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  • People don't know good until they have seen bad, or they don't know bad, did not have any idea about bad, until they've seen good. Before all them could be hollow strings of words. [Tumen's doctrine]
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In the Rim of a Storm

The Philippine Supreme Court has issued a TRO that prevented the impeachment court to have a subpoenaed bank divulge account[s] of Chief Justice Corona. The TRO is specific to any that falls under Republic Act 6426, or the Foreign Currency Deposit Act (FCDA). It stayed clear of  Republic Act 1405, or the Bank Secrecy Act, which then left wide leeway to the opening of  information on several  peso-accounts owning to the CJ. It was issued upon a motion by the bank, actually.

RA 1405 allows the opening of bank accounts in cases as impeachment. RA 6426 specifies written permission of the owner of an account for its divulgence.

The Three Sides of it. Lifted from Google search: the impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona, Senate President and Impeachment court head Sen Juan Ponce Enrile, The President Benigno Simeon C Aquino III.

The TRO has been viewed by prosecutors as an intervention by the SC in the impeachment process. By itself, I don’t think the SC intervened in the big meaning and in the serious implications of the word. This made me post a comment somewhere, excerpts hereunder:

I think the supreme court never intervened for anybody, anywhere, anytime. It only receives the complaint. It must act on them. It likes doing them or not. It [SC], they [justices], must.

But, does the Supreme Court really intervene with the impeachment? I think the right-of-way of the Impeachment Court has never been in question. Nobody has questioned it. Nobody is questioning it.

There were series of events that led to the defense running to the Supreme court for relief. I think the TRO came at a time better than if the SC might or will say later that the impeachment court had been party to what the SC might say is [anything not good]. The impeachment court, being not really a party to prosecution, has choices between agreeing with the prosecution on their interpretations of the constitutions and by laws, or to honor the TRO from the SC,  so it seems now. I think it would be safe for the impeachment court to give a little room for the SC at some distance.

in·ter·vene

(past and past participle in·ter·vened, present participle in·ter·ven·ing, 3rd person present singular in·ter·venes)

intransitive verb
1. become involved in situation: to involve yourself deliberately in a situation, especially in a conflict or dispute, in order to influence what is happening and, most often, to prevent undesirable consequences
2. have preventive or delaying effect: to occur or take effect in such a way as to stop or delay something
3. elapse: to elapse between one point in time and another
4. break into conversation: to break into a conversation or discussion
5. be situated in between: to be located between two things
6. law enter lawsuit: to enter a lawsuit as a third party in order to protect your own interests
7. economics act to manipulate economic markets: to take economic action that is designed to counter a trend in a market, especially in order to stabilize a country’s currency

[Late 16th century. < Latin intervenire “come between” < venire“come”]

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The apparent conflicts between Malacañang and some legislators in one hand and the Supreme court in the other hand, made people to worry of a constitutional crisis. Malacañang Palace says that such a crisis is “malabo” [unlikely to happen].

Not only the possibility is there. Filipinos may not be in the eye of a constitutional crisis but they are already in the dark cloud of such a storm. I think the constitution is in effect being questioned by the President and his men.

There are times when people can debate in public on what they cannot agree with, without any problem to them. They are so when  the subject is hypothetical or the exercise is academic. Any question to the constitution right in the middle of a difficult real situation is, I think, itself a constitutional crisis. There is a difference between amending a law and subverting a law, the high forms of them.

That [duty and obligation of the SC] being it, a constitutional-political crisis is not impossible. Right now some legislators want the supreme court to totally stay out. The way some legislators act, it is possible the SC upon complaint might say the rights of the defendant is violated during the impeachment. Executive and Legislative could override the Judiciary. We have a collision when or if that happens. We can only imagine the rest.

Some of the President known allies and men. Lifted from Google search. Clockwise from top left: Sen Kiko Pangilinan, Sen Franklin Drilon, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Laceirda, Head prosecutor Cong Neil Tupas

The TRO handed to the Impeachment court was promulgated by the Supreme court after a vote of 8-5 with 2 abstentions. Cong Rodolfo Fariñas, member of the Impeachment prosecution panel has called for the impeachment of the 8 justices who favored the TRO.

