Monday, March 9, 2015

Transparency & accountability, hubris & hypocrisy

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino 3rd will go down in history not only as the Most Incompetent President (MIP) of the Philippines, but also the one who has lost his credibility to the Filipino people. This is most unfortunate because the electorate voted for him in May 2010 on the platform of a clean and honest government and against corruption.
The Legacy that President B.S. Aquino 3rd will leave behind — after 30 June 2016, assuming he finishes his term of office—is something that neither the Aquinos nor the Cojuangcos can be proud of. Perhaps it is good that Noynoy Aquino is not only the 3rd, but will be the last of his line, since he has no wife and children.
The presidential prevarications made on January 28 on national television and radio three days after the Maguindanao Massacre made Aquino lost whatever is left of his credibility. The same were published in the newspapers. Six weeks have passed since the Slaughter of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troops and President Aquino has opted not to tell the Filipino people the TRUTH on what happened on that fateful day of January 25.
“What has been lost in Mamasapano was the trust in the presidency,” said Dean Sedfrey Candelaria of the Ateneo Law School in a forum in Makati last Thursday. Indeed, PNoy has already and sadly lost his credibility as the President of the Philippines and he can no longer effectively govern with the absence of trust in his presidency.
Why is Telling the Truth so tough? The Office of the President in Malacañang has announced that the Chief Executive will speak at the “Right Time” after the Philippine National Police (PNP) Board of Inquiry (BOI) has released its Official Report. So the question now is why wait for the PNP BOI Official Report. Is PNoy so afraid that what he will say might be contradicted by the findings of the BOI Report?
In my two previous articles last February on the SAF Slaughter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, I asked the question on who gave and/or approved the Mission Order for Operation Exodus. The answer is already obvious to millions of Filipinos: President B. S . Aquino 3rd. This has been clearly established in the Senate hearings even if resigned PNP Chief Alan Purisima has taken the fall and all the blame to absolve his long-time friend.
Other than on who gave the order for Operation Exodus, the more crucial issue is on who gave the order for the remaining 315 SAF elite commandos to stand down and not  reinforce the 55th SAF Company.
Except for one survivor, 35 commandos were all slaughtered of the containment team that was to block any enemy fire from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
Likewise, who gave the order to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), particularly the Army 6th Infantry Division (6ID), to stand down and not extricate the 55th SAF Company? Why were the SAF commandos allowed to die in vain when they expected reinforcements from either the 315 SAF troops or the Army’s 6ID under Major General Edmundo R. Pangilinan? So as not to jeopardize the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)? This AFP Chief General Catapang in fact admitted, using the term “peace process.”
Last Wednesday, President Aquino appointed the new SAF Commander Moro Virgilio Lazo at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig, Metro Manila. ABS-CBN News reported that the SAF members waited for more than three hours for Mr. Aquino before the ceremony took place. A similar incident took place in late February when the families of the slain SAF troops waited for several hours at Camp Crame before the president arrived.
The press also reported of a “bull session” with the Maguindanao Massacre  survivors for three hours. A Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) source revealed that the Chief Executive “(re)assured the SAF troopers that he did not abandon them”  and also “denied that he asked the government troops to ‘stand down’ while the MILF fighters and other Moro rebels were raining bullets on the SAF men.” (PDI, March 6, 2015)
However, what is the objective of the exercise (“bull session”) when President Aquino cannot Tell the Truth to the Filipino people. All that everyone is asking for is for Truth & Justice! This is consistent with the avowed Aquino Policy of Transparency & Accountability that has not been practised in almost five years of his administration.
So what is stopping President B.S. Aquino from Telling the Truth? Is he afraid to be held accountable. If so, then it simply validates any of the two: he has been a coward all his life and/or he is suffering from severe Hubris, Hypocrisy & Delusion.
Compared to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo whom P-Noy has demonised and jailed, Mrs. Arroyo had apologized to the Filipino people with her “I am sorry” over national television ten years ago in 2005. This was in relation to the ‘Hello Garci’ telephone call that then President Arroyo made to a Comelec Commissioner a year earlier in 2004. In spite of the presidential precedent, PNoy would still NOT Apologize!
Senior Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña 3rd has criticized President Aquino for his obstinacy not to apologize to the Filipino people. This is even if it is already public knowledge that Aquino is at fault for the Slaughter of SAF troops in the Maguindanao Massacre. Once again, Senator Serge Osmeña pointed to the lamentable stubbornness (matigas ang ulo) of the child-president.
The fact that President Aquino continues to be in denial after six weeks and refuses to speak the truth is a clear manifestation of a serious psychological disorder. Psychosis is often described as “Loss of Contact with Reality” (Wikipedia). Quoting from the Holy Bible that “ The Truth Shall Set You Free” and still equivocate with his pronouncements shows that Noynoy Aquino is really out of touch with reality.
What the Filipino people should do is to follow the title of the award-winning song in the 2013 Walt Disney movie Frozen insofar as President B.S. Aquino is concerned: Let It Go!  He is far too dangerous to remain as president even with only 16 months to go!
Myriad of Filipinos, including former President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) and Senator Sergio Osmeña III,  would not want P-Noy to resign because the Vice-President, who will succeed Aquino, might be worse.
So why not let the President and Vice-President both resign together with the controversial Senate President Franklin Drilon. Then the Senate can choose a new Senate President who will become the transition president.
Vice-President Jejomar Binay can score points and advance his presidential ambition by taking the initiative of asking President Aquino for both of them to step down. The late Vice-President Salvador “Doy” Laurel wrote a confidential letter to then President Corazon C. Aquino inviting her to join him with a joint resignation and calling for early elections. However, the late President Cory Aquino ignored the call of her Vice-President.
The transition president coming from amongst the senators, who will serve the remaining months up to June 30, 2016, will sign an agreement that he or she will not run for president in 2016.

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