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I write better when I smoke. Don’t ask me to reduce it to a science.

On tantrums

I once had the opportunity to see a diva throw a tantrum.

Story telling time …

The taping was set for a certain hour. 30 minutes before the appointed time, everyone involved is present and ready … ‘cept the star of the show. The Diva everyone calls Madame.

The hours comes and goes, and still no Madame.

Half past the hour, she comes. She strides in through the door with a frown on her face, berating everyone for standing around. “We’re behind schedule, come on, come on!” Everyone is bewildered. Wasn’t she the one who came in late?

She takes her seat and brushes a stray hair from her face. “Where’s my camera?” she asks in an irritating nasal whine. Then she turns her attention to the floor director. “Why didn’t you fix the lighting?” she demands. You could see the director start to answer – how can we fix the way the light hits you when you’re not there to be hit by the light? But apparently being a veteran, he wisely decides to just shut up and fix her light.

She gestures wildly at the teleprompter. “That’s wrong! I’ve edited that!” She is near hysterics. The director mumbles into his mouthpiece and waits for a reply. “Madame, they don’t have an edited version.” For a split second, Madame looks flabbergasted. Then she realizes she has the edited copy in her hands. “Here, here! Why didn’t anyone take this from me earlier?” She rounds on her gofer. “You, Ruel! You really have to be on your toes.” Poor Ruel looks stricken. He obviously does not know what he’s done. “You know, this isn’t working. Maybe I should replace you. Direk! If this happens again, I’m walking out and never coming back.”

Ruel is rooted in place, unable to do do much more than crack a weak smile. “Well,” Madame asks. “What are you still doing here? We’re late! Roll tape now!!!”

Of course, you’d never see this episode on the news. Jove Francisco would certainly never report on it, even if the Diva – a presumptive first wife – is a much bigger public figure than the President. The difference, I suppose, is that the Diva aint the President, and the Diva isn’t as much the subject of public criticism as the President is. We all have have the tendency to kick people when they’re down, don’t you notice? And a President already unpopular is such an easy target for petty criticism.

Jove defends:

And I must say, our decision to use the footage of the angry president is justifiable, because it is news. Debatable? No. As a story it has in fact lots of layers in it. An unpopular and less than trustworthy president, waging a battle for her political survival, who by the way got sick before the weekend, was incognito during most of last week, was hit by criticisms regarding charter change and was shaken by the twin “pambabara” or non support from the leadership of the El Shaddai group and the Catholic church on her aim to amend the constitution. Plus the fact that she’s not feeling well until now, because as PDI reported, she visited 32 hospitals before being active again.

It is news that a head of state experienced a moment – however prolonged – of pique at finding things to be not ready for her scheduled taping? Or is it a story simply because she’s a woman? I imagine that if the President were a man, her “angry quest” (as Jove puts it) for a teleprompter would have been just another display of assertiveness and the determination to get things done right and on time. But let a woman do it, and suddenly, she’s whining.

Whining, contrary to popular opinion, has less to do with the tone of voice one uses as it has to do with the reasonableness of the anger being exhibited and the demands being made. Was it unreasonable for the President to expect everything to be ready for her the minute she got there? Were her demands for rectification unreasonable under the circumstances?

And Jove says the story had layers. What layers? The layers Jove mentions are an obvious attempt to frame the story as “President breaks down under strain of unpopularity and constant battle for political survival!” Puh-leeze. How about “Pissed-off President?”

Jove goes on to say:

Lastly, we are not being arrogant and we are not saying we have all the right to cover everything and anything under the sun, but what happened inside the halls of the NEB, happened right before our eyes and we can’t just close our eyes and pretend it didn’t happen.

Well, there’s really no debating that. Of course it happened, and it’s stupid to even consider pretending it didn’t happen. But that isn’t the point, is it? The point is that broadcasting this information and pretending it’s news is nuts. It wasn’t news – it was gossip. It was a juicy tidbit of what the pressure of the presidency does to a person, salaciously played out to an audience hungry for every least reason to heap criticism on an already reviled figure, meant first and foremost not to deliver news (I mean, what news? that the president is a bitch? everyone knows that already) but to rake in the viewership.

Bottom line: So, her iron mask of determination and steely control obviously slipped; so the fuck what? Happens to the best of us. We should all be thankful that we, at least, don’t have to see our private anger plastered all over the news and the ‘net for everyone to use for ridicule and criticism.

