The conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona paves the way for WHAT exactly?

Aptly put by Twitterzen @JesterInExile in his tweet: Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was convicted in his impeachment trial in spite of and not because of the trial prosecution team. As Senate President and presiding officer of the impeachment trial Juan Ponce Enrile emphasized in his vote speech on Article II of the impeachment complaint delivered just before he issued the court verdict…

We have witnessed with disdain the indiscriminate, deliberate and illegal machinations of some parties who have been less than forthright with this Court in presenting dubiously procured and misleading documents which were spread to the media obviously to influence this Court’s and the public’s opinion.

It would be redundant to spell out here yet again the specifics around the gross disrespect and insult to the intelligence of the Filipino people the prosecution team led by their “representatives” Niel Tupas Jr and Rodolfo Fariñas had mounted in the course of “winning” this trial. My colleague Ilda had already summarised these just before the court re-convened after their Easter break. And Senator Enrile proceeded to enumerate these following the above passage.

Indeed, the prosecution “won”. President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III won. Uncle Peping won (well, sort of). But does victory really extend beyond the frenzy of mutual high fives Tupas, Fariñas, and their boys are probably throwing at one another now? Certainly the pain which accompanied Enrile’s issuance of his vote was quite palpable as it was for a handful of Senator-Judges who also voted to convict. Not in the case of “Senator” Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan though. Kiko insisted that on top of impeaching Corona, the now ex-Chief Justice should be disbarred. Kiko being Kiko of course failed to grasp the irony in what he was saying — that the trial itself was a 40-day demonstration of precisely why it is the attorneys of the prosecution camp that are really the ones who should be disbarred.

On that note, let me just say it was a pleasure to serve the country side-by-side (virtually, at least) with the gentlemen and lady of the defense team, and the extended community of Netizens who used their brains, whether it be begging to differ to or affirming a view I happen to subscribe to myself. It’s nice to be in good company. As “an admired Filipino economist, based in New York” observed more than a decade ago

”What ails the country is that Philippine society is intellectually bankrupt.” Take, for instance, the national debates, she pointed out.

“They are droll and unintelligent, focused on the trivial or the irrelevant.” When the issues are of some significance, it’s the wrong arguments that prevail, the wrong side wins. Logic and common sense take the backseat to political arguments and the views of the poorly-educated.

Do the Filipino people have an equal claim to the victory defined by the prosecution camp and its extended clique of henchmen in the media and various “cause-oriented” groups? Perhaps so, if victory is defined to be an affirmation of the notion that the fundamental source of what ails Philippine society can be traced back to a single person or a clearly defined set of “evil” people. The conviction of Corona is just the most recent of a string of affirmations that give Filipinos that all-too-familiar warm fuzzy feeling that their wretchedness is the result of someone else’s wrongdoing.

This addiction to the national opiate goes way back. Filipino spirits soared as high as kites when the Spanish were driven out of the islands in 1898, when the Americans granted them independence in 1946, when the “evil” Ferdinand Marcos was ousted in a “peaceful revolution” in 1986, when Joseph Estrada was removed from office in the sequel to that in 2001, when the “vile” Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo stepped down as president in 2010, and, now, when convicted SALN understater Renato Corona is removed from the office of Chief Justice. What really happened at each milestone is that Filipinos lost one excuse to explain away their chronic failure as a people. Spanish imperialism, gone in 1898. American imperialism gone in 1946, the “Marcos kleptocracy” gone in 1986, the Erap “plunder” thwarted in 2001, the Arroyo illegitimacy gone in 2010, and now the showstopper of BS Aquino’s Daang Matuwid (“straight path”) campaign promise is gone.

With every imagined bogeyman vanquished, the real reason why Filipinos consistently fail to get it together becomes more evident — we are the very reason behind our own consistent failure to prosper. Our ability to externalise reasons for failure is fast running out. That Filipinos would elect to the presidency the least competent, most uninspiring, and least motivated among a wealth of excellent options back in 2010 was the seminal manifestation of this bald truth about our society. We set ourselves up for failure by design as an outcome of a profoundly flawed approach to thinking.

