Self -regulation is an oxymoron where profits are concerned. Wall street has proven it, banks have proven it, and now media, too. Self-regulation cannot work when greed is in the equation. So let me ask the network executives: how do you propose you’ll regulate your –own greed? Right. Didn’t think so.
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Raul Pangalanan pointed out something very important regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to issue a status quo order on the impeachment proceedings against Merceditas Guttierez in his column The Constitution as political football
If the problem is the constitutional bar on the second impeachment proceeding, then the worst scenario—in other words, the alleged irreparable injury that the injunctive relief is supposed to prevent—is that that second complaint will proceed. There is absolutely no danger that the first complaint could be invalid, because there is no constitutional ban on a first impeachment proceeding. The freeze-order could have limited itself to the second complaint. After all, the two complaints had been separately voted upon and separately adopted by the House committee on justice. It’s not as if these had been conjoined together as one and were inseparable.
I wonder how the Supreme Court plans to explain its way out of this bind.
First, it breaches separation of powers by interfering in a case where its decision isn’t needed. Guttierez’ right isn’t in any way being violated. She’s still free to defend herself, she’s still free to clear her name. No grave abuse of power in the part of Congress. I thought you only go to the Supreme Court as a “last resort” when all legal remedies have failed. Not as a first resort to hide from a perfectly legal proceeding being initiated against you.
Second, it now threatens contempt against Congress if Congress ignores the status quo order. It has the gall to threaten contempt acting as if the Supreme Court ranks higher than Congress, a “co-equal branch.”
Third, but perhaps the most important, the Supreme Court does not realize that it has NO POWER AT ALL from which it can draw it’s authority when a constitutional crisis occurs except for the moral authority it possesses which only the people can confer. The Supreme Court loses that, it becomes nothing but a court composed of 15 asses possessing no authority people will follow. It doesn’t even have the might of arms to enforce its decisions.
You provoke a constitutional crisis, who do you think people will follow? Your decisions are meaningless if it cannot be enforced. Enforcement is only possible with arms. Between the Supreme Court or the President, who do you think police and military will follow? At least some congressmen can boast of private armies. Justices would be lucky to have a couple of bodyguards.
PNOY still does not get it. He cannot govern effectively if he will not tap PEOPLE POWER. The people are all itching to fight the good fight. All of us are screaming inside ourselves to be rid of this putrid culture of corruption eating away the very fabric of our society. And what does he do? He plays pansy. Every move he makes is as if he fears being overthrown by the forces of evil and corruption still in power. You won by over a fucking 5.7 million votes! Do you know what that means? Do you?
That means that you cannot just simply be overthrown unless you lose the support of those millions who voted for you. Even Congress cannot just force impeachment down people’s throat especially if it does so for the very obvious reason that you will be taking away its pork barrel.
But you did not do it. Even during your inaugural speech, the “explosive” statement I was waiting to hear from you was the fighting words: I will remove the pork barrel even if this costs me my presidency. I expect Congress will try to impeach me. But let them try. I know that the very same people who voted me into power will protect me from these selfish congressmen who will try to impeach me so that they can hold on to their pork barrel.
PNOY, you are not traversing the straight road which you spoke of in your campaign. You’re walking the ambiguous road by playing it safe, electing to compromise instead of going all out against corruption.
What you should realize is that in politics, public perception is everything. By compromising with known crooks and bending rules to gain some imagined political advantage, you slowly lose all the political capital you had when you won. If the public starts to think you’re not what you promised you’d be, that massive base of support that catapulted you to power will slowly whither away, like a fog being blown by the wind.
Don’t be a pansy PNOY. Fight the good fight – or lose the fight altogether.