Miriam Defensor-Santiago: Our modern day Pilosopo Tasyo

You might encounter the term Pilosopo Tasyo (Philosopher Tasyo) or simply pilosopo in a couple of typical Filipino conversations, and is generally taken to mean “someone who takes things literally in a sarcastic way,” usually thrown at people who can’t help but nitpick on people’s faulty sentence construction for fun. While the word has donned a more amusing definition, and is nothing more than an often-used colloquial term, quite a number of people still recall the exact origins of Pilosopo Tasyo; an actual character in Jose Rizal’s iconic novel Noli Me Tangere.

As the title suggests, Don Anastacio, or Tasyo, was a philosopher. He was an intelligent man who immersed himself in the ways of science, and gained insight far deeper than those of the people in his village. Despite his intelligence, however, Pilosopo Tasyo was often ridiculed as a madman by the townspeople. He was always made fun of, and no one ever paid attention to what he had to say. Suffice to say that they didn’t even bother trying to understand him. And being a widower to boot, one could say that he’s the ultimate “Forever Alone” guy.

So why am I even bringing up a character from an old novel? That’s because the tension between those who are considered intellectuals and many Filipinos, something Rizal depicted through the proverbial philosopher, has not disappeared after all these years, and it still very much manifests in our daily lives. But to look at things in a larger scale, we can examine the events that transpired in the course of former Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial.

A single individual in the trial, despite having a powerful legal mind and a strong personality, something preferable in the world of politics, was often derided as some sort of a crackpot by many Filipinos. The myriad of insightful ideas this senator could share with the Filipino society often get drowned amidst the myriad of insults Filipinos throw at her, making fun of her personage, instead of absorbing and evaluating her judgment. One of the three senators who voted for Corona’s acquittal, she was often accused of being in cahoots with the respondent when she only wanted the rule of law be upheld, and received a generous amount of ridicule and sick jokes. Yes, we’re talking about the modern-day Pilosopo Tasyo, senator-judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

Miriam Santiago accurately represents the philosopher, who in turn, helped readers visualize the social “cancer” Rizal has allegorically depicted more than a hundred years ago; the aversion of the many from the “different” few, especially if those “few” have curious intellectual aptitude. In the same way Pilosopo Tasyo‘s lecture about the principle of a lightning rod being met with laughter, Miriam Santiago’s free lecture about how the Constitution works was met with derision from many spectators of the impeachment trial, supposedly because she uses too much jargon, because she’s too mean, and because she’s apparently crazy or something. The alibis never end.

And recently, the senator-judge expressed her pain and contempt towards journalists when faced with reports of a certain online petition urging her to undergo a psychological test before being promoted to a judge in the International Criminal Court.

“I appeal to you, will you please be fair to me. You know there is a black propaganda campaign against me. [So] please don’t ask me anymore ‘What do you say about this black propaganda against you and they are listing…what to them is your [bad] personal characteristics.’ Please do not ask me that anymore. I feel very insulted. Just in case you still do not know, it is very offensive. It’s very rude and discourteous to me,” Santiago told reporters covering the Senate beat on Tuesday.

(Source: Link)

Infamous, ear-covering private prosecutor Vitalliano Aguirre II was involved in the issue, as he personally stated that Miriam take a psychological test before coming to ICC.

“Alam ninyo binastos na ako ng tao na yun [Aguirre], eh, pagkatapos binabastos pa rin ako tapos na ang trial. Wala naman akong ginawa na sa kanya. Nag-apologize siya, tinanggap ko ang apology niya,” she said. “Ngayon meron pa siyang pahabol na paninira; alangan namang i-devote ko ang buhay ko sa mga ganyang paninira na yan.”

Yes, that’s your typical Filipino lawyer, resorting to underhanded tactics to get back at the person who put him in his place. Is this how the Filipino ego truly works? Responding to the ones who shared their insights with things like this, because apparently, the lessons were given the hard way, and your ego was hurt in the process?