No doubt Malacañang has the numbers in the lower house of congress where impeachments are born. The impeachment of the Chief Justice passing in there without or without much house deliberations has proven it. But Cong Feleciano Belmonte, the current head of the lower house, although a known ally of the President, has been quite apologetic for Cong Fariñas’ action.

Right now, the critical theater is the Senate where the impeachment of the Chief Justice is being handled.  Has Malacañang the numbers in there to finally impeach Justice Corona, too? Most political analysts will say yes.

But Philippine Senate in general, especially Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, has been trying to show impartiality in handling the proceeding.

Senator Enrile’s tenure as Senate President has always been threatened by coup.  Nearest contender would be Senator Franklin Drilon, a staunch ally of the President. But a coup would not be necessary. In the Senate that is acting as an impeachment court, anybody can be overruled.

People could wake up one morning under a declared or undeclared revolutionary government. It might not be planned. It could just happen.  A Judiciary that, in deed or in effect, might be gagged and suspended or arrested by the Legislative and Executive branches of government.

And that is not actually stated in the constitutions.  But it can be squeezed by the Executives into the shell of an emergency rule and then hatched. And the Philippine constitution saw only an independent Legislative branch to check that, which in the imagined scenario based on how things are, is likely a mere formality rather than functional. We see a scenario of the Legislative, more than checking, ganging up with  the Executives over the [Supreme Court and the] Judiciary.

Well,  if that would not be a constitutional storm enough that can develop into a political one. Whether Revolutionary government or dictatorship, then, are but matters of opinion.

This has always been a natural material world. Behind the rhetoric about good governance it is hard for the situation not to develop into a simple struggle for power and survival.

“The symptoms of this weak state are the large gap between rich and poor—a gap that has been exploited for political ends—and a political system based on patronage and, ultimately, corruption to support that patronage,” Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, former President.

That is where PGMA has been. Stated one way differently, as political power is harangued and harassed, it gathers all forces around it and in the end their interests – personal survival – become one, or are one of symbiosis. A formidable machinery whose loyalty is to itself is formed, by people tolerant of one another, and whose mainstay is the President.

Filipinos have seen history repeated times and again. We have the ingredients of past failures very much around. It is hard to hope for something very different under the same old circumstances.

The Two Views on the Matter

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is being impeached for culpable violations of the constitution, betrayal of public trust, and graft and corruption –  that’s the legalistic side of it.

The President, even before he was sworn into office, has never liked the Chief Justice, and his camp is busy working on that – that’s the politics’ side of it.

Meanwhile, things are drifting towards a storm and pointed to the eye of it.

Reflections of Little Known Goliath to our Northwest

Obscured to the world for many decades, People’s Republic of China [PRC] has been of great interest to many. Here’s some observation I find interesting. I submitted a few comments in there that I realized might appear long but that I felt were really short or lacking for the matter. I decided to collect them back to create a post in here:

I think Communists found themselves a little bit quandary at some crossroads not found in any of their old books. Situations nowhere seen in an inbreed ideological world.

…old Communist revolutionary songs with their high-minded lyrics are taking the country’s public spaces and television screens by storm.

Arts and culture have always been under firm watch and control by Communist states. As the world has known, never have they been used tyrannically by Jiang Qing, Mao’s widow,  and her faction for political ends – unparalleled witch hunting and persecution – attacking anything and anyone tagged as bourgeois – in a program called Cultural Revolution.

Lifted from Google search: Jiang Qing

So, there is a revival of the old days. If it is to go back in time and to stick in there, I think, is equally totally getting lost. It is also futile. The past was all about a struggle against feudal and colonial oppressive rule for the Chinese masses. That struggle found expressions in arts. The situation no longer [exactly] exists today. Something that is now imaginary. More in the side of hollow strings of words to a new generation. Those arts are just history. Present day people tend to buy arts that reflect them or their situation in real-time. Maybe the Beatles’ Hard Days Night might sell better in there, today.

