Renato Corona’s 2002 interview thrown to the mob by ‘investigative journalist’ Raissa Robles

According to “investigative reporter” Raissa Robles in her recent blog article where she puts on exhibit a 2002 interview conducted by an anonymous “reporter” with now Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona which her amiga in her dubious trade Ms Marites Vitug used as “one of the primary sources” in her “book” Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court.

By Robles’s own account there are three key takeaways from this interview:

(1) Corona is the son of a career official of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, grew up in a single-income household and went to Harvard on full scholarship. Therefore, his parents are not “well off” as he (or his “camp”) asserts in response to allegations of ill-gotten wealth.

(2) Corona’s “midnight appointment” in 2010 had a precedent in 1998 when he was also by is own admission a “midnight” appointee under the administration of then president Fidel Ramos. Therefore he is a serial midnight appointee (my presumption for lack of a remotely sensible conclusion out of those “facts”).

(3) The attorney who notarised the Deed of Sale when Demetrio Vicente purchased his property from Corona’s wife Cristina and who, as it turns out, was not a registered notary public was once Corona’s colleague in SGV. Therefore “Corona would have [had] personal knowledge that Mantoya was not a registered notary public”, and so raises the question “as to why Mantoya was chosen by the Corona couple to notarize the documents and why Renato Corona himself had stood and signed as a “witness” to the notarization”.

Beyond the above three, there were other little details revealed in the interview that Robles wisely leaves to her “Cyber Plaza Miranda” mob to quibble over — which, predictably, they do with the gusto of a herd of crazed steer.

Corona was quite candid in his responses to the interviewer. And because they were, in fact, responses to an interview, then it can be presumed that Corona was aware that all of this was on record. Still, the way Robles’s readers weighed in, you’d be forgiven if you thought that this interview transcript — a “Raissa Robles exclusive” — was some kind of Ark of the Covenant unearthed by no less than Indiana Jones himself. Suffice to say, I think we’ve found the new Jolog Central of the second decade of the 21st Century.

One comment stood out among the cult-like chanting of the mob worth noting which…

I am implying that your [addressing Raissa Robles] readers are very quick to judge. You only published the interview to suggest that the CJ’s father is corrupt simply because he was from the BIR. You also presume that his family had no other means. You did not ask him about the things you want to clarify. This is taking the answer out of context. How do we know that by simply reading the answers to the questions? You should have directly asked him about this issue.

It is like you have been rumored to be the girlfriend of a senator. I don’t believe this because you appear to be a decent married person.

The internet is a good medium to express an opinion but then in the process we abuse our right to express our opinions. We do not have a license to malign other persons.

I am saying this because a lot of your readers are not lawyers and they make conclusions based on the answers in the interview. Please ask the chief justice to explain his answers in relation to the comments made by the readers.

Consistent to the style of the revered institution of that unique brand of Pinoy “investigative journalism”, Raissa Robles once again fails the So What? test. I did mention she was wise enough to throw the defendant into the hands of the Mob a-la Pontius Pilate. The irony here is that this is a practice that is, in fact, the mark of an astute politician. Perhaps Robles is in the wrong line of work considering she is quite good at making a bunch of jolog chumps do the dirty work for her while she polishes her Teflon facade.

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ahehe
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What was the investigative journalist’s reply to that stand-out comment?

A. Are you a lawyer?
B. Lol
C. Both A and B

FallenAngel
Member

There’s another option:

D. We are after the truth. Intiendes?

Jose Maria Espiritu
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ahh well, i tried to point to the mob in her website about charina’s properties, based even on nadia trinidad’s article (abs cbn north america) pero, labo pa rin ng reasoning nila e. humahanap pa rin ng butas sa prinesent na evidence. i just gave up. wala talang patutunguhan ang mga sasabihin mo dun.

nelson ongpauco
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rea you pro colrona or anti pinoy we want the truth you are attacking rissa robles and accusing her as lier i saw her blog before at meron sya ebidensia tungkol kay corona sa ginawa nito sa bgic. at mga property sa america .

DaSuperSoldier
Guest

But that so-called ‘evidence’ was actually a LIE. One guy named Arkangel has proved it. Bobo ka lang. 😛

It was Raissa Robles who cast the first stone, along with her fellow Yellow propagandists. I believe more in an ABSOLUTE truth, not a so-called ‘truth’ of yours that will make yourself feel better.

Just admit that you have squatter mentality and everything will be fine.

Jose Maria Espiritu
Guest

er, anong ebidensia tinutukoy mo? na present na ba ito sa korte? kung ebidensya yan, hindi ba, logical lang na ipresent nila sa korte? at sabi mo MGA property? anong ebidensya mo? e same zip code nga, at ang lumalabas ay si charina lang ang may lupa’t bahay sa tate. anong ebidensya sinasabi mo nelson? anong katotohanan yang tinutukoy mo? im accusing her as a fraud investigative journalist. she sticks to her opinion, that’s her right, but her methods of journalism, is really “imaginative”. she finished imaginative something right?

