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Thursday, 30 August 2018 14:38

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

Sometimes – it may be most times for some people – it is difficult to follow the logic of some government decisions or statements.

One recent item in a local paper said that the NFA in Zamboanga attributes the scarcity of rice in the city to smuggling. I had to read the item twice to understand whether  what was meant was smuggling out of the city, and not into the city. Was that just a poor use of English by the reporter?  No, the report really gave that explanation – rice was scarce because rice was being smuggled into the city and the local authorities simply closed their eyes to the illegal activity.

I am still trying to figure that one out.

Another recent item is the announcement that Supreme Court Assoc Justice Teresita de Castro has been identified as the new Chief Justice, to take the place of Ma. Lourdes Sereno who was “removed” from her position via quo warranto process. The quo warranto process is already a challenge to logic since our Constitution tells us that the justices of the Supreme Court may be removed from their position only by impeachment. And I was enlightened by a lawyer that quo warranto IS NOT IMPEACHMENT. So how do we square that one off?

Back to the newly named Chief Justice. The same report tells readers that she will hold the position for barely 6 weeks, since she is expected to retire when she turns 70 in October 2018. Didn’t she herself tell the JBC to take her name off the list because of  her impending retirement? The ink on her appointment will be barely dry before she steps down. What benefit does the country get from this appointment? Someone needs to explain this one to me.

All I can think of is that the appointment would be a very impressive addition to her CV. But are appointments like this made simply to add luster to somebody’s CV? Dear Lord.

Of course this way of doing things is not really new. Military appointments are done this same way every year. Someone with just a few months to go in the service is appointed to be Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and there is the usual ceremony for this – parade and review and everything. Before he can go through the briefing papers so he can get a good picture of  the situation in the country, he is once again preparing for a new ceremony, that of turning over the command to someone new.

There must be a logical reason for why things are done this way in the country. But so far the logic escapes me. Or am I simply a slow learner?