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The only alternative: Estrada DIE HARD III Herman Tiu Laurel 05/22/2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The only alternative: Estrada


Herman Tiu Laurel

Our alert Christian communities in Mindanao based in Cotabato City , that were at the forefront of the successful exposés of the MoA-AD (Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain) between the GRP and the MILF last year that caused it to be aborted, are now alerting us to new and alarming developments. The MILF is getting new, sophisticated arms from American sources. A number of concerned retired AFP generals have also confirmed these reasons for concern, and one we know personally has traveled to Mindanao to assess the conditions for himself. Looking at this alarming situation in light of the ongoing early presidential hustings, we should ask: Who among the self-proclaimed candidates can really stop Mindanao from being balkanized in the next round of US-MILF attack?
Is there anyone among the lead pack of candidates capable of standing up to the pressure that is expected to be exerted on the next president of the country on this issue, assuming we do have elections and change in 2010. Villar has never stood for anything or any principle other than his vested interest as a real estate tycoon and now accused of using state resources to further his financial empire, as the case is now under the current Senate investigation into his “C-5” case. Noli de Castro can’t even stand up to his old bosses from the TV network that catapulted him to fame and political position even when that conglomerate has continued to raise prices which his constituencies — the masses of electricity consumers could hardly afford. What about Chiz? Will he bite the hand that invited him to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington prior to Obama’s inauguration?
Mindanao is doomed to be lost by the Filipino nation unless we have a leader that is tried and tested in the struggle for the assertion of national sovereignty and integrity. Only one presidential timber today has the tried and tested political will to guarantee that firmness of purpose to defeat the machinations of a global superpower and its Trojan Horses in Mindanao: President Joseph Estrada who had once before defied the US and crushed its proxy army, the MILF. He raised the Philippine flag on the MILF headquarters after driving its leader, the late Hashim Salamat, off to Malaysia. The price the US exacted for that is the ouster of Estrada with the aid of its local oligarchic surrogates after instigating former Gen. Angelo Reyes to defect from the Republic and betray the duly constituted authority of the land.
While President Estrada has not proclaimed his final intention to run in the 2010 elections, the nation is debating his eligibility. The debate has centered on constitutional and legal gibberish led by Jesuit Bernas who has been conjuring up impediments with sophistry and deception. Also, the rest of the Edsa II parties which were part of the conspiracy to defraud the people of their duly elected leadership such as the Inquirer which had a recent editorial claiming Estrada is fooling the people again by a new run for the presidency. Bernas, Inquirer and their ilk think they can fool the people again, but proof of the erosion of their credibility is Estrada’s growing ability to win against all odds — and this strikes terror in their hearts.
President Estrada is eligible to run again if the people so wish and vote for him. There is no higher power in a democracy than the sovereign will of the people, and what the legal and constitutional gibberish simply shows is that they, the few, want to usurp the will and the power of the people. Bernas had been doing this even at the 1987 Constitutional Commission (Con-com) which, it must be noted, was an appointed body and not an elected and representative forum. It was elite controlled, and even if there were principled individuals trying to ensure the democratic character of the document being produced by the commission, the black ops were always at work to safeguard the interest of the elite which established body.
Bernas and his ilk repeatedly refer to that phrase “The President shall not be eligible for any reelection,” stressing the word “any” to imply all and every election. Constitutional experts and researches have pointed out to me that term “any” was not discussed at all in the committee that drafted the provision. We challenge Bernas to show any document proving that the term “any” was considered at all in all the deliberations. The term “any” was inserted shall only in the style committee, a sleight-of-hand by the black ops in the committee that changed the entire meaning of the intended provision that should have read: “The President shall not be eligible for reelection” where “reelection” means “to run and succeed oneself in a position” as I have gathered from various Internet sources, including Black’s Law Dictionary on the Internet.
I am continuing my own layman’s research into the terms involved in this debate which I will complete in a Part II to this column. I believe that we cannot leave the matters of our democracy and the survival of the Republic to the arbitrary, sophistic legal interpretations of so-called experts like Bernas, or by a handful of Con-com delegates and to unseen hands in the “style committee.” Dean Pacifico Agabin was correct in his view expressed at last Wednesday Ciudad Fernandina Forum that even the delegates to the 1987 Con-com cannot supersede the intention of the people who voted in the constitutional plebiscite of 1987 which was to prevent an abuse of power by a sitting President in aid of reelection and not to disqualify a non-incumbent former President.
President Joseph Estrada must run again to lead this nation as President, for only he has the will and now, the experience to oppose and overcome the daunting forces threatening to dismember the nation, the profit-predators exploiting and sucking the economic life out of our people, and forces seeking to lay to waste this Republic that our 1896 revolutionaries fought and died to establish for all time.
(Tune to 1098AM, 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, with lawyer Alan Paguia; Wednesday, former Mayor Jun Simon; Friday, Ver Eustaquio; Saturday 10 to 11 p.m., May Pagasa group; Tuesday 8:15 to 9 p.m., Destiny Cable TV, Global News Network Talk News TV with Herman Tiu Laurel; blog: www.hermantiulaurel.blogspot.com)

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