A wayward presidency PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 December 2011 11:55

By CHARLIE S. APOSTOL

The brewing controversy between the Office of the President and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is a wayward issue that threatens the foundation of our democratic institutions and corrupts the tenets of our Fundamental Law. This spiteful development will contribute to political instability, undermine our fragile democracy and abate our economic growth. 

This unnecessary quarrel between co-equal branches of our government promotes a divisive climate that may sow the seeds of critical distrust and discontent of the people in their own government. We are held hostage to the conflict ridden arguments of President Noynoy Aquino and Secretary of Justice de Lima as they contravene the ruling of the Supreme Court, in effect a blatant incompliance and disrespect to the decisions of the highest court of our country. 

Every day, 24/7, we get a daily dose of sickening and tiresome news where we read, view and hear in the national Tri-Media a merry mix of accusations and counter-accusations of this and that about old court cases, culled from court archives and are almost forgotten. The whole mess goes from bad to worse with the arsenic testimonies of suspected false witnesses, whistleblowers and rundown characters whose integrity and honesty are questionable.  

In the center of all these chaotic goings-on are former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, members of her family and some of her former Cabinet officials. Former President Arroyo is the subject of multiple Malacanang sponsored revival of worn out court cases and accusations and is yet to undergo a long and tedious trial while being held in hospital arrest.   

President Noynoy Aquino’s rabid pursuit to get his hands on the neck of former President Arroyo is supposed to uncover the truth about allegations of mass cheating in the 2004 and 2007 elections. In the process, this run-of-the-mill haunt for what is supposed to be the truth has caused massive expenditure of public funds that could have financed the implementation of much needed and long pending infrastructure projects and programs for the welfare of the poor, among others. 

This whole hullabaloo has diverted the attention of the government away from more beneficial endeavors, in the process President Noynoy Aquino is wasting precious time and resources by engaging in this useless fault finding and some say, a mere bigotry.

Obviously the end purpose is to project the Noynoy Aquino Presidency as a perfect form of government whose officials are more popish than the pope, so good, so honest, so pious, so saintly and so godly that none of them are capable of committing any kind of sin and felony. But this is yet to be seen and proven.      

The alleged wrong doings of the past officials of our country, if indeed there were, should be left to our courts to resolve and for this Aquino administration to focus on the fulfillment of its campaign promises. It is a fact that the only item that made Noynoy Aquino win as President of the Philippines was because of his promises, promises and promises of a better country under his presidency. Noynoy Aquino was never known to have accomplished any significant and worthwhile undertaking for our country during his term as Congressman and Senator.     

Our expectations of a new and better governance under the Noynoy Aquino Presidency is a far cry from what we expected of the Aquino campaign promises of “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” and far-off to what we were all made to believe that there will be “Ang daan matuwid” under a Noynoy Aquino Presidency. 
Suddenly we realized that people voted for a new president whose main objective was only to scrutinize the alleged wrong doings of his predecessor while almost doing nothing for the welfare of our country.

We may have misunderstood and misinterpreted Noynoy Aquino’s campaign slogan of “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” during the elections. Voters were carried with this promising campaign slogan and he got the political support of the gullible majority. The Aquino campaign added a layer of icing to this slogan with the off repeated “Ang daang matuwid”, whatever this means.     

What inspired voters were hinged on Noynoy Aquino’s promise of a corrupt free administration under his watch. There was never any inkling that Noynoy Aquino will almost only spend his entire term washing the dirty linens of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in public. Perhaps it runs in the blood, but we are reminded of his mother, the late Cory Aquino who almost wasted her entire Presidential term accusing and exposing all and every imaginable wrongdoings of then President Ferdinand Marcos, while our economy remained stagnant.  

President Noynoy Aquino should now stop meddling with the constitutional duties of the Supreme Court and learn to trust the Justices as they decide on legal matters and leave to the discretion of the courts to prosecute whoever is guilty of committing any form of crime in the country.

President Noynoy Aquino should only fulfill his promises to uplift the betterment of the poor, improve peace and order, increase  agricultural productivity, employment, educational opportunities for the youth and improved health services, just among myriad other important governmental responsibilities that a president should perform and fulfill. 

The ongoing investigations on alleged massive cheating in the 2004 and 2007 elections is getting out of bounds and is making us sick and tired of the daily dose of verbal poison being thrown around. The real victim in this mess is we, the taxpayers who shoulder the burden of financing the huge financial outlay for this errant presidential quarrel.

We are now witnessing a running slip-up of a wayward presidency, and we can bet that all these perceived quarrels, pretenses, bigotry, biases and partiality gripping the two co-equal branches of our national government will end up to nothing but a colossal waste of precious time and hard-earned taxpayers’ money.