middle of the political spectrum to fight the seemingly insurmountable crimes against persons AND national treasury.

    SO yes, we have none of those problems that may yet compel the next head of government to invoke his near-absolute prerogative. What the majority of our people will have is a fighting leader in Mayor Duterte – the King Leonidas of Spartan Greece and the President Andrew Jackson of the US – who knows no fear to battle against State enemies. He is the BRAVEST of all presidential wannabes to storm out the thieves in their comfy lair and to bite the hails of bullets from the drug-addled crime syndicates in the country.

    A FEW bad-asses in government wish he won’t resort to martial rule, YET the silent majority of the educated as well as proletarian classes sincerely wish he would. Pres. Marcos thought of constitutional short-cuts to flesh out the insurgents and the political opposition blocs under his reign as dictator. He was fighting against clear and present danger posed by the progressives all in the name of national solidarity. Sen. Enrile very well knew it. And so as former Sen. Kit Tatad who read the proclamation order of the president. BUT all these ideological justifications are no TRUER today than it was at the height of the First Quarter Storm.

    THE State enemies of our generation are NOT the national democratic rebels nor the parliamentary communists anymore. The Islamic fundamentalist secessionists of the South are NOT EXACTLY the bad guys either. IT IS massive poverty that is imminently causing a social volcano to erupt in our faces. IT IS shameless stealing in government that clearly bedevils our faith in the duly-constituted authorities. IT IS the unabated criminality in practically all nooks and crannies of our society that frustratingly inure us all to become learnedly helpless and submissive to fear.

    LEGALLY, it is groundless to be wary about a President Duterte declaring Martial Law as a Marcosian recourse to instil societal discipline. Doing so would have been easier under the 1935 Constitution. When the Japanese Imperial Army invaded the Philippines, martial rule was invoked twice and since then, it is only in one glaring instance when in 1972 Martial Law was declared again. BUT Pres. Cory Aquino likewise declared a de facto martial rule in the guise of a revolutionary government. Her reign then was absolute that she could have easily – at a flick of her dainty fingers – stamped down crony capitalism, public sector corruption, political dynasty, pervasive poverty, landlessness, and divisive politics. She TRIED but FAILED not because she made bad decisions. She was deemed a lame-duck president because she DIDN’T make STRUCTURAL POLICY decisions that required firmer resolve and tougher leadership.

    WHAT made Pres. Abraham Lincoln legendary in the eyes of the world is NOT his proven ability to rise above the spectre of his numerous failures as a politician. He is hailed as one of the best leaders in the US because he was extra-ordinarily UNFAZED by threats and challenges to his administration. He once declared Martial Law to quell rebellion of the Southern States and began a bloody war that led to national unification. Even President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to declare Martial Law, despite the adamant opposition by US Congress, to suppress external threats posed by the incipient war in Europe. Presidents William Jefferson Clinton and Barrack Obama, too, had to issue executive orders to empower them to quash possible threats to national security.

    UNDER the present constitutional regime, all it takes then is an executive order, not Martial Law as commonly feared, to impose law and order. In Carpio vs. Executive Secretary (1992), the doctrine of executive control was extensively discussed by the highest court; and so as in Mondano vs. Silvosa (1955). These case precedents all point to the power of supervision and control of the president across all the executive apparatus of the State, including the civilian law enforcement as well as the armed military forces.

    IT need not be mentioned that Republic Act No. 6975 or the PNP Law expressly subsumed the national police under a reorganized department of the interior and local government. Pres. Fidel V. Ramos took advantage of these legal weapons to suppress lawlessness by appointing then Vice-President Erap Estrada to lead the fight against crime. The Presidential Anti-Crime Commission (PACC) was a Ramos’ brainchild that took VP Esrada to task: From a movie actor fighting hoodlums in the silver screen to a real-life fighting knave battling it out in the sleazy slums of incorrigibly recidivist criminals.

    LIKE US Pres. Lincoln, a President Duterte may rise above the GHOST of Martial Law by enforcing his true mandate to serve and protect the citizens. BUT UNLIKE Pres. Marcos, he won’t definitely do it for ideological ends. He doesn’t have to. The fundamental law has more than enough ways and means to assert the power of the presidency beyond the PALE of juridical or constitutional safeguards that ONLY weak leaders often resort to.

    OTHERWISE, a President Duterte can lead a national constitutional convention to radically alter the failed governmental structures. He can do a George Washington, the first president of the United States of America, who ACTUALLY presided the makings of the US Constitution – the blueprint of the federal government that has gone on to become one of the best models in the world. WE the sovereign Filipino people CAN’T certainly pass up this RARE opportunity of electing the NEXT best leader since Pres. Ramon Magsaysay. To many of us, he is more than just providential. He among candidates is the REAL CHOICE that towers ABOVE all.

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  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE: WHO SAYS FIGHTING CRIME & CORRUPTION CAN’T BE DONE?

    SEN. Chiz Escudero says it’s impossible to do. It’s too serious. And even deeply rooted. Sen. Antonio Trillanes believes so too. BUT if I may ask them back, how do these plagues thrive and flourish in our society in the first place? The answer to that is plain and simple: BECAUSE good men DO NOTHING!

    SOMEHOW our national leaders have to begin somewhere to cure the prevalent defects that bedevil us for years. We can’t achieve something if we don’t do anything, or if we just leave our hapless fate to those who believe in politics as usual. In our salad days of youth, we are all constantly reminded by an energy drink that to be an achiever, we have to form a credible belief in mind because great things always start from small beginnings. That’s the overriding purpose of strong VISION – the mental map to carry out what our leaders desire to do – and to be – for the country.

    MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte & his runningmate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano appear to be serious about totally eradicating these scourges. Of all candidates in the national polls, they NEVER cease to amaze their MILLIONS of fanatic believers, thinking that the nation has to take a leap of faith to do what most Filipinos consider impossible. So to me, it’s not surprising to hear Sen. Escudero casting doubt about the plan. It just dawned on me now that the reason he won’t be president EVER is because he doesn’t have the heart and the fire in the belly to do it.

    HAD he pushed through with his candidacy for president back in 2010, we Filipinos would never have to endure six years of incompetence, corruption and underachievement under the Aquino presidency. Had he been visionary enough, we Filipinos would never have spared our precious votes to a scurrilous and corrupt vice-president whom Sen. Escudero gladly BUT mistakenly endorsed as the best person to succeed as president. He was wrong in his estimations then. So what makes him think he is right this time around? What makes him believe that his FAILED foresight before will work wonders for us all today?

    CRIMES can be curtailed if we have a president who is tough on criminals. Mayor Duterte proves he can. Is it really necessary to spill the beans on the details? When the mayor says “Stop it. Do not oppress the people!”, must we really doubt about whether he can stand by his words and deliver? Davao City wouldn’t be hailed as one of the world’s safest if criminals roam around freely to hunt for their prey. It appears that crime is pretty widespread in the city because even minor infractions are deemed recorded in the police blotters. Even Pres. BS Aquino knows that. He once stumped out his cigarette when he saw the mayor approaching him, not only out of respect BUT out of obedience as well to the rule of law that the mayor himself STRICTLY enforces without favor or fear.

    BACK during the authoritarian regime of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, the drug menace was so terribly rampant. So the government hauled off the small-time pushers to prison, convicted the guilty and set free the innocent. BUT for the drug lords, the certainty of apprehension and conviction cowered them all in fear, not to mention in blasphemous shame! Worse, the prospect of being summarily executed loomed large in the minds of drug syndicates which played fast and loose with the moral fiber -and the future -of the youth. In 1972, Lim Seng was put to death by firing squad. It was publicly televised to achieve its desired deterrent effects to all the criminals. Crimes went down drastically after that.

    AS to CORRUPTION, this too can be stamped out. It’s not at all easy, or a walk in the park, BUT it is not totally impossible to be done. At the height of martial rule, the so-called “great purge” ran after the corrupt officials and employees of government. Thousands of them were incarcerated & some of their loots were recovered. Those who were perceived to be complicit to the squander of public resources were preventively suspended while undergoing thorough probe about their cases. Under our current constitutional order, that too can be done. We have the Office of the Ombudsman to run after the financial miscreants and the corrupt. We have the anti-graft court or Sandiganbayan to try cases involving public sector corruption. The task is made easier because the Aguinaldo doctrine which used to be the shield of the corrupt elective officials has just been abrogated by the Supreme Court.

