And so starts the circus of Renato Corona’s trial by publicity

The Philippine media seems to be stepping up a campaign to distort the facts surrounding the impeachment case against Philippine Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice (CJ) Renato Corona. It is evident in the way Michael Lim Ubac wrote on the very first line of his Inquirer.net “report” World Bank: Loan to Supreme Court high risk that “The Supreme Court under the watch of Chief Justice Renato Corona has been weighed and found wanting.” But, as Get Real Post reader Domingo Arong pointed out in a comment there, “the loan was administered under the incumbencies of three other previous Chief Justices during a span of eight long years,”…

“The World Bank approved the loan in 2003” during the incumbency of CJ Hilario D. Davide (November 30, 1998 – December 20, 2005) and continued to be administered during the tenure of CJ Artemio V. Panganiban (December 20, 2005 – December 7, 2006).

The loan was to expire on Dec. 31, 2009, during the incumbency of CJ Reynato Puno (December 8, 2006 – May 17, 2010); however “the World Bank extended the closing date twice–first by 18 months (until June 30, 2011), and then by 12 months (until June 30, 2012).”

“Thus far,” the report continues, “the tribunal has spent $16.3 million (76 percent of the revised loan amount of $21.4 million.”

However, “due to questions over the fiscal discipline of the tribunal in adhering to loan stipulations, the World Bank cancelled the final tranche of the loan amounting to $0.5 million.”

Clearly, the above information is not consistent with the opening line of the very news “report” that it appears in. As if that instance of seemingly blatant twisting of facts weren’t enough, a paid ad was also placed in the 15th January 2012 edition of the Philippine Daily Inquirer by an undisclosed group which had the words “Remove Arroyo’s Gatekeeper!” as its header and “Fight for what’s good! Save the Supreme Court! Remove Corona!” as its footer. Included in the ad was a cartoon depiction of an embattled Chief Justice being persecuted by the public…

The above image was posted on the PAID YELLOW AD on PDI today regarding CJ Corona look in page 10-1 folder of the Facebook page Showbiz Government with the following caption:

ABS-CBN and [the] Philippine Daily Inquirer headlined the World Bank misuse loan [refer here]. What the Yellow Media maliciously ignored was [that] the WB project was implemented in 2003 under CJ Hilario Davide, Jr. whose son was endorsed by Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy) during the 2010 election. Sadly, [the] WB fund was audited during Renato Corona[‘s] watch. The head of the project committee was even another Justice. Not Corona. Who are you fooling, ABS–CBN and Philippine Daily Inquirer (Official)?

[…]

People are quick to say Corona is biased [for] former President Gloria Arroyo because [the] SC (a collegiate body) voted 19-0 in favor of Arroyo. Probably, they should ask the question if all 19 cases vs Arroyo were prepared WELL or hastily. If the cases were loose due to technical deficiencies/loopholes, you cannot expect [the] SC to uphold these cases because the very essence of their responsibility is to uphold the law in all its technicality. This should give Arroyo prosecutors the message [that] they should do the hard work and not cut corners. […]

[NB: Some of the above text was edited for clarity by the author of this blog and, as such, the above copy may be slightly different from the original.]

Earlier we noted how “social news network” site Rappler.com, an organisation of “online journalists” who promise “uncompromised journalism”, apparently published the original World Bank audit findings which were originally not intended for immediate public consumption, raising the possibility that the whole story around the WB findings were inappropriately leaked and used

It seems that [the WB report] was not supposed to be published publicly as yet but it was leaked to RAPPLER.COM. It is alleged that Andre[w] Parker husband of Presidential Management Staff chief [NB: Budget Secretary Abad’s daughter Julia Abad Parker is the director-general of the Presidential Management Staff] leaked the paper to RAPPLER. This is the report which seems to insinuate and fuel anti [Chief Justice Renato Corona] sentiments before Monday’s trial.

So much for “uncompromised journalism”. Veteran blogger Angela Stuart-Santiago notes in her call out to [Rappler.com CEO Maria Ressa] that the whole Corona impeachment circus is a “trial by publicity, and rappler is part of it. too bad.” Too bad indeed. At a time when Filipinos now possess the tools to access an unprecedented volume of information, they can no longer rely on their traditional sources of said information for the truth.

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DaidoKatsumi
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Gorge
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Lies that make my blood boil….lies..then damned lies…it’s unfair, evil and immoral pero yan ang kalakaran sa Pinas…bakit mo sisirain ang isang tao sa kasinungalingan?..My family and I pray for CJ Corona…malampsan sana nya ang kasinungalingan ng kasalukuyang administrasyon. I love Pinas but hate the Government. Canada OFW.

jcc
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hehehe… the other point of view is this:

http://jcc34.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/2502/

Omnicresence
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Read it. Not impressed. Still siding with the CJ on this one. Knowing what his family is like, versus that of the president, it’s pretty clear who actually stands for integrity, truth and justice. The media can’t brainwash all of us.

