Before getting into the topic of this post, let me make a few points clearly, so that it is easily understood. I am not a citizen of the Philippines, and as such, I do not participate in politics here. The content of this post is not meant to promote any political views of mine, it is only to try to explain the process of things that appear to be happening in the political system here.
One thing that is always being discussed here is Impeachment. It seems like somebody is always advocating the Impeachment of the President of the Philippines. No matter who the President is, somebody wants him/her Impeached. There is a catch, though. Under the Philippine Constitution, a case of Impeachment may only be filed against the President once per year. In other words, if an Impeachment case was filed on August 15, 2005, no additional Impeachment cases may be filed until August 16, 2006. No matter what the President does, no case can be filed during that year.
What happens a lot, based on the news reports that I hear and see on TV is that somebody who is Pro-Administration will file an Impeachment case in the House of Representatives of the Philippines on the first day that such a case may be filed. Sounds strange? I mean, a supporter of the President files an Impeachment case against her! And, it is done just as soon as possible, after the proceeding Impeachment case has passed the 1 year mark. Why? Well, it is actually obvious, if you think about it. The Impeachment case that is filed by an ally of the President usually has very little merit. The chances that the case could prosper are virtually zero. But, after that case has been filed, no other such cases can be filed for another year! In other words, according to opposition leaders, the Administration is avoiding a tough Impeachment case by getting a weak case in first, thus blocking the stronger case from being filed!
If this is truly the way things are happening, and from appearances it would seem so, this points out a flaw in the Philippine Constitution, doesn’t it? In many ways, I can understand why endless Impeachment cases should be blocked. I mean, how could a President get anything done if he/she was defending case after case of Impeachment. Yet, under the current system, the method that is apparently being used now blocks the intent of the law, don’t you think?
What do you think about the system as it is now?