Duterte shocks the Opposition anew in appointing Teresita De Castro as Chief Justice

The bad news just keeps on coming for the Philippine Opposition. It has not been a good year for them. In fact, things haven’t been good for them since President Rodrigo Duterte won the election in 2016.

Members of the Opposition particularly those allied with the Liberal Party have tried every trick in the book to remove Duterte from office – from calls for people power revolution to filing of criminal charges against him before the International Criminal Court – but all they get in return for their efforts is disappointment. They can only moan helplessly and cry in outrage as the Duterte government turns their worst nightmares into reality.

Duterte certainly did not disappoint in disappointing the Opposition. It was like a walk in the park for him. The Opposition did not have a chance because, for one, the law was quite often on Duterte’s side and two, they base their arguments on emotion, not reason. Indeed, the Opposition’s arguments did not stand a chance in court.

The first time Duterte sent the Opposition spinning was when he allowed the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr at the Libingan ng mga Bayani or Heroes’ Cemetery. They tried in vain to stop it, but the Supreme Court ruled that the burial was not against the law. Weekly rallies did not move Duterte and his supporters. It was actually surprising they were surprised he allowed the burial considering that was one of his campaign promises. It is not surprising though that the Opposition did not file for a restraining order much earlier to stop it from happening. Former President BS Aquino did not even think about changing the rules at the Libingan ng mga Bayani to prevent a Marcos burial when he was still in office for six years. It was just another example of their lack of foresight.

The second time the Opposition got a rude shock was when Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao in response to clashes in Marawi City between the Philippine military and Maute/ISIS group hiding in the city. He justified the declaration as an essential one, “in order to suppress lawless violence and rebellion and for public safety.” But of course members of the Opposition went into panic mode and concluded he was using it as an excuse to declare Martial Law in the entire country and assume a dictatorship. Their attempt to put a restraining order also failed since the Supreme Court said that “the claims of violation of human rights are speculative and lack a nexus between the exercise of martial law powers and their apprehension of such violations” — meaning, the Opposition was imagining military violence against ordinary people. They were being irrational as usual.

Just when the Opposition thought things couldn’t get any worse, Duterte pulled another fast one. His solicitor general successfully removed Lourdes Sereno from the Chief Justice post through a Quo Warranto. Eight Supreme Court justices voted to nullify Sereno’s appointment. They found her disqualified and guilty of unlawfully holding the Chief Justice position due to her failure to submit all the required financial documents when she applied for the top judicial post in 2012. Her motion for consideration resulted in the same outcome. It’s quite baffling she expected the justices to change their decision considering she did not produce new evidence to support her claim that she did submit all her Statement of Asset, Liabilities and Net worth.

Fast-forward to today, one of the eight justices who voted against Sereno and considered to be her staunch critic Teresita De Castro has been appointed the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Sereno’s supporters have been crucifying De Castro even before Sereno was removed, now they have gone all-out in saying her efforts to demonise Sereno has paid off. Never mind that De Castro is reportedly the most qualified justice for the position…

In 1998, Pres. Ramos awarded now Chief Justice De Castro with the Presidential Medal of Merit for Exceptionally Meritorious & Valuable Service Rendered & Remarkable Accomplishments that have served the interest of peace, unity and progress in Southern Philippines

Most importantly this

In 2012, then Associate Justice and now Chief Justice De Castro was the only CJ applicant who obtained a grade. of “1” in the psychiatric and psychological tests. “1” is the highest score in the 1-5 range in the 11-page JBC Psychiatric and Psychological Report

They still can’t accept that Sereno’s appointment was void from the beginning. They are still in denial even after the motion for consideration was denied. Sereno’s illegitimate appointment was BS Aquino’s legacy. It is now on record he did not do his due diligence in choosing the Chief Justice. It is another blow to his ego.

But with De Castro retiring in two months when she turns 70 years old in October, it seems her appointment as Chief Justice is more symbolic than anything else. It is Duterte flicking the middle finger on Sereno and the rest of the Opposition. Since his move is above board, all they can do is cry and gnash their teeth in despair. That’s what happens to people who think they are above the law. They should try sticking to the rules and perhaps then, they will have a chance to win the battle next time. But I doubt it. The next round will put the final nail in the coffin – the removal of Leni Robredo as Vice President once the allegation of electoral fraud is proven. Most of us already know the law is not on their side especially now with De Castro as Supreme Court Chief Justice.

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30 Comments on “Duterte shocks the Opposition anew in appointing Teresita De Castro as Chief Justice”

  1. Leni Robredo, the fake Vice President was placed in that position, to ensure that the Aquino Cojuangco political axis hold in power will continue. Even if Pres. Duterte wins the election, they are in force, to impeach him in anyway they can.

