‘More than ever, we need a caretaker government now!’

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WE adopt as our editorial for today, the statement issued by the National Transformation Council on the first anniversary of the Lipa Declaration, on 26 August 2015.)

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One year ago (on August 27, 2014) the National Transformation Council convened its very first assem-bly in Lipa City and issued its landmark Lipa Declaration. After Lipa City, successive assemblies were held in Cebu, Butuan, Angeles, Davao, General Santos, and Lipa once more, to spread the urgent call for national transformation.

Various groups across the nation came forward to echo our call. Cebu, Mindanao and Central Luzon were among the first to respond with great enthusiasm and vigor. Today we pause to consider how the government and our people have responded to our call.

How valid stands our call? As the various political groups prepare to compete for the 2016 presidential elections, does our call for change still carry the same weight and urgency among our people, or has it been completely set aside as irrelevant in the ongoing shuffle for political power?

This we must now ascertain.

In Lipa, we declared that we faced a crisis of unprecedented proportions. We saw the nation in grave peril from the very political forces ordained to protect, promote and advance the nation’s wellbeing, but which were aggressively undermining its moral, religious, social, cultural, constitutional and legal foundations.

We saw that unbridled and unpunished corruption and widespread misuse of political and economic power in all layers of society had not only destroyed our common conception of right and wrong, good and bad, just and unjust, legal and illegal. It had also put our people, especially the poor, at the mercy of those who have the power to dictate the course and conduct of our development for their own ends.

Despite the consistent protestations about Mr. Aquino’s so-called “Daang Matuwid,” official corrup-tion went unchecked and unabated to the point where it no longer sufficed to say the system has been thoroughly corrupted, but rather that “corruption has become the system.”

Far from preserving and defending the Constitution as he swore to do when he assumed office, Presi-dent B. S. Aquino 3rd violated and subverted it by corrupting the Congress, intimidating the judiciary, taking over the treasury, manipulating the automated voting system, and perverting the constitutional impeachment process.

Mr. Aquino also damaged the moral fabric of the nation by physically bribing members of Congress not only to impeach and remove a sitting chief justice of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Renato Corona, but also to enact a Reproductive Health Law which puts

the state in control of the reproductive faculties of married couples, and disrespects the right to life of human beings at the earliest and most vulnerable stages of their lives, in defiance not only of the Con-stitution, but above all the moral law, the customs, culture and consciences of Filipinos.

Therefore, faithful to the objective moral law and to the universally honored constitutional principle that sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them, we de-clared that Mr. Aquino had lost the moral right to lead the nation, and had become a danger to the Philippine democratic and republican state and to the peace, freedom, security and moral and spiritual wellbeing of the Filipino People.

We further declared that we had lost all trust and confidence in Mr. Aquino and called upon him to immediately relinquish his position so that we could restore the broken constitutional system before we begin to consider electing a new government under normal political conditions.

The various assemblies that followed in other parts of the country reiterated with greater vigor and urgency the call upon Mr. Aquino to step down. This reached a high point after the January 25, 2015 massacre in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in which 44 special action force police commandos perished in the hands of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters after they were denied reinforcement by the President, who ordered the military units to stand down.

With similar intensity and urgency the assemblies renewed the call upon the council to establish a caretaker government to preside over the needed system change. The role of such interim body, they pointed out, will not be to succeed Mr. Aquino but solely to prevent the continued destruction of our political system, and to rebuild and nourish back to health its institutions, so that all could freely join the political competition later, without the dice being loaded in anyone’s favor. At the very least the people must be guaranteed a truly functioning, fraud-free electoral system, otherwise we should re-frain from holding any further elections.

Today (on Aug. 27), one year after the Lipa declaration, we have to ask, is there anything we said in Lipa and in all the other assemblies, that now appears to have been in error, or in excess of our consti-tutional, moral and patriotic concerns? Have we unfairly and unjustly condemned the Aquino admin-istration, and misread our people’s capability to stand for our Constitution and the dignity and honor of the nation?

No, we have not. The Aquino administration has not shown the slightest desire to do penance for its grievous wrongs, and mend its ways. As it approaches the end of its borrowed time, it has shown no effort, and no desire, to conduct a clean, honest and credible election, nor to prosecute those who have debased the rule of law and the constitutional order and ripped off the coffers of the nation.

The apparent game plan is still to manipulate the 2016 presidential election through the Commission on Elections and its Venezuelan partner, Smartmatic, in order to ensure the continued plunder of the economy, the continued destruction of all our institutions and the continued exploitation of our politi-cal system.

In our effort to make the regime accountable to the Constitution and the rule of law, some members and friends of the National Transformation Council have asked the Supreme Court to declare void and unconstitutional the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) through which some false friends of the Republic in the name of a bogus peace seek to balkanize Mindanao.

They have also asked the High Court to stop the illegal and massive realignment of public funds which would allow Smartmatic and the Comelec to control without any accountability the next elections.

To end the administration’s unilateral exercise of impunity, they filed today (on August 27) a manda-mus suit against the President, the Ombudsman, the Budget Secretary, the Justice Secretary, the Sen-ate President, the Seaker of the Huse, the senators and congressmen, the heads of various agencies, and all those involved in the misuse and abuse of the P50-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional.

Our faith in our highest court remains strong and unimpeachable, but we fear that even if the court should act favorably upon all our petitions, such action may not be sufficient to end the evil that now envelops the system. So we must be prepared to do more. We have been told that Mr. Aquino has less than one year to stay in power, and that we should be patient and wait for the next administration to take over.

