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P-Noy’s Golden Eggs

P-Noy’s Golden Eggs

Ronald Roy

It’s sad that more and more passengers are becoming disappointed with SS Pilipitnas’ newly installed ship captain Bienvenido Noyalastik, B-Noy for short. B-Noy is supported by a crew which he was given the authority to organize as a concession. He was also given the prerogative to fire personnel whenever he saw fit.

The previous captain, Ma. Guloria (Maguloria for short) Barroyot, and some of her crew were fired just 3 months ago for gross incompetence that drew mounting complaints from passengers for a period of 10 agonizing years. They had to go. The ship owners had hoped the new hires would restore the liner’s fitness to participate anew in the competitive business of seafaring.

Maguloria Barroyot was also suspected of having caused the larcenous disappearance of all the ship’s expensive equipment. The new complement were thus expected to introduce those changes that would rebuild public confidence, but those changes were slow in coming.

The trouble is that B-Noy seems unprepared for the job as are some of his choice hires. He remains silent on management issues when he should speak up, speaks up when he should not, delegates authority when he should not, and does not delegate authority when he should. Anyway, here now is an eyewitness account of what happened during the SS Pilipitnas’ voyage last weekend.

The sun had long set when the vessel was sailing through some shark-infested straits off the coast of Panay. B-Noy was in a foul mood because he had not slept well in a new rbed the night before. Worse, strong winds suddenly kicked up creating high waves that violently rocked the boat and made him feel sick.

“Storm ahead, sir!” someone hollered in the dark. B-Noy then bellowed a succession of orders but none drew a placating response. P-Noy fired away: “Why didn’t that fellow Francisco Milo tell me beforehand about this storm?! This is his second infraction! Give him a life vest and his walki..swimming papers! What?! No life vests or rafts even for our passengers?!

“There isn’t a single flashlight, the rudder and compass are busted, and we have a fuel leak?! Whose #@=! idea was this voyage anyway?! Where na ba were we headed for?! Don’t you nincompoops tell me to calm down! You listen to me: Ako ang boss ninyo! Let’s drop anchor right now! What?! The anchor is missing?! Leave me alone, all of you!! Abandon ship!!”

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COA’s list of the highest paid government officials in 2009 reminds us of the frugal Marcos years. For instance, the Land Bank president’s monthly salary then was 8000 pesos. But it was revolutionary President Cory Aquino who changed all that overnight when, with the stroke of her pen, she increased that salary to 20,000 pesos. The rest of government followed suit after that. I wonder if P-Noy has any idea that it was his mother who wreaked the enormous harm upon the economy through the ensuing years.

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It pains me to see how badly my colleagues in the legal profession have forgotten the fundament of what is known as the Separation of Powers between and among the three co-equal and coordinate branches of government. And to think some of them are well-known seasoned legislators—constitutionalists at that!

When President Aquino orders a review of a pending criminal case, like the case against Senator Antonio Trillanes, he performs a constitutional duty to execute—the President is the recognized Chief Executive of his department—enforce, or implement his MANDATORY prosecutorial role in the criminal justice system.

It is likewise his constitutional prerogative to supervise the prosecutorial service of the state for the purpose of ensuring the delivery of justice to all concerned, “to do justice to every man,” in particular the complainant and the defendant.

Otherwise stated, prosecution inheres within the criminal justice system. Without it, the system grinds to a halt. Without a prosecutor, the criminal court is like a dead battery. However, the chief prosecutor (who the president is) may not directly or indirectly exert any pressure on the trial magistrate(s) lest he renders himself vulnerable to a possible impeachment suit; for if he does he breaches the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers. In other words, when he orders a review of a criminal case, he is merely doing his prosecutorial job, not influencing the trial court.

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Tycoon and presidential cousin Danding Cojuangco may soon find himself in a tight spot that may injure his business standing unless the public can see a clearer picture of his corporate relationship with SMB vice chair Ramon Ang. Eyebrows are raised over Ang’s offer to privatize the Philippine Gambling Corp. (Pagcor) supposedly to raise as much as $10 billion and transform the country into a tiger economy.

While the amount is understandably too juicy to ignore from a cash-strapped government’s viewpoint, still some concerned quarters are wary of a fishy deal that could be cooked. The President should therefore ask first why he should allow the privatization of the goose that lays his golden eggs.

(Email: arnydolor@yahoo.com, cell # 09186449517, landline # (02)7106701)

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