"In societies where Robbing Hoods are treated like a celebrity it is but natural to expect political parties to act like a Mafia syndicate" Political Jaywalker "In a nation where corruption is endemic people tend to confuse due process with aiding and abetting criminals" Political Jaywalker "War doesn't determine who is right, war determines who is left" Bertrand Russell "You have just one flash flood of money, you keep your people poor. It's like a time bomb and it's scary" Philippine Lawmaker

Telltale Signs that the Philippines Reached Political Manurity

You know we celebrate toilet day year round when you see this telltale signs that the Philippines reached political manurity:
  • Tongressional mobs errr congress members’ tries desperately to ape their mother superior errr Garcified president in blaming the World Bank in the bidders’ collusion scandal in turning whistle blowers into the principal suspect like poor Acsa Ramirez.
  • PAO (Public Defenders Office) Chief Persida Rueda Acosta acting as lawyers for the policemen in the rubout errr massacred oooops "encounter" with carjackers. A public defender office created supposedly to ensure indigents legal representation but seems to confuse uniformed police and military personnel as the public just following the orders of their superiors and just doing their job in their zeal to assist murderers in uniform.
  • Convicted murderers of Ninoy Aquino and Rolando Galman are pardoned using the sorry excuse of following orders that long has ago has been declared in the Nuremberg trial of Nazi war criminals as unacceptable defense for suffering enough and deserves compassion.
  • Losers’ errr repeaters in bar exam Merceditas Gutierrez is appointed the chief Ombudsman because she happens to graduate from the same University of Ateneo de Manila with 3 times bar repeater and First Boor errr husband Mike Arroyo.
The outrageous events in the Philippines reminds me of Orlando de Leon at Facebook who says that 42 honorable (pweh!) have achieved a high degree of political "manurity," in referring to the congressional Justice Committee dismissing the impeachment complaint against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Bar Flunkers Merceditas Gutierrez & Mike ArroyoApologist of all shades and size, paid and unpaid, especially those delusional and in denial “optimist,” sees the problem of a nation that has not reached political maturity. That is fine and dandy, because society will never grow until people see and acknowledge the problem but in the Philippines it seems while we are aware of the problem we are stuck so deep for lack of political will to get us out of the rut.

In a society where one’s survival is dependent on patronage we expect rabies errr rabid blind followers mistaking it for loyalty. They commit a crime and like running dogs errr meek angels they justify their untenable misdeeds to just following orders or doing their job.

For more than 2 ½ decades the convicted murderers and assassins of Ninoy Aquino and Rolando Galman has “touched” the “heart” of the gullible as they were just small fries just following their orders. We seem, no I digress we definitely have misplaced moral values, confused on who are really suffering the victims left behind by murderers or the murderers that was clearly voiced out by Conrado de Quiroz.

Conrado De Quiroz is wondering why we do not have the same zeal to track down the masterminds of the Aquino Assassination compared to the Jews in their resoluteness to pursue and track down the masterminds of the holocaust. And yet some sectors would rather blame the victims for not wanting to re-open the case when it is not up to the victims relatives because when a dastardly crime was committed it is the duty and responsibility of the state to see to it that perpetrators are jailed so that society is safe from murderers and sociopaths.

Indeed, Conrado de Quiroz is right in his observation when we seem so fixated on displaying compassion on convicted murderers who have "suffered enough" when we have not rendered justice is outright cruelty to the victims, to quote:

........... the idea that the soldiers have suffered enough. Have we gone insane? You want to see “suffered enough,” look at Francisco Gudani, look at Jun Lozada, look at all the whistle-blowers who are being prosecuted to the full extent of presidential and connubial pique. You want to see “suffered enough,” look at Danny Lim, look at Ariel Querubin, look at Antonio Trillanes, look at Alexander Balutan, look at Renato Miranda, look at their fellow rebels who are detained in the camps. They have suffered enough.
The Philippines has a convoluted justice system so corrupt and inept that most of the times it is the rule of man and not the rule of law that prevails. Why is it so important to have the blessing of Cory Aquino and her children for the case to be re-opened anyway? Knowing how politicians used popular issues of the day for their ridiculous sound byte stance the result of which that are not necessarily focused in rendering justice but what serves the interest of the politicians in power, any right thinking Filipino will not and never will allow a circus freak side show at their expense and the deceased victims.

This one from Neal Cruz one of my favorite columnist and I really have very few of them that I really admire wrote about simple questions from his granddaughter. A telltale sign that definitely will validate if our politicians has reached political manurity if they cannot answer this child's question looking her staright in the eye. I posting it below in the hope that maybe you can help answer these very simple questions:

“Grampa,” my granddaughter asked me, “doesn’t a life sentence in prison mean the convict would be imprisoned for the rest of his life?”

“Yes,” I answered.

“And doesn’t a double-life sentence mean he would be imprisoned at twice the lifetime of a convict?” she continued.

“Yes,” I replied again.

“So why were the convicted assassins of Ninoy Aquino who were sentenced to double-life terms released after only 26 years in prison?”

I admit I was stumped by her question. So I searched for an answer.

“They were given executive clemency by our President,” I said. “Under our Constitution, the President has that authority.”

“Why did she do it?”

“They said they and their families have suffered enough.”

“But the families of their victim continue to suffer.”

“Well, er, yes.”

“Isn’t justice intended to punish the guilty and make them atone for their sins to their victims?”

“Yes,” I said again, cornered.

“Well, Grampa, is it justice that prisoners are released well before they have served their prison sentences in full and the families of their victim are left to continue suffering?”

You answer that one. I don’t have the answer.

From the mouths of babes...
Obviously, we are a society so numbed by the miseries and sufferings around us exacerbated by endemic corruption that we lost our moral compasses along the way. We cannot distinguish accountability and responsibility anymore that some sectors lump these as sufferings altogether without distinction that has to be alleviated by presidential pardon. There is a culture of impunity that no one would be held fully accountable for their criminal misdeeds when society allows men in uniform convicted of assassinating a public figure are freed on the pretext of mercy. Was it mercy, or something else? As in appeasing jailed criminals feeling sorry for themselves while their criminal counterpart of the politician kind romping in the corridors of power enjoying their usual looting and pillaging yet beyond the reach of the same pathetic judicial courts that incarcerated them.

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