What then, now that President BS Aquino has secured another bullet point to add to his next State of the Nation Address (SONA)? At first, my colleague Arche asserts that the ball is in BS Aquino’s court now that that the chief reason for his presidential paralysis has been dealt with. But then he changes his mind and clarifies: “The ball has always been on [BS’s] court”. True. After the trial, focus will merely shift back to the still evident reality that BS Aquino lacks a vision of what the Philippines might look like after his term ends in 2016.

My other colleague Ben Kritz for his part tweeted shortly after the court issued its guilty verdict…

So, did you feel the Earth shift on its axis? Did your life suddenly change? No? Didn’t think so.

Indeed. After so many political solutions “implemented” and heroes galloping in from and out to the sunset, over the last 100 years, has the Philippines really progressed? I hazard to assert that it has progressed backwards — paatras ang asenso. From a quaint 19th Century colonial paradise to the poster child of American democracy in the Far East in 1946, the Philippines has since degenerated into a 100 million-strong largely irrelevant sovereign footnote in the region. The only reason we are making global headlines today is because we presume to stare down China with our non-Navy at the Spratlys.

That’s right. Now that the impeachment trial is over, the business of Getting Real simply resumes.

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Daido Katsumi
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You know what’s next?

THE FIRE RISES

Anonymous
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And KARMA will soon follow suit.
A dictatorship is impending

anonymous
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yes, what is next? we hope benigno (simeon ba o cojuanco) parang ayaw yata bangitin ang family name ng mother nya. to our grandstanding politicians, segurdohin nyo na lalabas na ang SALN ni Miro at Neil, balita ko maraming mga undeclareds itong mga ito!!!!!!

up nn Grad
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Uncle Peping won. That may prove to be a money-in-the-bank statement when Executive Branch disburses checks (and next-appointed Chief Justice and others of Supremo Korte says…. ayyyy… tama iyang pera-pera sa treasury check…. mali iyong dating isinulat nina Corona at iba pa nuong 2012!!) peso-per-hectare for Hacienda Luisita land…. checks to Kris Aquino and other stockholders of Hacienda Luisita.

SK
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Ano na ang silbi ng hudikatura kung tanging mga mambabatas lang pala ang mag dedisisyon kung sino ang may sala…akala ko may piring lang ang mata ng Reyna Sentenshada (Lady Justice), may bago na pala shang imahe, Reynang Pugot (Beheaded Lady)

Fishball
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You are wrong because justice has been served to Filipinos and lady justice remains.

Daido Katsumi
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Nope. Lady Justice is beheaded because it’s all POLITICS and not true justice anymore.

What’s bad is that this is a trivial matter after all.

Ismelina
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marcos’ speech explaining his vote says it all. dispense justice without fear or favor.

clearly senate who voted convict are pandering for favor in the form of votes to the filipino people.

Daido Katsumi
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@Ismelina: All for the sake of the coming elections in 2013.

‘Kung pulitika ang pinaiiral dito, wala na akong silbi.’ -MDS

maxwell
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Impeachment is neither civil nor criminal in nature. It is not traditional justice. It is an alternative where traditional justice is impaired.

Good riddance to a chief justice who interpret the FCDA so absurdly.

Anonimo
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Care to explain how “traditional justice” is impaired? What exactly is “traditional justice” anyway?

Also, if you call that interpretation absurd, you better get rid of all the politicians, since the way they deal with their money is guided by that same interpretation.

Kathrine
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Corona was convicted not because he was a thief but because of a piece of unwritten parchments but he gave his best reason why he didn’t wrote it.

Other than that, the impeachment trial is nothing more than a pathetic political propaganda.

The 20 senators who convicted Corona sold their very own souls to keep their popularity. Justice is perverted again.

Fishball
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But many still perceive him as corrupt, unfit, liar and a lapdog of Gloria and thats why most Filipinos according to survey wants him convicted.

hasik64
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Hey, Fishball,many thinking Pinoys would beg to differ from your yellow mindset. You believe in those surveys conducted by PNoy’s relatives?

maxwell
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not the people I’ve talked with.

