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Thursday, 06 August 2015 10:50

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BY BOB JALDON

Los Angeles, CA. — Holy camote! If he becomes president (but he won’t because he isn’t seeking the position) scrappy Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he will “close” Congress (meaning abolish) so he can clean the government (presumably of filth, corruption, impurities in the bureaucracy, indecency). Just make sure, sir, that you won’t be what Edmund Burke said: “He that accuses all mankind of corruption ought to remember that he is sure to convict only one.”

I think that’s what we need — a dictator to launder the government of corruption, dishonest practices and unscrupulous individuals who have corroded what little morals the government has left — ala Ferdinand Marcos. “Sa ikauunlad ng bayan, disiplina and kailangan,” was the motto of Marcos’s New Society.

We know that abolishing congress cannot be done unless the president declares Martial Law. We threw away, far away to Hawaii, a dictator and restored democracy, reinstalled our liberties and freedoms, and built a new foundation of hope for a better life. While the Marcoses and their cronies were served ‘hors d’oeuvres’ and cocktails in their patios before dinner, the thousands of poor people were scavenging for food in garbage cans. We got a little better since 1986, but not good enough because graft and corruption, influence peddling, shady deals and iniquities have persisted, even with more gravity, despite the straight path government of President Aquino.

No matter how much he tries, PNoy will never be able to crush corruption if he continues to employ selective justice. Corruption will crush him. Our system of government has been tailored for that. That’s why the great minds (kuno), the former technocrats and ex-justices are calling for a constitutional convention to abolish the present form of government and create a parliamentary federal form of government.

Going back to Mayor Duterte. He talks like the late Manila Mayor Arsenio Lacson and Mayor Cesar C. Climaco de Zamboanga talked during their legendary days — boldly and bravely. They were good friends with a correlative mission: to clean the government of dirt. CCC was the “Basurero” when Lacson was Manila mayor. From being the commissioner of customs, CCC was appointed by President Macapagal as head of the Philippine Assistance for Community Development (PACD). A position to which CCC mischievously retorted: “Please Accept Climaco’s Demotion.”

I don’t know how Duterte will handle the Bangsamoro political entity. It’s difficult enough to handle the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) let alone the armed groups that call themselves freedom fighters. The MILF may have control of the areas under the Bangsamoro in Central Mindanao, but not the Muslims in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. The result of such divisive power may be devastating. How do we put in check the four factions of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)?

The about-to-be-abolished Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was created because of the intercession of the Organization of Islamic Countries and because President Cory Aquino wanted it. Eventually, the ARMM abolished the regional governments of western and central Mindanao. With the eventual MILF-controlled Bangsamoro political entity, what will happen to the MNLF? The MNLF leaders cannot battle for political supremacy nor influence because they wouldn’t have the numbers nor the money in a lucrative election. The MILF will be backed by Malacanang and their sponsors. Can the MILF, veering away from central Mindanao, protect democracy, preserve peace and justice and establish stability in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi?

Ergo, we need a president from Mindanao, one who can reconcile not only political contradictions, religious differences, even sexual orientations, but also class struggles and biases. And that man may well be RODRIGO DUTERTE. If necessary, he can, if he were president, transfer the seat of power to Davao. California transferred its capital four times before establishing Sacramento as permanent capital.

Bueno era.