Democracy in the Philippines
This is the moment in the history of society where technology is at its highest point and it continues to move forward. This is also the occasion when democracy in the Philippines faces one of the greatest challenges in its existence after it has been restored several times. A new round of scandal has brought democracy in the Philippines to another challenging point. If democratic revival is possible it can only come from the people themselves, and from the higher power directing it. This paper is to tackle current issues in our government that I consider a tele-novela which remains a box office hit. What I think about the ongoing saga regarding former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's (GMA) efforts to leave the country to get medical treatment abroad and the Aquino administration's efforts to stop her. Not to mention the controversial TRO issued by the Supreme court in connection with the refusal of the DOJ secretary to implement the ruling, and most specially, the infamous ‘electoral sabotage against GMA’. All these current issues affect the democracy of our country. The strength of democracy is measured, not by economic gains, but primarily by the strength of the country’s rule of law and its justice system. The state of innocence until proven guilty is a legal right of every accused in a lawful trial. The trouble of evidence legally obtained and lawfully acceptable in a court of law is therefore on the entity that prosecutes the accused. These facts must show guilt of the accused ‘beyond reasonable doubt.’ If reasonable doubt continues, the accused must be set free. This is how the court of law thinks and acts, in an ideal world. Sadly, the court of public view seems to sway with the wind. November 15, 2011 is a shameful day for our nation. The court of law is dragged down as substandard to the court of public opinion - and this is with the initiation of the government. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, accused (by the Aquino government and a large part of the population) of involvedness on a number of unlawful/illegal acts, was not allowed by the Aquino government to board an airplane to travel abroad and seek further medical help. This is done after a temporary restraining order (TRO) has been released by the Supreme Court with immediate effectivity. A scandalous public display of an awful wit develops. What Is a Restraining Order? According to Lawyers.com: “A restraining order is a court order directing someone to follow certain conditions or to not do certain things. It's literally a piece of paper a judge signs stating the terms someone must follow or risk legal consequences. Restraining orders are often used to give legal protection to victims of domestic abuse, harassment, stalking and neighborhood disputes. Temporary restraining orders, another short-term order type, are usually in effect for less than a month. This order is issued when a victim applies for a restraining order. Its purpose is to give the victim protection until a hearing can be held and a restraining order can be issued.” I noticed a lot of comments blaming the Arroyos. So far, most of the basis forwarded by these same comments relate to things outside of the immediate concerns of the drama at the NAIA. Some question the hurriedness of the Arroyos to buy plane ticket even before the release of the TRO. If the woman is truly in need of urgent medical attention, the rush is but necessary to the need. They have the money. Still, one cannot avoid the growing suspicion that the St. Luke medical team was not able to diagnose precisely all the medical illness of GMA, is I think, reason enough for a family that has the money, to look for the best medical help for their loved one in another country. Based from the Inquirer news report:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 clarified that it did not suspend the temporary restraining order (TRO) it granted to former President and now Pampanga...
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