We must now end the unending swindle

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As President B. S. Aquino 3rd faces the end of his term, the cry from his official mouthpieces is that his political slogan Daang Matuwid (straight path) should be given at least twenty years. Some nerve! Aquino has been one unmitigated failure, and since August of last year, the National Transformation Council has been calling on him to step down in order to allow a caretaker government to fix the broken constitutional order and introduce system change, before we hold another election.

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The kneejerk response to that has been, “Let Aquino finish ‘his six-year term,’ and let the next administration take care of changing everything that needs to be changed later. After all, the next election is just around the corner.” It is a copout really: this is a serious matter, and not enough people can really manage to be serious about the most serious things.

The six years are almost over. We need a clean and honest election to ensure some change after this administration. But we do not see the slightest prospect of a clean and honest election. No effort is being made to remove the players and factors responsible for the rigging of the 2010 and 2013 elections. To the contrary, every effort is being made to ensure that the same players and the same factors remain.

While Malacañang and the ruling Liberal Party are going through the motions of preparing for an election, what we actually see are official maneuvers and manipulations to repeat the 2010 and 2013 elections, courtesy of Smartmatic under the new international chairmanship of the global political operator Lord Mark Malloch-Brown. And what we hear is the mantra on “daang matuwid” being good for another 18 to 20 years.

How can the hypocritical slogan be any good still, after it has crashed again and again since 2010? It first crashed on site when Smartmatic and the Comelec rigged the 2010 “election” by illegally divesting the precinct count optical scan (PCSOS) machine of all its security and safety features and accuracy mechanisms, resulting in a “de facto” rather than de jure Aquino government.

This was repeated in 2013 when Aquino personally intervened in the “hocus PCOS” to bring about the 60-30-10 senatorial results in favor of his candidates, even in areas where they were not known.

It crashed again when Aquino used the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which the Supreme Court has both declared unconstitutional, to bribe the members of Congress in order to impeach and remove Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona and enact the widely opposed Reproductive Health legislation.

The crash continued after the Corona impeachment trial when Aquino seized virtual control of the three branches of government, in violation of the Constitution, notably the doctrine of checks and balances and the separation of powers. The bribery of senators and congressmen, and the unauthorized realignment of funds for purposes also not authorized by Congress were impeachable crimes, but precisely because PNoy had the members of Congress eating out of his hands through the pork barrel system, he could no longer be impeached. The House of Representatives has the exclusive power to impeach, and the Senate the sole power to try and decide all cases of impeachment.

“Daang matuwid” crashed yet again when PNoy refused to respond promptly and adequately to the humanitarian disaster caused by super typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, which flattened the whole city of Tacloban, Leyte, and destroyed Guiuan, Samar and other parts of Eastern Visayas. Foreign governments and international institutions rushed to the scene and poured all sorts of resources into the search, rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations, but to this day, Aquino has failed to make a thorough accounting of what has been received in foreign assistance and donations, and how much of it has gone to the intended recipients.

It crashed yet once more when PNoy assumed direct command of the police special operation “Exodus” against some terrorist targets in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, but employed a suspended national police chief as operations officer, after cutting out the proper officials from the established chain of command, and then ordered the military reinforcement units to “stand down” when the Special Action Force commandos came under attack from the combined forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. This resulted in the massacre of 44 SAF commandos.

Aquino’s accountability was never discussed in the various official inquiries conducted by the Philippine National Police, and the two Houses of Congress. The heroism of the SAF 44 was never acknowledged, even in passing, during Aquino’s final State of the Nation Address to Congress and in his speech at the 114th anniversary of the PNP.

Reputedly upon orders of Malacañang, the names of the fallen SAF heroes were stricken off the list of awardees for their exemplary service to the Republic without any explanation. The only apparent explanation is that Aquino could not stand handing out the awards to the widows , some of whom are capable of refusing the award and accusing him to his face of having sent their husbands to their avoidable death.

“Daang matuwid”crashed and continues to crash as PNoy refused and continues to refuse to prosecute all those involved in rigging the 2010 and 2013 elections, and those involved in the manipulation and misuse of the PDAF and the DAP, despite the clear directive of the Supreme Court to the prosecutorial arms of government to prosecute everyone. At the same time, PNoy continues to credit himself for jailing his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on a yet untried criminal case, and for jailing Opposition Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada on charges, from which his own political allies have been routinely and arbitrarily spared.

Now, we are being threatened with more of the same for the rest of this generation and the next. This is perversity in the extreme. We cannot simply sit back and relax. We need to fight back, and fighting back could mean doing something much more decisive and definitive than taking part in one more rotten presidential election.