Apparently, yes. Filipinos instead lauded Senator Lito Lapid’s rhetoric about a “high school graduate judging the chief magistrate of the land,” because it packs more drama; a perfect concoction for the Filipino psyche. A serious, intellectual lecture about the Constitution coupled with a feisty attitude just doesn’t mix well with most Filipinos’ soap opera mindset, and so they dismiss it as a vanity project, a scream-fest, or just plain madness.

The social “cancer” didn’t die. In fact, it continues to thrive in the Filipino conscious, as generously demonstrated by the persecution Miriam received for standing her ground. Many Filipinos derided her as mentally unstable for giving the prosecution the lecture that they deserve. Many Filipinos insulted her personage for providing the country with another perspective regarding Corona’s impeachment trial. This begs an important question; what did the Filipinos do next?

After feeling satisfied about being normal compared to Miriam, did they even bother to study what Miriam actually said, and not just how she said it? After letting out their anger over Miriam’s alleged trampling on their personalities, did they bother inquiring about what the ejusdem generis rule means? Did they even try to find out to understand why Miriam acquitted Corona? In other words, did the Filipino people, at least attempt to understand what Miriam had to say about this quasi-political, quasi-judicial process? Or were we like the townspeople Pilosopo Tasyo was with, who simply dismissed him as nothing more than a madman, undeserving of our time and attention?

In our desperation to keep our egos unharmed, we unwittingly relinquished our chance to know more. For the recuperation of our pride deeply hurt by an intimidating individual, we sacrificed knowledge for feelings. Just to show that we’re no pushovers (when there is absolutely no need to do so), we forgot what the likes of Miriam and Pilosopo Tasyo had to say. Because we’re hurt, what Miriam said is wrong.

Such is the beauty of argumentum ad hominem.

As I end this article, I appeal to those who claim that she’s insane, to those who claim that she’s a bully and to those who claim Miriam does not intend to reach out to us laymen:

Have we attempted to reach out to her in turn?

Have we attempted to bridge the gap between those we consider as intellectuals, and ourselves? Have we taken the time to temporarily set aside our egos and come to an understanding? Who knows, maybe Miriam, maybe Pilosopo Tasyo, maybe they have something truly worth our time and attention. Maybe, just maybe, we should consider listening to those we consider as crackpots. After all, Pilosopo Tasyo knew the importance of the lightning rod, and we all know how important it still is today.

Meanwhile, the social “cancer” lives on in our society. And the cure, the business of getting real, it’s still in the works. But we can help speed things up.

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Miauw Ming
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Beautiful article! Piece of art IMO.

Fishball
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Nope its not. This is much better, showing her to protect Corona.

http://www.rappler.com/thought-leaders/6368-the-failed-state-of-miriam-defensor-santiago

domo
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There you go again with your useless rappler link maggot. So is being vindictive an art for you?

Fishball
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But rappler is referred to by many personalities unlike grp which is a “never-heard”, anti-government blog

domo
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And who are those personalities maggot? The one who is overrated like your precious president?

domo
Guest

Any underrated like GRP are often credible as well. Ever wonder why The Artist, a movie never heard so much worldwide, won this year’s Academy Awards and not the latest transformers movie even though it got more than a billion dollars in the box office?

Daido Katsumi
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@Fishball: Because GRP loves to discuss ideas than people. Why you should trust ABS-CBN which is a biased station?

Cite reasons, please.

flax
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@fishball

‘unlike grp which is a “never-heard”’

so, how did you come across this site then?

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Citing Rappler as a credible source?

Amazingly RIDICULOUS. XD

Fishball
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yes because it is owned by maria ressa former abscbn news head

domo
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Credible pala ah? Hence why abs-cbn is called A Biased Network Controlled By Numbnuts. She, rappler and your precious network does nothing but black propaganda to destroy their enemies. And that is also what you are doing hostile.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

@Fishball: Still RIDICLUOUS since Rappler is also owned by the Yellow Media.

You fail again, Yellowtard. 😛

Kikiam
Guest

@Fishball So what? I have a degree in Computer Engineering, I can develop my own web page, I can create my own programs, but does that mean anything? No! So what if Maria Ressa is a former abscbn news head? Message me instead if she already heads the Technical Department of NASA. Geez, bilib ka na sa ganyan? Kababa naman ng standard mo, ABS-CBN lang.