    At the onset of the Duterte administration, they are already preparing for the Impeachment procedures, in the Senate. The crook and drug dealer, Leila de Lima, and the “assault dog” of Pnoy Aquino, Trililing Trillanes, were working in tandem for the outright impeachment of Diggong Duterte.

    It is fortunate, that Duterte, has many years of experience in politics. All the forces of the opposition are arrayed against him. From the asking of help from the European Union; to the filling of criminal charges in the International Criminal Court; to the asking of help from the U.S./C.I.A.;to the Trilililing Truillanes lobbying to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Now, Bam Aquino, the Bobo, went to the Roman Catholic Church Pope, to ask for help in removing Pres. Duterte.

    Nothing worked on Duterte. He is just a tough guy, to be removed. So, they are hoping that Duterte will drop dead. The fake Vice President Leni Robredo, might become President; and continue to their hold of power by hook or by crook.

    The Leni Robredo, cheating in election, was done, thru former COMELEC Chief Andres Bautista, being paid a lot of money – multi billion pesos of our own tax money; deposited in many bank accounts here and abroad. Now, the crook , Andres Bautista, is enjoying his loot in the U.S.

    We should abolish the COMELEC. Remove the SMARTMATIC HOCUS PCOS. It has not given us anything good. It facilitated electronic cheating, by those who control COMELEC.

    The trouble with the opposition is: they have no political platform. No plan or vision , for us and the country. They just want to be in power. And continue their corrupt and crooked ways.

    Shock them, Diggong, until their eyeballs will fall out from their eye sockets !

  2. Remove all facilities in the government that the Aquino Cojuangco political axis has left in the government. Caguioa and Sereno, are the ones. It is good that Sereno, was a victim of Qou Warranto.

    Ombudsman Carpio Morales was one; along with Carandang. They are the facilitators of Selective Justice. Carpio Morales recently retired. Carandang was kicked out.

    The Bias Media of all kinds, are another. They give Fake News and are sources of disinformations. Some of the politicians in Congress and Senate are “black and white” in loyalties. They go where the power go…so are those in the local government.

    Mar Roxas, not only stole the Typhoon Yolanda Fund. He left a strong infrastructure of Shabu and other drug dealers to the Baranagay root level, to continue the drug trade with the crook and drug dealer , Leila de Lima and her cahoots.

    Pnoy Aquino, the clueless idiot, is there watching and waiting for his Fake Vice President, Leni Robredo, to become President.

    Recently, they brought out the issue of the health of Diggong Duterte.
    Where in the world is Duterte ? Idiots, go to Malacanang Palace, where he resides, and grab his tail there !

  3. Really?! What is so shocking with that? Opposition knew that this administration has that principle of “utang na loob/debt of gratitude” since the start of Duterte’s term. De castro’s appointment is just a price she won after ousting Sereno. It is expected and predictable of this administration. No need for brain cells. It is ironic they keep harping about “change is coming” and “the best and the brightest” and yet they don’t stick to that principle. So where is the change and the best? You have Uson and Montano for example, as “pambayad utang na loob” and many others in his incompetent cabinet/staff circle.

    Indeed, Duterte is no different with the traditional politicians who exhibited “utang na loob” “padrino system” “nepotism” “cronyism” “narcissistic disorder” and things of similar nature in his administration, which are the reasons the Philippines remains to be backward, dysfunctional and third world. And which the author highlighted in her many articles before Duterte’s presidency of what is wrong with the Philippines and yet failed to correct Duterte on that but even yet is encouraging Duterte to follow. Hypocrite much with your supposed excellent standards as opposed to Aquino’s presidency.

    It is clear, although already obvious, that this website was created to antagonize Aquinos and praise those who oppose them. Yes, and nevermind those supposed “standards” this website is proposing because all are fake. What’s clear is what will work against Aquino will have to follow even using fake, mediocre and low standards, as long as they will work against the Aquinos, then it is acceptable by Ilda and the rest of Getreal. That is the problem when you are subjective with your views.

    And you Ilda did what you hate about the opposition. For making yourself a rabid personality supporter being subjective and not objective, you are compromising of what is supposed to be the standard/meritorious principles in order to make this nation great. You are just exposing your real color. I don’t care if you label me yellow, but what you think is wrong with me is, for sure, what is also wrong with you. Look at yourself in the mirror. You have become like the opposition you hate. That is for sure.

    1. Yeah! What’s so shocking about that? Are the yellow solons worries de castro will jail pnoy? I don’t think so.

    2. I agree. It’s just more of the same old, same old.

      It’s a pity politicians take themselves so seriously these days. At least in the old days you could laugh at their antics and they’d basically give you a nudge and a wink and say: yeah, we know we’re a bunch of incompetent crooks. Did you expect something different?

