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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: China Owns the Entire South China Sea? What are They Smoking—Opium?)

Name: Manuel C. Diaz
City/State/Country: Montclair CA USA
IP Address: 76.90.62.96

Comments

China is now putting markers in the vicinity of the REED BANK aka RECTO BANK. This was the area that was subject to the joint seismic survey of China's CNOOC and the Philippines during the Gloria Arroyo neo-kletocratic regime. China has the seismic data what will the Philippines do if China's CNOOC will bring the deep water drilling platform and start drilling at the REED BANK? ATTACK THE DRILLING PLATFORM WITH TONS OF SALIVA?


Name: HMSomeone
City/State/Country: USA
IP Address: 74.77.36.177

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I read somewhere that China will just keep occupying the islands and wear the PHL down until the PHL realizes that it would be more for its benefit to acquiesce to China than fight it. That the PHL should realize that the power in Asia has already shifted in China's favor. And once the PHL accepts that reality China will then offer its help to the PHL. The same article also says it is Australia who should be helping the PHL counter China's intrusions because China's domination would mean a threat to Australia. The PHL should form a resistance group with other countries in the area. Lastly, the article mentioned the disastrous sell out of the Arroyo administration which is why it recommended that any treaties with other countries should be done while Aquino is President.


Name: Jorge Villanueva
City/State/Country: Canada
IP Address: 142.134.106.171

Comments

Here's my take on the China issue or any issue for that matter except corruption. Let's fix the country's internal problems, improve our economy, morale and overall outlook. Once we achieve success, which is not impossible, then all the other issues will fall into pieces. We could shout and scream and pretend to be strong but China and any other country for that matter, will see it's all a sham and quite superficial and won't deter them. Once our country emerges from its unending deleterious cocoon of corruption then success will be truly real and invincible.


Name: mockingmaya
City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 73.48.191.193

Comments

I do agree with PNL editor: "Communist China adheres to the the philosophy of might makes right." Again, historical experience suggests that the conduct of a dominant or hegemonic international actor like Red China dictates a weak country like Philippines [take note ignoramus] what to exploit, steal, extract, & so on from Spratley islands: international law is irrelevant. Such is the logic of the game of power in international system. The fact remains [take note ignoramus], when powerful countries are unalterably aggressive, other states are unlikely to bandwagon [S.M. Walt].


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