Gogs
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Kris, you quote and rely on Rappler. Enough said.
BTW most of this country voted
for a guy whose claim to fame was his mother died a month before he decided to run and a guy convicted of plunder. So numbers don’t mean much.

Mr. James
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It’s like quoting yourself in a public statement LOL. Mas masaya kasi yung mga masa, bilib na bilib kasi “english”

Kikiam
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Just read the article. SO WHAT? Another failed article without any logical arguments. Just another type that instead of shooting the message, it attacks the messenger. Rappler is just another site feeding the idiocy of the general Filipino public. I would rather have the straight-forward expose of GRP on what’s causing the nation to really stinks, than Rappler’s idea of hiding it under the bed.

Teabag Deluxe
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Pat Evangelista is overrated anyway. She’s just like Conrado de Quiros – all rhetorics, no substance. Magaling lang mag-English kaya bilib ang masa.

Ragnar
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“But rappler is referred to by many personalities”

THAT line right there earns you the scorn of everyone with a properly operating brain

Lytot
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Didn’t you notice the Mood/Feeling Test this site has, its mere feelings/subjective-base. This is just another form of ABS-CBN kind of journalism/broadcasting. New face but same tone. mere kind of unbalance journalism and broadcasting.

Arche
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Thank you very much! 🙂

benign0
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In short, the Philippines is an INTELLECTUALLY BANKRUPT society; not the sort of place where intellectuals thrive, not an environment where innovation takes root, and certainly not a place where groundreaking change easily prospers.

The national consciousness is captured more by the shallow spectacles, melodramatic populism, and reckless adventurism that appeal to the small minds of the poorly educated and ill-bred.

And Pinoys wonder why the country remains the wretched laughingstock of the region that it is today.

Daido Katsumi
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Like I said: Filipinos hate critically thinking smart people.

Nice article, benigns. 😀

Amir Al Bahr
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Bro, si Arche nagsulat nito 😛

Arche, another great write-up 😀

Daido Katsumi
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Ah, my bad! 😛 Thanks for the correction.

benign0
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Lol! I’m honoured… 😉

Arche
Guest

Heh heh, thanks very much guys! 🙂

Arche
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I couldn’t agree more. Philippines is that curious place where knowledge is often traded for ego. Philippines is that curious place where people refuse to “know” in order to “feel good.” 😛

Aegis-Judex
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As if ego is more valuable than knowledge…

straight path
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To GRP: you and Brenda really deserve each other

Daido Katsumi
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@straight path: Now you’re resorting to ad hominem attacks, huh? Typical spineless Yellowtard. 😛

Teabag Deluxe
Guest

And you and your ilk deserve Panot.

Enjoy your circle jerk with Pnoy, Llamas, Tupas, Quimbo, Lapid etc. with Valte, De Lima and Morales in the middle.

Don’t forget to give an extra reach-around to Pnoy. 😛

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Oh yeah, and those who worship the Aquinos as demigods are not Brendas (brain damage). You never realize the fact that Noynoy has brain damage. Maybe you have one. 🙂

domo
Guest

Congratulations for proving your squatter mentality even more. You utak squatters are so hostile.

Kikiam
Guest

And you deserve the stinking situation of the country! Kaso pati ako nadamay kahit nandito na nga sa abroad nagtratrabaho! Lugeeee!

itchyBB
Guest

Hello @ straight path,

Just some curious questions. And this is open to all who reads/follow GRP regardless of “political affiliations”.

1. Do you condone traffic violations/violators?
2. Do you think that with the “fixer” environment not being properly monitored and condoned by Filipinos promote a healthy and disciplined culture which can lead to the betterment of our nation?
3. Do you think there is concrete economic improvement in our country to date?
4. Do you think, we, Filipinos deserve the type of economy and government we have?

