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Monday, February 13, 2006

The Doghouse

I do not understand why the Senators are timid against fighting E. O. 464.  The Constitution is behind them. The legal luminaries are digging in for a fight. But the Senate continues to play the dog whose bark is worse than its bite.

I have mentioned to Manolo that the Palace is gearing for a fight, taking a page from Bill Clinton entanglements with Newt Gingrich.  Unfortunately for Newt, he overplayed his hand and allowed Bill to look like the underdog.

In this case, it is obviously Malacanan preventing its people from testifying in the Senate hearings and made more expansive by preventing them to appear in budget and confirmation hearings. And yet, the Senate takes this insult by saying nothing more than bringing the case up to the Supreme Court. But what’s taking them so long?  Pretty soon, like Bill Clinton, Mrs. Arroyo will blame the Senate for the breakdown of social services and effective governance.

Now, we hear that the Palace has backtracked and again the Senate just welcomes the move but does not condemn the Palace for its frivolous manipulation of the law.  

What has this Senate become of?  In the past, the Senate stood together as an institution, not fearful of the powers and the attractions offered by the Palace. Now, we have this Senate made up of buffoons who “see” when the Palace “saw” and sway “to” to the Palace’s “fro”.  The Senate is mostly a bunch of puppets whose stings are pulled by Palace puppeteers.   Is this the kernel where we will choose our future leaders to lead us?

Where are the men and women who ought to be the bastion of institutional bravery and willing to challenge the effrontery of the Palace?  They have gone to the dogs and the Senate is the doghouse.

3 Comments:

Blogger Rizalist said...

WOOF! WOOF! Who let the dogs out?

Ha Ha very good Ed. except for a few troublesome old codgers like Biazon, the Senate should be a piece of cake now for Malacanang. The fact that 2007 elections will go on is what shapes the moves for the 2001 cohort. But since you are absolutely right about the illegality of eo464, the Supreme Court has probably informed Malcanang that it better make up with the Senate. An out of court settlement as it were, since ruling on it is probably out of the question.

WOOF WOOF who let the dogs out...

6:06 PM  
Blogger Den Salvacion said...

Yes. If only If the Supreme Court formally declare it unconstitutional, will EO 464 be scrapped.

For me, I think a few of our senators have been very rude and their papogi points have gotten a little out of hand. Even if the accusations haven't been proven yet, they've irresponsibly resorted to character assasination. It's not necessary for them to use harsh words in questioning the officials they've summoned to attend the hearings.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Ederic said...

Na-interview ka pala ng reporter naming si Jun. :)

6:42 PM  

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