Lest we forget
For those of you, nay, us that have been glued to the TV sets these past few days, listening to radio broadcasts, glossing over, skimming and/or reading reports, and pondering in the private confines of our consciousness, about the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona; I salute you.
I am guilty for obsessing over this and I do believe some of you are as much impassioned to this – or more in fact – as me.
I am also guilty for being biased if I would choose to tackle its merits, my opinions and all of what I’ve read, seen or heard. But accept this, for purposes of discussion, that you are also guilty of the same. And it would all be fruitless. Come to think of it, it is not my immediate business for whatever happens to Corona or whoever.
But here is what I am guilty of: my belief that GMA should be given a fair trial, and that Corona’s trial is not a prerequisite nor co-requisite to do so; nor deserved to be initiated simply because of his supposed appointment; nor should be given up because of an accusation.
But Corona’s trial should not be stopped nor slowed by any technicality, by any clashing of branches of government and by any legalese impediment and obfuscation.
And most of all, it should be done, lest we forget, for justice and rule of law and not of men. Justice for the accused. And justice for the accuser.
It is disgusting how this exercise in democracy has become a battle of personalities: the President engaged in battle with the Chief Justice, and The Executive and the Legislative engaged in battle with the Judiciary. All desperately trying to exorcise each other of supposed evils within themselves that lurk and threaten the Republic. I am also engaged in battle with opinions contradicting mine. And we have done so in history, for many, many years.
And this is the only thing I learned: this battle of “good” and “evil”, is evil.
Now, we, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of the three branches of government, in order to build a just and humane society and establish a perfect Government that shall symbolize our ideals and aspirations, promote the common benefit, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of independence and democracy above and beyond the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do fight among ourselves with this Constitution.
Lest we forget, the Constitution is to keep this country together, not apart.
Let me not be mistaken for an idealist. Quite the contrary, I’m as jaded as any ordinary people that have been witness to the absence of pace of development this country deserves. I am as alienated to the government as any ordinary people who do not understand what in heaven’s name is going on.
For I am quite practical too, and I join the ordinary people when they say this:
Get this over with. Quick. And move on, quick.
Lest we forget, this is not a battle of good and evil. For if we presume to do so, these battles would never end. But it is in fact, a battle for the greater good and against lesser evils. And if we do so, these battles would lessen.
We don’t battle among each other. We battle together.
Lest we forget, fight.
Posted January 20th, 2012 in Uncategorized