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Opinion

We are not having a revolution at this time

SHOOTING STRAIGHT - Bobit S. Avila - The Philippine Star

Last Saturday, a group that met in a gathering in Clark Freeport consisting of some 300 people, in a group called the People’s National Coalition for Revolutionary Government and Charter Change (PNCRGCC), led by Duterte supporters Bobby Brillante and Arlene Buan, called for a Revolutionary Government asking for Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to lead this group so they could throw away the 1987 Constitution and come up with a Federal form of government.

The group urged Filipinos to “join us in the establishment of a revolutionary government for a period not exceeding June 30, 2022 and the adoption of a new Constitution.” Charter change to a Federal Philippines has been on my menu for 30 years already. So I should take this golden opportunity and join this organization? But a big fat “No” to this group simply because this is not the proper way to change our constitution.

I just wrote last week that during my TV interview with Erik Espina of Ang Republika on MyTV, we both came into the same conclusion that without any doubt, the best Constitution that the Philippines ever had was the 1935 Constitution because it was properly created and rightfully ratified. The 1973 or Marcos Constitution was a parliamentary one, but still I personally witnessed how improper it was ratified in Camp Sergio Osmeña in Cebu City when an officer asked if we wanted lunch and we all raised our hands and the photographers took our photo which the Freeman printed the next day. Also Pres. Marcos was President while Cesar Virata had no power!

The 1987 Constitution was improperly created by 49 known pro-Cory people, and their slogans to the public was “Yes to Cory” or “No to a Constitution.” Remember there were only two political groups in existence, the pro-Marcos groups and the Pro-Cory groups, in short then President Cory was head of the Freedom Constitution when she created the 1987 Constitution, which was improperly ratified. However I strongly believe that it is time for charter changes ASAP!

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Last night, I had a Zoom interview with Atty. Glenn Chong, who originally taught me how the collusion of Smartmatic and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) cheated in the 2010 elections and in our electronic elections afterwards. This electronic cheating has made so many people rich thanks to this still unresolved corruption. Surely you remember former Comelec Chairman Andy Bautista who was accused by his own wife Patricia of corruption, which surely came from the Comelec/Smartmatic deal.

Because of Atty. Chong’s national exposure, which was complete with facts and figures… certain people who made money thanks to this electronic cheating tried to stop him by first killing his personal aide and bodyguard, Mr. Richard Santillan, whom I met when I first interviewed Atty. Chong in Cebu. Since his killing on Dec.10, 2018 it was later revealed that Red Santillan was tortured before he was murdered by Cainta policemen.

On 31 December 2018, Malacañang Palace released its official statement describing the incident which killed Red as “brutal and brazen” and called for a thorough investigation until the “killers, including the mastermind, are put behind bars.”

On 4 February 2019, the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, per Senate Resolution No. 1008, jointly authored by Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and Committee Chair Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, conducted a hearing/investigation into the “Brutal Killing of Richard Santillan. On 1 October 2019, or two weeks after the case was filed in court, all the 20 accused police officers had already abandoned their respective assignments as police officers and went into AWOL status as declared by P/BGen Carranza in his letter to Atty. Chong that President Duterte did not believe the police version of the incident because the word “mastermind” is an anathema to the legitimate use of police authority.

On 22 November, and 4 and 6 December 2019, the Rizal Provincial Police Office filed with the court the Return of the Warrant of Arrest invariably showing that all the accused police officers could no longer be located at their given home addresses. The service of the Warrant of Arrest failed because all the accused police officers had already absconded from the law.

Just last week, Atty. Chong filed several cases against PNP Chief Archie Gamboa for not responding to his official letters and since he did not respond to his letters, Atty. Chong filed an Obstruction to Justice vs. the PNP Chief for each time he failed to respond to his letters. So we shall be hearing more of this in order to find out if our policemen secure our citizens or not?

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