    THE FIVE pillars of our criminal justice system should be at play in full synergy to attain their maximal effects. The corrupt officials, for instance, cannot be apprehended immediately due to lousy investigations done by the prosecutorial arms of our government. The law enforcement authorities should be managed by no-nonsense officials who can perform their mandate to serve and protect the community. More, the investigative process should be handled by highly capable and honest men in uniform who cannot be swayed by the lure of cash to contaminate vital pieces of evidence. Both investigation and prosecution should truly be in sync to provide sufficient evidentiary grounds for the judicial prosecution and conviction of corrupt public officials. The outdated Revised Penal Code should be amended to hype the penalties, too, as efforts to modify our procurement, anti-graft, forfeiture, bank secrecy and anti-money laundering laws are to be simultaneously initiated in Congress.

    PUBLIC officials often value their good name in society. So most of them unleash their acts of depravity away from the prying eyes of the public. So to ensure that public transactions of financial nature are above-board, the proposed Freedom of Information law must be enacted. That way, both the public and the press can have legal access to vital information concerning the appropriations and disbursement of public resources. Although we have public disclosure policy today, the same remains ineffective due to lack of implementation by most government agencies or instrumentalities. The oversight functions of COA and Congress should be strengthened which necessitates the weeding out of complicit State auditors in cahoots with government officials. And to top it all, the immunity privileges of all impeachable officials should be waived in the interest of transparency and accountability, no matter who gets hurt or is involved. The Ombudsman’s powers are severely limited because of this privilege. It cannot INDICT probably corrupt officials due to such immunity. The classic case in point is Vice-President Jejomar Binay whose magnitude of plunder is rivaled only by pork barrel suspect Janet Lim Napoles.

    TRUE, the devil in this grand plan are the details. There are legal and policy ramifications involved that should be thoroughly threshed out by our young but highly competent technocrats. BUT no less than Mayor Duterte himself assured the public that upon assumption to office, he’ll convene a study team to look into his desired vision for a crime-free, drug-free and corruption-free nation. The most important part of this whole process is putting the right persons to do the right job. The self-imposed deadline is too short to achieve practical solutions. Still, if the next president has the command and respect among his peers and subordinates, he can very well impose immediate action on ALL his policy initiatives and plans within a reasonable time-frame. Sen. Escudero need not be reminded that the powers of the incumbent president are too vast, if not awesome. Properly exercised by a wise ruler, executive powers may yet grip the entire governmental bureaucracy in frenzied spirit of obedience for TRUE structural change to take place or happen.

    APART from the move to achieve federalism, these are just some of the most pressing policy initiatives that must be done AT ONCE! Drastic change requires equally drastic solutions to our “deeply rooted” problems. They cannot be totally addressed if the next president will just sit back and let palliative policies do the magic for societal transformation. Most of the candidates say that our problems are recurring; they are there even before we are born. But did anyone care to offer lasting solutions? SINCE these governmental dysfunctions and crimes are deemed old, endemic and systemic problems, then all the more that the Filipinos need a RADICAL president who can offer fresher perspectives and cure. FAILED prescriptions must give way to the one that will work!

    SOMETHING indeed has to be done. SOMEONE indeed has to step up and take the bull of criminality and corruption by its horns. NO ONE can DO that if the next president is BEHOLDEN to any vested oligarchic interests, fundamentally WEAK or even psychologically predisposed to STEAL. Mayor Duterte’s good judgment can NEVER be usurped by anyone else because he is NOT a glorified puppet. He is a stickler for DISCIPLINE. And most of all, he is NOT corrupt. If his 22 years as public servant prove anything, it is this: He means what he says and says what he means. He DOES NOT have the predilection to PLEASE as most politicians do BECAUSE the evils to fight against are NOT at all pleasing!

    SO when in doubt, think: Would our nation be in better hands IF the leaders themselves like Sen. Escudero are RESIGNED to the prevailing maladies of the time? Would we as a people TRUST the untried, the untested, and the UNWORTHY? Most critics of Mayor Duterte say that he has YET to make good with his promises since Davao City which he ruled for years is just a small pebble in the edifice of our country. Somehow there is logic to that cynical view of what a driven man can DO. But let me counter by asking them this: Isn’t it more providential to have a leader proven worthy on small things than anyone else who hasn’t been proven yet on anything, let alone the BIGGER things?

    SEN. Escudero works on a traditional premise. His logical deductions may be valid to a point. BUT who says only LOGIC is all that is or may be needed for the mayor’s grand VISIONS to work? TRULY this country is amazing! WORDS – the brilliantly-weaved ones – are given more CREDENCE than VISION. The reason why we can hardly take off as a first world, highly-industrialized nation is because we MISTAKE verbosity with the RIGHTNESS of policy formulations, WHERE everything that is needed is simple but timely ACTION. Thus in my humble view, a DUTERTE presidency CAN DO what the excellently-crafted platforms of the other candidates CANNOT!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE: WHO SAYS FIGHTING CRIME & CORRUPTION CAN’T BE DONE?

    SEN. Chiz Escudero says it’s impossible to do. It’s too serious. And even deeply rooted. Sen. Antonio Trillanes believes so too. BUT if I may ask them back, how do these plagues thrive and flourish in our society in the first place? The answer to that is plain and simple: BECAUSE good men DO NOTHING!

    SOMEHOW our national leaders have to begin somewhere to cure the prevalent defects that bedevil us for years. We can’t achieve something if we don’t do anything, or if we just leave our hapless fate to those who believe in politics as usual. In our salad days of youth, we are all constantly reminded by an energy drink that to be an achiever, we have to form a credible belief in mind because great things always start from small beginnings. That’s the overriding purpose of strong VISION – the mental map to carry out what our leaders desire to do – and to be – for the country.

    MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte & his runningmate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano appear to be serious about totally eradicating these scourges. Of all candidates in the national polls, they NEVER cease to amaze their MILLIONS of fanatic believers, thinking that the nation has to take a leap of faith to do what most Filipinos consider impossible. So to me, it’s not surprising to hear Sen. Escudero casting doubt about the plan. It just dawned on me now that the reason he won’t be president EVER is because he doesn’t have the heart and the fire in the belly to do it.

    HAD he pushed through with his candidacy for president back in 2010, we Filipinos would never have to endure six years of incompetence, corruption and underachievement under the Aquino presidency. Had he been visionary enough, we Filipinos would never have spared our precious votes to a scurrilous and corrupt vice-president whom Sen. Escudero gladly BUT mistakenly endorsed as the best person to succeed as president. He was wrong in his estimations then. So what makes him think he is right this time around? What makes him believe that his FAILED foresight before will work wonders for us all today?

    CRIMES can be curtailed if we have a president who is tough on criminals. Mayor Duterte proves he can. Is it really necessary to spill the beans on the details? When the mayor says “Stop it. Do not oppress the people!”, must we really doubt about whether he can stand by his words and deliver? Davao City wouldn’t be hailed as one of the world’s safest if criminals roam around freely to hunt for their prey. It appears that crime is pretty widespread in the city because even minor infractions are deemed recorded in the police blotters. Even Pres. BS Aquino knows that. He once stumped out his cigarette when he saw the mayor approaching him, not only out of respect BUT out of obedience as well to the rule of law that the mayor himself STRICTLY enforces without favor or fear.

    BACK during the authoritarian regime of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, the drug menace was so terribly rampant. So the government hauled off the small-time pushers to prison, convicted the guilty and set free the innocent. BUT for the drug lords, the certainty of apprehension and conviction cowered them all in fear, not to mention in blasphemous shame! Worse, the prospect of being summarily executed loomed large in the minds of drug syndicates which played fast and loose with the moral fiber -and the future -of the youth. In 1972, Lim Seng was put to death by firing squad. It was publicly televised to achieve its desired deterrent effects to all the criminals. Crimes went down drastically after that.