From taxi t\drivers to tinderas, to students, to businessmen, etc. In short anybody I can talked with. I simply asked what they think of Corona. About 70% think he is lying or his wealth is stolen.

Anonimo
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I wonder where they got that idea that he stole his wealth. The prosecution team didn’t accuse him of stealing.

Think First
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Where were the surveys after defense finished their presentation? They were only present during the prosecution’s “showtime”.

Lord Chimera
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Strange how you turn a blind eye on the King in Yellow sins as well as that of his minions.

Ismelina
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fishball….lagi ka na lang nauuto at nadadala sa flame cmapaign ng aquino admin ano? pathetic.

just because we PERCEIVE things, doesn’t mean they ARE…but sadly how things are PERCEIVED to be are carries more weight than WHAT IS.

when you look further, what these people want you to perceive, isn’t what is.

maxwell
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his best reason is ridiculous.

I prefer the independence between the 3 branches of government but after watching the proceedings, Corona has too much to hide. Many of his explanations does not hold water. Puro ante-dated ang legal papers, puro anka niya o ibang tao ang may-ari ng lupa, ng pera sa banko, etc.

I was thinking an acquittal is imminent until Corona’s explanation that he relied on the FCDA. By this single argument I wished for a guilty vote so a more qualified Chief Justice can be had.

Kathrine
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Ang daming pantakip ng Pnoy admin, someone should wrote a book about this issue.

The Philippines must not let itself be blinded by the media anymore.

Fishball
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Read Shadow of Doubt by Marites Vitug, the book shows you the inconsistencies of Corona

Think First
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Marites Vitug of Rappler? No thanks.

Fishball
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Then you can’t accept the truth.

Daido Katsumi
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@Fishball: Then you can’t accept the truth that you are a zombie. 😛

Think First
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@Fishball: Precisely why I don’t read Rappler – I want the truth.

Ismelina
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i read SOME of rappler’s articles…they are actually good…like for instance why philip philips won AI. it actually made sense.

other than that…i skim over…haha.

Dyed Moroz
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Ismelina,
I know that article about Phillip Phillips. While at first glance it seems sensible because of the charts and “scientific” jargon, the topic of that entire write-up was a non-issue. It was a droll, petty, unnecessary write-up to begin with.

Belinda Madrid
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I think these senator judges have misled their yellow minions to think that if they can hand CJ Corona’s head on a platter…that suddenly everyone will start walking the straight and narrow? Will they really? It seems that the naysayers are right…that this is done deal right from the start. A political process…one that seeks to divide a nation in the name the President’s Daang Matuwid. I can only pray that their intentions are indeed good…and their rhetorics in explaining their votes are sincere and honest. As I sit here…my heart crying for my country. All I can say to… Read more »
Fishball
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The intention was good because it is part of the straight path, the reforming of the Philippines which the previous administration neglected.

Daido Katsumi
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Straight path to HELL. They focus on trivial things like this than important ones like the economy and more jobs. Well, you’ll never listen because you’re a Yellow Zombie. 😛

Worse things will come if PNoy doesn’t man up . Still, the Philippines would never progress after this because it’s the beginning of something much worse.

maxwell
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I don’t think it was a done deal but certainly the odds are against Corona. I myself would hate to be judged by politicians. They’re unpredictable and have their own agenda

joseph noel
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what enrile said was one hell of an excuse… hindi magnanakaw si corona pero he as mocked as a thief… but on accounts of not writing your assets on a sheet of paper?? God bless us!!

Fishball
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In the case of Rave v. Flores, Flores was removed from not declaring his property, a stall in the market. Same goes to every government official like Corona.

Daido Katsumi
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Only Corona? But how about the senators and the congressmen? Hypocrisy, I sense. 🙂

j
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That’s what I want to understand. That old case was about a business earning pesos and was under her name right?

For Corona, it was commingled accounts and dollar accounts. both have basis to not be disclosed according to the CJ.

