“How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
How many years must one man have
Before he can see the sky?
How many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind.”
– From “Blowin’ in the Wind” as sung by Peter, Paul & Mary
In these trying times in the Philippines, one cannot help seeking refuge in music, books and writing. This is true with me because I love music, books and writing. This possibly could not be true with others because they have other loves. And the art of seeking refuge must be in something or someone you love. Escaping from chaos to the garden of your solitude, you find solace in the rhythm of your heart and in the depths of your mind.
The woes of Sen. Grace Poe
There are pervading rivers of hate in this country. The venom spewed by many with pronounced or hidden agenda against Senator Poe is visibly unhealthy. These people probably do not know that hate is self-destructive. And I am seeing the beginnings of self-destruction in the faces of many of her detractors.
Knowing the facts and the law in her case, and the existing circumstances, the way her detractors argue has reached the level of idiocy. They cannot even determine the difference between what is legal fiction and what is fact? Citizenship is a legal fiction – it is conferred by law, in this case the Constitution of the Philippines. Being natural born is an issue of fact.
Natural born simply means – born in this country. That’s what is meant in English and the language used in this dispute is English not Tagalog or the Filipino national language. That is the fact. Unless one of the protesters against the senator can prove that she was born in Mars or the moon and she was brought to the Iloilo church where she was found, so the story goes, by celestial creatures or aliens from outer space. Alegata et probata, he who alleges must prove his claim that Senator Poe was not born in the Philippines. It is as simple as that.
And no one up to this point has proven that she was not born in the Philippines, the excitement and bragging of her detractors over the decision of the Comelec notwithstanding. Moreover, the final legal arbiter on this issue is not the Comelec; it is the Supreme Court under section 1 Article VIII of the Philippine Constitution. But the final constitutional arbiter on this issue is the people under section 1 Article II of the Philippine Constitution which provides that “sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.”
The Comelec en banc must be very careful in canceling the certificate of candidacy of Senator Poe on the unproven claim of the petitioners, more especially so if it prints the 2016 ballots without Senator Poe’s name in it. If the Supreme Court reverses the Comelec ruling, who pays for the printed ballots without Senator Poe’s name, the Comelec commissioners? Caution is the better part of bragging.
The detractors of Senator Poe are jumping with glee about the Comelec divisions’ decision against her claiming that the three Supreme justices who are members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) who voted against her in the SET will participate in the SC deliberations. Wrong because the rules on judicial ethics mandate that they must inhibit, and so would the two fraternity brothers of Rodrigo Duterte who tried to persuade another frat brother of theirs, Representative Roy Señeres, to withdraw in favor of Duterte.
For the detractors of Senator Poe, it is too early to celebrate; it is too early to brag about the absence of a significant rally supporting Senator Poe. Rallies and revolutions are unpredictable as the weather in these times of climate change or at any other time. This issue has a tremendous potential as a triggering mechanism for a revolution.
From my point of view, the just and fair solution to this problem is to have the name of Senator Poe in the ballot while the Supreme Court is deliberating on the issue or wait until the elections. If Poe wins, then the Supreme Court case will become moot and academic and the quo warranto case goes to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.
This is the win-win solution. Let the people be the ultimate judge! I am not for Senator Poe or for any of the three other leading candidates in the surveys. I do not believe in elections at this point in time. As I have maintained over and over again, the system is unjust and oppressive. It has to be demolished if the country must move forward. And in my vocabulary, not including the name of Senator Poe in the ballot is unjust and oppressive, if elections miraculously come at all.
Rogrigo Duterte and Roy Señeres
I have always dreamed of a Mindanaoan becoming President or leader of this country. The dreaming started when I was just a high school kid in the Misamis Oriental High School in Cagayan de Oro City. I have not stopped dreaming until today. Because of the critically desperate times in the country today, the dreaming has even become more intense.
On DUTERTE: When Duterte was rumored to be considering the idea of running for President, I thought my dreams will be fulfilled at last, until he started opening his big mouth grabbing every nonsensical idea for media mileage. He bragged that he has a lot of women. He bragged that he needs Viagra to make him enjoy living. He claimed publicly and openly that he has ordered the killing of criminals in his city and boasting that he has even personally killed some of these criminals. He appears to delight in killing. He said that the moment he gets to be President, he will start killing these criminals. He is a lawyer, yet he does not believe in due process enshrined in the Constitution that is why he is prosecutor, judge and jury. Weird, to say the least! His neither here nor there statements remind me of somebody’s friend whose first name is LUCI and whose last name is FER. No pun intended here!
Before he filed his certificate of candidacy, he said that if at all he files for the presidency, it would be because of Secretary de Lima who has been investigating his so called criminal activities in Davao City. Next, when the laglag or tanim bala erupted in media, he said he will file his certificate of candidacy because of the victims of the scam. Then, when Senator Grace Poe decided to run for President, he said he would run for President because he did not like a person with questionable citizenship running for President.
A confessed killer has no place in Malacañang, his place is in the national penitentiary. Or probably as an object in a zoo or in a circus but definitely not as President of this country
ON SEÑERES: So if I were a voter in this country, if elections come, the only sane and logical choice is Congressman Roy Señeres of party-list OCW. He is from Mindanao, coming from Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte. He has the qualifications beyond the bare provisions of the Constitution. He was once Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Chairman of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). He is the champion of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who number about eleven million and the oppressed contractual employees in many of the domestic and international corporations operations as well as other companies which have not incorporated, not only in the House of Representatives but outside of it. He has articulated his views for the OCW and the oppressed contractual employees who are victims of exploitation.
The Overseas Filipino Workers are dubbed as our modern Filipino heroes. What does that make of their champion? Does that not make him a super Filipino hero? He is that in my book.
Roy champions many other viable alternative institutions and programs to our present system. He adopts the parliamentary and federal system with definite specifics. He will bare his vision of the country, his road map and blue print of getting there in January 2016. He will also present to the people his dream cabinet also in January 2016. He has issued a challenge to the so called presidential front runners to a debate on specific programs and their qualifications.
The overseas Filipinos workers and the contractual employees should rally behind Roy and campaign for him. Roy is their champion. This is their season. This opportunity may never come again. This is true for Mindanaoans. We failed to go to the top with Vice-President Emmanuel Pelaez; there is a chance we can make it with Representative Roy Señeres!
The man has got character and that is what we need for a leader. When asked by frat brods to withdraw in favor of Duterte, he said he could not do it because Duterte is pro-death and he is pro-life. He also said that he has to continue to champion the OFW and the contractual employees as well as the poor and the forgotten. Withdrawing is being traitor to these people, his cause and his country. That is brains in his balls and balls in his brains!
Forget the others who are unfit, go for the fittest by the name of Roy Señeres.
But the Roy presidency is only my second option. The first is still the Constitutional Transition Government – a peaceful constitutional revolution. As I keep on saying, the present system cannot provide any hope for our people. However, the Roy Seňeres option provides a window of opportunity against all the avid candidates of the system.
If by election time, the CTG cannot be installed, for one reason or another, then the Roy Señeres option is the only second viable alternative to changing the system.
If by some twist of Fate elections come, my choice for President is Roy Señeres – the champion of the OFW and the contractual employees, and the Mindanaoans as well as the poor and the oppressed in this country.
It is about time, the people and media put Roy Señeres in the radar screen.