The Noynoy Aquino government is turning the Philippines into a vindictive society

There is a list of the alleged crimes of former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (GMA) making its rounds on social networking sites like some kind of chain letter. The list comes with a photo of GMA in a wheelchair wearing her neck brace and facemask looking gaunt and distressed. The photo is obviously not a very flattering portrait of her. It is a far cry from her regal stance during her time in office as the head of state.

A visibly gaunt former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Since the list has become viral, it is safe to assume that some people take pride in passing on a photo of the sick and vulnerable just for fun. They seem to think that sharing the picture is amusing and more importantly, a sign of victory against corruption and a symbol of GMA’s downfall. With the way some people are celebrating her arrest, you would think that the courts have already found GMA guilty. But in fact, the legal proceedings haven’t even begun. The haste with which the arrest warrant was issued already tells us that the case is not a very solid one and not only that, proceedings will be done with the usual circus-like and operatic acts that always appeal to the gullible.

This tells us what kind of mentality some Filipinos have — malicious and vindictive. This despite most having a religious upbringing. Ironically, some people who pass on the said photo are the same people who you will see posting religious or feel good quotes on the said social networking sites. The veneer of “compassion” has been unmasked to reveal the hate in the heart of the “God-fearing” lot as a show of misguided patriotism.

This also tells us that there are a lot of Filipinos who do not have empathy. Empathy is defined as the capacity to recognize and, to some extent, share feelings (such as sadness or happiness) that are being experienced by another being. They say that people may need to have a certain amount of empathy before they are able to feel compassion. It makes sense because a truly smart person would think twice about doing something to someone lest the same thing be done to him or her.

When images of a bloodied Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed Libyan dictator before he was shot to death made its rounds in the news, the whole world witnessed what a mob could do once they turn against their dear leader. One would think though that the Libyan temperament is different from the Filipino temperament on account of the “peaceful” Edsa revolution in 1986. In other words, one cannot imagine Filipinos treating their public officials in the barbaric way Gadaffi was treated by the Libyans.

However, with the recent chaotic scenes at the airport involving the anti-Arroyo group and GMA, it is obvious that some Filipinos are also capable of turning into a lynch mob once incited. And inciting more Filipinos into an angry pack is definitely the purpose of the list of GMA’s supposedly “crimes” being passed around. Whoever came up with that list is a genius in mind manipulation. Whoever came up with that list knows that most Filipinos do not really bother to confirm if any of the “crimes” listed in the unofficial list have any basis or truth.

Like I said in the past, the enormous number of men and women charging ahead with President Noynoy Aquino without really understanding why they are doing so is enough indication of what the most likely outcome of this latest circus act will be. Unfortunately, the power of emotionally charged and enraged people moving in large numbers is greater than those who can think rationally and objectively. We all know that when emotion is involved, things always turn ugly.

Going back to the unofficial list of GMA’s supposed “crimes”, any rational being would see through the deception and propaganda involved in this attempt to further damage the reputation of the former President. The list is a long one and is designed for maximum shock value. It should be noted that the only reason the list is long is because many of the items are repetitive. One’s initial reaction upon seeing the list, which goes up to 39 items would be to feel indignant. But some of the items just sound so ridiculous. One which says “200 plus other illegal midnight appointments” during her time in Malacanang does not really have any details or specifics of who they are and what post they got. Another item that is quite suspect says, “Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political enemies”. To which one would be inclined to say, the onus is on the accuser to prove the accusation and once again, the list does not provide specifics.

What is most shocking in all this is how the average Filipino can fall for this kind of mind trick. You would think that when one considers the fact that the current administration has had a tough time filing charges against GMA and had only managed to file one – which is the electoral sabotage during the Senatorial election in 2007 – out of the long list after almost two years in office, Filipinos would apply a bit more healthy skepticism when regarding this list. But no, sirree. Most Filipinos still believe that GMA had all the time in the world to craft those under-the-table deals while still managing to get a lot of things done — the deployment of the troops during the Iraq war, avoiding the financial crisis that hit Europe and the US really hard, attending to international conventions, upgrading the country’s infrastructure, and many other things.