    3. @ pinoy citizen
      oh you again
      if the aquinos had done anything that fostered progress in the ph (anything long-term counts), kindly refresh our memories. i wont google it because i dont have the brain power to process all those big words, so please summarize it to me in a nice, masa-compliant package
      thank you

    4. Of course it is not shocking to one who worships the second hand smoke of Benigno Simeon ( BS) Aquino. One who breathes in the aroma of manure produced continuously by Lacierda , Valte , Carandang to glorify the nil achiever that is Noynoy. They are already anticipating every anti yellow movement and not being shocked by anything. Go back to basking in the glory of Noynoy and parroting his ” thoughts”.

    5. Typical Yellowtard rant. As if Sereno’s appointment is good in the first place. If anything, anyone with brain cells knew that the impeachment of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona is out of personal vendetta from Noynoy himself. Hate to tell you, but whether you like it or not, Sereno is a product of PNoy’s stupidity.

      You’re one to talk about patronage politics but where were you during those 30 years where padrino system is still rampant and the Aquino-Cojuangco clan is also doing things their way. Pointing only on Duterte makes you utterly biased. I dunno, but that’s all I can see.

      It is clear, although already obvious, that this website was created to antagonize Aquinos and praise those who oppose them. Yes, and nevermind those supposed “standards” this website is proposing because all are fake. What’s clear is what will work against Aquino will have to follow even using fake, mediocre and low standards, as long as they will work against the Aquinos, then it is acceptable by Ilda and the rest of Getreal. That is the problem when you are subjective with your views.

      And you Ilda did what you hate about the opposition. For making yourself a rabid personality supporter being subjective and not objective, you are compromising of what is supposed to be the standard/meritorious principles in order to make this nation great. You are just exposing your real color. I don’t care if you label me yellow, but what you think is wrong with me is, for sure, what is also wrong with you. Look at yourself in the mirror. You have become like the opposition you hate. That is for sure.

      It is also clear that you’re just here to TROLL on this site by doing ad hominem attacks on everyone who disagree with you. If anything, the downfall of the Philippines started AFTER 1986 and the Aquinos and their own cronies are the culprits of this. Actually, it’s because of them that the Yellow narrative is the prevailing narrative and you actually fell for it. If anything, personal attacks on someone is a Yellowtard thing and they are no different from the noisy Left SJWs who wants to shut down everyone from raising their opinion.

      You don’t care that you are labeled Yellow, but looking ate your comments, you already are. So congratulations for exposing yourself, and I mean YOUR REAL colors all along. And if you think the Yellowtards would make this nation great, then they should’ve done it for 30 years. And guess what, we got nothing. Ever. All that you’re spitting is Yellow media bullcrap.

      If this is makes you feel better: if you want to label Ilda as being the opposition that ‘they hate’ then hate to say this, but the Philippines deserves an Opposition where ideas are the norm and free from the Yellowtard stench. Almost all of your posts have Yellowtard stench. I didn’t waste my time exposing you, but you won’t even admit it. That is for sure, son.

      1. Hazard triggerman,

        “The downfall of the Philippines started in 1986 and the Aquinos and their cronies are the culprits of this.”

        So much fake news you have there. The Philippine economy before President Marcos took over was great until he ruled from 1960s to 1980s. It was during in 1970s that Overseas and Filipino Workers (OFWs) started. A solution by Marcos governance to cope up with the economic and financial crisis suffered by the Philippines in his hands. In 1983, the Philippines was bankrupt. In 1984, highest inflation rate was ever recorded at 62.80%. Yeah, you read it right. Shocking data!

        So much hype about your Marcos that he was a “great dictator” for you but think about it. He controlled all components and branches of government, particulary, the legislature, judiciary and AFP, and even the media and also the economy during his dictatorship and yet cannot control and defeat the small opposition like the Aquino and rebel groups like NPA that you keep on blaming that they grabbed power from Marcos. Think again! Marcos and his cronies was the first ever reason why the Philippine economy collapsed. Well, it is a testament he is far from the great dictators in Asia like Lee Kuan Yew and Park Chung-Hee who transformed Singapore and South Korea into a powerhouse economy in Asia, respectively.

        And Ilda the author of this article wants Marcos back in power to replace Robredo and maybe to become President someday. I can only die in embarassment. As great Lee Kuan Yew once said “only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who pillage his countru for over 20 years, srill be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amount of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowede to return and engage in politics.” Yeah more Marcos, more shits in the Philippines.