From my understanding, it’s not entirely the same. Can you please enlighten me, because for me, it’s the LAW that should be corrected before it can be said that one fails to comply.

artemis
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@Fishball
Are you referring to the court intrepreter who was sacked from her position due to non-declaration of her market stall in her SALN? She was interviewed by Taberna this morning, and she mentioned that the punishment for her non-declaration was LIGHT (payment of certain amount of sorts), but it was her taking double compensation that really sacked her from office. So there, let is be stated that it WAS NOT the non-declaration in the SALN that “impeached” her. FYI.

Ismelina
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Fishball, It’s plain as day that he DIDN’T declare his assets in his SAL-N…he admitted that to be so as well, with his reasons. granted his reasons didn’t fly in court, he should be punished accordingly, according to what is written, but not IMPEACHED. CJ Corona never committed anything impeachable…if you start saying he acquired his assets illegally or in a corrupt manner, then that’s hearsay….and should be proven in another court where he can be impeached. PEOPLE SHOULD BE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. All those people who believe the black propaganda and gossip should be ashamed of themselves. What… Read more »
matilda
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“In the USA, whenever one is assigned to be a juror, one is banned from reading newspapers, watching the news, or hearing any news or opinion regarding the case they are assigned to…….” In the USA, the chief justice who will be hounded by these kinds of intrigues or scandals will resign faster than he can say “Corona” In Japan, he would have disemboweled himself faster than he can say “absolute confidentiality” In the Philippines….only in the Philippines. And you will have your own sets of rabid fans who will defend you til kingdom come when you already admitted your… Read more »
Anonimo
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In the USA and Japan, they have the CSI team and Detective Conan, so that you don’t need to hound crooks with intrigues or scandals but instead hound them with hard facts and indisputable evidence. These, in turn, wouldn’t depend on the crooks’ good graces to resign or surrender, but allows the state to mete out the necessary punishment.

coolass
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to set things straight, RABE vs. FLORES, not Rave…and FLORES is a Female…so definitely not “HIS”

you must be very careful with your details, retarded zombie!

matilda
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Wow. Look do we have here, a grammar nazi. So how’s the weather Mr. Clean, it’s raining outside, aren’t they?

wak-wak
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Flores was not removed from office not because of non-declaration of SALN. And then again, your yellow zombie leaders are hiding the critical information. Flores was removed because of the MAIN crimes she did: double compensation, falsification of daily time records. The non-disclosure of her stall in the SALN is not major offense.

Kaya nga mag-research ka imbes na maniwala agad!

Felipe
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@wak-wak

Modus na talaga sa mga yellow zombies kasi yang half-truths.

Very revealing!

Thanks for bringing that up.

Gogs
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What’s the point of “due process” if the vote of many of those who voted was predetermined? As predictable as professional wrestling. It was pre-judged. Hence the word prejudice. People buy emotionally and try to defend logically. We saw that May 29, 2012 here in the Philippines.

Fishball
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it was all wild guesses. But now we must be happy because justice is served to us.

Daido Katsumi
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Justice to appease the mob then hypocrisy ensures.

It’s all politics.

Kwekwek
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Justice served based on “wild guesses?” You gotta be kidding us.

domo
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“You are remembered for the rules you break. Not the rules you follow.”
-Gen. Douglas MacArthur

coolass
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what kind of JUSTICE are you talking about?…justice served to appease an impotent KING?…

Impaler Triumphant
Member

Justice? REALLY? Nakakain ba nating mga Pilipino iyon?

Hyden Toro
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They may have won a case…however it does not mean: they are right…only time will tell, if this decision is right or wrong. If it will move the country forward or backward. Lying to Senate; fabricating fictitious evidences; Small Lady; Mr. Anonymous; Five minutes impeachments,etc…are now accepted in the Courts in the Philippines…what a country, we have. It’s really a Kangaroo Court that convicted Justice Corona…

Fishball
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the small lady, mr. anonymous, is all irrelevant now and we must stick to the issue that Corona did not declare his large amounts of wealth in his SALN. The future issue will be Coronas disbarment

Daido Katsumi
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And let’s prepare for the worst… 🙂

Kwekwek
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No, I think the future issue should be to subject other public officials under a legitimate corruption-check process… But I doubt that’s ever going to happen no thanks to personal and political agendas.

