KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: PNoy’s presidency is numbered, rapidly ending PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 February 2015 11:57

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong…” (Isaiah 1:16, the Holy Bible).

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PNOY’S PRESIDENCY IS NUMBERED, RAPIDLY ENDING: As things stand today, it would seem that the days as president of the Republic of the Philippines of President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III, son of democracy icons Benigno Aquino Aquino Jr. and Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, are numbered and rapidly coming to an end even before his term expires in 2016.

First, revolution leader and former President Fidel Valdez Ramos (the true pillar of both the EDSA 1 and EDSA 2 people power revolutions) has already come out in the open asking Aquino and his officials “to go back to civilian life” in the aftermath of the Mamasapano massacre of 44 officers and men of the Special Action Force which, in so many words, is a demand for the President’s resignation, or stepping down from power.

Second, Catholic bishops have now stepped up their demands for Aquino to resign immediately through a new statement released to the media the other day, which demands are actually a reiteration of similar demands from other religious and spiritual leaders, both Christians and Muslims alike, who compose the National Transformation Council.

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ONCE PRO-PNOY GROUPS NOW SEEK HIS RESIGNATION: Then, more and more civil society organizations, led by men and women who were once staunchly supportive of Aquino even when he was still campaigning for the presidency in 2010, are now mobilizing mass actions nationwide to compel President Aquino to step down from power.

One such organization which calls itself “One Billion Rising”, headed by veteran actress Monique Wilson, started the ball rolling for former Aquino supporters last Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2015, by staging a dance concert at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila where calls for Aquino to be replaced were made. Reports said representatives of some 200 countries were present in this dance concert.

More importantly, too, Filipinos who have access to Internet social networking sites are now stepping up their campaign for the removal of the entire Aquino government, with unrestrained posts and commentaries detailing what they said were the ineptness, incompetence, and corruption of President Aquino and his officials.

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“CHANGING LEADERS IS NECESSARY AT THIS POINT”: Where are all these leading to? I guess that unless President Aquino does something really dramatic to redeem his presidency from the pervading perception that it is hopelessly inept, incompetent and shamelessly corrupt, it is inevitably coming to a point where he will have to resign, or be thrown out in a people power revolution.

But is the President capable of changing the people’s perception at this stage where almost everyone now believes he is not really fit to continue being the Chief Executive? Considering many information coming even from people who are really close to him, picturing him as grossly adamant in resisting suggestions even from well-meaning individuals, there is no hope at all.

Monique Wilson’s sentiments at the Bonifacio Shrine dance concert of One Billion Rising sums up what all other Filipinos are now thinking of: “How can we change the system if we don’t replace those who can’t lead our nation well?” I consider this sentiment quite extraordinary, since the dance concert where Monique said this was meant, not for political ends, but only for combatting violence against women.

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