EDSA 1 and the EO 464 Cult

Buencamino writes political commentary for Action for Economic Reforms.  This article was published in Business Mirror, February 22, 2006 edition, p. A10.

Ignacio Bunye, spokesman of the E.O. 464 cult, tells us why they believe EDSA 1 is a blasphemy on the high priestess of EO 464.

He said, “The government adheres to a policy of transparency and constructive relationship with the Senate but will not stand for slander proceedings under the guise of legislative inquiries. The executive department was forced to implement this EO 464 as a shield against political persecution, grandstanding and character assassination. We leave EO 464 to the proper judgment of the Supreme Court, to which we will adhere unconditionally.”  Let’s break that down sentence by sentence.

“The government adheres to a policy of transparency and constructive relationship with the Senate but will not stand for slander proceedings under the guise of legislative inquiries.”

That policy of transparency holds true for as long as the inquiries do not involve fictitious accounts, jueteng payolas, smuggling, dubious contracts, foreign consultants, the 2004 election, phone taps, fertilizer scams, and whatever else is waiting to be uncovered.

The Cult believes facts are a slander on fiction and a threat to their religion so they shielded it and themselves against fact-finding probes.

“The executive department was forced to implement this EO 464 as a shield against political persecution, grandstanding and character assassination.”

The proximate cause of EO 464 was the Venable contract.  Because the inquiry over an arguably treasonous contract caused the blood pressure of their security adviser to rise, the Cult decided that any inquiries that can cause high blood pressure for anybody even remotely connected to their high priestess would henceforth be blocked.

The high priestess proclaimed that the Senate had no business asking her security adviser where he got the authority and the funds to enter into a contract with a foreign lobby group that was supposed to raise private and US government money to manipulate charter change in the Philippines.

She issued a fatwah against the Senate because they called  her security adviser a pimp for selling the national interest, even though the Senate, as much as it would have wanted to, and if only for the sake of a constructive relationship with her cult, could not call her security adviser a patriot without turning themselves into her whores.

“We leave EO 464 to the proper judgment of the Supreme Court, to which we will adhere unconditionally.”

And this is where we have to ask some questions about the cozy relationship between the Court and the Cult.

How long has it been since the Senate asked the Supreme Court to rule on EO 464? Is the question not worthy of immediate consideration? Doesn’t the Court believe that time matters when the essence of democracy is at stake?

EO 464 is legal unless the Court decides to declare it illegal. Failing to act is a form of action. In that sense, the Court has been allowing Mrs. Arroyo to unilaterally undermine and destroy the very foundation of our democracy. Do the Court and the Cult worship at the same altar?

Bunye says there will be no noisy celebrations to commemorate EDSA 1, “President Arroyo has chosen to commemorate this special occasion quietly, without fanfare, by going to the people, looking after their needs and hearing their views.”

Suffice it to say that the EO 464 cult is afraid that fanfare might reawaken the spirit that, once upon a time, made all of us proud—the spirit of People Power.

That noble spirit, once reawakened, will destroy the Cult and, to quote Thomas Jefferson, “we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles.”

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