Seriously, the level of hypocrisy in this country is too d*mn high!

j
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irrelevant but don’t you think it’s disturbing to know that “they exist”? They used it and it worked so I’m sure they’ll use it again.

I agree with Hyden Toro, time will tell if what happened yesterday was the right thing or not.

Lord Chimera
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If “small ladies” and “mr.anonymous” are going to be the SOP of the judicial process then you won’t mind if some did that to the 188 and the King in Yellow and his other minions? Come on tell that I’m wrong I dare you…..

tonybac
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“Hindi po ako nagmamarunong dito. Ang ginagamit ko lang dito ay konsensya. Ako po ay representante ng masa rito,” – Sen. Lito Lapid… yet even the God of the Bible had to follow His own Law so that justice may be served right and then save us from the penalty of it…

Fishball
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I think Lito Lapid is a much better senator than Miriam because he uses his humility and the truth to judge the Chief justice. And Lapid also has connection to the ordinary Filipino thats why I will vote for him in 2013

Daido Katsumi
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Miriam is still a million times better due to his intelligence while Lapid doesn’t use his brains at all.

I won’t vote for him for 2013 because he played POLITICS more than honesty.

rule_of_law
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I agree with you. Lapid is a far superior judge than Santiago. Her rhetoric behind her judgment is flawed. Do you call non-disclosure of about Php200m a good faith omission? On top of this, she tried to bully the general public by hysterically shouting, with the purpose of swaying us to believe in her arguments. Brenda talaga this creature!

ahehe
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just shows the current level of filipino intellect. Masa-level.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Lito Lapid still fails the ‘So What?’ test since he voted for Corona’s conviction yet he honestly state that he had no knowledge about the law. At least MDS state FACTS, not rhetorics.

So you’re saying that artistas are far more superior than those who are intelligent? No wonder why idiots like you prefer a Showbiz Government. 🙂

Mercury
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Two decades have pass and still that “brenda” name calling of Miriam Santiago still exists? You guys are unbelievable! 😀

Ismelina
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Humility or contempt with intelligence??? there’s a difference…what I heard from Lito Lapid was contempt for smart people…

Those who call MDS “brenda” or more updated…”gaga” display the same contempt…and you saying you prefer Lito Lapid over her means you prefer MEDIOCRE people.

Mediocre people, mediocre government, mediocre country…that’s what we are. We won’t be like singapore, malaysia or japan with such mentality towards the intelligent.

Btw, people thought those who thought that the earth was round and is not the center of the universe were insane. Think about that.

jayson
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Better than Miriam? You must be kidding. Kung wala pala siyang alam dapat nag-ABSTAIN siya.

coolass
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an uneducated bastard much better than an expert constitutionalist and doctor of law?…it’s tantamount to saying that kinder pupils are better than college degree holders…what kind of society are we heading with this kind of mentality?…

fortheslowwitted
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Am no fan of Lapid, the guy is a joke. But Brenda is a bigger and more painful joke. She does not have “principle” one episode in History she is provoking people to storm the gates of Malacanang via “lusob! lusob!” and before you can say “kapal ng mukha mo” she has slept with the enemy and then trying painfully to paint herself the epitome of “Rule of Law”.

Careful coolass with name-calling though, that joke-of-an-uneducated-bastard Lito Lapid is a filthy rich senator while you are there, wearing that tacky red shirt and that jejemon cap.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

@fortheslowwitted:

Nah, she was just playing politics in that one episode of History. But she fully realizes that she doesn’t want to be part since politics in the Pinas is totally bad of it and instead of using politics, she used her own logic, reason and her knowledge of the law to make things balanced.

Ya know, the biggest and the most painful joke is that you prefer a government which is whored by media that keeps telling you that everything is ‘ok’ and never wanted to move forward as a society but to be part of a MEDIOCRITY.