Still, if a public figure losing control behind the scenes is as newsworthy as he says, I challenge Jove Francisco – or any other journalist – to do a story on the DIva and her legendary tantrums.

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Morbid fascination

You know how we can never walk past an accident without craning our necks to check if we can see someone lying dead or something? That’s called a morbid fascination, and it’s what kept me refreshing the Inquirer’s SONA liveblog.

In closing out the SONA – which was applauded 102 times – the President says:

“We have our disagreements, but we are one nation with one faith. As your President, I care too much for this nation to let anyone stand in the way of the people’s well-being. I will let no one threaten our nation’s survival. We must be there for them now.”

Altho this was obviously inserted as a kind of bravura statement, all it does is ring warning bells. First of all, who decides if someone is standing in the way of the people’s well-being? Her? Her AFP? And when they decide – however they reach that decision – what are they actually gonna do about it? Spirit these counter-productives away? Kill them?

And I find it ironic that the President should talk about letting no one threaten the nation’s survival when she’s presiding over the balkanization of the Philippines by endorsing that crazy Bangsamoro Juridical Entity. Seriously. She’s not so much protecting the nation’s survival as carving it up.

Btw, it still amazes me that they actually count the number of rounds of applause considering that that only reflects how determined the suck-ups in the gallery are. And besides, which applauses were counted? Did they count the applause that greeted the introduction of the President’s poster-children? Seem to me like that shouldn’t count towards the final tally as technically, it wasn’t the speech being applauded but these individuals – and at that, not because of anything other than politeness, i would suppose.

And do they count the limp wristed applauses? And the trickles of applause that come only from the most rabid brown-nosers who need to do something whenever the President so much as pauses for breath.

In any case, I think this whole applause counting system is rigged. The president obviously pauses for applause from time to time, so the clapping isn’t always spontaneous. And if it isn’t spontaneous, then you might as well say it was staged, and really, what’s the point of making a big deal out of 50 or so canned applause?

On education, Erika Tapalla, over at the Inquirer live blog reports:

In the 10 poorest provinces in the Philippines, Arroyo says she will launch a massive schooling program. Every student will receive 10 pesos per day. In addition, Arroyo claims to have been reforming and clustering programs of DepEd to focus more on conservation and management.

A massive schooling program, I understand. But ten pesos per student per day? WTF? If she wants a massive schooling program, she ought to make sure that the parents have enough money to send their kids to school, first and foremost, so that they don’t treat the kids as economic assets to be worked to the bone for the sake of a few pesos. The, when she’s assured that the parents have money, she should make it a criminal offense for parents not to send their kids to school – up to high school. Parents who fail to send their kids to school lose their kids and go to jail or do community service or something. This will emphasize that the government’s role is to provide schooling facilities, but the responsibility for sending the kids to school in the first place (instead of making them beg) falls squarely on the parents’ shoulders.

Oh, and while on the topic, the President should do something about parents who send their kids out begging after school. Along Katipunan in Quezon City, for instance, kids as young as 10 to 12 are out begging in the late afternoons. Some of them have even learned how to turn a trick, offering handjobs and blowjobs to foreign types. They’re not humiliated by it either. For them, these are economic activities that bring maximum gain for minimum effort. It’s a great deal! And since they’re growing up in an environment where sex is considered an acceptable pastime, they’re apparently able to engage in sex without much psychological scarring. After all, they’re not being forced into it anymore; they’re the ones offering it up.

Erwin Oliva reports:

Citing Pope Benedict, Arroyo says she’s combining programs of government to fight poverty and to create a national welfare program to help people find livelihood, increase pension funds, bring food aid, help child nutrition, increase housing loans, and bring cheaper medicine to the people.

Well, there ya go. She wants government to create a national welfare program after all. Then instead of focusing on just child nutrition, she should go all the way and institute a foster home program where kids are separated from parents who fail their parental obligations and are relocated to homes that ensure their welfare.

Of course, with this kind of position on responsible parenthood:

Arroyo stresses the promotion of family planning to help decrease the country’s population growth. Campaigns of responsible parenthood and natural family planning is favored over artificial family planning or contraceptives, she says.

It’s a pretty certain bet that there’ll be more children than foster homes in a very short while.

