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|Written by Manuel Buencamino / Dispatches from the Enchanted Kingdom|
All I want is a little more than I can get.—Ashleigh Brilliant
Dear Professor Olivar,
Here you are; it’s already February 24, 2010, two weeks after it became known that you are a government official with dual allegiance, and you are still clinging to your job.
I read what you said in response to questions about your divided loyalties. “My government work is fully compliant with both the privileges and constraints of that status as defined by both the Philippine and US governments.”
My dear Professor Olivar, it does not matter whether you believe it’s okay to “recognize and accept the supreme authority” of two flags and to “maintain true faith and allegiance” to both. The legal opinion of both the Philippine and US governments is not the issue here. What matters here is what Philippine law states very clearly.
“Those appointed to any public office shall subscribe and swear to an oath of allegiance to the Republic of the Philippines and its duly constituted authorities prior to their assumption of office: provided, that they renounce their oath of allegiance to the country where they took that oath;”—Section 5 (3) of the Dual Citizenship Law
What part of “provided” don’t you understand?
For your edification, “provided” means “on the condition or understanding that....” That means when you accept any appointive position in the Philippine government, whether it be for dogcatcher or a “senior policy-making” post as you describe the position you hold, you must go through the renunciation bit. You cannot be a dual citizen and a government official at the same time. It is prohibited.
The reason for Section 5 (3) is obvious. There is no “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” involved in your situation. The choice is not between God and man, it is between two Golden Calves, although I can understand why you would mistake America for God.
There are no loopholes, no “ifs or buts,” no legal technicalities to use as weapons to kill the letter and the spirit of the stipulation prohibiting dual allegiance for government officials. Do read the law again, and carefully this time around, so you don’t go around whining and blaming everyone else for your predicament.
I know you’re disappointed that Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita did not vouch for your patriotism. “All I can say is Professor Gary Olivar is a Filipino citizen and he tells me, well, he has dual citizenship and under that principle, he is confident that this is backed up by appropriate law, that he is right now in Malacañang.”
Ermita left you twisting in the wind. But can you blame him for not covering your behind? You wanted a little more than you can get and that, especially in a government run by thieves, is a no-no.
I know it’s harsh, especially for someone who appears to have mastered the art of serving two flags simultaneously, to remind you that you have no option except to resign from your job or renounce your allegiance to the US. But the Dual Citizenship Law does not allow a dual citizen to hold a government job. Period. As former Miss International Melanie Marquez would put it, “You can’t eat your cake and bake it, too.”
Hugs and kisses,
Philippine Ski Federation is the governing body for snow ski racing and snowboarding for the Philippines. Yes, there is no snow in the Philippines but it gets its athletes from the over 6 million Filipinos living abroad especially from the United States, Canada, and Europe. Founded in 1999 by Manuel Espiritu, it has over a dozen members of athletes, coaches, officials and supporters. Relentlessly pursuing excellence in spite of the many obstacles, PSF seeks to put Filipino athletes on the top step of the podium through the commitment of financial and technical resources. PSF is dedicated in promoting the participation of any global Filipino seeking to represent their homeland.
Philippine Ski Federation has been a member of FIS (Federacion Internacionale de Ski - the world governing body) since 1999. Currently, PSF participates in two to the 9 disciplines under the FIS, namely alpine skiing and snowboarding. Also currently, our athletes and coaches come from United States and Canada. We are the only country, without snow, that consistently sends snowboarders and skiers to the World Cup and World Championships for the last 5 years. Truly we are unique as a people and a country!
"If you can’t beat them, arrange to have them beaten."—George Carlin
There is a big controversy over Section 36 of Comelec Resolution 8758. One newspaper said it “sent shock waves through both newsrooms and dressing rooms” because it compels “mass-media personalities endorsing candidates to resign or go on leave during the campaign period.”
The rule gags everyone in the media: “any mass-media columnist, commentator, announcer, reporter, on-air correspondent or personality.” So, what is an opinion writer supposed to do during the campaign period, pretend he has no opinion on the candidates?
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) made no distinction between media personalities who endorse a candidate for free and those who do it for a fee. As far as the Comelec goes, all endorsers are alike, even though the difference is obvious.
Furthermore, the Comelec forces those in the media to choose between their right to express their beliefs and their right to earn a living. That is a false choice, an invented incompatibility between two basic human rights.
