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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Former FPJ Leader, Vice Gov Lacbain Joins Calls For Rule Of Law

Subic, Zambales. Zambales Vice Governor Ramon G. Lacbain II who run under the opposition Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino (LDP) and gave Fernando Poe Jr. and Loren Legarda more than 70,000 lead each over President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Vice President Noli de Castro during the last elections has joined the calls for the rule of law.

“I symphatize with Ms. Susan Roces and the other opposition leaders for what they feel after hearing the wiretapped conversations between the president and a COMELEC official but I believe it is best for this nation’s interest as well as the Filipino people’s that we follow the rule of law.

If indeed violations of existing laws have been committed during the last elections as can be suspected from the wiretapped conversations, then let both Houses of Congress of the Philippines do their duties as provided for by law and go through the legal process to determine all violations and to impose appropriate penalties.”

Lacbain, who is also the executive vice president of the League of Vice Governors’ of the Philippines (LVGP) has had his sad experiences for the past two (2) people power revolutions.

When former president Ferdinand Marcos was removed by EDSA revolution in 1986 Lacbain was also removed as president of the Kabataang Barangay of Zambales and as member of the provincial board representing the youth sector.

When former president Erap Estrada was removed by another people power in 2001, he was also removed as spokesman and media relations officer of former executive secretary Edgardo Angara.

“What have we gained for the past people power revolutions? We were able to change leaders and the government system but as far as the attitudes of the people are concerned, we have remained the same.

Poverty has remained our greatest problem as a nation. Although we were able to show to the whole world that we can change leaders through bloodless revolutions but still we remained underdeveloped. We have now institutionalized people power as the shortest and easiest way of removing the president and then all the other leaders in government.

We have existing laws that must govern our way of life. After all so much of government’s money from taxes paid by the people have been spent to make these laws. Why don’t we follow and respect these laws? Let the rule of law prevail and make those who violated them answer for them”, quipped Lacbain who was given a zero budget for the vice governor’s office for this year by Zambales governor Vic Magsaysay.


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