Reality bites for prosecution as evidence gets thrown out

Defective. Trash. These are the words that the prosecution cannot seem to understand. They are the words Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile uttered in anger after the prosecution desperately pleaded for the testimony of Philippine Air Lines (PAL) vice president for sales Enrique Javier to be accepted as part of Article III in the impeachment case against Supreme Court Chief, Justice Renato Corona.

Looking like he is about to cry

Senator Enrile explained very clearly that allegations of bribery were not even part of the (as what Prosecutor Rudulfo Farinas admittedly said) badly written articles of impeachment. Most people got what the presiding officer was trying to explain. But the prosecution just could not accept the fact that they simply cannot provide evidence for something that wasn’t alleged to begin with.

The prosecution has been warned so many times about their ineptitude that has been the cause of the delay in the proceedings. They have gotten away with their inconsistencies in the past several weeks of the trial. But unfortunately for them, it seems like Senator Enrile has finally run out of patience. His impatience was particularly obvious when Neil Tupas, Jr tried to use emotional blackmail just to convince the presiding officer to agree with him:

Enrile raised his voice when Tupas said in his manifestation that the ruling of the impeachment court to disallow Javier’s testimony is based on mere “technicality.”

“This is not a technicality. The grounds of impeachment are clearly stated in the Constitution. Who are we to review the decisions of the Supreme Court? We won’t allow it…do you want me to lecture you more?” Enrile said.

And…

“If you want to include receipt of gifts, receipt of valuable things then amend your Articles of impeachment…you’re alleging a crime…you are in effect saying that he (Corona) is bribed to do that decision,” Enrile added.

He said the framing of the allegations in Article 3 is “defective.” He said that he considers as “trash” the bases of allegations stated by the prosecution in third article.

The problem with the prosecution is that they want to have their cake and eat it too. They’ve already managed to trick the members of the impeachment court into granting them a subpoena for Chief Justice Corona’s bank accounts based on illegally-obtained documents. They even almost caused a constitutional crisis when they kept persuading the Senator-Judges to defy the foreign currency secrecy law and the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) on the opening of Corona’s alleged dollar accounts to the court.

Despite this, the Senator-Judges have been very “liberal” and helpful to their cause to the point of some of these Senator Judges already doing the prosecution’s job for them. This even prompted the lead defense counsel former justice Serafin Cuevas to say, “some of the questions posed by senator-judges center on ‘practically everything’ and would sometimes lead to the production of documents for the court”. Cuevas said that this could be grounds for them to ask for a mistrial. However, the prosecution continued to demand more from the Senators. They seem to want the Senator Judges to be accomplices to their penchant for breaking the law or disregarding what is written in the 1986 constitution. It’s a good thing presiding officer, Senator Enrile, at 88 years old, was not born yesterday.

What was their point in laying out for scrutiny the records of travels undertaken by the Chief Justice using his Platinum Card anyway? Correct me if I’m wrong but my understanding is that platinum cards are not really free. People accumulate frequent flyer points when they use their credit cards whose issuing bank is partnered with Philippine Airlines (PAL). Anyone can avail of this package, not just the Coronas. It is really bizarre that the prosecution is making a big deal of this. Why blame Chief Justice Corona for flying with the flag carrier? Should he and his wife have used Cebu Pacific instead? The allegation of conflict of interest is just so ridiculous. They are definitely scraping the bottom of the barrel.

As usual, in their attempts to prove that Chief Justice Corona was a flip-flopper, they failed to take into consideration that he does not dictate upon the entire membership of the Supreme Court. He only carries 1 vote out of 15 in the Court, and is “generally regarded, vis-a-vis the other Justices, as the primus inter pares rather than as the administrative superior of the other members of the Court”.

Seriously, why is that so hard for the prosecution to understand? Their logic fails them completely. One commenter on Get Real Post named Felipe even said that they are acting like quacks:

Clueless as usual—Common sense please!—We’re way past the age of the Inquisition and the Salem witch trial. You cannot establish “TRUTH” using unreliable PROCEDURE. This is why science, especially of forensics, as well as other investigative processes involved (and rightly so) the rigorous application of [the scientific] method or procedure. It is PROCEDURE that differentiates authentic medical science, for example, from the medical quackery of “albularyos”, “manghuhulas” or witch doctors—genuine astronomers from astrologers. So far, the prosecution is the one acting like quacks.

In their desperation Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, one of the 188 congressmen who signed the impeachment case, is now spreading more baseless allegations that former President Gloria M Arroyo (GMA) is behind the growing support for the Chief Justice:

“From all indications, Gloria’s machinery is going all out for Corona, starting with his defense panel, his PR handlers, his coordinators for mass mobilizations and even the new House minority’s efforts to investigate the prosecution for getting hold of Corona’s bank statements,” Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño claimed.

“In the same light, Gutierrez and Corona have the same PR operators which are also linked to the former president. Many sources have also confirmed to us that GMA was the one who funded the last rally supporting Corona, which supposedly gathered around 7,000 warm bodies, at P300 per person this would amount to P2.1 million in just one offing. Of course, the new House minority now is unquestionably loyal to Mrs. Arroyo,” he claimed.