Same Old Books, Same Everything

Same old books, same everything, different perspectives. The old ruled has become the new ruler, the former strugglers have become the present struggled.

Well, maybe the purpose is to try to remind, or should I say tell, the new generation of the masses where they have come from and just ‘be thankful and eat what is there on the table’.

‘…against [ ] oppressive rule, there’s the double edge pointed at some if not the selves. Old art may project different picture or interpretation in the minds of a ruled people – modern forms of oppression perceived by the ruled masses – as different to the interpretation of the new rulers.

Chinese Communist Party [CCP]  sees itself as on top of a continuous revolution. Any conflict coming outside of the party are viewed as forces of reaction. But objectivity is, a sure legitimate continuous struggle is only that of the masses who are forever ruled.

Communists see society as something that is class-dictated. State is defined as an instrument of a class [Marxism]. If it is not a dictatorship of the [working class] then it must be a dictatorship of the [owners of the means] and no way escaping that situation. One of the biggest problem is that it goes further to say that state now has the right to dictate the people. So we see why some Lady Gaga songs cannot be played there.  They do not want their people to hear them.

No, regulating arts and culture is not stranger in a liberal – democratic society. Comparing societies, one difference is in the degree of regulating them by governments.  One social structure is considered tight while the other is considered lax. One takes it upon itself to determine for everyone that Lady Gaga’s song is nonsense, while the other leaves it to everyone to determine if Lady Gaga’s song makes sense or not.

I think PRC is at one crossroad where either they should usher modern liberal democracy in or they must suppress it. CCP may not like it but as Mao himself saw, it is people who make history. [One translation of that is: people made leaders and it is not the leaders who made the people. Leaders are those who fitted people.]

Maoism is much part of present day CCP ideology. Any repudiation of Mao are more on the interpretation or the application of what he had laid.

Lifted from Google search: Chinese people

Communists believe in democracy. They have their idea of that they call “Democratic centralism” [Maoist]. The Western world has its own idea of democracy. I’m sure Chinese masses have their own idea, too. And it is that of the masses that counts, which worries the state.

There would be no conflict of ruler and ruled in the theory of democratic centralism – from the masses to the masses, which is republicanism from certain perspective. That sounds harmonious. But harmony exists only in the book. Fact is, we see conflicts existing between the rulers and the ruled. State happens to be also expropriation. That, itself, is just one of the many conflicts between rulers and ruled. Issues out of that conflict are usually how much in taxes and, more  important,  how public money is appropriated.

I think now is more in the side of a futile attempt by forces of reaction to freeze the world. When there is conflict of ruler and ruled, it is the consensus of the masses that prevails in the end.

People make history. That is one tenet of Maoism. That is also true in the liberal-democratic world. It’s been history of humanity.

Right now it would be a war of shaping the mind of that people. In one side, we have seen authorities trying to win that war with arts and culture as instruments. Arts and culture are themselves contested grounds between rulers and ruled.  Cyberspace is a new ground added in there.

A Party that is run by first generation revolutionaries like Mao and Deng might be gauged by the books. Today’s leaders in China [its bureaucracy] are born and grown in the time when the CCP has been in control. In short most of them were born sort of privileged elites, born of a different time. I guess, only those who know them and know China today, know what really goes in their mind. Nothing escapes evolution.

If there is indeed a growing revival of revolutionary days fervor within Chinese leadership then I guess another thing is to lean away from late day experiences, say of the Russians. They are gone past a situation when all they need is to refresh and take any start other than their present day situation.

Surely Chinese leaders have been watching the world.  While Russia was ahead in socialism, the Chinese appear advanced ideologically and politically getting their cues from the Russians. A part of them apparently would like to apply the brakes to the direction that the Russians took of which present day China has a similar version, too, for one thing.

PRC is a single-party political system. Inner party struggle is normal and natural.  They are closed-door matters. That would be to protect the prestige of the only party. When inner party struggle has gone out the door they are at the level of extreme sharp antagonisms, like the Mao-Lin Biao and the Mao-Deng Xiaoping conflicts.

