Strike three for impunity!

The Japanese have a proverb/saying:

仏の顔も三度 – hotoke no kao mo sando

Literally, this means “Buddha’s face lasts only three times”.  What this means is that even the nicest of persons can get angry after being provoked to a certain extent.

Why three?  I don’t know, but for simplistic reasons just think of it as an arbitrary number similar to “seventy times seven.”

The face of Philippine courts has already been slapped three times.  Let’s recap:

  1. Secretary De Lima defying a Supreme Court TRO when she arrested Arroyo
  2. STC defying the TRO by refusing to let the kids graduate
  3. SM Baguio defying the TRO on cutting trees

It’s time for the courts to get angry, don’t you think?

The courts, though, are bound by law not to do anything out of line.  However, we as Filipinos can do the being angry for them.

Be angry at ourselves:

  • for not obeying the law.   
  • for brainlessly electing incompetent and self-serving politicians into office.
  • for allowing impunity to go by unchecked.
  • for allowing ourselves to wallow in mediocrity and fatalistic mindsets
  • for blaming everyone but others for our own misfortunes
  • for allowing ourselves to be swayed into thinking that what is popular is right

Be angry at institutions:

  • that continue to enrich themselves at our cost.  
  • that teach to their constituents that being above the law is perfectly normal
  • that bog us down with archaic dogmas and empty promises
  • that would rather keep us uninformed and dumbed down because they want to stay relevant
  • that insist that we citizens have no choice in our fate

 Be angry at our government officials:

  • who insist that they know what is good for us without actually listening to us
  • who do nothing but noynoying
  • who protect their oligarch friends instead of their real boss, the Filipino people
  • who spit at the concept of three co-equal branches of government
  • who claim to be against corruption but actually perpetuate it
  • who are supposedly bringing stability to our country but are in reality keeping the status quo

Of course, just being angry is not going to help.  Channeling this anger in the right direction is the next step.  I am not telling you guys to mount another useless street revolution.  Frankly, we should have had enough of this after EDSA I.  The only thing that this results in is a lot of trash on the streets. 

It is our duty to demand more from our government officials than catchy slogans and empty promises.  It is our duty to subject all their programs to the proper scrutiny.  It is our duty as responsible citizens to give feedback to our officials on whether we are satisfied with their performance or not.  It is our duty to criticize our country constructively, because we all have a part to play in helping it improve.  It is our duty to make sure that everyone within the community is aware of the law and abides by it all of the time.  It is our duty to demand that a law be amended if any clause in it is partisan or exploitative.

Critics of the Filipino people have often chided us for being emotionally sensitive, being angry for all the wrong reasons, and for not using our heads.  Let’s prove them wrong.  Use the Ten Commandments of GRP as a guide; it is time we get to the dirty work of tearing down our flawed cultural character and building it up correctly.

The Philippine justice system needs our help.  It is currently locked in a struggle for independence and survival from a very selfish clique of oligarchs.  These people would rather see the Philippines go to ruin just to increase their bottom lines: profit and power.  If the oligarchy wins against our justice system, then even the little chance there is for a progressing Philippines is lost.  It’s time to take back our country!

The Filipino is worth fighting for; Noynoy and his family and friends are not.

[Image courtesy Zipline Conservative.]


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Joe America
Thought provoking. I rather think the Judiciary needs its own police force, eh? If Executive will not arrest those who violate court orders. The de Lima case is interesting, and I wonder what legal scholars write about it.The arm of government that should put people in jail for violating court orders is itself, apparently, violating a court order. Their argument, I think, is that the court is acting in an illegitimate and therefore unenforceable way, being an unethical arm of a political interest (Arroyo). Then I read that Executive and Legislative are also in a bit of tussle over pork… Read more »
Hyden Toro

It is sad that this Noynoy Aquino administration, whose power was the result of EDSA myth, is now the lawbreaker of our country. They defy court orders. They think themselves, as above any law. So, they break the laws with impunity..