    AS to CORRUPTION, this too can be stamped out. It’s not at all easy, or a walk in the park, BUT it is not totally impossible to be done. At the height of martial rule, the so-called “great purge” ran after the corrupt officials and employees of government. Thousands of them were incarcerated & some of their loots were recovered. Those who were perceived to be complicit to the squander of public resources were preventively suspended while undergoing thorough probe about their cases. Under our current constitutional order, that too can be done. We have the Office of the Ombudsman to run after the financial miscreants and the corrupt. We have the anti-graft court or Sandiganbayan to try cases involving public sector corruption. The task is made easier because the Aguinaldo doctrine which used to be the shield of the corrupt elective officials has just been abrogated by the Supreme Court.

    THE FIVE pillars of our criminal justice system should be at play in full synergy to attain their maximal effects. The corrupt officials, for instance, cannot be apprehended immediately due to lousy investigations done by the prosecutorial arms of our government. The law enforcement authorities should be managed by no-nonsense officials who can perform their mandate to serve and protect the community. More, the investigative process should be handled by highly capable and honest men in uniform who cannot be swayed by the lure of cash to contaminate vital pieces of evidence. Both investigation and prosecution should truly be in sync to provide sufficient evidentiary grounds for the judicial prosecution and conviction of corrupt public officials. The outdated Revised Penal Code should be amended to hype the penalties, too, as efforts to modify our procurement, anti-graft, forfeiture, bank secrecy and anti-money laundering laws are to be simultaneously initiated in Congress.

    PUBLIC officials often value their good name in society. So most of them unleash their acts of depravity away from the prying eyes of the public. So to ensure that public transactions of financial nature are above-board, the proposed Freedom of Information law must be enacted. That way, both the public and the press can have legal access to vital information concerning the appropriations and disbursement of public resources. Although we have public disclosure policy today, the same remains ineffective due to lack of implementation by most government agencies or instrumentalities. The oversight functions of COA and Congress should be strengthened which necessitates the weeding out of complicit State auditors in cahoots with government officials. And to top it all, the immunity privileges of all impeachable officials should be waived in the interest of transparency and accountability, no matter who gets hurt or is involved. The Ombudsman’s powers are severely limited because of this privilege. It cannot INDICT probably corrupt officials due to such immunity. The classic case in point is Vice-President Jejomar Binay whose magnitude of plunder is rivaled only by pork barrel suspect Janet Lim Napoles.

    TRUE, the devil in this grand plan are the details. There are legal and policy ramifications involved that should be thoroughly threshed out by our young but highly competent technocrats. BUT no less than Mayor Duterte himself assured the public that upon assumption to office, he’ll convene a study team to look into his desired vision for a crime-free, drug-free and corruption-free nation. The most important part of this whole process is putting the right persons to do the right job. The self-imposed deadline is too short to achieve practical solutions. Still, if the next president has the command and respect among his peers and subordinates, he can very well impose immediate action on ALL his policy initiatives and plans within a reasonable time-frame. Sen. Escudero need not be reminded that the powers of the incumbent president are too vast, if not awesome. Properly exercised by a wise ruler, executive powers may yet grip the entire governmental bureaucracy in frenzied spirit of obedience for TRUE structural change to take place or happen.

    APART from the move to achieve federalism, these are just some of the most pressing policy initiatives that must be done AT ONCE! Drastic change requires equally drastic solutions to our “deeply rooted” problems. They cannot be totally addressed if the next president will just sit back and let palliative policies do the magic for societal transformation. Most of the candidates say that our problems are recurring; they are there even before we are born. But did anyone care to offer lasting solutions? SINCE these governmental dysfunctions and crimes are deemed old, endemic and systemic problems, then all the more that the Filipinos need a RADICAL president who can offer fresher perspectives and cure. FAILED prescriptions must give way to the one that will work!

    SOMETHING indeed has to be done. SOMEONE indeed has to step up and take the bull of criminality and corruption by its horns. NO ONE can DO that if the next president is BEHOLDEN to any vested oligarchic interests, fundamentally WEAK or even psychologically predisposed to STEAL. Mayor Duterte’s good judgment can NEVER be usurped by anyone else because he is NOT a glorified puppet. He is a stickler for DISCIPLINE. And most of all, he is NOT corrupt. If his 22 years as public servant prove anything, it is this: He means what he says and says what he means. He DOES NOT have the predilection to PLEASE as most politicians do BECAUSE the evils to fight against are NOT at all pleasing!

    SO when in doubt, think: Would our nation be in better hands IF the leaders themselves like Sen. Escudero are RESIGNED to the prevailing maladies of the time? Would we as a people TRUST the untried, the untested, and the UNWORTHY? Most critics of Mayor Duterte say that he has YET to make good with his promises since Davao City which he ruled for years is just a small pebble in the edifice of our country. Somehow there is logic to that cynical view of what a driven man can DO. But let me counter by asking them this: Isn’t it more providential to have a leader proven worthy on small things than anyone else who hasn’t been proven yet on anything, let alone the BIGGER things?

    SEN. Escudero works on a traditional premise. His logical deductions may be valid to a point. BUT who says only LOGIC is all that is or may be needed for the mayor’s grand VISIONS to work? TRULY this country is amazing! WORDS – the brilliantly-weaved ones – are given more CREDENCE than VISION. The reason why we can hardly take off as a first world, highly-industrialized nation is because we MISTAKE verbosity with the RIGHTNESS of policy formulations, WHERE everything that is needed is simple but timely ACTION. Thus in my humble view, a DUTERTE presidency CAN DO what the excellently-crafted platforms of the other candidates CANNOT!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE: WHO SAYS FIGHTING CRIME & CORRUPTION CAN’T BE DONE?

    SEN. Chiz Escudero says it’s impossible to do. It’s too serious. And even deeply rooted. Sen. Antonio Trillanes believes so too. BUT if I may ask them back, how do these plagues thrive and flourish in our society in the first place? The answer to that is plain and simple: BECAUSE good men DO NOTHING!

    SOMEHOW our national leaders have to begin somewhere to cure the prevalent defects that bedevil us for years. We can’t achieve something if we don’t do anything, or if we just leave our hapless fate to those who believe in politics as usual. In our salad days of youth, we are all constantly reminded by an energy drink that to be an achiever, we have to form a credible belief in mind because great things always start from small beginnings. That’s the overriding purpose of strong VISION – the mental map to carry out what our leaders desire to do – and to be – for the country.

    MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte & his runningmate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano appear to be serious about totally eradicating these scourges. Of all candidates in the national polls, they NEVER cease to amaze their MILLIONS of fanatic believers, thinking that the nation has to take a leap of faith to do what most Filipinos consider impossible. So to me, it’s not surprising to hear Sen. Escudero casting doubt about the plan. It just dawned on me now that the reason he won’t be president EVER is because he doesn’t have the heart and the fire in the belly to do it.

    HAD he pushed through with his candidacy for president back in 2010, we Filipinos would never have to endure six years of incompetence, corruption and underachievement under the Aquino presidency. Had he been visionary enough, we Filipinos would never have spared our precious votes to a scurrilous and corrupt vice-president whom Sen. Escudero gladly BUT mistakenly endorsed as the best person to succeed as president. He was wrong in his estimations then. So what makes him think he is right this time around? What makes him believe that his FAILED foresight before will work wonders for us all today?

    CRIMES can be curtailed if we have a president who is tough on criminals. Mayor Duterte proves he can. Is it really necessary to spill the beans on the details? When the mayor says “Stop it. Do not oppress the people!”, must we really doubt about whether he can stand by his words and deliver? Davao City wouldn’t be hailed as one of the world’s safest if criminals roam around freely to hunt for their prey. It appears that crime is pretty widespread in the city because even minor infractions are deemed recorded in the police blotters. Even Pres. BS Aquino knows that. He once stumped out his cigarette when he saw the mayor approaching him, not only out of respect BUT out of obedience as well to the rule of law that the mayor himself STRICTLY enforces without favor or fear.