        That 30 years of yours is overrated since you had Estrada, Ramos and Arroyo presidencies who combined 18 years in total and who had wasted their time in office to prove themselves that they are better than Aquinos. And yet after they left presidency, the Philippines is still a 3rd world country. Yeah, blame Aquinos for your own pleasure fake news blunder like your mediocre Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

        1. So much fake news you have there. The Philippine economy before President Marcos took over was great until he ruled from 1960s to 1980s. It was during in 1970s that Overseas and Filipino Workers (OFWs) started. A solution by Marcos governance to cope up with the economic and financial crisis suffered by the Philippines in his hands. In 1983, the Philippines was bankrupt. In 1984, highest inflation rate was ever recorded at 62.80%. Yeah, you read it right. Shocking data!

          So much Yellow Propaganda you have there. Yes, the Philippine economy before Marcos was great and that kind of economy is still good in the 60s, thanks to the Laurel-Langley Act, until its expiration until 1974. And when you said the Philippines being bankrupt in 1983 and that kind of ‘shocking’ data of the 62.80% inflation, you just can’t blame it on Marcos per se. 1983 is also the same the year where the country also experienced political turmoil in favor of the Makibaka movement. So what the hell are you talking about?

          So much hype about your Marcos that he was a “great dictator” for you but think about it. He controlled all components and branches of government, particulary, the legislature, judiciary and AFP, and even the media and also the economy during his dictatorship and yet cannot control and defeat the small opposition like the Aquino and rebel groups like NPA that you keep on blaming that they grabbed power from Marcos. Think again! Marcos and his cronies was the first ever reason why the Philippine economy collapsed. Well, it is a testament he is far from the great dictators in Asia like Lee Kuan Yew and Park Chung-Hee who transformed Singapore and South Korea into a powerhouse economy in Asia, respectively.

          Nice strawman. Marcos controlled those things you’ve mentioned and in case you don’t notice, they are sooooo close on defeating the NPA in the 80s, according to the late Father Conrado Balweg a.k.a. the Rebel Priest. If anything, it was Cory who should be blamed because the freeing of Joma Sison and other members of the CPP until moving to the Netherlands in exile makes the NPA still at large. You keep on blaming Marcos and his cronies about why the economy collapsed yet still, the opposition also took part as well. Still, any political situation can also affect the economy as well. Or should I want to mention that Aquino and his cronies are much worse because of our present archaic economic system that also contributed the downfall of the Philippines as well.

          And Ilda the author of this article wants Marcos back in power to replace Robredo and maybe to become President someday. I can only die in embarassment. As great Lee Kuan Yew once said “only in the Philippines could a leader like Ferdinand Marcos Sr., who pillage his countru for over 20 years, srill be considered for a national burial. Insignificant amount of the loot have been recovered, yet his wife and children were allowede to return and engage in politics.” Yeah more Marcos, more shits in the Philippines.

          This is a crybaby statement. As if Robredo can do better but she’ll be more like Cory 2.0. Honestly speaking, we are already embarrassed AFTER 1986 and what the great LKY stated is his own opinion. Come on, this is the same guy who speak out that “what the Philippines needed is DISCIPLINE than democracy”. Yeah, more of Aquinos and the Yellows, another thousand shits in the Philippines.

          That 30 years of yours is overrated since you had Estrada, Ramos and Arroyo presidencies who combined 18 years in total and who had wasted their time in office to prove themselves that they are better than Aquinos. And yet after they left presidency, the Philippines is still a 3rd world country. Yeah, blame Aquinos for your own pleasure fake news blunder like your mediocre Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.That 30 years of yours is overrated since you had Estrada, Ramos and Arroyo presidencies who combined 18 years in total and who had wasted their time in office to prove themselves that they are better than Aquinos. And yet after they left presidency, the Philippines is still a 3rd world country. Yeah, blame Aquinos for your own pleasure fake news blunder like your mediocre Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

          More like REALITY CHECK than overration. BTW, who did the author of the 1987 Constitution? And during those 30 years the Yellow narrative is the prevailing narrative so what can Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo do? The Yellows are mostly have the loudest speech and along with the Yellow media, they easily manipulated the people. The Philippines is still a 3rd world country because of our current constitution that includes our currently flawed economic system and our currently flawed government system that adds up to the rampant corruption and mediocrity of those 30 years.

          And please, you’re the one who’s spouting fake news here since your source is the likes of ABS-CBN, Inquirer and even Rappler. Which is, fake news published on their articles and newspapers. And your hate obsession to Mocha Uson makes me question your credibility. But what do I expect from a Yellowtard who seeks pleasure from his OWN fake news blunder through reading Pinoy Ako Blog and Yellow Media outlets?