Your sincere answers are greatly appreciated. 🙂

straight path
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@itchyBB

We wouldn’t be faced with all your questions, to begin with, if we didn’t have the corrupt Coronas and Arroyos in our society.

The Filipino people are thankful for Pnoy for leading the country awaout of a culture

itchyBB
Guest

I would have appreciated a Yes or No answer on each question I posted. Rather I got a defensive and “blame game” one.
It seems it is easier for you to point fingers than provide resolutions. Sabi nga ni Corona- MOVE ON.
My questions are in present tense naman. Why always go back?

itchyBB
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I would have appreciated a Yes or No answer on each question I posted. Rather I got a defensive and “blame game” one.
It seems it is easier for you to point fingers than provide resolutions. Sabi nga ni Corona- MOVE ON.
My questions are in present tense naman. Why always go back?
I guess the herd does not understand the concept “learn from the past”.
If we keep blaming the past, it’s simply futile as it is over. We cannot rewind time. Sorry, I feel deeply disappointed with your answer.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

@crooked path:

The root cause of the problem in our society is not corruption but the dysfunctional culture.

Sorry, but we are thankful that GRP exists to educate people like you. You’re nothing but a delusional troll who loves to cling on mediocrity. THAT is what our culture is it needs to be taken out. And stop worshipping the Aquinos as demigods; it’s sos stupid.

Teabag Deluxe
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@itchyBB

You will never get a straight answer out of straight path. Ironic, eh?

@Daido

Unfortunately, the yellow tards refuse to be educated by anyone who is not yellow. Best thing to do is round them up and send them to concentration ca- I mean, re-education happy fun camps.

Lord Chimera
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That would be the ultimate tragedy of this nation, to have everything around claimed by entropy and yet never question why it happened in the first place. Mediocrity is the keyword for today folks.

FallenAngel
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Philippine society is the type where it would rather pull people down than push people up. So why are there certain people asking the ICC to reconsider her as a judge? Because she’ll make the Philippines a laughingstock? Hello? We don’t need her help in doing that; we’re perfectly fine showing the world just how laughable we are! Not the best delivery, always angry, etc., but if only Pinoys were more focused on substance instead of form, then they would see that MDS makes more sense than they think she does. Haaayz. Pinoys like being stupid and like being under… Read more »
Bill Steffen
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If you want this country to turn around Elect MDS as Commander in Chief! It will be done and done quickly and by the rule of law

Arche
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“Not the best delivery, always angry, etc., but if only Pinoys were more focused on substance instead of form, then they would see that MDS makes more sense than they think she does.” The very essence of my article. In defending MDS, people automatically think I’m glorifying her manner of speaking, when it’s hardly even my point to begin with. If only Filipinos can see THROUGH her feisty attitude and try to understand what she’s actually trying to say… but then, I guess it’s too much to ask. 😛 “Just to relate this to something I wrote earlier, maybe MDS… Read more »
FallenAngel
Member

By the way, Arche, was this write-up directly because of Evangelista’s article in Rappler?

Arche
Guest

Partly, yes. But what really got me going was that online petition urging Miriam to take a psychological test. 🙂

FallenAngel
Member

Arche, by the way, mind if I use this write-up as a springboard for ideas, about the other side of the spectrum?

Arche
Guest

Please, feel free.

Although I have to ask; what is this “spectrum” you speak of? 🙂

FallenAngel
Member

Miriam represents extreme respect, even fanatical obsession with the law, even. On the other side of the spectrum, we have a senator who kept stressing just how much he/she doesn’t know. It’s the senator Noytards gravitated to. They claim that his/her speech vote was that of someone “humble”. If you know whom I’m talking about don’t mention it here yet 😛

Arche
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Oh, I see. My lips are sealed. Good luck with your article! 🙂

FallenAngel
Member

Arche, I admire your patience in rebutting every single one of those people who can’t seem to get the point here.

As I always say, patience is a virtue, just not mine 😛

Arche
Guest

Heh heh, well, it does help improve the way I express my thoughts. And they are also quite entertaining to talk to. 😛

But yeah, I guess I’m just patient. XD

flax
Guest

Imagine if a typical Pinoy became an ICC judge, he/she would probably acquit the likes of Charles Taylor, Radovan Karadjic, and Matthew Brevik had they made a dramatic speech at the trial.

