Things Dr Jose Rizal did, he did for COUNTRY and PEOPLE, not for himself!
Brothers in Dr Jose Rizal,
Sir Peter Plueckebaum,
Thanks for giving me a chance to clarify some points!
If enrichment were sole measure (on Leadership qualification), we need not look at Pinocchio's nose, each time he tells a lie! Richard Nixon was not known to have enriched himself, yet he was forced to resign, being a bad example to society! Cambodia's Pol Pot wasn't known to have enriched himself either, yet he was a really BAD leader! Hitler didn't enrich himself too, or did he? Yet... !
The bottom line is PROPRIETY! What is CORRECT and PROPER in this our KOR? Do we want to set a good EXAMPLE for the present society, for the Youth, for FUTURE generations, or not? Shall we USE or NOT USE the By-Laws? Do we NEED these by-laws at all or NOT? (If I am proven WRONG, the German Constitution might as well be abolished too! But, as in this present German government, the by-laws/Constitution is needed as Guide we all have to follow! In the same breath therefore, Sir Carmelo did the CORRECT and PROPER thing...: he filed a formal, written Complaint, his sworn statement, complete with the notarial seal of a public lawyer!)
As we pride to be the Knights of the National hero, so should we COPY HIM WHOSE NAME WE CARRY! Dr Jose Rizal was NOT a weakling who merely did what others told him to think, say, write or do! His campaign for REFORMS were not acts of a desperate individual! Things he did, he did for COUNTRY and PEOPLE, not for himself! Are these Rizalian TRAITS too much to expect of our KOR Leadership?
If the allegations of Sir Carmelo are TRUE, the proper (Rizalian) thing for those accused is to TAKE LEAVE and DESIGNATE a caretaker(s) so that their office(s) could function, while the proper body (Council of Elders???) investigates and makes recommendations! Any delay is JUSTICE DENIED! Any delay is a deathly BLOW to an honorable KOR we have!
I applaud Sir Carmelo Gempesaw for STANDING-UP versus the illegal actions of the few, especially those tasked to HONORABLY fulfill their duties and responsiblities during this term of one RESPECTABLE/HONORABLE MAN, Sir Hilario Davide, Jr., STILL the Supreme Commander! I doubt Sir Hilario knew or was ever asked his permission to use BLANK CHECKS/BLANK VOUCHERS, in violation of the KOR By-Laws, just because he is in New York!
Please NOTE that one item for PHP 78,702.30 under MetroBank Ck# 1510837555, dated 08 June 2007, was paid to Trusty Travel and Tours, Inc. for the "Europe Airfare Sir Ver Esguerra". I'm not saying this amount can enrich someone, yet the mere allegation that a BLANK CHECK/BLANK VOUCHER was used, to pay for one's plane ticket, is in itself already WRONG AND IMPROPER! (If my name were on the line, I'd quickly TAKE LEAVE if not RESIGN, then reimburse the KOR for this amount from my own pocket! That is CORRECTNESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS...things WANTING in this our KOR!)
Imagine if we were Knights of Columbus shouting "Allahu akbar!" at the top of our lungs! Imagine too if we were Rotarians raising the K-I-W-A-N-I-S flag! If I were a BMW or DAIMLER BENZ CEO, is it CORRECT and PROPER for me to drive to work in a Toyota, or Ford, or Volvo?
TRUE LEADERSHIP is more than just NOT enriching oneself in office! We honor Dr Jose Rizal by having his name as BIGGEST part of the KOR organization! For his INTEGRITY, RIGHTEOUSNESS, DISCIPLINE, EXCELLENT qualities, we only need FOLLOW his EXAMPLE, to achieve universal PRIDE AND GREATNESS!!!
For Country and People!