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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray. Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men, nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked, every mouth speaks folly…” (Isaiah 9:16-17, the Holy Bible).

GROUP URGES “FOURTH BRANCH” OF GOV’T: During times of great turmoil, many people become innovative and creative in their giddy attempts to find solutions, particularly those directed at eliminating not only graft and corruption, but even the parties responsible for them. A group calling itself as the “National People’s Council Movement” is one such innovative and creative group, as it is proposing the creation of a fourth—instead of the usual three—branches of government.

In a press statement sent to this column, the group’s organizer, businessman Bayani Nito, defended the creation of a fourth branch of government in this manner: “For so long a time, the people were made to believe that there are only three co-equal branches of government – the executive, the legislative, and the judiciary. Today, it is high time that we empower and institutionalize the People’s Council as the fourth co-equal pillar. “The democratic philosophy dictates that sovereignty resides in the people, and that all power emanates from them. If this is so, our power as sovereigns should not end with our periodic choices of whom to vote for during national as well as local elections. Remember that we are the boss of the Chief Executive no less. 

NATIONAL PEOPLE’S COUNCIL MOVEMENT: “Hence, we must instill vigilance, courage and patriotism in ourselves to serve our motherland—24/7 a week, and 365 days a year. Hindi na puwede na sila-sila lang ang nakakaalam kung anong proyekto ang ipapatupad o kung saan gagamitin ang kaban ng bayan (It is no longer enough that only those in government will get to decide which projects to pursue, or on what projects will government money be spent on). We, the people, must be consulted first and foremost. “The century’s most recent national scandal involving the systematic loss of money in the country’s coffers involving our honorable congressmen and senators is the so-called Janet Lim-Napoles pork barrel scam. Billions of pesos went down the drain and found their way to the insatiable pockets of our lawmakers.   “With the Peoples’ Council, all forms of, and attempts to commit, graft and corruption can be checked and eliminated from the lowest levels of local government up to the executive branch. It shall serve as the aldermen of all public servants and their respective offices, the fourth force that would bring balance and harmony in the creation of a progressive, strong and vibrant country…”

CALL TO ACTION FOR PEOPLE’S COUNCIL: Nito, who was a former president of the Rotary Club of Pasay under District 3810 of Rotary International, further said: “This call to action and support for the creation of Peoples’ Council can be immediately attained via the social network, through the efforts of concerned multi-sectoral groups led by the academe, the religious groups, the media, and concerned citizens…” In explaining his position, Nito told me during the Balitaan sa Aloha Hotel News Forum last Thursday, October 03, 2013, that many civic-minded Filipinos have already joined this movement, and, as a manifestation of their solidarity with the on-going campaign to eliminate the pork barrel system, all of them would be attending the October 04, 2013 Million People’s March in Makati City. Niel Narca, the secretary general of the movement said: “The National Peoples Council is a masterstroke that the country needs during these days of political as well as economic turmoil. It shall bring harmony, peace and balance in all our actions as a country towards becoming a bigger Tiger in the Asia-Pacific.”

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