So, Senators Hontiveros and Pangilinan have questioned the legality of the military takeover of the Bureau of Customs as per order of President Duterte.
In other words, the opposition senators said President Duterte’s order is illegal and calling it “backdoor dictatorship”.
President Duterte’s military takeover order came out of frustration amidst the brouhaha brought about billion peso shabu shipment that slipped by the nose of the Bureau of Customs cost BOC Chief Lapena his job.
Duterte argued that “corruption in the agency is so systemic, anything less than such a draconian revamp will not stand a chance a cleaning it up.”
When RJ Nieto aka Thinking Pinoy learned of the common stance of the opposition senators, he wasted no time in spoiling the day of Hontiveros and Pangilinan granted their assertion are correct by asking them two important questions that should convince him that their alternative solution is far superior that what President Duterte have in the can.
However, even before Senators Hontiveros and Pangilinan could come up with a intelligent response to the conundrum, Thinking Pinoy said he doubts their alternative solution can be implemented in a short time frame.
Please read Thinking Pinoy’s post below.
ON THE “MILITARY TAKEOVER” OF THE BUREAU OF CUSTOMS
President Rody Duterte recently announced he’s putting all Bureau of Customs PH officials on floating status as he replaces them with people from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, arguing that corruption in the agency is so systemic, anything less than such a draconian revamp will not stand a chance a cleaning it up.
As expected, the political opposition led by Senator Risa Hontiveros and Kiko Pangilinan questioned the legality of such a move, with the former arguing that Duterte’s latest move is a “backdoor dictatorship”.
Assuming for the sake of argument that Hontiveros and Pangilinan’s above mentioned assertions are even in the least bit true, let me ask the following the questions:
FIRST, WITH THE MILITARY TAKEOVER OPTION OFF THE TABLE, WHAT ALTERNATIVE DOES THE OPPOSITION PROPOSE TO RID BOC OF CORRUPTION?
Both senators suggested sticking with civilian rule, without providing details on what reforms shall be implemented, reforms that will match or exceed the prospective effectiveness of the military option, rendering the latter unnecessary.
By simply sticking to “civilian rule” in BoC without providing details on reforms is what Albert Einstein would call insanity, which he defined as doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
But then again, let’s assume for the sake of argument that both senators have something in mind, and that leads us to the next question.
SECOND, ASSUMING THAT THE TWO SENATORS HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE PROPOSAL, CAN IT BE IMPLEMENTED IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS?
The Office of the Presidential Spokesperson categorically said the President believes there are honest Customs officials. However, the President simply doesn’t have the time to strain the agency’s manpower… and I am heavily inclined to agree with him.
With that said, can such a proposal from the opposition, assuming it exists, be implemented in a short time frame? I highly doubt it.
HYPOCRISY AND MISPLACED IDEALISM
The problem with the opposition is not only its hypocrisy, but its misplaced idealism. Surely, the Customs Bureau can be cleaned up in time, but are we, as a Nation, willing and able to wait that long for something that is far less certain than the current administration’s action plan?
I think not.
And this is why the Liberal Party, of which the two senators pretty much belong, is just a shadow of what it once was: they espouse such lofty ideals without taking into account the realities of governance.
Yes, Risa and Kiko can yap about it in aeternum, but they must not expect a sizeable sympathetic audience.
That is, unless they’re both insane.