The act of Congress to take to its own turf the responsibility of investigating the Judicial Development Fund (JDF) purportedly for the alleged inadvertent disbursement of the Supreme Court is “usurpious’ if not suspicious and downright politically stirred act; in fact is highly anticipated after the high court’s unanimous declaration of Disbursement Acceleration Program’s (DAP) unconstitutionality. No matter how much these political interest groups would rationalize and deny their vengeful motive for such actions, their deed runs smack into the independence of the judiciary.
Obviously, some sectors are out to protect, rationalize or even to right the wrong
of some unconstitutional exploit, to escape responsibility from DAP misspending.
This vengeful move follows a particular pattern; much like the ouster of the former
CJ Renato Corona who incurred the ire of the President resulting into his ouster.
But in as much as it is remote to remove the 13 justices who voted against the legality of the DAP, the least to be done is to push the justices against the wall by questioning issues about the JDF; in the hope that that they will finally yield and overturn the earlier ruling. Yet these JDF issues that were trivial in the past were highlighted despite inappropriate and unwinnable because of lack of case to indict the high court.
Only a political fanatic who has lost objectivity and wisdom would not believe that political vendetta is the objective behind the attack against the judiciary; surely these are frantic moves that will not prosper. This action of some is a desperate move to inflict and cast doubts on the credibility of the high court even going to the extent of threatening to impeach the SC Chief. Filipinos, reasonable and rational as they are should not allow vested interest groups to twist our constitution and lawful society just to advance political and personal interests.
In the final canto, these people will paint a picture of the Supreme Court that they themselves will be petrified, impinging into a territory not their own and interpreting a law not their proficiency. Amongst our midst are lick boots who would do extreme measures and risking careers just to please and spare their “Boss” from the peoples’ rage and passion.
Unyielding traffic in Metro Manila
The current traffic jam that has punished Metro Manila’s people and the economy remains unresolved; in fact has gone from bad to worse. Initial relief from this stressful situation was felt when a total truck and bus ban was in imposed Metro Manila was imposed arbitrarily by authorities. Though it has somehow eased the operational aspects of traffic in the city, it brought nightmares to businesses that draw their income from exports.
Whereas before it will take an average of 5 days to release their importations from the local ports, now the least is 10 days, some less than a month! In economics this is what you can call as “legal & high level economic sabotage!” How would you expect the country to be the melting pot of investments when basic protocol to investment liberalization is not address? This even violates the basic principle of economics on supply and demand.
Still economic authorities would wonder why inflation rate last June has accelerated to almost 5 percent, the highest in two years. This was further aggravated by the continued exchange of barbs between the LTFRB against the MMDA and the city mayors; unless settled sooner will do more harm than good to our economy.
The entire economy will be in a quandary unless immediate measures are done to address this nagging dilemma that has affected primarily our economic well-being.
The government in this scenario should strike a balance between the interest of the people and the business community. We may be convenience with the absence of traffic indicators; but how do you address the business sectors that are adversely affected by local rulings that discriminate the businesses (like truck ban). This results in price increases resulting from the unavailability of goods that were hampered by the ban, worse unemployment and inflation will ensue.
Are we going to trade convenience of no-traffic with unemployment and inflation? Take your pick . . .
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