        2. What happened AFTER 1986 is…

          “A government whored by media that keeps on telling you ‘everything is okay’ and never look forward for progress as a society and nation but to be part of a mediocrity”

          And I’m not talking about Mocha Uson here. It’s the Aquinos and their personal cronies that I’m referring to. The “everything is better after Marcos left” shows your own sheer idiocy and ignorance and I say, bravo. Sorry if everyone here is not drinking the Yellow Kool-aide like you do.

        3. Hazzard Triggerman,

          “You just cannot blame it on Marcos per se.” oh, nice! You are blaming Aquino per se for the Philippine poverty in the past 30 years and I am not entitled to blame Marcos for the past 20 yrs of his abusive dictatorship government? Are you really OK with that? You think it is fair?! Not to mention he controlled everything and was the most powerful person in the Philippines at the time because he was a dictator but then failed to make a great leap in the Philippine economy like how Lee Kwan Yew and Park Chun-Hee did in their own countries? So much hypocricy in you. You just antagonize and embarass yourself with your subjective and selectice views. You expose your own blunder more. Thanks also for confirming by your own words that Marcos era was a failure to the Philippine economy.

          “They are so close in defeating the NPA” that was the testament of incompetence by Marcos that it turned out he was the one who was defeated by mere fraction of opposition and that was because of the “whims” of the Aquinos right? LOL! I thought Marcos Sr. was so powerful and can outsmart anyone in his time. Tsk.

          “You keep on blaming Marcos and his cronies why the economy collapse and yet he opposition also took part as well” As I said, you confirmed now that Marcos presidency was a failure, not only after 1986 but prior to those years when Marcos took over as president from 1960’s to 80’s. And based on your argument, you cannot blame Aquino also on why you think after 30 years, the Philippines is still a third world country because as you said “the opposition also took part as well” yes, you are right, the reasons why the Aquinos presidency were not so successful is because of the opposition, example: this website and you.

          That Lee Kwan Yew’s “opinion” as you said, gave weight to his perception on Marcos Family as hindrance to the Philippine economy’s success. And please, the discipline he meant is good discipline, not bad discipline as perpetuated by Marcos Sr. in his years as a dictator. So bringing back Marcos into power by his son Marcos Jr is certainly a bad idea. As Lee Kwan Yew stated and warned the Filipinos already, that they are no good for the Philippine image and economy. And Ilda and you wanted to bring them back into power?! Aren’t you crazy?! Hey, it is Lee Kwan Yew! Not someone on the street-level IQ! Better heed his advice or the Filipino people will regret again.

          “And who the author of the 1987 constitution”? Oh, you don’t know?! Alright, I will teach you, boy. The author is the Filipino People. The 1987 constitution was written by various representatives from different sectors and voted by all qualified Filipinos voters thru plebiscite. So the author can be found in the preamble “We, the sovereign Filipino people…do hereby and promulgate this constitution.” I hope it makes clear to you this time that not the Aquinos were the author of the “flawed” 1987 constitution as you said or that constitution was certainly not written and approved by the Aquinos themselves in case your fake news virus will spread here to other readers as well and make them believe you.

          And, really?! those presidents cannot do anything?! Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo they were presidents and yet they cannot do anything?! So why do you cry foul everytime when Aquinos are in power when you think other presidents are hopeless because Aquinos control the Philippine narratives and they cannot do anything about those things? You confuse me and yourself more. Make yourself clear. LOL!

        4. “You just cannot blame it on Marcos per se.” oh, nice! You are blaming Aquino per se for the Philippine poverty in the past 30 years and I am not entitled to blame Marcos for the past 20 yrs of his abusive dictatorship government? Are you really OK with that? You think it is fair?! Not to mention he controlled everything and was the most powerful person in the Philippines at the time because he was a dictator but then failed to make a great leap in the Philippine economy like how Lee Kwan Yew and Park Chun-Hee did in their own countries? So much hypocricy in you. You just antagonize and embarass yourself with your subjective and selectice views. You expose your own blunder more. Thanks also for confirming by your own words that Marcos era was a failure to the Philippine economy.

          You even expose your OWN blunder because you’re not using your brains AND you’re not reading my post. You try to deny the fact that political shifts can also affect the economy so you’re totally grasping on straws as always. 1983 is also the year that Ninoy Aquino was assassinated that the Makibaka movement is gaining ground until Marcos left 3 years later thru EDSA I. There are no political shifts in LKY and Park Chung Hee’s time. So who’s gonna believe in your Yellow Propaganda statements? So much hypocrisy in you, son. Because it’s evident that you ONLY rely on biased history books.

