Losing Momentum

It’s been almost a month since the prosecution under President Noynoy Aquino’s (PNoy’s) guiding hand made a bold move and attempted to allegedly bring Chief Justice Renato Corona to justice. Armed with PNoy’s convoluted sense of justice and the will of the brainwashed masses through unrelenting trial by publicity, the prosecution, led by Niel Tupas, Jr., entered the legal arena, full of confidence that they will finally bring Gloria’s “lackey” down and score some points for PNoy’s rapidly deteriorating credibility.

But, in an amusingly cruel twist of fate, it seems that the tables have turned in favor of the defense led by Serafin Cuevas, and now the smug prosecution is at a great disadvantage. Grasping at straws and for breath, Tupas and his allies now struggle to even establish a reliable premise that will hold a candle against the scrutiny of the defense and the Senate.

The prosecution started the fight with confidence and a speech from Oliver Cromwell, and now they are waist-deep in nationwide embarrassment. What could have possibly gone wrong?

1. Evidences and Witnesses

The prosecution has made a bold claim; that they have incriminating evidence that will prove Corona’s guilt beyond a shadow of a doubt. The key supposedly lies on Corona’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth form. But then, as it turns out, the “incriminating evidence” is nothing but a laughable travesty of solid and reliable evidence. The prosecution began by boasting about having found forty-five of Corona’s properties, which will strongly point towards graft and corruption. Now, they are quick to dismiss their connection with the disclosure of misinformation, admitting that they were only able to gather around twenty-four, as investigation unravelled a blatant lie; most of Corona’s “properties” listed on the prosecutions’ evidence aren’t actually his, or are split into many pieces to boost the numbers.

Then we have the plethora of witnesses the prosecution prepared against the defendant, hardly anyone of whom became of noticeable use to strengthen the prosecution’s stand. Witnesses were discouraged to testify in court, and the prosecution can hardly do anything about this dilemma.

This is irresponsible handling of ammunition in court. The prosecution simply cannot manage its resources well, committing blunder after blunder by summoning witnesses who can hardly shed a light on the matter, and presenting inconclusive and heavily flawed evidences, which are even disclosed publicly. This move violated Rule XVIII of the Rules of Procedure in Impeachment Trial, putting the prosecution in an even more delicate position.

2. Dissing the Authorities

Despite impeachment trials having this professional nature, as it is conducted by men experienced in the ways of law, when simplified, they are basically the same as plain old debates. And in debating, it is your aim to persuade the mind… and the heart, as mentioned by my English 10 professor. Simply put, while it is of extreme importance that you prove your point with rational analysis, it is also important to gain the favor of the audience or the judge, simply because they are the ones capable of making the final judgment that will determine your case. This is still in accordance with the professional nature of impeachment trials; making a good impression, or just plain old etiquette.

The prosecution observed little to nothing of the sort. Just ask Sen. Miriam Santiago as she argued with Atty. Lim of the prosecution. Just ask Tupas and his criminally detestable angst. Just ask their blunders in presenting evidences that merely prolonged the increasingly causeless trial, leaving the jury scratching their heads in disbelief. In steadily earning the contempt of the jury, the prosecution isolated itself further and further from victory. In close scrutiny, trials are mind games, not vanity projects. Boasting your “incriminating evidences” in public and flaunting your way to the courts do not win the jury’s favor to your side. Logic and strategy will, as demonstrated by the defense. Clearly, the prosecution has much to learn, and much to do to learn in the first place, like, say, acquiring a mind, for starters.

3. Teamwork

As much as this adage is clichéd, but this applies to what’s currently happening within the ranks of the prosecution; “there is no ‘I’ in team.” The defense and the prosecution come in teams for this big trial for a reason; many heads, in general, are better than one. It is only imperative and rational, henceforth, to maximize the efficiency of one’s team for optimum results. Although the actual collective intelligence of the prosecution will be inevitably brought to light, let’s just say that they somehow possess sufficient intellectual prowess, for the sake of the point I now try to convey.

