PNoy apologist Randy David pre-judges Arroyo and Chief Justice Renato Corona

University of the Philippines professor and Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist, Randy David was spot on when he saidIn a society like ours, debt of gratitude to the appointing authority cannot be ignored. Often, it outweighs professional considerations. This is even more so when the appointing authority handpicks choices for sensitive positions with an explicit eye for their proven personal loyalty.” David may just as well have been describing the patronage politics of the incumbent Philippine President, Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) when he was writing his column.

Cory led the unconstitutional ousting of former President Joseph Estrada

But perhaps it is easy for Mr David to pretend that patronage politics was only prevalent during former President and Congresswoman, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s (GMA) time in Malacañang because it is no secret that he has a political axe to grind. It was during GMA’s term that David was arrested at a rally at the Edsa
in Ortigas in 2006 on suspicion of sedition. And perhaps Mr David’s age is betraying him a bit because patronage politics was actually even more blatant during the late former President Cory Aquino’s term. Just to refresh his memory, an article from TIME magazine even documented it:

[…] But in the tumultuous four years since Aquino became President, charges of incompetence and graft have increasingly tainted her own government. When rebellious soldiers launched the seventh abortive coup against Aquino on Dec. 1, their most pointed complaints focused on the administration’s failure to deliver basic services and on allegations of corruption among the President’s wealthy and influential relatives.

The charges, magnified by the Manila rumor mill, have inflicted serious political damage. While the President herself is considered incorruptible, critics accuse her of turning a blind eye to family and friends who are said to be enriching themselves at the public’s expense.

Turning a blind eye seems to be the order of the day for those siding with GMA’s political opponents. Mr David is conveniently turning a blind eye to PNoy’s penchant for appointing his Kamag-anak, kaibigan at kaklase or KKK to sensitive positions in government with PNoy personally handpicking them for their proven personal loyalty.

In his recent column, Mr David highlighted for the second time, how GMA ascended to power after the ouster of former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada and called it “dubious”. Maybe it is the limitation in the number of words set by the Inquirer editor or perhaps it was Mr. David’s own use of literary device but whatever it is, he omitted the fact that it was Cory Aquino, the mother of PNoy, who was one of those who led the second people power revolution dubbed “Edsa II” that unconstitutionally unseated Erap. The late Manila Cardinal Archbishop Jaime Sin, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, former President, Fidel Ramos all called for Erap’s resignation after Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson, a longtime friend of President Joseph Estrada, went public with accusations that Estrada, his family and friends received millions of pesos from operations of the illegal numbers game, jueteng.

The Supreme Court Justices at the time were even forced to legitimize GMA’s ascent to power on the basis of this being one endorsed by “the will of the people” — the same “will” the Aquino camp now keep citing as the basis of their self-righteous campaign against the SC. What seemed like a good idea then for all those who led the revolt against Erap is now being hailed as “opportunistic” on the part of GMA from Mr David’s point of view. Old age must be taking its toll on his memory.

Without naming them all and without going to specifics, Mr. David accused GMA of “generously rewarding political lackeys and apologists with cushy positions in government corporations” thereby virtually condemning these people to the hall of shame by their mere association to the former President. It’s as if Mr David himself is not acting as a PNoy’s apologist by writing a very biased article. I guess the professor thinks that it is okay for him to question GMA’s motives because it is in the Filipino people’s nature not to trust or take someone at face value. And the lack of trust can be explained in the old saying, “it takes one to know one.”

Of course Mr. David made special mention of the Ampatuans and how they “complied with her (GMA) every whim by manipulating electoral outcomes”. It’s possibly another memory lapse on his part because the trial for GMA’s alleged “electoral sabotage” case hasn’t even begun yet he already issues his own verdict.

Lastly, Mr David reserved a few paragraphs for Supreme Court and Chief Justice, Renato Corona. He strongly agrees with PNoy that the latter was a midnight appointee by GMA. Never mind that, at that time, it was the Philippines’ Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) that “unanimously” agreed to start nominations prior to the 2010 elections for the replacement of the country’s outgoing Chief Justice Reynato Puno. And they did so citing Section 4(1), Article 8 of the constitution — which mandates that a Supreme Court vacancy should be filled within 90 days once the position remains vacant.

In a news item published in February of 2010, it was shown that even constitutional experts had no problem with GMA appointing the new judge:

A group of constitutionalists has no qualms about President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointing the next chief justice despite a constitutional provision supposedly prohibiting it two months before an election.

Members of the Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) even want the Supreme Court to compel the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC), the body that screens nominees to vacant judicial posts, to submit its shortlist to President Arroyo.