Marxist Communist View of Culture

Culture is regarded not separate and independent of economics and politics. So we see a form of culture. It has behind it some expressions in economics. It will also have forms in politics. They are all viewed inter-related and inter-active. A liberal culture will have a liberal economy and a liberal politics, for example. Or, a liberal economy and politics have a liberal culture. A feudal culture comes with a feudal economy and a feudal politics. You see one, you see all or you can imagine their forms.

Stated another way, economics and politics created and promoted a culture that in return promotes that kind of political economy. Idea cannot be independent of matter.

Concerted efforts to eradicate and or to create a culture have been practiced by communist run states. In the Liberal world they are all let go in some way. What prevails is what it is, of the real world, of the real-time. What prevails is the product of a natural-material world of time.

I think more focus is on economics. It is the hardest of real objects. Art and  culture stem from it. So do political ideas.

They are calling for more equal distribution of wealth even at the expense of slower economic growth. They are attacking privileges of any kind.

There’s the factor of economics. Unequal distribution of wealth. I think that would be the problem confronting Chinese bureaucracy and State. In Capitalism, landowner [capitalist] expropriated its workers so he enjoys cars, mansions, revelries, you name it. At the extreme we see individuals who have too much while at the other end we see individuals  who are too deprived.

The theory of Socialism is: [owner of the means of production] is eliminated so workers enjoy their fruits. Workers own everything administered for them by the state. Sounds good. But that’s a theory. Russia has failed the theory of socialism. Around seven decades of Communist socialist rule failed to eradicate poverty. It failed to stop decadence like prostitution closely associated to that. At a time when western prostitutes earn a low of $35.00, their Russian counterparts were worth a used Levis jeans @ $20.00 brand new, or a pack of Marlboro cigarettes @ $1.25 a pack.

Reality is: At the surface of it, Socialist state now wants to own the world, go to the moon, own the universe, so to say. All that carried [too far] at the expense of [sacrificing] the workers. OK, Let us tone it down, there are things that are unnecessary but they must posses to survive. In like manner that a woman who does not believe in cosmetics spends a lot for them just so she will fit.

Why would people be attacking privileges of any kind? Privileges are qualities of life enjoyed by some when they should be enjoyed by all. State has failed to deliver quality services to all. At the extreme, masses would rather kill the practices since they cannot have them.

But, I don’t think people anywhere will take forever for a sacrifice. There appear symptoms of discontent. Suppression will only mount the pressure building up. [Lesson from North Africa, perhaps?] In a nation comprised of a billion people, awesome lots can be imagined from all that.

A Massive World Set in Motion by Petropolitics

I’ve been thinking of writing about something known as petroleum-politics or Petropolitics.  But, until now I really feel that the subject is fragmented in me so I need to sort my perceptions  into places, first.

In the other hand I doubt if I really have time to think about them, or why should I. Well, if I ever get to post them in here later, I think they might go this way

While "American Imperialism" has been one pole of global conflict, the other pole has shifted. The USSR and the Cold war are gone factors, equation has now pointed to forces that identify itself as Islamism.

  • All about world’s ever pressing need for petroleum, in particular. This is not limited to capitalism as the need for petroleum also involves socialist states.

  • A review of the petroleum industries in the free world, their motivation or nature, that again is not limited to them because in socialist states, state and bureaucracy merely took over, assumed role or assimilated, everything formerly of private capital.

  • The need by capital, to mean both capitalist and socialist in the case now, to exploit resources in traditionally international spaces.

  • The universal natures of politics and politicians of time. The need by states to provide for their people, the need for political-economic-social stability internal to them.

  • Lobby and/or corruption, a symbiotic relation, interests of capital and states have naturally collude become mutually beneficial along lines if not one.

Today's richest government on Earth is building up its military hardwares and flexing its muscles.

  • International conflicts in the race by states to get hold of free territories, the universal natures of people – patriotism and nationalism readily rallying behind states.