Still, the SONA wasn’t utterly devoid of all sense. Erika Tapalla reported

President Arroyo claims that short term relief cannot be at the expense of long-term reforms which will benefit not just the next generation of the Filipinos, but the next President as well. She says that the value-added tax is the solution to the country’s foreign debts, ensures fiscal independence, is an investment in citizens and the country’s infrastructure and provides the foundation for programs for the common people.

That I agree with. Unfortunately, statements like these were definitely a minority, and – truth be told – somewhat out of place in a SONA.

All in all, this SONA was exactly what i expected – not a speech about the state of the nation at all, but a long winded talk about what she claims to have achieved. And it wasn’t even very well-writ either. Especially her closing statement where she claims that we are ‘one nation with one faith.’

One faith? Would that be Christianity or Islam? LOL.

And don’t even get me started about what she was wearing …

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Read the Open Forum over at Filipino Voices.

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Here we go again

In the Philippine Star today, the official Malakanyang excuse for GMA’s visit to ZTE is the trite ole’ “So what?”

When will those people learn that protestations of innocence are pointless now that the atmosphere has been poisoned against the President?  Leaving aside the fact that the photos themselves are not particularly incriminating – well, except for those who are already convinced anyway and need no further proof of the President’s complicity – what matters here is that the photos raise the possibility of presidential complicity. And that is the only reason needed for the NBN-ZTE investigation’s awakening from the coma it has slipped into. But Bunye doesn’t get that; nor Ermita.

Instead, they run around convincing themselves and each other that the photos are harmless, and then try to sell that line to a disenchanted public. They must think Filipinos are morons.

I think the re-opening of the investigation is proper, if only to clarify whether at the time the pictures were taken, GMA knew that there was something fishy with the deal – although as I said before, if she didn’t then she’s incompetent at the very least.

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One other thing that caught my attention with this story was the insinuation that the photos were released to
divert attention from Meralco. Because it’s Rolex Suplico that’s been running with this ball, the suspicion goes that he’s a Lopez flunky. Considering that Suplico comes from Lopez country, this possibility is not that remote.

And then there’s the rumor that the person who released the photo is actually a lawyer who is rather intimately connected with a rabidly anti-GMA senator. The plot, my friends, sickens.

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Oppo doesn’t want GMA to resign

A noted blogger’s recent references to Nixon reminded me of the first ever Time Magazine editorial – The President Should Resign. It was a good piece, written in 1973, which eerily resonates with the mess the Philippines is in right now. All you have to do is substitute ‘Macapagal-Arroyo’ for ‘Nixon’ and change a few pronouns around.

(Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) and the nation have passed a tragic point of no return. It now seems likely that the President will have to give up (her) office: (she) has irredeemably lost (her) moral authority, the confidence of most of the country, and therefore (her) ability to govern effectively.

The most important decision of (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s) remarkable career is before (her): whether (she) will give up the presidency rather than do further damage to (her) country.

Even if (she) were to be acquitted (in an impeachment trial), the process would leave (her) and the country devastated. Events have achieved an alarming momentum; additional facts that would be brought out under subpoena power at an impeachment trial could strike in many unforeseen and dangerous directions.

Moreover, a trial would take at least several months, during which the country would be virtually leaderless. (Malakanyang) would be paralyzed while the (Philippines) awaited the outcome. The Republic would doubtless survive. But the wise and patriotic course is for (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s) to resign, sparing the country and (herself) this agony.

The wise and patriotic course. Man, has anybody ever whispered those words in her ear?

About the choice of successors – something that has also been plaguing us of late – the editorial had this to say:

(Noli de Castro) would be an unmistakable improvement over the grievously wounded (Macapagal-Arroyo). Barring some unforeseen revelations, (De Castro) has the immense asset of a (relatively) corruption-free reputation. He has a solid if unimaginative record in domestic policy, stands somewhere near the (Philippine) center, and is greatly liked and respected (by the people). In foreign affairs, he is obviously inexperienced, but other Presidents have risen above such limitations, as the example of (Joseph Estrada?) demonstrates. With (enough) help, (De Castro) should be able to carry on(.) He would have one overriding advantage in dealing with foreign powers (and investors especially): their certainty that (De Castro) would be in (Malakanyang) for at least (two) more years.

Reading it in our context, the editorial makes the point that political stability, if it can be achieved with GMA’s resignation, would be a more potent force than an immensely qualified President. I can’t help but agree.

