Philippine Daily Inquirer

DIM PROSPECTS FOR RE­TIRE­MENT

- SAN­TI­AGO A. DEL ROSARIO, M.D., Makati City

AS an apo­lit­i­cal se­nior cit­i­zen, I have lived my per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life morally, legally and eth­i­cally. Now that I am look­ing at re­tire­ment, I am dis­turbed by the change in the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate that per­vades the coun­try.

I am con­cerned that my re­tire­ment may be marred by tur­bu­lence, given the way the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion is run­ning the af­fairs of this coun­try.

The three branches of gov­ern­ment show dis­cour­ag­ing signs con­ducive to a dis­re­gard for the rule of law. The pres­i­dency lacks re­spect for our re­li­gious work­ers and re­li­gion it­self, rem­i­nis­cent of the in­de­cency, crim­i­nal­ity and law­less­ness brought about by Hitler and Napoleon. A ver­bal cue from the Pres­i­dent is enough for the ex- ec­u­tive branch to cower in sup­port and obe­di­ence, and be a con­ta­gious in­flu­ence as well on the leg­isla­tive and ju­di­ciary.

An ex­am­ple is the case of for­mer chief jus­tice Maria Lour­des Sereno, which sig­ni­fied that, even in the Supreme Court, the po­lit­i­cal will of the ex­ec­u­tive has be­come man­i­fest. There is no more in­de­pen­dence in the three branches of gov­ern­ment.

The gov­ern­ment dis­re­gards in­ter­na­tional com­mit­ments and shirks from de­fend­ing our right­ful in­ter­ests, thus los­ing re­spect for our in­ter­na­tional stand­ing.

Given this sce­nario, where is the se­cu­rity of our rights and our lives? God save us.

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