A dangerous precedent
"Without individual rights, there would be anarchy."
Headline news: “Pros outweigh cons in narcos.” The Palace says the Department of the Interior and Local Government will make public the list of narco-politicians next week. Santa Banana, the logic of the President’s decision as enunciated by Spokesman Salvador Panelo, shatters everything I learned in school. The Palace says the public’s right to information outweighs all individual rights. But does President Duterte not know that without individual rights which are God-given, there would be anarchy? In the first place, the list of so-called narco-politicians is just a list, not something that has been validated and which could stand in court. Now if the names have been validated and investigated, then the DILG should file the cases in court. That is the obligation of the state. It was reckless on the part of Mr. Duterte to even consider making the list public. It tramples on individual rights. Have we come to this, when the rights of individuals are trampled upon? * * * In my column yesterday, I wrote that when the name of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos is mentioned, people almost always think of martial law and the atrocities associated with it. The good that Marcos did, like issuing numerous laws that have been lauded by succeeding administrations, has been completely forgotten. Some of these laws established: are (1) the Judiciary Development Fund, the basis of the financial benefits of the judiciary; (2) the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation; (3) the Export Processing Authority to attract foreign investments; (4) the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board that guards the young from violence and sexuality; (5) the Philippine Coconut Authority to develop and enhance production and exports; (6) the Philippine Tourism Authority as one of the engines to source revenues; (7) laws on socialized housing through a series of issuances on funding, lending, mortgaging and collection. All the specialty hospitals like the Philippine Heart Center, Kidney Center, Philippine Children’s Center; (9) Establishment of Petron; (10) Establishment of the first nuclear power plant in Southeast Asia; (11) establishment of geothermal plants as a source of energy; (12) exploration and drilling of Malampaya oil and gas. (13)The importance of arts in the life of the nation; (14) construction of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Philippine International Convention Center. These are but a few of the significant undertakings of Marcos. Some sinister minds would like to expunge these.