MANY are asking: What happens if BS Aquino does “step down” as some implore him and others, more forcefully, urge him to do?
Many do not want Vice President Jejomar Binay to be the president as a result of Aquino’s resignation. They want the VP also to “step down” or resign together with Aquino.
We are not privy to the National Transformation Council’s plans.
We in The Times and many of our fellow citizens are hoping for this miracle:
NTC serves as President’s advisers and decision-makers
Prodded by his conscience—and urged by Catholic and Protestant bishops and other churchmen, Muslim imams, wise and respected Filipinos known for their probity, and holders of power in business, finance, industry, and persons whom the rank and file of the military and police forces look up to — President Aquino will patriotically agree to have the National Transformation Council serve as his advisers and decision-makers as to how our country should be swiftly reformed and transformed, in compliance with the Constitution and the other laws of our land.
For example, on the advice of the NTC, President Aquino will issue orders:
1. That all illegal government doings that have been identified as such in every executive department must be stopped, and everyone responsible for the wrongdoing be prosecuted.
2. That the most basic, vital and necessary proposed laws are certified as urgent and priority bills. His Excellency the President will then exhort his allies in Congress to pass these laws. The most urgent of these laws are those that address the massive poverty problem.
Strike down the illegal Smartmatic AES
3. That preparations for transparent, honest, orderly and fraud-free elections in 2016 be done. Therefore, His Excellency President Aquino will make sure that every bit of illegality in the implementation of the Automated Election Law or R.A. 9360–instituted by the Commission on Elections, in collaboration with Smartmatic, in the 2010 and 2013 elections, and poised to be repeated in the 2016 election–are struck down.
Those responsible will be prosecuted. Smartmatic and its corrupt automated election system using PCOS machines will be banned.
It is vital for the reform and transformation of our society and political system that a fraud-free, transparent and fool-proof election system be established. That system must guarantee that every citizen’s vote is counted and reported to the canvassing centers.
The National Transformation Council, and the institutions and forces that had worked to persuade President Aquino to work with the NTC, will also marshal their strength and powers of persuasion to secure the cooperation of the Commission on Elections to agree to all the election reforms.
If the illegal Smartmatic Automated Election System using the PCOS machines is not removed, the 2016 elections will be as defective and worthless as the elections of 2010 and 2013.
May God have mercy on our Republic and on us Filipinos and grant us this miracle.