Let’s give God a good reason to save us

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As the election fever rises, the nation seems to lose much of its hold on common sense. Led blindly by the usual propaganda fraudsters, even supposedly educated individuals—including some former Supreme Court justices and self-proclaimed political pundits—are talking of the potential candidacy of some politicians who are expressly disqualified by the Constitution from seeking the highest office. My Times colleague Yen Makabenta correctly calls it a “political striptease.”

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No single party is solely to blame for it, but President B. S. Aquino 3rd and the ruling Liberal Party have much to account for it.

No one has done so much to abolish the public role of the intellect and intelligence in our politics. Under the rubric of “daang matuwid,” PNoy and the LP, after five years of uninterrupted “fund-raising” at the Department of Transportation and Communications, the Department of Agriculture, and the Bureau of Customs, not to mention the unconstitutional Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), are believed to have amassed billions of pesos for their 2016 war chest. But until now, they have neither found a suitable presidential “candidate” nor an acceptable manner of choosing one. They seem to think they have solved the problem just by submitting everything to the dictates of an irrational president.

Instead of allowing the LP members, through a democratic and universally recognized process, to choose the “party candidate,” PNoy insists on doing it, all by himself. He has made a public show of an inane six-hour dinner to gauge the capability of the Senate’s political love-team, with their various constitutional and functional disabilities, and then suggested that they go to the hustings, well before the campaign season, to test their acceptability to the electorate.

To eliminate any risk of losing power to a successor who might send him to jail for his unpunished crimes, he also wants to control the automated voting system through Smartmatic, the foreign firm responsible for our widely assailed two previous elections and whose legal authority to do business in the Philippines is now being questioned before the Commission on Elections, the Supreme Court and the press.

(Mr. Cesar Flores Zavarce, who identifies himself as the president of Asia-Pacific Smartmatic, wrote in the Times yesterday to deny an item I had written in a previous column, quoting usually reliable sources as saying that Smartmatic international chairman, Baron Mark Malloch-Brown, who once worked for Cory Aquino in 1986, met with PNoy when he came to Manila last month. This denial was not unexpected, but since the story tends to reflect more adversely on PNoy than on Malloch-Brown, I expected the denial to come from Malacañang. None has come until now. So Flores had to do it.

(My sources stand by their story. They insist that PNoy met with Malloch-Brown at the Bahay Pangarap. That’s the old guesthouse across the Pasig. So I cannot walk away from the story, by apologizing to Malloch-Brown or Flores. It may be useful for Flores to commission a “survey” to find out which does the public believe— my column or Flores? While he is at it, Flores could also start denying the KPMG LLP Report to the British House of Commons saying that Smartmatic TIM Corporation, which supplied us 81,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, and now wants us to lease/purchase 93,977 units more, is a 100-percent foreign subsidiary and therefore has no legal authority to do business in the Philippines. )

The real tragedy is that none of the LP leaders have raised any objection to PNoy acting as though he were the entire party and the entire government. This has produced such a mess that, if we fail to check PNoy and fix what he has broken, the 2016 election could only make matters worse, instead of bringing relief to the nation. There could be real trouble during and after the election, something similar to what happened during and after the 1986 snap presidential elections.

It all began in 2010. Upon the death of his mother from natural causes, PNoy, then a virtually invisible member of the Senate, and his backers persuaded Senator Mar Roxas to drop his long-announced presidential ambition and become the former’s running mate instead. Before that, leading LP senators laughed at it as a joke when somebody suggested that Roxas take PNoy in as his vice president. Cory’s death gave him the qualification he needed. In return for Roxas’ giving way, PNoy promised to let him run the day-to-day affairs of the government, and to support him in the next presidential race, should they both make it. We are now seeing the rotten fruits of that shameful commerce.

Cory made the same deal with her running mate Salvador “Doy” Laurel in 1986. They lost the election to Marcos and Sen. Arturo Tolentino, but they took power after the EDSA bloodless uprising by declaring a revolutionary government. She never got to fulfill that promise. In PNoy’s case, although Roxas lost to his rival, the former Makati mayor Jejomar C. Binay, he nonetheless gave the loser a major say in running his government, even during his first year in office when the law barred him from appointing anyone who had lost in the previous election.

