Monday, November 17, 2008

Aguinaldo's Folly

aguinaldo is probably turning in his grave.

under his name, dubious government officials are getting away scott free for any accountability and penalties for administrative cases filed against them. the doctrine implies administrative cases against any government official can be dropped with no need to serve the penalties if they are re-elected into any government post. it carries the understanding that the people willingly voted scrupulous idiots back into their throne.

that makes us worse than idiots, nincompoops and morons. then again, a barangay vote in the philippines is just the equivalent of a starbucks coffee. brewed. plain.

given the fact that litigation for these cases are not necessarily under the normal judicial branch but carried out by the ombudsman, any investigation and subsequent appeals can drag a simple case through the full length of an official's term. ergo, any findings positive on the decision that the said official is deserving of an administrative case is automatically considered as moot. incidentally, my best friend asked a simple but very interesting question: what happens if the official is not re-elected? how can the person serve the suspension when they are not in any position to serve the punishment?

unless they convert it into a criminal case, the official leaves with nary a note or record of the misdeed.

but the biggest demonstration of stupidity came recently with the case of Rustica Asid of Buhisan whose 3 months suspension was dismissed as it lapsed the period in between her reelection as barangay captain. she was quoted to have said "I’m happy because this proves I wasn’t at fault".

suspension of her punishment because of a technicality is not the same as finding her not guilty of the charges made against her. i leave this piece with you to find the next thousand and one synonyms for the word stupid: anserine, dopy, dopey, foolish, goosey, goosy, gooselike, jerkyblockheaded, boneheaded, duncical, duncish, fatheaded, loggerheaded, thick, thickheaded, thick-skulled, wooden-headedcloddish, doltishdense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slowgaumless, gormlesslumpish, lumpen, unthinkingnitwitted, senseless, soft-witted, witlessweakyokel-like ad infinitum.

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