Why do I want President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III impeached?
The basic reason is that by committing the unconstitutional and illegal acts under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and by entering into a military basing agreement with the US through the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), the President committed culpable violations of the Constitution and betrayed the public trust. (I will not bore you with the details, you can read the DAP complaint here and the EDCA complaint here.)
Under the Constitution, impeachment is the only way to hold the President accountable for his wrongdoings. We have tried the route of complaint, appeal and protest to no avail. We can’t file cases in court as he is immune from suit. We can’t remove him through the ballot since he only serves one term. And we certainly can’t expect him to resign.
But won’t the impeachment disrupt our daily lives and divide, rather than unite, our people? Won’t it destroy rather than build?
Sure, as if our daily lives are not disrupted enough by the failures of this government. Truth to tell, the skyrocketing prices of goods and services, the daily traffic, the rising criminality, the calamities made worse by government incompetence plus the whims of petty tyrants in various government agencies are probably more disruptive to our daily lives than the President’s impeachment. The biggest disruption will probably be in our regular TV programming.
As to the social divide, under this administration, the gap between the rich and poor, the ruler and ruled, the pro-PNoy and anti-PNoy has gotten wider by the day. I don’t see how the impeachment can cause something that is already there.
No, the impeachment will not wreck our lives. What it will do is rock the status quo. And by rocking the establishment to its foundations I hope enough cracks are formed, openings created, for fundamental changes in governance and policy to take place.
This impeachment is not just about Aquino’s accountability. More than that, it is the logical continuation of our people’s righteous fight against the pork barrel system, a system that President Aquino continues to defend despite the Supreme Court’s rulings on PDAF and DAP. This is important because even as I write this, the Palace and Congress have connived to create a new, discreet mechanism for legislators to access their pork barrel. Meanwhile, Aquino wants DAP to be institutionalized in the 2015 election budget.
In more ways than one, the impeachment of the President is an attack on a key element in the country’s system of patronage politics – the pork barrel system that puts billions of lump sum funds in the hands of politicians. By pushing for Aquino’s impeachment, I contribute to the effort to change a hopelessly corrupt system fueled by the pork barrel and lorded over by political dynasties, oligarchs and vested foreign interests. The impeachment represents a big blow to the Establishment that we all know is rotten to the core.
Ah, but surely this favors Jejomar Binay, an equally traditional, pork barrel-hungry politician?
Possibly. But even if it does, what of it? The decision on who succeeds Aquino was made by the voters in 2010. It is a reality we have to face. But Binay will face his own dose of reality – a vigilant public demanding an end to the pork barrel system exemplified by DAP and PDAF. An empowered citizenry demanding more from a government that is supposed to adhere to the Constitution and deserve the people’s trust.
I am for impeachment because I am for accountability. I am for impeachment because I want genuine change. Removing the Pork Barrel King is a first step.#