I hope not…

fortheslowwitted
Guest

Acting as a Defensor-Santiago apologist now, are you? Sorry to burst your bubble, but the only predictable thing about the lady senator is her being lunatically unpredictable. Her alliance is only to herself and her theatrics and hysterics are manifestations that are only considered “normal” “inside Mandaluyong”.

And media….an open mind, regardless of a biased or fair media, will always be an open-mind. Everything depends on the reader and how he will chew, digest or regurgitate if needed.

GRP is a form of media but it has different views, views that really literally “begs” to differ.

Daido Katsumi
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@fortheslowwitted: For accusing her as lunatically unpredictable, there is no greater lunatic than the incumbent president, who wants to control the 3 branches of the government. Even I agree with MDS on her speech: ‘Kung pulitika ang pinaiiral sa impeachment court na ito, then wala na pala akong silbi dito.’ And she was right.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but the very reason why the Philippines is Asia’ laggard is because most of Filipinos hate critically thinking SMART people. So stop being so EMO about it.

fortheslowwitted
Guest

EMO is for those who can not move forward.

And REALLY SMART people do not tell that to themselves, other people say it for them.

witwiw
Guest

You are REALLY SMRT: magaling manglihis ng usapan.

fortheslowwitted
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@ witwiw

My handle is really doing its job. It was designed to attract the likes of you really.

Am honored.

JustSayin
Guest

Maybe he had a hard time comprehending with dictionaries and keyboards on both hands.

I hear his kind whenever I visit the barbershop.

roi
Guest
What the Senate has just done was to write on the wall for everyone to see that “non-declaration of property in SALN” is a high crime and therefore violative of the consitution. This means that a senator or a congressman can face dismissal and perpetual disqualification from holding public office if he is charged and found guilty of similar crime before the ethics committee of both houses. I think what advocate citizens (lawyers especially) should do now is to start gathering evidence against our senators and congressmen who are suspected of not declaring in his SALN an asset irrespective of… Read more »
Frank
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An interesting twist, although one that will not be followed up on due to the high hypocrisy that ensues.

Corona may have been guilty, but only he was prosecuted because he was on the wrong side of the ‘favors’ list.

j
Guest

I share the same sentiments.

Will we see more impeachment complaints raised? I doubt it. Unless there is another procedure where a government official can be removed from his position on the basis of his SALN.

I like the idea that we can really weed out our government officials this way though and that resolution that Sen Escudero submitted.

Lord Chimera
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I say they should go ahead and do the same thing they did to the CJ just show them that using the same extra-legal tactics against them is fair play.

itchyBB
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You’re such a pity of an individual using foul language.

Fishball
Guest

Miriam also said gago which is not good for a respectable lawyer like her

Daido Katsumi
Guest

It’s like saying Bobby Knight is not a respectable coach because of his profanity. Failed logic you have there.

Miriam has a point on one of her speech: “Focus on what I say and not how I say it.” She’s quoting Margaret Thatcher.

itchyBB
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You are one patient guy responding to all posts here. I do not condone Miriams profanity in Senate or do I enjoy reading pofanity here in this website. The moderators simply removed the ugly comment of nelson. But before you start giving everyone a lecture here on who is right and who is wrong, i understand your sudden high about CJ’s conviction. It would be best to enlighten us to talk about the “what now?” and “what’s next?”. Your camp already won, so congratulations. Enough rubbing it in with flawed logic. Again, what’s next? To disbar the CJ, pfft! Again,… Read more »
domo
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It’s like saying that Gordon Ramsay is not a respectable chef for raging foul words like sh*t to his amateur contenders in Hell’s Kitchen when in fact he’s just doing his job to make his restaurant’s food a 5 star food otherwise it’ll ruin its credibility in which the amateurs already did. What’s the matter you donkey? Being butthurt on her raging? You are exactly like that smartarse b*tch who just quit and summons Gordon Ramsay a fistfight when in fact Ramsay is just asking a simple question to him but he’s not actually giving reasons on those contenders he… Read more »
domo
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Correction: his first contender he voted for elimination and just saying “they can speak for themselves, they know who they are”.