As the trial progressed, emotional turmoil sprouted in the midst of the prosecution. Some prosecutors took the spotlight for themselves, while others itch uncontrollably to combat the defense. One of the prosecutors reportedly even walked out of the trial out of desperation. This is an unhealthy relationship. Clearly, there is a need for the prosecutors to consider how they are to work together on this case, or whether they even should. After all, they only have themselves to blame if things go topsy-turvy on their perspective.

4. The Motive

Perhaps what could be the most crucial point regarding why the prosecution fails miserably is the actual motive. What is their intention in trying to prove Corona’s guilt? Are they really after justice, or are they nothing but mere slaves, acting according to what our holier-than-thou President sees fit? Because, in light of events, one could rationally expect a more acceptable performance than the sick comedy we currently witness, provided that they really are seeking justice for justice’s sake.

He who does best does what he wants best. In the case of the prosecution, they might not be after plain old justice in the first place, what with their utter stupidity in the ways of the court, something that theoretically shouldn’t happen if you’re dedicated to what you’re doing.

What’s next?

No matter how the intellectually inept Yellow masses deny this fact, the prosecution’s momentum is rapidly going downhill. Problems just keep sprouting in the midst of the clowns, internal and external. Faced with the events that transpired in the middle of the trial, I can think of at least three possibilities for the future of the prosecution:

1. That they will lose. Plain and simple.

Given the fact that the prosecution is losing this war, it is entirely possible, even probable, that they will lose this impeachment trial. However, given PNoy’s intense, to the point of being twisted, conviction of stretching his influence to the judiciary, it is highly unlikely that the prosecution will lose without any large-scale repercussions.

2. That the prosecution will be forced to opt for an unimpeachable offense instead.

Again and again the grounds from which the prosecution argues have been criticized by the Senate as “unimpeachable.” Corona’s dishonesty in his SALN, when proven, will mount to perjury at best, an offense which is by no means unimpeachable.

Quoting an excerpt from this article:

Senator Ralph Recto asked the prosecution the penalty for inaccuracies in the SALN.

“According to a Supreme Court decision, the filer would be liable for perjury because he was under oath that the information is true,” Barzaga said.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, presiding officer of the impeachment court, quizzed the prosecution if perjury is a high crime.

“No, your honor,” Barzaga replied.

“Then it is not a ground for impeachment,” Enrile pointed out.

It is interesting to note that since practically the entirety of the prosecution’s argument hinges on Corona’s SALN, then there’s a strong possibility that the prosecution will be forced to pursue an unimpeachable offense instead. This possibility is reinforced by Tupas’ vague requests for the Senate to relax the rules. Such move will certainly better their chances of winning, but will severely undermine their primary objective for this trial in the first, not to mention losing the will of the brainwashed masses and PNoy’s favor.

3. That PNoy will launch another people power in retaliation.

In all probability, considering the current state of things, the trial may well end up with a “Not Guilty” verdict. What would PNoy do in response, given his influence on his minions? Benign0 offered his insights regarding the President’s possible actions should Corona get acquitted from the impeachment trial.

(For more information, check out the article “Will Noynoy Aquino incite rebellion if Chief Justice Renato Corona is acquitted?” which is also found on this website.)

Considering the Yellow’s infectious influence on the media and the Filipino people, it is not ridiculous to say that a revolution will probably happen next, post-acquittal. After all, our nation has a strange knack for organizing faux People Power movements to muscle their way to getting what they want, as shown by the two EDSA revolutions in our history. Therefore, this I say to you; brace yourself for some hearty laughs, for a dummy revolution is brewing.

Looking back to how the trial turns out, I don’t think I want to be in the prosecution’s shoes any sooner.

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Lord Chimera
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Isn’t it fun when these j**k**s shot themselves in the foot and not even know it?

Trosp
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As you’ve remarked:

“The prosecution started the fight with “confidence”…”

Replace the confidence with “hubris”.

Arche
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Ha, “hubris” does capture the essence quite well, my good sir. ^^

octaviusceasar
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touche sir!

karim
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in day 1 when i heard tupaz in his “declamation” that “cj corona is like judas who betrayed his master for a few pieces of gold” i told myself, this man is not well prepared. judas betrayed the lord for 11 pieces of silver, not gold. perhaps this prosecution team, underestimated and miscalculated the possible counteraction of cj in defending his bill of rights. they thought cj will resign simply to make his private life intact..i guess the chief justice had already considered resigning however, when the TOPAC group started the trial by abs-cbn and inquirer media prior to the… Read more »
Aegis-Judex
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Thirty, not eleven.

