Why are we turning around so soon? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:52

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Dishonest money dwindles away…” (Proverbs 13:11, the Holy Bible).

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DUTERTE WON’T GO AFTER BINAY? For the second time, President Elect Rodrigo Duterte voiced out his plan not to run after government officials who had been accused of stealing hundreds of millions of pesos in government funds.

This time, Duterte said he will not run after Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is accused of having overpriced a Makati City-owned structure by as much as P2 billion. Duterte made the statement after Binay called him and congratulated him on his election as president of the country.

Before the Makati Business Club shortly before the May 09, 2016 elections, Duterte said he was willing to turn a blind eye—in short, he was willing to condone—the acquisition of fabulous wealth by officials while they were in service prior to his becoming president, but that the thieves and plunderers must stop their corruption after he is sworn in.

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NOTHING NEW, THEN, UNDER A DUTERTE GOV’T: If one is a Duterte fan and supporter, the way to describe these pronouncements of the long-time Davao City mayor is, it is a form “healing the divisiveness of the nation”, by not pursuing those who are being accused of wholesale graft, so unity among government leaders could be achieved.

On the other hand, if one is a Duterte basher, what Duterte had been saying is a form of “sell-out to the enemies of good governance” because that, in effect, is giving premium to corruption.

If one is neither a Duterfe fan or a critic, the best way to characterize what Duterte has been saying about the theft of government money is this: it is really nothing new, for if the truth be told, the truly corrupt and inveterate grafters are not really prosecuted and then sent to jail, at any given time.

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WHY ARE WE TURNING AROUND SO SOON? And this gives me serious misgivings about the sincerity of the promised “true change” that would come to the country once Duterte got elected into office. The question here would be, if officials who are facing serious accusations of having stolen billions of government funds will not be prosecuted to the hilt, would officials who are similarly inclined be dissuaded from stealing?

Everyone knows the answer to this question, I am sure. And so, I am left wondering: why couldn’t we just allow the prosecutorial and judicial processes to take their natural course so that if investigation and prosecution and conviction are truly warranted by the evidence, then let there be such investigation, prosecution and conviction.

Why do we have to preempt these prosecutorial and judicial processes this early in the Duterte administration by disclaiming official presidential interest in running after the personalities accused of crime and corruption? Didn’t the incoming administration ride on the crest of popular discontent about corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs? Why do we appear to be turning around so soon?

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