Augusts ago, Noynoy Aquino could have been a goner, thanks to a failed coup. Deus ex machina saw to it that he survived. The same explanation for his ascension to the presidency, after which Jojobama Binay, Alan Peter, Miriam, Bongbong, now lust after. Mom Cory passed away five Augusts ago and elevated PNoy.
No restoration then for Erap, who has not closed his moist eyes on a possible 2016 run, should Jojobama and PNoy go to bed together, Erap warned.
Politics and public life do make strange bedfellows. Pre-Edsa’86, Marcos Loyalist Raffy Recto was one of the staunchest foes of Macoy’s Bataan nuclear power plant. One account I have read said Raffy was applauded in the Batasan for a speech on it when few from the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL, Kasal Binyag Libing, we said) dared speak against Macoy.
Was I shocked to read the other day respected Macoy Minister Gerardo P. Sicat’s blaming Cory in his PhilStar column for not putting the Bataan nuke plant on line. As much as anybody, I, as Chair of the Cabinet Committee on the plant, and later, of the Senate Committee on it, blocked its operation.
If I had erred in 1986, then engineer FVR could have corrected me quickly in 1992.
What our experts told us was that the plant was simply beyond economic repair and safety concerns remained unresolved.
German and Italy are phasing out their nuke plants today. California looks at its last nuke plant in Diablo Canyon following last week’s earthquake.
Maybe Mr. Sicat should read the September 1, 2014 issue of Time mag, on Fukushima, and its scary cover story; the Japanese tragedy of “three and a half years, after a catastrophic meltdown, Fukushima is far from fixed.” This is sophisticated Japan of Lexus, not the puede-na Philippines of dyips and trikes.
No, PNoy should not listen to Mr. Sicat and Bongbong Marcos. Mark Cojuangco just pleads that a definitive up-or-down decision be made. Fair enough.
Let me remind PNoy of my encounter with Ninoy in Boston in 1982. He then said he enjoyed the quiet life there. I later told others about his forswearing politics; they would smile a la Mona Lisa. There was that wistful catch to his voice, that faraway look, and which I now see in the prism of nostalgia’s soft dusky afterglow, in the amber autumnal half-light as the sun dipped with its lambent flame emitting shafts of purple shades at eventide on that long cool Indian Summer day we talked at length with a panoramic view of beautiful Chestnut Hill.
We did not touch the nuke plant but he knew that Sen. Lorenzo M. Tañada, Joker Arroyo, Nene Pimentel, Sister Aida Velasquez, Jake Almeda Lopez and I, among others, had actively campaigned against operating the plant. And Prez Cory Aquino listened to us in 1986. It seems less than fair for Mr. Sicat to say: “The decision to scuttle the nuclear power project was the result of self-righteous outrage of the new president.”
Chernobyl in April 1986 was again deus ex machina.
As the US, Germany, Japan and Italy now say “wait a minute,” maybe Mr. Sicat should not so casually conclude that our stand was based on a hate-Marcos bias. Raffy Recto was no Marcos-hater.
I do not hate pork, which continues to be used in the US and which we did not misuse in our time (1987-92). I want it kept, like the Judiciary Development Fund, with more transparency and collegiality. It should not be the Chief Justice alone disposing of billions.
And I want to clip the Supreme Court’s powers and bring it down to the level of the US counterpart, from Marbury v. Madison in 1803 (which I studied at Harvard Law in 1967 and learned about Bickel’s unelected Least Dangerous Branch which is here, arguably the most powerful and therefore, the Most Dangerous Branch, thanks to its egocentric self-serving interpretation of Grave Abuse of Discretion, which it transmogrified from ConCom Commissioner Roberto Concepcion’s original concept in a martial law context).
And here I again call the IBP the Irrelevant or Inutil Bar of the Philippines. How dare its head speak for us when it does not poll us even casually in this age of fast communication? Brown-nosing the SC where its officers have cases?
In 1972, I voted NO on bar integration, partly influenced by Justice Felix V. Makasiar, who was concerned it would be misused by a dictator (who turned out to be his UP classmate). I refused to pay dues but changed my mind when Justice Jose Benedicto Luna Reyes became its inspiring head. He was also the one who sent word to me to help those charged in military tribunals, where I met JJ Justiniano, in Military Commission No. 6, in Nichols. JJ was then with Ka Pepe Diokno.
JJ and we were on opposite sides on the case of US soldier Daniel Smith but that’s professionalism. To ad-hominem us as self-righteous Marcos haters seems less than professional.