Aegis-Judex
Guest

“So why are there certain people asking the ICC to reconsider her as a judge? Because she’ll make the Philippines a laughingstock? Hello? We don’t need her help in doing that; we’re perfectly fine showing the world just how laughable we are!”

Oh, I think she’ll make the Philippines a laughingstock. After all, one less sane man (woman, in this case) makes the rest of the batch more insane by comparison.

Von Capulong
Guest

How can Pinoy’s understand things much better if they want their lives to mirror a tele-novela?

Whose responsibility is it to improve one’s life anyway?

The rest of Filipinos may want change, but we maybe stuck with the political choices of Pinoys – forcing their actors, actresses and other what-have-yous on us…

Hopefully, more people intellectuals and technocrats will win in next year’s elections.

Christian
Guest

Best you know that won’t happen.

Gogs
Member

Our media is a reflection of us. The day noontime television and prime time over the air news changes is the day our society gets smarter . They will change to meet the better expectations of their audience. That day will probably come around the year 3462.

Straight Path
Guest

I am a fan of your writings, but to dignify and justify the derranged mind of this creature called Santiago, through this article, is disappointing.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

But to dignify and justify the deranged mind of this creature called Straight Path, through his post, is disappointing. 😛

Don’t be such an EMO loser and use your brain for once. Keep on defending our dysfunctional culture and see who has the deranged mind. Am I right, Yellow Zombie. 😀

benign0
Admin

@StraightPath, perhaps first dignify us with an explanation first of what specifically it is about MDS’s mind that you consider to be “deranged”.

Can you cite specific examples and describe using precise terms what in all of what MDS has publicly said so far you could justifiably describe as “deranged”?

Do that and you can consider yourself entitled to a dignified answer. 😀

Der Fuhrer
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@Nutzi straight(and wide) path

MDS is a deranged mind and a creature? Thank you for hanging yourself and validating the kind of evil character you have. Your evil master must be proud of you. MDS record as a brilliant lawyer, judge, official and senator shines through!

straight path
Guest

@Der Fuhrer — (mahilig sa GERMAN HOTDOG) (

I refuse to have an intellegent discussion with someone not truthful about his sexual orientation.

Teabag Deluxe
Guest

LOLOL. You never had good arguments anyway. Twat.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

@straight path: Right and those who worship the Aquinos as demigods equals intelligence. We are putting more facts in this discussion than your empty rhetorics. Please do us a favor and state facts for once, not conspiracy theories and crap.

domo
Guest

A deserving username for you: straight path to fall off the cliff with your incompetence. You just can’t provide obvious facts and continues to be a delusional lemming.

Lord Chimera
Guest

Ah the Slur card has been played good for people who are being outmaneuvered intellectually. Seriously you are resorting to name calling? Mediocre…..

Der Fuhrer
Guest

@Nutzi straight(and wide) path.

I love German sausage. The kind you boil. A culinary treat from one family friend of the Hahn clan. Unlike you my lewd friend… I do not have sexual abnormalities or a depraved mind. I am secure in the fact that I am a straight male.

Kikiam
Guest

what intelligent discussion are you talking about? are you deranged or something?

Christian
Guest

Judging by your name, it’s no wonder why you’re angry at her.

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/aquino-promises having 0 promises kept in 2 years, i’m not sure if you’re ever going to see the straight path you were promised.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

THAT is where I can agree with. But not in your other post.

Kikiam
Guest

Here’s a link, and if you’re disappointed with this article, there’s more in here… 😉
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/aquino-promises/summaries/table

hiraya
Guest

How I wish Patricia Evangelista would read this article right now. Her article about the “failed state of Miriam Santiago” is so much celebrated in Rappler. Very nice article Arche.

