Monday, 01 September 2014 13:27
(BY: ATTY. BATAS MAURICIO) LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well…” (2 Thessalonians 1:6, the Holy Bible).
LIPA CITY DECLARATION, PART II: Here is the second installment of the “Lipa City Declaration” which Filipino Catholics, Protestants and Muslims who have banded together as the “National Transformation Council” issued last August 27, 2014, to press for the resignation of President Aquino. Read on:
“The role of the council will not be to succeed President Aquino, but solely to prevent the total destruction of our political system, and to rebuild and nourish its institutions back to health so that all those interested could join the political competition later, without the dice being loaded in anyone’s favor.
“Like a crew whose task is to put everything in order before a commercial carrier, which had earlier developed some problems in midair, is cleared again for takeoff, the council’s duty will be only to repair the battered tripartite system and to make sure that the people are once again able to freely and intelligently elect their own leaders.
REFORMS IN GOV’T NEEDED: “In this connection, we welcome the council’s proposal to open broad public consultations on the need to modify and strengthen the presidential system or to shift from the unitary / presidential system to a federal / parliamentary system, endowing such structure with (the following):
“A totally independent judicial department, free from any kind of intimidation or bullying by either the Executive or the Legislative Department, and with the sufficient wherewithal to clear the backlog of the courts and fast-track all cases.
“A merit-driven, professional, civil and military service; totally transparent government budgeting, procurement, disbursement, accounting and auditing systems and procedures; and an irreproachably independent and completely dependable electoral system, free from the virus that has corrupted the automated voting system since 2010.
COUNCIL PROPOSES “NO ELECTIONS” IN 2016: “Whatever the final form of government the citizenry may decide to adopt, absolutely indispensable are the integrity and independence of the courts, and the existence of an incorrupt electoral system by means of which we, the people, are able to freely and intelligently choose our own leaders in free and honest elections.
“Without these, we cannot speak of a normally functioning democracy, and thus we fully support the council’s position that until we have such a fraud-free electoral system, we should refrain from holding any farcical election. But once we have it, we should encourage the best qualified men and women in the country to participate in the open electoral process so that together, we could put an end to the stranglehold exercised by the corrupt and incompetent political dynasties upon our elections.
A CALL FOR AFP AS “PROTECTOR OF THE PEOPLE”: “Finally, we support the council’s proposal that with political reform there must go hand in hand comprehensive economic reform. With one strong voice, we must now say a vigorous NO, as Pope Francis has suggested, to an economics of exclusion and inequality, coming from a misguided vision of the human being and of society harmfully acted upon through myopic laws, policies and programs.
“As the council prepares to embark upon the necessary reforms, we call upon the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as the constitutional “protector of the people and the state,” to extend its protective shield to the council, and not to allow any armed group to sow violence, disorder or discord into its peaceful ranks…” -30-
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