    BACK during the authoritarian regime of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, the drug menace was so terribly rampant. So the government hauled off the small-time pushers to prison, convicted the guilty and set free the innocent. BUT for the drug lords, the certainty of apprehension and conviction cowered them all in fear, not to mention in blasphemous shame! Worse, the prospect of being summarily executed loomed large in the minds of drug syndicates which played fast and loose with the moral fiber -and the future -of the youth. In 1972, Lim Seng was put to death by firing squad. It was publicly televised to achieve its desired deterrent effects to all the criminals. Crimes went down drastically after that.

    AS to CORRUPTION, this too can be stamped out. It’s not at all easy, or a walk in the park, BUT it is not totally impossible to be done. At the height of martial rule, the so-called “great purge” ran after the corrupt officials and employees of government. Thousands of them were incarcerated & some of their loots were recovered. Those who were perceived to be complicit to the squander of public resources were preventively suspended while undergoing thorough probe about their cases. Under our current constitutional order, that too can be done. We have the Office of the Ombudsman to run after the financial miscreants and the corrupt. We have the anti-graft court or Sandiganbayan to try cases involving public sector corruption. The task is made easier because the Aguinaldo doctrine which used to be the shield of the corrupt elective officials has just been abrogated by the Supreme Court.

    THE FIVE pillars of our criminal justice system should be at play in full synergy to attain their maximal effects. The corrupt officials, for instance, cannot be apprehended immediately due to lousy investigations done by the prosecutorial arms of our government. The law enforcement authorities should be managed by no-nonsense officials who can perform their mandate to serve and protect the community. More, the investigative process should be handled by highly capable and honest men in uniform who cannot be swayed by the lure of cash to contaminate vital pieces of evidence. Both investigation and prosecution should truly be in sync to provide sufficient evidentiary grounds for the judicial prosecution and conviction of corrupt public officials. The outdated Revised Penal Code should be amended to hype the penalties, too, as efforts to modify our procurement, anti-graft, forfeiture, bank secrecy and anti-money laundering laws are to be simultaneously initiated in Congress.

    PUBLIC officials often value their good name in society. So most of them unleash their acts of depravity away from the prying eyes of the public. So to ensure that public transactions of financial nature are above-board, the proposed Freedom of Information law must be enacted. That way, both the public and the press can have legal access to vital information concerning the appropriations and disbursement of public resources. Although we have public disclosure policy today, the same remains ineffective due to lack of implementation by most government agencies or instrumentalities. The oversight functions of COA and Congress should be strengthened which necessitates the weeding out of complicit State auditors in cahoots with government officials. And to top it all, the immunity privileges of all impeachable officials should be waived in the interest of transparency and accountability, no matter who gets hurt or is involved. The Ombudsman’s powers are severely limited because of this privilege. It cannot INDICT probably corrupt officials due to such immunity. The classic case in point is Vice-President Jejomar Binay whose magnitude of plunder is rivaled only by pork barrel suspect Janet Lim Napoles.

    TRUE, the devil in this grand plan are the details. There are legal and policy ramifications involved that should be thoroughly threshed out by our young but highly competent technocrats. BUT no less than Mayor Duterte himself assured the public that upon assumption to office, he’ll convene a study team to look into his desired vision for a crime-free, drug-free and corruption-free nation. The most important part of this whole process is putting the right persons to do the right job. The self-imposed deadline is too short to achieve practical solutions. Still, if the next president has the command and respect among his peers and subordinates, he can very well impose immediate action on ALL his policy initiatives and plans within a reasonable time-frame. Sen. Escudero need not be reminded that the powers of the incumbent president are too vast, if not awesome. Properly exercised by a wise ruler, executive powers may yet grip the entire governmental bureaucracy in frenzied spirit of obedience for TRUE structural change to take place or happen.

    APART from the move to achieve federalism, these are just some of the most pressing policy initiatives that must be done AT ONCE! Drastic change requires equally drastic solutions to our “deeply rooted” problems. They cannot be totally addressed if the next president will just sit back and let palliative policies do the magic for societal transformation. Most of the candidates say that our problems are recurring; they are there even before we are born. But did anyone care to offer lasting solutions? SINCE these governmental dysfunctions and crimes are deemed old, endemic and systemic problems, then all the more that the Filipinos need a RADICAL president who can offer fresher perspectives and cure. FAILED prescriptions must give way to the one that will work!

    SOMETHING indeed has to be done. SOMEONE indeed has to step up and take the bull of criminality and corruption by its horns. NO ONE can DO that if the next president is BEHOLDEN to any vested oligarchic interests, fundamentally WEAK or even psychologically predisposed to STEAL. Mayor Duterte’s good judgment can NEVER be usurped by anyone else because he is NOT a glorified puppet. He is a stickler for DISCIPLINE. And most of all, he is NOT corrupt. If his 22 years as public servant prove anything, it is this: He means what he says and says what he means. He DOES NOT have the predilection to PLEASE as most politicians do BECAUSE the evils to fight against are NOT at all pleasing!

    SO when in doubt, think: Would our nation be in better hands IF the leaders themselves like Sen. Escudero are RESIGNED to the prevailing maladies of the time? Would we as a people TRUST the untried, the untested, and the UNWORTHY? Most critics of Mayor Duterte say that he has YET to make good with his promises since Davao City which he ruled for years is just a small pebble in the edifice of our country. Somehow there is logic to that cynical view of what a driven man can DO. But let me counter by asking them this: Isn’t it more providential to have a leader proven worthy on small things than anyone else who hasn’t been proven yet on anything, let alone the BIGGER things?

    SEN. Escudero works on a traditional premise. His logical deductions may be valid to a point. BUT who says only LOGIC is all that is or may be needed for the mayor’s grand VISIONS to work? TRULY this country is amazing! WORDS – the brilliantly-weaved ones – are given more CREDENCE than VISION. The reason why we can hardly take off as a first world, highly-industrialized nation is because we MISTAKE verbosity with the RIGHTNESS of policy formulations, WHERE everything that is needed is simple but timely ACTION. Thus in my humble view, a DUTERTE presidency CAN DO what the excellently-crafted platforms of the other candidates CANNOT!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE: WHO SAYS FIGHTING CRIME & CORRUPTION CAN’T BE DONE?

    SEN. Chiz Escudero says it’s impossible to do. It’s too serious. And even deeply rooted. Sen. Antonio Trillanes believes so too. BUT if I may ask them back, how do these plagues thrive and flourish in our society in the first place? The answer to that is plain and simple: BECAUSE good men DO NOTHING!

    SOMEHOW our national leaders have to begin somewhere to cure the prevalent defects that bedevil us for years. We can’t achieve something if we don’t do anything, or if we just leave our hapless fate to those who believe in politics as usual. In our salad days of youth, we are all constantly reminded by an energy drink that to be an achiever, we have to form a credible belief in mind because great things always start from small beginnings. That’s the overriding purpose of strong VISION – the mental map to carry out what our leaders desire to do – and to be – for the country.

    MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte & his runningmate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano appear to be serious about totally eradicating these scourges. Of all candidates in the national polls, they NEVER cease to amaze their MILLIONS of fanatic believers, thinking that the nation has to take a leap of faith to do what most Filipinos consider impossible. So to me, it’s not surprising to hear Sen. Escudero casting doubt about the plan. It just dawned on me now that the reason he won’t be president EVER is because he doesn’t have the heart and the fire in the belly to do it.

    HAD he pushed through with his candidacy for president back in 2010, we Filipinos would never have to endure six years of incompetence, corruption and underachievement under the Aquino presidency. Had he been visionary enough, we Filipinos would never have spared our precious votes to a scurrilous and corrupt vice-president whom Sen. Escudero gladly BUT mistakenly endorsed as the best person to succeed as president. He was wrong in his estimations then. So what makes him think he is right this time around? What makes him believe that his FAILED foresight before will work wonders for us all today?

