Day 2 of Corona Impeachment: Amazing grace exhibited by defense team

Perhaps it is as what everyone had suspected all along. Of what looked like volumes of “evidence” of improper conduct on the part of Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona splashed all over the media by the House of Representatives prosecution team (despite repeated warnings from the Senate), it turns out that only a tiny (if any) subset of all that noise was relevant to or within scope of the much-hyped Articles of Impeachment against Corona. Worse, whatever evidence the prosecution actually had was mostly inadmissible.

Indeed, despite an army of lawyers engaged by the prosecution and an even bigger army of media hacks scattering factoids surrounding “evidence” against Corona over the last several weeks, House prosecutors came up virtually empty-handed on Day 2 of the Senate impeachment proceedings — a day that turned out to be a disaster for Corona’s prosecutors. Part of their strategy for the day it seems was to put up Article II (the stuff about Corona’s alleged unexplained wealth) on the agenda ahead of Article I (the stuff about his “subservience” to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo), which made Senate President (and presiding officer of the Senate Impeachment Court) Juan Ponce Enrile wonder, “If you consider Article II your most important, why wasn’t it No. 1?”

Had Enrile allowed Article II to be discussed today, the prosecution would have come across as chumps nonetheless…

With no witnesses to introduce, the prosecution team also brought merely computer-generated documents to prove Corona amassed ill-gotten wealth while in power.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, the impeachment presiding officer, refused to acknowledge the documents pending authentication.

This is only the most recent of the lengthening track record of gaffes coming from pro-impeachment campaigners. And it is quite amusing that the impeachment prosecution team itself would carry on that tradition in the Senate trial itself.

Just recently, what was supposed to be an “explosive” scoop on a supposedly damning report issued by the World Bank (WB) against the Supreme Court was made public by some media organisations. The WB report on the Supreme Court’s Judicial Reform Support Project (JRSP) was supposedly “leaked” by Malacanang sources to the media despite the document not being intended for public consumption. The WB later denied releasing the document to the media. And while the report rated the use of funds loaned by the WB to the project as “unsatisfactory”, it did not single out any one factor much less one person as being solely accountable for said performance…

While the WB sources revealed that the project was delayed and had to be extended several times, it cited a number of factors that contributed to these delays, including the 2009 Typhoon Ondoy disaster, “coordination issues”, “lengthy procurement processes”, and “changes in the judiciary leadership”. As such there is no hint of any one factor that could be made accountable for the lackluster delivery of the project.

An Inquirer.net “report”, however, went as far as asserting that “The Supreme Court under the watch of Chief Justice Renato Corona has been weighed and found wanting,” on the basis of the WB report — an assertion that is grossly inconsistent with the facts stated in the WB report. On the contrary…

Data from the World Bank’s website revealed that the pace of implementation has picked up under Corona’s leadership, saying more than $1.3 million was disbursed in the first half of 2011 alone.

Previous to that, much ado over Corona’s supposedly “unexplained wealth” was being spun by various “online journalists”. The angle of choice of these “exposés” is mainly around how there is no way Corona’s salary as a government employee can cover the financial commitments entailed by his vast property portfolio. As Akbayan spokesperson Risa Hontiveros explains

“the Chief Justice can no longer ignore allegations that he has enriched himself in office way beyond his legal salaries and allowances as a member and now head of the Supreme Court”

Of course, Corona is no ordinary government employee and had enjoyed many other professional gigs outside of government service. The private sector is known for being a bit more generous than the state when it comes to compensation. Perhaps Hontiveros, being a leftist mouthpiece, isn’t as clued in on the vast rewards that the capitalist free-enterprise system has been known to offer its savvier practitioners.

Going further down the depth of the barrel, we found veteran “investigative reporter” Raissa Robles and “online journalist” Marites Vitug scraping its bottom with their “reports” about the sketchy improprieties of Corona’s wife Mrs Cristina Corona and the “outrage” of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) awarding Mr Corona academic credentials under supposedly inappropriate circumstances.

I said it first, then:

All of the above fail the So What? test.

Day 2 of the impeachment trial re-administered the same test on what the prosecution had to show and got the same result.

I salute the grace with which Corona’s defense team spokespersons discussed the remains of the day with the media after that “disastrous” showing by the prosecution. They kept reminding everyone to apply a bigger picture perspective on the whole exercise we are being subjected to today courtesy of the vanity and small-mindedness of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, and not see the bumbling antics of the prosecutors on Day 2 as a feather on their cap. The setback of the prosecution team is “just an initial victory” according to Atty. Tranquil Salvador of the defense team “This is not a day-to-day competition. In a trial like this, you need to build up your case,” Salvador said.

