Janet Napoles has disappeared so says the NBI. Citizens are called upon by the Office of the Ombudsman to help search for the missing Napoles. In fact, so reiterates the Office, citizens are empowered by law to arrest Napoles. When the premier investigators of the country, supposedly equipped with the most sophisticated tools that taxes can buy, have effectively declared themselves inutile to find one woman, then good luck to us citizens. The most we can do, perhaps, is to unleash our dogs on the scent of that woman. But alas we’re not given a piece of her that our dogs could sniff. So yes good luck to us. And then maybe if the MNLF and the NPA could just stop their selfies activities for even a second perhaps they can help us citizens, for once.
How many times has national government washed itself of corruption and criminal acts of elected officials? How many times were elected officials set free and allowed to run for public office again even after they were convicted or compelling evidence shown against them? How long will the citizens of this country stand silently by while they are made fools of by the very persons they’ve empowered to lead them? Hanggang kailan magpapaloko ang Pilipino sa mga taong kanyang inilagay sa pwesto? Hanggang kailan palalampasin ng Pilipino ang mga kasinungalian at katiwalian ng mga taong kanyang inilagay sa pwesto?
Is national government, for its part, aware that with its persistent actions (no action is also an action) and words it is in effect causing its citizens shame and embarrassment? By washing its hands of the “Napoles case” (along with all its attendant evils) and turning its responsibility over to the governed (citizens) it has effectively declared itself incapable to further protect the Rights and Security of the overwhelming majority? It is good to review what this implied transfer of power to the governed means
…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. – Thomas Jefferson
The problem in our situation is, it might be the bad guys who are going to take advantage of this crisis and grab the seats for themselves. Given what’s been happening in the country until now, one feels they are not far, bidding on time, waiting like hell.
The wise thing that this current government to do therefore is to stand its ground for what is right — and what is right is, corruption and malversation of taxes is always wrong — and force start — if the legal system won’t on its own — the process toward justice. The people are behind whoever are left in the current government who still have in their bones to stand up for and do what is right, fair, and just. May these remaining few good men and women take courage.
Postscript: On Wednesday, the nation will remember Ninoy, the President’s father, who despite his private fears, chose to stand up for justice. “Many are called but only few are chosen.” Chosen-ness is not a decision made by one (or, God) for another rather it is a personal choice in response to the call. It is choosing ‘yes’ to the call for justice. It is swearing ‘I will’ on God (the Bible), the people, and the law/Constitution — this is how serious public office is — and meaning it.