Joe America
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“Robles wisely leaves to her “Cyber Plaza Miranda” mob to quibble over — which, predictably, they do with the gusto of a herd of crazed steer.” Nice image. It seems to me that there is a distinction between a blog site and a chat room. I once visited her site to see what was there and found the substance of commentary to be that of a chat room. I have to admit I visit GRP because there are (frequently, occasionally or rarely, depending on how full the moon is) very meaningful additions brought to the blogs by the people who… Read more »
dude
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Spoken like a true @$$hole.

I suppose you think you are God’s gift to the blogosphere, Mr Joe America.

You speak as if you are the authority on whose opinion is right or wrong. In truth, you are just too full of yourself.

tonybac
Guest

Like you?…and I’m not even defending Joe here…please…if you can’t comment something that the readers will gain some knowledge, don’t…some readers came here for some civilized discussion, you know…geez…

dude
Guest

The comment was addressed to Joe. He has agreed to have his butt kicked around here. He’s like the court clown. If you want to join in the fun just let me know. 😉

Parallax
Guest
hi tonybac. not to defend dude on his manner of expressing himself to joe (about whom i can safely say i feel the same way but do not express it the way he does), the context of his reply (well, part of it) may be found by scrolling down from here: http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2012/04/the-dying-lands/comment-page-1/#comment-29956 now that you know the background of that, what must be appreciated from it all is how the application of standards must not exempt the president and his merry men. joe does not agree with that, and (has tried and) will keep trying to argue for shielding pnoy… Read more »
Trosp
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And tonybac, what have the comment readers here gained from your comment?

You didn’t even bother to ask yourself why this Joe America aka Maher boy is being rebuked here.

Lies, dishonesties, misinterpretations, misinformation, hypocrisies. Are those ok with you as long as they are expressed in a civil manner?

Parallax
Guest

@joe:

And I like what your new article writers bring to the table, well researched, well expressed pieces: coolass, Fallen Angel, and Archie. How’s that for manning up?

well, posting comments that patronize them doesn’t get you off the hook, joe. you STILL haven’t substantiated what you’ve told us at this other thread:

http://getrealphilippines.com/blog/2012/04/the-dying-lands/comment-page-1/#comment-29956

until you do, you haven’t manned up. we were clear on that.

don’t get me wrong – i agree that coolass, fallenangel, and arche (yes, it’s arche, not archie, mister flattery-might-get-me-somewhere), are really good.

dude
Guest

In his own blogsite he described GRP as a “chatroom” but now he is acting “sipsip” to Benign0 by saying a few kind words just so the webmaster won’t kick him out. How pathetic.

Parallax
Guest

i believe we’ve already established since 2009 how wishy-washy joe was at this dead blog called FV. he might have been wishy-washy earlier than that, though i didn’t really give a sh*t about him until i felt he badly needed a can of whupass.

Ronald Montemayor
Guest

Just curious, eh di si Joe para palang si Vincenzo din, just a more devious version nga lang?

traffice2000
Guest
Before I start to work in the morning, I check your your blog (GRP)first; if you have new article which will nurture me and think the other way around. At first i was very hesitant to comment due that I noticed most of your fans or followers are well-versed in English (hindi katulad ko) but I learned a lot and thanks for that. keep it up =D Upon reading Robles Blog, most of her followers are having fun demonizing CJ Corona and those person who’s not on their side. A merely one-sided blog intended to get the attention of yellowtard… Read more »
Mercury
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Bingo.

“The internet is a good medium to express an opinion but then in the process we abuse our right to express our opinions. We do not have a license to malign other persons.”

Everyone of us must consider this.

HaraKiri
Guest

Bingo.

“The internet is a good medium to express an opinion but then in the process we abuse our right to express our opinions. We do not have a license to malign other persons.”

Com’on, get real…cast the first stone, ye who sin not! Er,,, @benigno , instead of parading the picture of the small lady ,why not show your own real photo on your blog then your true-blue Pinoy readers will see who you really are.. 🙂

Hyden Toro
Guest

What is the real motive of Noynoy Aquino to impeach Justice Corona? Why is Noynoy Aquino Obssesed in impeaching the Chief Justice? This should be the questions asked and answered by the Aquino Administration. Hacienda Luisita ownership, which the Conjuangco and Aquino families swindled form the Philippine government is the real motive, behind this impeachment…

nelson ongpauco
Guest

we are looking for the truet show a evidence before every body comment ..

