Winnie Monsod’s take on the parliamentary issue, called out by Orion Perez as apparent factual oversight
Pinoy netizens critical of Winnie Monsod bursts into sarcasm and criticism once again. Monsod is an esteemed political pundit at the height of the “yellow movement.” She is against a parliamentary government.
During the session, Monsod said, “There were only two countries that changed their form of government,” to which Perez interjected via video call during the hearing. He called the facts Monsod presented “lies and falsehoods.”
Perez was criticized for interjecting Monsod (via video call) when it was her turn to speak. Perez called the facts Monsod presented “outdated, incomplete, lies and falsehoods.”
Although Perez acknowledged that the Senate Hearings went well, he felt largely suppressed.
Monsod vs. Perez
Monsod has been critical of politicians who want the Philippine government to shift (back) to a parliamentary government. She has presented studies and facts that suggest parliamentary is counterproductive to any nation.
Orion Perez, who labels himself a “reformed activist,” is a political and economic pundit and founder of the CoRRECT Movement, which is a pro-parliamentary. He rebutted “Mareng” Winnie Monsod in his post.
“It’s totally wrong”
There are more than 20 nations that changed their government from the presidency to parliamentary and the opposite, not just two, as Monsod said. [See list here]
Perez said many countries “worshipped” the USA and looked up to it because of its economic success. The United States became a global hegemony. The wealthiest and most powerful country.
Apparently, America’s key to success had a strong president. Hence, having a parliamentary government, as many nations had, would be counterproductive.
Parliamentary government in 1973
Under the 1973 Constitution, the Philippines turned Parliamentary, albeit on paper, only because of Martial Law. In 1981, the country shifted from a parliamentary to a “French-style” semi-presidential with Ferdinand Marcos as the strong President. Cesar Virata was the Prime Minister.
When Cory Aquino replaced Marcos, we returned to being a full-Presidential System in 1987.
Mainstream media ignores Perez’s presentation
Orio Perez pointed out that Winnie Monsod shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this factual oversight. He said it was unfair that the Philippines’ mainstream media ignored his “factual” presentation.
“I’m just glad that National Security Adviser and retired Prof. Clarita Carlos was there to explain a lot of the key advantages of the need to shift to a Parliamentary System.”
Germany and Japan
It is worth noting that the strongest nations that have parliamentary are Germany and Japan. Thus refuting the traditional view that having a presidential government, such as the USA, would always create a better economy. The key had a “strong leader.”