  • Added in there are: regional, cultural and racial differences that are generated further with the conflicts. The prospects of neo-global polarization of east-west-black-white, of insurgencies and world terrorism.

Peoples Republic of China - the big foot in the Spratlys, South China Sea

The main engine that drives world’s economy and politics, propelling the world in its present course is Petropolitics.  The thing has contributed much in shaping local and foreign policies of nations. It shaped laws, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea [UNCLOS] is no different.

This  world has been spinning on an axis called petropolitics. So very natural and perceived to be normal, to many people it’s just the way of the world. Living for the day is man. And that may be dangerous. The dangers of armed confrontation and wars is never been real.

By the way, have you ever wondered why all the fuss about cigarette  smoking when nothing is said about one car out there is 10,000 X more hazardous than one cigarette smoker? Well, that’s because we do not have thing called tobacco-politics with us. The thing is dwarfed, dying, if not already dead.

And look who says what is, or what is not, more important thing in this world. Like, the stride for alternative energies, say hydrogen, for all reasons, can wait.

Maybe I missed lots more than are stuffed in this thing called petropolitics. Maybe somebody should polish and finish the ideas.  But is not everything antedated, antiquated, nowhere in time, thus boring?

Ohh, what me worry. I am not Clark Kent.

The Craziest of All Ideas for Filipinos – Self Reliance

I think, for a change, state should redirect its focus at self reliance. Yes, like, state should have a direct hand at industrialization where there is much need if not a void.

Adolf Hitler, reconciling capitalism with socialism, employed it. President Ferdinand E. Marcos  also made a push at there.  No, it is not dictatorship I am selling. They are  the good sides in them viewed from national standpoint that I am saying. Aside from self reliance, industrialization by the state where there is none, also meant more employment.

The idea of national self reliance is old. Filipino leaders in the past must have had it in mind. Like, without many infrastructures needed everywhere, they had Philippine National Construction Corporation [PNCC] for that. Today, with the private sector proliferating in there, the thing has naturally become a Burloloy [white elephant]. Whatever functions to justify its continued existence can easily be assumed by later-day agencies like, say, National Economic Development Autority [NEDA] and the Department of Public Works and Highways [DPWH].

They had National Power Corporation [NAPOCOR] and the National Waters and Sewerage Administration [NAWASA], that the private sectors under them today would like to take over. Ill-administered, top heavy and became financial burdens, these state-owned corporations are more in the side of burloloys that may be dissolved except for their barest function – Regulatory.

[In the world of ideologues, privatization is a lease of life to capitalism]

But back to self reliance. Let’s talk about fuels. Putting aside pretensions, the world went to wars for that. Nations invaded for that.  Terrorism is rooted to that. The latest world economic crisis was caused by a domino that is rooted to that.  Maybe, we Filipinos can pursue our needs for fuels without any thought of going into any war.

President Marcos, recognizing the very peculiar vital rule of fuels, created Philippine National Oil Company [PNOC] and PETRON. Aside from being a move towards self-reliance and stability, Petron also contributed to the coffers. I think, privatization of Petron, later, was some stupid monkey business. Because, the reasons behind their creation, unlike others, are becoming aggravating instead of receding as time goes on.

Self reliance. Surely every Philippine President that came and went had dreamed about it. The idea looks simple when it is not. Under the present circumstances the idea is in fact crazy.

Let’s talk of our Bio-fuels Law passed just a while ago. It created a big demand for Ethanol to fill but where are all the ethanol plants and the ethanol because there are none. So we import something that could easily be produced locally while saving on foreign currency reserves as well.

Let’s fantasize that government is putting up ten ethanol plants for a start. Imagine 10 ethanol plants where there is nothing! That will be sisiw [small timer]. Kayang-kaya, wholly owned by the state, or in partnership with other states and or in partnership with the private sector.

Perennial problem of troublesome informal settlers living in streets and gutters?  Then, state can start relocating them to the sites where those industries are and where jobs and housing for them await there.  That makes  the practice of selling rights in relocation sites and coming back to the streets and gutters a thing of the past for them.