And did TupAss just compare PNoy to the Master (Jesus Christ)?

brianitus
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In hindsight, if the Senate of the Philippines agreed to a pretrial, would that have resulted in better impeachment proceedings?

I always thought that the 188 were out to win the war without them having to go to the trial. Well, Corona didn’t blink. There must have been a resounding chorus of “Oh, shit!” in Congress.

Moonlight Bomber
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And the next thing you know, there will be cries of “Our insults backfired!”

Anon
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the prosecution would naturally not agree with pre-trial at that point because it will limit the evidences they are able to present and will confine them with specific allegations/arguments only.. at that time, they literally had nothing to speak of.. no clear evidence, no clear allegation. they hoped that as the trial goes along, they will be able to fish for evidence… problem is, it is backfiring to them.. the defense wanted pre-trial and some senators too but the senate sided with the prosecution on this one because they don’t want the prosecution to feel constrained in presenting their case..… Read more »
brianitus
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If they really lose, the people should realize that it was all the fault of the 188.

Article 2 was their strongest hand.

Der Fuhrer
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A good article Arche. Der Nutzi Fuhrer EvilNoy in Malascanang resorted to continous blitzkrieg black propaganda and trial by publicity. He used all his media resources in the communications group, yellow media/survey assets, palace fifth column mercenary media operators and God. Let’s face it… the dictator Aquino said God is on his side. His straight (and wide)path mantra pitch, like his using the name of God is a subliminal effort intended to manipulate gullible and ignorant people. He and his henchmen tried everything in repeat lies to make them appear as truth. Their shameless use of the resources of the… Read more »
Trosp
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You must also mention the bobo brigade. He he he…

Lord Chimera
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By definition they are all bobo. now that the prosecution is losing steam in its momentum, they maybe planning to feed fuel to stoke the flames of people power…..God forbid.

octaviusceasar
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if there will be a new people power, it will be fueled by ignorance, fear, greed and stupidity. the yellow masses are but sheep to the aquino-cojuangco oligarchy. ever watch the tele dramas today? just recently they had this drama with a NONOY character, the santino kid, who, in the drama, is doing God’s commands. subliminal message ftw! the people may not admit it, but it is how mind games are played

Der Fuhrer
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The continuing red connection of the dictator Aquino and the adventures of his bow well movement 188:

http://www.anadpartylist.org/20120204/mr-president-pictures-don‘t-lie.html

Der Fuhrer
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Is the CPP part of the shadow government? Is the NPA now our unofficial police force?

http://www.tribuneonline.org/metro/20120204met1.html

Der Fuhrer
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I noticed the article mention a “People’s Democratic Government.” This is the first time the CPP mentioned this. Is this a prelude of things to come? I hope there is no disinformation as the CPP scolds the Aquino administration.

No to occupy the Supreme Court!
Yes to Defend the Supreme Court!
White Propaganda Rules!
Freedom and Democracy Rules!

jay
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There is already an unhealthy concentration of power in the position of the president, and clearly over the years this has been replicated in, and largely responsible for, the establishment of business monopolies cartels etc. and the feudal system which now rules the country. The disregard for the separation of powers and attack on corona, and the SC, will be a defining moment in the country’s history, which is why corona is right when he says that there is more at stake than just his individual guilt/innocence/reputation. A p-noy win will in effect establish a de facto dictatorship which will… Read more »
brianitus
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Just for good measure, junk all LP bets in 2013. Enough of the imbalance. Even those who are remotely viewed as a PNoy ass-kisser should be avoided.

noel k. felongco
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I think that is a good idea. There is also an idea to form a group against this bow well movement of 188 come this 2013 election.

alconce
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At the rate these prosecutors of the impeachment trial are self destructing, those yellow hued senator judges seeking re-election might distance themselves from these clueless prosecutors faster than they could say “Tupaz” and might vote for an acquittal.

