Is Pasay Regional Trial Court Judge Jesus Mupas next on President Noynoy Aquino’s hit list?

It seems President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III can no longer restrain himself from breathing down the neck of the Philippines’ judicial branch of government. Perhaps the President is newly-emboldened by his personal victory over the judiciary when he and his minions in Congress succeeded at unseating former Chief Justice Renato Corona on trumped-up charges this year.

Last Wednesday, Pasay Judge Jesus Mupas allowed former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) who is currently being charged for “electoral sabotage” (a non-bailable offense supposedly) to be released on bail on grounds that the prosecution had provided weak evidence to support their case against her. But then

Aquino on Thursday said he found the requirements of Judge Jesus Mupas for the disapproval of the bail petition “too high.”

“Based on my understanding, Judge Mupas said there was no corroborative testimony in his decision to grant the bail petition. But if we can recall the accusation, there were only three persons talking – Mrs. Arroyo, (former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Sr.) Ampatuan, and (former Maguindanao administrator Norie) Unas who was listening,” the President said.

“Are we to think that they (Arroyo and Ampatuan) will give damaging testimonies against each other? So there can really be only one witness (Unas). How can we have corroborative testimony?”

And here is the punchline…

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“The test (being used by Mupas) is a bit too high which makes it almost impossible to attain because no one else heard the conversation on the issue of electoral fraud,” Aquino added.

And that, President BS Aquino, is why the Judge Mupas ruled that the case is weak. If no one but a suspected genocidal maniac can corroborate the accusation against GMA — a former head of state of this wretched republic — then the prosecution’s case stands on the testimony of said maniac. The Judge merely ruled on the basis of that fact.

[Photo courtesy Reuters.]

It is quite possible that Malacañang is currently gearing up for another war versus the Philippine judiciary. Anything is possible after all — even the impeachment of no less than the Chief Justice of the Philippine court on grounds of what, on second look, are really non-impeachable offenses. Indeed, Lawyer Katrina Legarda in her interview with the Judicial Bar Council as candidate for the post of Chief Justice recounts

“What they brought up against Corona was not really an impeachable offense. The courts became scared that when they displease a higher authority, they will have problems in the future..”

According to Legarda, morale in the ranks of the Philippine judiciary has “plunged” since the start of President BS Aquino’s vendetta versus Corona late last year. Since then have staff have been feeling “like lost sheep”.

Should Judge Jesus Mupas be worried?

Perhaps. Some netizens are speculating that he may currently be in President BS Aquino’s Most Wanted list. The was earlier speaking for “the rest of the country” when it stated how everyone was “taken aback” by Mupas’s ruling in its “report” on the granting of GMA’s petition for bail. That a major Philippine broadsheet would presume to speak on behalf of “the rest of the country” is an ominous sign that Malacañang may already be marshaling all available resources at its disposal to crush GMA.

Indeed, the President is undeterred. His henchmen are already in the process of carrying out their Plan B with Aquino’s personal Ombudsman filing a request with the Sandiganbayan to issue an arrest warrant versus GMA, this time for the crime of “plunder”. The charge of “plunder” is “non-bailable” and this one is on grounds of GMA’s “alleged misuse of multimillion-peso intelligence fund of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)”.

The charge sheet alleged that the respondents “conspired…in withdrawing, amassing, accumulating public funds worth P391.9 million from July 2007 to January 2010…[and] by circumventing and/or violating the subject COA circulars relative…to the liquidation of complainant PCSO’s intelligence/confidential funds,” the information for plunder stated.

Sound like a plot from Game of Thrones? That’s because the Philippines remains mired in the results of 12th-Century thinking.

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata.

36 Replies to “Is Pasay Regional Trial Court Judge Jesus Mupas next on President Noynoy Aquino’s hit list?”

  1. BS Aquino no longer bother to show the philippine public that he is manipulating all the branches of the government…
    nakakatakot ito, saan na tayo patungo?…

    1. Baka si Arroyo ang may sayad kasi nakakapagtanggal na ng neck brace kahit na sinasabing malubha na ang kanyang sakit? Nagheheadbang pa nga daw eh.

    1. “Bad news sa taumbayan ang paglaya ni Arroyo.”

      Ikaw at ang presidente mo lang ang nagsasabi nyan gunggong.

      Bad news para kay Panot kasi nakita na ng taumbayan ang pagiging vindictive niya kaya pababa ng pababa ng pababa ng pababa ang kanyang trust ratings.