Arche
Guest

Thank you so much, hiraya! 🙂

Shimofuri
Guest

“To be great is to be misunderstood” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mercury
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Sometimes I can’t help but to ponder that Rizal himself contributed to the ‘ruin’ of the intellectual/philosopher archetype in the character of Pilisopo Tasyo. Well I think if he could write written off a character like Tasyo with utmost respect even for some few good men then I guess modern Filipinos would have the same degree of appreciating modern intellectuals. I could be wrong though. About MDS, we all know that she has been labelled “crackpot” in the guise of “Brenda (portmanteau for “brain damage”) almost two decades ago by the ancient yellow media then, thus resulting to a great… Read more »
subcontinental
Guest
1. Is “strong personality” a euphemism for arrogance, conceit, and unbecoming behavior? 2. LOL Argumentum ad hominem. It’s like when Miriam calls everyone idiots and say that her fellow lawyer-senators only practiced law for just a short period of time compared to her being a trial judge. 3. So kailan pa nagbubulyaw ang nagsasabi ng paulit-ulit na “kagaguhan” si Pilosopo Tasyo. Know your novels, first. Pilosopo Tasyo lives a meek life, and is highly observant and contemplative of the things around him. But, Miriam, well, she has “strong personality.” You have a false, stupid, and undeserving analogy right there. Even… Read more »
Fishball
Guest

Miriam owns one of the most expensive houses in Quezon City and her neighbor is Gloria. Shows why she sided with the corrupt.

hiraya
Guest

So if Pinoy or one of the Aquinos was her neighbour, she’s a yellowtard??

Samantha Defensor
Member

Perhaps you must do your research. Narciso Santiago was already wealthy to begin with.

Der Fuhrer
Guest

@Nutzi Fishball

As First Officer Spock would say… Fascinating! Your illogical statement shows your defective mind intellect.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

And Fishball have sided with the intellectually BANKRUPT, which is another form of corruption. It’s just more than just stealing.

You’re too immature. It’s like saying “I don’t want to grow up! I want to cry like a baby just like PNoy!” Waaaaah!

Arche
Guest
1. No. 2. Look up the definition of argumentum ad hominem. Miriam is committing argumentum ad hominem if she’s disproving an argument STRICTLY through attacking one’s personality (and that’s fallacious). On the contrary, she is actually giving her reasons (and from a legal perspective at that) why she disagrees. So, yeah. Your example is invalid. 3. (I’m expecting this objection) Oh, thank you, but I know my novels quite well. You might as well point out that Pilosopo Tasyo is a man, while Miriam is a woman. Of course there are differences between the philosopher and the senator, but I… Read more »
Lord Chimera
Guest

You have much chance pleading with sun not rise that appealing to this people’s intellect. As the whole rotten dance called impeachment has shown most people care about the form not the substance of things.

flax
Guest

Man, i admire your patience in explaining these things to, uhm, idiots.

Trosp
Guest

He he he…

Dapat pinapabayaan na lang ‘no?

flax
Guest

Haha oo, parang batang nagta-tantrum lang, dapat pabayaan kundi mawiwili

Der Fuhrer
Guest

straight path and his yellow kind should read this. The great leader and his very expensive “pakain”, the lack of a provision in the constitution not allowing an “acting” Chief Justice to act within the JBC…

http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120606hea1.html

http://www.opinion.manilastandardtoday.com/2012/06/06/a-legal-quagmire/

Suibon
Guest

Yes, I get what she is saying; yes, I am overawed by her intellectual acumen; but could she say things more respectfully? I mean, it’s not that great a leap to develop tact; someone with her erudition and education should be able to figure out how to clothe that iron fist.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Tell that to Gordon Ramsay. 😀

aaaaa
Guest

When you’re surrounded by people who wouldn’t really choose to uphold the law, you’d be pretty pissed too. It’s the fact that she often makes a point is important.

Think of her as a Senator version of Chef Gordon Ramsay.

Kikiam
Guest

Guess what? Even the Lord Jesus Christ didn’t minced His words when he called the Pharisees and Sadducees HYPOCRITES in front of many people. He even showed His fury when He saw the people of Israel disrespecting the temple. And though the people of Israel saw the miracles and wisdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, they still chose to free the convicted thief! I’m not comparing MDS to the Lord, but the situation is eerily familiar.

