We are all familiar with the political statement, “It’s the economy, stupid!”
I guess we’ve just been exposed to the Filipino version, “It’s stupid, stupid!”
Thanks to Senators Risa Hontiveros and Manny Pacquiao, and retired TV host Kris Aquino.
She just warned that President Duterte’s recent directive to the Armed Forces (AFP) to join the government’s war against illegal drugs is dangerously blurring the roles of the military and the police.
She said the government’s plan to include the military will just add to the “already chaotic situation” and will roll back the important gains in security sector reforms in the AFP.
Does the senator even realize that both the military and the police have the same mandate to maintain peace and order? It’s like Miss Universe and the first runner-up: if, for whatever reason, Miss Universe is unable to perform her duties, the first runner-up will become Miss Universe.
If, because of corruption, the police is not able to do its duty to carry out Duterte’s war on drugs, then what is wrong with tapping the military for this purpose? Remember that the Armed Forces of the Philippines is headed by a CIVILIAN commander-in-chief! That would be Duterte, and he has the military at his disposal when needed.
It’s akin to American governors calling upon the National Guard (which is technically part of the military) to help maintain peace and order when local enforcement officials like the police fall short of their mandate or need backup.
He wants to hold his next fight in the Philippines, but is asking that the government (specifically the Department of Tourism) spend P3 Billion (which he later reduced to P2.5 Billion) to stage the boxing match with whomever.
First of all, even the slightest prospect of a rematch with Floyd Mayweather is not at all that exciting as that hyped Las Vegas match in 2015. I’m not sure Filipinos would want to see their countryman lose to a foreigner in their own native land.
Secondly, why must taxpayers fund a boxing match which will bring no benefit to them? On the contrary, Pacquiao will still pocket the prize money regardless of the fight being funded by the Filipinos.
It would be hypocritical of the Philippine government to spend billions of pesos on a boxing match when it did not allow a single centavo of taxpayer money spent on the country’s hosting of the Miss Universe Pageant last month.
And here comes the ‘resurrected’ Kris Aquino.
President Duterte revealed that the once-upon-a-time presidential sister and ‘queen of all media’ had sent him a text message asking him not to go after her brother, former President Noynoy Aquino, over the botched Mamasapano mission that led to the deaths of 44 police commandos more than two years ago.
What does Kris think of the law? Violators can just be pardoned with a text message from a retired celebrity? What a stupid idea.
There are influencers and there are non-influencers in government and politics. Kris Aquino is more of the latter.