    CRIMES can be curtailed if we have a president who is tough on criminals. Mayor Duterte proves he can. Is it really necessary to spill the beans on the details? When the mayor says “Stop it. Do not oppress the people!”, must we really doubt about whether he can stand by his words and deliver? Davao City wouldn’t be hailed as one of the world’s safest if criminals roam around freely to hunt for their prey. It appears that crime is pretty widespread in the city because even minor infractions are deemed recorded in the police blotters. Even Pres. BS Aquino knows that. He once stumped out his cigarette when he saw the mayor approaching him, not only out of respect BUT out of obedience as well to the rule of law that the mayor himself STRICTLY enforces without favor or fear.

    BACK during the authoritarian regime of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, the drug menace was so terribly rampant. So the government hauled off the small-time pushers to prison, convicted the guilty and set free the innocent. BUT for the drug lords, the certainty of apprehension and conviction cowered them all in fear, not to mention in blasphemous shame! Worse, the prospect of being summarily executed loomed large in the minds of drug syndicates which played fast and loose with the moral fiber -and the future -of the youth. In 1972, Lim Seng was put to death by firing squad. It was publicly televised to achieve its desired deterrent effects to all the criminals. Crimes went down drastically after that.

    AS to CORRUPTION, this too can be stamped out. It’s not at all easy, or a walk in the park, BUT it is not totally impossible to be done. At the height of martial rule, the so-called “great purge” ran after the corrupt officials and employees of government. Thousands of them were incarcerated & some of their loots were recovered. Those who were perceived to be complicit to the squander of public resources were preventively suspended while undergoing thorough probe about their cases. Under our current constitutional order, that too can be done. We have the Office of the Ombudsman to run after the financial miscreants and the corrupt. We have the anti-graft court or Sandiganbayan to try cases involving public sector corruption. The task is made easier because the Aguinaldo doctrine which used to be the shield of the corrupt elective officials has just been abrogated by the Supreme Court.

    THE FIVE pillars of our criminal justice system should be at play in full synergy to attain their maximal effects. The corrupt officials, for instance, cannot be apprehended immediately due to lousy investigations done by the prosecutorial arms of our government. The law enforcement authorities should be managed by no-nonsense officials who can perform their mandate to serve and protect the community. More, the investigative process should be handled by highly capable and honest men in uniform who cannot be swayed by the lure of cash to contaminate vital pieces of evidence. Both investigation and prosecution should truly be in sync to provide sufficient evidentiary grounds for the judicial prosecution and conviction of corrupt public officials. The outdated Revised Penal Code should be amended to hype the penalties, too, as efforts to modify our procurement, anti-graft, forfeiture, bank secrecy and anti-money laundering laws are to be simultaneously initiated in Congress.

    PUBLIC officials often value their good name in society. So most of them unleash their acts of depravity away from the prying eyes of the public. So to ensure that public transactions of financial nature are above-board, the proposed Freedom of Information law must be enacted. That way, both the public and the press can have legal access to vital information concerning the appropriations and disbursement of public resources. Although we have public disclosure policy today, the same remains ineffective due to lack of implementation by most government agencies or instrumentalities. The oversight functions of COA and Congress should be strengthened which necessitates the weeding out of complicit State auditors in cahoots with government officials. And to top it all, the immunity privileges of all impeachable officials should be waived in the interest of transparency and accountability, no matter who gets hurt or is involved. The Ombudsman’s powers are severely limited because of this privilege. It cannot INDICT probably corrupt officials due to such immunity. The classic case in point is Vice-President Jejomar Binay whose magnitude of plunder is rivaled only by pork barrel suspect Janet Lim Napoles.

    TRUE, the devil in this grand plan are the details. There are legal and policy ramifications involved that should be thoroughly threshed out by our young but highly competent technocrats. BUT no less than Mayor Duterte himself assured the public that upon assumption to office, he’ll convene a study team to look into his desired vision for a crime-free, drug-free and corruption-free nation. The most important part of this whole process is putting the right persons to do the right job. The self-imposed deadline is too short to achieve practical solutions. Still, if the next president has the command and respect among his peers and subordinates, he can very well impose immediate action on ALL his policy initiatives and plans within a reasonable time-frame. Sen. Escudero need not be reminded that the powers of the incumbent president are too vast, if not awesome. Properly exercised by a wise ruler, executive powers may yet grip the entire governmental bureaucracy in frenzied spirit of obedience for TRUE structural change to take place or happen.

    APART from the move to achieve federalism, these are just some of the most pressing policy initiatives that must be done AT ONCE! Drastic change requires equally drastic solutions to our “deeply rooted” problems. They cannot be totally addressed if the next president will just sit back and let palliative policies do the magic for societal transformation. Most of the candidates say that our problems are recurring; they are there even before we are born. But did anyone care to offer lasting solutions? SINCE these governmental dysfunctions and crimes are deemed old, endemic and systemic problems, then all the more that the Filipinos need a RADICAL president who can offer fresher perspectives and cure. FAILED prescriptions must give way to the one that will work!

    SOMETHING indeed has to be done. SOMEONE indeed has to step up and take the bull of criminality and corruption by its horns. NO ONE can DO that if the next president is BEHOLDEN to any vested oligarchic interests, fundamentally WEAK or even psychologically predisposed to STEAL. Mayor Duterte’s good judgment can NEVER be usurped by anyone else because he is NOT a glorified puppet. He is a stickler for DISCIPLINE. And most of all, he is NOT corrupt. If his 22 years as public servant prove anything, it is this: He means what he says and says what he means. He DOES NOT have the predilection to PLEASE as most politicians do BECAUSE the evils to fight against are NOT at all pleasing!

    SO when in doubt, think: Would our nation be in better hands IF the leaders themselves like Sen. Escudero are RESIGNED to the prevailing maladies of the time? Would we as a people TRUST the untried, the untested, and the UNWORTHY? Most critics of Mayor Duterte say that he has YET to make good with his promises since Davao City which he ruled for years is just a small pebble in the edifice of our country. Somehow there is logic to that cynical view of what a driven man can DO. But let me counter by asking them this: Isn’t it more providential to have a leader proven worthy on small things than anyone else who hasn’t been proven yet on anything, let alone the BIGGER things?

    SEN. Escudero works on a traditional premise. His logical deductions may be valid to a point. BUT who says only LOGIC is all that is or may be needed for the mayor’s grand VISIONS to work? TRULY this country is amazing! WORDS – the brilliantly-weaved ones – are given more CREDENCE than VISION. The reason why we can hardly take off as a first world, highly-industrialized nation is because we MISTAKE verbosity with the RIGHTNESS of policy formulations, WHERE everything that is needed is simple but timely ACTION. Thus in my humble view, a DUTERTE presidency CAN DO what the excellently-crafted platforms of the other candidates CANNOT!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE: WHO SAYS FIGHTING CRIME & CORRUPTION CAN’T BE DONE?

    SEN. Chiz Escudero says it’s impossible to do. It’s too serious. And even deeply rooted. Sen. Antonio Trillanes believes so too. BUT if I may ask them back, how do these plagues thrive and flourish in our society in the first place? The answer to that is plain and simple: BECAUSE good men DO NOTHING!

    SOMEHOW our national leaders have to begin somewhere to cure the prevalent defects that bedevil us for years. We can’t achieve something if we don’t do anything, or if we just leave our hapless fate to those who believe in politics as usual. In our salad days of youth, we are all constantly reminded by an energy drink that to be an achiever, we have to form a credible belief in mind because great things always start from small beginnings. That’s the overriding purpose of strong VISION – the mental map to carry out what our leaders desire to do – and to be – for the country.

    MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte & his runningmate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano appear to be serious about totally eradicating these scourges. Of all candidates in the national polls, they NEVER cease to amaze their MILLIONS of fanatic believers, thinking that the nation has to take a leap of faith to do what most Filipinos consider impossible. So to me, it’s not surprising to hear Sen. Escudero casting doubt about the plan. It just dawned on me now that the reason he won’t be president EVER is because he doesn’t have the heart and the fire in the belly to do it.