Ragnar
Guest

actually…. vexation caused by…. stubborn stupidity is withing the bounds of righteousness…. i think it’s covered under “righteous indignation”

jeric
Guest
what rule of law is she talking about, it has already been served, we are a nation full of laws and we don’t know where to start implementing it, puro dak dak lang si miriam, shes a fuckin retard. Yes the impeachment may have started politically but corona is the first to be tried, naghahanap p sya ng lusot we should start somwhere, the path to redemption may be cloudy but it pays when we all see it through… miriam may have a good command of the language but she is blabbing words, she is a nuisance then and still… Read more »
Arche
Guest

Thank you, jeric. You’re a perfect representation of what my article is trying to say. Simply adorable. 🙂

Der Fuhrer
Guest

LOL! That was a good one Arche!

Arche
Guest

Haha, thanks! 😛

Teabag Deluxe
Guest

I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you crying over the sound of how awesome Miriam is. 😛

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Like MDS, she suspects hypocrisy when the 20 senators voted for the guilty verdict. You said that Corona lacks integrity, but PNoy and his minions, do they have have integrity?

Congratulations, you’re a total retard with what you wrote. 😀

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

I bet all you can hear in your sleep is MDS calling you “an insult to the intelligence of Filipinos” and “gago”

To the author, a quote from Oscar Wilde:
“There is no sin except stupidity.”

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

Author, quote is not directed towards you, but perhaps it relates in one way, shape, or form to MDS and what your article is trying to say about her 😛

Fishball
Guest

Miriam is a defender of Corona and bully of the senate, not a defender of justice.

Teabag Deluxe
Guest

Magkano per post? 😛

joseph noel
Guest

@teabag… like!!! hahaha….

Christian
Guest

People like you deserve the Philippines.

domo
Guest

Oh no maggot. You and fishball deserve to be failipinos.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

And you get the government you deserve. Sorry, but troll somewhere else. 😛

domo
Guest

And your precious president is a rule and law breaker.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

That’s very laughable. The fact is that the prosecution and senators like Drilon are the ones who are bullies. Oh, even PNoy is a bully.

Any sane person should never be a defender of ‘selective’ justice. At least Miriam wasn’t like that.

Fishball is a magnet for humiliation but what do you expect from a sadist? 😛

Kikiam
Guest

Hirap siguro ng trabaho mo? Biruin mo, punta ka sa mga ganitong site, put up some emo arguments, then gets lambasted because of your failed logic! Buti at nababasa mo pa itong mga ito. Grabe ang lakas ng loob mo! Kakaiba ka! Siguro malaki sahod mo kaya tiis-tiis na lang. Kunsabagay, mahirap nga naman maghanap ng trabaho sa Pinas ngayon! Ipagpatuloy mo lang yan! Dalhin mo kasi yung mga kasama mo dito para may kakampi ka! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

flax
Guest

wag ka, malaki premium niyan para sa bawat insulto na binabato pabalik sa kanya hehehe

Trosp
Guest

And may I ask Jeric what is your definition of integrity? And nuisance?

Para calibrated ang lahat.

Who are the people who have better integrity than Miriam in this impeachment trial Jeric?

Fishball
Guest

So corruption in the government is not gago? Miriam just sold her soul

domo
Guest

And who told you that numbnuts? You “god”?

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Incompetence and stupidity is also gago. You didn’t even realized the fact that corruption is not the government, but the PEOPLE.

Fishball just sold his soul to the god of dysfunction and mediocrity. Am I right? 😛

Gogs
Member

Kris, shouldn’t you be out trolling for another married man? . I love your alias since you are as cheap as a Quiapo sidewalk fishball.

Der Fuhrer
Guest

@Nutzi Fishball

LOL! For the first time you made me laugh! A contradiction in terms and an unproved judgement call. That shows how your defective mind works. Here is the real truth. YOU are the gago and you sold your soul to your dark, yellow master.

juliancarax
Guest

binasa ko yung threads of argument… and frankly speaking you should read the article here GRP about learning how to shut up….

