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The Power to Impeach vs. The Power to Oust

The people’s power to impeach the President or other impeachable high-ranking officials is like any consumable item in DOTA — it is LIMITED.

Under our 1987 Philippine Constitution, impeachment proceedings can only be initiated ONCE a year. Considering that Aquino’s Liberal Party and its allies still dominate the Congress, more likely, this complaint recently filed will NOT PROSPER. After it fails, the people will have to wait for next year to file again. Thus, this is a wrong, unprepared move, I believe. We must not forget our lessons in the past when we failed many times to impeach Arroyo.

BUT, we, the people must not forget that we have some UNLIMITED powers: the collective power to massively storm the Malacañang and have Aquino OUSTED and the collective power to overturn the social pyramid and CHANGE the  System — the former is merely for reform, the latter is for genuine change.

NEWS: Impeachment complaint laban kay PNoy, ikinasa na

http://n5e.interaksyon.com/top/D4857691BBCB4DF/1001/impeachment-complaint-laban-kay-pnoy-ikinasa-na

 

NOTE: Only the Members of the House of Representatives can initiate an impeachment. Nonetheless, the citizens can file an impeachment complaint but such must be endorsed by any Member of the House of Representatives (Sec. 3, Art. XI, Phil. Const.).

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Martial Law @ 40: It Can Happen Again Anytime

Yesterday was  the commemoration of the infamous 1972 Martial Law that left scars among the Filipinos. I was not able to write an essay about it because we were busy at school but few days prior to yesterday, I was interviewed by an intern of Manila Bulletin about it. She said that they are making an article on how the Filipino youth today perceive the 1972 Martial Law. Here’s mine:

IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN ANYTIME. “Marcos placed the whole nation under Martial Law as a result of the rise of activism among students, workers and other sectors, the growth of communism, and the infamous assassination of former Defense Minister and now Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. It should not just be viewed as an isolated case of absence of democracy but as a reflection of the unjust societal system that we have until now — the people of the ruling class uses the government, the State, and even the State’s military forces to protect and promote their interest and to preserve their top position in the social pyramid. This means Martial Law can actually happen any time when the people of the ruling class feel that the masses are at work in revolutionizing the society, that is, ang pagbaliktad ng tatsulok. At the same time, the 1972 Martial Law showed how Filipinos would sacrifice themselves for the liberation of the oppressed and of their nation.” — Kristian Jacob Abad Lora, 19, Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante

First published on Manila Bulletin, September 19 http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/374023/what-martial-law-means-today-s-youth
For our generation, the challenge is to continue protecting the freedom that was fought by our ancestors and continue the struggle towards full and genuine national democracy as the threat by the ruling classes remains until now.
NEVER AGAIN! NEVER AGAIN TO MARTIAL LAW!