      Umiyak ka nalang sa isang tabi kasi malapit na ang katapusan ng pagiging presidente ng panot mong pangulo!

    1. Mabuting kaibigan ang presidente sa mga tapat sa gobyerno, ngunit masamang kaaway sa mga corrupt at magnanakaw dito, tulad ni Arroyo. Ginagamit lamang nya ang kapangyarihan para sa katarungan ng Pilipino.

      1. Gahaman na talaga sa kapangyarihan si BS Aquino. Dinadaan lang nila sa showbiz. Basta’tk di nya Kamag-anak, Kaibigan, Kabarilan, at ano pang “K”, automatic na niyang kinakaaway kahit na walang kamalay-malay ang tao. Parang si Hitler si AbNoy na pinag-bibintangan ang mga hudyo at pinaliligpit!

        Ugat si BS Aquino ng kamalasan at paghihirap sa pilipinas. No wonder dumarami ang protesta laban sa kanya!

      2. Mabuting kaibigan as kanyang mga kaklasi, kabarilan, at kaibigan. Kaya nga si PUNO at torres ay masibak-sibak.

        Ano bang alam niya sa batas? Mas marunong pa siya sa Judge?

      3. Hindi nga niya maparusahan ung nagloloko niyang gabinete e. Do you know about DILG secretary Rico Puno? He was charged by jueteng yet Noynoy saved him. Ronald Llamas was charged on buying pirated DVDs yet he can’t even punish him?

        Mabuting kaibigan si Noynoy sa kanyang KKKK, sa kanyang Kamag-Anak, Inc. The truth is most of the people he appointed had questionable integrity. In other words, corrupt at magnanakaw din ang mga sa likod ni Noynoy. Sa tingin mo si Arroyo lang?

        Dyan ka nagkakamali, gunggong. Nakakatawa ka talaga. 😛

      4. Mabuting kaibigan ang amo mo sa mga pumupuri sa kanya, kahit di karapat-dapat sa kanya.

        Masamang kaaway siya sa lahat ng mga nagmamatapang na sabihin sa kanya kung ano ang ginagawa niyang mali at di nila gusto.

        Ginagamit lang niya ang kapangyarihan niya upang mapasailalim sa kanya lahat ng sangay ng pamahalaan.

        Utak-ibon ka nanaman.

      5. Corrupt pala e…then why not finish the caseS against the Marcoses? Come on! Bring it on the table…it’s been decades “fishy”…If that gets resolved, then justice has been served…bet Pnoy knows Bongbong will just kick his sorry arse! Now he thinks he can control people completely…EDSA rally is over…One is enough, a fourth is just plain stupidity…

      6. So I’ve watched The Dictator last Wednesday and guess what vincensus ignoramus, your precious president is just like Admiral General Aladeen: a moronic dictator.

  2. Di ba’t kasasabi lang nya sa kanyang SONA na walang “imposible”? Ba’t ngayon sa kanya rin nanggaling ang salitang imposible? Impossible Testimony? Hoy, sabi mo nga walang imposible da vah?

  3. After the RTC Judge Mupas granted the petition to put up bail of P1 million for temporary liberty of former President Gloria M. Arroyo, the Ombudsman is now pressing the Sandigan Bayan to issue arrest warrant for her to keep her in detention. Though she is now out of detention, that is only temporary and until the electoral fraud she is charged is decided she cannot leave the country for hold departure order. It is wonder why her nemesis want her detained when she cannot escape. The perception of the public that former President committed election fraud and amassed wealth anomalously could be true but proving them is another story. The prosecutors should be careful in gathering witnesses with credible testimonies and evidences. Haphazard investigation, railroaded evidences and drastic filing of charges will bear no result but embarrassment to the Aquino government. Though the former President is suffering from many ailments, she could be laughing in the inside with how her prosecutors and persecutors are handling the cases against her. She had command responsibility in the rescinded ZTE/NBN deal, fertilizer scandal, AFP fund scam and Euro generals, Jose Pidal bank account, Mickey tax evasion and questionable US property and many more. She had moral responsibility but could not be legally charged unless there are valid evidences pointing her involvement. The Aquino administration should not be subjective or personal but objective in prosecuting the former President who despite of her diminutive size is smartly a giant. Both Gloria and Noynoy are closed Roman Catholic but they could not confused God by their public declaration of their faith as God see not only their outside appearance but their heart’s desire.

