In the news is Senate President Drilon saying the BBL is going to be delayed because 12 senators believe it is unconstitutional. Well golly gee.
Whether the BBL is constitutional or not is for the Supreme Court to decide. Whatever the Senate – with all of its self-proclaimed constitutional experts – has to say on the constitutionality of the BBL is just an opinion, a position that only the Supreme Court can decide with finality. So don’t waste our time acting like a pseudo-Supreme Court just focus on making the BBL work.
The question the Senate should ask is not whether such and such a provision is constitutional or not but whether such and such a provision will
(1) grant the BangsaMoro powers that they are willing to grant or not;
(2) whether such and such a provision will help bring about peace and economic development to the area;
(3) whether such and such a provision is the most efficient mechanism for peace and development…
in short Congress should focus on passing a BBL that is effective. That is its job. Pass the bill and then let the SC decide whether it is constitutional as a whole or whether to only strike out certain provisions of the BBL.
Passing amendments after an SC decision that will be constitutionally compliant will be more practical than hoping to pass a law that is constitutionally perfect but will face a challenge in the SC anyway because those who are obstinately opposed to BBL/Bangsamoro will file suit no matter what.
(2) All this talk that not everybody was consulted etc makes for good news copy but what does it really mean?
Senate holds a hearing and you have resource persons who claim they were not consulted. For example, Sulu Princess Jacel Kiram shows up and claims the Sulu royals were not consulted. Actually what she is saying is their position was not given preferential treatment. The same thing applies to the Misuari faction of the MNLF and other vested groups in ARMM. Well, you can’t please them all. You talk to everybody, hold both public and private meetings, but after all is said and done you pay attention to the most powerful group with the most followers and largest general support. That’s just the way it is.
So the princess claims they were not consulted but peace negotiator Ferrer claimed otherwise. She said she talked to three of the royals and the outcome was positive. So now it comes to a question of whom do you believe?
The fact is the overwhelming majority of ARMM supports the BBL.
One must make a distinction between ARMM and the rest of Mindanao because the support of those in ARMM is what counts for more if peace and development of the region is what we want. They are the ones who rose up and wanted to secede.
If there was no widespread support for secession then the MNLF and the MILF would not have lasted as long as they have. Now the MILF and a larger faction of the MNLF have given up secession in favor of autonomy, are we now going to throw away the chance of peace because Sulu royalty is angry that the government did not send military reinforcement to their Sabah adventure?
There is a difference between listening to what everybody has to say and acquiescing to their demands. To repeat, you can’t please them all. You try to achieve a balance, you give to each what they deserve but you always exercise proportionality. Does Princess Jacel carry as much weight as the MILF or the MNLF? No. So when push comes to shove, sorry na lang Princess you cannot have everything you want. And that goes down the line, to all the competing and cooperating factions in the ARMM – Misuari, BIFF, ASG, IPs, and politicians who live adjacent to moro jurisdictions.
(3) Who appointed the MILF as the embodiment or spokespersons for all of ARMM? Nobody. But would any sane person say they are not the biggest most powerful group in ARMM? Can you have peace in ARMM without giving due weight to the MILF? Let’s talk proportionality here.
Some people bring up the idea that ASG and BIFF etc will create trouble anyway so why make peace with the MILF? Well those are bandit groups, the MILF is an organized force both politically and militarily, it engaged in secession not in banditry. Should we give as much weight to bandits as we do a real secessionist group?
The MNLF is divided between those who want to give the BBL/Bangsamoro a chance and Misuari who will not settle for less than being given supremacy over ARMM. So do we delay BBL/Bangsamoro until such time as the bandit groups and Misuari and Princess Jacel get what they want at the risk of the MILF taking up arms again because the government was not sincere about peace?
The MILF has demonstrated that it is for real, it has remained in its zones, it has not angaged in offensive military operations, it killed Marwan’s terrorist comrade, all for the success of the peace. Misuari attacked Zamboanga City to torpedo the peace. Sino ang pakikinggan natin?
The only issue is peace and development in that war torn area. The biggest headache is now willing to partner with the central government.
Let’s focus on how to make that partnership work and stop with all the nonsense issues and political posturing.
From the Inquirer:
- Leftists come out swinging, break silence against Binay
After telling VP Binay to face up to the allegations against him, Bayan spokesman Teddy Casiño added he believed that once Binay pulls out of the 2016 presidential race, the charges against him will quietly go away like what happened to the Nationalista Party’s Sen. Manuel Villar after Mr. Aquino won the 2010 presidential election.
