Run for the banks! Senator Judges behold the return of the ‘S’ word: SEQUESTER

Unintended consequences — the evil spawn of those famous last words: It seemed like a good idea at the time. It’s the cancerous mass-thinking process that latches humanity onto the glitzy, glossy, mind candy of easy shortcuts and quick fixes fuelled by sef-important notions of what one considers to be “noble” goals. “Cheaper faster better” got us addicted to easy credit and cheap Chinese goods. “Green revolutions” got the planet engulfed by a sea of humanity that on one side of the globe couldn’t be fed and on another obssessed with fighting wars to secure fossil fuels used to manufacture their synthetic fertilisers and power their tractors and combines. Nuclear weapons ended one terrible war, but doomed the species to live under a cloud of fear. And “winning” the Cold War merely created a void in the global order that is now being filled by a headless mass of terrorist vermin crawling out from under the damp rocks within which they bred.

Who would have thought a few months ago that what started out as one camp giddily lifting another’s skirt in the pettily poralised politics of a Third World basketcase like the Philippines could potentially morph into an orgy of skirt lifting that could expose everyone’s skid marks? This is, in fact, the latest brainwave of a brainwave-starved nation evident in the latest call to activism issued by “a very involved, concerned citizen” shared on Facebook by “a friend who in turn received it from a member of the Defense [team representing Chief Justice Renato Corona in his impeachment trial]”…

There is a glimmer, albeit unlikely, ray of hope for us yet. It might actually be possible to reunite our nation if all those concerned — the Chief Justice, the Senators and the Prosecutors — simultaneously issue waivers for their dollar accounts and open these up to the public. If they do this, who needs Corona’s testimony? Who would care afterwards? In all probability, the outcome of such a revelation might stun the people, but only momentarily. The nation is entitled to know. The people are already convinced that holding public office is an opportunity to amass ill-gotten wealth. Besides, with what I have come to know of our political temperament, I am quite sure we will all get used to the idea that amassing money is a given among persons in public office.

For the average Filipino politician, this will indeed be a chilling unintended outcome of this whole circus. It is their worst nightmare — a scenario where the Filipino public no longer dances to their partisan tune but are, instead, one in the notion that all of them are the same — all of them with something to hide and actually doing something about it.

Perhaps to be fair to Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and the monomanic vindictiveness against Corona that he applied to his government over the last couple of years, this wholesale lifting of the legal veil that may be masking a vast treasure trove of political wealth across all camps may be his greatest legacy. Perhaps the Senator Judges in Corona’s trial may do well to examine more closely what it is they may actually be flirting with at this point.

But if there is something we will have learned from human history by now, it is that bloodbaths and purges usually precede periods of calm and order. As I warned a while back, Senator Judges beware! I have to agree that despite the rather embarrassingly goofy presentation of meaningless evidence by the ombudsman in last week’s grilling, many Filipinos have become a bit more aware of what Conchita Carpio-Morales’s office can actually do for them and how various agencies such as the Anti Money Laundering Council (AMLC) can be conscripted to this service. Indeed, one can feel this in the nervous deference the Senator Judges exhibited when they addressed the ombudsman. The implications to them were quite stark…

Is the AMLC investigation of the alleged Corona dollar accounts a once-off thing conducted at Malacañang’s behest? Can it be called upon to do the same thing in the future should any of the Senators, shall we say, displease Malacañang in the future?

Cue in the Darth Vader march theme…

Today the Supreme Court, tomorrow the Senate.

Noynoy can perhaps still be a “hero” — if such a scenario can be pulled off and a windfall of sequestered dollar accounts re-channeled back into the service of this wretched nation. Ain’t it ironic? The term “sequestered” is a buzzword that once defined the late 1980s that were the golden years of Yelllowist “investigation” prowess.


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Belinda Madrid

What is happening is a challenge to all public officials…elected and appointed…we are throwing the gauntlet at them…let’s see who rises up to the challenge. Let us see who is here to serve the people…and who are here to serve themselves…

Thank you as always…

Der Fuhrer
bravo — benigno – that PNOY could actually steer the country to progress by running after all the crooks… sequestration, which you sneered as a ‘yellow project’ was not that successful because the legal machinery was captive of the moneyed class… danding, tan, romualdezes, the marcoses figthing for their wealth…. in the face of such formidable resources, you can predict the outcome in a court only intent less of restoring the lost patrimony of the nation, but more of getting a slice of it. this effort you alluded to as another form of sequestration could suffer the same fate as… Read more »
Domingo Arong
BenignO The challenge to issue the sought-for “waiver to confidentiality” should come, not from PNoy, but from CJ Corona himself whose financial documents have already been subjected to the minutest scrutiny by the gang of “matuwid” prosecutors. And he should hurl this challenge during his request to avail of his right to confront his accusers tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22nd. CJ Corona’s plea for the issuance of such “waiver to confidentiality” should be directed, not only to his accusers, but to ALL appointive and elective public officers, particularly those removable only by impeachment–“the President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Supreme… Read more »

in politics, as in comedy, timing is everything, so expect some revelations relating to senators dollar accounts early next year.


It would be like the PCGG in Cory days… they would “sequester” assets even if the crimes on them haven’t been proven yet, and they would be handed over to the admin cronies. Again, all for KKK.

Hyden Toro

This Corona issue has already polarized the nation. Instead of uniting the country… this evil and wicked President has polarized it. It is worse to see, how vindictive, he is. And, how he has gone to the extreme of protecting the Hacienda Luisita. The land they swindled from the Philippines government. Power is used to support their Greed…the Aquinos made themselves heroes, and we believe them…

nelson ongpauco

tapos na ang HL tigilan na ninyo nakakasawa na mabasa na ang HL issue humanap naman kayo ng ibang isusulat ….

Der Fuhrer

The sleeping president, his extreme obsession in destroying his perceived enemies and the convoluted straight path to perdition.

Der Fuhrer

The problems of this country are not being addressed by Mr. BS Aquino. I could post a litany of woes but I guess this is already public knowledge. Here is a good commentary that does not make me feel good…