Yellow ribbons against Supreme Court?

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Thursday, July 17, 2014


TYING up or wearing a yellow ribbon demonstrates a number of things: welcome for missing or absent loved ones, especially during war; forgiveness for those who went astray; support for victims of riots and public disorder; in a woman's hair, a
declaration of faith in her lover; and, yes, an outburst of protest.

President Aquino couldn't mean anything else in asking people to display the yellow ribbon on sleeves, houses, trees, posts and walls, and vehicles.

He wants a show of protest against the Supreme Court that declared DAP (Disbursement
Acceleration Program) unconstitutional and illegal. He'd like the people to join his fight against the high tribunal, an offensive unleashed in his July 14 TV speech.

Yellow ribbons served Cory Aquino well to greet and honor PNoy’s father Ninoy when he returned from his U.S. exile (only to be murdered at the airport), oust dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and win the presidency for both mother and son.

It served good causes. But using yellow-ribbons to bully the SC into changing its mind about DAP, the mechanism that enabled PNoy to use billions of pesos without authority from Congress and against the Constitution's express will -- is that a good cause?

Mindless display

Undermining the high tribunal, upsetting checks-and-balance, disrespecting the SC as interpreter of Constitution and laws, and flirting with a national crisis: that can't be a good cause.

To irrationally display the yellow ribbon is to misuse and desecrate a fine symbol, which has already earned a justly deserved place in this country's history.

(paseares@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 18, 2014.

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