HaraKiri
Guest
@Trosp WOW! A grandiose welcome from Trosp, the Boy Abunda of GRP. As I expect, this rumor queen will noynoy with vengeance.. ano daw? As a matter of fact, he can’t also differentiate SALN from ITR! …Uy Tito Boy,, tell this to your Crook Justice. The reason why he is caught in this impechment web where Pinoys have to spend millions of pesos on the proceeding is because he doesn’t know how to differentiate them. tsk..tsk… you really can catch the fish by its mouth. And why not post the whole thread instead of just posting my lines which were… Read more »
DaidoKatsumi
Guest
Still, so butthurt so you are going haywire, trolling on everyone and deluding yourself, believing more on tsismis as ‘truth’, which is not really good. Being EMO doesn’t mean intelligence at all. Onion-skinned people are so annoying. It shows how INSANE you are, you know that? You know what’s make-believe? It’s not manga or even anime.:p Things like Raissa Robles blog and even Yellow propaganda are example of make-believe; you are been brainwashed and they tell you that Gloria and Corona are the real enemy so I can call you uto-uto because you believe more in Yellow propaganda. It’s because… Read more »
Trosp
Guest
He he he, the fireworks begin. BTW shameless idiot, you may call me anything. I won’t mind it. So don’t expect I would make an issue out of it. “The reason why he is caught in this impechment web where Pinoys have to spend millions of pesos on the proceeding is because he doesn’t know how to differentiate them. tsk..tsk… you really can catch the fish by its mouth.” Hey dud, what I’ve commented is you can’t differentiate salary from income, stupid. You can’t differentiate SALN from ITR. Where did you get that one that you are quoting? Are you… Read more »
Trosp
Guest

One other thing, less talk less mistake.

Parallax
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@harakiri: ( y-a-w-n ) spare us your imaginary life and imaginary career and imaginary income and (put whatever imaginary crap you want to add here for all i care). nobody gives a ****. now, don’t blame this site for being dull to you. we already know you could NOT keep up. it’s okay, we understand that your cherished cognitive limits can be debilitating. you can count on me to take advantage of your intellectual ceiling, pal. hey who gives a rat’s *** how many raissa robles’ commenters are if they’re ALL idiots? free membership to the idiot club? NO THANKS.… Read more »
ahehe
Guest

Pnoy’s ancestor is a MAKAPILI…. Aw sorry, wrong topic.

Parallax
Guest

that’s correct. pnoy’s grandpa was makapili, getting filipino rebels against ww2 japanese occupiers killed for money.

Trosp
Guest

From the way it seems, this shameless idiot is jobless now. Naghahanap na lang ng damay.

Well, his consolation, he’s incognito. I can’t understand this shameless idiot why would anybody will be envious to a name. Meaning, just a name. No personality.

Using an alias is not an issue with me in blogging. But capitalizing on it to insult other people and to lie is another thing.

Ronald Montemayor
Guest

Wow, this HaraKiri guy is something.
VBA’s an angel compared to this guy.

And I know what website he was referring to when he was trying to character assassinate benign0, but for me, that site’s discredited since it includes an estafador as its’ member.

See link:
http://donavictorina.blogspot.com/2012/04/blogger-reyn-barnido-strikes-again-in.html

It’s up to you benign0 if you want to moderate my message, I just want to expose charlatans like him for who they really are. ^_^

Ronald Montemayor
Guest

Just to clarify, the link I posted refers to a report from another site about the website where HaraKiri supposedly got his intel.

For the record, I don’t really care who benign0 is, but his (and his peers’) articles do really make a lot of sense!

Daido Katsumi
Guest

So HaraKiri completely lost his credibility since his source is Barrio Siete. Hey, di ba puro tsimis ang binabalita dun?

Ronald Montemayor
Guest
Yes, Daido K., you’re right, it’s a site for pro-Noynoy tsismis. I’m pretty sure benign0 knows about this but he chooses to focus on ideas and issues rather than people (even though Reyn Barnido is a real crook). Harakiri knew it too so he decides to be abusive, betting that no one would take him on his dare. Or so he thought. HaraKiri, I read the article from your B.S. source. You didn’t count on me being a Dona Victorina fan before I focused on GRP. In the final comment on that odious article on B.S. (which I won’t dignify… Read more »
Ilda
Admin

When I check out the comment threads on other Filipino sites, I notice that the participants are always speculating on other people’s personal circumstances. Somehow they manage to get it wrong despite their “crowdsourcing”. They just can’t talk about ideas, really.

Trosp
Guest
@Ronald So Hara learned to comment on blog through that Reyna Elena. I can say that commenting in blogs requires integrity to stay long and commenting is not for the faint of heart. And to others also, who has not encountered a true internet bully. This Reyna, we have one time an exchange of sweet pleasantries in my email. Read along and I’ve included some backgrounds: “Below is what this internet bully emailed to me after I’ve posted my comment in his blog (under his moderation of course). Read on… Those in the brackets are my comments. From: OFW [mailto:ofwcenter@gmail.com]… Read more »
Trosp
Guest

“paint of heart” to read faint of heart.

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