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    If we cannot see, or refuse to see, that President Aquino 3rd and his candidate Manuel Roxas II, using Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales as their political assassin, are on a rampage to unfairly stop at all costs Vice President Jejomar Binay’s bid for the presidency next year, I’m afraid we are seeing the death of democracy in this nation.

    This time obviously it is not through martial law, but through the Aquino-Roxas gang’s ability to exploit the weaknesses of our legal system. To do this, it has hired dubious complainants and witnesses against Binay and to bribe, through its pork barrel, Congress’ acquiescence to its machinations.

    We have power-hungry, power-drunk maniacs out to suppress the people’s right to choose who their leaders will be.

    It is sad for Binay, who had fought a dictatorship in his younger days, to now in his winter years have to fight a more sophisticated version of strongman rule.

    We have to stop these enemies of democracy.

    This has never happened before the entire history of our Republic:

    For a Senate committee, obviously under a President’s thumb, to undertake investigations for a full year before the election into alleged corruption of a presidential contender who had seemed to be a shoo-in for the highest post, all in order to pull down his ratings, to brainwash people into believing that he is corrupt;

    For the Ombudsman to become a key player in the political assassination plot by throwing the office’s very limited resources to persecute not only a presidential contender but his son, all in order to demoralize the man and frighten his allies and supporters; and

    For the Senate and the mainstream press to acquiesce to such a plot against our democracy, believing the lies of a gang that it would lead the country to prosperity.

    Rule by law? Liberal Party stalwart Umali (left), convicted by Sandiganbayan to 10 years in prison, welcoming visitors to the provincial government’s website as if nothing happened; Abad, architect of the P72 billion hijacking of the budget, which the Supreme Court had ruled illegal, still at his post; Makati mayor Binay, ordered forever banned from holding any public office by the Ombudsman acting as judge.

    Rule by law? Liberal Party stalwart Umali (left), convicted by Sandiganbayan to 10 years in prison, welcoming visitors to the provincial government’s website as if nothing happened; Abad, architect of the P72 billion hijacking of the budget, which the Supreme Court had ruled illegal, still at his post; Makati mayor Binay, ordered forever banned from holding any public office by the Ombudsman acting as judge.

    I suspect the next step would be one which should really outrage us, if we still can think for ourselves and see through this regime’s lies, if we still value democracy: the Ombudsman will order the arrest not only of Binay, Jr. and his father himself, a leading contender for the presidential contest next year. (They’ve already fixed the problem of Grace Poe Llamanzares: She will be disqualified.)
     
    Never happened before
    Such persecution of a presidential candidate has never, ever happened before in our history.

    C’mon, the Friday before the Monday filing of the certificate of candidacy for all elected positions, the Ombudsman issues an order deciding that Makati mayor Jejomar Binay, Jr. is guilty of the overarching accusations of a losing candidate for the mayoralty years back? And the Ombudsman imposes a penalty that includes Binay Jr.’s perpetual disqualification from public office – which means he cannot run for Makati mayoralty next year? She investigates allegations, and she – and she alone, really – makes the decision on guilt or innocence?

    And Ombudsman Morales even insults her former colleagues at the Supreme Court by issuing such an order when Binay, Jr. has a case pending there questioning his suspension by the Ombudsman two months ago, on the basis of the same charges? Why couldn’t she wait for the Court’s decision? Obviously to stop Binay, Jr. from filing his certificate of candidacy today, or at least frighten away his supporters.

    What has happened to that principle that almost miraculously emerged in the 16th century to become a pillar of modern civilization and the rule of law, which we call due process?

    Has there been a single hearing before an impartial judge to even determine if the documents proving the allegations of overpricing of the Makati Building II cited by the Ombudsman are even authentic? Have the contractors been summoned to explain whether they cheated on their pricing? Were reputable contractors asked if the price appeared to have been inflated? Were Makati officials asked if they thought there was no bidding of the contracts as the Ombudsman claims had been the case?

    C’mon, apologists for the Ombudsman, and I assume the Ombudsman herself, would claim that R.A. 6770 gives her the power to impose “administrative penalties.”

    But whatever the law seems to authorize the Ombudsman to do, it cannot override the Constitution’s more primordial Bill of Rights, which assures every citizen the right to due process and its provisions on how justice is served, which basically requires that an accused be given an opportunity to answer his accusers. Was Mayor Binay given such due process?

    How can the Ombudsman, who according to the law that established the office is defined as “investigator and prosecutor” of government officials, suspected of corruption, be the judge herself?