          “They are so close in defeating the NPA” that was the testament of incompetence by Marcos that it turned out he was the one who was defeated by mere fraction of opposition and that was because of the “whims” of the Aquinos right? LOL! I thought Marcos Sr. was so powerful and can outsmart anyone in his time. Tsk.

          You shot yourself in the foot with this. I base my argument on Balweg’s interview but you’re turning crackpot mode and call Marcos being ‘incompetent’. According to Balweg na ‘malapit na silang bumagsak sa panahon ni Marcos and it was only the Cordillera group who saved the situation. In the Cory administration, lumakas ang NPA dahil pinalakas ng gobyerno (freeing of Joma Sison and other CPP leaders).’ In his final analysis, Balweg states that although the President is the Commander-in-Chief, it was the strength of the military that is vital in defeating the NPA along with full support of the people. Unfortunately, you expose another blunder of YOURS upon thinking it was the strength of a leader who should defeat any insurgent or terror groups. Nice logic you got there.

          I won’t be surprised if you would call Balweg a liar if you try to reply black.

          That Lee Kwan Yew’s “opinion” as you said, gave weight to his perception on Marcos Family as hindrance to the Philippine economy’s success. And please, the discipline he meant is good discipline, not bad discipline as perpetuated by Marcos Sr. in his years as a dictator. So bringing back Marcos into power by his son Marcos Jr is certainly a bad idea. As Lee Kwan Yew stated and warned the Filipinos already, that they are no good for the Philippine image and economy. And Ilda and you wanted to bring them back into power?! Aren’t you crazy?! Hey, it is Lee Kwan Yew! Not someone on the street-level IQ! Better heed his advice or the Filipino people will regret again.

          I saw reeks of bias and hate right there. Not only Lee Kuan Yew’s opinion gaining weight on the Marcos family but EVERYTHING about the Philippines, and its culture and government. He realized that Cory is an idiot when he asked “about what lessons her commission learned from the experience of the last 40 years since independence in 1946 would guide her in drafting the (1987) constitution. She answered without hesitation, ‘We will not have any reservations or limitations on our democracy. We must make sure that no dictator can ever emerge to subvert the constitution.’ Was there no incompatibility of the American-type separation of powers with the culture and habits of the Filipino people that had caused problems for the presidents before Marcos? Apparently none.”

          And the “Philippines needs DISCIPLINE more than democracy” quote? He made that when he spoke with Ramos in 1992 but Ramos differ publicly.

          Come to think of it, it would be better to resolve things with the Marcoses if you are your fellow Yellows aren’t holding things back:

          “FM from Hawaii kept sending emissaries, and continuously at that, to Cory. The emissaries had only one message: he was willing to face the accusations in the courts. If Cory agreed we probably would have a clearer picture of what they call the “ill gotten wealth”, or maybe not. But, it would probably have been a better, if not the best, effort, instead of shuffling today through the mountain of papers that a dead person could no longer explain. This is now water under bridge because we now understand Cory operated under fear and hatred of Marcos. But with that mistake, which really shows her lack of responsibility to the people and which made things difficult thereafter, the Yellows would now say: “why are you making things difficult, Marcoses?” But, it is the Yellows who made, and are making, things difficult. So, WHY IS THAT???

          But if you think bringing Marcos Jr. is a bad idea, it shows how petty you are with your basesless hate. Back then I voted Bongbong because of what he can do and not because of a tainted surname. Unfortunately, you refuse to see that.

          “And who the author of the 1987 constitution”? Oh, you don’t know?! Alright, I will teach you, boy. The author is the Filipino People. The 1987 constitution was written by various representatives from different sectors and voted by all qualified Filipinos voters thru plebiscite. So the author can be found in the preamble “We, the sovereign Filipino people…do hereby and promulgate this constitution.” I hope it makes clear to you this time that not the Aquinos were the author of the “flawed” 1987 constitution as you said or that constitution was certainly not written and approved by the Aquinos themselves in case your fake news virus will spread here to other readers as well and make them believe you.

          You’re not clearing anything, son. Thanks for proving that you are clueless.

          The 1987 Constitution allows a very flawed government it even allowed celebrities and last names to go into politics and that’s why we never had truly efficient leaders. So it’s not the ‘best’ the people elected but only those who are popular. We can admit that Duterte is a product of that but there’s no denying that it was also the same constitution that put incompetent nutjobs like Noynoy Aquino in power. Back in 2010, we had a chance with Richard Gordon but nope, it’s Noynoy thanks to necropolitics.

