So here’s the way our President would do it, at the rate she’s going and all for her political survival:
1. For EDSA I: Allow FM to be buried in the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of Heroes) in Fort Bonifacio.
2. For EDSA II & III: Grant amnesty/pardon to JEE on the principle of in pari delicto.
If I follow this logic to absurdity, might as well free all the criminals and grant a general amnesty to all those with pending cases in court, just to “clean the slate” so to speak.
Even us lawyers still have principles. To me, healing the wounds does not mean selling out these principles just for political expediency or survival.
And that’s the basic problem in Philippine society today. The Philippines has become a culture of compromise, of “I scratch your back, you scratch mine.” Be it in court (where we encourage settlement because of our “creeping” justice system), in politics (I’ll give you this committee in exchange for two minor committees…) and in life in general (I’m sorry to have run over someone’s child. Is there any way we can just “settle” this?), we have wallowed in this culture of smooth interpersonal relationships, of pakikisama.
I say let’s bring back principles into our culture. Sure, it’s not bad to compromise or settle, but only to a certain extent. There should still be a set of “non-negotiables.”
Where do we start? What are these non-negotiables?
Try “right” and “wrong” for starters.