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Ninoy’s Dark Side, Joma’s Stripes

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Ninoy’s Dark Side, Joma’s Stripes
Ronald Roy — 29 February 2012

 

Further to this writer’s column last week in reference to a senior law student’s concern that “… we have a President who thinks he is above the Rule of Law…” we should not be all surprised that at the recent celebration of the 26th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, P-Noy rabble-roused all citizens to rise up against the Judiciary, obviously in an extended broadside against the impeached Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.

By inciting the people to seditiously turn against the Judiciary, P-Noy stands impeachable for Betrayal of Public Trust and/or Culpable Violation of the Constitution.

P-Noy reveals a dictatorial proclivity by shrugging off his mother’s 1987 Constitution which guarantees CJ Corona’s inviolable right to Due Process.

P-Noy is acting like an extremely foolish, impetuous and dangerous madman who cares not for the wellbeing of Filipinos as he goads them into internecine warfare (i.e., Filipinos vs. Filipinos)—the very disunity the so-called spirit of EDSA professes to disdain.

This de facto dictator is clever because he knows his numbers in the Lower House are more than enough to shield him against impeachment. But this is precisely what makes him dangerous.

He can now transgress with impunity the very Constitution that guarantees the Rule of Law and Due Process, and get away with it because of his numbers, the very same way GMA often cheated impeachment attempts throughout her time as President.

P-Noy may be congratulated for an effective “hakot” of crowds that packed the commemoration sites. Ironically, it was President Erap Estrada’s Executive Order that required the annual celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution, so much so that practically the entire officialdom of the Republic had to be there last February 25, either in person or by proxy.

The hoopla was so professionally staged and lavishly funded from state coffers, that it must be seriously questioned if this systematic brainwashing should be allowed to continue.

Would that the festivities were converted from a legal obligation to a tradition in order to allow a spontaneous flow of a people’s admiration and gratitude for their national heroes.

All that today’s young people in their mid-thirties will tell you is that they’ve all been taught in school that Ninoy Aquino was a martyred hero and Ferdinand Marcos was a monstrous murderer. Year after year after year after year, the Aquinos have been worshipped and the Marcoses have been demonized.

This is neither the way to heal the wounds of a nation nor forge love among its people. Rather, it is a way of breeding a culture of hatred and distrust that impedes national progress.

I was a Marcos appointee but was never his loyalist, as I am one person known not to be anyone’s fan. I saw him as a great leader and not as a murderer. Not only was he a gentleman; he was a gentle person who never cussed in vulgar language, his most offensive utterance being: “lintik ka” or “nalintikan na tayo” (meaning: you’re a trouble-maker or we’re already in trouble, “lintik” literally meaning lightning).

I regarded Ninoy as a friend, but I saw him as a demagogue who died by the gun because he lived by the gun. For my personal glimpses into his very dark side,  my piece entitled “Like Lolo, Like Father, Like Son?”will give you a substantial and shocking dose of them.

Texter #0881, I don’t think renegade Jose Maria Sison is still an ideological communist of the Maoist variety. He has long morphed into a capitalist who lapped up the good life in all the years he stayed in theNetherlandsfrom where he has been directing the New Peoples Army’s rebellious operations in the country.

Maoism is dead, and just like present-dayChinathat has become a capitalist society in recent years, Sison is free to return to pursue a business life of his own.

As a populist president, P-Noy should be able to evaluate Sison’s worth as a contributor to his administration’s social justice agenda, a program perhaps better understood as a healthy democratic balance between the haves and the have-nots.

In the political spectrum, P-Noy is ideally posited at the center where he can best draw constructive advice from such reformist groups as the leftist Akbayan. Likewise he can use rightist big business organizations, for instance, as allies in his vision for rapid economic development.

Critical therefore is P-Noy’s judgment on how to handle Joma Sison’s purported desire to return to the fold of the law. Surely, it will not be a bad idea for him to assess Sison’s proposals, should he have any, on how to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

In this regard, however, P-Noy should not ignore the fact that Sison is a criminal recidivist who fled to theNetherlandsright after he was released from incarceration on the strength of a Church-proposed amnesty granted him by Cory.

Can Sison, an extreme radical activist espousing violent means, supposedly to attain social justice, be trusted on his return?

The Ilocano strongman once raised the warning: “Once a communist, always a communist! Like a tiger, he can never change his stripes!”

Has Jose Maria Sison already changed his stripes? Is it true he is back but will surface only when P-Noy tells him the time is ripe to do so?

One final note: Last week’s “show of force” by the Iglesia Ni Cristo was no more, no less than a political threat of electoral power that may well undermine P-Noy’s sovereign mandate, and the terrifying question is: whether he will take it sitting down.

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  1. mjrowland
    March 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Mr. Roy,

    I would like to know your thoughts on how Noynoy’s drive for dictatorship coincides with that of the Obama Administration’s (see the controversy surrounding the U.S.’s recent National Defense Authorization Act of 2012) and its drive to antagonize China.

    Much has been said about the beefing-up of U.S. military deployment in the Asia-Pacific region, with the Philippines playing a central role. Do you also observe how Noy’s attempt at a power-grab as leading to a justification of the otherwise illegal establishment of a U.S. base in the archipelago? (See Mike Billington’s “Obama’s Planned War on China Could be Stymied in the Philippines” – http://larouchephil.com/2012/obamas-planned-war-on-china-could-be-stymied-in-the-philippines/ )

  1. February 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

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