          And about its archaic economic system, we have a protectionist economy. 60/40 clause. That means only Filipino businessmen have the right to build small businesses w/ no foreign intervention. But there is monopoly in middle class. So it only serves the Filipino elite instead. Only around 40 families control the bulk of Philippine wealth, monopolizing vast swathes of land and public utilities, raising prices unnecessarily and barely making a dent in alleviating poverty.

          So in turn, the 1987 Constitution had policies that allowed Cory and her personal cronies do their thing LEGITIMATELY that it made the country regressed for years while the rest of them getting kickbacks. In other words, through the 1987 Constitution, the Aquino-Cojuangco clan and their oligarch friends robbed the public BLIND for 30 years! So it wasn’t the Filipino people who drafted it. If anything, your Yellow Propaganda virus is your own fake news virus that you keep on spreading through over reliance of Yellow mainstream media. No one buys your Yellowtard bullshit.

          And, really?! those presidents cannot do anything?! Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo they were presidents and yet they cannot do anything?! So why do you cry foul everytime when Aquinos are in power when you think other presidents are hopeless because Aquinos control the Philippine narratives and they cannot do anything about those things? You confuse me and yourself more. Make yourself clear. LOL!

          Your confusing yourself more. As if you think that leaders have all the power to do anything that you really wanted them to be ‘dictators.’, which is also hypocrisy on your part because you like to associate that word with Marcos. There are attempts for charter change with those three presidents but because the Yellows wanted to remain in power, they downplay their efforts through the use of the mainstream media. I always made myself clear but it was you who cry foul because you want the status quo to remain. and you’re still wearing Yellow-colored glasses.

          My advice: never complain when you try to laugh and choke on your own tears.

        5. You are blaming Aquino per se for the Philippine poverty in the past 30 years and I am not entitled to blame Marcos for the past 20 yrs of his abusive dictatorship government?

          Because 20 years of Marcos is always two sides of the same coin. You’re too much relying on the Yellow narrative that you outright refuse to do objective history. Your loss.

          Yeah, anyone with brains cells would keep on blaming Aquino per se for the Philippine poverty.

          “30 years ago, there was poverty. Today, there is poverty, but there is CCT. The yellows want the poor to remain poor by teaching them mendicancy. It is the institution of pauperism, so that oligarchs can be institutionalized.”

          This is no ‘fake news’ but more of a REALITY CHECK.

    1. CJ De Castro, will kick out the fake Vice President Leni Robredo. Robredo is the evil work of Aquino, who made the 2016 National Election , a national fraud, a national disgrace…these people are shameless, power hungry and evil.

      “Filipinos are worth dying for…” “Cory Aquino, mother of Democracy”..My Ass !

    2. People tend to wonder what good is such a short span of time. Well now is actually a good time to ponder on the question: “If I had a month or two left to live, how would I spend it?”

      …together with related follow-up thoughts to reflect on:
      1. Would I finally start doing something of significance that can impact people around me?
      2. Is there anything I should start doing differently?
      3. Is there anyone I have to forgive, outstanding financial debt I ought to pay, or an afterlife concern I should start taking seriously?

      More important than all the lands and houses / silver and gold we can ever accumulate in this life is the amount of time we still have left to make a difference.

      https://thoughtcatalog.com/cody-delistraty/2013/10/11-things-you-dont-appreciate-until-theyre-gone/

      1. Is that really your bucket list (or to-do list) if you have only 2 months to live?
        What about robbing a bank? What about having sex for 2 months (24/7)? Just go out (leave this life) with a bang.

        Nobody will remember me when I have just 2 months to live and do those things you ponder about. It is what a person did long time ago, not the final 2 months.

        1. I don’t really have a bucket list before my demise, but I can say robbing a bank isn’t one of them, lest I sully my “good name” I have been carrying for my entire lifetime. I don’t really have nation-changing achievements in my life, but I could at least keep it clean.

          One thing that probably sounds nice to leave behind would be children, expand your genes and your legacy. With that, your 24/7 fling might sound alright, but then again all those children without a father to support them isn’t so great.

          At the very least, if you’re an artisan of any kind or if you’ve got a hobby, it’s probably best you make your magnum opus during your final days. Perhaps you leave something behind to your next of kin, money or property.

      2. If I were Duterte I would
        1. Killings has impacted poor people by making it safe for them to eat balut in the wee hour of the night
        2. No, Duterte should not do things differently. Because if he did he’d stop the killings and more people will die because of drug lords and addicts than killing druggies
        3. Yes, Duterte should say yes to number 3

  4. Meh. Whatever. How is this shocking? Philippine society is dominated at grassroots level by a tribal-based “justice” system, while the official world of lawyers, judges, and their paper-shuffling nonsense barely extends outside of the NCR. Who cares who’s nominally at the head of this particular house of cards?