In the last 12 months, we have seen all sorts of political posturing from various individuals who wanted to be seen as national leaders but who had (and have) nothing to say to the nation. One statement alone stands out during that period, and from it has emanated many other derivative declarations. This was the Lipa Declaration of August 27, 2014. I invite my patriotic Filipino readers to revisit that statement.

That statement said:
“We believe that, a crisis of unprecedented proportions has befallen our nation. The life of the nation is in grave peril from the very political forces that are primarily ordained to protect, promote and advance its well-being, but which are aggressively undermining its moral, religious, social, cultural, constitutional and legal foundations;

“That, unbridled and unpunished corruption and widespread misuse of political and economic power in all layers of society have not only destroyed our common conception of right and wrong, good and bad, just and unjust, legal and illegal, but 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 selfish ends;

“That, far from preserving and defending the Constitution, as he swore to do when he assumed office, the incumbent president B. S. Aquino 3rd has subverted and violated it by corrupting Congress, intimidating the Judiciary, taking over the Treasury, manipulated the automated voting system and perverting the constitutional impeachment process;

“President B. S. Aquino 3rd has also damaged the moral fabric of Philippine society by bribing members of Congress not only to impeach and remove a sitting Supreme Court Chief Justice but also to enact a law which imposes population control, in defiance not only of the Constitution but above all of 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 declare that President B. S. Aquino 3rd has lost the moral right to lead the nation, and has become a danger to the Philippine democratic and republican state and to the peace, freedom, security and moral and spiritual wellbeing on the Filipino people.

“We declare that we have lost all trust and confidence in President Aquino, and we call upon him to immediately relinquish his position, and we call upon the National Transformation Council to assume the urgent and necessary task of restoring our damaged political institutions before we begin to consider electing a new government under normal political conditions.”

With all due respect to those who have been trying to agitate our people to support one more Smartmatic-run election, our situation has not changed from the time the Lipa Assembly issued this Declaration on Aug 27, 2014. Now, as then, the deliverance of our people will not come from one more rotten election with pseudo political leaders and foreign interventionist forces participating. It can only come from an honest to goodness Philippine revolution.

That revolution could be bloodless or bloody; that will depend on the free will of our sovereign, God-fearing people. But the rule of evil must end, and only a genuine moral, spiritual and political revolution can end it, not one more electoral swindle.

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16 Comments

  1. “DAANG MATUWID”, the loud cry of Noy’s Administration. Cguro nga, kasi hanggang ngayon walang naituwid! Nag-iingay sa PDAF scam… walang katapusang pagtutok!, … Eh, bakit pa gumawa ng DAP issue! Puro “blame game”! Power-Hungry! Spotlight-mania! Dios ko, nakakaloka! Let us be enlightened by this bible verse from Matthew 7:4-6:…”Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5″You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. 6″Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

  2. We are a joke as a citizenry for not standing up to the obvious result of daan matuwid .. We have been robbed blind and continue to be screwed ..yet the oligarchs sre comfortable and we are cowering in fear of vendetta by crossing the administration.. Corona’so impeacent , jinggoy Enrile and Revilla’s arrest is the sword of Damocales hanging over our heads by the administrations hand. We have been silenced as a citizenry and the people we elected do not speak for us . Money, Power,,position. Have overtaken their love of country and their duty to their constituents. We are to fend for ourselves from a government who is duty bound to help us yet oppresses us for we suffer their failures mistakes and corruption

  3. Amnata Pundit on

    As the civilian government has demonstrated in the strongest terms possible that it s not interested holding transparent and honest elections in 2016 or anytime in the foreseeable future, the only solution short of a bloody revolution is for the military to step up and perform its role as protector of the people. What your National Transformation Council sorely lacks is a grassroots foundation to rid itself of its image as being just another elitist movement no different from the regime it wants to replace. You can start by joining hands with Bono Adaza and recruit families of soldiers and policemen. Since they are not allowed to join these groups, get them through their families. Get the public school teachers, and barangay officials or their families and add the OFWs’ families for good measure, So much the better if you can come up with a general design of a political system where these grassroots forces I mentioned will be the power wielders instead of the current political class, to be installed after the elections. Your movement needs a lot of fine tuning, more than the standard manifestos you have so far been producing. This is a revolution you are mounting, not a student council election contest.

  4. As I quote the taxi driver from TARLAC…

    He said they in Tarlac are surprised to know why PNoy and his families were commended in Manila while in Tarlac they call them ANIMALS..

    Simple answer: Mostly of the businessmen are in Manila and so are the media.. they’re benefitting from his Gov’t so they need to do something in return..