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Today, the opposition is pursuing a strategy of attrition. They will keep on pinging GMA, weakening her, weakening her, but never unto the point of toppling her government. They know that if they do, they cannot guarantee that they themselves can grab or hold onto power. As it is, even in the fight against GMA, the fissures between the power blocs – even the individual oppositionists – is plain to see. With GMA gone, those fissures will widen into yawning chasms and the once mighty (if fragile) opposition will again fall to pieces. And since it is so uncertain who among the oppositionists now will end up on top of the heap, they would all rather maintain the status quo. But always weakening GMA, weakening and weakening her. They figure, by 2010, she will have been so undermined that her party won’t be able to muster up a creditable bid for the Presidency. This was the strategy in 2007, and it worked.

But while this may be good mojo for the opposition, it is a lousy deal for the country.

While the opposition snipes at the President, political unrest will continue. Her government will become increasingly ineffective in governance and it will be the country that suffers. And as the country’s suffering grows, the opposition will be quick to blame GMA, convenient ignoring the fact that their ceaseless efforts to undermine her are partly to blame for the breakdown in governance.

Like I said, lousy for the country. Even lousier because there is, in fact, a viable alternative. Noli de Castro may not be exactly presidential timbre, but is the Constitutional successor, he seems to be competent, and the people still trust him. What makes him unacceptable from the purely political point of view is that giving him two and-a-half years as President will probably make him unbeatable in 2010.

And so it happens. The President will probably not resign. Not solely because she doesn’t want to, but also because the opposition – despite all its thunder – doesn’t want her to either.

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Not necessarily a good thing

That Lorelei Fajardo woman seems to think that she could win points for Gloria by saying that she can take criticism while Lozada can’t. Hell, didn’t this Fajardo person ever think that her stupid boast could easily be turned on its head? Being able to take criticism, you stupid cow, is not necessarily a good thing. Especially not when being able to take flak also means being able to ignore it completely – even the constructive ones – like Gloria seems able to do and like the opposition is certain to point out. Hell, I’m not even a rabid Gloria critic – some would even say I’m a staunch supporter or some such bullshit – and I can see how Gloria can do with a little lot less epidermis.

There is nothing wrong with being resolute, of course, but sometimes the way this administration pretends that everything is rosy is just plain ridiculous. I suppose someone sufficiently high-up thinks that indiscriminately downplaying the bad and relentlessly playing up the good is excellent spinning. Well, it isn’t. Good spinning is when the spun don’t realize they’ve been spun.

The peso getting stronger because of Gloria? Puh-leeze. And taking credit for high remittance levels from OFWs? WTF is that? The way I see it, high remittances is actually an indicator of a screwed up economy because it only means that people don’t want to stay in-country. Hello? Can you say brain-drain?

My point is that Gloria’s ability to take criticism seems to have actually gone beyond stoicism to the point of utter obliviousness. So it’s really nothing to crow about, Lorelei.

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What’s the connection?

Something a noted blogger wrote early today caught my eye and totally piqued my interest.

jakcast, i actually think the lopezes are being extra prudent, because gma has them by the balls over meralco. ever wonder why christian monsod is so ardently pushing the keep her until 2010 movement?

This in reply to a commenter who asked

I agree with you hvrds. Found this in the abs-cbn site. I’m truly amazed on how media in this country spins things without giving their sources. Besides the ratings wars, is abs-cbn under instruction from the Lopezes to keep this alive for some score to settle with the Macapagals? Just asking. Don’t throw me out Manolo.

“Noli ‘all set’ to assume presidency. The vice president is in close contact with personalities who will advocate constitutional succession in case of a power vacuum
Exclusive to abs-cbnNEWS.com
By Aries Rufo”

Gloria has the (ABS-CBN) lopezes in a bind so chris monsod is pushing for her retention til 2010. Is there a quid pro quo situation here? What’s the connection? And is Chris Monsod on the other side of the fence now? Heh. Goes to show I truly don’t know everything, eh uncle?

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I am sorry … again

Oops, She did it again.

Gloria Arroyo has once again admitted that what everyone has been saying about her is true: that she knew there was something wrong with the NBN-ZTE deal. Only this time, unlike when she apologized for “talking to an official of the Comelec,” she isn’t exactly apologetic.

