“The only thing to fear is fear itself.”
– President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
MOST people of this country are afraid of the many things that PDU30 says. This is the reason why he is effective in making his boys kill with impunity supposed illegal drug pushers and users. In trying to solve a grave problem, his boys have created a graver problem – murders which are heinous crimes under our laws. In a democracy such as ours encouraging murders is a crime by itself – murder because the inducer under the Revised Penal Code is a principal by inducement. Since PDU30 is the obvious and indisputable inducer in all these murders, which have yet to be established though in our courts of law, he is guilty as murderer by inducement
Examining cursorily the media reports about these killing incidents, it is almost certain that more than fifty percent of these killings are simple cases of murders. Any fool of a lawyer should know that. Even a serious student of criminal law knows that. The excuses given by the erring law enforcers are not only insane; they are stupid. These killers should be confined twelve feet below the ground because they are criminals and they constitute very serious threats to the life and limb of everyone.
I know that PDU30 is very brave man and he gives the impression that he is. Being brave, he appears to be uncaring about what will happen to him as long as he achieves his objectives – kill the poor illegal drug pushers and users, and at some curious times, illegal drug dealers. Probably he is uncaring because he is old and appears sickly, and time, sooner than later, will take care of him. So, why the heck should he really care?
A leader must not only be feared, he must be respected
PDU30 does not have to be told that to be an effective leader he must not only be feared, he must also be respected. He should know that. He has been city mayor for so long that it is foolish for anyone to conclude that he does not know it. But at the rate his boys are going on a killing rampage and encouraged by him, before long, he will lose the respect even of his admirers and never earn the respect of the rest of the people. His reply might be that he does not care. But he should because more than sixteen million voters voted him into office and with them, the members of their families.
That is a heavy responsibility of a leader. Their hopes are pinned on you for a better life. What do they get in return for their vote and faith in you? Death and destruction is what they get because your mindless law enforcing killers think that they can do anything because they have your encouragement and support, and, therefore, they can go scot-free with murders – and the numbers have reached more than four hundred and increasing with every passing day.
This is wrong, absolutely wrong, Mr. President!
I heard you, Mr. President, say that you believe in God. I saw you kneel before Catholic cardinals and bishops and kiss their hands; it is well publicized that Bishop Quiboloy, who claims to be the son of God, is your friend and confederate. Did your Church and these religious potentates not tell you that one of the most pivotal commandments of their churches or religions is – “Thou shall not kill!” Or, have you forgotten that already.
You said that you got educated in Catholic schools – Ateneo de Davao and San Beda College. Did the teachers in these schools not tell you about this fundamental principle and value that the human being is inviolable because he is created after God’s image? I met your father, Governor Vicente Duterte, once when we were campaigning for the nomination of Vice-President Emmanuel Neri “Maning” Pelaez to be the presidential candidate of the Nacionalista Party for the elections in 1995. He was one of the finest gentleman politicians I have known then. He got praises from his peers, including Maning Pelaez. I heard about your mother, Manang Choleng, because she was talked about in higher circles in Cagayan de Oro City on what a great teacher she is and what a fine exemplary and religious lady she is. These I have heard from friends like Councilor Inday Laviña and her circle.
So what went wrong along the way – from being a lawyer who should know his fundamentals of constitutionalism and democracy to the city mayor’s office of Davao City and now as President? Something is wrong somewhere, Mr. President! In moments when you are alone in the Palace, when only God is with you because He is omnipresent, look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, “Who am I?” Maybe, you will get the mirror’s answer.
If you do not stop your boys, Mr. President, from doing these indiscriminate killings, I repeat, you will lose the respect of those who voted you into office and never earn the respect of the rest of our people. And when you don’t do that, you have lost all the chances to be a good leader and President, and the great potential of support of our people in a number of your good ideas.
Some of your good ideas, Mr. President
FEDERAL SYSTEM: There are a number of good ideas, Mr. President, which you have offered our people to better their lives. One of the excellent ones is to convert our unitary presidential system to a federal parliamentary system. As an archipelago with various tribal and cultural backgrounds, a federal parliamentary system is best for us as a people.
The change of system will erase decades of inequality and injustices in this country, orchestrated by the greedy and mindless politicians and oligarchs in Metro Manila and Luzon coupled with the cooperation and support of their co-conspirators from Visayas and Mindanao.
