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Why Bong Revilla Will Never Become President of the Philippines

country's president must be a statesman. Someone who is genuinely concerned about the welfare of his peopleSen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr.—especially those who have the least in life. A president must also be fair. Fairness after all underpins what justice is all about. Everyone, be they exceedingly wealthy or totally destitute deserves equal treatment under the law.

When an individual who enjoys a privileged position in society is accorded special treatment at the expense of those less privileged or less well connected, then fairness--and justice fly out the door. The sign or a true statesman then is when an individual who realizes he or she is unfairly benefiting from a situation acknowledges that fact and refuses to benefit from it. This is difficult for most people to do, especially for Filipinos who believe they deserve every advantage that comes their way—right or wrong.

But a principled individual, a statesman, and someone an informed electorate would consider "presidential" must nonetheless step up to the plate and announce that he or she refuses to benefit from any unfair advantage they receive.

Case in point: the Bacoor Regional Trial Court (RTC-Branch19) of Judge Matias M. Garcia II last week dismissed the motion for reconsideration filed by Benhur Luy, Marina Sula, Mary Arlene Baltazar and other PDAF whistle-blowers in the civil case filed against them by Senator "Bong" Revilla Jr. The reason Judge Garcia dismissed the motion was because the documents submitted to the court by the petitioners used the wrong format and font.

According to Lourdes P. Benipayo, legal counsel for Sula and Baltazar, the ruling in her view constitutes a form of ‘harassment,’ adding that the court did not provide them a copy of their guidelines despite their efforts to secure one. RTC-Branch19 has its own specific formatting rules that go beyond what the Philippine Supreme Court mandates.

What Judge Garcia did was give Revilla, his townmate with presidential aspirations, an unfair advantage by dismissing his opponent's pleading on a technicality. An act seen by many as the judge's way or ingratiating himself with someone who might one day be in Malacañang.

If Revilla was indeed a true statesman and deserving of the title "mister president," he should have immediately decried the ruling and refused the undeserved advantage it gave him. After all, a true statesman would want to win his case on merit and not because of an obscure technicality. But alas, Revilla and his minions continue to tout the fact that judge Garcia's ruling was correct.

Ex-Pres. Ferdinand E.MarcosOne good thing that has come out of this issue is the fact that the voting public now has a clearer idea of who Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. really is and what he might be like as president. He appears to be a man who has no qualms about taking unfair advantage of his opponents. And winning because of a technicality is still a win as far as he's concerned.

The Philippines once had a president who subverted the constitution and give himself an unfair advantage over everyone else. He  used technical machinations to destroy or neutralize his opponents and even coined the term "constitutional authoritarianism" to justify his "extended" stay in office long after his legal term expired. And from somewhere down below Ferdinand Marcos must be smiling up at Revilla, his new understudy and potential successor, and giving him the thumbs up.

Filipinos should have learned their lesson by now. And if indeed they have, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. will never become president of the Philippines. Published 03/22/2014
 


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(Topic: So, Should Jejomar Binay Be the Next President of the Philippines?)

Name: ELMO
City/State/Country: ELMHURST
IP Address: 67.250.86.169

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[Someone] (and not from middle eastern country); You are from the Philippines and you know pretty well how politicians behave. These politicians have big ambitions; Binay is no different from them. He would chose people in his team that have strong name recognition like Pacquiao, Vilma Santos, Jinggoy etc. He understands the value of being in the majority rather than in the minority if he bags the presidency. Elections are number games influence by money, name recognition more than qualification, experience or intellectual competence of a candidate.


Name: pidro
City/State/Country: cagayan
IP Address: 203.88.85.69

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Para sa mga makakalaban ni Binay sa pagtakbo sa pagka presidente isa lang masasabi ko kung gusto ninyong manalo na hindi nagawa ni Mar at dahilan ng kanyang pagkatalo. Bantayan po ninyo ang mga member ng frat na APO lalo na yung may mga pwesto sa comelec LGU at militar mga galamay ni Binay yang mga yan. Mautak yang si Binay di ko alam paano naging apo yan, kung pwede nga mag INC yan gagawin nya para lang maka kuha ng supporta sa INC. Binay kung tulungan ka man ng demonyo at manalo ka sigurado ako isa ulit people power ang mahpapatalsik sayo


Name: DrEd
City/State/Country: TX
IP Address: 209.46.117.36

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Binay is a close family friend of my late half-sister. He has always been there for my sister and looks up to her as an older sister. He is also a fraternity brother, and so our fraternal organization is obviously supporting him. But not all of us. I see him based on his dynastic tendencies to be a usurper of authority. His family in politics is one of multiple factors why we should not be voting for him. BUT who do we have in government who may be worthy to run against him? Filipino voters are still in the stage where they vote on popularity. As long as Pinoy voters begin to realize the power of their votes to turn the Philippines around we will continue to see a very dim future for the Philippines. May God help us in the next election.


Name: Jeffrey
City/State/Country: Cebu City
IP Address: 222.127.22.83

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V.P. Binay is a greedy politician hungry for the presidential sit. 2016 election is far from happening and yet this man is always making sure he himself always appears on television for political purposes. If he devotes himself in helping us then he should act swiftly & shun any interviews available just to make him the topic. I'd would be happy to see the constitution revisited to make Noynoy Aquino stay for more years than to see this guy sit and indulge himself and his family in fraud that will ultimately bring the Philippines back to the stone age!


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