Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

to be on a path of de­struc­tion. But the greater con­cern re­mains to be il­le­gal drugs and narco-pol­i­tics, and so, there are things that have to be side­lined it seems. But we know, as we know the Pres­i­dent knows, that there will be a time when he has to put his foot down and stop the cir­cus that the Congress has made of it­self. We wait and re­mem­ber other rev­e­la­tions the Pres­i­dent has re­peat­edly said, among which was that he owes no one noth­ing. This is of­ten said in tan­dem with his rec­ol­lec­tion of how his rag­tag army weath­ered the seem­ing bot­tom­less pock­ets of the other can­di­dates with just one or two gover­nors and one or two con­gress­men sup­port­ing him.

This has be­come a re­peated re­minder that in the House of over a hun­dred rep­re­sen­ta­tives, only one or two are ac­tu­ally the Pres­i­dent’s al­lies. Now, the con­gress­men who have aligned with the Pres­i­dent com­prise the su­per-ma­jor­ity, but we know them as they are: turn­coats who are there for the power the Pres­i­dent wields.

Ex­cept that, they seem to be ap­ing the iron-fisted gov­er­nance style of the Pres­i­dent, a style that does not fit since they were just elected into of­fice by their con­stituents and not by the coun­try. In short, they are but tiny rulers puff­ing them­selves up in the shadow of a leader who has the sup­port of mil­lions.

They should sooner or later re­al­ize, they are not and will never be. True, the CHR has not done much, since it does not have any teeth, re­ally. All it can do is rec­om­mend to the ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties. All that it can give is a sense of vin­di­ca­tion, noth­ing con­crete.

The other agency given the same bud­get is the Na­tional Com­mis­sion on In­dige­nous Peo­ples (NCIP), which has also been the brunt of a lot of com­plaints for seem­ingly sid­ing with those lust­ing over the in­dige­nous peo­ples’ an­ces­tral do­mains rather than pro­tect­ing the IPs. Then we glance the Congress’ way and ask: What have they done for us? The point here is that, yes, there are a lot of things that need to be done and cor­rected, the Pres­i­dent him­self has been point­ing this out since the cam­paign pe­riod.

But do­ing this with brag­gado­cio and the ar­ro­gance of know­ing that all these ex­ec­u­tive bod­ies are un­der the Congress’ thumbs stirs up en­mity among the peo­ple, and that en­mity is not even di­rected at the Pres­i­dent but the Congress. No won­der the call for a rev­o­lu­tion­ary gov­ern­ment is slowly gain­ing ground.

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