This was a year-long ban. After it expired, PNoy named Roxas as DOTC Secretary in charge of such big-ticket items as the MRT, which has since become the death of urban commuters. Upon the death of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo in a mysterious plane crash, PNoy shifted Roxas to the DILG to give him full access to the local government units and the police. Roxas became the real “de facto” president on behalf of the laidback president.

As PNoy’s ultimate “alter ego,” he was made to appear as the commander of the military operation in the infamous siege of Zamboanga, even though PNoy himself was reported to have issued orders from the naval headquarters of Western Mindanao Command to wipe out the Moro National Liberation Front fighters who had earlier asked for a ceasefire so that they could withdraw without any incident. Roxas was “credited” for the slaughter and the burning of 10,000 civilian homes. He also became the most visible personality in the aftermath of the Yolanda/Haiyan disaster.

Roxas’s political fortunes began to decline as the propaganda “surveys” pulled down his popularity rating against Binay. This was the exact opposite of the situation during the 2010 campaign. At that time Roxas led Binay all the way in the same propaganda“surveys,” until at the very end the first became last and the last became first, and Roxas was left wondering what had gone wrong. From then onward, Binay managed to sustain his rating as “the most trusted” public official. The propaganda fraudsters found it easy to stoke the perception that Roxas’ popularity had sunk to the ocean floor, and refused to let him rise therefrom. This happened to former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro and former Senator Richard Gordon, the two most intelligent presidential candidates in 2010. Their ratings were fixed at a permanently low score, and never moved.

Hoping or believing that by bringing down Binay, they could raise Roxas’ rating, Malacañang and its attack dogs launched their vicious demolition campaign against the VP at the Senate blue ribbon committee. Three young senators who had previously received bribes of P50 million each from PNoy to convict and remove Chief Justice Renato Corona during his impeachment trial were allowed to turn a supposed Senate “inquiry in aid of legislation” into an inquisitorial fishing expedition. The inquisition has not abated even after Binay has resigned from the Cabinet, and politicians who have done everything to prevent Aquino from being impeached are now planning to impeach Binay on some alleged charges not related to his work as the nation’s second highest official.

To prevent Binay from getting near the presidency, and ensure his continued control of the next government, Aquino has cast his eyes on Sen. Grace Poe as his possible savior, even though Poe is not merely unqualified, but rather expressly disqualified under the Constitution, from running for president, or vice president, or even senator. She is not a natural-born Filipino citizen, which is the first absolute requirement of any person seeking the office.

The letter and spirit of the Constitution are clear, and the facts about her personal history are clear. There is no way one could read the law and the facts any differently. The constitutional provision itself is written in the negative—“No person may be elected President unless he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines…” Every judge or law professor will tell us the gravity and import of this negative form. But Aquino seems to believe that he could do whatever he wants, and there is nothing and no one to stop him. Ms. Poe herself does not have the humility or the courage to examine herself, and admit her unfitness. Not because she may have any addictions related to smoking, drinking, lying, or sex, but simply because the highest law of the land forbids it.

She lied about her citizenship when she accepted her position as Chairman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board while she was still an American citizen; she lied about her citizenship and her residence in the Philippines when she ran for the Senate in 2013. Now she seems to believe her previous lying would save her from finally telling the truth, just because an irresponsible president, business cronies and alien interlopers would like to use her to save their pecuniary and political interests. How much lying can we put up with?

Sucked into this game of political exploitation, mendacity and deceit, many of our people have sunk into the deepest mire of gullibility and ignorance, and have stopped asking the right questions about their country and themselves. They want elections all right, but they do not want to be ignored or laughed at by asking whether the elections are going to be clean and honest. Nor whether those being mentioned by the fraudsters as the people’s “popular choices”are fit for the office they seek.