In a 20-page petition, Philconsa, through its president Manuel Lazaro, said the election ban in the Constitution covers only appointments in the executive department and not in the judiciary.

The group pointed out that the only restriction cited by the Constitution is that the president must appoint from the list submitted by the JBC.

The bottom line is, the issue about appointing a new SC judge has been resolved in early 2010 even before GMA chose Renato Corona. It turns out that GMA was even compelled to pick a new judge by the JBC out of an urgent need to do so because “historical events dictated the post should be vacant no more than a day”. Here’s what the SC had to say about the controversy at that time:

The SC said there is no provision in the Constitution providing for designation of a temporary chief justice during the vacancy because the post is crucial during election period since the high court acts as the final arbiter under the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).


The SC, however, gave weight to the argument of the Solicitor General stressing the importance of the chief justice post saying historical events dictated the post should be vacant no more than a day.

When Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee retired on April 18, 1988, Associate Justice Pedro Yap was appointed on the same day. When Yap retired on July 1, 1988, then Associate Justice Marcelo Fernan was appointed the same day.

When Fernan effectively resigned on Dec. 7, 1991, Senior Justice Andres Narvasa was appointed the following day. When Narvasa retired on Nov. 29, 1998, Senior Justice Hilario Davide Jr. was sworn into office the following morning.

When Davide retired on Dec. 19, 2005, Senior Justice Artemio Panganiban was appointed to succeed the following day.

Lastly, when Panganiban retired on Dec. 6, 2006, incumbent Chief Justice Reynato Puno took his oath on midnight of Dec. 7, 2006.

Whether one agrees with the Supreme Court’s final decision or not, one thing is for sure, Chief Justice Corona has been taking all these attacks on his personal integrity like a real gentleman. The record shows that during the height of the debate surrounding GMA’s move to appoint a new SC judge in early 2010, Chief Justice Corona who was at that time, still a Associate Justice together with fellow nominee, Antonio Carpio opted not to join the voting on the issue citing that “it will have effects on them”. And prior to the SC’s decision to okay GMA’s picking of the new judge, Corona even reportedly said that “he would accept the nomination for the post but on condition that the next president (PNoy) should make the appointment.” It is too bad that PNoy and his apologists like Randy David ignore Corona’s record of objectivity in the past. It must be in their nature to be too quick to judge a judge appointed by GMA.


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nieves godinez

Good research done on your article, Iida. Congratulations!



Nakasara ang isang mata ni Randy David at may memory gap na nga sya dahil sa katandaan at hindi lang sya ang may mga sintomas na gaya nyan lalo na sa at nakababahala na pati mga kabataan ay nahahawa na sa kanila.

Sana marami pang makabasa ng mga nasusulat dito sa GRP para maliwanagan ang mga tao sa mga tunay na nangyari at nangyayari sa ating Mahal na Pilipinas dahil dumarami na ang may ‘utak iskwater’ sa ating lipunan.

Mabuhay ka!


Thanks for this Ilda!!!! And Very well written too.


“The President knows what is right and what is
wrong even if he’s not a lawyer,” presidential
spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

Well thats alright then – no need for a supreme court.

Does he also understand downward sloping lines on graphs, even though he is not an economist.

Der Fuhrer
The very bad examples set by BadNoy is already infecting his improved society. As I said before, it is already “fashionable” to pre-judge(guilty before trial),do hate-think, cruelty, revulsion, ridicule and bash with seditious statements personalities(GMA family, CJ Corona) and an institution(Supreme Court) perceived to be his enemies. BadNoy does not know right from wrong. His perception is right is wrong and wrong is right. The latest damage to the culture and mindset is a really bad example. The bad influence continues to infect the improved society. It is now a national pastime. BadNoy engages in interpreting the law as if… Read more »
Randy David is disappointing. His supposed brilliance again failed to be useful to the nation. He has embraced an ideology that is selective to whatever is convenient to him. If I recall correctly, these oppositors conceded to SC ruling on the constitutionality of CJ appointment because of the magistrates’ commanding majority vote. They were only howling of GMA’s lack of delicadeza for doing such and even went on to pontificate her that it may be legal but not moral. And now, since Filipinos must have already forgotten, they are going back to legitimacy issue. They are now sounding like a… Read more »

nicely written observation.
unfortunately a country that believes and buys drink to increase your breast size, a pill to add inches to your height and a soap which turns you white are clearly easily led. lemmings and cliff come to mind


great post! maraming salamat!


great article backed by facts and reason.
it’s a shame the inquirer prints garbage of randy david ,neil cruz and conrado de quiroz.

