Hypocrisy at a national scale: The bid to impeach Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona

Last week, in one of my very rare fits of writer’s block, I said to myself, “Not to worry. The next Philippine political circus is just around the corner.” I kinda admit, it gets boring when I’m always right. Filipinos have so far proven that they are great at using the awesome power of democracy to do nothing more than organise grand circuses. The really quaintly humorous thing about this latest circus — the bid to “impeach” Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona — being drummed up in the Philippines’ House of Representatives is how the only loser in that exercise will be none other than the Average Filipino Schmoe.

Whatever the outcome, the Philippines will be the same — it will be left high and dry with nothing to show for the vast investment in lost time, weakened attention spans, and shot institutions that this latest drama will soak up.

Loser Number One. President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, for starters, will be shooting himself in the foot. If he does manage to kill all the villains in his telenovela administration, he will be left with no plot to bandy around. The true nature of his presidency — one that has no plan for the remaining five years and no vision for what the Philippines could be by 2016 — will be left exposed.

But maybe we should not underestimate the imagination of the Prayerful One.

Really, all Noynoy will need to do is find the next villain to mask the underlying cluelessness of his government — line up the other “Arroyo-appointed” SC justices and impeach them too perhaps. As he himself once said, there are lots of other “kabuwisitans” (“pains in the ass”) that are out to thwart his goals to institute “reform” in this sad nation. After Corona’s fall, Noynoy just needs to choose the next one to put up as the next hairy monster that is out to block his agenda.

Democracy to Filipinos is like a computer to a four-year-old. All they want to do is play games on it. There’s a difference between using the 32-bit power of a modern computer to play Farmville or putter around social networks all day and using it to design magnificent bridges, write moving pieces of literature, or compose spine-tingling music.

Loser Number Two. The venerable House of Representatives is being made to look like a bunch of pathetic chumps. Even the Philippines’ “honourable” Congressmen were herded like cattle into the slaughterhouse in this recent impeachment circus. The thing with people who’ve got a lot to lose is that they can easily be coerced into compromising what little personal principles they have left.

Perhaps there is something to the way opposition leader Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman called the impeachment bid the “mother of all blackmails”.

Lagman said many of the administration lawmakers “were blackmailed into signing the impeachment complaint by threatening those who would refuse to sign with the deprivation of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and other funding releases for their respective districts.”

“The Supreme Court justices are being blackmailed not to decide pending cases against the Aquino administration, otherwise the wrath of impeachment will be on them,” the minority leader said.

Indeed, even now, the astounding speed at which the complaint against Corona raged through the House brought up disturbing questions around the now evident ability of Congress to expedite politically-motivated matters by vast orders of magnitude yet allow more important national issues to fester under the weight of endless quibble that pass of as “debate”.

It seems it is not only the credibility of the SC that is being undermined here, but that of the legislature which, like the executive branch, is really a closer reflection of the society it leads owing to its being composed of people elected by mere virtue of a popular vote. Said Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo…

“The crystallization of divergent views and opinions and the emergence of a new consensus among lawmakers do not in anyway destabilize the country. While they challenge Corona and his former boss, what has been taking place is part of the democratic processes and should therefore be recognized and accepted,” Castelo said.

“Only a twisted mind can conjure malice and ill will to the ongoing democratic processes,” he said.

Castelo should think again. Congress does have a clear track record of behaving in ways contrary to the so-called “will of the people” that Filipino poets keep harping about. Back in 2005 Inquirer.net “columnist” Neal Cruz lamented this very character of our esteemed “representatives” as collective lackeys of whoever may happen to be pulling the money train at the moment…

We are a representative democracy and congressmen are elected to represent their districts in the House. They are supposed to follow the wishes of their constituents who are their employers. But look at what they’re doing. They are disobeying their constituents and pushing Charter change just because of the ambition of their leader who wants to become prime minister by hook or by crook because he knows he cannot be elected president.

See, that’s the trouble with a cage full of monkeys that merely dance to the loudest tune. Back then, Congress was motivated one way. Today, Congress is motivated another way. What will the motivational force behind Congress be tomorrow? Happy days ahead. The next political circus as sure as the sun rises is just around the corner.

Which brings us to the real kicker

Loser Number Three. Filipinos ultimately end up with the short end of the stick. Like a talented televangelist, the Aquino-Big-Media Industrial Complex are cut out for the job of whipping up a frenzy among a people all too willing to line up for the next fix of the opiate of empty “hope” that the “Laban” (“Fight”) rhetoric is good at injecting into their quivering veins.

But, really, what will change for the Average Filipino Schmoe after this quaint project wraps up?