karim
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good point, i observed the abs-cbn upon the denial of tupaz on 45 properties of corona seemed doused with cold water. what did they expect from the people whom they tricked? i am praying for the commercial sponsors to consider shifting patronage to other neutral tv stations…

jay
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they have also not reported the secretive 50 million peso house that tupas has built – daily tribune today, but is only declaring 250,000 per annum income via congress alpha list which is another scam to avoid full income and tax.
no wonder they font want pork barrel disclosue in FoI bill! like corrupt father, like son.
also not mentuoned that it is tupas law firm which are cojuangco/ hacienda luisita lawyers. a cartel of pure greed, evil and hypocricy

Gregory Macaltao
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A quick reaction to your statement: “After all, our nation has a strange knack for organizing faux People Power movements to muscle their way to getting what they want, as shown by the two EDSA revolutions in our history.” EDSA 1 was real. It was a revolution. Maybe the social order didn’t change. But it was a revolution in the sense that a great part of the country was for overthrowing the Marcos regime – which usurped power in the first place. EDSA 2 – that was a coup de etat and the triumph of mob (elite) rule. Erap was… Read more »
Arche
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I understand that there is a seed of sincerity in the midst of the participants in EDSA 1 which comprise, like, 1-2% of the entire Filipino population. I understand that some people in that event really had the best interests of the nation at heart. But then, we must consider the events that transpired post-revolution, which you yourself acknowledged, and which, ironically, discredits the efficacy of the said revolution. After all, it is the “end” that is the ultimate arbiter of a movement’s credibility (not being Machiavellian here). Has true liberation been achieved? Or was this short victory to be… Read more »
Arche
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Moreover, the sad events that took place after the said revolution justifies the faux nature of the revolution, as it was spearheaded by the ones who will later subdue the poor masses; to be precise, the oligarchs.

As you can see, I am merely emphasizing the characteristics of the revolution that rendered it a travesty of a true quest for justice.

Arche
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*justify

(Grammar Nazi strikes again. ^^)

Gregory Macaltao
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Post-revolution scenarios do not necessarily yield to results originally intended. For example, the French revolution and the Russian revolutions led to many years of mayhem and executions while people still remained poor. Think of Egypt today and they are experiencing the same thing. But what happened are revolutions despite the tragic consequences. The revolutions were never deemed “faux” or fake. Elites will always lead revolutions. The problem with our elite…..and I am talking of those that wielded power….was that they were not THAT enlightened. (I digress: I know that you and I are part of the enlightened elite or at… Read more »
Arche
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“Post-revolution scenarios do not necessarily yield to results originally intended.” There can be no argument about that, sir. I did not even contend that fact. However, it cannot be denied that while the events that took place after those revolutions weren’t intended, they are also results of those revolutions, which somehow downplayed their efficacy. But this did not harm the authenticity of the revolution. For this, I must apologize for the confusion I might have made. My explanation about the things that discredited the efficacy of EDSA I is not grounds for deeming the said revolution a “faux.” I have… Read more »
Arche
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Oh, right. About the “authenticity of your statement” part, I was referring to your claim about a big percentage of the Filipino population getting involved, albeit indirectly, in EDSA I.

ahehe
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Baguio rep regretted signing the complaint, in exchange for millions of pesos.

De Lima backtracking from anti CJ talk. Hmmm. It’s more fun.

Der Fuhrer
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Leila de Lima and our favorite propagandist Mr. Lacierda are both facing disbarment in the Supreme Court. I wonder if Mr. Aquino still thinks God is on his side?

Hyden Toro
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Adolf Hitler cowering in his Bunker in Berlin, Germany…believed still in ultimate Nazi Germany’s victory, during the last phase of the War in Europe in World War II…the Russian tanks were already surrounding Berlin. and the Nazi German Troops were mass surrendering…

jane co
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You know I believe Tupas is really pro-corona, he does one hell of a job sabotaging the prosecution! 😀

Lord Chimera
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Hey you’re right, Tupas ineptness does make sense when you put it that. LOL.