    Two reasons
    There are two reasons why the alleged powers of the Ombudsman to decide on her own over graft allegations and issue penalties haven’t been questioned in the Supreme Court as to its constitutionality.

    First, because of the widespread perception that graft has become so prevalent, the body politic had decided to look the other way and ignore its constitutionality.

    This is especially so since the Ombudsman’s orders to remove elected officials from office were reversed in three of five such cases, on which I have been able to research before deadline for this column.

    Secondly, and more importantly, past Ombudsmen were very careful in wielding such alleged power as they knew it was questionable to use it and must only be used with utmost care. Ombudsmen of the past had proven themselves to be above politics.

    In contrast, I don’t’ think there has ever been an Ombudsman who, from all indications – as in her crucial role in removing the Chief Justice – has been so willing to act as the sitting President’s political assassin.

    In the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, she lied on the witness stand and before TV news cameras in saying that bank records showed Corona had $10 million in dollar accounts, when the actual amount was just $1 million. She deliberately distorted the figures, adding up all the bank transactions so that a deposit and a subsequent withdrawal were counted twice. That was the biggest excuse for 20 of the Senators to find Corona guilty.

    “It is no longer my concern if Mr. Binay appeals to a higher authority to reverse my decision,” Ombudsman Morales so imperiously told reporters. “I have done my job,” she said.

    Morales certainly knows what her job is. Certainly fresh in her mind would be the case of Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano, who Morales decided was guilty of grave misconduct and therefore, must be removed from office. After the Ombudsman rejected his appeal for the order to be reversed, Soriano went to the Court of Appeals, which reinstated him. This took eight months.

    This would mean in mayor Binay’s case (or even in his father’s case, if it comes to that), that a higher court would override the Ombudsman’s order only after the May 2016 elections.

    Rule by, not of law
    What Aquino and Roxas are doing has been done elsewhere in the globe, as narrated by historian Francis Fukuyama in his recent “Political Order and Political Decay,” in which he distinguishes rule of law, from rule by law. “In the latter case, the “law” simply becomes a tool by of the absolutist to suppress his rivals, a clever one as he can pretend there exists a “rule of law” with which everyone must comply.

    We call it here “selective justice,” which is a misnomer since justice – as depicted in the famous “Lady Justice” representation of it – is blind-folded: it cannot select when justice is served.

    Liberal Party stalwart and Oriental Mindoro governor Alfonso Umali was sentenced in April to 10 years in prison for graft by the Sandiganbayan itself, a three-man court. Yet after attending the promulgation of the court’s decision, Umali simply went back to his office in Mindoro, telling reporters the decision was “not final.” And the Ombudsman does nothing to enforce a Court decision? There is even no hint at all in the provincial government’s official website that the governor with a big photo on its home page has been ordered jailed by the Sandiganbayan.

    The Supreme Court itself ruled that the P72 billion Disbursement Acceleration Plan (DAP) was illegal, and even called for those responsible for it to be prosecuted, yet the Ombudsman hasn’t ordered Budget Secretary Florencio Abad – who is not even elected by the people – to be dismissed, or just suspended?

    Was the Ombudsman’s announcement that she will file charges against Abad for implementing the illegal DAP merely a farce, so she could claim that she was going against both allies and enemies of Aquino?

    In 2010 I was racking my brains asking myself why Aquino seemed obsessed, just a month after he assumed office, to remove Merceditas Gutierrez as Ombudsman. He got the Congress and the Senate to impeach her on the most insane grounds really, which required a major expenditure of his political capital. He even offered Akbayan agent Risa Hontiveros a slot in his senatorial slate in the 2013 elections so she would file an impeachment complaint. Yes, Gutierrez was an appointee of President Arroyo. But she had a decades-long career at the Justice Department, who wanted to do her job so she wouldn’t be suspected of being an Arroyo lackey.

    Now we understand why. From day one of this regime, it was already plotting to perpetuate itself in power after Aquino steps down six years later. They have succeeded, probably by puffing up her ego, to get the Ombudsman become the deadly political assassin par excellence against Binay, who at that time already seemed to have the best chance of being the next president. Roxas was also livid over Binay’s unexpected victory over him, and vengeance, indeed, is a dish as cold as this Ombudsman can deliver it.

    For chrissake, let the people decide in May who they want to be President!

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    38 Comments

    1. kayo naman, weather weather lang ‘yan.
      hindi ba you were with the PMS during the hello garci weather?
      so what’s the bs? you guys also killed democracy at that time.
      hindi po ba?
      i hear greece has much nice weather instead. so why not go back there.

