Political oppositions are stepping up campaigns for GMA to step down and for a snap election to be held within 60 days. Some have included constitutional amendments to their demand of resignation. I don’t think such complicated and murky if not muddled issues will ever prosper.
I had a copy of “Hello Garci” CD. It was the version that included conversations attributed to Garci and some senatorial candidates. A neighbor employed in a law firm which handled legal matters for one Senator who made the exposé, passed it to me. A cousin from Negros happened to be in Metro Manila at that time and he borrowed the disc never to return it. And since cousin belongs to a syndicate of desktop publishers, it can be assumed that every Tsismoso in Negros had his ‘pirate’ reproduction of that disc, too. It looks like everybody else has heard them played.
I will agree that Hello Garci is not about good governance and democracy. It’s about election fraud.
And we had the Jocjoc Bolante Scam. As observers know, Cabinet member Mr. Bolante was nowhere found when the P700 million peso Fertilizer Scam erupted. He re-surfaced in the U.S.A. later where he was arrested by U.S. authorities for some offense. Now, people do not understand why after all the noise created, nobody charged Mr. Bolante for the alleged anomaly at home. It smells like political grandstanding. People were expecting to hear Mr. Bolante’s side of the story and get the facts from it.
We had ZTE-NBN deal. We had Malacañang unexplained Payola scam and what more else. It looks to me like they’re all bound to pass, too. A national election costs billions of pesos. Cost of election is not an issue except that the political system, for no cost, can very well take care of itself:
• Assuming that the President resigns, there is the Vice President next in line followed by the Senate President who is not without successors down the line;
• Assuming that there was election fraud in 2004, it did not directly implicate VP Noli de Castro thus making his case very debatable, like he has the right to ask for a recount that everyone knows may take almost forever. And this is moot as Senator Legarda, the contender, has already withdrawn interest in her 2004 election protest;
• The National election of May 2007 expressed the will of 80 million Filipinos. It gave Senator Manny Villar clear, unquestionable mandate and I don’t remember any impeachable issue was ever leveled at him at any time in his career. Why he should resign too cannot be understood by many Filipinos.
I agree impeachment does not work here. Impeachment may even be used to oust an honest President for the same reason that it does not work. I think this safeguard is good only in places where national leadership is among people of high degree of self-consciousness. To make it work here, maybe the oppositions should resort to Payola double that amount exhibited by Governor Ed Panlilio from Malacañang . But then again this will make the system appear not only half rotten but entirely rotten. What now?
I believe the call for the President, the Vice President and the Senate President to step down and for a snap election is incomprehensible to many Filipinos. To ordinary citizens, the whole thing appears to be nothing but desperate ambition of others who cannot wait until 2010 to take over Malacañang. This may translate to a waste of time over nothing.
This is the Philippines. A public official (or aspiring one) is presumed corrupt unless proven honest, is the general rule of the day. ( I, too, hate people who say “pareho lang ‘yan sila lahat.”) Issues must be simplified as much as possible to be understood. People want real change, sure change and not waste of time, efforts and taxpayers’ money, or nothing.
Welcome to the Philippines.
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