For five long years, now going on six, we have borne the pain and anguish from PNoy’s insane rule and our own stupid mistakes. Now that we have the opportunity to correct the past, shall we finally stand on our own or allow ourselves to be bullied once more by the predatory and exploitative elite? The moment of truth has come, but we should be eager to do what we can to save ourselves, and give God a damn good reason to help us out of this pit.

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  1. “Let’s give God a good reason to save us”

    This is a very puzzling title. It sound like man has to “manipulate” God to do something, which I find irreverent. After all, right afterThe Fall of Adam & Eve, God had hinted of a Saviour already. Man did not have to “give God a good reason to save us”.

    This statement tells a lot of the columnist’s undrestanding of who God is; which unfortunately does contradict with what is biblical.

  2. Again I ask this question, are anybody can file a complaint against Poe to disqualify her as Senator? As my own opinion anobody can file a complaint against Poe, why until now nobody filling a case her? You Mr. Kit Tatad you always stated in your column regarding the case of Poe to disqualify her as senator, why until it seems you did not bother to file a complaint. How about IBP PHILCONSA I think they can file case against Poe, so what are they are waiting for? How about Richard Gordon, why he is not taking any action regarding to file a complaint against Poe? I know he is a man of integrity and I know he is also a lawyer, why he had action regarding this matter? I think Mr. Tatad, you can file a complaiont against Poe, why not do and file acomplaint to disqualify Poe as Senator. Do it now you are in the position to this.

  3. Mariano Patalinjug on

    Yonkers, New York
    22 July 2015

    It is more than abundantly clear by now that President Benigno Aquino–and not the Liberal Party–is bent on personally picking his “successor” as President!

    It does look like he has despotic tendencies, and that does not bode well for a nation that went through several tragic years of a Marcos dictatorship.

    It is possible, however, that Mr. Aquino is not really a despot, although he is mocking the “democratic” process in the selection of candidates which is supposed to be the prerogative of his political party.

    In my personal opinion, he is engaging in a Machiavellian ploy to assure himself of another six-year term as President–and this is how he expects to do it.

    He picks, and the Liberal Party assents, GRACE POE as his party’s candidate for President. Because Grace Poe has “name recognition,” and did very well in the last elections for Senator, the assumption is that he will win against anybody the opposition can or will put up against her. Given the sorry performance of rural voters, who are prone to vote for celebrities and movie stars, there is a very good chance that Grace Poe will WIN.

    Now here is how President Aquino will be able to realize his Machiavellian ploy. Not long ago GRACE POE declared that IF ELECTED PRESIDENT SHE WILL TAKE DIRECTION FROM PRESIDENT AQUINO. More likely than not a President Grace Poe will be true to her word: She will take direction from former President Aquino–in the event giving Mr. Aquino the benefit of another six-year term as President again–albeit “behind the scenes” or “behind her skirt.”

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    Lapulapu1927@yahoo.com

  4. G R A C E P O E
    IS THE PRODUCT OF “MEDIA HYPE” DESCRIBING HER AS THE AMAZING GRACE, THE “UNSTOPPABLE GRACE” CATAPULTING HER IN THE MANIPULATED SURVEY RATINGS BY THE TWO MOST NOTORIOUS PR FIRMS “SWS AND PULSE ASIA.”

    GRACE POE,
    HAS THE MANIPULATED CHANCE OF WINNING THE 2016 ELECTION SINCE SHE HAS BIG “BUSINESS BACKERS” WHO IS BEING SAID ARE MORE THAN WILLING AND READY WITH THEIR BILLIONS TO FINANCE HER CANDIDACY FOR PRESIDENT AS AN INDEPENDENT BLOCK DESPITE HER COMPLETE LACK OF ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE AS LONG AS THE BUSINESS SECTOR WOULD SUCCEED IN TRANSFORMING HER AS THEIR PRIVATELY OWN “MINION.” TO CONTROLS HER.

