Super Supreme

If there’s a real position of power in the Philippines, it’s not in MalacaƱang.

It’s the Supreme Court. Can we really trust the people up there?
I mean, it is they who ultimately decide, affirm, or rebut
any case or any and every aspect of it, right?

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Learn from Thailand

A military coup d’etat recently claimed to have overthrown Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra while he was attending a UN General Assembly in New York. General Sonthi Boonyaratglin and his Party of Democratic Reform have claimed to be in control of Thailand, saying that PM Thaksin has abused his position. They have also “revoked the constitution” while creating the Council of Administrative Reform.

In his first public appearance, Sonthi repeated earlier statements that the newly created Council of Administrative Reform had revoked the Constitution. CNN

My initial reaction upon learning the news: Uy! Parang Pilipinas.

Yes! It could have been our freaking country! A restless opposition. Alleged abuse of power. Wanting to change the constitution. Yet the planned coup d’etat never materialized. Well, there were the attempts. But they all pretty much ended without achieving their goals. Olats. A total waste of money and media attention.

Then again, maybe I’m overgeneralizing the similarities. But hey, at least now we can see a an actual what-if scenario. And maybe we could observe what will happen next.

On a final note. Thailand has a parliamentary form of government. Here, there have been talks about shifting from the current presidential form to a parliamentary system. The way I see it, it doesn’t really matter what the form of government is. There will always be a ruling party, an unsatisfied opposition, and corruption is bound to happen. It’s just in the nature of power.

Changing the system is not the real solution especially when we’re bound to have the same species of government officials running the show. We need to change the people, or at least, the type of people who get elected to office.

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9/11 Anniversary

Should the whole world commemorate Sept. 11? Some people say everyone should. For different reasons , of course, but mainly becuase it was an attack on democracy and freedom. Some people say we shouldn’t because it was an attack on American imperialism and world dominance.

I acknowledge that many have died that day not only in the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings but in the other plane crashes as well. But the whole event was over-hyped and over-rated by the western media. I’m not reducing the gravity of the event but I think 9-11 had and still constantly overshadows the other “attacks” – bombings in Spain, London, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The world – spearheaded by the US, of course – has taken extreme measures to counter the threats and hunt down the masterminds.

But 5 years after 9/11, or 4 or 3 or 2 years after the other terror attacks, we ask ourselves: are we any safer?

I’d say no. Terrorism is not the problem. It’s the difference in ideologies and the undying quest for dominance of those ideologies.

But maybe, humans do not have to see the difference as a “problem” but rather a “given fact.” That it is something that we need to “work with”, and not against it.

Then again, perhaps it’s just more natural that we try to get each other’s necks.

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