The executive branch suffered another blow with the Supreme Court’s decision against the administration’s Calibrated Preemptive Response (CPR). However, CPR has served its purpose. It has emboldened the police, leading them to make unlawful arrests, and in using their shields and night sticks to push and hit back at citizens who wanted to march to Mendiola, nearer to Malacanang’s door. Now that the days of CPR are over, what other responses are there?
DTR — Daylight Time Response to stave off an energy crisis; this is easier than lifting EVAT on electricity, if not fuel, to give immediate relief to the people. Credit ratings agencies do not bother with time unless it means an extraordinary delay in meeting debt payments.
ISP –Â Immediate Shift to Parliament; this responseÂ envisions a Frst World Philippines as soon as we go parliament.
SIP — Stop Interim Parliament!; this response is the battlecry of Filipinos against Charter change.
CPK — Calibrated Pork Kasi!; LGUs and re-electionist congressmen and senators know where the pork is; the more visible you are in expressing supportÂ to (or at the very least, witholding criticisms against) the administration, the faster and fatter your pork shall be!
Â ASK — Ang Senado Kasi. This is the mantra of pro-Cha-cha advocates. The Senate is out to destabilize the country; watch out for these 23 senators. They may be armed and dangerous.
DPA — Death Penalty Abolition. The Church is enthralled, the Supreme Court Chief Justice is supportive. It has taken all of this time for such a decision to be made. Still, this response is a welcome development, especially for those who fear injections — the lethal kind, of course.
FGLG — the “Feeling Guwapo, Looking Gago” syndrome; response of many politicians who let their pr staff issue all kinds of reflex statements on their behalf to make them “feel guwapo”, only to end up “looking gago” once all sides to an issue emerge.
We live in exciting times, indeed. Can you think of other responses that will follow the path ofÂ the unlamented CPR?