The fault in our stars

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By Atty. Taipan Millan

One Small Voice

Thursday, June 19, 2014

WE cannot keep on doing the same things over and over again then expect different results. What we will get is and will always be the product, not of our thoughts, but of our actions. The time has come for us to realize that, indisputably, the effect is really determined by the cause.

In the last couple of years, we have been introduced to an elaborate design to steal our money – a concoction of greedy politicians and creative entrepreneurs; a combination of seemingly legal procedures and obviously illegal acts; and a collaboration of those in the government bureaucracy who want to earn a quick buck and of those in the private sector whose road to riches is nothing but the short cut.

After such explosive revelation, we are now fixated with putting anybody and everybody in jail – those who have been accused with testimonial and documentary evidence; those who have been included in one or more lists that belatedly but successively came out; and those who are in one way or the other have been implicated even without basis other than a mere suspicion.


The wheels of justice has been running, albeit slower than a snail, and it looks like some will really be incarcerated, whether in an ordinary detention facility or in some apparently special cell designed for these supposedly special people.

But will this plug the holes and stop the leak, so to speak?
At this point, all that we can really do is to be more vigilant in ensuring that the government does everything in its power, authority and jurisdiction to run after the scalawags.

Of course, we want to punish all, but this will clearly not transpire during the term of the present administration.

Therefore, aside from stubbornly pressuring the present administration to unleash all of its resources to convict the guilty, we must already start looking at the next in line who will, for all intents and purposes, finish what has been started, or end what has commenced.

Yes, the next administration can decide to vigorously proceed with all the cases with the vigor of an impartial and resolute judge but, yes, it can also decide to go soft, go slow and go sluggish like a friend will.
Hence, it is imperative that in the upcoming election we only elect the leaders whom we can trust – to let justice fall where it may, at the soonest possible time but without disregarding due process of law, and without any purpose of fanatically persecuting opponents but fiercely protecting allies.

Thus, the next President must embody the values, beliefs, ideals, character and moral strength to stand up against the high and mighty, though they may be colleagues, and in favor of the majority of our suffering people, though they may be nameless, faceless and penniless.
There is no greater good that can come out of this mess called pork barrel but for the first among many lessons to be learned – vote wisely.
If and when we continue to sell our ballots – for money, or for affinity with a dynasty, or for getting enamored with infomercials developed by image consultants and advertising agencies and funded by big businesses and vested interests – then we must stop complaining about the fault in our stars.

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 20, 2014.


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