The venerable journalist Manuel L. Quezon III blogged in the circus of 2005 that:

The Philippines – Filipinos – tried [at the time, the 2005 impeachment bid against then President Gloria Arroyo] to do everything by the book, they tried to do everything exactly as specified by the Constitution, they even rallied within parameters defined by that Constitution as far as the right to free speech and assembly are concerned.

Sayaw Pinoy, sayaw.

A society that once elected a famous philanderer, drunkard, and under-educated man to the presidency now lashes out against a Supreme Court Justice who had allegedly lost the moral ground to lead. Indeed. An irony wasted on a people with utterly weak faculties to fathom irony.

Democracy is about building strong democratic institutions and making them work for us so that following procedures actually produces results. To be fair we are doing that today. Let’s hope the results will be there when the dust settles.

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bulutongboy
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Very nice article, Benigno. Very current.

I just saw the news last night and out of the garbage there was IT. An amazing display of how pathethic our legislative is. They just want to ride on mob popularity (or maybe on a fat pork). Funny how they could finish an impeachment complaint that fast. But when it comes to bills that matter like the RH bill or the FOI, they couldn’t even make a quorum.

What in the world is happening to this country?!

Vincenzo B. Arellano
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Dhil alam nila hadlang si Corona sa mga plano ni Tito Noy. Thats it

auriga
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You make it sound as if Noynoy were Mojo Jojo or Cobra Commander. Or even one of the villains in Scooby-Doo (those meddling kids!).

Anonymous
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@auriga
Nah, Noynoy is more like the incompetent Wile E. Coyote in the old WB cartoons. This latest move of his will definitely blow up in his face like dynamite.

auriga
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Haha, I prefer that analogy more! XD

It’s just that Vincenzo’s words seemingly make Noynoy look like someone whose plans for world domination just got foiled.

Der Fuhrer
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@ nutzi Vincenzo

Puede ba Vincenzo doon ka na lang sa kabilang ibayo. Maraming hadlang na pananaw sa noynoy aquino website. Doon ka na lang dahil marami na ang batikos doon laban sa hari mo.

jcc
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Hypocrisy is not the exclusive domain of the executive department. It permeates in every level of the bureucracy, congress and judiciary as well.

Thomas Jefferson said that the members of the court can be as bad or as good as the other members of the two other branches. Their being lawyers and their robes cannot lend more honor to their names than the others.

http://jcc34.wordpress.com/2011/12/13/rule-of-law-blackmail-all-in-the-eyes-of-the-beholder/

nona
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nice
esp. democracy/computer comment
the politicians shame themselves and show the world the inability of the country to manage itself properly – yet again.

Vincenzo B. Arellano
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1. Aquino won. Ang plano nya laban sa mga hadlang sa pagunlad ng bansa ay nasusunod na. Ang galing at sipag tlga

2. Congress won. Ano cnsbi m0ng PDAF n yan. Eh d kung hnd sila bbgyan ng budget dhil sa plagay m0ng stupid na gngwa ni Tito Noy e d sana nagtulung tulung sila na hnd pumirma. Eh bkt bliktad? Dhil alam nila ang tama s pamamagitan ni Tito Noy

3. Filipino won. Justice will be served para s mga Pilipino

Der Fuhrer
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@ nutzi Vincenzo 1. Aquino did not win yet. Ang plano nya laban sa mga hadlang sa kanyang diktadura ay di pa nasusunod. Ang tamad talaga niya. 2. Congress did not win yet. Pork Barrel is dangled in exchange for political favors. Stupid talaga ang ginawa ni BadNoy mo. Oh Kiss mo na siya or bend over and kiss your ass. I say this because you may be his clone or split. LOL! 3. Filipino is divided and will never win because injustice is served by BadNoy in removing all blocks to his perceived “reform” program. Wala bang tongressman at… Read more »
domo
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You’re watching too much telenovelas. All of your rebuttals are nothing but trashy jokes vincensus ignoramus.

Felipe
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@Vincenzo B. Arellano 1. Aquino won. Ang plano nya laban sa mga hadlang sa pagunlad ng bansa ay nasusunod na. Ang galing at sipag tlga 2. Congress won. Ano cnsbi m0ng PDAF n yan. Eh d kung hnd sila bbgyan ng budget dhil sa plagay m0ng stupid na gngwa ni Tito Noy e d sana nagtulung tulung sila na hnd pumirma. Eh bkt bliktad? Dhil alam nila ang tama s pamamagitan ni Tito Noy 3. Filipino won. Justice will be served para s mga Pilipino Basta lang meron pork barrel para sa mga dilaw na tongressman at pagpanaw ng utang-ng-loob… Read more »
Keb
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Aquino hasn’t won yet- but is evidently trying hard to gain ground by: “Publicly lashing out.” This isn’t a result of intellectual prowess but by personal vendetta.