    1. It must be hard for anyone to be laughing when the whole machinery of government has been manipulated to deprive her/his freedom for nine long months!!! Add to this stress ill-health and more unwarranted political harassment, one has to be made of steel to still be able to laugh, she is a human being too, you know, even though the sustained barrage of black propaganda against her in the media has turned her inhuman!!!

    2. The key phrase in your post was “the perception of the public”.. it is usually wrong and borders on being retarded.

      The fact that this Abnoy Cojuangco is after GMA’s because of “corruption” is the height of hypocrisy in this country. If he wants to weed out the corrupt, look to his own clan, look at his own mother. Cory is one of the reasons why the Philippines became such a country of losers.

  4. Noynoy Aquino is a cruel and a vindictive man. I have not seen a leader like this, since Genghis Khan. He is a sadist…I’m sure he has some mental problems. His behaviours do not show a normal human being. He wants to destroy more the Judiciary…

    1. Totally agree. He has no social graces. He does not care how things look. He is painfully awkward. In class he would be the type that would always be picked on because he does not fit in. But he’s president and the joke is on us. He has double standards. No idea what due process is. Petty, no sense of the context of his role. And all the leeches who are around him because he is easy to manipulate. Spoiled brat. Can’t take criticism yet gives tons of reasons to be criticized. The guy is an imbecile with a little dofus thrown in.

      1. ahhh!!! the typical leadership these days…the glory days of good leaders are gone…it is odd that this is also very common in the various public and private offices…
        Kill/oust the leaders who actually know the job…as long as you have the goons and mob behind you, you can do shit…$tup!d country…
        these leaders wanna live in “harmony” not understanding the dynamics of true balance…they are the type of leaders when they were starting who lacks passion and ideas…curled up in their own miseries and when powers granted to them scared and lost in the mystery of it…then clings to the post to do as they please since they feel entitled to it as they think they have suffered much in the past not knowing their being pathetic is dragging the whole system down…
        well, i still think the wheels of life do turn, when it is turning too fast to your advantage, it tend to turn faster to your downfall. And if it goes un-cushioned (if there is such a word), the fall is gonna be hard, it will break…

    2. It runs in the blood. The Cojuangco/Aquino clan is a murderous, thieving bunch of traitors who show ill-will towards the weak and everyone else they can stamp on.

  5. Look at the smallness of their (media and Malacanang) brains. Exhaustive stories about GMA’s temporary release flood the newspapers and TV reports. But NO similar amount of effort is done to inform the people about the REAL status of territorial disputes with China. Kaya nabobobo ang mga Pilipino dahil ginagawa tayong bobo ng Media at Malacanang.

    To BS Aquino, the Court has already decided. Deal with it. Ang daming cheche bureche! Yan ang sinasabi ni Sec. Dilema na misplaced act of courage. Kung sana ganyan sila katapang sa pagharap sa Tsina e malamang hindi tayo tintratong inutil ng mga Tsino.

  6. Benign0

    The “special election offense” of “electoral sabotage” is defined in Sec. 42 of R.A. 9369 (approved Jan. 23, 2007):

    And since the offense is principally committed by members of either the BEIs (board of election inspectors) or BOCs (board of canvassers), there is this proviso in the penultimate paragraph of the cited provision:

    “Provided finally; That any and all[,] either persons or individuals[,] determined to be [in] conspiracy or in connivance with the members of the BEIs or BOCs involved, shall be meted the same penalty of life imprisonment.” (Note: I inserted the pair of commas and the preposition “in”)

    In other words, to prove GMA’s guilt, evidence must be provided to show that GMA conspired or connived “with the members of the Maguindanao BEIs or BOCs involved” which, of course, means that, at the least, GMA must have personally known or met early on some of the members of the these boards and agreed to commit the electoral sabotage charged.

    To Judge Mupas, COMELEC evidently failed to provide the evidence required.

    1. Great insight! In short, the onus was on the prosecution (as it was during Corona’s impeachment trial) to build a strong case against the accused.

  7. @Fishball

    Bad news sa taong bayan ang paglaya ni Arroyo, you say?

    So what can you say about the election results last 2010? Isn’t it that’s bad news itself?

    Besides, if you were Arroyo, would you think you can withstand that searing pain she experiences with her sickness? I’ve research her, uhm, “medical condition”, and I think adding a neck brace is only just normal. And here you go some Noytard that makes every anti-AbNoy some laughing stock jokes.

    I think you guys are the country’s funniest joke ever. The crap one..

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