“Nagsumbong sa akin the night before the signing of the supply contract… So, papaano mo naman maka-cancel the night before, meron kang ibang bansang kausap?”

“So, tuloy iyong signing pero sa unang pagkakataon, kinausap ko kaagad iyong pangulo ng China para sabihin sa kaniya na kailangan kanselahin iyong proyekto.”

[Someone told me about me about (the allegations of corruption) the night before the signing of the supply contract. So how could the contract be cancelled, considering that we were dealing with another country?

So, we went on with the signing, but at the first opportunity, I spoke to the President of China to tell him that we needed to cancel the project.]

Incidentally, it took her about five months to cancel the project – and only after a stink had been raised about it.

Now let’s break that down.

I think she raised a valid point about how you can’t just call off a country-to-country deal at the very last minute. But it raises the question: did she really just find out the night before? If Neri et al are to be believed, there’s absolutely no way she could have found out about those allegations only the night before. Take a look at this excellent timeline from Look Up.

2007

February – Chinese firm Zhong Xing Telecommunications Equipment (ZTE) makes its own bid for the NBN project for a complete network for $300 million.

Feb. 20 – NEDA Secretary Romulo Neri requests DOTC to reconcile three projects discussed in the Cabinet — the cyber-education plan of the Department of Education (DepEd), and the competing NBN proposals of Amsterdam Holdings Inc. and ZTE Corp

March 1 – Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza CICT chairman Ramon Sales submit a report to Neri

March 14 – US company Arescom submits a proposal to supply NBN hardware to DOTC for $135 million.

March 18 – AHI officials complain in a letter to the (DOTC) of bias over the Chinese firm.

March 26 – Neri expresses reservation over the NBN project in a technical board meeting.

March 29 – The NEDA Board and its Investment Coordinating Council — composed of Cabinet members — approve the NBN project.

March 30 – Columnist Jarius Bondoc first writes about the brewing storm involving ZTE and AHI over the NBN project.

April 20 – US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney writes to NEDA chief Romulo Neri, expressing “worries” over the upcoming signing of the NBN deal with ZTE.

April 21 – The Philippines and China — through Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza and ZTE Corp. vice president Yu Yong — sign a contract for the NBN project during President Arroyo’s visit to Boao, China. Total project cost is $330 million.

Even assuming that Gloria didn’t micro-manage the project, there were at least three instances prior to April 21 that she could have found out. I’m not even counting that golf-game with Neri where he said he told her about Abalos’ offer of a bribe because I don’t know when that happened. Also, you can’t discount the possibility that she simply didn’t believe Neri (hey! truth can be stranger than fiction). But the thing is, if that – combined with everything else other people were saying about the project – didn’t at least ring warning bells, she must have been dead or deaf. Or complicit. I’m not counting Kenney’s letter either, ‘coz coming in the 20th of April, it’s pretty possible that Gloria might not have had a chance to see it at all.

And even assuming Gloria was being kept out of the loop by her underlings, the only way she couldn’t have been put on the alert by Jarius Bondoc’s column is if she maintains a cordon sanitaire of ferocious efficiency.

So basically, what I’m saying is that – going by the timeline of known events – Gloria exaggerated when she said she only found out the night before. But even that exaggeration is not fatal, I think. Even if she had learned of allegations of corruption before the eve of the contract signing, it can still be argued that (1) she truly believed in the beneficiality of the contract and tried to address the allegations of corruption; or (2) she really had too little proof of corruption to justify nixing the deal with China. Either way, so many questions need to be asked and answered.

Looks bad. I can’t see how she can now avoid admitting she was complicit or, at the very least, negligent.

Of course, it can still be argued that even with a truckload of evidence, you just can’t unilaterally break off a deal with the country’s biggest trading partner. In any case, with the President’s admission, it should now be inevitable that someone get drawn and quartered. But who?

Abalos? Hardly. If all the allegations are true, he was a fixer, nothing more. His liability would go all the way up the dizzying heights of …. bribery. Pfft.

Neri? Very possibly. His was the last clear chance to kill the contract. If he had nixed it from the very beginning, then this whole problem would never have arisen. Besides, the mere fact that he knew the deal was crooked and approved it anyway already makes him a principal by indispensable cooperation.

Lozada? Are you serious? That would be deicide? LOL. Kidding aside, I doubt a law has been passed penalizing bad advice. But he may be liable as an accomplice of some sort. What the hell? The point is moot anyway. He’s a bona fide hero now. He’s David. He’s prolly gonna end up in the Senate in 2010.