  5. The President himself could not make his own family with more reason solving the nation’s problems.

  6. That is exactly what noynoy, the yellows, the oligarchs and the Liberal Party are good at. They bash at Marcos’ achievements, and demonize any association with the family. When it was them at the helm, they couldn’t do anything right. For their faults and brazen lies, they deadpan and keep a nonchalant stance. They simply do not care about the Filipino populace. But come to think of protecting their wealth and resorting to self-aggrandizement in terms of their interest.? The yellows, the liberal party , the oligarchs, as well as the mainstream broadcast network owners, they are picture perfect liars and hypocrites .

  7. Bert O. Romero on

    Please initiate a fund-raising campaign to have this NTC Declaration published in all mass media – tv, radio and print – from now until December on a regular basis. A signature campaign may also accompany this fund raising.

  8. genesisbughaw on

    It’s a pity for having a frankensteinic presidint.
    Keep up the good work and Mabuhay National Transformation Council!

  9. Sir Kit,
    Malaking kasinungalingan yang Daang Matuwid na pinangangalandakan ni Penoy.
    Kung matino ang administrasyon na eto, marami sa kanila gaya ni Penoy naging
    Congresman, senador, hindi katangap tangap na hindi nila alam ang Modus ng
    Pork na mas malaki ang naibubulsa na halos walang natitira para sa Proyekto
    mismo. Si penoy at si Abad na kung Tuwid na Landas ang talagang layunin, dapat
    babantayan at ihihinto ang Pork barrel pero imbis na ihinto ginawang DAP
    at Pdaf. Alam na alam nila kung paano nilulustay at pinaghahatihatiaan ang Pondo
    ng Bayan ng mga duhapang sa pera ng Bayan pero imbis na ihinto pilit pang
    pinalalabas na Legal ang ginagawang pamumudmud sa pera na dapat binabantayan
    nila. Ngayon hugas Kamay na kunyari ipinakulong ang 3 senador na sangkot
    sa Pdaf, DAP na si Penoy at Abad ang nagbigay, at yung mga ka KKK niya
    hindi kinasuhan. Ginagawang Tangga ang sambayanan sa mga nakawang sila
    rin ang punot dulo. Yan ba ang Tuwid na Daan.

  10. Underlying all the abuses mentioned in your article and various columnists on the Aquino virtual dictatorship, there is an end game. For one to usurp the separation of powers by taking all the branches of government and the military hostage by bribery, etc. suggests that a sinister plan is in the works. When all forms of public service from lack of intermittent water supply, disruption of electricity, lack of provisions for basic necessities such as rice and other staples are not being fixed, and the grind that people face daily on transportation (MRT), tantamount to inhumane and callous acts, is designed to push people to break and do something foolish or become zombies. When, the PCOS or Smartmatic system with cases of crashing in the past election, or the future hack of all the voting software systems or to fry the servers to crash to rig the election are not considered as major concerns indicate that the next year’s election is already compromised. How about the Bansangmoro issue? Another destabilizing factor? Why was it introduced recently? It seems that Aquino and his oligarch buddies have already planted bombs in every corner you turn to for you to find and diffuse. Try fixing all these and your head will spin as they are specifically designed to make you lose time to prepare for next years election. Apparently, Aquino and his KKK are ahead of the game. But what is their end game? They are keeping the opposition busy with all the plunder investigation etc while laughing at all the chickens without heads running around trying to defend themselves. Your next move!

    • Buy some television time and have it read for the people who don’t have any other way of getting information or truth.

  11. It doesn’t need so many months of his remaining term for this inept and incompetent President to commit another blunder that could seriously impact the lives of the long suffering Filipino nation. We should not hope that he could turn around the present situation from bad to good during his last remaining days in office. Just look at the what happened to the 2 members of SAF 44 whose names were stricken off the list after the immediate families were informed that their heroes are due for some recognition? If that’s not rubbing salt on a fresh wound – pray tell me what that is?

  12. is it true pnoy said ‘he is just doing what his parents have started’? is it Hacienda Luisita the roots of all this mess to save it? i think it’s ms Grace Poe is the answer to be a great nation again. no doubt.

    • Grace Poe is riding the Aquino Express,

      Poe buried the SAF 44 report by giving it to the Ombudsman Morales instead of to the senate in effect shielding Aquino from further inquiry.

      It will now take a vote from Aquino’s allies in Congress to reopen and that is not ever going to happen.

      Senate President Franklin Drilon and Senator Grace Poe on July 29th thumbed down a proposal by Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano to reopen the probe into the January 25 Mamasapano incident.

      In a letter dated July 23 urging Poe to reopen the probe, Cayetano cited the need to learn why the Ombudsman charged SAF personnel who survived the debacle.

      Grace Poe killed and buried the SAF 44 report.

  13. Guillermo Hernandez on

    Yes……the time for a REVOLUTION is six years over due.

    And it has to be BLOODY……all guilty parties, most specifically that MADMAN AQUINO
    Should be quartered and feed to the dogs in Luneta.

    No more…no less !