In fact, much of the gains in the Philippine economy felt during the first year of the administration of Noynoy Aquino (not to mention the growth and resilience it was noted for before it) can only be attributed to GMA’s management. This did not stop Aquino for taking credit for all that in a speech in Singapore before the Filipino community in March of 2011.

Something is really amiss with most Filipinos. It’s as if their mentality is still stuck in the 18th Century — a time when witch hunting was in vogue. Even former Aquino ally and economist, Solita Collas-Monsod finds the series of events in the last few days “disturbing”:

What I find disturbing, however, is the rush by the Comelec to file charges, particularly since it is supposed to be an independent constitutional body, not a Malacañang lackey. Consider the following timeline:

On Aug. 15, 2011, in a five-page joint order signed by De Lima and Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes, the DOJ and the Comelec created the joint preliminary investigation committee and the joint fact-finding team regarding the allegations of electoral sabotage against Arroyo and others. I don’t know what that order contained, but on the face of it, creating the two bodies at the same time must carry with it the assumption that the fact-finding team was going to find facts that would lead to a preliminary investigation.

On Oct. 21, 2011, according to De Lima, the fact-finding team was to have submitted their report, forwarding it to the joint preliminary investigation committee. I was unable to secure a copy of the fact-finding team’s report, but from the news reports, it seemed to me that everything was hearsay, until Oct. 11, when former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr.’s chief aide, Norie Unas, revealed that he had overheard Arroyo ordering Ampatuan to deliver a 12-0 vote for the administration candidates in 2007. That was the only eyewitness account (and Ampatuan has just called Unas a liar and denied that the conversation took place).

On Nov. 14, or five days ago, the joint preliminary investigation committee completed its investigation.

On Nov. 16, per the Comelec chair, he received a copy of the report of the Comelec lawyers involved in the investigation, and its recommendations. Note: Only two days elapsed between the time of completion of the investigation and the recommendations.

On Nov. 17, the Comelec en banc voted to file charges against Arroyo, with two commissioners refusing to sign because they had not read the report.

Does that sound rushed or not?

Given that only one case has been charged out of the 39 “crimes” in the unofficial GMA list of crimes and that it is even turning out to be a bit “pilit”, one cannot help but see all these activities perpetuated by the incumbent President, Noynoy Aquino and condoned by the majority of the Filipino people as nothing more than sad jokes.

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palebrowndot
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thanks Ilda for writing this article. you just saved somebody from going to the ER for articulating what’s on their mind…

Vincenzo B. Arellano
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ThinkBeforeYouClick

palebrowndot
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@Vincenzo
is that a reminder for yourself?

Parallax
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have you ever used your brain, vincenzo? you could try selling it slightly used, but people will probably pay you to put it in a blender. it’s a yellow protein shake just for you.

Anonymous
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@Parallax

There would be nothing to put in a blender since he has no brains to begin with.

carol b. benavides
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all i can say is ” BRAVO “!!! EXPLICITLY EXPLAINED!!! thanks Ilda!

adtcruz
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Salamat sa pagsulat nito! Sana ay matauhan na ang mga tao sa panlilinlang ng mga liberal!

momblogger
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I share the same sentiment. In fact I just tweeted “It is enough for me to see Arroyo charged for now. Let Courts do their job. Isn’t that schadenfreude? Making fun of people’s misfortunes” and someone said that “schadenfreude can’t be helped sometimes, especially if it concerns one who caused a lot of misfortunes for other people.”

bechay
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what can one expect from a society that’s been fed with moronic telenovelas? we are a people whose national pastime is chismis. propriety, tact, grace, decency and dignity are words that are BEYOND us. we give in to drama, controversy, and yes, indulge in public scandal very often. we are worms. worthless worms.