Robert F. Garcia
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Yes, the media can’t brainwash all of us but surely most of us. Hitler was able to hoodwink most of the Germans because of his charisma. Penoy has absolutely no charisma but used the vast resources of media at his disposal and because of his money. The media are aplenty with the likes of De Quiros but how many Benign0s, Ilda, Doronila, Tiglao, Ninez Cacho Olivarez, Emil Jurado, jojo Robles and other “voices in the wilderness” do we have? I don’t believe Filipinos are inherently gullible and easily brainwashed but there are just too many goebbels in media.

jay
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Thrilla in manila – take 2 Who said “It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila”. Muhammad Ali or Rep. Tupas Happy 70th birthday Muhammed Ali Confucius, he say – “The object of the superior man is truth”. I say – The goal of the hypocrite is self-interest and pork barrel. Lets us see which one the ‘honorable’ senators turn out to be. Already the black propaganda of p-noy,supported by irresponsible elements of the media, is resulting in a public backlash to their dirty tricks. If the senate does not… Read more »
jay
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midas marquez is obviously next in line

question. by whom and how is he appointed.
can a new cj remove him and re-appoint

Der Fuhrer
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The above layout of the PDI news poster is a look alike of a late 1930’s anti-Jewish Nazi newspaper propaganda. The dictator Mr. Aquino likes using black propaganda and is very apparently into Nazi propaganda techniques.

Hipsterminator
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Kapag hindi natuloy ang balak ng mga dilaw na tanggaling si CJ Corona, mag-abang na lang ng maiimpeach na itlog dahil malamang mawala nang tuluyan ang tiwala ng mga tao kahit pa sabihin nating madaling magmanipula ang media para gaguhin ang publiko. Mabuti na lang at may ganitong website dahil sa tingin ko parami nang parami ang namumulat na tao sa bansa.

Ms. Mike Portes
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Mind conditioning at its finest, Goebbels Theory in action.

jones
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it is very clear that that aquino is a dictator…he ain’t like his parents.and why should we also believe all the articles of PDI? aquino owned that newspaper. his also an oligarch. and we all knew that oligarchs like him are the cause of our ” kahirapan” as they say thats why HE opposed the charter change of the previous administration because once our system of goverment is change there will be no place for oligarchs in the society. may god help CJ corona. oust that hitler in the palace.

Aljid
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Naku. Kung marinig niyo lang mga kapitbahay ko dito. It makes my skin crawl na ganitong klaseng breeding na meron ang mga Pilipino.

HaraKiri
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@benign0,
Let me pour a little vinegar to your wounds of bitterness. I am currently doing a round-collection to pay for a similar ads. So far I have collected $867 from my pocket and fellow OFWs. Don’t worry, the ads will be full of fun. You’ll see it in one of your most hated broadsheets later on.
BTW, if the WB document wasn’t really supposed to be released to the public, then WB can go after its employee who leaked it. In short, we can leave it to their discretion- no need to whine about it.

BenK
Editor

That’s good, it’s always important to have the evidence for the slander case someone will file against you exist in printed form. Good thinking, dumbass.

HaraKiri
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@BenK
You have it from me, don’t worry it will come out in due time bitter gourd!

BenK
Editor
Frankly, I couldn’t give a hoot how this whole thing turns out, except that I run the risk of getting one of my predictions wrong. Your retarded president and people like you who support him did the real damage already, no matter what the outcome. And the real disappointing thing is, there probably are real issues worth investigating properly and bringing to trial in a lot of cases of people like Corona, Arroyo & family, and government officials across the whole spectrum. But the system has absolutely no credibility now, no matter how anyone is judged – Bobo the Simple-Minded… Read more »
jcc
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i want to see ilda classifies the word “dumbass” as an adhominem..

BenK
Editor

No, it’s not an ad hominem. It’s an insulting observation about someone’s intelligence. Or lack thereof.

HaraKiri
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@BenK, Is there any other better slander than the way you allow cussing, call people names and stamp on anyone – I mean anyone here? I just rattled your cage boy! How insulting to your self-imposed intelligence to easily believe such crap you fool! Take your own medicine . I hope you will throw up in agony and realize the vanity of your cause. Who cares if you don’t believe “Abnoy” is doing a house-cleaning? All society are having their share of cynical individuals like you. At least I still do believe that when its my time to finally spend… Read more »
Felipe
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@HaraKiri

If you want real house cleaning, try the Aquino-Cojuangcos. The others are just small fish. They won’t even make a dent as much as toppling a clan who’s legacy lies at the very the root of corruption and decadence in the Philippines, being one of its most active contributors. Before Corona and GMA, there were the Aquino-Cojuangcos with the money to manipulate media in order for easy preys like you to look the other way.

