Truth Commission: another “initiative” killed by Malacanang incompetence

Filipinos are a people who found nothing wrong with subverting due process to extraconstitutionally remove former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada from office back in 2000 and even deferring to a Supreme Court Justice to “swear” in a new “president” who happened to be none other than now former President and House Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Ironic, isn’t it? Another one of those ironies that simply fly over the vacuous mind of the Filipino — a people who populate a society renowned for its “droll and unintelligent, focused on the trivial or the irrelevant” National “Debate”.

Arroyo had for six years following an alleged cheating scandal survived various lame attempts to impeach her and an equal number of ocho-ocho “revolutions” that followed in the ensuing frustration over “failures of due process” drummed up by the Media. Let’s also not forget to mention a couple of quaint “rebellions” staged by a bunch of petty bandits who are now lionised as heroes by a people renowned for their penchant for shopping for cheap imitations in America’s factory outlets.

Here, today, we have a sitting President and an army of Yellow staffers who fail epically at simple administrative chores that would otherwise have paved the way to getting things done (at least things that they in their infinite small-mindedness consider to be “imporant” and “relevant”): getting an amnesty proclamation drafted properly, and getting a “Truth Commission” convened. While the earlier amnesty that forgives and forgets the banditry of “Senator” Antonio Trillanes and Danilo Lim seems to be gaining traction and is being cheered on by a people on a drip-feed diet of emo politics, the latter had fallen through; blocked by the mighty Philippine Supreme Court.

The post Arroyo Supreme Court has long been recognised by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and his Cheering Squad as a key risk to the success of his “reform programs” (though evidence of any semblance of vision or planning surrounding these is yet to be seen). Indeed, even way back during the “campaign”, the issue of the Supreme Court being infested by “midnight appointments” has already been a source of monumental temper tantrums and tililing rampages mounted by the Yellow Horde. So, in hindsight, one could wonder now why, despite a long drawn out recognition that the Supreme Court will be a show-stopper for Aquino’s administration, did Malacanang not prepare a top-notch (or at least competent enough) legal and policy-making team to step up to this Goliath.

Indeed, I recall this fearless forecast Yours Truly made back during the campaign:

Noynoy Aquino will, as President, be facing a bureaucracy and a complex of institutions that he will most likely be unable to get on top of over the course of his six-year term. He will be likely to be constantly playing The Victim Card to mask his failure to show everyone who’s boss. Funny enough that senators do it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we will one day find President Noynoy Aquino on Manila’s streets protesting his own government! Considering that even now he attempts to muzzle the press and avoid public debate, that’s not a very farfetched scenario.

See, the thing with being right all the time is that it gets boring. In fact, I kid you not, I write this piece today in between yawns.

The mother of all victim mentalities (and certainly the mother of this victim-stroking going on today in the wake of the failure to get the “Truth Commission” ball rolling) is embodied in something that the venerable blogger-turned-bureaucrat Manuel L Quezon III wrote back in the heady days of ocho-ocho “revolution” fixation:

The Philippines – Filipinos – tried to do everything by the book, they tried to do everything exactly as specified by the Constitution, they even rallied within parameters defined by that Constitution as far as the right to free speech and assembly are concerned.

Not surprisingly, this is the sort of sentiment that pervades the oxygen-starved landscape of Filipino thinking today as Malacanang yet again licks its wounds after running away whimpering with its tail between its legs. It’s the same sort of sentiment that frames what otherwise would have been simple and straightforward issues such as, for example, that other fodder for moronic Pinoy populist mentality: kuligligs.

Central to the conceptual framework that the Filipino Mind so routinely fails to grasp is this principle I applied to the issue of kuligligs:

After being allowed to proliferate, true to the usual moronic form of Philippine administrative mediocrity, there is now a proposal to “ban” them from Manila’s streets. Of course the whole nonsense of “banning” something that is illegal to begin with simply escapes the typical vacuous mind of the Filipino.

Indeed, the Second Aquino Government simply reflects the character of the people it presumes to lord over (to the tune of 79%, as a matter of “fact”). Hopelessly inept at navigating an institutional framework, it exhibits monumental incompetence as it fumbles in its use of the right institutional tools to get the job done. In the process, it quite amusingly exhibits — and validates — the fundamental nature of Da Pinoy: a nature propped up by three key cultural pillars: (1) pwede-na-yan, (2) bahala na, and (3) Impunity. Filipinos do indeed deserve each other.


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A jolog solution to Arroyo’s astute “investment” in the Philippine Supreme Court I don’t really give a rat’s arse who is “unconstitutional” nor who is the Righteous One or the Evil One in this whole small-minded drama being spun around this whole “Truth Commission” failure-to-launch fiasco. What I do see is an amusing contest of wits, political acumen, and foresight. So far, the party leading the race as far as this set of contest criteria is concerned is quite clear. Former President, now House Representative, Gloria Arroyo has remained consistent to the winning form she’s exhibited over the last ten… Read more »

I’ll just say this to the “Tooth” Commission (I’m feeling naughty today):

Beh, buti nga. 

