How did President Marcos rule by decree?

As a follower of Philippine history, politics and culture I am interested in recent affairs and how these things take place and take shape. I was puzzled on how former President Ferdinand E. Marcos was able to rule by decree.

I got my answer tonight while I was watching Crossroads, a national talk show on the ABS-CBN News Channel on SkyCable. The topic was about “Options to Resolve the Current Political Storm.” One of the guests was Governor Douglas Cagas of Davao del Sur and a former member of parliament of the old Batasang Pambansa. The Batasan was the unicameral parliament created by the 1973 Constitution.

Governor Cagas said that during times that the Batasan did not follow President Marcos’ will the President can invoke Amendment Number 6.

Amendment Number 6 of the 1973 Constitution:

Whenever in the judgment of the President (Prime Minister), there exists a grave emergency or a threat or imminence thereof, or whenever the interim Batasang Pambansa or the regular National Assembly fails or is unable to act adequately on any matter for any reason that in his judgment requires immediate action, he may, in order to meet the exigency, issue the necessary decrees, orders, or letters of instructions, which shall form part of the law of the land. (Source: Chan Robles Law Library)

President Marcos was very cunning.

Rihanna’s “Umbrella” played in various instruments

Source: WikipediaAngklung (Bamboo instrument)

Piano

Violin

Rihanna’s “Umbrella” played in various instruments

I vow to The, my Country

I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there’s another country, I’ve heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

Pot calling the kettle black


Inquirer.net: De Venecia calls for Arroyo resignation

(Excerpt) Pangasinan Representative Jose De Venecia has called on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to resign, saying it is “hopeless” for her to lead a moral revolution. Full story.

Rep. Jose de Venecia is the greatest hypocrite! He’s not so clean himself. Shame on you JDV!

People Power IV? No, thank you!

GET REAL: People Power IV? No, thank you!
By Solita Collas-Monsod – Philippine Daily Inquirer

(Excerpt) “When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the process is reduced to a quest for power.” Novelist Michael Crichton used this quote in one of his books, borrowing it from author Alston Chase. Unfortunately, this appears to be happening in the Philippines today.

The most important argument against a People Power IV is that it can happen only with another military intervention because Ms Arroyo is not likely to go meekly, and it will result not in more freedom and a stronger democracy but in less freedom and a weaker democracy. Did we fight and win against Charter change with its prospect of parliamentary authoritarianism only to end up with military authoritarianism?

No, thank you.

Read the rest here.

Professor Collas-Monsod could not have verbalized my thoughts better on this issue.

Pepsi Deluxe

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I visited a local 7-11 convenience store to buy something to drink. I was looking a the chilled drinks section and saw the items above. These are new Pepsi variants under the Deluxe brand. Apparently Deluxe is marketed as a premium zero calorie cola. It currently comes in two flavors, Strawberry and Creme and Crème Caramel. Its contained in a 250ml can, smaller than regular 330ml soda cans. 7-11 sell the cola for PHP 20.00 each or roughly USD 0.50

There is nothing deluxe about Deluxe. It is still cola but you’ll get a hint of strawberry creme and caramel creme with every sip. If you’re looking for a strawberry or caramel hit, I suggest to either eat real strawberries and caramel with cream. For me, I’ll just stick to Pepsi Max or Coke Zero.

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Borrowing the original words of Former US President Bill Clinton,

There is nothing wrong with the Philippines that cannot be cured by what is right with the Philippines.

Therefore there is always hope in the country no matter how hard Pinoy cynics put the Philippines down.

Mr. Clinton originally said, “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”  It was part of his first inaugural address on 20 January 2003. See the full speech here.

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ABS-CBN News: Conservatives Now Control CBCP; Bishops Won’t Join Resign-GMA Calls

(Excerpt) Those hoping for a collective voice from the Catholic bishops regarding renewed calls for President Arroyo’s resignation are in for a big disappointment. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is unlikely to push the envelope further.

I am glad that the CBCP is wise enough to recognize that removing PGMA or calling for her resignation is not the best way to solve corruption in the Philippines. 

If we kick out PGMA and the current government WILL NEVER solve the social, economic and political cancer of the Philippines.  We may yet again end up with a far worse leader.

ABS-CBN News: Arroyo orders release of P750 M for unified ID card system

(Excerpt) President Arroyo has ordered the release of P750 million to the National Statistics Office (NSO) for the implementation of the Unified Multi-purpose Identification System (UMIDS).

Finally a universal ID system for the Philippines.  This will help make government services faster as one ID will be enough.  This is not an anti-privacy measure.

Yahoo! Answers

Since two weeks ago, I have rediscovered Yahoo! Answers. Answers is a collaborative and community driven site for questions and answers. Users ask and answers each others’ questions.

This is my new addiction. Since being active two weeks ago I have now reached level three. I answer all types of questions. Most of the questions’ answers can be found with a simple Google search. Whatever the findings are in my quick research I post it as an answer with the URL of the website for verification. Some questions just require my opinion which I am glad to share.

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On the week ending Sunday, 17th of February 2008, I was ranked 392 globally in terms of number of points earned that week.

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In the United States ranking last week, I was ranked 203 in terms of number of points earned that week.

I was surprised to find my rank in the USA rank rather than in the Philippines where I would have been 2nd for last week.

Below is my public profile. The screen shot was taken at around 9 PM yesterday. Here’s the link to my profile where the points are updated in real time.

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My goal this week is to reach level four.

Yahoo! Answers has been keeping me busy

Source: WikipediaYahoo! Answers has been keeping me busy lately. Answers is a community driven question and answer service. Members answer each other’s questions.

This week along I’ve earned 1325 points and counting. So far, I have answered 264 questions and 57 of those was chosen as the best. I’ve reached level 3 status just last week.

Check out my Yahoo! Answers profile here.