Why the need for a revolutionary president-A A +A
By Jun Ledesma
Monday, November 4, 2013
NOT a few raised their quizzical eyebrows when Mayor Rodrigo Duterte declared that he is not interested to run for President but said that if he is to lead this nation to save it from moral and political perdition he should be head of a revolutionary government.
I remembered lawyer Buddy Panelo speaking of the same concept. Indeed, with the magma of corruption that hounds this nation there is no other means of nipping the scourge but to have a radical surgical operation. Establishing a revolutionary government is a political process that indeed can offer a quick relief from the present plight we face today. Given the callousness of officials from public censures and their propensity of unabashedly justifying their unlawful and unbridled dispensation of unprogrammed taxpayers money, Duterte's revolutionary government may be the bitter pill to swallow if only to get rid of the virus of corruption that this present regime has gotten inured to.
This sounds like a revival of dictatorship which is so detestable. Many who lived through the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos would grudgingly admit that the first two years of his dictatorial regime was among the best years of the country. Of course I expect a big howl of protest at this statement. We were better off without the legislative department and crime index plummeted. But Marcos’ ordeal with his debilitating disease made him a helpless tool of insatiable cronies, military generals, politicians and influence peddlers including those in the close circle of his family. The poor man died wretched and hated.
Ironically those who ruled after him were so inept and yet so cunning and creative in the ways and means of corruption. They have perfected the art of graft it makes Marcos puny and petty. So much hope was expected from the second generation of Aquino presidency. The rallying call for reform bannered in "daang matuwid" brought a fresh promise of relief. But it is nothing but a mere slogan it turned out. If Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is guilty of malfeasance I do not know what the present centurions are guilty of.
Values and sense of justice are warped to suit those of the present dispensation. It is a national shame. I was stunned in disbelief hearing the head prosecutor putting words in the mouth of Janet Napoles, the chief architect of PDAF scam, that the Senate cannot force her to speak about the travesty of corruption that she, the senators and congressmen and some functionaries in the executive department crafted. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima even sounded like she was giving out an auto-suggestion that in exchange for her confession Napoles will be granted immunity from suit! Certainly this is not the kind of sentiment we expect from our prosecutor. We expect her not to give the most guilty in this unprecedented daylight heist of billions of taxpayers’ money any quarter of relief or salvation. She ought to fight tooth and nail for conviction.
As if this is not enough, Malacanang propaganda weavers tried to justify capricious disbursements of unprogrammed money and "savings" from suspended projects by making us believe that the President is quite frugal in disbursing billions of money under the so called disbursement acceleration program or DAP. They dubbed disbursements of millions do DAP to allies in the senate allies in the lower house frugal. Constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas and former Senator Joker Arroyo simply call it illegal and criminal.
Now, we know why it will take a President of a revolutionary government to address the complexity of the corruption in the government and the complicity of the influential members of Congress in this unspeakable corruption in the government that is as popular as its decadence.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 05, 2013.