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Home Columns Op-Ed Page Pooled Editorial: The Overseas-Filipino Fourth Estate Must Withdraw Its Recognition of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Philippine President
Pooled Editorial: The Overseas-Filipino Fourth Estate Must Withdraw Its Recognition of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Philippine President PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Thursday, 04 June 2009 14:38

G loria Macapagal Arroyo is now like an empress without clothes. There are elements in the Filipino media that want the people to continue to believe that the Arroyo Dispensation is clothed with the mandate that the Philippine Constitution outfits the legitimate head of state. The same corrupt constituents, especially in the Filipino media, are pathologically lying in ignoring and even denying the fact that Mrs. Arroyo has violated and continues to violate the Philippine Constitution and has made the process of amending it a mockery. Ergo, a Philippine President who does not perform the basic job of protecting and defending the Constitution loses the very safeguard that the supreme law of the land clothes the presidency.

 

The press is supposed to be the Fourth Estate, the unofficial fourth branch of any government. The Fourth Estate has the inherent right to withhold or withdraw the recognition of any President who has been grossly violating the Constitution and the other laws of the land.

 

Let this editorial remind the press and the people of the tradition that has become the institution that is the Fourth Estate. Its coinage, with its present meaning, has been attributed to Edmund Burke (1729–1797), a British politician. It comes from a quote in Thomas Carlyle's book, "Heros and Hero Worship in History" (1841).

 

"’Mr. Burke said that there were three Estates in Parliament, but in the Reporters Gallery yonder, there sat a fourth Estate more important far than they all.’

 

"The three estates in the above quote refer to the British parliament, the Lords Temporal, the Lords Spiritual and the Commons. The Lords Temporal and the Lords Spiritual combined being The House of Lords, the upper House of parliament. And the Commons is The House of Commons or the British lower House.”

 

At least if the Overseas-Filipino Fourth Estate withdraws its recognition of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo presidency, then it is up to the other well-meaning public servants in the Philippines to maintain the rule of law and bring Mrs. Arroyo, her kin, her equally-corrupt Cabinet members and military-police officers to justice.

 

We—at least a significant number of the Overseas-Filipino press practitioners—do not advocate a violent change of government in the Philippines. There is still no substitute for a peaceful-and-meaningful change, especially in the hearts of the Filipino public servants. We, however, take note of a call by a Filipino officer, Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, to his fellow men and women in uniform. We wish Brigadier General Lim and the military, especially the rank and file of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, good luck in taking whatever peaceful steps there are to “protect the people and the state.”

 

H ere are excerpts from the statement issued by Brigadier General Lim:

 

Detained general rallies troops vs. Arroyo

June 04, 2009 15:21:00 By Jocelyn Uy, Philippine Daily Inquirer

 

MANILA, Philippines – An Army general detained on mutiny charges urged fellow soldiers to “follow your conscience” and “protect the people and the state” amid alleged efforts to keep President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in power beyond 2010.

 

Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim said the passage of a resolution at the House of Representatives seeking to convene a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution erased doubts over Arroyo’s intention to stay in power.

 

“I call on every officer and enlisted man to follow your conscience and do what is right -- protect the people and the state,” Lim said in a statement sent through his counsel, Vicente Verdadero.

 

“GMA [Arroyo’s initials] is determined and she will keep on ramming through every perceived obstacle there is, until she attains her much-coveted goal," he added.

 

He said only the "collective will" of every Filipino backed by the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines could stop Arroyo.

 

(Snipped)

 

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Comments (2)
1 Thursday, 04 June 2009 16:48
Congratulations! Please spread the good news.
2 Thursday, 04 June 2009 19:45
I'm here in Boracay and see every day the glaring abuses of this Arroyo Couple, their dummy hired the military to tear gas and burn houses of the poor people who are native born in Boracay simply because their fathers or lolos owned the lands their shanties built along the beach front properties. Even the mountains were carved to build the largest hotel Shang Re La, this must stop.

Paul D
Boracay Is.

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