ORTIGOZA: Kill the Rich, too!
After President Rodrigo Duterte implicated several judges, mayors, former mayors, and other officials and non-officials of the Philippine National Police in narcotics trade, ordered the revocation of their firearms’ permits and withdrawal of their security details from the PNP, these public luminaries and those police officials are now vulnerable to assassination from the death squads.
Since many Filipinos complained at the sidelined that those almost 1000 suspected dangerous drug characters killed by the policemen and death squads came from the Unwashed of the Society – by leaving many of them with a rectangular cardboard with a note: “Tulak ng Druga, Huwag Pamarisan”, it is high time the government or any adventurous groups there to make a sample by shooting to death any one of these luminaries like those judges and mayors to show to the world the War on Narcs are not only trained against the poor but for the rich and powerful, too.
I saw at one evening TV news former human rights fighters Jojo Binay, Rene Saguisag, others.
Lawyer Saguisag hissed:” Iyong mga tinitipok (by the police) ay mga yagit at pobre (like tricycle drivers)”.
For me sanamagan, the lesson we can derive here, mag sumikap at ‘wag maging pobre. Kasi pag pobre ka, basta ka na lang babarilin ng death squad. Pag may kaya ka, may human rights kahit papaano at hinde ka basta basta na lang pinapatay na parang mga manok sa kalsada.”
When I posted at Tweeter the title of this column/blog “Kill the Rich, too!” former Custom Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, an incumbent congressman of Muntinlupa, reacted:
“No, don’t kill them. Make them talk. Dead men tell no tales”.
Hindi na lang ako nag react sa Tweeter.
But anyway, here’s my reaction to Congressman Ruffy, a good friend:
Ang mga Regional Trial Courts’ judges who dismissed drug cases for a fee they don’t have bosses to protect. Their bosses are their pockets in exchange for a huge fee to dismiss the non-bailable narcotic peddling cases.
In the Philippines if a magistrate dismissed an illegal drug case, it means that’s final because our law protects the accused.
So for me, kill some mayors, kill some judges then you have DETERRENCE to those who want to become narco coddlers just like those implicated by the no-nonsense president.
So for you who disagree with my pronouncement with your antics: ‘Spare these mayors, spare these judges” then, son of a gun, we have a dysfunctional and weakling government just like the Benigno Aquino III Administration where “due process of law, as mandated by the Constitution, was BASTARDIZED by these judges and prosecutors.
After my recent radio program where I discussed how President Duterte threatened Supreme Court Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that he will declare martial law unless the chief magistrate stop foisting a constitutional crisis, some members of social media Face Book’s community page react to my opinion where I said that Duterte can declare military rule with the high court helpless.
One of them said that the president could not just declare martial law because it is limited by the Constitution where the Supreme Court can declare if the imposition of martial law is unconstitutional.
“You read Section 18 of Article VII (Executive Department) paulit-ulit para hinde ka mag mukhang tanga , “ the angry reader pointed.
My retort: The problem with many Filipinos like you is you think “inside the box”, er, you focused only on Section 18, e kung hindi susundin ni Duterte ang Section 18 at gayahin niya si Cory Aquino where the 1973 Constitution became passe’ in favour of the 1987 Constitution?
I explained to those who were affronted there: “You did not see that Duterte can declare martial law without following the limitations mandated by the Constitution.
The limitations say that a president after declaring military rule should “ Within forty-eight hours from the proclamation of martial law or the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, the President shall submit a report in person or in writing to the Congress. The Congress, voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its Members in regular or special session, may revoke such proclamation or suspension, which revocation shall not be set aside by the President. Upon the initiative of the President, the Congress may, in the same manner, extend such proclamation or suspension for a period to be determined by the Congress, if the invasion or rebellion shall persist and public safety requires it. The Congress, if not in session, shall, within twenty-four hours following such proclamation or suspension, convene in accordance with its rules without any need of a call” WHILE the Supreme Court “may review, in an appropriate proceeding filed by any citizen, the sufficiency of the factual basis of the proclamation of martial law or the suspension of the privilege of the writ or the extension thereof, and must promulgate its decision thereon within thirty days from its filing”.
The safety clauses there to prevent a strong man to be successful in his desire to impose his will are:
1) Congress, voting jointly, by a vote of at least a majority of all its Members in regular or special session, may revoke such proclamation of martial law or suspension of writ of habeas corpus;
2) Supreme Court promulgate its decision thereon within thirty days from the filing of a petition by a citizen if martial law is legal or illegal.
I added that since Duterte has been riding on the crest of 84 percent popularity among the Filipinos as based on the June 24 to 27 Social Weather Station’s survey, he can skirt those protective clauses put by the handpicked constitutional commissioners of then President Cory Aquino during her Revolutionary Government after flushing –out Marcos in a military takeover and emulate Cory Aquino by appointing commissioner, too, to hammer a new fundamental law and submit it for plebiscite to the Filipino voters who would surely vote for it because they highly trusted the intention of the president for this sorry country.
With a palatable federal government that the new premier law would put in various regions all over the country, with 100 percent foreign ownership as one of the provisions of the Constitution to spike more jobs among the Filipinos, other new laws, the voters would surely vote for the new Constitution.
What will happen to the 1987 Constitution? Son of a gun, just like the Ferdinand Marcos’ 1973 Constitution, it would go kaput or passé’, too!
That’s thinking outside the box my dear Procopio!
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