If at all, the Comelec should count paid endorsements as part of the rules that deal with (a) campaign expenses and (b) broadcast, printed or published election propaganda.
On AM radio last weekend, a Comelec official and a loquacious lawyer from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting warned media personalities not to test their resolve. They sounded like they were daring those affected by the gag to step over the line. They were so sure the line was clearly drawn. Let’s see.
What if I say I will not support the crooked businessman/politician, the pardoned plunderer, the standard-bearer of Gloria, and the fringe candidates, did I endorse the candidate I did not mention? Will I be penalized for un-endorsing candidates?
The thing is, the gag rule has been around for a long time but the Comelec has been lax about enforcing it. So one can’t help but ask, why the sudden determination to enforce the law this time around? It could be that the Comelec wants to level the playing field between those who get a lot of free endorsements and those who have to pay through the nose for them, but is discouraging volunteerism the right way to go?
There is something even more outrageous than the gag rule. It is the artful addition of two words to Section 11 of Comelec Resolution 8758.
Keep in mind that the resolution is the implementing rule for the Fair Election Practices Act.
In elections past, the Comelec imposed a ceiling on the amount of airtime any candidate/party can buy. That rule, unchanged over the last two elections, reads:
“The aggregate duration of air- time that a candidate, or registered political party, party-list group, organization, and/or coalition thereof may use for their broadcast advertisements or election propaganda shall be, as follows:
“(a). For candidates/Registered Political parties for a National Elective Position: One hundred twenty (120) minutes in television, and one hundred eighty (180) minutes in radio, for all televisions or cable televisions, or all radio stations whether by purchase or donation, wherever located.
“(b). For candidates/Registered Political Parties for a Local Elective Position: Sixty (60) minutes in television, and ninety (90) minutes in radio, for all televisions or cable televisions, or all radio stations whether by purchase or donation, wherever located.”
For the 2010 elections, however, the Comelec turned the rule on its head. It added a comma and two words—“per station”—after the words “wherever located.”
Do the math; that little colatilla changes everything. The dis-aggregation of airtime limits gives the moneyed candidate/party a big boost.
So while everyone focused on the gag rule, the Comelec got away with murder. It killed fair play with a comma and two words. It allowed the pre-campaign period money-game to continue.
I wonder who’s celebrating the Comelec’s sudden determination to strictly enforce the gag rule and its artful modification of the time limits on TV and radio advertising.
(Last Monday, newspapers reported the Comelec modified its stand on the gag rule. It said compliance was now optional.)
…the University of the Philippines Natural Sciences Research Institute [UP-NSRI] stated thus: “Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis targeting the 121 bp intergenic region of the COH and tRNAlys genes of the mitochondrion gave Negative Results for the presence of human DNA.”
This was the official report submitted to the late Gen. Reynaldo Wycoco, NBI director at that time who was also a political appointee of Mrs. Gloria Arroyo. These results were strangely never given emphasis by subsequent reportage. Instead, dental plates not found by the NBI composite team — composed of dozens of investigators who scoured the crime scene for 31 days — but allegedly retrieved by the hired forensic expert of the Dacer family in a subsequent four-hour search were given more weight.
…composed of representatives of business groups and Catholic Church leaders as well as representatives of celebrated personalities [that] came together and met formally early this month to fine tune the plan to ‘constitutionally’ oust President Estrada under ‘Oplan Excelsis.
“It is possible that… Dacer came to know that Estrada had a substantial interest in BW. Dacer may even have come into possession of documents to prove Estrada’s ownership of BW stocks.” Carpio charged that a “shocking document that has surfaced is a letter by Estrada’s own lawyer, brazenly written on Malacañang letterhead and addressed to Tan, demanding the turnover to Estrada of BW stocks worth over P500 million. This document inextricably links Estrada to the BW stock scam.”
“...the Ramos visit to Dacer’s office on that fateful day of the disappearance was very uncharacteristic. In the many years of Dacer and Ramos’ professional dealings, never once did Ramos visit Dacer’s office. But on the day of Dacer’s kidnapping Ramos did, and after only an hour of waiting he started making it too obvious he was concerned….”
Reliable military intelligence sources we talked to insist that the affidavits of Mancao and Dumlao will implicate Estrada, as what Michael Ray Aquino’s will later do. They are convinced that this campaign, which involves the US, vividly betrays Uncle Sam’s fear of Estrada as being the only serious obstacle to its 2010 plan of installing a new Gloria Arroyo puppet…..