I am not a politician but I do believe that politicians are a basic foundation of democratic institutions. Without the politicians, government tends to become autocratic. In an autocratic form of government, the citizens are mere subjects, not the “bosses” that President Aquino has publicly dubbed them. In a democratic government like we have today, the citizens regardless of status are guaranteed by the Constitution equal treatment before the law. However, too much politics undermines good governance, such that political dynasties rise, thus destroying democratic principles.
In the book “People of the Lie,” noted psychiatrist and author Dr. Scott Peck mentioned some characteristics of evil people:
Sen. Antonio F. Trillanes IV and Sen. Nancy Binay both passed the halls of the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), in a manner of speaking.
Methinks we can all agree that it was no less than the legislative department’s constitutional mandate over the budget—otherwise called the “power of the purse”—that was very clearly violated and usurped by the executive department through the much ballyhooed Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP). “But senators fail to ask hard questions at hearing,” (Front Page, 7/25/14) […]
This is in reaction to the news report titled “3 Dasma guards who stopped Binay convoy held, freed” (Front Page, 12/19/13).