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Entong
Guest

What’s next? Time to look for another diversion. Lest the people will start noticing the country’s progressive decline.

ahehe
Guest

Our farmlands are being sold to China.
– credible info obtained anonymously.

Kwekwek
Guest

Please provide (links to) substantial references. Thankssss. 🙂

Think First
Guest

That is probably a computerized document, signed by no one, placed inside a brown envelope, and given to him/her by a small lady inside a bank.

Seems legit, if you ask me, since it was accepted in the highest court of the land. 😀

Felipe
Guest
The prosecution knew that the weaker senators which comprise the majority would somehow be pressured by public opinion, which is why they would never comply when asked to refrain from turning this into a trial by publicity or media. For change to actually happen, the 188 representatives plus 1 senator, and then the rest of our public officials must sign a waiver ASAP to open all their assets and accounts for public scrutiny. In fact, it must best be a requirement for those seeking public office or, particularly, re-election to sign such a waiver. Otherwise, transparency would only be applied… Read more »
Fishball
Guest

No need to sign the waiver because they file their SALN in complete and honest declarations unlike what Corona did to hide his wealth

hasik64
Guest

Now that statement can come only from a certified yellow braggart. No need to sign the waiver…

Think First
Guest

Suuuuuuure. They are hiding nothing. They are all saintly, hiding nothing in those dollar accounts.

Sarcasm ends.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Miriam has a point after all. Since the senators voted the guilty verdict, does that mean we are all honest?

It’s all politics.

Felipe
Guest

@Fishball

That’s what they all say. But if they’re not hiding anything, they should not have any problem signing any such waiver. No double standards this time. We’re tired of partisan politics. Wala dapat na palusot.

188 + 1 especially should sign the waiver!

We should insist on this until it’s done. Otherwise, bistado na sila na meron itinatago!

juan carlos
Guest
Regardless of the missteps of the prosecution, Corona’s conviction mainly arose from his OWN testimony when he admitted that he did NOT declare his dollar and peso account holdings in his SALN’s, as required by law. What other evidence do you need? Corona was unequivocally his own worst witness. Isn’t that the reason why most defendants are NEVER placed on the stand in other normal trials? Corona’s “palusot” of using the bank secrecy laws does NOT make any sense either because if he were acquitted, it would send a dangerous precedent to all public officials that they can simply hide… Read more »
Domingo Arong
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Juan Carlos, I’m with you all the way! And I’m also totally in agreement with the “Sign a waiver call” in Jonathan De la Cruz CROSSROADS column in today’s (05/30/2012) issue of the Daily Tribune http://www.tribune.net.ph/ [W]e reiterate the almost unanimous call of an exasperated nation for all our public officials, especially those who skewered Corona no end to face up to his challenge: Sign a waiver to open their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALns) to full scrutiny to include, among others, a clear listing of all their real property assets and their bank accounts. As Corona… Read more »
Fishball
Guest

They declare their SALNs completely and with honesty and signing a waiver is making them look like impeached. File an impeachment complaint first and pass it to the Congress.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

I agree on Teddy Locsin:

“Can the chief justice be impeached for his interpretation of the law that his accusers completely agree with by not signing their own waivers? That is hypocrisy and a violation of the equal protection of the law.”

It’s really unfair for Corona. Then why wouldn’t they do the same? It seems the fact is ALL government officials are corrupt.

Squidball
Guest

How are you so sure that they declare their SALNs completely and with honesty? Have you seen their wealth to say so?

Moreover, the 188 congressmen (+PNoy and Drilon) should walk their talk. They dared Corona to sign a waiver opening his bank accounts to the public (which he did), so should they. Also, the congressmen and senators are not impeachable, so your statement makes absolutely no sense.

Fishball
Guest

Right on! If low profile people can be guilty of such crime, then why not Chief justice himself? And the investigation of his wealth and disbarment is now next.

