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The Lowest House

September 7th, 2005

Malacanang hailed the outcome of the Congress plenary as a demonstration of our political maturity. Indeed, our “honorable” Congressmen and women has shown us how they matured from being crooks into human crocodiles and boa constrictors. Congress showed us how it can smother truth by twisting law and manipulating numbers. How it can preserve the will and power of a tyrant not by pieces but wholesale. How it can justify a lie and make crime an exemplary deed for good governance. For Malacanang it is a sign of political maturity when lies become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.

We saw how GMA allies one after the other recited their mantra, ad nauseam: rule of law, majority rule, flimsy arguments about conspiracy to oust GMA, putting an end to division, political bickering and moving on to economic recovery. And they casted their votes, 158 of them junking the impeachment complaints against GMA. All 158 of them never saw any reason why GMA should be impeached. All 158 of them believed GMA never cheated. All 158 of them believed that by absolving GMA unity will be achieved and the political and economic crisis of our country will be solved. Instead of giving GMA her day in an impeachment court, these “honorable” men and women opted to immediately absolve her by scrapping the impeachment complaints on grounds of technical insufficiency.

They have presented flamboyant legalese, exercising elocutions by abusing latin maxims and inventing even new words like “dinkyfied” and introducing alien concepts like “prejudicial questions”. But not one among the 158 “honorable” men and women has the faculty of understanding things by using common sense. You have a President admitting a lapse in judgment, an act that most likely can result to a criminal offense. You have Garcillano fleeing and hiding, an act that can only be interpreted simply as running away from guilt. You have the tape that says it all, even if it is not, by law, acceptable as evidence in court. But this is not a matter of legal procedures, it is a political question anchored upon moral grounds. How can they not see these? Their common sense must have went ahead of them to a vacation abroad courtesy of Malacanang.

Congress has finally interred the impeachment case against GMA. Together with it they have buried truth and all that is left of my faith in our system and its institutions. What can we expect from the government now? The very body that is tasked to make laws are the ones twisting the law to hide the truth and deny justice. According to Gloria Steinem, “Law and justice are not always the same. When they aren’t, destroying the law may be the first step toward changing it.” This might just be what’s going to happen next.

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  1. September 9th, 2005 at 21:11 | #1

    ngerkz… political maturity.. sabihin nila… political absurdity and national tragedy.

    ang daming may potential na pang circus sa Batasan… shucks!

    buti pa pag-tackle sa impeachment, minamadali at pinaglalamayan sa congress…mag-set ba naman ng record… pero ang mga problema sa gutom at hirap, di nila pinaglalamayan.

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