Casiño conveniently forgot to mention that Bayan allied with Villar in 2010 and their senatorial candidates were included in Villar’s ticket.
Ang kapal ng mukha mo!
Ang linya ng mga Binay at ng mga sumosuporta sa kanila ay “Everybody is corrupt anyway…”
So eto ang tanong ko sa kanila,
“If everybody is corrupt then why are the Binaya and their associates billionaires and we are not?”
Following the everybody is corrupt logic, we should all be billionaires, right?
Mahirap kalaban ang mga walang konsyensya
Never under estimate the Maoists in our midst. The president accomplished something that powerful countries did not. He went all out to get a temporary reprieve for a fellow Filipino and he succeeded. That should have been the story.
But the Maoists made a lot of noise, using Mary Jane Veloso’s mother, to drown out the president’s accomplishment. They turned his statesmanship into a controversy.
Yes, the public is angry at Veloso’s mother and the Maoists BUT ask yourself, who is getting the publicity?
Down the road, people will remember the controversy more than giving the president credit for what he did.
It’s an old propaganda trick but it still works because the only way to counter it is by screaming louder and that wil only add fuel to the controversy.
Mahirap kalaban ang mga walang konsyensya.
Photo-bombers sa Veloso reprieve
Biglang lahat na lang ay claiming credit for Veloso’s reprieve. Di ko maintindihan kasi binigay na ng Indonesian gov’t kay PNoy ang credit. So yun mga nakikisawsaw diyan ang tamang tawag sa inyo ay mga “photo bombers”, mga sumisingit at nakakasira sa picture.
I noticed that those who keep blaming the MILF and pressing them to surrender the combatants involved in the Mamasapano encounter are the same people who complain that the peace panel did not include Nur Misuari in the peace talks.
Two years ago Nur Misuari’s group attacked the peaceful city of Zamboanga. Was the Zamboanga attack a terrorist act or not?
How many people were killed or injured in that unprovoked attack? How many lost their homes? How many businesses were ruined? What is the total economic cost of that terror attack by Misuari’s group?
Now how many times since the MILF started peace negotiations – first with GMA and now with PNoy – has the MILF launched an attack on a peaceful city? And yet…
Contrast the MILF’s behavior with Nur. He signed a peace agreement with FVR in 1996, as a reward he was made ARMM governor and given billions of pesos to spend on ARMM. In 2001, five years after signing the peace agreement, he staged an uprising in Jolo that left 100 people dead. He attacked Jolo because he wanted the ARMM elections postponed so he could remain ARMM governor.
Nur has staged two uprisings that left hundreds dead since signing the 1996 peace treaty and yet a well known rabid anti-MILF anti-BBL personality wrote that Nur can be trusted and the MILF not.
Nur the man who can be trusted attacked 2 peaceful cities even after he had signed a peace agreement with the government. In contrast, the MILF has not launched any major attacks since peace negotiations started with GMA, a period of almost ten years now. So which one is the terrorist organization, which one cannot be trusted?
When will those anti-MILF people hold their hero Misuari to account? When will they lay down his surrender and the surrender of his men as a pre-condition to having them at the peace table? Ano ba ang batayan nila sa terrorist?
One’s man hero is another man’s terrorist.
UNA/Binay spokesman Toby “Swordfish because he looks like one” Tiangco claims that Customs Comm. John P Sevilla resigned because of pressure from the LP.
“Masyadong malaki ang pressure ng LP kay Sevilla na mag-contribute ng P3 billion. He and others have felt the political atmosphere in the bureau. Mukhang hindi nasikmura ni Commissioner Sevilla yung mga gustong ipagawa sa kanyang ahensya ng mga pressure groups na ito, kaya nagresign na lamang siya,” he said.
But Sevilla himself told Rappler.com that he resigned because of interference by INC in Customs appointments.
“I said, ‘What is this? Why are we appointing people at the behest supposedly of Iglesia ni Cristo? That just goes against my own principles…So I tried to resist that appointment for as long as I could. I learned fairly recently that the appointment is going to come through. I said, ‘Look there is something that is not right about this and I think it is something that’s important enough to the future of Customs and to me personally to take a stand against.’”