    HAD he pushed through with his candidacy for president back in 2010, we Filipinos would never have to endure six years of incompetence, corruption and underachievement under the Aquino presidency. Had he been visionary enough, we Filipinos would never have spared our precious votes to a scurrilous and corrupt vice-president whom Sen. Escudero gladly BUT mistakenly endorsed as the best person to succeed as president. He was wrong in his estimations then. So what makes him think he is right this time around? What makes him believe that his FAILED foresight before will work wonders for us all today?

    CRIMES can be curtailed if we have a president who is tough on criminals. Mayor Duterte proves he can. Is it really necessary to spill the beans on the details? When the mayor says “Stop it. Do not oppress the people!”, must we really doubt about whether he can stand by his words and deliver? Davao City wouldn’t be hailed as one of the world’s safest if criminals roam around freely to hunt for their prey. It appears that crime is pretty widespread in the city because even minor infractions are deemed recorded in the police blotters. Even Pres. BS Aquino knows that. He once stumped out his cigarette when he saw the mayor approaching him, not only out of respect BUT out of obedience as well to the rule of law that the mayor himself STRICTLY enforces without favor or fear.

    BACK during the authoritarian regime of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, the drug menace was so terribly rampant. So the government hauled off the small-time pushers to prison, convicted the guilty and set free the innocent. BUT for the drug lords, the certainty of apprehension and conviction cowered them all in fear, not to mention in blasphemous shame! Worse, the prospect of being summarily executed loomed large in the minds of drug syndicates which played fast and loose with the moral fiber -and the future -of the youth. In 1972, Lim Seng was put to death by firing squad. It was publicly televised to achieve its desired deterrent effects to all the criminals. Crimes went down drastically after that.

    AS to CORRUPTION, this too can be stamped out. It’s not at all easy, or a walk in the park, BUT it is not totally impossible to be done. At the height of martial rule, the so-called “great purge” ran after the corrupt officials and employees of government. Thousands of them were incarcerated & some of their loots were recovered. Those who were perceived to be complicit to the squander of public resources were preventively suspended while undergoing thorough probe about their cases. Under our current constitutional order, that too can be done. We have the Office of the Ombudsman to run after the financial miscreants and the corrupt. We have the anti-graft court or Sandiganbayan to try cases involving public sector corruption. The task is made easier because the Aguinaldo doctrine which used to be the shield of the corrupt elective officials has just been abrogated by the Supreme Court.

    THE FIVE pillars of our criminal justice system should be at play in full synergy to attain their maximal effects. The corrupt officials, for instance, cannot be apprehended immediately due to lousy investigations done by the prosecutorial arms of our government. The law enforcement authorities should be managed by no-nonsense officials who can perform their mandate to serve and protect the community. More, the investigative process should be handled by highly capable and honest men in uniform who cannot be swayed by the lure of cash to contaminate vital pieces of evidence. Both investigation and prosecution should truly be in sync to provide sufficient evidentiary grounds for the judicial prosecution and conviction of corrupt public officials. The outdated Revised Penal Code should be amended to hype the penalties, too, as efforts to modify our procurement, anti-graft, forfeiture, bank secrecy and anti-money laundering laws are to be simultaneously initiated in Congress.

    PUBLIC officials often value their good name in society. So most of them unleash their acts of depravity away from the prying eyes of the public. So to ensure that public transactions of financial nature are above-board, the proposed Freedom of Information law must be enacted. That way, both the public and the press can have legal access to vital information concerning the appropriations and disbursement of public resources. Although we have public disclosure policy today, the same remains ineffective due to lack of implementation by most government agencies or instrumentalities. The oversight functions of COA and Congress should be strengthened which necessitates the weeding out of complicit State auditors in cahoots with government officials. And to top it all, the immunity privileges of all impeachable officials should be waived in the interest of transparency and accountability, no matter who gets hurt or is involved. The Ombudsman’s powers are severely limited because of this privilege. It cannot INDICT probably corrupt officials due to such immunity. The classic case in point is Vice-President Jejomar Binay whose magnitude of plunder is rivaled only by pork barrel suspect Janet Lim Napoles.

    TRUE, the devil in this grand plan are the details. There are legal and policy ramifications involved that should be thoroughly threshed out by our young but highly competent technocrats. BUT no less than Mayor Duterte himself assured the public that upon assumption to office, he’ll convene a study team to look into his desired vision for a crime-free, drug-free and corruption-free nation. The most important part of this whole process is putting the right persons to do the right job. The self-imposed deadline is too short to achieve practical solutions. Still, if the next president has the command and respect among his peers and subordinates, he can very well impose immediate action on ALL his policy initiatives and plans within a reasonable time-frame. Sen. Escudero need not be reminded that the powers of the incumbent president are too vast, if not awesome. Properly exercised by a wise ruler, executive powers may yet grip the entire governmental bureaucracy in frenzied spirit of obedience for TRUE structural change to take place or happen.

    APART from the move to achieve federalism, these are just some of the most pressing policy initiatives that must be done AT ONCE! Drastic change requires equally drastic solutions to our “deeply rooted” problems. They cannot be totally addressed if the next president will just sit back and let palliative policies do the magic for societal transformation. Most of the candidates say that our problems are recurring; they are there even before we are born. But did anyone care to offer lasting solutions? SINCE these governmental dysfunctions and crimes are deemed old, endemic and systemic problems, then all the more that the Filipinos need a RADICAL president who can offer fresher perspectives and cure. FAILED prescriptions must give way to the one that will work!

    SOMETHING indeed has to be done. SOMEONE indeed has to step up and take the bull of criminality and corruption by its horns. NO ONE can DO that if the next president is BEHOLDEN to any vested oligarchic interests, fundamentally WEAK or even psychologically predisposed to STEAL. Mayor Duterte’s good judgment can NEVER be usurped by anyone else because he is NOT a glorified puppet. He is a stickler for DISCIPLINE. And most of all, he is NOT corrupt. If his 22 years as public servant prove anything, it is this: He means what he says and says what he means. He DOES NOT have the predilection to PLEASE as most politicians do BECAUSE the evils to fight against are NOT at all pleasing!

    SO when in doubt, think: Would our nation be in better hands IF the leaders themselves like Sen. Escudero are RESIGNED to the prevailing maladies of the time? Would we as a people TRUST the untried, the untested, and the UNWORTHY? Most critics of Mayor Duterte say that he has YET to make good with his promises since Davao City which he ruled for years is just a small pebble in the edifice of our country. Somehow there is logic to that cynical view of what a driven man can DO. But let me counter by asking them this: Isn’t it more providential to have a leader proven worthy on small things than anyone else who hasn’t been proven yet on anything, let alone the BIGGER things?

    SEN. Escudero works on a traditional premise. His logical deductions may be valid to a point. BUT who says only LOGIC is all that is or may be needed for the mayor’s grand VISIONS to work? TRULY this country is amazing! WORDS – the brilliantly-weaved ones – are given more CREDENCE than VISION. The reason why we can hardly take off as a first world, highly-industrialized nation is because we MISTAKE verbosity with the RIGHTNESS of policy formulations, WHERE everything that is needed is simple but timely ACTION. Thus in my humble view, a DUTERTE presidency CAN DO what the excellently-crafted platforms of the other candidates CANNOT!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE: WHO SAYS FIGHTING CRIME & CORRUPTION CAN’T BE DONE?

    SEN. Chiz Escudero says it’s impossible to do. It’s too serious. And even deeply rooted. Sen. Antonio Trillanes believes so too. BUT if I may ask them back, how do these plagues thrive and flourish in our society in the first place? The answer to that is plain and simple: BECAUSE good men DO NOTHING!

    SOMEHOW our national leaders have to begin somewhere to cure the prevalent defects that bedevil us for years. We can’t achieve something if we don’t do anything, or if we just leave our hapless fate to those who believe in politics as usual. In our salad days of youth, we are all constantly reminded by an energy drink that to be an achiever, we have to form a credible belief in mind because great things always start from small beginnings. That’s the overriding purpose of strong VISION – the mental map to carry out what our leaders desire to do – and to be – for the country.

    MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte & his runningmate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano appear to be serious about totally eradicating these scourges. Of all candidates in the national polls, they NEVER cease to amaze their MILLIONS of fanatic believers, thinking that the nation has to take a leap of faith to do what most Filipinos consider impossible. So to me, it’s not surprising to hear Sen. Escudero casting doubt about the plan. It just dawned on me now that the reason he won’t be president EVER is because he doesn’t have the heart and the fire in the belly to do it.

    HAD he pushed through with his candidacy for president back in 2010, we Filipinos would never have to endure six years of incompetence, corruption and underachievement under the Aquino presidency. Had he been visionary enough, we Filipinos would never have spared our precious votes to a scurrilous and corrupt vice-president whom Sen. Escudero gladly BUT mistakenly endorsed as the best person to succeed as president. He was wrong in his estimations then. So what makes him think he is right this time around? What makes him believe that his FAILED foresight before will work wonders for us all today?

    CRIMES can be curtailed if we have a president who is tough on criminals. Mayor Duterte proves he can. Is it really necessary to spill the beans on the details? When the mayor says “Stop it. Do not oppress the people!”, must we really doubt about whether he can stand by his words and deliver? Davao City wouldn’t be hailed as one of the world’s safest if criminals roam around freely to hunt for their prey. It appears that crime is pretty widespread in the city because even minor infractions are deemed recorded in the police blotters. Even Pres. BS Aquino knows that. He once stumped out his cigarette when he saw the mayor approaching him, not only out of respect BUT out of obedience as well to the rule of law that the mayor himself STRICTLY enforces without favor or fear.

    BACK during the authoritarian regime of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, the drug menace was so terribly rampant. So the government hauled off the small-time pushers to prison, convicted the guilty and set free the innocent. BUT for the drug lords, the certainty of apprehension and conviction cowered them all in fear, not to mention in blasphemous shame! Worse, the prospect of being summarily executed loomed large in the minds of drug syndicates which played fast and loose with the moral fiber -and the future -of the youth. In 1972, Lim Seng was put to death by firing squad. It was publicly televised to achieve its desired deterrent effects to all the criminals. Crimes went down drastically after that.

    AS to CORRUPTION, this too can be stamped out. It’s not at all easy, or a walk in the park, BUT it is not totally impossible to be done. At the height of martial rule, the so-called “great purge” ran after the corrupt officials and employees of government. Thousands of them were incarcerated & some of their loots were recovered. Those who were perceived to be complicit to the squander of public resources were preventively suspended while undergoing thorough probe about their cases. Under our current constitutional order, that too can be done. We have the Office of the Ombudsman to run after the financial miscreants and the corrupt. We have the anti-graft court or Sandiganbayan to try cases involving public sector corruption. The task is made easier because the Aguinaldo doctrine which used to be the shield of the corrupt elective officials has just been abrogated by the Supreme Court.

    THE FIVE pillars of our criminal justice system should be at play in full synergy to attain their maximal effects. The corrupt officials, for instance, cannot be apprehended immediately due to lousy investigations done by the prosecutorial arms of our government. The law enforcement authorities should be managed by no-nonsense officials who can perform their mandate to serve and protect the community. More, the investigative process should be handled by highly capable and honest men in uniform who cannot be swayed by the lure of cash to contaminate vital pieces of evidence. Both investigation and prosecution should truly be in sync to provide sufficient evidentiary grounds for the judicial prosecution and conviction of corrupt public officials. The outdated Revised Penal Code should be amended to hype the penalties, too, as efforts to modify our procurement, anti-graft, forfeiture, bank secrecy and anti-money laundering laws are to be simultaneously initiated in Congress.

    PUBLIC officials often value their good name in society. So most of them unleash their acts of depravity away from the prying eyes of the public. So to ensure that public transactions of financial nature are above-board, the proposed Freedom of Information law must be enacted. That way, both the public and the press can have legal access to vital information concerning the appropriations and disbursement of public resources. Although we have public disclosure policy today, the same remains ineffective due to lack of implementation by most government agencies or instrumentalities. The oversight functions of COA and Congress should be strengthened which necessitates the weeding out of complicit State auditors in cahoots with government officials. And to top it all, the immunity privileges of all impeachable officials should be waived in the interest of transparency and accountability, no matter who gets hurt or is involved. The Ombudsman’s powers are severely limited because of this privilege. It cannot INDICT probably corrupt officials due to such immunity. The classic case in point is Vice-President Jejomar Binay whose magnitude of plunder is rivaled only by pork barrel suspect Janet Lim Napoles.

    TRUE, the devil in this grand plan are the details. There are legal and policy ramifications involved that should be thoroughly threshed out by our young but highly competent technocrats. BUT no less than Mayor Duterte himself assured the public that upon assumption to office, he’ll convene a study team to look into his desired vision for a crime-free, drug-free and corruption-free nation. The most important part of this whole process is putting the right persons to do the right job. The self-imposed deadline is too short to achieve practical solutions. Still, if the next president has the command and respect among his peers and subordinates, he can very well impose immediate action on ALL his policy initiatives and plans within a reasonable time-frame. Sen. Escudero need not be reminded that the powers of the incumbent president are too vast, if not awesome. Properly exercised by a wise ruler, executive powers may yet grip the entire governmental bureaucracy in frenzied spirit of obedience for TRUE structural change to take place or happen.

    APART from the move to achieve federalism, these are just some of the most pressing policy initiatives that must be done AT ONCE! Drastic change requires equally drastic solutions to our “deeply rooted” problems. They cannot be totally addressed if the next president will just sit back and let palliative policies do the magic for societal transformation. Most of the candidates say that our problems are recurring; they are there even before we are born. But did anyone care to offer lasting solutions? SINCE these governmental dysfunctions and crimes are deemed old, endemic and systemic problems, then all the more that the Filipinos need a RADICAL president who can offer fresher perspectives and cure. FAILED prescriptions must give way to the one that will work!

    SOMETHING indeed has to be done. SOMEONE indeed has to step up and take the bull of criminality and corruption by its horns. NO ONE can DO that if the next president is BEHOLDEN to any vested oligarchic interests, fundamentally WEAK or even psychologically predisposed to STEAL. Mayor Duterte’s good judgment can NEVER be usurped by anyone else because he is NOT a glorified puppet. He is a stickler for DISCIPLINE. And most of all, he is NOT corrupt. If his 22 years as public servant prove anything, it is this: He means what he says and says what he means. He DOES NOT have the predilection to PLEASE as most politicians do BECAUSE the evils to fight against are NOT at all pleasing!

    SO when in doubt, think: Would our nation be in better hands IF the leaders themselves like Sen. Escudero are RESIGNED to the prevailing maladies of the time? Would we as a people TRUST the untried, the untested, and the UNWORTHY? Most critics of Mayor Duterte say that he has YET to make good with his promises since Davao City which he ruled for years is just a small pebble in the edifice of our country. Somehow there is logic to that cynical view of what a driven man can DO. But let me counter by asking them this: Isn’t it more providential to have a leader proven worthy on small things than anyone else who hasn’t been proven yet on anything, let alone the BIGGER things?

    SEN. Escudero works on a traditional premise. His logical deductions may be valid to a point. BUT who says only LOGIC is all that is or may be needed for the mayor’s grand VISIONS to work? TRULY this country is amazing! WORDS – the brilliantly-weaved ones – are given more CREDENCE than VISION. The reason why we can hardly take off as a first world, highly-industrialized nation is because we MISTAKE verbosity with the RIGHTNESS of policy formulations, WHERE everything that is needed is simple but timely ACTION. Thus in my humble view, a DUTERTE presidency CAN DO what the excellently-crafted platforms of the other candidates CANNOT!

  • alexander lean daloga-og

    DUTERTE: WHO SAYS FIGHTING CRIME & CORRUPTION CAN’T BE DONE?

    SEN. Chiz Escudero says it’s impossible to do. It’s too serious. And even deeply rooted. Sen. Antonio Trillanes believes so too. BUT if I may ask them back, how do these plagues thrive and flourish in our society in the first place? The answer to that is plain and simple: BECAUSE good men DO NOTHING!

