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Lahat abusado! Winnie Monsod tells how Congress, SC, executive made evil normal

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Former socioeconomic planning secretary Winnie Monsod considers 2017 a “bad” year because of how evil became the new normal in the country.

Monsod, an economics professor at the University of the Philippines, said in her December 30 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the executive, legislative and judiciary all played a role in “malignant normality” or the normalization of potentially dangerous behavior.

As proof, Monsod cited the absence of outrage over extrajudicial killings even if the supposed number of casualties in the first six months of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term was more than the combined figure from the Marcos dictatorship until the second Aquino administration.

She said Senator Leila De Lima’s detention over drug-related charges was also an example of how evil has become normalized.

“The Supreme Court seems to be part of the problem. In De Lima’s case, the decision was 9-6. Would you believe that the majority justices were not even in agreement as to what the charges were against De Lima?” Monsod said.

That the questionable circumstances of De Lima’s detention was merely shrugged off by the public is indicative of malignant normality or apathy, she added.

As for Congress, Monsod said its behavior has been nothing short of appalling, with Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez admitting an extramarital affair and senators trading charges before the ethics committee.

“I wouldn’t go so far as to call its behavior evil– maybe just malicious mischief,” she said.

The Executive, Monsod said, fared no better as it backed the reinstatement of Supt. Marvin Marcos, who was tagged in the killing of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa.

Former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon was also given a new post at the Office of Civil Defense despite being accused of corruption.

“The executive knows better than anybody. And we accept, without a murmur,” Monsod said.