“A public office is a public trust. Public officers…must at all times be accountable to the people, serve them with outmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty and efficiency, act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.” (Phil. Const., Art XI, Sec. 1)
“The President…may be removed from office, on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust,” (Ibid., Sec, 2)
“A vote of at least one-third of all the Members of the House shall be necessary either to affirm a favorable resolution of the Articles of Impeachment of the Committee, or override its favorable resolution. The vote of each Member shall be recorded.” (Ibid., Sec, 3, n.3)
Considering the above cited social, ethical and moral constitutional provisions, it is a blatant contradiction of their substantive content and a callous perversion of their inherent spirit for anybody to even think, dare say and even advocate that Impeachment is but a “Numbers Game.”
Thinking that the validity of an Impeachment Complaint depends on a numerical count of those who vote on the veracity or falsity of the said content and spirit, merely on the ground of political alliances, simply in view of beneficial considerations is the avid shaping of perversion and the downright making of perverts.
Based on the above erratic thoughts process and errant actuation pattern, what is objectively right or wrong and what is inherently virtuous or vicious simply depend on how many say so!
This distorted value system of many national and local public officials is precisely what makes the Philippines now a pathetic Country and what makes the Filipinos today a pitiful people. This tyranny of “Numbers Game” is by itself an intrinsically flawed socio-political principle whereby the majority and the minority are eventually the oppressor and oppressed, respectively.
Super is the gall and singular is the ignorance of anyone who thinks that what makes the “Sufficiency in Form” and the “Sufficiency in Substance” of an Impeachment Complain merely depends on how many say so—based partisan politics and not on what is commendable or condemnable, admirable or censurable.
With such a twisted argumentation and pursuant sick posture, it is no surprise that no community could have a claim on truth, no society would live by justice, no Country could live in peace.
Are the ideals of public trust and accountability, responsibility and integrity, patriotism and justice all based on how the majority think so?
Are the realities of treason and bribery, graft and corruption, high crimes and betrayal of public trust all defined by the material number of who vote “Yes” or “No”?
If this is the way Impeachment Complaints are resolved, then this Nation has the public officials they deserve!
November 26, 2008