Don
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If your spelling/typing skills are any gauge of your political affiliations, I’m glad you’re on Pnoy’s side.

Anonymous
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Give up vincenzo idiot, you are not getting paid enough by this administration to troll here.
You always don’t know what you are talking about.

kat
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Sipag? Sipag ba yung tawag sa wala man syang reaksyon tungkol sa anti-outsourcing bill ng amerika? Alam mo b kung ilang libong tao ang mawawalan ng trabaho? anong papakain nia? makakapgbigay b sya ng trabaho na susweldo k ng 30k kada buwan?

nona
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if brains were dynamite then vincenzo wouldn’t even be able to blow his nose.

Anonymous
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IF HE HAD A BRAIN TO BEGIN WITH, THAT WOULD BE SOOO TRUE.

Der Fuhrer
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@nona

“If brains were dynamite then vincenzo wouldn’t be able to blow his nose” LoL!

Very true! But watch the brain(dynamite)decompose and begin to sweat pure nitro… the moment he blows his nose his brain will blow him high!

nona
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Todays lesson in history

Solon (594 BC) is credited as the father if democracy in athens, greece, until it fell to be replaced by the tyranny of Peisistratus.
When Pericles re-instated democracy it subsequently fell to the power of the oligarchs – the Peloponnesian war.

EDSA (in alpha test) isnt mentioned but am sure it figured somewhere.

2,500 years of advancement and today we have….. The Philippines!

nona
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“Only a masochist could love such a
narcissist”
Blair Waldorf

Political narcissists and masochistic voters – a marriage resulting in hell.

Now i get it

nona
Guest

“The country may end up under a Sword of
Damocles on a tightrope over the abyss”
Andrei gromyko

Tupas said today that the commitee has grounds to impeach other SC justices!
i.e. Dont you dare do anything except do as you are told.

The day even a flawed democracy died

Der Fuhrer
Guest

The ideal of a free democracy will never die for as long as there are free men and women who believe in it! The silent majority is still out there. They are watching the historic attack of tyranny against democracy. History may yet repeat itself. Have faith in freedom!

nona
Guest

tyranny gains a foothold when the silent majority remain just that – silent

HaraKiri
Guest

So ,impeachment is not a democratic process?

Felipe
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The yellow army just uses “impeachment” to give it a semblance of a democratic process. But what they are actually doing is finding a way to get rid of Corona in order get to GMA and reverse the rulings on Hacienda Luisita. Really depends on both the motivation and conduct of the impeachment process. You can’t count on an overzealous railroading group with an ax to grind and with questionable integrity, performance track history, or history of playing dirty to be fair and impartial. The litany of accusations this yellow group put together only shows that they merely resented Corona’s… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
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Just an opinion. I wonder… what kind of evidence is admissible and inadmissible in the impeachment court?
I believe that evidence consisting of settled issues and/or final and executory rulings issued by the Supreme Court cannot be the subject of inquiry, investigation or admitted as evidence by the impeachment court.

Why? Because settled issues and/or final and executory rulings form part of the exclusive power of the SC(Justices)to be the sole interpreters of the law. In this context, the impeachment court cannot interpret the law or use the mentioned documents as evidence in impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Corona.

charles e. montez
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yes Der Fuhrer, have faith in freedom talaga sa mga hindi magandang nangyari ngayon dito sa atin.

nona
Guest

Plato and Aristotle define a tyrant as, “one who
rules without law or above the law, looks to his own advantage
rather than that of his subjects, and uses
extreme and cruel tactics—against his own
people as well as others”.

Sounds like p-noys template

nona
Guest
My simple understanding is that the case against GMA will not prosper due to legal issues, lack of substantive evidence, the incompetence of govt. lawyers – yet again – and nothing to do with partisan judges. Such an outcome would be a disaster for p-noy who has yet to achieve anything in any sphere of government. The option – get corona to resign through embarrassment and the opinions of the great unwashed masses! Once again it is unlikely that the impeachment itself would pass the 2/3rds hurdle in the senate but the process puts pressure on other sc judges. Even… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
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Heil Der nutzi Fuhrer! His I, Me, Myself personality and rabble rousing dazzles the nutzi yellow crowd, its nutzi black and white support elements, nutzi left of center allies and nutcase anarchists! Der Fuhrer is mad! Mad with the new found power of dictatorship! For he is the real boss and his followers are his nutzi puppets! Blind, deaf and dumb puppets who discard freedom and democracy for political carnival expediency! When the Fuhrer says move they move! When he says bow they bow! When he says jump, they truly take a great leap into the abyss! All for the… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
Guest
Heil Der great nutzi Fuhrer as he schemes and directs the punishment of his own military officers for perceived “lapses” in the Al-Barka massacre! His mind perceives that they were led to their deaths! Did he praise the gallant men of the point of the spear? Did he shed a tear because they died so that others could live! Did he award the deserving with medals of gallantry and self-sacrifice? He rewards his Tokyo friends, the MILF lawless elements with five million pesos and says peace at all costs! His all out justice is still pending all because of his… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
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We all know it was the dictator BadNoy who plotted and schemed all the way to the impeachment of Justice Corona. That it was railroaded(again like GMA) with unjust cause and shameful haste is a testament to his perfidy! Infamy is too kind a word to describe the events he himself planned and triggered. The culture of madness in fixated, obsessive hatred, cruelty, pre-judgement, revulsion and ridicule against perceived enemies and institutions still continues! Yes, he smirks at the congress as he smirks at his enemies for it is in him to divide, conquer and rule absolutely. No one is… Read more »
Gabs Narazo
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“Democracy to Filipinos is like a computer to a four-year-old. All they want to do is play games on it.” gotta admit, it hurts when it’s true. our country is going down. the current President knows nothing at what he’s doing. he just knows that if he is right, nobody will say otherwise. *** facepalm ***

