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October 17, 2008

DJB of Philippine Commentary thinks that the Supreme Court ruling declaring the MOA-AD as unconstitutional also absolved the President.

Note well how the final paragraphs of the Majority Decision dispose of the case as one of disobeying the Wise Orders of the President: IN SUM, the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process committed grave abuse of discretion when he failed to carry out the pertinent consultation process, as mandated by E.O. No. 3, Republic Act No. 7160, and Republic Act No. 8371. The furtive process by which the MOA-AD was designed and crafted runs contrary to and in excess of the legal authority, and amounts to a whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic exercise thereof. It illustrates a gross evasion of positive duty and a virtual refusal to perform the duty enjoined.

I agree.  General Hermogenes Esperon and company do not seem to know it yet but their goose is cooked.

When GMA started distancing herself from the MOA-AD, her advisers telling she never even read the document, or she was unaware of the details, or that she was only providing general guidelines, it was clear as day she was escaping responsibility.   Who would believe such a bull, if not some idiot, that a President famous for meticulosity and micromanaging would ever be clueless about an agreement bearing such serious consequences to the nation?  As the PDI editorial belabors to explain:

Poor President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. If Ermita is to be believed, this most detail-oriented of chief executives was a victim of incompetent or dangerously ambitious appointees, who managed to put together an agreement on the highly contentious issue of ancestral domain with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, complete with a high-profile signing ceremony scheduled in Kuala Lumpur, with international diplomatic dignitaries in attendance, without the President’s knowledge

Some idiots, indeed (and you admire PDI for exerting effort to point out the obvious).  But when did GMA ever manifest any sign of bother with logical implications or even illogic. Perhaps, if you have too much experience with scandals like “Hello, Garci!”, Jose Pidal, Jocjoc Bolante fertilizer scam, NBN-ZTE, and a host of others where  abrasive use of political power not cold compelling reason made you survive, you too might lose appetite to invest on reason.  Who cares about reason, if you have power?

The common denominator in those scandals, if Esperon and company only paid attention in between moments of power tripping, is how to get off the hook, by hook or by crook; in fact, in many cases, they even helped dig for escape routes.  For this particular scandal, the thing to do is to establish early on that if anything is ever wrong, if a punishable crime was ever committed, she’s got nothing to do with it!  “Don’t look at me!  Look at Esperon!”  Hahaha!  Your turn at the furnace, gentlemen.

Scapegoat:  “… a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place”.  Goats are meek animals which generally resist little when offered as sacrifice.

I say, get those government negotiators to answer for the bloody mess in Mindanao— for those hundred lives lost, for those tens of thousands displaced from their homes, for those precious government resources now being redirected to war effort, rescue and settlement.  If some goats are willing to take the butchering in her place, by all means, let GMA off.  They want to let their principal go, so be it, but let the full blow fall on them without mercy. You offer yourself willingly,  take the butcher’s knife in full measure.

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