Folly and pure fantasy, I say!

August 18, 2006 at 6:43 am 1 comment

I am not surprise that the House Committee on Justice (or injustice) junked the second impeachment case against Mrs. Arroyo. As if déjà vu, it will not come as a surprise if the House in plenary session junks the whole case like what it did last year.

On 15 August 2006, the House Committee on Justice, voting 56-24, junked the second impeachment case against Mrs. Arroyo. Majority members of the Committee said that the impeachment is sufficient in substance to bring Mrs. Arroyo to a Senate trial.

What I am surprise of is the widespread indignation showed by millions of anti-Arroyo protesters against members of Congress who orchestrated the deathblow against the impeachment case. Witnessing this travesty unfold in their eyes, these protesters hemmed, clawed, and heckled pro-administration Representatives. They later walked out of the session hall when the Committee Chair finally banged his gavel signaling the death of the impeachment case.

I said that I am surprised. It is as if my comrades are banking on some hope that Congress, majority of which have already been inside Mrs. Arroyo’s pockets, will suddenly change their minds and become statesmen. Am I to understand that despite the incredible effort of pro-administration Representatives to remain blind from the truth, comrades and other pro-impeachment elements continue to give credence to the House process?

Folly and pure fantasy, I say!

For the longest time, I’ve already lost my faith in the country’s political institutions as mere conduits of elite power and influence. One cannot deny the fact that they contributed significant victories for the people, but in viewing them within the context of systems, structures, and grand narratives, these institutions are mere pawns so that the elite will retain hegemony over society.

People will hem and claw against the perceived injustice by members of Congress masquerading as statesmen and “Representatives” of the people. They can shout invectives at them; vent all their pent-up anger to their actions. But in the end, the elite will win, and the people will remain in the sidelines.

It is folly and pure fantasy to remain convinced that we could remove that illegal occupant through the prescribed constitutional means – the impeachment process. The move failed in the House. But the constitutional process is not yet over. We can still use Section 1, Article II of the Constitution: “Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.” 

Removing Mrs. Arroyo from the office she illegally occupied no longer resides in these institutions. There is only one institution available: the parliament of the streets. There is only one action to be pursued: revolution.


Entry filed under: Politics, News, and Current Affairs, Random Ramblings.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. lorena  |  November 16, 2006 at 1:09 pm

    magsulat ka pa ng magsulat…(:

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