    REMEMBER THE LESSONS FROM HISTORY CHANNEL WHICH FEATURES HISTORICAL DRAMA IN “WHO SHAPES THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE OF AMERICA.” ROCKEFELLER, FORD, CARNEGIE, JAY GOULD AND JP MORGAN ARE THE FINE EXAMPLES.

    THEY WERE THE GIANTS OF THE GILDED ERA WERE PREFERENTIAL GOVERNMENT REGULATION ALLOWED THE OPULENT UPPER CLASSES TO ACCUMULATE GREAT WEALTH AND POWER. THIS WAS BEING DONE DURING THE TIME OF ELECTION WERE THE RICH AND POWERFUL BUSINESS GIANTS CAN PROCESS, HYPE AND CATAPULT A CHOSEN CANDIDATE INTO PROMINENCE TOWARDS INSTALLING THEIR OWN PUPPET PRESIDENT.

    BY WHICH IN THE PHILIPPINES, BENIGNO AQUINO III IS THE CLASSIC OLIGARCH EXAMPLE

  5. Amnata Pundit on

    What do Magsaysay, Cory and her son Boy Sayad have in common? They were all hyped up out of nowhere to become president. The same thing is happening in this Grace Poe phenomenon. Pundits who write about current events but don’t mention the not so invisible hand guiding many of these events are like a priest who delivers a homily every Sunday without at all mentioning God. The only reason why she is being taken seriously in spite of her “strong bargaining position” being only the result of the work of fraudsters, namely the survey outfits SWS and Pulse Asia and Smartmatic, is because they know that behind these fraudsters is the hand of “God”. Even if an armed insurrection succeeds in dismantling this Yellow regime and leads to an honest election of a truly qualified leader, if he is not of the starred and stripe variety then you can bet your life we will be bombed back to the road of freedom and democracy. That is how desperate they have become in trying to preserve their world hegemony that is being threatened by other gods. So I guess you are right only God can save us but why should He?

  6. Samuel Santos on

    ” . . . and give God a damn good reason to help us out of this pit.”

    Yes perhaps. But first, let’s consider this:

    “When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
    “When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    “Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    “And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. “

  7. Given all the scandals that going on plunder, massacres, lies and the protection given to the Aquino allies i would have to guess that the corrupt Aquino government will do whatever they want, anytime they feel like it.

    The Philippines has been getting it up the but the past 5 years and apparently they are used to it.

  8. Leodegardo Pruna on

    Grace is disgracing herself by continuing to think that she is qualified to run for president and would make her chairmanship in the MTRCB as precedent when no one even bothered to question her fitness to the position. God bless the Philippines.

  9. Though a bit late in the day to put things right for our national elections in 2016, some one or some group should already challenge Grace Poe’s qualifications to run as president in the Supreme Court. She MUST be UNSEATED as senator if she is not qualified to be voted upon as a senator. Let us not prolong this farce any longer. Her election in the senate must be annulled. It is pointless to be just talking about it, if we are not going to do something concrete to advance the cause of justice in our country.

    • I am wondering who no one initiates this challenge to the Supreme Court. Doesn’t Pnoy realize or understand Poe’s ineligibility that he has constantly urged her to run as VP? Do they have something up their sleeves?

  10. Lahat ng pilipino ay gusto magkaroon ng mabuting gobyerno at buhay!
    Ang problema,paano pipigilan ang mga higateng media at t,v networks na komokontrol kung sino ang dapat ihalal,ang mga ganid na negosyante nakikinabang at ang elite na anay!na kontrolado ng dayuhan! Sa comelec pa lang,naipipilit na nila ang gusto nilang paraan! Magkaisa man ang tao,malamang mahihirapan!tama lang na ipasa dios na lang ang kahihinatnan!dahil sa lupa, walang tunay na katarungan! Mag-sariling sikap na lang at tanggapin wala sa lupa ang langit!!

    • Nakakalungkot din isipin na mas pinili ng mga higanteng tv networks at mga ganid na negosyante si satanas

      Kung naging maka-Diyos lang sana ang mga iyan, di nila gagawin ang makakasama sa sa bayan