&jailcorona

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Wrong again! 😛

Ya know what’s next? Worse things will come.

&jailFishball

somedude
Guest

Justice didn’t prevail – BS did.

Fishball
Guest

You can always file a complaint with the help of your congressman or senator.

itchyBB
Guest

I would not go through them. If it is not in their favor they will take the blindside. #fact
All they care about this their hides. That’s not transparency.

TaengGorbachev
Guest
The only thing that this conviction will lead us to is to give us a new CJ that will undo the Hacienda Luisita division done by Corona(simply because the Cojuangco-Aquino clan, being the “powers behind the throne” that they are, since the Philippines is also a “familiocracy”, that is, ruled by the family of a leader; will choose the CJ for PNoy). Those pseudo-leftists who betrayed our ranks(like De Lima and company) also helped with this fiasco. Even the media(esp. the Lopez family and their ABS-CBN)helped with this. Oh,yeah, these morons like to boast that they toppled the USSR through… Read more »
Fishball
Guest

we need a cj that is incorruptible and brilliant. Thats why Corona was removed because he is a follower of Gloria. And what helped to convict him was the truth that he hid his wealth, not by what you said.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Incorruptible and brilliant, my a$$. It’s rare to find one. If you count Carpio and Serreno as one, then you have problems in your brain. 😛

When Noynoy appoints a CJ, it will be a conflict of interest. When the Hacienda Luisita decision is reversed, I’ll say “I told you so.” Noynoy is also known for his incompetence, you know that. You’re happy that innocent people will be killed. It’s 2004 all over again.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

And do you think PNoy and his minions are morally fit? How can you explain on how the Congress voted for Corona’s impeachment e walang DELIBERATION na ginawa basta pirma lang. Noynoy used his pork barrel to bribe the Congress. When Noynoy appoints a CJ, it will be a conflict of interest. When the Hacienda Luisita decision is reversed, I’ll say “I told you so.” Noynoy is also known for his incompetence, you know that.

Ismelina
Guest

oh my god, there goes your perception again.

it’s soooooo flawed and soooo 2010.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Noynoy is still in campaign mode and so does this guy. Ugh.

Ismelina
Guest

same people who won’t mind to rename EDSA after Cory Aquino!! They didn’t invent People Power! Its people like Epifanio Delos Santos.

Der Fuhrer
Guest
As I said before… the worst is yet to come. The subtle control of the creeping dictatorship continues. Those who adore Mr. BS Aquino can never see him doing wrong. Yet he and his KKKK cronies continue with their impunity. Are we gullible enough to believe BS Aquino that there is no more corruption in his government? Divide and conquer is still the name of the game. Like many others here I saw already what was coming. The senatorial elections is coming. Opportunism is in the air again! The conviction is seen by the Aquino yellows as a “people’s victory.”… Read more »
rule_of_law
Guest

@Der Fuhrer

Here we go again with your ‘pink and purple’ arguments. Who do you think you’re fooling? Reading between the lines of your arguments, all you’re saying is — “I will miss that cutie-pie hunk Quimbo”.

Aminhin

Der Fuhrer
Guest

Try harder boy… Besides why don’t you ask the hidden flaming mariposa of the prosecution lead what it is all about. I answered your ad hominem, lies and fallacy. The truth is written on the wall. Thank you for validating your Nutzi style and character.

Fishball
Guest

The worst is coming if Corona will stay as Chief justice. Nanggugulo lang yang si Corona.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Wrong again! 🙂

The best is yet to come if Corona will stay. No pointless witch hunts. Justice to the poor farmers of HLI.

Ang tunay na nagugulo ay ung mga nakaupo sa pwesto, inlcuding your schizophrenic incompetent president. Does that make sense?

Your comments prove that you’re anti-intellectual. Because you want to focus on TRIVIAL matters.

Der Fuhrer
Guest

You are a true Nutzi follower fishball. When you, your family or friends become victims of the creeping dictatorship you will remember me. But then, if you are highly loyal to the one… you will reap a lot of benefits.

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