Felipe
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*whose

BenK
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I’d respond to that, but I’m not sure exactly — or even remotely — what point you’re trying to make with it.

HaraKiri
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@DaidoKatsumi “Sorry troll. But it seems that you totally lost it.It seems you REALLY wanted to drag the Philippines deeper down to hellhole. The biggest disappointment is that most of our mediocre people vote for a nutjob instead and trolls like you, with mediocre thinking, still support that guy. So still the fool is YOU because you’re going EMO over GMA claiming that she ‘stole’ YOUR money (which is the government’s money to begin with). And yet you call Noynoy’s Php60 billion pork barrel as ‘good governance.’ A Yellow Zombie like you is much worse of a fool, right? :P”… Read more »
HaraKiri
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@benign0,
Sad to say, I already said I don’t care what are other people’s opinion. If your idea of “Da Pinoy Condition” means “hopeless” that describes you – not me. Lastly, I don’t write to get paid.

Daido Katsumi
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@HaraKiri: Still, point f*cking missed. As of now, they are ALLEGATIONS so better to keep it yourself for now. You mention Singapore, but they focus more on progress rather than trivial matters like this (Lee Kuan Yew will agree with me whether you like it or not). And it’s not really about patronizing corrupt leaders but patronizing the dysfunctional culture; just want to remind you that corruption is not just the government but the PEOPLE. The Philippines being Asia’s basketcase didn’t start with Arroyo but it started when Marcos left. And it wasn’t Arroyo who made the flawed 1987 Constitution… Read more »
HaraKiri
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@DaidoKatsumi “You mention Singapore, but they focus more on progress rather than trivial matters like this (Lee Kuan Yew will agree with me whether you like it or not).” Ha ha – you are the one big stupid to portray you know Singapore . LKY jails the corrupt officials and even those who oppose him. J.B. Jeyaretnam was one of his political nemesis who died bankrupt as everything was practically taken from him and that’s what he got for going against LKY. What makes you think LKY will agree with you in not jailing the thieves? He will f%%k you… Read more »
jcc
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it is refreshing to see someone takes GRP on its own turf and makes their writers feel they are not sobrasalientes worth adoring.

auriga
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@HaraKiri:
I dunno ’bout you but it seems to me you took Daido Katsumi’s Singapore comment sorely out of context.

“If your idea of “Da Pinoy Condition. ” means “hopeless”, its definitely not me but you.”

And you arrived at this conclusion because?

“Besides,I don’t write to get paid.”

What are you trying to drive at?

Daido Katsumi
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Third time yet still missing the point. You boast on LKY jailing corrupt officials but the fact is that eradicating corruption is not his number 1 priority. In any form of government, there will ALWAYS be corruption. The difference is the progress made and how it is ran to meet the day to day and yearly goals. People blamed PGMA because the media highlighted her faults and made her supposedly anti-masa. Yet the media who has ties with the Aquinos won’t look critically into their mistakes, if not making light of the current president’s ineptitude. See the bias? Why Lee… Read more »
HaraKiri
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@DaidoKatsumi Why Lee Kuan Yew will agree on me? Because I have read his book From Third World to First because he poined out that the root problem of the Philippines is NOT corruption and patronizing corrupt officials but the CULTURE. Him saying “The Philippines is a soft, forgiving culture” didn’t happen during Gloria’s time but the Cory regime! — Bingo, right out of your own stup%dity you had finally admitted that LKY’s iron-hand strategy is being applied to GMA now and the “softness” was during Cory’s regime? But wait a minute, didn’t she pardon Erap? What was that? “Softness”… Read more »
Felipe
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@HaraKiri Before you quibble on grammatical details, why not also look word-for-word to your postings if yours is error-free you a%sh%le. I used the possessive pronoun “whose” because I was not referring to a person but rather the “system”.. you are so much akin to a donkey calling another donkey an “ass”. That’s it?!? If in my judgment, there is a possibility that my typos may change the meaning of my message, then I’d pay attention to it. Otherwise, I don’t care much—simple, no biggie. But if your preoccupation with irrelevancies and ad hominems are the best rebuttal you can… Read more »
Felipe
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BTW Harakiri, I was correcting my own typos not “quibbling” over yours. So chill.

