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Don’t make a political martyr out of Leni!

For our special presentation on Straight from the Sky, we bring you a discussion on the life and times of a holy Cebuano, the late Archbishop Teofilo “Lolong” Camomot, who died on Sept.27, 1988, but people who loved him and witnessed his holy works have come out to work for his canonization. I too sought for his intercession before my kidney transplant operation when I went to his grave in Valladolid, Carcar, although I wasn’t asking for a miracle, but rather a successful operation, which I was granted by my prayers to Msgr. Camomot.

The other Saturday, I drove again to Valladolid to pray once more in Msgr. Camomot’s grave and thank him for the blessings we have received and we hope and pray that he will become the first Filipino clergy to be elevated into the Order of Saints in the Catholic Church. So watch Fr. Mar Balili tonight on SkyCable’s channel 53 at 8 p.m. with replays on Wednesday and Saturday same time and channel. We also have replays on MyTV’s channel 30 at 9 p.m. Monday and at 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

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‘Impeachment’ seems to be last week’s favorite word when Rep. Gary Alejano of the Magdalo Partylist filed impeachment charges against Pres. Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte. Wow! When will the destabilization against Pres. Duterte stop? When we read that the Magdalo Partylist group filed this impeachment complaint, it reminded me of the Magdalo Mutiny at the Oakwood and Peninsula hotels in the year 2003. Now that they have become a “legitimate” member of Congress through the Partylist system they are still doing the only things that they know; trying to destabilize our legitimate government but this time through the process of impeachment.

Of course Rep. Alejano has to live with the reality of the times, that first, he is a member of the minority in the House of Representatives and this includes the members of the Liberal Party. Whether we like it or not, this case is an exercise in futility, unless the members of the LP suddenly wake up and once more band together to once more become a majority party. But unfortunately, Philippine politics doesn’t work that way. Since the EDSA Revolt 31 years ago, we have seen political parties become the ruling parties and when their leader is out of power, their group dwindles into oblivion.

Then last Saturday, House Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez made the headlines of the national dailies when he announced that he is thinking of filing an impeachment case against Vice President Leni Robredo for her video message to the United Nations criticizing the Philippine government and the president, literally destroying the international image of the Philippines, which is an internal affair and has nothing to do with the UN.

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I’m sure that if Speaker Alvarez would seriously consider this move, he can easily impeach the vice president because he has the numbers in Congress and yes impeachment is a political decision. But does it help the nation if we remove the vice president by impeaching her? No sir! This move would only make her into another political martyr, and it would be looked at as revenge by the Duterte administration for the impeachment complaint filed by Rep. Alejano.

Why don’t you check the social media networks and you will see that VP Robredo has been bashed by the numerous supporters of Pres. Duterte. No Filipino, much less the vice president, should go to the UN to bash the Philippine government. In short, in bashing her own country, VP Robredo didn’t have the support of many Filipinos.

I read the Facebook post of my good friend, Mike Acebedo Lopez, who was once a youth delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, who chastised the vice president for “misrepresenting” millions of Filipinos when she addressed the 60th annual meeting of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs via a video message that highlights alleged rights abuses in President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called war on drugs. Mike Lopez made this appeal saying, “I am making this urgent appeal on behalf of each and every Filipino grossly misrepresented by our Vice President in the said video message, in reporting to the world what she failed to report to Philippine authorities.” Keep it up, Mike, and more power to you!

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For email responses to this article, write to vsbobita@moscom.com or vsbobita@gmail.com. His columns can be accessed through www.philstar.com.

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