It is in the times of despair and sheer powerlessness that our holy and majestic president Noynoy (PNoy) Aquino showed his true colors. It is in the times of the imminent victory of the rule of law that PNoy shows his true intentions. Recently, PNoy threw a major tantrum that betrayed his inclination towards dictatorship; inciting another People Power.
Blunder after blunder in incriminating Chief Justice Corona in the ongoing impeachment trial, thanks to the prosecution, must have put our president to his witâ€™s end. Recently, the bank records given by a curious â€œsmall ladyâ€ which supposedly served as ammunition for the prosecution stabbed them in the bank, as they were proven to be fake in the end.
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Purported bank records of Chief Justice Renato Corona with the Philippine Savings Bank submitted as evidence by the prosecution in the magistrateâ€™s impeachment trial are fake, a branch manager of the financial institution said Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III also reported that there existed no closed circuit television footage of the â€œlittle ladyâ€ that Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali, one of the prosecutors from the House of Representatives, claimed had handed him the bank documents at the Senate building.
â€œThey are fake,â€ Anabelle Tiongson, manager of PSBankâ€™s Katipunan branch, said of the bank documents shown to her by Senator Jose â€œJinggoyâ€ Estrada.
Furthermore, the reputation of the prosecution itself is continuously being questioned, starting with the infamous lead prosecutor Niel Tupas Jr., and now we have Quezon City Third District Rep. Jorge “Bolet” Banal regarding his little escapade in snooping on Coronaâ€™s bank records.
This chain of misfortunes must have been too much for PNoy to bear. Bent on securing his political supremacy by eliminating those who are in his way, most prominently Corona, it is only imperative that he think of something that can antagonize the defense, while at the same time inspire the morale of the Yellow masses.
And what better scapegoat can he use to satisfy his personal vendetta against the respondent than the ever-sacred People Power?
Philippine history is riddled with the glory of People Power, which was first spearheaded by former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino, PNoyâ€™s mother, in an attempt to oust Ferdinand Marcos from office and allegedly usher democracy into our society. Meanwhile, the second People Power was launched in retaliation to the refusal of the jury in Estradaâ€™s impeachment trial to open the second envelope (a legally invalid evidence from the prosecution) which couldâ€™ve incriminated the respondent for good. And now, PNoy intends to continue the tradition of amassing the power of the people to serve his goals.
But then, of course this is to be expected. The possibility of PNoy launching a revolution should things donâ€™t go to his favor has been predicted in benign0â€™s article, which I in turn emphasized in my own article. Furthermore, in close scrutiny, one could discern how our president is starting to become increasingly desperate, what with the fallacious rhetoric and unfounded claims he threw against the respondent, which, in a rational perspective, will put him in a very disagreeable position.
1. Media campaigning
As a part of his agenda, PNoy recently spoke in front of the students from a certain school in Manila, urging the people to participate in the next People Power which he continuously alludes to.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday urged the public to rally behind his campaign to oust the nation’s top judge, warning the fight against widespread corruption hinged on the result.
Invoking the famous “people power” revolution that installed his late mother to the presidency in 1986, Aquino said ordinary Filipinos had the power to ensure Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona was removed from office.
“We should not allow ourselves to become victims of injustice. We must take a stand now,” Aquino told a town-hall-style meeting with students at a Catholic college in Manila.
This demagoguery reeks of ad misericordiam (appeal to emotion). PNoy, like your typical dictator, aims to manipulate the hearts of the masses by honeyed words laced with intellectual venom. Chief Justice Corona reportedly protested against PNoyâ€™s increasingly dictatorial actions by insisting that the Palace should keep its hands off of the impeachment trial, and that it should not in any way tamper with the judgment of the masses.
Moreover, PNoy also seems to have a knack for word play to go along with his rhetoric. Quoting an excerpt from the same source:
Aquino said he trusted the impeachment process, but he wanted the public to understand that Corona and his backers were using a wide range of tactics in an effort to derail the case.â€
This is nothing but a blatant contradiction. If he trusts the impeachment process, then he would not have to dip his filthy fingers on the business, because he would believe that the Senate can decipher whatever scheme the respondent has together with the defense panel. But then, any rational mind would know that PNoy will use everything at his disposal to steer the impeachment to his favor.
3. Indirect Blackmail
Another excerpt narrated the following:
Aquino said that if the Senate acquitted Corona, it would virtually destroy his efforts to rid the country of corruption.
“Extremely difficult, if not impossible,” he replied to a question from a law student about such a prospect.
This statement screams â€œsupport me or support corruptionâ€ all over. Aquino in his speech insinuates that Coronaâ€™s acquittal will impede him in his quest to prevent corruption in the Philippines. What does this entail? What does he imply? That people who support Corona and the rule of law does in fact, support corruption in his book.
In effect, he is indirectly blackmailing the people into supporting him under the guise of cleansing our country of corruption, lest they be labeled traitors and be subjected to the persecution of the Yellow masses.
4. Baseless Accusations
Finally, we have this:
Aquino insisted Thursday that Corona had lied about asset declarations required of public officials, which he said should be grounds for him being sacked by the Senate.
“According to just three (bank) accounts presented at the impeachment, Mr Corona had hidden 31.5 million pesos (about $730,000),” he said.
In an attempt to intimidate the Senate, PNoy made the bold claim and accused the respondent of hiding wealth from the courtâ€™s searching eyes, supported by the bank records presented in the impeachment; a bold accusation no doubt, but amusingly baseless. For the record, the bank records were proven to be false evidence, which actually put the prosecution at a great disadvantage having dawdled over useless papers all along, effectively discrediting the presidentâ€™s empty arguments.
Once again, our nation has stood witness to how much of a phantasmagorical circus our national politics have become. On one side we have the courts struggling between personal interests and the upholding of the rule of law, while on the other side we have the psychopathic clown of a president, together with his cronies and Yellow minions, pressuring everyone to kneel to their influence.
Yes, it is in this time that our president shows his dictatorial nature. It is in this time that PNoy is showing his â€œless benevolentâ€ attitude. But it is also in this time that we must stand stronger and resist the dark hand grasping our society that is the Aquino administration. It is also in this time that we continue to analyze everything rationally, lest we fall prey on the hands of what could be an upcoming dictatorship. As R. Buckminster Fuller said:
â€œDictators never invent their own opportunities.â€
Ultimately, it is up to the people to stop PNoy from becoming the next Hitler.