Friday, December 16, 2011

The Undoing of PNoy

First, in the interest of transparency:

I should be among the last people to make this article for several reasons: While I am not exactly the biggest PNoy fan right at the very start, I would like to believe that I have friends and acquaintances in his inner circle. I am occupying a good position now and I am happy with my career. I have friends and former bosses now occupying the highest posts in this administration. I have direct contacts with the right persons who can help me further accelerate my advancement in the PNP totem pole. But despite all this home court advantage, still, I am making this article. This is for me, just to vent the disgust that I feel. But if PNoy’s people still care, then they can read this and use this as a barometer because I believe that I reflect the opinion of not a few from the middle. Having said those, let me get it on with this article then.

There are a lot of actuations that PNoy exhibited in the past that shows his unfitness for the presidency, but this latest tiff with the Supreme Court is the worst and will prove to be his undoing. Because of this, he may not finish his six-year term. If he does not change course, the people will remove him, most probably through the military in another coup-de-etat.

I kept my peace when he covered up and simply brushed off the boo-boos of his people, including the international faux-pas of his closest of aides like the Vietnam-has-no good-looking-men stupidity of Mislang. I kept my peace when he exhibited extreme arrogance to top-level government professionals like the PNP generals that he made to wait for hours for their oath taking because he is still playing PSP with Josh. I still kept my peace when he publicly scolded the military during their darkest grief after the slaughter of their comrades in Mindanao. And still, I kept my peace when he arrogantly delivered that in-your-face speech against Corona during that summit that his underling De Lima hosted and where Corona was invited as guest (That is extreme kabastusan in my book—the ultimate blindside.). But now I cannot keep my peace anymore. I have to speak out, otherwise I will go crazy.

The actions of PNoy of bullying the SC because he cannot have his own way is very much like a cop bullying the fiscals and judges because he cannot get his way in inquest and trials. PNoy has to be reminded that our government is designed so that power has checks and balances. The Constitution designed it to have three separate, distinct, and independent branches: the executive that he heads, the legislative, and the judiciary. Each branch should act as a check and balance of the others. Among others, the Executive can neutralize the legislative through its veto powers and the judiciary through its ultimate power to appoint its members. On the other hand, the legislature can check the president through its veto-override powers, the Commission on Appointments, and its power over the purse. The Judiciary can check the other two through its inherent personality as the ultimate arbiter on questions of law.

As of the moment, PNoy had already succeeded in making Congress his rubber stamp though Belmonte and Enrile. If he succeeds in subjugating the SC, Joker’s fear will come true: he will become a dictator—and he will be far far worse than Marcos. At least in Marcos, we have a person with emotional and psychological stability. As for PNoy, how can we not see through his tendencies? THAT phych report in Ateneo that surfaced during the campaign may have been successfully swept under the rug, but does it mean that he was already cured? His whole life is a testament of his instability: he cannot carry a meaningful relationship, he cannot hold a stable job, he has no real close circle of friends to speak of (yes, this is true!) except those people around him leeching on him and his family name, etcetera etcetera. I can go on and on in enumerating instances of his instability and all these adds to the bottom line: he is an unstable brat who failed to grow up.

And now he is about to become a dictator?

Survey shows that this is possible because he is still very popular. But even the most indifferent Juan dela Cruz will eventually see through the charade—the same charade that the Cojuangco-Lopa family controlled survey companies presented to the people that Villar was the closest rival of PNoy when in fact he never was. They did so to marginalize Erap, who was then the real threat. But as the saying goes, it is just a matter of time before all secrets come out. If it does happen, may God help PNoy.

PNoy should not delude himself because he knows that he is not really that popular anymore!

I will write a separate article about the impeachment next.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Scalawags and Bonus

I am a very busy cop so for quite a while, I was not able to post in my blog. I just usually vent my opinions in the comment section of the online edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

But the pronouncement of Chief PNP Bartolome really got me back into this blog. He said, “As a disciplinary policy, the release of the 13th month pay to PNP personnel with pending administrative and criminal cases is deferred,” PNP Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome said in a statement."

My simple retort to him in the comment section of PDI is:

as days go by, my expectations of drastic reforms in the pnp with gen bartolome as chief pnp diminishes. there is no change in the way the pnp is thinking and this is one example...

sir, for your information, if you are a good and hardworking policeman, in one way or another, you will encounter harassment in the form of trumped-up administrative or criminal cases. for what criminal will be happy if you put them to jail!

one perfect example of a policeman who had not encountered any admin or criminal case since his cadet days in the pma is general magtibay, the district director of mpd during the luneta hostage fiasco. can you now say that he had been a good officer? the first time that he was named respondent in an administrative case was in the luneta crisis (for command responsibility, a relatively light offense). what was his reaction? he went to the media and cried his heart out like a b!tch!

compare him to the daring policemen and women of the pnp and the afp. many of them are veterans of court cases. the bacoor policemen comes to mind immediately. i had blogged about them in my other blog. now, can you say that these policemen do not deserve bonus because they defended their station and killed col obillos in the process? general chief boss! baka di mo alam na ang pinakamagagaling na pulis ay yung mga beterano sa kaso kaso? or hindi ka talaga kasali sa mga magagaling na pulis.


now my point: pending case does not mean that you are guilty. that is enshrined in the constitution. use your head chief!

or nahawa ka na sa administrasyon ng benefactor mo na ipinagbawal na ang paggamit ng utak?

This summarizes my opinion of the matter. When you are a hardworking policeman, expect that together with the commendations and awards for exemplary works will be harassment cases from suspects and their families when you put them to jail. For influential suspects, they will even use their position to ensure that you never go far in investigating them. The Ted Failon vs QCPD case is a case in point. If you are an impartial and thinking observer, you will immediately know that Ted Failon is hiding something. I had extensively written about that before in this blog. Just to revisit: If indeed his wife committed suicide, then why: 1. Ted would clean up the crime scene and muddle the investigation; 2. why would he assign a lawyer to each of his househelp to monitor the interviews being done by cops; 3. why did he refuse a joint autopsy of the cadaver by the PNP, NBI, and his paid hack Dr. Fortun. At the end of the day, he successfully maneuvered that the policemen involved in the investigation, led by Supt Mabanag, were suspended on an administrative charge. The charge: Grave Misconduct by failing to inform him of his rights by failing to read the Miranda Warning. Can you believe that in the presence of all his lawyers, he was not apprised of his rights?

Can you now say that Supt Mabanag et al are bad cops that they do not deserve the bonus?

General sir, bossing, tsip, amo! Let PNOY be if he refuses to use his coconut. But be different naman. A lot of cops pinned their hopes on you. Prove that you deserve that confidence!