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The Blackest Day

This day may turn out to be the blackest day in Philippine history. Today, the House Committee on Justice committed a grave injustice to the Filipino People by killing the impeachment complaint against Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Voting 42 to 8, members of Gloria’s political party defeated the minority led by Cong. Ronnie Zamora who did every legal option just for the impeachment complaint to pass to the committee level and start the trial. It seems that Gloria’s allies don’t want these oppositors to even reach second base and have the opportunity to present damning evidence against this regime.

In an interview, Zamora said that he’s tired of doing this impeachment. For him, this is the second time that he sponsored the impeachment complaint. And twice, it was rebuffed. The majority used the tyranny of numbers to repulse the most serious legal denunciation against Gloria.

Victims of human rights abuses booed the committee members for allowing themselves to be used by Gloria. Congresswoman Liza Masa revealed what transpired the day prior to the hearing. She said that media reports exposed an alleged meeting by KAMPI and some Lakas members in Linden Suites austensibly a meeting where members of the Committee were given half a million pesos just to kill the impeachment. As early as 5 in the evening, journalists got texts saying that a Malacanang operator called up some Congressmen to give them their early November presents.

Yet, even if this did not occur (although Committee chair Matias Defensor in an interview, admitted having been called by someone about the meeting), Congressmen are sure to kill the impeachment because this is the time where the budget is to be given to their legislative districts. No one in his right doggie mind would try to alienate himself from the powers that be, short of risking the budget for his district.

So, that brave challenge by Joey de Venecia III is as doomed as hell. It was not designed to fail yet it was destined to fall by the sharp sword of the president’s allies.

By the way friends, here’s the statement of Joey about this blackest day in Philippine history:

STATEMENT OF JOEY DE VENECIA III
DISMISSAL OF IMPEACHMENT CASE
DUE TO INSUFFICIENCY OF SUBSTANCE
November 26, 2008

This is a sad day not only for us the complainants and the minority lawmakers, but more so for the Filipino people. Our right to take President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to task has again been taken away from us.

As our minority lawmakers have said repeatedly, this process is a way to let government show the transparency that the Constitution mandates.

The impeachment process is the proper and legal forum to let the people know what is happening and to allow the government and its officials to explain themselves.

It appears that the government would rather that the people take its grievances to the street than offer them a decent and legal forum.

The House Justice Committee might have stopped the impeachment complaint but I assure everyone that the Committee cannot stop us from airing our grievances and allegations in any and all other forums available to us.

We will bring this case straight to the people. We will go to them and talk to them. We will put out into the open what the government would rather keep under the cloak of darkness.

I give my utmost appreciation to all those who supported us in any way. I thank the Filipino people for their sentiments and their prayers.

We will not keep quiet. The fight in the halls of Congress may be over but the real fight for truth and justice goes on.

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We Dare our Congressmen–Speak Up!

November ___, 2008

Hon. _________

Representative, ____ District, ________

House of Representatives

Quezon City Dear

Rep. ________:

Today, together with ____ other intervenors, I have
filed an intervention to add the Memorandum of Agreement concerning the
proposed Bangsamoro Juridical Entity to the impeachment charges being
considered by the House. Our intervention is based on the following
premises:

1. That the House of Representatives, in deliberating
upon the charges against the President of the Philippines, should
strive to put together as strongand comprehensive a case as possible,
in order to properly and thoroughly address all the issues that demand
accountability from the chief executive.

2. That the citizenry is obligated to do its part to help fortify the case against the President of the Philippines.

We are of the opinion, and submit for your consideration and endorsement, that:

1. The President of the Philippines must be held
accountable for violating her oath of office in authorizing and
supporting an agreement that has been proven to be contrary to the
Constitution. Any President is duty-bound to operate within the
parameters established by the Constitution, and when a President
deliberately disregards our Constitution’s provisions, there must be an
accounting made to the citizenry.

2. The President must therefore be held accountable for
what the Supreme Court has ruled to be an agreement that violated our
Constitution.

3. That furthermore, the President must be held
accountable for setting back the peace process; and for placing
ordinary citizens, Muslim and Christian alike, in Mindanao, in peril
because of the recklessness and faithlessness, with which she conducted
the negotiations for the agreement. She has done grevious harm to the
prosperity and tranquility of Mindanao and the entire country and her
doing so is a violation of public trust and her Constitutional
responsibilities.

She betrayed the public, and all the parties that
participated in the peace process in good faith and with a historic
resolution of ancient grievances in mind. We believe that we have made
a strong case for including the BJE-MOA among the charges against the
President.

We believe that this is a matter of such seriousness as
to require the House of Representatives providing the President with an
opportunity to explain herself to you, our representatives, and through
you, to an alarmed and outraged public.

We further believe that the President will find it
impossible to satisfactorily explain herself and that as a consequence,
the House will find it necessary to include our intervention among the
impeachment charges.

May I respectfully invite you, then, to endorse our
intervention, so that ample opportunity may be provided for the
President of the Philippines to air her side, and for the public to be
informed, through you, once and for all, about the circumstances
surrounding the agreement.

I am confident that you will respond to the overwhelming
clamor of the citizenry, throughout the country but particularly in
Mindanao, for public policy to be conducted in good faith, without
recklessness and imprudence, and with the true interests of the nation
at heart and not just partisan political convenience for the
administration.

May I also invite you, on behalf of myself and my
colleagues, Jarius Bondoc and William Esposo of the Philippine Star,
Ellen Tordesillas of Malaya, and Manuel Buencamino of The Business
Mirror, to state, for the record, your response to these two questions:

1. How do you intend to vote on the impeachment
complaint already filed before the House? Will you be present at the
committee level and plenary voting on these charges?

2. Are you in favor of including the BJE-MOA among the impeachment charges, and why or why not.

We trust you will give your answer to us by Wednesday so we can publish them.

And we further trust that you will find our intervention meritorious and worthy of your endorsement.

Respectfully yours,

Manuel L. Quezon III