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Monday, 28 December 2015 14:16

BEHIND  THE  LINES

BY BOB JALDON

 

For areas that experienced an abrupt power outage yesterday morning, don’t curse the power suppliers or providers for the inconvenience. Blame ZAMCELCO for its rotting transmission lines and overloaded defective transformers for the heat. Before the infusion of 50 megawatts by the Western Mindanao Power Corporation last Dec. 13, ZAMCELCO had an output capacity of 66MW. With the addition of 50MW, ZAMCELCO now has 106MW, more than enough to power up Zamboanga city that needs only 94MW at peak or full load. Ergo, yesterday’s sudden power outage exposed certain flaws in the power transmission system of ZAMCELCO.

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In four days, 2015 will come to a close. We welcome 2016, the year of the clowns, as the circus will be back in town. The have-beens, the pretenders to the presidency, the upstarts, the neophytes trying to rule a country beset with poverty and corruption, the “criminologist” vowing to rid the country of drug-dealers, gambling lords, gun-runners, petty criminals, corrupt government functionaries, even smugglers that have made his own turf a dump site for imported rice and sugar for many years now, are enticing voters with recycled promises with raised fists of fury likened to Jesus Christ’s exercise of liberty that freed His people.

Federalism? Do we even understand what it means and its implications on the taxpayers? Federalism is not even taught in schools. We have to learn it somewhere what it’s all about. Besides grasping what it is all about and what it pleads to do, we should know the applications on the constituents of every state, province, city, or county, as the case may be.

When Benjamin Franklin (of Pennsylvania), pushing 83 years old, proposed a plural executive and unsalaried officials, his proposal was rejected. He made a compromise that created an amalgamation of large and small states possible: the states would be equally represented in the Senate and the people equally in the House. We don’t have this kind of a set up - one that is being proposed by RODRIGO DUTERTE.

In endorsing the U.S. Constitution, Franklin said:

“I agree to this constitution, with all its faults, if they are such, because I think a general government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need a despotic government, being incapable of any other.

“I doubt, too, whether any other convention we can obtain may be able to make a better constitution: for when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinions, their local interests, and their selfish views.

“It therefore astonishes me to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded, like those of the builders of Babel, and that our states are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another’s throats. Thus, I consent, sir, to this constitution because I expect no better, and because I am not sure that it is not the best.”

If Franklin’s statement means an endorsement of what DUTERTE intends to do, if he wins the presidency — mangle the CORY constitution crafted by 50 bright minds and replace it with his federal form of government — maybe. The process will be long because it will have everything to do with the taxpayers, in particular, and the people in general. The constituents will be greatly burdened with paying taxes to the state, the province and and cities, not to mention taxes intended for the federal government. Do you think that’s sweet? MAPAIT, doy!