edvicious
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It has taken 3 weeks and a display of comical unpreparedness on the part of the prosecution to arrive at the answer that “verification” is a constitutional requirement not to be treated as a mere technicality because obviously, these last 3 weeks has incontrovertibly shown us the importance of “verification” by the complainants. By “verification” is meant that they have read the articles of impeachment, understood them, and believe them to be true. That can only come about if there was a thorough investigation of the charges and the complainant was aware of its findings. That’s what should have taken… Read more »
edvicious
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It has taken 3 weeks and a display of comical unpreparedness on the part of the prosecution to arrive at the answer that “verification” is a constitutional requirement not to be treated as a mere technicality because obviously, these last 3 weeks has incontrovertibly shown us the importance of “verification” by the complainants. By “verification” is meant that they have read the articles of impeachment, understood them, and believe them to be true. That can only come about if there was a thorough investigation of the charges and the complainant was aware of its findings. That’s what should have taken… Read more »
Hyden Toro
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Noynoy Aquino cannot lauch another Fake “People Power. He has lost many support already. He lost the support of the Roman Catholic Church, the prime mover of the People Power, against Marcos. He lost support of the Iglesia Ni Kristo…by the Gatdula incident. He lost support of most of our people…by his incompetence in gevernance. People already know, they were used: to have his family and his Oligarchs’ friends and business partners enriched themselves, at the Filipino peoples’ expense. The Military is doubtful of his loyalty, by his support of the cause of the insurgents. He has made a General,… Read more »
brianitus
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I generally distrust people in the high ranks of government and think that when there is smoke there is fire. Like what I said in a previous comment here, the 188 possibly thought that the CJ would just roll over and die like Merci after they filed the impeachment complaint. Maybe the prosecution just didn’t do enough homework, hence the fishing expeditions today. For one thing, they seemed to have forgotten that it’s a CJ that they are going after. Ergo, by means of qualifications, did they actually think he is sloppy in hiding his “ill-gotten wealth”? Regardless of my… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
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On the bow well movement 188… we can never expect them to apply justice and fairness. They have forgotten their oaths of office. They are loyal to themselves, their dictator, to the gifts of legal tender and absolute power. For the record, I pity the blind followers among them who were misled by the majority. Those who obeyed the bidding of the dictator sold their souls to the devil in his ruthless use of political expediency for his private purposes. Beware of an obsessive mind driven to madness in his quest for absolute control and power. Destruction of personalities, institutions,… Read more »
Lord Chimera
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The emotional aspect of this entire process is more “substantial” compared to the evidence the prosecution has. But then it part of their tactics to appeal to the people’s emotions than their common sense.

brianitus
Guest

While the emotions are there, I doubt if they’ll ever hit critical mass.

What they’ll surely get is a swell of indignation online, and then…

Arche
Guest

But then, so many people want Corona impeached. It’s safe to say that even the RCC also wants this to happen. Should Corona be impeached, is it not possible that the Executive, together with the RCC and the Yellowtards will fight side by side against a “common enemy” once again? That’s a strong possibility in my book.

On another note, yes, the prosecution has really outdone themselves. The sheer intellectual ineptitude never fails to amuse me.

Der Fuhrer
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The merging of the yellows with their red comrades is a reality scenario in progress. There is still the question of Mr. Aquino’s association with the mainstream, progressive/socialist groups in the corridors of power. There is also more than one Rasputin advising the dictator. He was called brilliant by Grace Lee. I call him a mad genius. He is not to be underestimated. The video Hacienda Filipinas is not far from truth and reality.

Hyden Toro
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Rasputin was believed to be a Holy Man…he did healing to the son of Czar Alexander II. Rasputin had sex with many women…In our case: we have “temptress” or “temptor”?; Maoist communist advisers; Oligarch business partners; family members, who want also their share of the pie; self-serving Politicians, like Tupas and Drilon, etc…
Sorry, Czarist Russia had only one Rasputin…we have many Rasputins, lurking behind Noynoy Aquino’s back…Men in the Shadows who pull the strings…

flax
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Ah the reds, they are sure to sell their souls to the highest bidder. After all, the validity of their existence died out when the USSR was dissolved and the remaining communist countries went to the capitalists’ side.

ChinoF
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One of the dangers of supporting the Corona impeachment is that you may actually be supporting the Aquino regime’s drive to have absolute control over the government. So it will be difficult to profess to be anti-Corona/GMA and yet anti-Aquino. Either way, you lose.

flax
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just be pro-truth, and you’ll be fine, no affiliations needed 🙂

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