‘A proposal for change in governance’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 October 2015 13:38

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done…” (Isaiah 3:11, the Holy Bible).

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“A PROPOSAL FOR CHANGE IN GOVERNANCE”: Guillermo Cunanan, former general manager of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1966, and an active leader of the Association of Generals and Flag Officers (AGFO), asked me sometime ago to comment on a document he entitled “A Proposal for Change in Governance”.

I am unaware why Cunanan would want a comment from a lawyer-columnist-broadcaster like me, but I considered it an honor to be even asked my opinion on a matter that the Philippines and the Filipinos clearly needed to ponder on, especially because it affects their lives and the lives of their families as well, here and in the near future.

Or, perhaps, Cunanan and whoever may have been with him in coming out with that proposal had somehow read, or have become aware of, my advocacy of constantly reminding our people of some Biblical and spiritual guidelines on electing our political leaders, right here in this column, that he considered me worthy to say something about what they have in mind.

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IT IS TREASON NOT TO DO ANYTHING TO STOP RP’S DESTRUCTION: Well, whatever the reasons may have been, I wish to share the first part of the proposal with our readers today, particularly because it explains why Cunanan and those working with him believe that there must be a radical change in our country’s political system.  “It is treason not to do anything about our country’s continuing journey to destruction,” Cunanan intoned.

Read on: “The Philippine election system, as has been widely acknowledged, is a flawed system that produces mostly dishonest and selfish government leaders. It is flawed not only in the sense that the counting of votes is conducive to rampant manipulation.

“Our present system also essentially requires every candidate to spend an unreasonably huge amount of money for his campaign. A presidential candidate, for example, necessarily has to set up a huge campaign network that requires enormous amount of money to run effectively. So does every senator, congressman and governor.

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OF POLITICAL SPENDING, CHEATING AND SDTEALING IN RP: “First in the mind of every newly elected politician is how he shall recover his election expenses. After he has recovered his investments through illicit and immoral use of his newly acquired power, he then works to similarly generate funds for the next elections. By this time, he would have lost all his scruples.

“Once he has saved enough to ensure his re-election, stealing would have become a habit. He then goes on to endlessly acquire more and more, in order to continuously satisfy a luxurious lifestyle he has, by then, made a part of his social and political status.

“Since almost all of our political leaders go through this route of political spending, cheating and stealing, we continuously suffer from corrupt leadership. After all, what can we expect of a nation led mostly by thieves and cheats?” There is more of this next issue.

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