Kanino tayo maniniwala, dun sa spokesman ng mga magnanakaw o dun sa public servant na bumitiw sa pwesto dahil sa prinsipyo?
“Time is on my side…yes, it is”
Ang preventive suspension order ay ang sandatang panlaban sa mga tiwaling opisyal na ibinigay ng batas sa Ombudsman. Oras naman, panahon para makapagtago ng ebidensiya, ang panangga o shield na ibinigay ng mga korte kay Binay.
To date, the Supreme Court has spent two days on oral arguments. After the oral arguments, the SC is giving the contending parties 30 days to submit memos on issues raised at the oral arguments.
All that time given by the SC is on top of the weeks that passed since the Ombudsman issued her preventive suspension order. All that time – the barricade in City Hall, the first TRO from the Court of Appeals, and the second TRO from the same court – probable incriminating evidence has been under the control of Binay. How much time is needed to wipe fingerprints from a crime scene?
In very clear and specific language, the Constitution and the laws of the land gave the Ombudsman the power to issue preventive suspension orders (orders that are meant to prevent incumbent officials from interfering in investigations on their alleged criminal activities) and no court in the land except the Supreme Court can stop or delay the serving of such an order.
The Ombudsman’s case is straightforward and simple. One would think the SC will decide that question quickly, not only because the language is crystal clear but specially because time is of the essence in cases like it. Unfortunately, what is crystal clear to all does not hold true for those who studied, trained, and made a profession out of muddying waters.
The fact is Binay does not care whether the SC upholds the CA or the Ombudsman; or whether it upholds or reverses the condonation doctrine. All he cares about is buying time. Because the Ombudsman caught him by surprise. Because he needs time to do what he has to do.
Do you think the Ombudsman will still find evidence when and if the SC finally allows her to conduct an unhampered investigation into those anomalous contracts?
Over at the US National Security Agency a call from somewhere in the Pacific was intercepted.
“Boss, pasensya ka na pero magagalit ang taumbayan kung hindi namin kampihan ang Ombudsman…”
“E pano na yung pinagkasunduan natin?”
“Hindi ko na mapapangako yun. Pero mabibigyan ka namin ng panahon gawin ang kailangan mong gawin.”
And so it will come to pass when we will see the Ombudsman with her palms up saying “sorry wala na kaming inabutan na ebidensya” and Binay exclaiming, “See? Didn’t I tell you that all those allegations are kasinungalingan and pamumulitika lang to destroy my chances at becoming president?”
Fade out to the Rolling Stones, “Time is on my side…yes it is…”
At an interview aired over dzBB radio, Sen. Queso de Bola criticized the way the peace panel negotiating with the MILF speaks.
“Sana naman, bawas-bawasan nila ang ere. Alalahanin natin, sila ang nakikiusap sa Kongreso at sa sambayanan na tanggapin ang kasunduang pinasok nila,” Escudero said in an interview aired over GMA’s dzBB.
“Simula pa lang, high-pitched na ang boses nila eh, agresibo ang sagot. Maghinay-hinay naman sila. Maghinay-hinay din sana sila. Kung papasinin mo, parang sila pa ang galit,” Escudero said.
And so there will be no peace in Mindanao because Sen. Escudero was offended by the tone of the ladies’ voices. The senator who punctuates his monotone rapid fire speaking style with “Uhms” at the beginning of every sentence.
Sen Chiz, “kahit sinong tao ay ma-iirita pag ikaw ang kausap.”
“My number one birthday wish is: May President Aquino grant house arrest to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Her physical condition is deteriorating,” said Erap on his birthday. “As a woman we should give her compassion. We should give her a little comfort.”
Teka muna, Erap…if GMA is sick and her physical condition is deteriorating, hindi kaya mas maigi na nasa hospital siya kaysa na sa bahay? Paano kung may emergency, itatakbo pa siya sa hospital?
Either she requires hospitalization or she does not, diba? If she does not require hospitalization then she goes to a detention facility, ganun ang batas para sa mga taong may hinaharap na kaso na walang bail. Di naman pwedeng “kawawa naman” ang dahilan para ma-house arrest na lang siya kasi ang daming ibang nakakulong for unbailable offenses na kawawa naman din.
Mas maganda sana kung ang birthday wish mo ay “I hope she gets well so she can be moved to a detention facility” para you show concern for a fellow human being’s health without sacrificing justice or making exceptions to the law.