I am the younger brother of deceased Luis Vallejos, an NSDB National Youth Scientist, probably he was your classmate in high school and you knew each other in college. I am an ex-Jesuit Junior scholastic. Archbishop Tony Ledesma knows me well.
You are eminently qualified to be constitutional amendments that:. And I will commit to campaign for you if you will commit publicly, in multi-media, that when you become President you will marshall everything to put into the administration’ s agenda for
1)The extra-appointing powers of the President shall be abolished;
2)Said extra-appointing powers shall be replaced with constituent election, specifically:
(a) The chairmen and commissioners of COA, COMELEC, CSC and other shall be elected by their constituents [COA by all CPAs, COMELEC by all elections officers and CSC by all CSC officers]
(b)Judges, justices, fiscals shall be elected by all lawyers;
(c)Military officers previously appointed by the President be elected by all servicemen;
(d)The Ombudsman be elected by all lawyers;
(e) The AFP and the DepEd be converted into constitutional commissions
(f) All DepEd officials from Superintendent upwards be elected by all civil service eleigible teachers
and such other amendments that directly counter corruption.
Unless you do this, no matter how well-meaning and committed you are, your administration and all administrations after you will certainly be very corrupt.
Dear Atty. Dioscoro Vallejos, Jr.:
Like you, many of us are eager to realize our dream of clean politics and a government that truly works for the benefit of the whole. I do know that all the dreams of a political revolution will go down the drain if political reformers neglect to establish a new arrangement in addition to the current practice of achieving a balance of power by separating the functions of government into the executive, legislative, and judiciary. As I can glean from your email, you are also repelled by the massive overlap between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. The traditional balance of power no longer works in the Philippines because of patronage. The current administration has used our very Constitution, through appointing powers (among others), destroyed the traditional balance of power and using the executive, legislative, and judiciary for its advantage.
I am for establishing a broader, more potent, and more comprehensive approach to balancing power. And this I will commit publicly that when I become President, I will install a new concept of governance involving the state, civil society, and business, that would almost be impossible for totalitarian pseudo-democracies to co-opt. This includes going beyond the traditional checks and balance of power as originally envisioned in creating the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of government. Governance is not just about government and the traditional balance of power found by differentiating government into the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. It is about the involvement of civil society and business IN AN APPROPRIATE AND MEANINGFUL WAY.
Your proposal below IS MOVING IN A SIMILAR DIRECTION EVEN IF IT ONLY CONCERNS ITSELF WITH THE APPOINTIVE ASPECTS OF THIS NEW FORM OF GOVERNANCE THAT WE WILL BE ADVANCING. YOU WANT THE POWERS OF appointment given to civil society itself or to the very people under the specific branch, commission or department of government. THIS MAKES SENSE PROVIDED CERTAIN OTHER PROVISIONS ARE IN PLACE TO PREVENT INBREEDING AND ULTIMATELY ADVANCING ANOTHER KIND OF UNDESIRABLE CONTROL.
THE SPIRIT OF your constitution amendments below, GIVEN THE APPROPRIATE REFINEMENTS, shall be a potent force to ensure that the executive branch of government does not usurp or have control over all the other separate branches of government. I assure you that I will include A REFINED VERSION OF your proposal below, as a potent means to ensure and maintain a balance of power, in line with my vision to bring the elements in society which wield power, authority and influence, to collectively arrive at decisions about the future of society.