My bilas, Justice Juanito Bernad, is now in a wake in the City of Dipolog he loved wisely and well. He had wed Patria, the eldest sister of my Dulce. Names taken from Rizal’s Last Farewell. Their father is in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Decency was his middle name.
Jaime Opinion and I differed in the Marcos years. But, when I got out of the hospital in 2007, following our unsayable family tragedy, he arranged to see me at home, a gesture I won’t forget, as I picked up the pieces of my shattered life.
Cuya Juanits and Jimmy, TY and farewell. When a loved one is taken back by the Lord, we have to resign to God’s will. I accept.
Art. 238 of the Revised Penal Code says a resignation must be accepted; else, it might comprise the crime of abandonment by a good thinking toiling Congressman—which Walden Bello is. As a Senator I filed a Resolution and a Senate Bill on the procedure on resignations but the idea never saw the light of day. What Walden uniquely contributes no one can duplicate with ease. The wrong Congressman has resigned.
If Manny Pacquiao resigns, cheers! A Do-Nothing-Great-Pretender-Top Absentee Congressman. Art. 238 would not be breached. He can focus on the Manly Art of Modified Murder, where he is gifted, but not the PBA, where he is not. But, his billions, which Sen. Koko Pimentel would not want taxed, make him a Man of Respect in our materialistic society. The PBA, where he inflicted himself, lowered the bar. For shame.
Manny can do what he wants in a fight I won’t watch on May 2, but, to leave the House and the PBA alone. The hard blows he may get as winner or loser, may further impair his judgment. He may shoot for the Senate—where I once toiled—in 2016 and the presidency in 2022. Susmaryosep! But, if he cannot be dissuaded, then run for Sarangani Guv in 2016.
In his absence, Vice Guv Jinkee can take over. Another dynasty. A quick study indeed.
If Manny had Muslim expertise, as a Mindanaoanon all his life, could Pinoy have used him in Mamasapano? Could PNoy have used a Dirty Dozen from Munti, life-termers, on a promise of clemency? I believe in the plenitude of his powers. What chain of command? chains the Prez? None that I know of.
In the book of Nick Joaquin on Jimmy—“Jaime Ongpin the Enigma, A Profile of the Filipino as Manager,” we see: “This second conference occurred on August 1, 1985. Practically the same group of RAM officers [including Gregorio Pio Catapang—incumbent Chief of Staff]present at the July  confab attended this next encounter.” Katapang even then.
I have no idea how many he has killed in battle. But the Star reported last Tuesday another death in the Manly Art of Modified Murder. A Pinoy killed an Aussie boxer Down Under. No, on May 2, I will show that I am not chained to the call of the wild.
I can see a chain-of-command for the commander-in-chief. But, for the Prez? Let’s say PNoy assumed I have expertise in Mindanao and he had asked me to go to Mamapasano. What would he have violated? Suppose he asked for life-termer volunteers from Muntinlupa to form a Dirty Dozen with a promise of pardon for survivors? No chain I see to hamper his choice.
The Prez “is not a Gulliver immobilized by ten thousand tiny cords, nor even a Prometheus chained to a rock of frustration. He is, rather, a kind of magnificent lion who can roam widely and do great deeds so long as he does not try to break loose from his broad reservation. Our pluralistic system of restraints is designed to keep him from going out of bounds, not to paralyze him in the field that has been reserved for his use. He will feel few checks upon his power if he uses that power as he should. This may well be the final definition of the strong and successful President: the one who knows just how far he can go in the direction he wants to go. If he cannot judge the limit of his power, he cannot call upon its strength. If he cannot sense the possible, he will exhaust himself attempting the impossible. The power of the Presidency moves like a mighty host only with the grain of morality and liberty.” The Palace does not understand chain-of-command? I think the critics do not understand Clinton Rossiter’s edifying observation.
I do not agree with the imposed limitations on the presidency which reminds me of what we used to say during martial law: military intelligence is a contradiction in terms. The Prez may think out of the box, as FDR, JFK, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and Dubya may have done in Pearl Harbor, Bay of Pigs, Iran, Beirut, Black Hawk Down and Iraq. Resign! was not heard.
The best-laid plans of men can go awry. But, for us not to wait till June 30, 2016 may mean a huge step in the wrong direction. A non-stealing Prez may mean more investment, more tourism, better rating, infrastructure, etc.
I cannot join the PNoy Resign movement. But, Manny Pacquiao should resign for committing Syndicated Estafa.
American involvement? Kanos should be more involved in teaching English. “Nabola ako” may mean “I was fooled.” No Prez may admit that. Careful non-partisan purists may translate it to mean “I was misled.” We can all be misled.
The only high public official I know who could not be misled was a fellow Bedan: Justice Gregorio Perfecto.
Of course, PNoy must answer for Mamasapano. For the deaths of the Gallant 44, and of Sarah, Marwan, et al.
But, like FDR, et al., including Obama and Fidel Castro, PNoy must answer to history. As Lebron James will answer for missing two foul shots recently, in crunch time. Time to move on to the next game.