This is the infamous video of the meeting where Mar Roxas tells Alfred Romualdez: “You have to understand you are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino so <cut video> …so we just want to legalize if not legalized well ok, you are in charge we help you and that’s it, pero bahala na kayo sa buhay niyo.”
Here’s the longer version of the entire meeting:
Please try to learn more about the Parliamentary System. It is because of our lousy Presidential System that the Philippines continually ends up in such a mess with incompetent leaders and clueless functionaries spoiling everything up, leading to the deaths of many innocent people. Remember the Bus Hostage Massacre of August 23, 2010? This Typhoon Disaster fiasco of the National Government is the exact same thing: The National Government refused to get involved early on when doing so clearly would have saved lives.
If we had a parliamentary system, the quality of leadership would be much better, and in case the leader fouls up, then the leader can be easily replaced.
By the way, don’t buy that crap that “the Philippines should not go parliamentary because Thailand is parliamentary and look at Thailand’s instability.” It’s downright wrong because Thailand clearly outperforms the Philippines economically and the quality of their leadership and governance is still superior to what we have in the Philippines despite whatever “instability” they have. On that alone, Thailand’s overall system (including their system of government) is better than the Philippines’ and besides, Thailand’s “parliamentary system” is not yet a full parliamentary system the way that the UK, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, etc are. Thailand still has pretty much a semi-absolute monarch who still controls the military and this influence and power (versus giving full power to the parliament as in the case of the modern Westminster parliamentary systems) is why protesters generally appeal to the King to get the government removed or replaced — because the King has that influence.
(Read this article to learn about Thailand’s issues: The Royal Meddler)
Bottomline: The Philippines needs to overhaul its system — economic, administrative, and political. The Presidential System of the Philippines sucks and this is the reason we have lousy leadership. Learn about the Parliamentary System and find out how Constitutional Reform can make our country better so that we won’t have to deal with the kind of mess that Noynoy’s incompetent leadership has caused upon the Philippines.