No, professional squatters does not mean professionals who live in squatter areas. The term applies to squatters who have already  been relocated for the ump time so that it seems squatting getting relocated has become their means of living.

But Ethanol plants need farmers. Without farmers to supply the raw materials, mills are  no better than scrap metals. Many of those small farmers today are in the streets and gutters than starving back home or living more miserably in farmlands! They have to be enticed back to the farms from the cities. Financial-agricultural assistance, mabigat but still kaya. Maybe the presently allocated billions [21 Billion  a year] of pesos ‘cash transfer’, alms, palliative that does not solve the problem of poverty, should be cut and diverted to long range solutions.

But, most of all, farmers need motivation – stable and good price for their produce. That’s to sustain them and the system of production. That will also make many people in streets and gutters to pack-up and start moving back to the provinces. Yes, going home by themselves as they have moved into the cities by themselves !

But, to make farmers happy, State needs to elbow the Compradores aside. Or, leaving the traders as they are, to pose stiffest competition for them. State will end up getting its hands on trading of fuels, or fuel components, if not strongly dictating over the whole agricultural and agro-setup.

Laws will be needed. Everything and everyone that contributed to the deep quagmire that the nation is presently in will be rocked!

So, you see, as we go deeper to the bottom of  the matter, it gets more and more complicated. The whole idea is what and why I call crazy. It’s like telling the majority of our lawmakers to tell themselves to go to hell, or to get lost! Present day Philippines is much a creation of the comprador class.

Ethanol, the big talk in the country in 2000, is something nobody is investing. Apparently the problem is about trade and not about production. A look at the situation of the sugar industry, and of the state of the country’s sugar mills, are enough to douse any enthusiasm for ethanol, I guess. Interested would-be-producers see no guarantee in trade. In short, private capital has sensed no money in there, or else they’re in there now.

Should not we just drift with everything and everyone to the edge?  Maybe there is a miracle somewhere to snag the Filipinos for the better.

Still, I strongly recommend Stronghold Crusader by Firefly Studios for everybody or everyone running the state. Maybe they’ll learn a little of something from the game. And don’t forget to select Castle Builder Build peacefully, with just the camels for company!  There are big cats in the way, lest you forget.

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Juan Dela Cruz an Outsider in His Own House?

A series of events leading to a certain disturbing point cannot be taken lightly. One is the controversial manner of release of the IIRC report. The President, or should I say his boys around him, can spend all the time explaining and rationalizing their acts. But they can never change the facts.

• That the Chinese got their copy first and Juan dela Cruz got his later.

• That the Chinese got their copy in full and Juan dela Cruz got his in parts and has yet to get part of it.

Wait a minute. Kayo ang Boss ko [You are my Boss] so said the President referring to the Filipino people. He is right. Juan dela Cruz sent him and everyone there to serve him – Juan dela Cruz. Kayo ang Boss ko, Filipinos will remember that as they will always remember President Estrada’s Walang kama-kamaganak, walang Kai-kaibigan [No favored relatives, no favored friends].

The manner of release of the IIRC report has projected the President saying one thing and doing another thing!

And Juan dela Cruz is not only sore but he is also made to feel stupid. The report is supposed to be his and he does not even know yet what he was saying in there that others have already read!

If the President can see himself in the eyes of Juan dela Cruz his nose now has appeared a little taller. Some labourers here beside me are also whining why it was all-businessmen that have no business in the U.N. he brought with him and why not did he include some labour officials to see their W.L.O. or I.L.O counterparts at there if he must bring people.

Austerity is good for a start. But that alone, as time drags on, won’t be enough. What else can a new administration that inherited a state economy that had already spent 93% of a year’s budget, do? Meaning he will be doing the same, financial juggling, too, spending money we have not yet earned! Boy, I can’t help but sensed the President’s gladness in his first address to the nation over some offers that are, in fact, carry overs of the Arroyo administration. Maybe he should look again because some of them could be sharks to feed on his  big Boss, desperate as ever – Juan dela Cruz.