Considering the foul tactics of the anti-Corona campaigners even before the trial itself, I doubt that such grace would have been exhibited by the prosecution team had the outcome of Day 2 been more favourable to them.

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Phil Manila
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“…just an initial victory.”

Corona’s lead defense counsel, former SC Justice Serafin Cuevas’ performance was impressive compared to the prosecutors.

In addition, I think many viewers will agree that part of the sympathy generated is from the clear, cool, and intelligent elucidation by the good looking spokeswoman of the defense, Atty Karen Olivia, compared to Reps Tanada, Quimpo, and Angara 🙂

Mailyn Manupac
Guest

i hope the government is going to give more attention to the deteriorating condition of our environment…my heart aches every time i see that the new administration is just there to persecute its predecessor….so sad….

Lord Chimera
Guest

That because Pnoy has no clear set goals for the improving our lot in life. for all I know this circus the government is orchestrating is just a smokescreen to hide Pnoy’s incompetence.

Kitchie
Guest

Ang motto niya kasi ay “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap..” Nauna nga naman ung phrase na “kung walang corrupt” so yun ang inuuna niya.. baka ganun yung concept niya about his motto.

kalboako
Guest

kung lahat ng corrupt tatangalin nya walang matitirang opisyal. lahat naman cla corrupt. isa n c pinoy dun. alam nya n hindi sya karapat dapat maging presidente. wala cyang kakayahan mamuno. pero bkt nya tinangap ang pwesto. isa rin itong form of corruption. alam m hindi m kaya, tapos kukunin m ang position…. edi corrupt din cya. kaya dapat mawala k din s position m.

alden
Guest

Another excellent article benigno keep up the good job..

anna schell
Guest

Its quite obvious that the defense panel has this good breeding that the prosecutors will never have.

BenK
Editor

It’s quite obvious that the defense panel is treating this professionally as an engagement that must be conducted according to a certain procedure, while the prosecution seems a little stunned that they actually have to do all this, and are in no way ready or capable of it. I really think Team N/A had no Plan B to trying to force Corona out with bad publicity.

anna schell
Guest

@Benk- or maybe the prosecution panel never exp
ected or even realize that CJ will fight this far. 🙂

Lord Chimera
Guest

Since when was the prosecution and to the extent their supreme lord and master Pnoy was ever professional?

Seriously I think Pnoy and his cabal thought that getting rid of Corona was a piece cake, hence the unpreparedness of the prosecution team.

roi
Guest

Silent waters run deep while an empty can clanks.

Reading the profile of the prosecutors, you wouldn’t say they are stupid as they are products of top calibre schools. Of course, why can’t money a genius?

Felipe
Guest

@roi

Silent waters run deep while an empty can clanks.

Sadly, it’s the empty cans that mainstream media loves.

JohnF
Guest

Great job from the defense team!

This is a great setback for the prosecution. A fallback which proves the uncertainty to which they are footing. The grounds that they are presenting are all shaky and unstable. 🙂

roi
Guest

Pardon my ignorance, how is Rep. Angara related to Sen. Angara? If the former is a son of the latter, why did Rep. Angara accept the job as prosecutor? If one defense counsel withdrew due to a long-forgotten Villar issue, why not apply the same principle in the case of Rep. Angara?

I have no issue with the older gentleman. I like him in fact. But a judge has to be impartial in fact and in appearance.

anna schell
Guest

@roi- father and son i think:-)

jcc
Guest

it is quite obvious that GRP people had fallen to the subtle guile of senator enrile.

while he has asked the prosecution and the defense not to try the case before the public, it was obvious that he was addressing the public with his misplaced erudition by his convoluted concepts of marital privilege, filial privilege and “self-incrimination.”

another way of saying it: “guys huwag kayong magpapogi sa publiko, ako lang dapat magpapogi.” hehehe..

http://jcc34.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/age-has-taken-over-the-genius-of-sen-enrile/

auriga
Guest

“it was obvious that he was addressing the public with his misplaced erudition by his convoluted concepts of marital privilege, filial privilege and “self-incrimination.””

All I saw was someone calling for respect for the proper procedure. Overanalysis much?

“another way of saying it: “guys huwag kayong magpapogi sa publiko, ako lang dapat magpapogi.” hehehe..”

WHAT IS THIS I DON’T EVEN

Der Fuhrer
Guest

Creating fairy tales about the Senate President is more of EvilNoy’s style. Attacking Juan Ponce Enrile with propaganda is not going to help the cause of the prosecution.

Anonymous
Guest

This just shows how desperate the prosecution stooges are. They know that they’re going to LOSE that’s why they resort to dirty tricks.

Lord Chimera
Guest

One should have expected such tactic. It seems that Pnoy’s solution to an “uncooperative” person is to discredit him and/or her.

mommyjo
Guest

when things do not go your way you call it misplaced erudition. sorry for you.