Very well written Ilda. If it isn’t too much to ask I wonder if you could enlighten us with an article about De Lima’s record as CHR commissioner which can say much about her caliber as a lawyer. I keep trying to recall if she had a remarkable stint there but couldn’t think of one good case she had brought to prosecution. Was she all bark than bite? If she was then she is as mediocre as her boss. And with her as gov’t lawyer against a battery of abogados de campanilla (eg.Estelito Mendoza, Topacio, et al.)of Arroyo, then this… Read more »
I always find it hard to believe how these people (supposedly respected ones, as I once thought) could turn a blind eye while the whole country is suffering. I don’t believe that they are misled or misinformed … they know what they’re doing. And I can’t imagine what’s in it for them that they are willing to forsake the whole country. They capitalize on the weaknesses (which are too many to mention) of most Filipinos to get what they want and most of the time they succeed. Given the current situation of our country, it’s almost hopeless. But as quoted… Read more »

thank you for this article and this website…i never trust mainstream news, and if ever i stumble news from them, i check on other perspectives and find still with my wits with me…:)

i’m very concerned with other people’s sheep mentality when it comes to current events…always taking things as they are when it’s almost always not so, specially here in this country.

Hyden Toro
If a person like , Mr. Randy David points blame of a politician, he does not like. But, overlooks the obvious shortcomings of an incompetent President. I have to suspect: Why is he doing it?Maybe,his pocket is full of money from the funds of Aquino…maybe he just don’t like the politician, because of “mayroon siyang atraso”… The self – confessed bribe taker: Sec. Puno, is not even mentioned. Mr. David is blind on it. The Dacer-Corbito case is not even there…it does not exist anymore. The Hacienda Luisita massacre and acquisition is not even mentioned… Mr. Randy David, is a… Read more »
Jaime Genio Arejola

Thanks for sharing your moral courage.

I lumped this Randy David with William Esposo, Harry Roque, and Conrado De Quiros as unhinged columnists. They have a different definition of the word “shame”. I can suspect “emotion” and “shame” to them are the same. Just to have a baseline: I find Jojo Robles, Gary Olivar, Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino, Isagani Cruz, Solita Monsod, and Babe Romualdez columns as insightful. There are foods that you have to taste first before you ‘ll know that they are rotted. These unhinged columnists are like rotted penoy – it stinks to high heaven. You don’t have to taste them. That’s why… Read more »
as you say everyone has motives – agree as you say pnoy is simple and transparent – agree pnoys simple and transparent motives overall – maintain status quo via dominance of cojuangco-aquino clan specifics personal – jail gma family – protect hacienda luisita (the recent ruling will cost cojuangco 10 -15 Billion pesos) hence the indecent haste to impeach whatever the cost to the country business – no charter change – economic provisions politicians – no FoI to protect misdeeds clark – develop airport as international gateway and rail link. another reason why hacienda luisita is so critical and valuable… Read more »

just watch it on tv.
pnoy who said at the weekend that god is on his side! is hoping for people power to oust corona.
if the average country iq is 86 then majority does not mean right since the majority are one rung above trained monkeys on the intelligence ladder

jesus v a villamor III
jesus v a villamor III
in this country, you are guilty unless you are proven otherwise and the burden of proof lies in the accused and not the accuser. isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? the state has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the crime and all you have to do is cast a doubt of their proof, right? here, you allegedly committed a crime but in the headlines you are already guilty of the crime. it’s only an allegation and you made the headlines. you answer the allegations complete with evidence that you did nothing… Read more »
PLease do not justify what Arroyo did. EDSA 2 was stage by GMA, it just so happened that she as able ot convince everybody that she was doing the right thing. Well yeah, the right for her. Corona is an illegal Chief Justice. You can’t appoint within the 2 month period, only temporary position. Arroyo made sure that she has people on high post so that she can still control the government. Ever wonder why she ran for congress after be a President? Did you guys ever wonder how they were to secure the TRO and pay bonds even when… Read more »
PLease Read This Monsod: No ambiguity in Charter on midnight appointments Posted at 03/18/2010 1:12 PM | Updated as of 03/18/2010 1:12 PM MANILA, Philippines – One of the authors of the 1987 Constitution on Thursday said the Supreme Court erred in its decision granting President Arroyo the power to appoint the next Chief Justice despite the ban on midnight presidential appointments. Christian Monsod, one of 50 people who drafted the 1987 Charter, said the Constitutional Commission had enunciated a clear policy against presidential appointments 60 days before an election and until the end the president’s term. He said… Read more »