Mendoza? Only if it can be proven that he was privy to technical details. The way these things go, he might have not come in at all until signing – having trusted the tech-whiz kids to hammer out the details.

Mike Arroyo? Like Abalos, he was prolly just a fixer. It’s his relationship with the Prez that makes his involvement so heinous.

Gloria Arroyo? If proven complicit (i.e., she knowingly okay’ed a corrupt deal – whatever her motivations), absolutely. That’s betrayal of public trust right there. But what if she were only negligent? That sounds like a betrayal of public trust as well, but with a lot more wriggle room (legally, anyway).

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Stupid

How stupid is it for Ermita to be calling for an investigation of Lozada “to prove that there are no sacred cows?” Wake up, you greasy haired organ-grinder! The biggest sacred cow is the president herself. Bitch.

I hate it when you people make it so easy for the rest of us to hate you. Seriously. The only reason I haven’t yet surrendered to the siren call of just demanding the President’s resignation is that I see no good resulting from her quitting the post. The way I see it, a resignation now only satisfies the hunger for poetic justice – and for a lot of people, the banal satisfaction of having been able to hound a president out of office and in the process, getting a shot at grabbing power two years early.

Consider the only possible immediate outcome if Gloria were to resign this very minute (as a Valentine’s day present to all her haters, LOL!): Noli steps into her shoes. This is reality. Just as it is reality that Noli is not bloody likely to form a coalition government composed of all the power hungry oppositionists just itching to have their turn at the reins. These folks will, as in 2001, remain shut-out from the Palace. There probably won’t even be a honeymoon for Noli as these anti-Gloria cadres will most likely just shift the focus of their quit-calls from Gloria to Noli.

Gloria, if she’s stupid enough to remain in the country after resigning, will face a truckload of lawsuits: everything from complicity in the extra-judicial killings to plunder. But even that won’t heal the nation. Estrada’s ouster didn’t do that, what makes people think giving Gloria the boot will?

Noli won’t even be a strong President since most everyone will insist that he hold power only as a transitional figure. He’ll be forced into a position where all he will be allowed to do is maintain the status quo. There will be calls for him to not run for Prez in 2010 (to come, most likely, from those who intend to be presidential candidates themselves and who would love it if at least one potential rival is removed from the game early on).

Will Glo’s departure boost the economy? Not likely. Other countries will simply see how a President with an incipient economic turnaround under her belt was stampeded out of office on the basis of unsubstantiated allegations of wrong-doing by those around her. Remember that nothing that has been said so far can actually be laid on her shoulders. She is guilty only by association and the assumption that these jokers around her act with her presumed complicity. In such a political environment, large-scale investments become risky business and the market will probably be adversely affected.

(Incidentally, I just heard someone say things like she should be considered guilty of the acts of her department secretaries who are her alter-egos; and that this is supposedly what command responsibility means. Bull shit. The person who said these things either does not understand the doctrine of qualified agency or has taken it too literally.)

Gloria’s sudden departure will not result in extra-judicial killers suddenly surfacing belly-up. If anything, these goons will run to ground. People like Atienza, Esperon, Razon will stay in power. After all, the new President will remain an admin stalwart since if he flips to the other side, his new loyalties will force him to resign. Too many of the opposition powers that be distrust him; when Gloria flipped and came to power, there were enough people willing to gamble on her. Noli doesn’t have that core constituency outside the current crop of admin flunkies. If he abandons them, he abandons his power base and his new best friends will not give it back to him.

Over all, too little will be changed by a Gloria resignation; and the potential for economic disruption is too great to ignore. So, I don’t think resignation is a viable solution. Unless it is proven that her cronies have abused power, and that they did so with her consent. No, we don’t have to convict her to remove her, but removing her without totally obliterating any possible source of lingering legitimacy (kinda like in Estrada’s case) will only doom the country to repeating the last seven years with only minor changes in the roles played by the various dramatis personae.

The only way to ensure that she is finally and fatally stripped of all legitimacy is to convict those who can be convicted and in so doing link her clearly and unequivocally to their guilt. There are more ways than one to skin a cat. If she can’t be convicted, then convict those who derived their authority from her and show that she allowed the abuse to happen. That will work just as well.

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