My motherland, the #Philippines
is currently in an uproar. The President null and voided the amnesty granted by a former President, to a now sitting Senator (who rebelled against his country when he was still active in the Philippines Navy; and then rebelled again as a Senator).
This isn't allowed under the current 1987 "Cory" Constitution. However, the current government supposedly found proof that the mandatory requirements for an amnesty was not completely met, thus, the said amnesty granted to this sitting Senator is technically non-existent, invalid, no value, no effect, never been in effect -- null and void. So, technically, the sitting President did not reverse anything! He simply made the announcement official and binding!
But there was a media coverage and interview proving that this Senator did meet the mandatory requirements to receive an amnesty back in 2011.
Clearly, someone fed false information to the President; or someone was using the President and sadly, the President fell to this person's or group's words (or maybe a trap). Because if there's evidence that the requirements for the amnesty was met, no person, President or not, will declare it null and void.
This major drama is going to split not just the Filipino people but the 3 branches of government -- Executive, Legislative (Upper House and Lower House), Judiciary. These three are supposed to be equal, acting as checks and balances for each other. However, the Judiciary is now under the President's control (only recently); and the Legislative is majorly dominated by his allies.
Here's more. The President used an Executive Order. Thus, even if the Legislative and Judiciary branches want to investigate it, it will not be easy. These two branches have to deliberate for weeks, and agree or achieve majority with all members (for example all the members of the Supreme Court; and all the members of Senate and Lower House). While the EO, being an Executive Order, is immediately in effect. It won't be easy and it will take time to put a stop to it, if that is even possible to do -- because if I remember my Constitution correctly, only another EO can stop a previous EO.
In other words… this is very confusing. With social media in play, and all parties involved have their own social media machines running (which Facebook and YouTube isn't stopping, they love it!) the minds of everyone is being shaped very easily and the emotions of everyone is being stirred to hate each other.
There are so very few of us who are "neutral", Neutral in that, we wait for the facts, for the bigger picture, for answers, before sharing out personal (and won't be heard) verdict. In fact, the ironic thing here is, those in the Neutral side (yeah, "sides") are also being attacked by the pro-Administration and anti-Administration.
Imagine that. Back in the days before social media, the pro's and anti's will try to win the neutrals to their side. Today, they unintentionally unite to destroy those who have sense and logic. We've been called pro-Admin by the anti-Admin and vice versa simply because we haven't taken sides.
Oh well… I hope this doesn't blow up than it already is.
Correction made: the previous President who issued the Amnesty was not the one he is allied with today.
Update: the Judiciary branch has requested a block for this Senator from traveling abroad.
Legislative: still officially silent.