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A veritable fanatic of the Internet. His avocation is teaching while his main vocation is practicing the much maligned law profession. Currently teaching Constitutional Law at the FEU Institute of Law and a guest lecturer at the De La Salle University teaching "Freedom and Regulation in Cyberspace" in the Graduate Program of the Department of Communication. He is married to his beautiful Ateneo law school classmate and is blessed with a daughter and a son.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Legitimacy

I could not help dissent from the opinion of my fellow Atenean and fellow FEU law professor, Geronimo Sy.

In his article entitled “Presidential Power, Presidential Issues” posted online at the ABS-CBN News webpage, while he correctly pointed out that the issue besetting this president is her legitimacy, his solution is quite problematic and I quote:

“The only way to be legitimate in the present times, one cannot hope to go back in history, is to make the government work, not merely to function but to work for the people. For us, the citizens, to believe she is and will always be on our side, we must feel that our lives are getting better--economically, socially and politically.”

Really?

So, that means let us not dredge up the fraudulent manner by which she was voted into office and let bygones by bygones and end up as a race with no memory of righteous indignation or outrage.

So, that means we forget about Santayana that “those who failed to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it” and end up in a vicious cycle of greed, cheat and weep!

So, that means we throw out the four years of law studying what is the essence of justice and fair play, dump the maxim “Let justice be done though the heavens fall” and end up with a new quip: “Let justice be damned, move on or fall”

So, that means we look the other way as long as we are getting better – economically, socially, and politically and end up a pound worse – morally, spiritually, and culturally.

So, that means illegitimacy can now be cured under the Family Code on the twin grounds of wealth and/or power, while those who have no wherewithal to earn a living or run for public office cannot hope to have the same legal remedy.

The solution to the issue of legitimacy cannot be forward looking. We are morally compelled to look back to the past. The cure is retroactive and retrospective in nature but forward looking in its application because to move forward, one has to heal the ills of the past and achieve the currency of the day –“closure”.

Closure cannot be achieved by the people becoming economically stable. Rather, the opposite is true. Achieving economic stability deadens our moral sensitivities, political power exaggerates our own sense of worth over true principles, and social stability will never occur in this country as long as overseas labor exportation is this administration’s continued revenue and social policy. Overseas employment tears up the very unit and fabric of our society.

So, tell me pañero, how does one achieve social stability when half of the basic unit is out of the country, and a few, some or most of the other half have either been co-opted by booze, lulled by indolence or tempted by companionship?

Becoming rich or powerful may be good but it is not the solution to the issue of legitimacy. History will judge her by her inability to confront her ghosts, and her legacy - one of obfuscation, prevarication and the desolation of our people’s moral capacity to judge right from easy.

4 Comments:

Blogger Punzi said...

Is he the same "Indian" Sy, my classmate? The one that works (or worked) at the DOJ?

Just goes to show you, it's getting hard to argue "pro administration." Somewhere along the argument, you will skip steps and cut corners.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous dawin said...

Punzi,

Yes, he is with the DOJ and he teaches Criminal Law I during first semesters.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Den Salvacion said...

Maybe he's only suggesting that the issue on proving the current president's illegtimacy is now a matter of the past so it'll better for us to support her instead on improving the nation economically, socially and politically.

The opposition had their chance of proving it when they filed an impeachment complaint. But due to their carelessness and "pwede na yan" work, all 3 complaints were found to be insufficient in form and substance. They'll have to wait for another year before filing another impeachment complaint and they can't use the same contents that they've included in the previous one. So, where to now? That's why he's recommending us to do something to help the nation progress.

While some of us are still dwelling on the negative issues, our neighboring countries are improving. We have to do something about it. It's time for us to grow. Be part of the solution and not of the problem.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Lawrence See said...

Den Salvacion is the correct. He read it correctly. What's the point of focusing on too much on legitimacy which one can not prove otherwise while the powers that be are seated anyway? Besides, how is anyone to write negative things about his own boss? Popular uprising is banned by the constitution, legitimate process will never prosper while the powers that be are seated. Just wait till they are no longer seated, then maybe, maybe you'll have a chance.

Meanwhile, let's stop politicking and start working to improve our lives so that we could help the country improve.

2:29 PM  

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