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Friday, August 1, 2014


HOW often has the Supreme Court (SC) reversed its decisions? So, since when has the SC been infallible that disagreement with it should now be an act of contempt or defiance? Why is it defiant of President Noynoy Aquino to appeal the SC’s decision on the non-constitutionality of DAP but not defiant of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to appeal the SC’s decision on the constitutionality of the Reproductive Health Law?

The three branches of government are supposed to check and balance each other. How can the executive and legislative branches check and balance the judiciary if disagreement, through what ought to be a legitimate appeal, is made synonymous with defiance and contempt?

And since when has an unconstitutional act, for which good faith should be resumed, become worse than an immoral act of plunder? So, why is PNoy in contempt of the SC for appealing his case while those who have been jailed to face charges of plunder are allowed endless motions for reconsideration?

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Pardon the cliché, but truly if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. PNoy’s critics on the left are not, never have been, part of the solution because they are only interested in sticking to a dead-in-the-water ideology that dictates on them to create, through rabble-rousing propaganda, a “revolutionary situation” that would pave the way for their violent take-over of political power.

On the right side of the aisle, the political opposition is not part of the solution either because they are only interested in making a lame-duck president of PNoy the easier for them to win the presidency in the elections of 2016. Hence, they are blowing the DAP issue out of reasonable proportions.

A bystander? You are still not part of the solution if you merely quibble on your pet peeves and blind yourself to the big picture which the President so clearly painted in his SONA. No, it does not seem we are getting a great president in PNoy. But we have a good one in him. We have a President who is definitely part (and just a part) of the solution.

His big strides are works in progress that clearly leave much to be desired. But they

are moves in the right direction. Because they are right they should be continued. Because they are nowhere near enough and perfect they should be improved on by his successor.

Viewed from this perspective, our part of the solution is to encourage PNoy to push through with his reforms with even more judicious vigor. We also need to scout for a successor that will move this country farther forward socially…not sideways, not backwards. For, unfortunately, neither Roxas nor Binay (or anybody from the opposition, left or right) seems close to fitting that profile.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 02, 2014.

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