“…ako lang dapat magpapogi…”, if that is really his wish (to you it is) then naunahan na sya ni Tupas, isang taon ng nagpapapogi (pero panget pa rin). Bet he’s gonna run for the senate within your lifetime.

Atty Cuevas must be making your cabal nervous. wait til you hear the others. exciting spectacle, this is turning out to be. Hah.

Trosp
Guest

Here you are again jcc – “GRP people had fallen to the subtle guile of senator enrile” according to you! Jeez!

From online dictionary:

guile (gl)
n.
1. Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit.
2. Obsolete A trick or stratagem.

If that is the meaning of your word usage, it’s a clear manifestation of your idiocy, disconjunctive boy.

Why can’t you just stay in your own blog and spew your idiocy there.

Niyayabangan mo kami sa alam mo sa history at grammar pero wala rin. Sablay pa rin.

Marunong ka bang mahiya?

svc
Guest

Enrile does not need a free ride on this circus to boost his image, he’s been there for decades already!

Der Fuhrer
Guest

The dictator Mr. Aquino already relayed his marching orders. Same techniques. Black propaganda trial by publicity. As I said before the art of lying is now adopted as an instrument of public policy. Lies are repeated over and over to appear as truth. While real truth is made to appear as lies. Fabrication of evidence is a new one. Mr. Aquino uses the aforementioned technique against his scapegoats. Manufactured evidence is easy to present. His communication group likes this best.

mommyjo
Guest
Did you see the weekend issue of Inquirer with the full pages of cartoon ads one of which compares Aquino with US statesmen? Totally nauseating. The ads claim to be paid for by three hard-to-beleive groups but by just looking at the illustrations they are obviously the work of just one (maybe one communications office). Then on the front page is the WB item and on inside page is about the COA report on this admin with questionable use of funds, but the way it’s written is slanted and still includes a blame-GMA caveat.This “newspaper” has lost its credibility. Shameless… Read more »
Felipe
Guest

@mommyjo

This “newspaper” has lost its credibility. Shameless people. I berated my husband for buying trash, he said he’s gonna use it to wipe some dirt in our garage. LOL

I’ve long been thinking of a product line of rolls of toilet paper with AbNoy’s ‘smiling dog’ face on it. So that every time someone uses it to wipe their a-holes, they’d wipe it on AbNoy’s face—Brown and yellow do go together perfectly anyway. I can also say “AbNoy, kiss my arse” while I wipe.

mommyjo
Guest

@Felipe
gross!!! LOL. as for me I’ll never let even the image of him touch any body part (not even my arse) for fear of infection with mediocrity. 🙂

kalboako
Guest

amen!
cheers to that… lol

Anonymous
Guest

Im not going to read anything anymore from the PDI since they have become a mere shadow of their former selves. IMO, they have lost all of their credibility from being used by this stooge of a president.

Der Fuhrer
Guest

I boycotted PDI. I just look at the internet site to find out what the enemy(EvilNoy) is up to.

Anonymous
Guest

Another great article Benign0.
I was expecting that vincenzo troll to post another one of his stupid comments here but so far he is absent.

Im guessing that he is running out of stupid things to post here since he has been posting the same stupid thing over and over.

mommyjo
Guest

i like your comments a lot. 🙂

Felipe
Guest
@Anonymous I was expecting that vincenzo troll to post another one of his stupid comments here but so far he is absent. Ganun naman mga iyan pagka napaphiya—biglang nananahimik! Tulala pa siguro. Nagagalit silang parating natatalo ang kaso nila against GMA dati sa SC, pero imbis na matuto silang maglabas ng di-peke na ebidensya o patunay, dinadaan nalang nila sa paninira ang biktima nila sa taong bayan. This is the reason why the yellow fabricators are always losing in the SC in their fight against GMA. They expect also the SC to have a biased mindset like they have. Due… Read more »
Hyden Toro
Guest

@Felipe…Vincenzo is busy fabricating Evidences against CJ Corona…don’t bother the Stupid YellowTard…he will do more damage to Noynoy Aquino’s…attempt to impeach CJ Corona…

ahehe
Guest

No report from ABS-CBN. Why?

Day 1: Prosecution, Naka iskor!

Day 2: __________?

Ansabe
Guest

Where is Conrado “Noynoy is Aragorn” de Quiros now? Must be hiding, or contemplating for any excuse to make of the defense’ circus act. For crying out loud, they’re humans too … they make mistakes and are just incompetent enough to prepare for the impeachment proceedings. I’d like this TDI paper more if it’s rolled into a tube and put in the public toilets.