The federal system will promote equal opportunity for Filipinos, produce admirable competition among the states or regions in education, health and social and economic development and change the barnacled orientation that Manila knows everything. That Manila knows best is a false assumption. We proved this wrong when we were kids at the University of the Philippines, at different times, Elias Lopez a Bagobo from Davao province when it was still one province became the President of the UP student Council; Mamintal”Mike” Tamano, a Maranao from the one province of Lanao, as Preident of the UP Senior Council; and this writer as twice editor-in-chief of the Philippine Collegian, the official student publication of the University of the Philippines, based in the UP campus, Diliman, Quezon City, a Higaonon from Misamis Oriental..
Pagsabut man gud ni-ining mga taga Manila ug Luzon nga kita pulos sip-onon. Well, we bested them all and we showed we were as good, if not better than the rest
The federal system will systemize and rationalize national and regional governance freed from the unnecessary interference from Manila. It leads to cheaper expenses for government and lesser number of officials. It will develop regional or state natural resources for the greater good of their inhabitance. It will give all regions or states a chance of regional development, without any unnecessary interference from Manila. I will explain this more in specifics in my succeeding columns.
PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM: It is responsive to the demands of the people in a democracy. The residents of the regions or states do not have to go to Manila, as thye have to now, to ventilate their grievances against the government and get immediate results.
The people do not have to wait for a fixed term to get rid of the government. All the people need is a vote of no-confidence in the Parliament to remove an irresponsible government in less than a week. Instead of having more than three hundred non-functioning and useless members of Congress, you can have a unicameral Parliament with three members each for every region or state. The maximum number of states in this country should be no more than seventeen and with three Members of Parliament in each state, you will only have fifty-one Members of Parliament – a more functional legislative assembly with no gridlock in Parliament and less expensive to maintain.
And the best answer to an effective leadership in the country is that in a presidential system any damn fool can be elected President while in a parliamentary system no fool can be elected Prime Minister. The reason for this is – the leader of parliament is primus inter pares – the first among equals, meaning he is the best of the crop. I will explain the mechanics of the kind of parliamentary system we must have as a complementary institution to the federal system in my succeeding columns.
Demolish the oligarchs
Another good idea that you have is when you said that oligarchs like presumptuous men as Roberto “Bobby” Ongpin and Manuel V “MVP” Pangilinan should be demolished. This is long in coming. All these oligarchs have exploited our people for so long that they should be put in their proper places. Exile them in tiny shark infested islands, make them vegetate and confiscate all their properties so they can learn how to be responsible human beings.
Oligarchs are pests in Philippine society. It is about time their influences are removed at the first possible opportunity. This is a step in the right direction.
Amend or revise the Constitution
Yes, it is about time this Constitution should be amended or revised. This is one of the worst in the history of constitution-making – it has the prolixity of a code; it has many useless caveats, like “as the law shall provide”; it has provisions which are honored by lack of observance. It is as lengthy as the much denounced early constitutions of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the Peoples’ Republic of China.
But it should never be amended or revised by Congress of the Philippines. This is the institution of the oligarchs, many of whom, if not most of them, are involved in notorious cases of graft and corruption, not to speak of their ignorance and incompetence. Moreover, these are the elites of the country, champions of the current useless system; promoters of political dynasties; a number of them protectors of the lords of illegal drugs and oppressive vested interests.
Your boys in this crooked Congress, like all congresses before, do not speak for the people. Many, if not all of them, were elected through “criminal elections” which were decided by the money and cheating game. Wake up, Mr. President. You know that, why should many criminals amend or revise the most important document that decides the destiny of our people.
Stop saying that a Constitutional Convention (ConCon) is too expensive! Nothing is too expensive that determines the destiny of our people. Now, you said that you prefer a constituent assembly (Con-Ass) because it involves less expense. You want a cheap process. I can tell you there is one that is cheapest – a constitution written by one person who does not even have to be paid to do it. I know one who can write a constitution better than any Con-Con or Con-Ass, in the same manner as that one historic and monumental documental as the American Declaration of Independence. It is written by that acknowledged genius, better than a group of geniuses, ever assembled in the White House – Thomas Jefferson – who became one of America’s Presidents.
There are more good ideas coming from your mouth, Mr. President, and I will expand on them in my next columns with the prayer that you stop now the killings of the poor illegal drug pushers and users. Otherwise, if you persist in this pernicious practice, the people may shout at you using the famous Cebu Visayan expletive which you used when you recently spoke before the wounded soldiers at the AFP Medical Center: “Lo’lo Mo!!!”