It’s incredible how these people, these so-called lawmakers, can come up with something so farfetched. Let me just stress that it’s one thing for Rep Casiño to express his tall tale but it’s another for a major news network like ABS-CBN to give it enough weight to publish it. How in the world do they think GMA can organize such a monumental task considering she is in custody and is not even allowed any communication device? Seriously, they put too much credit on someone who is not even in power anymore. Normally, people tend to help someone who can do something for them in return but I doubt that GMA can help anyone because she can’t even get out of her own predicament.

Reports are also going around that members of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) will be mounting a rally on the 28th of February to show their support not necessarily for Chief Justice Corona, but for the rule of law. This has not pleased President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy), indeed. With the way some people think, they might pin the growing disappointed for PNoy on GMA. Their logic should be trashed for being defective.

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jay
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even non journalist raissa robles is now suggesting it was coronas team who leaked the bank documents. these cockroaches have no integrity or dignity, just desperation mixed with stupidity and incompetence.
the tide has turned and the public dont care about mad-noys rantings. they now see him for what he is – and that is clearly some-one so unpresidential he will top the list of incompetents.

Anonymous
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Blaming the defense team for the prosecution’s screw-up is too pathetic. Aquino’s days are numbered. Very soon, he will face the impeachment court and the presiding judge will be CJ Corona. Oh, the delicious irony!

ja411
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Can’t wait ALREADY!!!

Charlie
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Screw PNOY! probably a lot of of guys did……hahahaha..kaya nga walang Permanenteng GF yan..

CdeO
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In that case, I suggest CJ Corona inhibit himself during the impeachment proceeding against Aquino. Otherwise, it would be like feeding a bald little monkey to a hungry lion. ha ha…

FallenAngel
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If Aquino ever faces impeachment, all the whining in the world isn’t going to help him…

karim
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exactly…raissa a a media witch, practices witchcraft media propaganda to [“kulam”] destroy the CJ in person. She’s a member of Pnoy Occultism who worship the moronic and lunatic tenets of Pnoy governance. there is a saying; ” ang tao na pisak ang isang mata ay tinuturing na hari ng tribo ng ang mga nanahan ay mga bulag.” Pnoy is a king to his mediocre followers, ei: his student council cabinet secretaries and advisers, of his 188 speed readers in congress, and his entire liberal party..apart from these, he is surrounded by the snakes, big crocodiles and sharks who are on… Read more »
anti Baliw
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Dimasalang
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Raissa Robles suggested that CORONA leaked the bank documents?!?! What on earth is that. She must be going by the same ABS CBN strategy in 2011 of presentingfake psychological records of PNoy, to discredit the REAL psychiatric report (which was spot-on) prepared in 1979 by Fr. Bulatao of the Ateneo. So they ascribe to the other side the dirty tricks which *they* themselves are guilty of. As for GMA being the one responsible for growing sentiment for Corona, well, tRep. Casiño insults the public’s intelligence. He things that the people cannot see clearly that the case against Corona is spotty… Read more »
Parallax
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casiño blames a detained lady for the administrations’ digging a deeper hole for itself. moron.

the paid hack’s statement is glowing proof that the yellow underbelly is showing.

hey teddy, why don’t you blame gloria for kristeta’s STD while you’re at it?

mayg
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thinkers are doers

ahehe
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EDSA na yan. EDSA na. EDSA na.

karim
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when dirty intentions backfired to them, they cover-up their own blunders by blaming the incarcerated GMA who was even prevented to balk outside for sunlight in the morning, or use her cellphone and laptop. these allies of Pnoy are getting paranoid of their failed mission to destroy corona. how can accomplish their marching order with their defective plan? all evidences presented lacked merits of the case. to 188 speed readers, please stop pretending that you are the representatives your constituents…NEVER!!! the way your boss Pnoy isd is acting is very obvious…ginagamit nya ang lahat ng kanyang poder at pagka popular… Read more »
Paulene
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I do not like EDSA rallies, but if an EDSA 3 or 4 or 5 topples PNoy down…it would be the most ironic bit of history ever. hahaha it won’t just bring down noynoy’s admin, it will make people re-evaluate our recent history, from the first aquino president (and her blunders)and every yellow presidents that followed.

Parallax
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hi ilda. i think, to clarify, that what does get thrown out are those that do not qualify as evidence in accordance with the charges in the articles of impeachment. so, my understanding is, according to the rules of impeachment proceedings, they are not evidence and do not qualify as evidence, and the prosecution is not allowed to just keep adding stuff as they please. tupas and his lot are trying so desperately to use the umbrella charge “betrayal of public trust” to include everything they HOPE will be allowed to be presented or subpoenaed (even if they weren’t included… Read more »
kupal
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it seems that things are now starting to fall to their rightful places..

Paulene
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They can’t even get one impeachment procedure done right, and they’re working on the 2nd?

http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120222hed6.html

Seryoso ba sila Tupakz?

Der Fuhrer
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The original report of Mr. Aquino’s mental and emotional state. Is he presently living in a cuckoo clock fantasy land?

