GMA’s Cha-Cha Bid: Reason In Madness
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness,” wrote Gernan philosopher Friedrick Nietzsche.
So there must be reason in the bid of Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the election of a Constitutional Convention to consider amendments to the 1987 Constitution.
Yes, it’s not a surprise that she has done so given her known ‘advocacy’ to revise the protectionist patrimony proviso of the fundamental law (or so her spinmeisters claim), side by side with the widely held suspicion that Arroyo wants to change our form of government so she can become Prime Minister in a parliamentary set up.
She must be mad, I said to myself, to file the bid as her first piece of legislation right after taking her oath of office before her adoring province mates.
But the reason behind the seeming madness has emerged.
GMA correctly reckoned that her detractors would file graft charges against her for alleged wrongdoings in her 9 years as President right after she loses immunity from suit.
Here are her alleged crimes as listed in the case filed by Bayan’s Teddy Casino and Neli Colminares:
Arroyo violated Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act of 1960, RA 6713 or the 1989 Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, RA 9184 or the Government Procurement Act of 2003, and provisions of the Revised Penal Code such as those pertaining to qualified bribery and obstruction of justice.
• Ordered or at the very least induced Neri and other public officials to approve the ZTE contract despite the circumstances of bribery and other irregularities affecting it.
• Received material benefits from the ZTE contract when she played golf at the ZTE headquarters and other material consideration.
• Was very partial to the ZTE as shown by the grant of privileges to it, the invitation of ZTE officials to attend a Cabinet meeting, among others.
• Neglected to investigate the irregularities involved in the ZTE contract and even pursued it so it may be consummated.
• Executed the ZTE contract despite knowledge that overpricing and irregularities attended it.
• Had interest for personal gain in the NBN contract since she caused its approval and awarding to ZTE despite the controversies.
Arroyo, the lawmakers said, was also liable for violations of the penal code:
• Article 211-A, for qualified bribery, when she refrained from arresting or prosecuting all those involved in corrupt acts in connection with the NBN project in exchange for some offer, promise or gift;
• Article 212, for corruption of public officials.
• Article 213, for entering into the ZTE contract to “defraud” the Philippine government.
• Article 216, for possession of prohibited interest by public officers, for allegedly entering into the contract despite her and her husband’s material interests therein.
the case should also be considered administrative in nature so she could be suspended as lawmaker and even have her retirement pay withheld.
Also don’t forget that an elected ConCon would be done by congressional district, giving hope for pro-GMA individuals to seek slots as delegates championing the Arroyo agenda.
Just you watch.
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