His U.N. trip did not bring home 10 million jobs but he is singing now the same tune – Tagumpay! That is the old favorite song of all the other Philippine Presidents before, heard too many times by Juan dela Cruz so that the lyrics are familiar-boring, actually. Some observers are beginning to think the President is growing some mole on the face and his two front teeth are becoming a little bit conspicuous, reminiscent of some much disliked tenant in Malacañang that nobody even remembered as a cute lovable promising  leader before she became President.

And enticing foreign investors is good but it doesn’t work more than it had worked with past administrations. He inherited them all, and look at us today.  It’s been the main thrust of government since the time of President Marcos. Foreign investors need very little invitation. What they really have needed is good climate in their kind of businesses. The subject is deep and complicated than any of us can comprehend so that just seeing the sum would be simple and direct. Because, one plus one, plus one, has already shown three and will never show four or five. Factors have to change to come up different. I don’t think the present President is the bests of Marcos  up through President Arroyo,  all put together, a superman to do that.

I think, for a change, state should redirect its focus at self reliance. Yes, like, state should have a direct hand at industrialization where there is much need if not a void. That may be something patterned from the experience of the richest government and nation on Earth today – Peoples Republic of China.

And Juan dela Cruz as the big Lord and as owner of this big enterprise  called Republic of the Philippines expects each of his administrators to see things from his way and not to put a barrier in between and see things from their way.

If you are any administrator and thinks Juan dela Cruz is an idiot, an ignorant, a nobody or what, then keep disregarding him or better, throw him out of his own house so you own it! 🙂

How long, or how many times, should they do things like that before Juan dela Cruz gets fed-up? Never mind the constant enemies of the state. They are sworn to it. But Juan dela Cruz counts. Because thrown out of his house he may stand behind those wanting to demolish his house that he may  no longer like, anyway. 😦

By Gad, Juan dela Cruz is as crazy as Nero? No, we have seen him crazier, and crazier than people who would want to exclude him out of his own house!  We don’t want to see that.

Distinguishing Local and National Crisis, What’s That?

The recent investigations on the crisis show that there was a problem on distinguishing local and national crises. Because those who handled the crisis did not elevate the hostage-taking into a national concern, national officials found it inappropriate to just involve themselves or else muddle the then negotiations with hostage taker Capt. Rolando Mendoza. On the other hand, critics of the administration including Cong.  Lagman insists that since the case involved foreign nationals, then it shouldn’t have been taken lightly or at the local scale.

Local and National Crisis. I find that amusing reflection of Filipino politics and politicians. Do we need a law defining or distinguishing local and national crisis? Do organizations like governments need one specially written for them, other than already written and shaped over tradition, history and time?

Of course the Quirino Grandstand incident, in the course of it, became a national crisis. It started when the attention of the President was drawn to it and he got annoyed by it. In fact he went there and stationed somewhere in the proximity of the Quirino grandstand. That shows clear cognizance of the gravity of the situation no less by the President.

And I think it should have little or nothing to do with nationality involved because, next time, it might happen involving all-Filipino and yet would warrant national attention. Surely we are not second class citizens in our own country.

I have lived an organizational life, once. They went for us like these: Fiasco at the Barangay level ends with the Barangay officials and the town Mayor. Fiasco at the town level ends with the town officials and the Governor. In the modern day I guess that includes the DILG secretary because this added branch of government has been going down to the lowest level, which must be in its mandate.

It is assumed that problem encountered at the barangay level, for example, is conveyed to the town level, because if not, then, only the barangay level is accountable. Although the buck still stops with the Mayor… what he has done with his erring constituents… command responsibility. And command responsibility is reflected all the way upward.

Sometimes, uninformed by the lower level, problem gets the attention of the higher level that it may, or may not, act upon. They depended on the size-up of the situation. I think it is there that distinguishing local and national crises would like to elbow in.