CROSSROADS

rubberkid
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Wow. The first time I read that report. Very disturbing.

Just wondering – How many other “normal” people, when psychiatrically reviewed, also get these same findings? You know, the power of suggestion?

Der Fuhrer
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The prosecution and members of the bow well movement 188 are just doing what the dictator Aquino tells them to do. It has been said that the impeachment complaint originated from the palace by the river. Their dark style is also the product of the vindictive and obsessive mind of the one. To my mind, Mr. Aquino is a recurring nightmare. His mental and emotional state should be subject to further scrutiny. For the sake of the general welfare of the people. The observed acts and omissions of a leader of the land is not above medical investigation. No one… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
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While everyone was distracted by the Senate Impeachment Trial, I was able to find a news item that condemns Mr. Aquino for being like a thief in the night. He has approved an expanded autonomy for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front(MILF)and a separate parliamentary government similar to the Malaysian model. He apparently has not consulted the sovereign people. Is this act unconstitutional? Does it violate existing laws? Was he sane when he approved it unilaterally?

http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/opinion/editorials/17503-oman-report-aquino-oks-milf-autonomy

artemis
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I’ve been following the impeachment proceedings too. I am not anti or pro-Corona, but I believe in the rule of law, the importance of due process, after all, everyone is entitled to it.

Now my question is, IF (a big if) CJ Corona, is acquitted, what would be the possible aftermath?

Anonymous
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Possible aftermaths:
a. Aquino mentally breaks down and tries to rally the people to oust corona but fail.
b. House of reps betrays aquino and impeach him next.
c. Yellow Army tries to defend their balding lame duck in malacanang but fail.
d. Edsa people power to oust aquino and install someone more competent as president.

jay
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e. binay makes a move. the silent assassin

Trosp
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@Anonymous

…or all of he above.

karim
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the lower house will be realigning new leadership in 2013 election..many of the 188 speed readers may no be lucky anymore to win another term, also same with the upper house. trust rating of pnoy will nosedive even he would flooded all newspaper ads with propaganda, the continuing increase of fuel will result to double digits mark inflation since there is no real infrastructure projects in place and also lacking effective economic programs to answer these global economic letdown and the local natural calamities effects. when a sufficient number in the lower house fortified their alliance and got enough number… Read more »
Rei
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That INC rally is actually a Grand Evangelical Mission to be held on different parts of the Metro. Example at the Quirino Grandstand. They did something like that last tuesday at the Cavite State University in Indang, Cavite. But this one is reportedly more massive as more are expected to come.

Anonymous
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Aba, tahimik ngayon si vincenzo.
Mukhang di niya matatanggap na talo na ang mga kakampi ng tito noy niya. Wala nang makakatulong sa mga prosecution mo vincenzo, pumunta ka na sa tito noy mo at umiyak nalang kayong dalawa dahil malapit na ang oras ninyo!

jay
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lacierda ” if PAGCOR accept free rooms abroad from investors this is good since it saves costs and is not bribery”
he is just too stupid.

YCK PC Bacolod
Guest

How I wish these trial would end. To save our money on these circus of “PNOY the clown”.

jay
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PAL platinum card – unlimited free travel worlwide for holder and wife. over 1000 holders – nearly all in govt. maybe no-one wanted this perk exposed. enrile has one!

Health Tips Diet
Guest

Only in the Philippines 🙂

Der Fuhrer
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Over the years, sane and mad dictators have used the machinery of state to persecute, unjustly imprison, destroy, torture(i.e. physical/mental) and purge their enemies. Acts or omissions are usually ruthless and vicious. Vengeance against the opposition is the mark of the political dictator. The dictator Mr. Aquino is using this same machinery against his perceived enemies. My point is… If the dictator can do this to his perceived enemies, he can and will do this to anyone and everyone. One must never underestimate the dictator for he is an enemy of the sovereign people. He his unswerving loyalty is to… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
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Not many realize that the demonizing acts of black propaganda lies, trial by publicity and fabrication of evidence designed to destroy characters and reputations is a form of mental torture.The dictator and his henchmen can now apparently violate human rights of their perceived enemies with impunity.

Der Fuhrer
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Imagine the state using its propaganda machinery. The day in and day out demonizing of your character and reputation. You read it in the news, you see it on TV and cinema and you hear it on the radio. You are heckled every day by total strangers because of it. People talk behind your back.Rallies are organized against you. Your job suffers, you have sleepless nights, you are reduced to tears, your mental state is affected because of it. You are a victim of mental torture. The sad thing is there is no law yet on this. There should be… Read more »
jay
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less political and economic monopolies = less potential for incestuous corruption/cover ups etc
100 million people – 10+ family clans in charge ( 9, if cojuangco-aquino loses hacienda luisita)

cristina tan
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Platinum card is different from the rewards points card where you earn points whenever you travel. It is not part of the mabuhay miles program because the membership levels of mabuhay miles rewards is base, elite, premier elite and million miler. Unless they are talking about credit cards which I doubt they do. Platinum cards given out on the discretion of PAL and are given to a chosen few.

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