Lawrence Omandam
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Huwag ka mawawalan ng pagasa… Iyan ang isang dakilang katangian nating mga filipino… Sa mga panahon na ito lalu dapat tayong magkaisa… Huwag malugmok sa putikan ng padsisise at kahihiyan.. Bangon ang kailangan… Have faith on your fellow countrymen 🙂

brianitus
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One can always change channels. Even free tv has other shows. If there’s nothing else on, read a book. Form an opinion based on what you know and not what the tv, radio, internet or newspaper opinion writers tell you. I think it’s safer for this country to close some chapters than to leave their endings hanging. I’m just glad that there’s finally something in the court. It’s better than the paulit ulit allegations. Now, let’s see how this case plays out. I hope people will accept the verdict that comes out of it. Where telenovelas end, reality TV begins.
ahehe
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If you’re not with us, you are an enemy. – yellow admin

Thanks for the unsolicited advice but you are not part of my team. – Pnoy

yc
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that is what happening in our government…our country…

momblogger
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I cannot count the times I was accused of being pro-GMA just because I thought otherwise of the TRO

What kind of logic is that?

Parallax
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it’s reminiscent of nazi germany. whatever it takes, they’ll have their way. AND feel justified.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
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It is very obvious dat u r being paid by Arroyo P500 per article. August p ngUmpisa ang inbestigasy0n at tama lng ang panah0n na isinampa nla ito dhl gs2 n nia mktakas kya mlakas ang kas0. Tama si de Lima, Justice has been served dhl makukul0ng n ang mgnanakaw

auriga
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Prove it in court.

ahehe
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Kinuha na yata yung laptop ni Vicensyo at nakaselpon na lang siya. Gumamit ka ng Tagalog predictive, lol.

K3
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Yes, because everyone who publicly condemn the actions or effects of the actions of “Tito Noy” are being paid by the Arroyos.

How I love PNoy’s Sith

domo
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Again vincensus ignoramus where is your proof na pro-arroyo kami? Tinanong ko na sa iyo ang tanong na ito pero hindi mo sinagot. Tamad ka ba? Sisi ka nang sisi dyan vincensus ignoramus pero sigurado yung naranasan ni arroyo ay dadaan din sa iyo balang araw. At para kanino ang hustisya? Para sa ikabubuti ng bansang ito o para lang sa inyong mga bobo’t isa pang corrupt? And enough praising your tito noy and the aquino mafia already because they are not your God!

brianitus
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Hindi kaya’t sobrang liit naman ng limandaang piso para sa kapalit ng dangal ng isang manunulat?

Tila kailangan mo pag-aralan ang proseso ng batas, kaibigan. May paglilitis pa pong nagaganap na kung saan ang nasasakdal ay kailangang mapatunayan na nagkasala nang lubos bago siya makulong.

Eto lang ang tanong: kung sakali mang makalusot si GMA sa kasong ito, handa ka bang tanggapin ang hatol ng hukuman? At hindi pagnanakaw ang kasong hinaharap nya — electoral sabotage po.

kizmet
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What was suspicious for me was the speedy judgment of the court judge. According to my classmate in college and who works as a clerk of court said that the judge has 10 days to pass judgment from the day the case has been filed to the court. Also, since there are many cases filed in courts, it is usually those which were filed earlier that are given priority to be heard. Thus, the fact that the warrant of arrest was released on the same day the case has been filed evokes suspicion on the part of the govt or… Read more »
ahehe
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Pang Guiness Book of World Records yata ang arrest warrant na yun.

Lawrence Omandam
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Corak! Ladies & Gentlemen Im happy with these times now I see my taxes are working for me. At last. I get to see people, who do bad & ruined our country; at reasonable doubt be behind bars… Hindi sayang ung pinagpaguran ko pra sa gobyerno! hehehe 😀

auriga
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So you’d rather have the government use your taxes for their vindictive witch hunt rather than provide jobs for the unemployed and the marginalized?

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j
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I’ve heard this joke that everything that has gone wrong with someone’s life is because of GMA. This is because of the way how GMA was portrayed by the media. No wonder people would just send out that list not thinking of what it entails because for them, it’s the description of how bad GMA is. For them allegations = truth. The saying “if there’s smoke, there’s fire” applies. But they won’t wait until those allegations are proven. Nor I think they would care because for them, it’s the truth. If the court says otherwise, then the court must be… Read more »
K3
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Well, everything is her fault you know.