I think some people here are questioning the soundness of national leadership’s judgment on whether or not it was time to take over and to have a more direct hand in what is theirs from the start, in the first place, as applied in the Quirino hostage crisis. They might have made a mistake like miscalculating the situation. That calls for apology and forgiveness. In fact the President has already done so even before the IIRC was formed to pick up and reconstruct the bits and pieces of the incident… if we remember a while ago.

But a law in there will tell officials what they can or cannot do in a situation even in their own domain. Going out of line, then, opens them to criminal liability. And what are the undersides of them? I imagine something like the President of the Philippines cannot, or should not do anything in the city of Manila because the law says it! Problema mo ‘yan Mayor at hindi sa akin, ha ha ha. Haay, mabuti na lang. Kung pumalpak, libre ako. Or, why not a Mayor or a Governor to tell national officials to stay out because he can handle it and he is perfectly within the law. Ayun, pumalpak tuloy!

Presently, when the mayor is in the barangay it is assumed that he is automatically in charge but in the manner that he is not taking away any function and obligation of the barangay officials. His is merely an override when there is conflict with the local officials. He is, in that instance, the de-facto direct highest authority of that place. So, in case of a f ck-up, the barangay captain simply said, “The Mayor was there, ask him about that.  Maybe he can say better”.

And all is reflected all the way upward to the highest level. I guess they are the results of what already are written in the charters of everyone, although they may not be found in one single document.

Shall we agree with Albay Congressman Edcel Lagman that heads should roll and these should include Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and the other cabinet secretaries?

Whether or not the head of DILG Secretary J. Robredo, or of anybody in the Cabinet should roll, I think, depends on the President. Nobody, not Congressman Edcel Lagman, knows better those people than the President himself. The President is responsible for them. If there is any question about those people, the President takes it, again, under the principle of command responsibility. He swims or sinks with them is all up to him.

Yes, every citizen has the right to tell the President what is right or what is wrong with him, of any of his men, of his administration, the  President would listen or not.

But, distinguishing local and national crises, what is that? Do we really need something separate and distinct as that?  Let’s take blame. In the world where people were honest, honorable and dignified it was not necessary. People readily assumed responsibility and accountability even before anybody has even whined about it. It usually ends the same or worse for them, anyway. And that closes the matter unless people saw more than them involved.

In the world where people are quick to pass the buck and to point fault to everybody other than themselves, where common sense is a thing of the past, where rat-always-seeking-hole mentality has dominated, where wrongdoers don’t give-up even when cornered in the ultimate V formation of walls – pakapalan ng mukha or tipong hindi “magpapahuli ng buhay”, it appears we do need idiocies like Local and National Crisis with everything stuffed to that. Yeah,  another Burloloy in addition to what already are in place that actually worked better in the past until they were nested by rats.

Do you wonder why all the backlogs in Philippine courts? Why it took a simple man in the street five years to hear the court say that a harassment case against him is dismissed? And dismissed temporarily because the complainant failed to show up each time! Why some ex-cop  had gone boryong with the law? [Some of them I know killed themselves waiting years for their retirement money to be released than do things more stupid like hi-jacking of tourists. And one of their fears was that if they died their old widows might end up prostitute in some corridors of power seeking release of their benefits!]

Why the bureaucracy hardly moves? A little more to them and Filipinos will be non-insane people in a straight jacket. And Ex-police captain Mendoza might not be the last of his kind.

I remember a while ago, National Bureau of Investigation Director Gatdula announced the scrapping of some departments of NBI. Duplication of functions. Malacañang also announced some offices dissolved.  Yes, Burloloys. Saves on taxpayers money, too. Simplifying instead of complicating things, I should add, reducing instead of adding chaos to a chaotic world created by chaotic politics. Because, sometimes there are things added to solve problems that actually worsened them. Now that reminds me again of the Total log ban to save our forests that totally killed many of our forests!

Meantime whether problems are local or national, should we really be spending precious time on that, folks? If you are a mayor, everything down to your grassroots is your problem. If you are a governor, everything down to your grassroots is your problem. If you are the president, everything down to your grass roots is your problem. What more is missing? Are they not enough?

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