    SOMEHOW our national leaders have to begin somewhere to cure the prevalent defects that bedevil us for years. We can’t achieve something if we don’t do anything, or if we just leave our hapless fate to those who believe in politics as usual. In our salad days of youth, we are all constantly reminded by an energy drink that to be an achiever, we have to form a credible belief in mind because great things always start from small beginnings. That’s the overriding purpose of strong VISION – the mental map to carry out what our leaders desire to do – and to be – for the country.

    MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte & his runningmate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano appear to be serious about totally eradicating these scourges. Of all candidates in the national polls, they NEVER cease to amaze their MILLIONS of fanatic believers, thinking that the nation has to take a leap of faith to do what most Filipinos consider impossible. So to me, it’s not surprising to hear Sen. Escudero casting doubt about the plan. It just dawned on me now that the reason he won’t be president EVER is because he doesn’t have the heart and the fire in the belly to do it.

    HAD he pushed through with his candidacy for president back in 2010, we Filipinos would never have to endure six years of incompetence, corruption and underachievement under the Aquino presidency. Had he been visionary enough, we Filipinos would never have spared our precious votes to a scurrilous and corrupt vice-president whom Sen. Escudero gladly BUT mistakenly endorsed as the best person to succeed as president. He was wrong in his estimations then. So what makes him think he is right this time around? What makes him believe that his FAILED foresight before will work wonders for us all today?

    CRIMES can be curtailed if we have a president who is tough on criminals. Mayor Duterte proves he can. Is it really necessary to spill the beans on the details? When the mayor says “Stop it. Do not oppress the people!”, must we really doubt about whether he can stand by his words and deliver? Davao City wouldn’t be hailed as one of the world’s safest if criminals roam around freely to hunt for their prey. It appears that crime is pretty widespread in the city because even minor infractions are deemed recorded in the police blotters. Even Pres. BS Aquino knows that. He once stumped out his cigarette when he saw the mayor approaching him, not only out of respect BUT out of obedience as well to the rule of law that the mayor himself STRICTLY enforces without favor or fear.

    BACK during the authoritarian regime of Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos, the drug menace was so terribly rampant. So the government hauled off the small-time pushers to prison, convicted the guilty and set free the innocent. BUT for the drug lords, the certainty of apprehension and conviction cowered them all in fear, not to mention in blasphemous shame! Worse, the prospect of being summarily executed loomed large in the minds of drug syndicates which played fast and loose with the moral fiber -and the future -of the youth. In 1972, Lim Seng was put to death by firing squad. It was publicly televised to achieve its desired deterrent effects to all the criminals. Crimes went down drastically after that.

    AS to CORRUPTION, this too can be stamped out. It’s not at all easy, or a walk in the park, BUT it is not totally impossible to be done. At the height of martial rule, the so-called “great purge” ran after the corrupt officials and employees of government. Thousands of them were incarcerated & some of their loots were recovered. Those who were perceived to be complicit to the squander of public resources were preventively suspended while undergoing thorough probe about their cases. Under our current constitutional order, that too can be done. We have the Office of the Ombudsman to run after the financial miscreants and the corrupt. We have the anti-graft court or Sandiganbayan to try cases involving public sector corruption. The task is made easier because the Aguinaldo doctrine which used to be the shield of the corrupt elective officials has just been abrogated by the Supreme Court.

    THE FIVE pillars of our criminal justice system should be at play in full synergy to attain their maximal effects. The corrupt officials, for instance, cannot be apprehended immediately due to lousy investigations done by the prosecutorial arms of our government. The law enforcement authorities should be managed by no-nonsense officials who can perform their mandate to serve and protect the community. More, the investigative process should be handled by highly capable and honest men in uniform who cannot be swayed by the lure of cash to contaminate vital pieces of evidence. Both investigation and prosecution should truly be in sync to provide sufficient evidentiary grounds for the judicial prosecution and conviction of corrupt public officials. The outdated Revised Penal Code should be amended to hype the penalties, too, as efforts to modify our procurement, anti-graft, forfeiture, bank secrecy and anti-money laundering laws are to be simultaneously initiated in Congress.

    PUBLIC officials often value their good name in society. So most of them unleash their acts of depravity away from the prying eyes of the public. So to ensure that public transactions of financial nature are above-board, the proposed Freedom of Information law must be enacted. That way, both the public and the press can have legal access to vital information concerning the appropriations and disbursement of public resources. Although we have public disclosure policy today, the same remains ineffective due to lack of implementation by most government agencies or instrumentalities. The oversight functions of COA and Congress should be strengthened which necessitates the weeding out of complicit State auditors in cahoots with government officials. And to top it all, the immunity privileges of all impeachable officials should be waived in the interest of transparency and accountability, no matter who gets hurt or is involved. The Ombudsman’s powers are severely limited because of this privilege. It cannot INDICT probably corrupt officials due to such immunity. The classic case in point is Vice-President Jejomar Binay whose magnitude of plunder is rivaled only by pork barrel suspect Janet Lim Napoles.

    TRUE, the devil in this grand plan are the details. There are legal and policy ramifications involved that should be thoroughly threshed out by our young but highly competent technocrats. BUT no less than Mayor Duterte himself assured the public that upon assumption to office, he’ll convene a study team to look into his desired vision for a crime-free, drug-free and corruption-free nation. The most important part of this whole process is putting the right persons to do the right job. The self-imposed deadline is too short to achieve practical solutions. Still, if the next president has the command and respect among his peers and subordinates, he can very well impose immediate action on ALL his policy initiatives and plans within a reasonable time-frame. Sen. Escudero need not be reminded that the powers of the incumbent president are too vast, if not awesome. Properly exercised by a wise ruler, executive powers may yet grip the entire governmental bureaucracy in frenzied spirit of obedience for TRUE structural change to take place or happen.

    APART from the move to achieve federalism, these are just some of the most pressing policy initiatives that must be done AT ONCE! Drastic change requires equally drastic solutions to our “deeply rooted” problems. They cannot be totally addressed if the next president will just sit back and let palliative policies do the magic for societal transformation. Most of the candidates say that our problems are recurring; they are there even before we are born. But did anyone care to offer lasting solutions? SINCE these governmental dysfunctions and crimes are deemed old, endemic and systemic problems, then all the more that the Filipinos need a RADICAL president who can offer fresher perspectives and cure. FAILED prescriptions must give way to the one that will work!

    SOMETHING indeed has to be done. SOMEONE indeed has to step up and take the bull of criminality and corruption by its horns. NO ONE can DO that if the next president is BEHOLDEN to any vested oligarchic interests, fundamentally WEAK or even psychologically predisposed to STEAL. Mayor Duterte’s good judgment can NEVER be usurped by anyone else because he is NOT a glorified puppet. He is a stickler for DISCIPLINE. And most of all, he is NOT corrupt. If his 22 years as public servant prove anything, it is this: He means what he says and says what he means. He DOES NOT have the predilection to PLEASE as most politicians do BECAUSE the evils to fight against are NOT at all pleasing!

    SO when in doubt, think: Would our nation be in better hands IF the leaders themselves like Sen. Escudero are RESIGNED to the prevailing maladies of the time? Would we as a people TRUST the untried, the untested, and the UNWORTHY? Most critics of Mayor Duterte say that he has YET to make good with his promises since Davao City which he ruled for years is just a small pebble in the edifice of our country. Somehow there is logic to that cynical view of what a driven man can DO. But let me counter by asking them this: Isn’t it more providential to have a leader proven worthy on small things than anyone else who hasn’t been proven yet on anything, let alone the BIGGER things?

    SEN. Escudero works on a traditional premise. His logical deductions may be valid to a point. BUT who says only LOGIC is all that is or may be needed for the mayor’s grand VISIONS to work? TRULY this country is amazing! WORDS – the brilliantly-weaved ones – are given more CREDENCE than VISION. The reason why we can hardly take off as a first world, highly-industrialized nation is because we MISTAKE verbosity with the RIGHTNESS of policy formulations, WHERE everything that is needed is simple but timely ACTION. Thus in my humble view, a DUTERTE presidency CAN DO what the excellently-crafted platforms of the other candidates CANNOT!