“Binay, the vice president becomes president if an impeachment against the President succeeds. Would that be in the best interests of this country?“
by Ducky Paredes
There are now three impeachment complaints against the President that have been endorsed by sitting congressmen and two others that still need a endorser. As with a lot of things that politicians do, most of these were done only to gain notoreity for the authors.
What would impeaching the President accomplish?
Remember that we tried to impeach President Joseph Estrada. That failed but we still got rid of Erap as President by a hate campaign that the so-called “intelligent” voters fell for. Among those who moved for the impeachment and when that failed, forced the President out of his office, was former President Cory Aquino. Cory had the good sense to eventually ask Erap for his forgiveness when she realized that she was on the wrong side of history. After all, what did we get for the effort to impeach Erap and finally illegaly forcing him out of office and putting a sitting President in jail (who, according to the Constitution, can be removed only after a successful impeachment?) There was an impeachment but it failed since the Senate’s vote on the impeachment failed.
So, what did that accomplish? What did we get?
The only winner was Gloria Arroyo, the vice president took over who eventually turned out to be worse than the one she replaced. Imagine that we had a President who never had a budget that was passed by the legislature. She was given each year the budget that was passed the year before which meant that while the total amount for the budget would be the same as the passed budget the year before, she could assign the items and the amounts as she went along. She ran the country like her own household and was even virtually a Chinese agent who gave the Chinese rights to explore in our seas and even to share in our resources.
That’s what we got when we tried to impeach Erap and failed.
If we succeed in impeaching President Aquino, who profits? Who takes over? Jejomar Binay? I have nothing against Jojo but I cannot help wonder how he got to be a billionaire. Did he practice a profession that could give have given him the billions that he now obviously has? Or, did he have a business that could have earned him that kind of money? I don’t know of any. In fact, he never ran anything but the City of Makati, through 24 years for him, nine for his wife and now his son as mayor. Yet, he obviously has a lot more money now than when President Cory appointed him OIC in Makati City in 1986.
Binay, the vice president becomes president if an impeachment against the President succeeds. Would that be in the best interests of this country?
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We have a President who, despite the disrespect that he gets from his critics and the various political enemies who regard him as a lightweight has moved this country forward, even as to its being regarded by the World Bank as an example to the rest of the world. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim praised the country as an example of one that is run with good governance: ” “Good governance means delivering public services effectively and efficiently, while being transparent about what you spend and the results you achieve,” Kim said. “Good governance involves choosing wise policies and investments; maintaining public assets; and ensuring that civil servants are skilled, motivated, and have the tools to work effectively. It is about fostering a transparent regulatory environment that will allow the private sector to create growth and jobs.”
According to the United Nations, supporting good governance is an important component of the World Bank Group’s new Philippine’s Country Partnership Strategy, which supports the country’s goal of promoting sustainable growth, reducing poverty and creating jobs. Under this new four year strategy, the World Bank Group plans to provide US$3.2 billion in financing for development to the government and another $1 billion for investments in business and industry from IFC, its private sector arm.
WB President Jim Yong Kim also said: “It is now well established within the academic literature on institutions and growth that there is a strong and positive correlation between the principles of good governance and a country’s GDP per capita. As you, President Aquino, have so eloquently noted, “good governance is good economics.” The precise causal relationships are less well understood, but some recent studies have begun to confirm what many of us have long suspected—that effective institutions (or their absence) have an important impact on economic growth. There is plenty of evidence that corruption can deter private investment. And studies at the sectoral level have documented the perverse effect that corruption and weak administration can exert on education and health outcomes, or on the quality and selection of infrastructure projects. Some recent studies from the United States underscore that high levels of corruption are associated with increased inequality, as well.”
The WB President continued: “Under your leadership, President Aquino, the Philippines is in the forefront of this transformation. You’ve doubled government budgets for social services and made performance-informed budgeting the norm. Citizens increasingly see your conditional cash transfer program, Pantawid Pamilya, as an instrument to realize their rights to education or health care.
“Your administration has also streamlined business regulations, bringing down the cost of doing business and reducing opportunities for corruption. Your Open Data initiative has reinforced accountability at all levels of government. For instance, the Philippines is now using electronic procurement technology to encourage citizens to be observers in all stages of the bidding process and, just recently, started the use of geo-tagging. Similar tools are now being used to monitor assistance for people affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Your commitment to transparency is a beacon for the nations of East Asia, and beyond.”
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This is the man who is now facing impeachment complaints and possible jail term for having violated our Constitution? One has to wonder: what is wrong with us?
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