I watched for the exchange of views of the participants of senatorial bets on ABS-CBN Harapan last night but there’s nothing that impressed me more than the exchange of views between two good lawyers and gentlemen like Adel Tamano of NP and Silvestre Bello III of Lakas-Kampi CMD. On the issue of the reimposition of Death Penalty both shared the same stand, NO. Both believe that our justice system is still not on the level where the poor and the rich are equal. Both believe in upgrading the quality of our law enforcement, prosecution and administration of justice, and penal/correction system.
Here is an excerpt from the account of Sasha Lim Uy, ABS-CBN Halalan 2010 volunteer: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/04/18/10/tamano-bello-play-it-safe-political-debate
It was a debate turned friendly banter between senatorial bets Atty. Adel Tamano of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and Silvestre Bello III of Lakas-Kampi-CMD during ABS-CBN’S Harapan: Mga Isyu ng Bayan debates Sunday night.
Bello and Tamano were supposed to confront each other with issues on justice and accountability but with no rebuttals, the two ended up merely agreeing on one another’s points.
During the first round, Bello asked Tamano if he is for the reimposition of the death penalty. In response, the NP bet said Filipinos believe in either punishment or rehabilitative justice, and that he supported the latter.
“Everyone has the right to change,” said Tamano in Filipino, adding that life imprisonment is a harsher punishment.
Bello gave no counterarguments, saying that he himself did not believe in the death penalty.
Tamano also backed Bello’s suggestion to create a permanent government commission that will tackle the peace process between the Philippine government and Moro secessionists.
“We will never move forward as a country without peace, and without justice there can be no peace,” Bello said. Tamano later said he would consider joining the permanent peace commission if invited.
During the second round where supporters of the opposing candidates asked questions, a Tamano supporter questioned Bello what he would do to hold President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo accountable for various corruptions scandals linked to her administration. Bello is a member of Lakas-Kampi CMD.
“Hindi ko kailangan maging senador para habulin. Ang importante diyan ay ebidensya,” said Bello. “I don’t have to be a senator to find corrupt officials.”
Sa magandang ipinamalas nilang dalawa kagabi ay masasabi kong maraming botante ang na-impress at natuwa kina Bello at Tamano. Maginoo silang magsalita at nakikita namang tapat sa kanilang mga sinasabi. Hindi na pinaguusapan dito kung dino ang nanalo sa debate at kung sino ang mas pinapaningan ng mga manonood. Ang mahalaga ay ipinakita ng dalawa na ang pulitika ay hindi lang bangayan kundi tapat na pagpapalitan ng kaalaman, opinion, adhikain, plataporma, at kung ano ang vision ng bawat isa para sa sambayanang Pilipino.
Adel Tamano and Silvestre Bello III ang-popogi ninyo. Sana kapag nanalo kayo bilang mga senador ay hindi lang nagpapa-pogin sa publiko ang inyong mga ginagawa kundi tuparin ang inyong mga plataporma at kung ano pa mang mga bagay na naipangako ninyo sa mga taumbayan. Mabuhay kayo mga sirs and good luck to both of you.
Sana dadami pa ang inyong mga tribu. Bahala na ang mga mamayang mamboboto kung kayo ang kanilang mga napipisil, pero may isang bagay na ipinakita ninyo–puwedi naman tayong magkatunggali sa pulitika na hindi nagsisiraan, nagbabangayan, at sinusuportahan ang magagandang adhikain ng bawat isa alang-ala sa kapakanan ng bayan.