But just as it took just one tiny moment to issue the order that led to the bribery and total corruption of Congress and the removal of the Supreme Court Chief Justice, and to the Mamasapano Massacre, it would not take much longer for Mr. Aquino to commit our poorly equipped troops into an unwanted, needless and ruinous war at the West Philippine/South China Sea, or to completely hijack the next election, if in his judgment that could “save” him and his friends from any and all imagined peril.

We pray to Almighty God, in whose hands we put the nation’s safety and wellbeing, that nothing like this would ever happen. But given what we have been through these last five years, we cannot afford any undue risks at this time. Mr. Aquino must step down. More than ever we need a caretaker government, now.

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13 Comments

  1. NOONG UNANG PANAHON, KARAMIHAN NG MGA PILIPINO, MAY HIYA AT TAKOT GUMAWA NH LISYA (MALI) KASI MAY PAGKA-TAO

    MGAYON TAAS NOO PA, KAHIT MA-DIYARYO PA ANG MUKHA,

    NOON IKINAHIHIYA YUNG MAY ANAK KANG BAKLA, AT YUNG MGA BAKLA, INIIWASAN NA LUMAKAD AT MAKUTYA,

    NGAYON, LAHAT NG TV AT RADYO MAY MGA BAKLA AT TUNAY NA INI-IDOLO PA, BINALAK PANG GAWAING AMBASADOR NI AQUINO YUNG ISA,

    NOON PAGPUPUTA, PAGNANAKAW, KABAKLAAN AY IKINAHIHIYA

    NGAYON PROUD NA PROUD PA, MGA PARING BAKLA PROUD DIN TALAGA

    PWE !

  2. to Mr Stewart

    the comelec has been corrupted. the Comelec Voters List has been corrupted, the COA Commission on Audit has been corrupted, the Congressmen has been corrupted by the system, even the ombudsman, sandigam bayan are corrupted, i doubt if Justice Leonen is qualified to sit in the Supreme Court

    I doubt the character of Aquino, Abad, Drilon, Soliman, Abaya, Kim Henares, Lina of BOC,

    THE WAY I SEE THEM, THEY ARE ALL PLUNDERERS STARTING FROM THE PRESIDENT AQUINO DOWN TO THE BARANGAY TANOD.

    THEY ARE ALL SALARIED, WITH PLENTY OF ALLOWANCES,
    PERO NAKNPUTA, WALA KANG MAKITANG PAHMAMAHAL SA BAYAN

    MGA WALANG PRINSIPYO
    ALL MEN WITHOUT PRICIPLES. WITHOUT CHARACTER

    MAYROON NAMANG MAY PAGAMAMAHAL SA BAYAN
    IILAM NGA LAN

  3. to Vic penetrate:

    what we need is a coup d’etat right now. the military should do it

    first we jail the comelec commisioners and all comelec employees. two (2) elections all involved manipulation of elections, in two years update correct the voters list
    then device ways to have a clean election. manual not automated. the efficiency of the smartmatic voting machines are doubtful.

    nagamit na sa dayaan

  4. A caretaker government led by a mob called National Transformation Council? The NTC is a mafia type organization with criminal history…Is this serious?

  5. One thing I have noticed with all these blaming of the president for everything that happens in the government is the amnesia that the government is composed of three branches. Yet everything is heap on the president. Surely, there are failing of the executive department, but to blame the president for the collusion in Congress or the partiality in the Supreme Court? Are these other two branches supposed to be independent and co-equal with the executive? Common. Do you really believe that is how stupid all Filipinos are? You may fool the unthinking ones but not those independently minded.

    On the other hand, it just show how colonial still is the mentality towards the presidency in Philippine democracy. People who are supposed to inform how the government is designed according to the constitution ends up misinforming the public and herd them to their agenda. The paper become a vehicle of propaganda. The Philippine democracy does not grow to maturity. It remains monarchical in attitude. Rally each of the other two branches to do their job in checking the excesses of the presidency. Then you do not need NTC.

  6. Manila Times, thanks for your brave words demanding that BS Aquino step down. Sorry, it’s not going to happen. PNoycchio has a hide thicker that the elephant’s. Kawawang bayan!

    • Manila Times keeps (conveniently) ignoring Pilipinas Constitution. mANILA Times keep leaving out about the steps that get triggered per Pilipinas Constitution. Not that Manila Times doesn’t know the Constituidyon. Manila Times very well knows who becomes president should persi-Noy-the-Noynoy leave Malakanyang. BOODLE BOODLE!!

  7. Please let the people know what the caretaker government can do and how it can improve our lives.

  8. Who are the members of the National Transformation Council? They are all dishonest individuals, they want to live in society with abject corruption, they have no integrity to su8mit up they are called “INUTIL”.i THINK IT WILL TAKE SOMETIME TO CLEAR THE pHILIPPINES OF DISHONEST FILIPINOS.

  9. Bravo! Outstanding! very well said Manila Times,
    i hope those horrendous traffic have gven our people the time TO THINK AND REFLECT, an EPIPHANY, to finally realise that SYNDICATES are running the government , do you want more SUFFERINGS AND MORE BODYBAGS until his term ends? There is NO DOUBT they WILL MANIPULATE THE ELECTION to save their skins from prosecution, the question now is — WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Leave it to God? or
    OCCUPY the incompetent Executive?
    OCCUPY the useless self serving Legislative?
    OCCUPY the ‘appointeds’ Judiciary?

    Nasa Diyos ang awa at SA TAO ANG GAWA! , ACT NOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

    P.S. those traffic lines are your best source of PEOPLE POWER!

  10. Yet, he has the audacity to say: “………the Filipino people deserve no less……..”?! We have an ‘Abnoy’ for a preaident because we have a “corrupted” members of Congress and political leaders or ‘dealers’!.