Fishball
Guest

Miriam had said in the past that she wants to be struck by lightning or shoot herself in the leg. But why not do it? Ika nga ni Sen.Jinggoy, “Sinungaling ka”

Teabag Deluxe
Guest

May iskwater ditong nanlilimos ng pansin o.

domo
Guest

Because God Himself didn’t want her do that since she’s doing the right thing. You fail again attention whore.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

You really have no sense of humor, do you? 😛

Der Fuhrer
Guest

@Nutzi Fishball

You are a real attention nymphomaniac. Not the intellectual type. Most certainly not the logical type. Your mind satisfaction level seems to be insatiable. Can’t get it yet?

Kikiam
Guest

Its like the pot calling the kettle “black”.

Anonymous
Guest

Am I detecting a hint of desperation in your posts pathetic troll or you really just want some attention?

empressv.karen
Guest

nice article arche.
it’s heart breaking. parang wala na talaga pagasa ang pinas umasenso kase mas nakikinig sa mga tsismis kaysa common sense, logic & facts. philippines outcast people who can actually change this country for the better.

Arche
Guest

Thank you for the compliment! 🙂

Yes, it saddens me, too. Watching Filipinos immerse themselves in cheap-o showbiz media tricks, watching them join the anti-intellectual bandwagon… it’s tragic, really. 🙁

Hugh
Guest

Gosh. When matched against the likes of Lito Lapid, Bong Revilla, Tito Sotto, and Trillanes (the kind that meeja love because of their “charms”), any intelligent person will definitely seem crazy.

And since old Miriam definitely cannot suffer fools coming in buckets (i.e. Rappler, Lopez meeja), she just has to give back what they dish out.

traffice2000
Guest

Sad to know that most of us (pinoy) keep on calling Sen. Santiago “insane”. Very good article Arche I almost cried while reading it.

I just hope our voices will become majority for the sake of our nation. Having Arche, Ilda, Benigno and other bloggers and writers, we can assure that they will keep giving us information or situation on the other side of it. Thank you guys and keep it up. =D

aaaaa
Guest

“Sad to know that most of us (pinoy) keep on calling Sen. Santiago “insane”.”

It’s how it is in this country. You know too much, or prove to be smart? You’re considered weird at best, an affront to existence at worst.

Lord Chimera
Guest

It’s like that situation where a person who is fluent in English is often picked by others who are that fluent.

itchyBB
Guest

“You know too much, or prove to be smart?”

A hazard to the balance of complacent people.

Arche
Guest

Thanks very much for reading!

We’ll do our best to keep the ideas coming. Let’s keep the fire alive. 🙂

Domingo Arong
Guest
Arche Those who criticize Miriam seldom if ever find fault in the well-researched legal arguments she usually presents in her speech; and their criticisms are always merely directed instead at her open, brutally frank manner of delivering her message which, of course, do not in any way affect the validity of her arguments at all. Some of the more abusive critics even resort to infantile name-calling which, again, has no bearing whatsoever on the quality of Miriam’s reasoning. But Miriam’s childish detractors (those who find it difficult to even understand what she is talking about in the first place) should… Read more »
Arche
Guest

Indeed, Mr. Domingo Arong. I have yet to see a detractor actually address the content–the essence of Miriam’s lectures. Instead, many haters resort to unadulterated insults to feel good about themselves, and to give themselves the illusion that they have in fact, disproved Miriam’s arguments.

“Such is the beauty of argumentum ad hominem.”

Thanks for your input! 🙂

Kikiam
Guest

And the most disturbing thing is, they lauded Lito Lapid instead! OH, THE HORROR!

flax
Guest

The horror really, to think he got away clean evading taxes from quarrying activities in Pampanga. This excludes the environmental impact his quarrying activities in the province has caused.

qwitzach
Guest

The 20 senators who voted to convict anchored their decision on emotional populist appeal, not on solid legal ground, because the prosecution was unable to establish any. It is a bad precdent. Miriam is right, it was kagaguhan from the start.

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