Kapalmuks sa Kongreso (a.k.a. Mana sa Nanay at Tatay, Mana sa Amo)

The first two hearings of the House justice committee on the impeachment complaints against President Arroyo proceeded as expected: Her loyalists naturally tried all possible means to smother all the complaints through sheer kakapalan ng mukha and legal gobbledygook.

First of all, how can any decent Filipino accept the reasoning of President Arroyo’s son not to inhibit himself in the House justice committee proceedings? Mikey Arroyo says he was elected to Congress to represent his constituents and he has a right not to inhibit himself from a congressional hearing. Kakapalan ng pagmumukha talaga. Walang delicadeza at walang dangal. Nanay na nga niya ang nakasalang sa impeachment pero walang problemang ligal at moral siyang nakikita kung kasama siya sa magpapasya kung i-impeach o hindi ang Presidente. Mana sa nanay at tatay.

The other congresspersons who were reported by the Commission on Audit as beneficiaries of the Ginintuang Masaganang Ani fertilizer scandal did not inhibit themselves — except for minority solon Ompong Plaza of Mindanao. Mana sa amo ang mga hindot.

Thanks to the foresight of the many people’s organizations and people’s lawyers, the tactic of filing copies of the same complaint on several days paid off. The tactic was aimed at covering all possible dates when the pro-Arroyo majority in the House could so decide as the proper date to file such pleading against the President. All complainants have long realized that such a tactic is required if only to defeat the legalistic stumbling blocks that the pro-Arroyo congressmen may put up.

We should applaud all the citizen-complainants of the eight complaints. Coming forward to ask Congress to impeach the President is not a simple chore but a moral and political obligation. Thanks to all of you, fellow complainants!

Those of us Filipinos who want to know the truth should follow closely the House justice committee proceedings, help lobby with the congresspersons, and ask others to do the same. Bantayan natin ang mga kaganapan at huwag hayaang babuyin ng mga mambabatas ang prosesong konstitusyunal na ito.


  1. jay banez

    That was not the question. The question was, “does Satur have an opinion on the revolutionary taxation issue?”

    How can you be so loquacious whenever criticism of the government is concerned, but strangely silent when revolutionary taxation is concerned?

  2. jay banez

    Besides, your comment assumes there is simply no value to be had in her statement, which is just wrong. This issue is neither “communist” nor “anti-communist” – it’s a matter of consistency, justice, and law. Do you agree or disagree that “revolutionary taxation” is extortion? Do you, as a part of the “reactionary” government being paid out of MY tax pesos, also support paying NPA rebels from money collected under duress?

    (Let’s not even mention the irony of fighting VAT and foreign investment under the guise of nationalism, while “revolutionary taxation” squeezes money from Filipino entrepreneurs!)

    Does Ka Satur have a stand on this? Or is the answer simply, “no comment”?

  3. jay banez

    How simple do I have to make it?

    What is Ka Satur’s stand on ‘revolutionary taxation’?

    For once, I want the truth. You’re very good at demanding the truth from the government. Now it’s time you told us the truth: does Ka Satur – or if you don’t want to speak for Ka Satur, do you think it’s just to collect revolutionary taxes from entrepreneurs in the provinces? Do you think it’s unjust? Do you have no comment?

  4. jay banez

    Still nothing? No comment? I understand.

    You ever read Orwell? Where interests and hidden agendas are concerned, I guess you guys are no different from the rest.

    “Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

  5. Tonyo

    1. We activists recognize revolutionary taxation imposed on big enterprises by the CPP as a matter of fact, borne out of the raging armed conflict between the CPP and the government.

    2. Revolutionary taxation is a function of the revolutionary government set up by the CPP and their mass following in certain areas. I quoted an NDF explanation on the said policy on a blog entry on the subject.

    3. Is it extortion? No. Saying so would criminalize the political offense of rebellion. The CPP professes to advance its objective of replacing the current government, and in the nascent alternative government it sets up, they impose revolutionary taxation as a matter of course. All governments do.

    4. We will definitely have a problem if and when we refuse to accept the fact that the CPP holds sway in certain areas of the country as part of its rebellion against the government.

    5. I am sure that Filipinos in areas covered by the CPP-led revolutionary government do not countenance extortion.

    6. Going by the NDF explanation on the revolutionary taxation policy, their tax structure is highly progressive. Huge taxes are heaped on big enterprises.

    7. Taxes are good and bad. Taxes are good when they are progressive: More from the rich and less from the poor, and when all go to projects beneficial to the people. They are bad under the government because taxes are highly regressive: Less from the rich and more from the poor, and bureaucrats just steal billions from public funds.

    8. The truth is that certain people do not seek to engage in debate, but only want to malign Bayan Muna at every turn. It is expected that, somewhere in this reply, the most malicious would say I am echoing the NDF position, as if the government position is the only acceptable stand on the issue.

  6. denggoy

    Nalilito ako. Di ba, bilang isang staff member ng isang nahalal na Congressman, kasama ka rin sa gobyerno? Sa “reactionary government”?

  7. Tonyo

    Huwag po kayong malito.

    Totoo naman pong bahagi kami ng gobyerno namin dahil hinalal po ang Bayan Muna ng mga tao. Bayan Muna is a legal political party registered with and accredited by Comelec.

    That doesn’t mean that we’re for everything this government stands for or that we lose the right to dissent.

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