I have tried to avoid posting political stuff in my space because they are not worth it. But I was compelled to write this and as a disclaimer, this post contains anger.
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I could never understand this country and how we interpret its laws. And I am one of the many who opposed convicted Erap’s quick pardon for a crime that he would not even admit. Read the news below:
Arroyo grants pardon to Estrada By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
Last updated 06:48pm (Mla time) 10/25/2007
MANILA, Philippines — Convicted president Joseph Estrada is a free man.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo granted pardon to the 70-year-old deposed leader following a recommendation by the Department of Justice (DoJ), Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said in a press conference on national television.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno has been instructed to deliver the order to Estrada at 9 a.m. Friday at his rest house in Tanay, Rizal, said Bunye, concurrent executive secretary.
The process of serving the pardon starts when the former president accepts it and would take about three hours to arrange, Bunye said.
As soon as Estrada accepts the pardon, the order would be transmitted by Puno to the Sandiganbayan and once the anti-graft court has formally noted the order of acceptance, it would be returned to Tanay after which Estrada would be released.
Reading from the order signed by the President, Bunye said the pardon was granted after Estrada publicly agreed not to pursue any other elective office. (bold letters mine)
See this for the full story.
What the hell is going on here?
The present government is doing just about anything AND everything for expediency and survival and this expediency has sacrificed our sense of justice, our now-wasted time in EDSA Dos, and those six years of going through the process.
And because of this I began to ask myself: Was it our fault that we didn’t care too much about the proceedings of Erap’s case? Was it our fault that we weren’t vigilant and strong enough to stay true to the things that we fought for? This “pardon” move is an ambitious one that ignores what is right and what is wrong.
While I am all for unity, this is definitely NOT the way to do it. Are we flawed enough to accept this concept of justice? Is the Filipino really this non-confrontational in serving justice that we would rather choose the easy but wrong path over something that may be hard but rewarding in the long run?
And we will most definitely get wrong results. In my random thoughts, would it be much better if we introduce ourselves to a REAL revolution– where REAL blood must be spilled to completely destroy a rotten system? Would it be much better if we went after Ferdinand and Imelda like sending assassins to Hawaii and do the deed for us? Would it be much better if the EDSA Dos crowd just stormed to Malacañang and accomplish the real meaning of revolution to Erap and his cohorts?
Changes haven’t been made much after the past two EDSA “revolutions”. We are proud that both were bloodless but it is also to our disadvantage that the enemies that we kicked out of the palace are still alive.
We didn’t show them our true anger. An anger that demands righteousness. An anger to effect real changes. An anger to execute, if needed, those who committed sins to the people (Man, I’m fuming communist here). We didn’t make an example out of the Marcoses and Erap as well.
It’s been always written and said that we have a lot of heart in going through this difficult life. Manny Pacquiao showed a lot of heart by taking on Mexican boxer Barrera. Fil-Am communities showed a lot of heart in desperately pleading their case to ABC executives. We have a lot of heart to do this and that.
While this may be one of our strengths as a people, it is also equally our weakness.
We do not have the heart to punish the guilty.