Spratlys, ARMM, MILF, ASG, Overpopulation, poverty, Global warming, the war between Palestine and Israel, UTI, cancer, AIDS, irregular bowel movements; all of those have billboards somewhere that say “Project of GMA”

skarab
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ROTFLMAO

Vincenzo B. Arellano
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Preh0 pla tau n ngagalit s mga mgnanakaw. At wg ka mgugulat kung n0t guilty ang sag0t ng k0rte s hearing ni Gloria panigurado bnayaran nila ang judge. Tgnan m0h s SC, bias kay Gloria.

j
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actually, hindi na ako magugulat… na ganyan ang sasabihin mo.

so… ganito pala yan… “ayaw sumunod ng simbahan sa RH bill… binayaran sila.”

skarab
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‘yan c vincenzo…. pagpasensyahan nyo na he has a family to feed.

Der Fuhrer
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Hail Der Fuhrer of the nutzie reich socialist state! The brilliant leader of the master yellow race pinned the yellow star of David on the arroyos! His obsessive hatred of the wearers of the yellow star gave rise to his plan of pure genius! Declare them guilty before trial! Destroy them with lies and more lies until this is falsely believed to be the truth! His Reich Ministry of Propaganda is truly a powerful communications group! The word of the Fuhrer is the law! There is no puny principles of justice, fairness, presumption of innocence and due process! They are… Read more »
Felipe
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GMA haters aggressively campaign to create enough numbers to make any verdict in favor of GMA extremely unpopular. They hope this would influence or pressure the courts to submit to their expectations—so aggressive was this drive that anyone perceived to be less enthused about it would be ostracized or shamed for daring to even think otherwise (“you are either for us or against us”)—no room for fence-sitters or disinterested observers. Through trial by publicity, GMA is being made already guilty in the minds of the public. The Erap group had also been busy helping drive this hate campaign while Erap… Read more »
Vincenzo B. Arellano
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Gs2 kc namen n malaman ang k22hanan kung nsn n ang mga ninakaw ni Gloria, kaya lhat mgkakasama para s katarungan.

Felipe
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Niloloko nyo mga pilipino. Mga gawain ninyo ang nagpapagutom sa taumbayan. Si AbNoy = tuta ni Erap.

balitangkutseroo
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matindi talaga ang rabies ni simeon the turd that these yellow zombies blindly follow the stupid good for nothing president thirst for revenge.his personal quest for revenge causes the division of the masses.i do hope that this hastily filing of electoral sabotage will backfire in the face of abnoy and the rest of the tangang mga supporter especially vincenzo.

Felipe
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Paghihiganti lang naman yan kay Gloria and ninanasa nyan. Ala naman paki-alam sila AbNoy sa hustisya at katarungan—puro nga sila shortcut.

They can sense they can’t really convince smart people, so they’re just doing their best to please their blind followers. Baka kasi yun followers pa nila ang mawala.

Daido Katsumi
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It’s JUST-TIIS not justice.

Actually, Gloria will be acquitted on those charges since most of them have no proof and all hearsay.

Hwag magpauto sa POLITIKO.

Der Fuhrer
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Der Fuhrer’s followers are truly master schemers. They crush their enemies with the totalitarian fist in not allowing them to leave the borders of the reich. Gestapo Chief Delima made brilliant legal theories in countering the puny democratic Supreme Court. But she was defeated because the enemy of the reich invoked its power of check and balances. Not to be outdone. The Fuhrer approved the master schemers greatest plan to defeat the enemy of the reich by railroading the filing of a case against the yellow star of David Arroyos. A superman judge read the voluminous documents and instantly produced… Read more »
Carlos C Tapang
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Thanks for writing this article, Ilda. I’d say it’s one voice of reason against a cacophony of misguided emotions. I am not pro-GMA. I am for the rule of law. What is really saddening here is the complete disregard of the law.

thetruth
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Who cares. This country has been run into the ground so much that it’s a lost cause. Hypocritical beliefs in religion taken advantage of by corrupt individuals working to maintain their self benefitting status quo is the foundation of all poverty in this country.