DaidoKatsumi
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@HaraKiri: I tell you the truth – Gordon and Gibo are men action and what the country needs: CONCRETE VISION. Like I said, we will never move on if apelyidos, athletes, and artistas always matter. I just want to prove the fact na mas maraming TANGA ang bumoboto and always clinging on surveys rather using their brains. Nah, it was still YOU who is part of the dysfunctional culture of our country due to your way of thinking. Those who are the people who embraced the negative aspects of our culture like clinging to things like mediocrity, mendicancy, and stupidity.… Read more »
Alconce
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The packaging by the brand men of Noynoy themselves lied to the nation about the quality of said product. They (brandmen) were like the talking snake in the bible that duped the naive among us into taking a piece of that forbidden corrupt free and straight path tree of knowledge as symbolized by Noynoy, and deliver us from the evil of the past regime. And as the story goes, we all knew what happened next in the bible.

jay
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ellen tordesillas exposed the wb report as a hoax with a full copy of the hoax email on her website “I’m the one saying it’ s a hoax. The WB report, which can be found in its website, does not carry criticisms of Corona and Marquez. In fact, it has a positive assessment of the project. That’s why they extended it.” e tordesillas the fact that drillon and p-noy on monday were calling for an investigation into the wb report shows clearly where the hoax report came from and is being used to draw midas marquez into the picture as… Read more »
jcc
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what hoax?… WB simply says it did not release the report by itself. but it did not deny the existence of the report, nor the truth thereof!

someone who is not an addmirer of the SCORP did, but what matters is the contents itself, not that it was not officially released.

BenK
Editor

Aaaannndd…. the contents were rather the opposite of what has been reported.

ahehe
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@jcc, it’s POSITIVE in favor of Corona, lol.

jcc
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that he disbursed more funds during his time than his predecessors? heheheee.. maybe for travels and junkets. read again and read between the lines.

jay
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http://www.ellentordesillas.com/

read the copy of the hoax which was sent out

this was not the wb report as it appears on the wb website

it shows someone went to a lot of trouble to create it

Der Fuhrer
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I read it jcc… It is a fabricated piece of work. Don’t tow the black propaganda line of the dictator.

jesus v a villamor III
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jesus v a villamor III

is it not obvious to everyone that the prosecution does not have anything on corona and they are resorting to trial by publicity hoping corona will do a merci? but since corona wanted his day in court, now they have to invent things to diss the CJ…

Hyden Toro
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You can see how these YellowTards and their propaganda tool: the Lopez ABS-CBN Media, distort the Truth.
You will see evidences presented in the Senate, as Fraudulent Evidences…Noynoy Aquino and the Cojuangcos want desperately to take back their Hacienda Luisita. And they have no shame to show that they want to monopolize Power. Become another Khadafy family of the Philippines. What they have done to the People of Tarlac. They want to do it in the Philippines…

ahehe
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jay
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p-noy did not sell his hacienda luisita shares. he transferred them to kris aquino.
maybe the defense will bring this out at some point to underline the motive, the hypocricy and the lies/hiding the truth.

p-noy let everyone see the deed of transfer

up nn Grad
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Amazing how the YELLOW’s are blind to the importance of Corona and the Hacienda Luisita item.

There is BIG MONEY at stake — the BIG MONEY is how much per hectare Hacienda Luisita stockholders will get reimbursed. Corona Court has already put the number (to be the land value when HL corporation held up the distribution of the land). “That’s too small!!! The price has to be fair!!” said Persi-Noynoy, and shortly thereafter the Impeach-Corona gained stronger momentum.

jay
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If cojuangco-aquino lose hacienda luisita they will lose most of their money and all their political power in tge future. If they keep hacienda luisita then they will gain 30 Billion pesos over the next 10 years through selling land and commercial development and establish an almost unassailable political dynasty fir the next 20+ years. The impeachment is all or nothing for the cojuangco-aquinos, and i am sure the bribes(taxpayers money) to senators will be huge. The yellow media avoid the elephant in the room so people dont understand the link to hl or exactly what is at stake. Corona… Read more »
ahehe
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still no BAWI on flawed World Bank report from local media. hmmmm.

Aegis-Judex
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“If they keep hacienda luisita then they will gain 30 Billion pesos over the next 10 years through selling land and commercial development and establish an almost unassailable political dynasty fir the next 20+ years.”

Or worse: change the form of government to an outright aristocracy.

Hyden Toro
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What goes up , must come down…this is the truth in this universe…you have a starting point…You Peak…then, you go down. Mark my words: This is the turning point of the Aquino and Cojuangco families, Lust for Power.
Adolf Hitler turning point was in the Battle of Leningrad in the Soviet Union. Japanese Empire’s turning point was in the Naval Battle at Midway in the Pacific…
Roman Empire’s turning point was the introduction of Christianity as Empire’s religion…

Felipe
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At a time when Filipinos now possess the tools to access an unprecedented volume of information, they can no longer rely on their traditional sources of said information for the truth.

Unfortunately, in spite of the growing availability of these alternate sources of information, pinoys still prefer traditional media to do the thinking for them. Tsk, tsk, tsk…ABS-CBN/TFC still provides the kind of entertainment that indulges pinoy addiction for the cheap and repetitive themes and storylines which promote the status quo and reinforce small-mindedness, instead of motivating pinoys to rather challenge them.

Trosp
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Anybody here knows about JounoList?