Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bracing for an All-Female Government in the Future

Here’s a weird extension to what Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III had in mind when he said that Philippines might be the first country in the world to have two female leaders. Yes, he is pertaining to Grace Poe as president and Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo as her VP. Currently, there are only six women out of 24 members in the Senate which is equivalent to 25% of the members in the Upper House. Having such gender imbalance in the Senate, one might think of voting all the women candidates for senators, regardless of their political party, affiliation, advocacies, ideological leaning or favourite television show. Anyway, except for the TV show, those I have mentioned are now of lesser importance in each election.

Women make up half or more of the population and yet they occupy only 1/5th of elective positions in the government. This imbalance seemingly resulted to the neglect of issues and concerns relating to women. It is now the right time to give the women full and complete responsibility of handling the nation’s political balls. With this, the gap is fixed. Our Constitution should now limit the right to be voted upon to women. The paternalistic and male-dominated governments flawed since election was introduced in the land in 1907. It was the year when the first fully national election for a fully elected legislative body was held both for the Philippine Assembly and the bicameral Philippine Legislature. That was during the American Colonial Period.

In the meantime, why not vote ALL the women contesting for the senatorial race this May? My All-Woman-Ticket is composed of Leila de Lima (#12), Nariman Ambolodto (#2), Risa Hontiveros (#19), Alma Moreno (#24), Princess Jacel Kiram (#23), Lorna Kapunan (#22), and Susan 'Toots' Ople (#25). Imagine what will happen if they join the ranks of the remaining incumbent senators Loren Legarda, Nancy Binay, Cynthia Villar and Pia Cayetano. I cannot image what will happen when women clash with each other in the male-dominated Halls of the Senate.

As I have proposed, let us give the women all the political seats and bestow them, including the women in each barangay, towns and provinces, a chance to lead by banning the males from filing his candidacy and be stripped off of their right to be involved in the electoral arena.  

Both men and women can be a ruthless punisher like Digong Duterte with all his cuss words. In Madagascar of old, there’s a queen named Ranavalona I (1828-1861), a lady punisher. She was a tyrant who hungered for killing. She introduced of a harsh judicial system which claimed the lives of her own people were her ways of indulging in her perverse obsessions. One of her specialties was the traditional practice of trial by the ordeal of tangena (Take note of this word Digong and you too, Mar Roxas). In this trial, the accused was fed three pieces of chicken skin along with poison extracted from the tangena nut and if all three pieces were thrown up, they were declared innocent. However, if they did not manage to vomit up all three pieces or died during the process, they were declared guilty. If that is the case, you cannot even shout or utter “tang ina!” after the verdict! Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives to this tangena thing!

Bongbong Marcos’ father’s dreaded Military Court under Martial Law was nothing compared to that tangena trial! Now, who says that brutality and arrogance are exclusive and confined only to men?

Before April 30, 1937, and that was 79 years ago, only Filipino men have the right to vote. Article V of the 1935 Constitution limited the right to vote to men but set a condition that suffrage may also be extended to Filipino women if 300,000 will vote in favour of the motion in a special plebiscite to be held within two years after the adoption of the Constitution. The yes votes exceeded the mark at 447,725 votes, and the rest is history or herstory,- ah,… whatever!

Since we, the gallivanting males are mesmerized by all-female bands, why not an all-female led government? …

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