Correcting the injustice done against GMA

SHOOTING STRAIGHT By Bobit S. Avila

Call this an Easter gift of an answered prayer for our dear friend, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) who just got the news that the Supreme Court voting 11-4 affirmed its earlier decision junking the former President’s Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) plunder case that was filed against her allegedly for the misuse of P366 million in intelligence funds during the time of Pres. Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III for “insufficiency of evidence.” This SC decision speaks volumes of the grave injustice done against her during the Aquino regime!

We have always believed that PGMA was innocent of anything and that the evidence pinned against her was very weak and that she did not deserve to be incarcerated at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) for nearly four years, courtesy of then Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Leila de Lima. This is why when people talk about the plight of Sen. De Lima; the majority say that she has tasted “Karma.”

But that the Aquino regime (led by P-Noy, DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales) forced PGMA to remain incarcerated at the VMMC only proves the vindictiveness of P-Noy. Now that the SC has cleared PGMA, I dare demand from former President Aquino who was also a former student of PGMA to apologize for her nearly four-year incarceration.

Of course, we do not expect P-Noy to issue this apology simply because, he doesn’t know what an apology is. The fact is… he did not even apologize for the untimely deaths of eight Hong Kong tourists who were killed by a deranged police officer on Aug. 23, 2010, which caused a diplomatic row with China.

Hmmm perhaps Noy would be better off apologizing for the Hacienda Luisita massacre or the impeachment of the late SC Chief Justice Renato Corona or the deaths of the 44 SAF troopers in Mamasapano!

But I know that Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo doesn’t have a vindictive heart and for sure, she won’t file any charges against -P-Noy for the injustice done against her. I just wish that our justice system would come up with a way to correct an injustice when it stares us in the face. But then again, karma has its way of returning the favor when the Office of the Ombudsman was forced to make P-Noy respond on what was his role in the misuse of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)?

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At the 888 News Weekly Forum at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Nivel Hills, Cebu City last Tuesday, we had Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña and one question thrown to him was about the DOST Electric Road Train which was sent to Cebu City for testing and evaluation. As we learned in earlier reports, DOST wants this Road Train to cover areas where vehicle volume is low and there is no jeepney traffic.

I told the DOST Secretary in no terms that it was a mistake to send this Electric Road Train to Cebu City or other Local Government Units (LGU) simply because LGUs have no transportation experts nor do they have the mental capability to come up with a master plan as to where to place this Road Train, more so that the DOST wanted it to be used in low volume traffic areas.

Secondly, since there are only two sets sent to Cebu City, even if they find areas where to use it… the waiting time for passengers would be extremely long as it would take nearly forever for the Road Train to return to its first pickup point. In short, in sending the Road Train to Cebu City was a mistake. It should be sent to smaller cities where passenger volume is already low…where it won’t compete with the jeepneys.

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I was watching Star Patrol on TV the other night where ABS-CBN reporters were on hand to take a video of MMDA Enforcers who were towing illegally parked cars. Yet the car owners demanded to be notified first before their car can be towed. This only gives you an idea that many of our motorists do not understand that the driver’s license they carry is a privilege not a right. Hence their duty is to know our traffic laws.

I dare say that MMDA Chairman Thomas Orbos is doing the right thing to help ease traffic in Metro Manila by towing away illegally parked vehicles that cause traffic along the streets. But may I suggest to the MMDA Chairman that they should conduct an educational campaign in conjunction with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to emphasize to motorists that their driver’s license is only a privilege granted by the state and it is not a right. Nor do they have any right to park their cars illegally! If you ask me… there should be a law in the Metro Cities of the Philippines where car owners should have a proper garage before they are allowed to purchase a car.

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Email: vsbobita@moscom.com or vsbobita@gmail.com.

 

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