    2. History of complete manipulation under the govt of pnoy. He used all in his power to persecute anti allies and all in his power to protect erring allies.

    3. I have nothing more to say, everything has been said all I want to say then is this coming May 2016 election I will give the Liberal Party, the most evil political organization in the land a big ZERO vote. This party equaled the Nazi party in Germany. This Aquino guy is emulating Aguilnaldo’s brand of politics, that is total annihilation of his rivals.

    4. isidro c. valencia on

      PIGNOY is a trying hard third rate copy cat of MARCOS, the dictator. What CORY’s restored (independence of three equal branches of the government) PIGNOY raped and destroyed.

      All for the benefits of his FIRST PERSON MAR umi Roxas Ahas, working in a CONJUGAL PRESIDENCY, run by a “baklang presidente.”

      Satan (not recorded in the Bible) is a “certified bakla” and a schizophrenic. These are symptoms detected in dysfunctional mind of PIGNOY.

    5. The people will decide, OK. But it will be the PCOS which will proclaim the programmed winner.

    6. I wish for thenew Go neww Government will put in jail these corrupt officials Pinoy, Abad, Morales etc. The Government first focus on these officials to put in jail.All these yelow wards of abnoy will be lose on these coming elections. The people already knows to judge of this Government for sure the people will decide this coming election day,

    7. We need more journalist like Tiglao who are Intellectually sound to talk about the Hidden truth !
      We should not give up on Democracy!

    8. It seems to me that almost everyone in this discussion are against President Aquino. Kulang na lang sabihin sa inyo na KAYO NA ANG MAG PRESIDENTE. I am not voting for his candidate anyway. The way i see it, his style of leadership is somewhat authoritative.

      • We suffer bcoz 5 yrs ago majority of pilipino’s vote on popularity,sympathy, ,,worst, a man without a wife,a mother n a kid to take care, no leadership background..no nothing to present, he won bcoz of tatay n nanay aquino. Lets vote again base on popularity!!!

    9. Forty years ago Jejomar Binay took the jeepney to get to work. Now, after only twenty seven years in public service when he was appointed as officer-in-charge of the City of Makati by Cory Aquino, Binay has become a billionaire. Not a lot of politicians can do what Binay has done in such a short time, and i can see why he is in trouble.

      I don’t think it is political persecution as the author of this article would suggest. I don’t think some lunatics are moving to kill democracy either, somebody’s just doing something about corruption and Aquino is willing to do the dirty job. It doesn’t matter if it is election season or Christmas season, Binay has a lot of explaining to do about his ill gotten billions.

      • THat’s why they should be given a day in court….Their side has to be heard too…There are two sides of the coin…One can never be poor forever and if they go0t rich beyond expectations, it is their duty to explain and we should give that to them.

      • This is the thinking person LA702..your reasoning is sound and proven by equations that are infinitely false. Facts that VP Binay is corrupt is unverifiable due to non-corroborative events but his millions today cannot be equated to his means..and as long as VP Binay cannot prove the legality of his millions the equation will endlessly remain false. In translation to easy layman..VP BInay is a false public servant…he served unto himself the millions beguiled by his position… and he has his sight to more millions on the offing in malacanang.

    10. The problem with Binay was that his corruptions was exposed before the public and it was very convincing considering the evidence presented against him.Binay refused to attend the senate hearing to correct this impression. It is only proper to stop the Binay’s because they are unfit. They see their election as absolution from their sins. That should not happen. Mr Tiglao should instead advise Binay to face his cases before seeking another office.

      • Expose… but proven??? Proved firstly!!! All the rest is bull from these crooks yellowish pieces of stinky matter!

      • The appearance of Limlingan and Baloloy in the senate inquiry is the solution to the woes of the Binays. It is now concieved by Filipinos that VP Binay is hiding something and only Limlingan and Baloloy can shed the light.

    11. But democracy has been dead for sometime now. It was already dying in 2004 in Garci’s hands, but the day it died a complete death was in 2010 when the yellows installed an UNDISGUISED CHEATING MACHINE called Smartmatic which came with a MASSIVE DIRTY FINGER that is still pointing at the Filipino people today. Every thing else that you are watching is a mere side show made up of clowns and chimps designed to hide the fact that democracy is very dead and already buried in this country.

