Thursday, July 17, 2014

Are we now heading to the Straight Path of Aquino’s dictatorship?



"Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others."—Niccolo Machiavelli

President BS Aquino's contentious stand against the Supreme Court is to show of what is a lethal combination of ignorance and arrogance. The Supreme Court has declared his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) unconstitutional. Does the end justify the means here? The end here is unconstitutional, and so was the means.

The president is supposed to respect and protect the constitution of the Republic of the Philippines with a presidential form of government wherein power is equally divided among its three branches: the executive, judiciary, and legislative.

His bribery to some of the senators and congressmen in exchange for the impeachment of former chief justice Renato Corona was a classic example of usurpation of congress’s power by a president. He was using the DAP fund for that campaign.

The best weapon of dictatorship, as what Neils Bohr puts it, is secrecy, but the best weapon of democracy is openness. What president Aquino does in secret, he will insist to be right and for the good of the people when exposed. Transparency is what the Filipino people (whom he called boss) want no matter how good his intention as president.

His Tuwid na Daan (Straight Path) advocacy would have been most sincere if it was aimed at prosecuting corrupt government officials--they may be an opposition or an ally--and not for his personal or political vendetta. Ironically, he was even defending some corrupt government officials because they're allies. If he insists so that he will become someone who is above the law already, then goodbye constitution. Goodbye democracy.

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