Monday, July 28, 2014

1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES Article XI, Section 2



“The President… may be removed from office, on impeachment for and conviction of culpable violation of the Constitution… or betrayal of public trust.”

The above cited constitutional provision is now more known and relevant through the many fumbles  made by the now sadly spoiled and detested supposedly highest and noblest Office in the land in the person of the incumbent President of this Republic.  As of this writing, he not only heads the Executive Department with the “Power of the Sword”, but also dominates the Legislative Department supposedly with the “Power of the Purse” – and openly wants to lord it over the Judicial Department with the “Power of the Pen”.  All these  are national obtaining actualities in the spirit of royalty, if not with the inclination towards dictatorship such that the sacrosanct democratic principle of three co-equal branches of government is becoming more and more but empty words if not simply a big myth.

Thus stands as above cited, the double anchorage of the Impeachment Complaint recently filed before the Philippine Congress by different groups of concerned citizens assisted by the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers:  “Culpable Violation of the Constitution”  and Betrayal of Public Trust”.

Culpable violation of the Constitution?  No less than the Supreme Court itself said so – explicitly, officially and unanimously even.  It could not be clearer, more certain and emphatic.  Truth to say, they need to still prove the said impeachable offense is superfluous.  To appeal the unanimous decision of no less than the Supreme Court is an exercise in futility.

Betrayal of Public Trust? To fool around with public funds, to subject them to but partisan interests, to consider them as simply a presidential pork barrel, to prosecute or even persecute individuals who are neither political party mates nor personal nor personal KKK allies – these detestable phenomena are evident and wherefore practically remain proven.

But here comes the catch:  Impeachment Cases are but political exercises, partisan agenda and/or simply personal concerns.  So is it that with not only the majority of the members of Congress but also those of the Senate under the beneficial wings of the President, Impeachment Cases filed against the latter are but exercises in futility.  Said Cases are but symbolic, not realistic – these times in particular.
In other words, such a phenomenon on the lot of Impeachment Cases filed against the President during these times has its commonly-known descriptive expression in the National Language: “Suntok sa buwan.”  

Friday, July 25, 2014

“MARRIED PRIESTS” – AGAIN!



Right before and after the official assumption of the Pontificate by His Holiness Pope Francis, the matter of “Married Priests” has become a repeated subject matter – apparently on account of various press briefings given by the Holy Father.  Irrespective of whatever the media persons concerned understood on the occasion of such encounters, the latter nevertheless said that the Supreme Pontiff himself appeared open to and receptive of the possibility of married priests in the Catholic Church.  It might be then right and proper to forward the following realities on this matter which some people might not be acquainted with:

One:  While there is but one Catholic Church the world over, the same however has two sections or branches – with the same Pope as the universal Head of both:  The Church of the Oriental Rite and Latin Rite.

Two:  The Church of the Oriental Rite allows its Priests to get married when they are still Deacons.  When already ordained Priests, they have to remain celibate.  Their bishops must be celibate.
Three:  The Church of the Latin Rite – which includes the Philippines – has Priests who must profess and live the Law on Clerical Celibacy.  Those who fail to do so, are removed from active priestly ministry.

Four:  There is a distinction between the Ordination to the Priesthood and the assumption of the Law of Celibacy.  Once ordained a Priest, he remains a Priest until death.  Once he gets married, he loses his active priestly ministry.

Five:  There is then a big distinction between Ordination to the Priesthood and the observance of the Law of Celibacy whereas one is separable from the other.  More important is the faithful commitment to one’s vocation.  

It might be wherefore good to herein point out that in the realm of faith and morals, fidelity to one’s vocation or calling in life is the key to one’s honor and distinction here  and hereafter.  So it is then that among the recognized and declared Saints in the Catholic Church, there are both celibate and married men and women.  In other words, very much more than being single, celibate, or married, what is really important is how someone lives his/her state of life, his/her married or celibate state. In goodness, sanctity or holiness, very much more than one’s mere state of life, it is how the same lives it that really counts – not only before others but also before God Himself.  Neither by someone being married or celibate really counts before the Good Lord – but someone who lives his/her state of life.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

“PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENT”

Lately, the more known and well-read print media came out with the news item that there is this couple – both of whom are rather popular and are highly-recognized individuals who seem decided to “Tie the knot”.  They are neither an ordinary couple, much less are they counted among the common tao.  It can be readily assumed that both of them are persons with very much more than ordinary means these days and those yet to come.  Simply said, each of them have sizable actual as well as potential possessions in cash and in kind.  But here it does not stop.

The man and the woman openly profess their love and affection for one another.  In fact, they are two individuals thus seriously thinking and opting to be one  for life.  A couple wanting to be onefor better or for worse, in sickness and in health”.  A pair foreseeing themselves progressively one as they become spouses, husband and wife, father and mother “until death” do them “part”.  All such personal unity and harmony equal marriage whereby two become one for life – one in joy and in sorrow, one in abundance and want.

