In the latest mind-numbing sequel to this train wreck of an “anti-corruption campaign, Aquino applies the tricks picked up from the media training. Thus, instead of asking the Ombudsman to resign, Aquino’s idiot squad is making the rounds rallying more idiots make the call for the Ombudsman’s resignation on their behalf.
Trial by Publicity Makes a Mockery of the Laws of the Philippines
If Aquino and his idiots have a beef with the Ombudsman, then bring it to an impeachment trial. Aquino’s idiots should establish a prima facie evidence, convict, and impeach Mercedita Gutierrez based on the Constitution.
ARTICLE XI – ACCOUNTABILITY OF PUBLIC OFFICERS
Section 2. The President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Supreme Court, the Members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust. All other public officers and employees may be removed from office as provided by law, but not by impeachment.
First Things First – Build An Air-Tight Case
This trial by publicity on Mercedita Gutierrez shows plain immaturity and lack of investigative skills of Aquino’s investigators. If you have an air-tight case, even the Ombudsman will have no recourse to follow suit.
The investigators can also build a case against the Ombudsman if they believe the Ombudsman is in collusion with former President Arroyo. Let the chips fall where it may.
Let justice take its course. Let the evidence be shown to the public under the principles of due process – not under the sway of an infantile pandering Philippine media that has become Aquino’s doormat.
Note that for all of Aquino’s concern about the Ombudsman – it is just one piece of the puzzle because the Ombudsman’s decisions are subject to review of the Court of Appeals – and can be overturned by the court.
It follows then that the Court of Appeals decision can still be reviewed by the Supreme Court.
So, Aquino’s fiddling about the Ombudsman is plain BS. His legal team’s strategy for winning is to make the Ombudsman resign instead of building air-tight cases – what a bunch of morons.
Media ought to provide clarity on the issues – not muddle it
The media hype involving all these “investigations” is no longer credible. Today’s Philippine media has become a smokescreen of misinformation – a decoy for the public to snap up while the real deal is being cooked elsewhere. Heck, for all we know, playing up the anti-Arroyo rhetoric is a good cover to drown the calls about the Hacienda Luisita Massacre.
Instead of coming up with conspiracy theories – media should single out what specifically were the facts that showed Arroyo committed violations.
It is one thing to say Arroyo is corrupt, it is another thing to show facts: – when, where, how much, who were involved, what mechanisms were involved. Without these facts, media and the Aquino administration are violating the fundamental tenets of the Philippine justice system – “innocent, until proven guilty”.
Unless of course, the Philippines has turned French – where the norm is “guilty, until proven innocent”.
Aquino should be role model for following the rule of law – not circumventing it
How can people have respect for the rule of law when Aquino and his men are trampling the very constitution they consider “sacred”? That doesn’t make them any different from Arroyo at all.
Aquino and his idiots trampled on it – first with the position of CJ Corona – and, now, the position of the Ombudsman. They need to learn to distinguish between the person holding the position and the institution that the position represents. Is this how we are going to govern – govern by publicity? Aquino’s governance is so retarded.
The 1987 Constitution has prescribed processes – follow it. You can’t just follow one part – and reject another. If it were so, that sure tells you a lot about the Constitution – it is an effin piece of paper that needs to be shred and a new one created.
McCarthyism is alive in the Philippines this time under the banner of “anti-corruption” – by the very people who come from a landlord class that has corruption written into their genes. This is a comedy of hypocrisy of epic proportions.
Approach to Ombudsman and Anti-corruption shows Aquino Administration’s Propensity for Ineffectiveness and Selective Amnesia
Starting off with the botched memo, to the Boy Abunda thingie, to CJ Corona, to Gen Bangit, and now the Ombudsman – the Aquino administration is a train wreck – and the wreck will just get larger in the next six years.
That’s the problem with electing an incompetent administration. These people are learning their job – at taxpayer’s expense. They don’t know how to handle the media – so they take media training at taxpayer’s expense. So when will these guys actually learn how to govern? After they have taken all the seminars?
Meanwhile, we have more pressing issues to take care of – for one developing the economy – we now have the reputation of being one of the worst places for foreign investors ; we also need the passing a stronger Freedom of Information Act.
And speaking of priorities – we are off to another investigation when we haven’t even gotten to the bottom of the following:
1- Who really killed Ninoy
2- Who ordered the killing of Ninoy
3- Why isn’t the mastermind in jail, yet?
4- What really happened during the Hacienda Luisita Massacre?
5- Why haven’t the victims of the massacre been given justice yet?
Where’s the Truth? Selective amnesia anyone?
Expanded Accountability Rules Will Help in the Anti-Corruption Campaign
Which brings another point – amending the constitution to allow recall of congressmen and senators. These senators and congressmen have been getting a free ride for too long and are among the least accountable of all public officials.
Our Congressmen and Senators virtually don’t pass laws at all – they should be held accountable if they are not able to do their job – via recall. The constitutional provision that “All other public officers and employees may be removed from office as provided by law, but not by impeachment” is a cop-out and gives Congressmen and Senators a free pass to not show up to pass laws, to “fiscalize” without coming up with quantifiable results of what was “fiscalized”.
Just when you think it couldn’t get worse – it does.
The Philippines is SNAFU – Situation Normal, All F’cked up.