Hyden Toro
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We elected people who sell their dignities, and the Majesty of their offices, at whoever is in power…Pork Barrels come from our taxpayers’ money. It should not be used to BlackMail Congressmen. “Kung walang corrupt…walang mahirap..”All from the mouth of a Leader, who have corrupted Congressmen and bought Congress. To protect his family interest on the land, his family swindled from the Filipino people…The Congressmen who voted for the impeachment : sold their souls, sold their dignities, sold the trust of the people who voted for them…It’s very disgusting, we have these people as leaders…Congressmen becoming Running Dogs of the… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
Guest

@Hyden Toro

Very true amigo. A case of the corrupt leading the corrupt.

nona
Guest

Senators are already booking in at vicky belo for nips/tucks and maybe even vb’s latest product – vaginal tightening as endorsed by sis kris whose mouth unfortunately remains as loose as ever claiming today that she could have been senate president. Puts enriles IQ into perspective.
The sight of these people in their togas will give the public and the world some amusement.
‘Bread and circuses’

And with p-noy likely to withold their 200 million pesos per senator salary/pork barrel until a guilty verdict is given then it is not a trial but shooting fish in a barrel. Now thats corruption.

nona
Guest
“There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.” Winston Churchill Most people have little knowledge of, or interest in politics, especially when they have a daily struggle just to put food on the table. That is not confined to philippines. Surveys in UK & US repeatedly show how little, even educated professionals know about their politicians and current events. People have lives to lead. So suddenly through the wonders of abs-cbn surveys!!! Everyone is a legal luminary and constitutional expert and have made their judgement. P-noy quotes the people as in support in one breath,… Read more »
nona
Guest

In the interests of full disclosure the above mentioned survey was conducted after copious wine & brandy and it is just possible that when they said yes they thought they were being asked if they wanted another drink. The other 20% – dont know – was due to alex being unfairly distracted by the waitress at the time and not only in a questionable state of undress but also not of sound mind.( she was stunning) A rerun will be held next week.

Surveys are a political weapon.

j
Guest

I found an interesting article recently posted related to this topic.

http://jurist.org/sidebar/2011/12/edsel-tupaz-impeachment.php

Felipe
Guest

@j

I found an interesting article recently posted related to this topic.
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http://jurist.org/sidebar/2011/12/edsel-tupaz-impeachment.php

He obviously has an ax to grind. Below his article reads:
He was senior counsel and senior executive assistant of the Philippine Truth Commission created by President Benigno Aquino III, which was later declared unconstitutional by a Court majority led by Chief Justice Corona.” …hahaha

Edsel Tupaz
Guest

Inviting you to read my Huffington Post analogue of my Jurist article:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edsel-tupaz/of-circuses-and-sanity-in_b_1148096.html?ref=world

ET

Peste
Guest

The Jurist Sidebar article seems balanced to me.

On the other hand, the HufftingtonPost added a few paragraphs that essentially sided with Aquino’s administration, claiming their recent and future moves against the evil Arroyo and Corona are all righteous and just. When pressed for facts, all the defenders can come up is: it’s an article expressing the authors’ opinions from obvious truths, you do the research to disprove those opinions. When the comments bear some facts that may prove their opinions wrong, they would say: LOL AMATEUR NET LAWYERING, U MAD.

nona
Guest

am being slow and stupid.
realise this is nom de plume and not from tupaz.
another malacanan yellow trick. dishonesty is their only weapon

Jet Hernandez
Guest

http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/opinion/columnist1/13189-cj-impeachment-not-being-done-the-right-way

even saguisag is against the shortcuts done by Penoy and company. ABNOY TALAGA.

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