Lord Chimera
Guest
I’ve read some of his articles in TDI. I have no problem of him using melodramatic and fancy words, the problem is that he is distorting facts and his obvious sycophantic, boot-licking and non-objective view concerning Pnoy. Also about CDQ’s comparison to Pnoy as Aragorn: “Noynoy holds the key to it. If he discovers it, he will raise, like Aragorn who conscripted the dead kings and their legions in “Lord of the Rings,” an army mightier than any of his enemies can muster.” It seems that CDQ does not know or prefers to ignore that in the LOTR book Aragorn… Read more »
Hyden Toro
Guest
Any sensible man, who is not ignorsnt like a YellowTard, knows a Document used as an evidence, must be: Sworn and Subscribed, Sealed and Notarized by a Lawyer. Computer generated evidences? Did they know where these evidences came from? Maybe it came from FaceBook…or from Maria Ressa BlogSite? This Case of Impeachment, if it had been in the U.S., would had been thrown out; due to Lack of Merit… The Congressmen deliberated for One-Day only; and voted for the Impeachment of Corona. This is a legal case of magnitude…and you deliberate and decide it for One-Day? Noynoy Aquino and his… Read more »
kalboako
Guest

yellowtards!
i like it! LOL

Anonymous
Guest

I think the whole thing can be compared to
Noob Army with Pellet guns(Prosecution)
VS
Elite and Experienced Army with high tech military equipment and weapons
(Defense)

jay
Guest
Some initial thoughts from the ‘honourable’ senators Legarda – when she eventually makes her entrance! – ‘ does my bum look big in this. Sorry am late – vicky belo needed overtime, but single and ready to mingle! Age no barrier’ Enrile – ‘ hope i live long enough to see a conclusion’ Estrada – ‘ my chance to shine’ (enrile’s shoes) Lapid – ‘wake me up before i go-go’ (to sleep) Santiago – ‘ gypsies, tramps & thieves – and thats just the prosecution’ Drillon – ‘evidence – no need – just convict’ Honasan – ‘ its nearly as… Read more »
TaengGorbachev
Guest

LOL at Cayetano bro…(=^O^=)

mommyjo
Guest

haha I like this @jay.
if I may:
Sotto – ‘isn’t my beard a beauty?’
Miriam – ‘no, you look like a goat. shave, you
idiot, you’re not in eat bulaga.’

Elvin
Guest

Later, if the Impeachment court refuses to enter into evidences the Prosecution’s inadmissible evidences, they will stage a walk-out and bring the trial on the streets where a few dumb gullible protesters will shout obscenities against the Senate and the Senators and of course, the Defense Team, and will try to stage a smaller version of EDSA 4.

Anonymous
Guest

The funny thing is they said that they would not WALK OUT. If they WALK OUT then that means that they are SORE LOSERS.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

DESHAY DESHAY BASARA BASARA
DESHAY DESHAY BASARA BASARA
DESHAY DESHAY BASARA BASARA
DESHAY DESHAY BASARA BASARA

Imagine if the mob goes anarchic, you get the point.

Der Fuhrer
Guest
Answer to Neil “squeaky voice” Tupas and his Cromwell quote to CJ Corona: “Before God and country, the nation says: It is high time for us to put and end to your House of Representatives sitting in that place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. The House is an enemy to good government, as you have sold your institution’s integrity and independence for a mess of pork pottage, and like Judas Escariot betrayed your God for a few pieces of gold. Depart we, the people say, and let… Read more »
jay
Guest

Golden impeachment globes – front runners

Enrile – most statesmanlike

Karen jimeno – best eye candy (and brains – will go far)

Tupas – best comedy act, and most convincing female vocal impersonator

Aggabas – worst dressed – call the fashion police!

Cuevas – worst haircut – call a barber!

Best contribution – legarda, by her non-attendance

Award for Overacting – revilla (clear favourite)

Best supporting actor – revilla’s glasses

brianitus
Guest

Best Stunt goes to Lito Lapid. If he had trouble with English before, I doubt if he can withstand a bout with nosebleeding at the Impeachment court.

Lito Lapid should wear a “I do my own stunts” T-shirt in the Senate.

Trosp
Guest

@benign0

On the lighter side, can you post the photos of Tupas and Tunying Taberna of ABS-CBN UKG side by side and caption it “SEPARATED AT BIRTH”

He he he…

mommyjo
Guest

@Trosp

someone should ask ABSCBN: “seriously, you like taberna?”
that guy has potty mouth. I cringe at his display of kayabangan, as if he’s an expert opinion-maker. yeah, his suave version is Tupas.

Lord Chimera
Guest

The prosecutors are a reflection of their master Pnoy as shown by their stupidity and incompetence.

Seriously if they’re going to tantrum about the fact that Corona will be not impeached thanks to their incompetence, them they have hit the rock bottom of stupidity. I can almost imagine that Pnoy is fuming right now.

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