A “truth” commission created by a bunch of liars is bound to go nowhere. 

The Lazzo

I don’t know how much insult it adds to insult and injury to know that for all GMA’s faults, the only alternatives were worse. Erap finishing his term and getting re-elected as he nearly did last May, or PFPJ in 2004 (and if events took their course as they did, PNoli).

Noynoy’s report on the Supreme Court decision to junk the Truth Commission Reading the address of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to the Filipino people on the Supreme Court Decision junking Executive Order Number One was really painful. It was a painful read because it was in Tagalog. But I managed to capture a few salient points that stood out (indicated in italics after translation into English)… Is it wrong to seek the truth? Who said it is? Isn’t it my duty to punish people who broke the law? Who says it isn’t? Then again there’s the matter of this… Read more »
UP nn grad

To repeat what you wrote above : “…one could wonder now why, despite a long drawn out recognition that the Supreme Court will be a show-stopper for Aquino’s administration, did Malacanang not prepare a top-notch (or at least competent enough) legal and policy-making team to step up to this Goliath.”

President Noynoy holds friendship over competency (then does “Puwede na iyan!!”, so what happens is what happens with “Puwede na iyan!!”)

UP nn grad
This thing about competencies (or lack of it) is one of the reasons that Noynoy appointments are facing tough times. Even members of Makati Business Club (who are members of Congress) are speaking : —————- The CommissionAppointments deferred hearing DOT-Lim’s nomination to December 14 after Travel Cooperative of the Philippines chairman Robert Lim Joseph expressed his formal opposition to the DOT chief’s nomination during Wednesday’s CA hearing. Joseph said DOT-Lim was an “incompetent” official for coming out with the controversial “Pilipinas Kay Ganda” (Philippines So Beautiful) campaign despite the objections from the people around him. “Dito po ako tumututol na… Read more »

700+ comments on philstar. so many clueless kababayans over there. Sad.

ulong pare

daaaaaang! … ain’t surprise a bit…. flips have not done anything, i repeat, anything constructive… doctor santa ate glo, phd & sons built her empire of thugs during her term >>> from barangay tanods to muklo serfdoms to supremo abugagos de flipland… you think prez gung gong has the smarts to penetrate it?… hay, naku flips, puro kayo tunggaks!… flips ar perst klas kasi nanalo sa putbol/soker…. bwi hi hi hi hi hi hi pwi!

Hyden Toro
The Truth Commission is a ploy by the Noynoy Aquino administration to deflect (diversionary ploy), his incompetence and misrule. Same as his late mother. Cory Aquino used her time in Chasing the Marcos Wealth Mirage, hidden thruout the world. In order to divert the people’s attentions to the real issues affecting their lives. Did the Marcos Wealth Mirage Chase produced any results? How about the issues concerning the Aquino family? These are valid issues…yet the are covered by Noynoy Aquino and his late mother. Instead, their false heroism were put on the forefront, to maintain their hold on power and… Read more »
UP nn grad

When all is said and done, it really is Noynoy’s fault, he picks the wrong lawyers for the wrong cases. What he should do is simple — the career lawyers at Justice who know the law where they CARPed Hacienda Luisita, these are winners and Noynoy should get them to do EONumber1-version 2. The losers :mrgreen: who did EO-Number1-version1, Noynoy should get them so Government-Pilipinas loses the HaciendaLuisita CARPing next steps.

UP nn grad
The Supreme Court ruling is now available. Pilipinas Supreme Court declares : Executive Order No. 1 is hereby declared UNCONSTITUTIONAL insofar as it is violative of the equal protection clause of the Constitution. . . . . the respondents are hereby ordered to cease and desist from carrying out the provisions of Executive Order No. 1.: Hilario Davide, Jr, 20th Chief Justice of the Philippines and current head of Truth Commission. The Truth Commission in its current intentions is to cease. There is no job for you to claim. Translation — you are fired. ——————- One of the reasons cited… Read more »
Noynoy’s Truth Commission will have slowed down an already sluggish justice system The Supreme Court was probably right in shooting down President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s pet project, the “Truth Commission”. If you are going to define an entire term of office by a “reform” agenda directed against past improprieties, then you should go the whole nine yards. This means covering all cases of such that transpired over the entire period the current Constitution (the legal framework within which the “Truth Commission” will supposedly work) was in effect. That means all cases that came up from 1986 to 2010 as… Read more »

U-tot Commission
Truth or Dare me a Commission..
Tinunto na Kosimisyon..

Take your pick.. LOL