But there comes the dissonant and disturbing talk of the so-called “Pre-nuptial Agreement” between the man and the woman  apparently planning to get married.  And precisely before the marriage-in-fact, their properties are being separated – not cumulated.  Their resources are being separated – not joined.  Their incomes are then possibly also separated – not together counted.  There must be a reason for such a separatist option.  There should be a cause or causes for the said separation even before the couple’s union.  But this does not give a good impression, a comforting message – not unless:

Either the man and/or the woman want to keep what is his and/or hers, even after marrying one another.  Either the man and/or the woman are already preparing for their eventual separation even before their actual union.  Either one and/or both of the parties concerned are anything but certain that their marriage would last for life – and are thus prepared to separate at anytime for any cause  without the hassle of dividing their conjugal properties, without the inconvenience of any court litigation.


It is not a secret that the practice of the so-called “Pre-nuptial Agreement” is a rather common observance – a standing rule – specially in the so-called First World Countries.  Such a separatist practice is more commonly observed specially where there is the so-called  “No cause divorce”  viz., married couples divorcing for no reason at all except to want to.  With such a value system and consequent behavioral pattern, the rightful question comes to mind: “Why get married at all?”  - for heaven’s sake! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

JUST ASKING

Due to the typhoon “Glenda”, a good number of miserable as well as detestable realities took place in the same way that a good number of difficult questions are being raised – plus this and that superstitions  are being entertained.  These unfounded fears, if downright irrational perceptions,  come and go on the occasion of extraordinary events – specially those that cost not simply big material losses but also the loss of limbs and lives.  At the bottom of all such unexplainable phenomena, is the implied truth  that there are so many things in life that surpass limited human understanding or evade clearly rational explanation of the events concerned.

Questions thus come to fore:  Is “Glenda” not but a much smaller version of “Yolanda”?  But why so much loss, so much damages?  What will come next, when, and how? Why do such destructive natural calamities happen and what do they really mean?  Are such destructive events --  that are rather fierce and frequent -- signs and warnings that the People of the Philippines are in fact more and more treading the wrong path?    Do such devastating calamities send the sad yet true message that their leaders in particular, are becoming more and more experts in vicious self-service at the expense of more and more poor   and miserable Filipinos?  Are said events productive of misery, sickness and death simply meant to be loud wake-up calls to the people to take care of themselves and not depend on powerful individuals as well as cruel dynasties running their government?  These are but some questions now being asked here and there.  The right and simple or even complex answers thereto can be coming -- and soon.

By the way, call it but an accident, see it as a simple coincidence, or even consider it as nothing at all, it is both an interesting as well as a fascinating fact that “Glenda” did nothing less than uproot and bring down a more than a century old huge and sprawling acacia tree very long since firmly planted and flourishing in the Palace ground itself.  It was a witness to the Martial Law regime which left it behind fascinating and flourishing.  The subsequent governments of one kind or another, likewise beheld it and were gone again, leaving the marvellous tree proudly standing and still growing.  The present government found it there well flourishing and pleasantly refreshing the palace surroundings.  But lo and behold, it is now a sad and fallen dead wood merely after but some four years of reign by the incumbent administration?  Any message?  Any signal?  Any warning?

Who knows?  Just thinking.  Just asking!

Friday, July 18, 2014

1987 CONSTITUTION OF THE PHILIPPINES

“The State shall promote a just and dynamic social order that will ensure the prosperity and independence of the nation and free the people from poverty through policies that shall provide adequate social services, promote full employment, a rising standard of living, and an improved quality of life for all.” (Art. II, Section 9)

A just and dynamic social order?
Prosperity and independence?
A people free from poverty?
Adequate social services?
Full employment?
Improved quality of life for all?

Or is it:
An unjust and apathetic social order?
Poverty and dependence?
A people bound by poverty?
Inadequate social services?
Lack of employment?
Deteriorated quality of life for all?


It is an acclaimed reality that the 1978 Philippine Constitution was written at the instance of an illustrious mother.  But sad to say, it is now becoming a more and more acknowledged fact that the son is progressively making the same Basic Law of the Land nothing more than an empty dream – except when he and his allies do the thinking, the talking, and the acting.

In all probability, the above-said lamentable phenomenon will again come to fore during the forthcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA) when the general Philippine scenario will be again proudly proclaimed as admirable and commendable as it can be.  So is it that in all probability as well, there will be many calculated and expected loud applauses from the faithful followers of the SONA orator.

It is not a secret that as the people are more and more deprived of what is their due by an administration that has become a collective expert in fooling about with public funds – recently topped by the PDAF and DAP scams – there are understandably also more and more people who do not simply look down but also detest the present MalacaƱang leadership.  Among other things, such is the basic rationale of the on-going move for the abolition of the Pork Barrel – plus Impeachment Complaints although these will not prosper for obvious reasons.


Philippines, my Philippines – when would be as you should?