      • as i have said again and again, the magical hocus pcos machine, now called omr by andy, IS THE ACE IN THE SLEEVES OF BOY SISI AND BOY PICKUP. this is the final backup if boy pickup’s ratings, yung totoo na kanilang itinatago kung baga not for public consumption, will not improve. and add to that, the employment of vg (garci ba ito??) and other known election manilpulators as revealed by jarius bondoc in one of his articles at the phil star to make sure that on counting day the massaged survey results will be more or less what the smartmatic hocus pcos machines will spew out.

    12. Don’t worry Mr. Tiglao,Roxas surely will not win,,he is not DESTINED, HE IS A TRUE BLUE LACKEY.His utter failure to get a Vice President candidate,THAT HE HAS TO SOLICIT THE HELP OF PRES. AQUINO,shows that he is not an INTELLECT,he is so stupid, that he does not accept the REALITY that he is being taken for ride by this administration,he is being repaid for giving up his nomination in tha last election.
      WHAT A PITY

    13. Don’t worry Mr.Tiglao, Roxas will not win,because he is not destined,a true LACKEY OF THE PRESIDENT ,HE IS NOT AN INTELLECT.
      MR. ROXAS is so STUPID, HE DOES NOT KNOW HE IS BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE BY THIS ADMINISTRATION,HE IS IS BEING REPAID FOR THE FAVOR,THAT HE GIVE IN TO AQUINO HIS NOMINATION LAST ELECTION.

    14. angel s. paredes on

      in the light of the above ..i wish a sws make a swipe of public opinion whether a strong meritocracy executive hand is already needed and will support.

    15. we will not be surprised that the next step of this yellow oligarch will do is get rid of the next contender. to shameful for this people who obviously for vindictive that the late Pres. Marcos, What can you expect to a family with a mind of a communist. He will do every possible way not to put himself in a wheelchair after his office.Let Karma speaks to itself.

    16. Leodegardo Pruna on

      This administration will do all possible tricks particularly the use of the hocus-PCOS machine to assure its candidates victory (Roxas or is it disGRACE). With A BAD man doing his thing with the money of the people and the ombudsman flying her sword, who could beat them? God bless the Philippines.

    17. I always wonder if Senator Miriam Defensor was cheated when she run against Fidel Ramos ??? I will just sit back and enjoy the show which is the Philippine presidential election 1026…

    18. Wow, Sir thank you for this column of yours. I feel so relieve that finally i could say that there is really an orchestrated machinery to demolish the BINAY family. im just trying to look for proofs, and this is one i could use to somehow help in my own little way in clearing the VP and his family. Though I am a fan of PINOY, I don’ think I would agree to what his allies are doing against their opponents. Politics in the Phil really is different..whew!

    19. The weapons of destruction of Abnoy Aquino are
      Ombudsman Morales, Delima of DOj, Abad of DBM
      Drilon of the Senate Belmonte of congress ito ang
      mga yes men / women ng administrasyong na
      gagawin ang lahat kahit pa ito ay labag sa batas
      para lang mawalan ng balakid ang kanilang panalo sa election

    20. Mr. Please let the court (Ombudsman) takes it course regarding the dismissal of mayor Jun-jun Binay any way mayor Binay has his own layers to defend jun-jun Binay about his case.

    21. The seeming blindness of the pinoys – the Filipino people! – is what scares me a lot. The pinoys have been rendered so blind to the injustices, the unfairness and the thievery in go’vt. (read: the 72M DAP money and more!) that they can’t see what’s so obvious, what’s happening right before them.
      Wow, what a sad state of affairs for the people in the Philippines.
      :(

      • tama ka carlitos, mukhang ang mga makabayan groups lang ang nagsasalita sa mga kabalbalan na ginagawa nila boy sisi, boy pickup, alcala, dinky, purisima, drilon, belmonte at ang pinaka sa lahat abad. nauwi sa spectator ang karamihan at puro angal na lang ng angal at walang ginagawa para baguhin ang sitwasyon; itong pagwalang bahala attitude na ito ang dahilan kaya bakit sumikat ang kalye serye at aldub?? parang naging escape ng mga tao ang kalye serye. for a brief period of 2 hours people laugh at the jokes and scenes at eat bulaga and kalye serye to escape the reality.

    22. if the ombudsman officials esp. morales as the head is abusing the FIL. people and the higher authorities not doing anything but allow morales and Aquino gov’t to abuse the Fil. people WHENEVER THE WANT , JUST WHERE DO WE GO TO SEEK JUSTICE MR. TIGLAO???? BAKIT WALA MAN LANG MAGMALASAKIT SA mga taong inaabuso ng Aquino gov’t