WTF?

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.

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9 responses to “WTF?

  1. Is GMA really serious about interring FM in the Libingan? Is she raising this thing now as a wedge issue so that the people’s attention will be diverted again? You are correct. Where is the moral compass of the politicians?

  2. stethacp

    Or is it because gumaganti sya kay Cory?

  3. First time to visit your blog. Nice.

    One comment: You said “Even us lawyers have principles.” Sounds to me like in ordinary times, there is none. Hehe just kidding.

  4. To all thanks for visiting and/or commenting.

    In an interview today, GMA denied allowing FM to be buried in Libingan. So there.

    Withdrawn because of negative backlash or what?

  5. Anonymous

    speaking of ganti against Cory, the Hacienda Luisita issue has been suddenly resurrected with stunning speed.

  6. Well, as far as GMA is concerned, desperate times call for desperate measures.

    Its a pity for her that not everyone is dumb enough to fall for her charades. 🙂

    Remember the time she gave in to the demand of Manawan (the brain eating convict) that he would only surrender to her? Weird.

  7. ahh but that is the thing with teh Philippine govt.. they never fail to return favors… especially if it will benefit them the most not the people..

  8. Sometimes, our politis and mode of government is like a mafia syndicate, where te boss had to make everybody happy just to stay alive.

  9. Anonymous

    Hey Atty. Punzi,

    I have exactly the same thought as Major Tom. Our government is devoid of principles… it’s just a nationalized mafia system that is legal! Only in the Philippines, di ba?

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