Manila is the most densely populated ci

thetruth
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City on the world. It’s too late for city planning, traffic schemes, and creating of jobs and homes for the impoverished. The only real undeniable truth is that there are TOO MANY PEOPLE. unfortunately its already been made clear to all of us that family planning is not on the agenda of the majority, and most filipino men are unable to keep theirs in their pants. What could have been a solution that would have yielded results in 2-3 generations has become a clear cut indicator that basically WE ARE ALL SCREWED.

Hyden Toro
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Noynoy Aquino is a YellowTard idiot, who has an Obssesive Compulive Personality Disorder. He perceive Political enemies, everywhere, and vent on destroying them. While our cost of living is going up and up…our economy is going down and down…
Can you see the Stupidity of this YellowTard President. He even usurped the Power of the Judiciary. Now, he is talking about Revolutionary Government. Is Noynoy Aquino sane?

Vincenzo B. Arellano
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N0 hes n0t. Gngmit nya lng ang knyang kpngyarihan s tmang paraAn

Felipe
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Bago nga ba mga Apple laptops na ipapamigay sa inyo ng Communications group nila Ricky Carandang?

Naabot mo na ba quota?

j
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I just want to point out… the question was
“Is Noynoy Aquino sane?” and your reply is “N0 hes n0t.”

Aquino is a ************ *****
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Aquino is a ************ *****

@ J
he is just a stupid yellowtard idiot who is blindly loyal to the WORST INCOMPETENT NINCOMPOOP M*R*N D*CKWAD DOUCHEBAG C*NT IDIOT PRESIDENT EVER

benign0
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Lay off the cursing, dude. You might find yourself in the spam queue as well. Just a friendly warning.

palebrowndot
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“Masaya ako dahil natupad na rin ang pangarap nang aking mga magulang na maipakita sa ating bayan na wala kaming tinanim na galit kanino man.” – words of Vincenzo’s Tito Noy when GMA visited the wake of Cory. (sorry, can’t find the link, except this: http://bluepanjeet.net/2009/08/07/5477/excellency-gloria-macapagal-arroyo-dead-62-journalists-killed-president/)

auriga
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nice find!

Edwin
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This is the voice of reason! Karamihan talaga sa ating mga Pilipino ay mga emotional na tao at madalas hindi ginagamit ang utak sa pag-aanalisa ng mga pangyayari. Kaya naman itong gobierno ni Pnoy, puro panggagatong ang ginagawa sa karamihan para tuluyang i-demonize si GMA. Kawawang Pilipinas . . . papunta na naman sa kankungan.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
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Isa kpa,hnd dneDem0nize si Gloria, pnapanag0t lang sya sa kanyang kasalanan.

Aquino is an IDIOT
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Stupid jejemon f***tard….

j
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Sorry, OT pero gusto ko lang din sabihin.

We know you’re a hardcore yellow follower. But is it really hard to type correctly? You must be using a laptop by now, yes? sa laptop or computer, you have a FULL KEYBOARD. Even if you’re using a phone, mahirap ba magtype ng maayos?

Aquino is a ********* *****
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Aquino is a ********* *****

@J
It is clear that he has yet to grow a F******** BRAIN that’s why he is typing in that F******* jejemon lingo.

GO F*** YOURSELF YELLOW R$TARD!!!

FST
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What I find funny is that both camps both Arroyo and Aquino have funny stuff happening. The speed at which the TRO was issued, and the speed at which the Warrant was issued. It’s not about justice or rule of Law, it’s always been about politics. The SC TRO was political and not really a matter of law. The way it was ignored was also political and not a matter of law, the issuance of the Warrant was also politically motivated. Both camps can throw mud at each other and both sides will be equally dirty. 😛
Vincenzo B. Arellano
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Wat AquinO is d0ing is seri0us, si Gloria lng ang ptawa, tumatakas kht n guilty s ksalanan nya

Aquino is a ************* *****
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Aquino is a ************* *****

guilty na kaagad pero di pa napapatunayan sa korte
IDIOT

GO **** YOURSELF D*CKWAD

Daido Katsumi
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Meh. Still the joke is on your Noynoy. I mean, ano ang alam niya sa BATAS?

auriga
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true that.

Daido Katsumi
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Talagang tae ka because you’re spouting nonsense.

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