    1. While it may seem that this gesture of PRRD to grant the most qualified person in land the top seat of Chief Justice (though practically just titular in nature – considering the remaining time she has left), it represents a significant shift in the nature of appointing officials in this country.

      The move was more than anything else an emphatic public statement by the president:
      “Singapore-class Meritocracy IN; Yellow Noynoying-around Incompetence OUT”

      And if people still did’t get the memo, there’s the position of “fake VP” at the current government’s disposal which it can effectively use as an instrument for adding a more unmistakably visible exclamation mark.

      1. I wasn’t suggesting it’s just for show. It’s worse than that. The title of Chief Justice is entirely meaningless when the country really hasn’t grasped the concepts that underlie modern justice systems.

        The Law is just a sort of technology, and if you don’t understand how it works, you won’t be able to apply it. I’ve noticed most Filipinos don’t “get” what the Law is. Even a lot of lawyers don’t.

        Take contracts, for example. A contract is nothing more than a written promise between two parties: I’ll do this and you’ll do that. It’s underlying purpose is to create a win-win situation for both parties.

        To that end, a contract must be very carefully worded so that each party knows what they have to do to produce the right outcome and avoid misunderstandings/trouble. Not in the Philippines. Here, it’s just a magic document that has magic-dust sprinkled on it by lawyers. It doesn’t matter what the words say. In fact the more incomprehensible they are, the better. As long as it has the right magic-dust, it does magic things (nature unspecified). The parties to the contract duly sign, hand over money to the lawyer … and then proceed to screw each other over. Because by and large, Filipinos don’t know what a “win-win” arrangement even is, so the idea of a contract is subverted right from the get-go.

        The whole of the Law here is like that. It’s like those cardboard-cutout movie sets in old Westerns: it has the right superficial appearance, but if you look around the back, it’s all just string and plywood. Teresita De Castro’s job is very simple: don’t rock the boat, spout some high-falutin’ nonsense occasionally, and draw a large salary. Justice doesn’t come into the equation.

        1. 1st paragraph is correct. Filipinos still heavily relies on intimidated bought witness accounts whose forensic evidence is nothing but a piece of paper called typewritten notarized sealed affidavits.

          Once affidavits are submitted a war of counter-affidavits. And they call themselves Chief of Just in case?

          Filipinos lack scientific minds. When there is fire they blame poor electrical short circuit.
          When there is traffic they blame poor bus drivers
          They even legislate for poor bus drivers to give discounts to children, students and seniors without getting back from Philippine government.

          TOTALY ABSOLUTELY SICK. SICK NEWS FOR SICK PEOPLE THAT RUNS SICK GOVERNMENT

  5. @Pinoy Citizen:

    Aquino’s defenders/trolls will jump easily for their defense, in the smallest slight or criticism on the Aquino Cojuangco political axis. They have blind loyalty to Aquino and to this political axis.

    How about the SMARTMATIC HOCUS PCOS 2016 election done by former COMELEC chief, Andres Bautista ? The cheating was ordered by Aquino, to make the fake VP Leni Robredo, win the Vice Presidency… Aquino did this, to defeat the will of the Filipino people. Is this what Aquino calls :”Democracy, Human Rights, etc.”

    On the other hand, we who tell the truth about these plunderers/cheaters are labelled: Anti Aquino.

    We have not created the fiction of Hacienda Luisita scam. We have not created the fiction of the theft/disappearance of the Katipunan gold/silver coins, under the care of Ysidra Cojuangco… We have not created the fiction of : DAP, PDAF, Pork Barrel Bribery, Typhoon Yolanda Fund theft, etc…

    The Hacienda Luisita massacre, the Mamapasano massacre, the Luneta Chinese tourist massacre, the selling of the Scarborough shoals to the Chinese, the proliferation of Shabu drugs, etc…are not fictions or fake news…

    How about the Dengvaxia vaccine scam, where the vaccinated Filipino children, were made “guinea pigs” , to test the vaccine. The scam was done by Aquino and Garin, because they have billions of pesos of commissions from the vaccine suppliers.

    Need I say more ? I am not anti Aquino. I am Pro Filipino !

    1. Seems Yellow Citizen is clueless about the existence of electoral fraud during 2016. I remember the time Bongbong is leading the votes and when I wake up at 6 in the morning, suddenly Leni Robredo is leading, resulting that she won the vice-presidency. And guess what, my relatives in Basilan pretty much confirms that there is electoral fraud.

      In the end, typical Yellowtard logic: everything that they don’t like or doesn’t fit their narrative, is ‘fake news’. Funny, because on the other hand, Filipinos were taught FAKE Philippine history for 30 years!

      https://www.getrealphilippines.com/2017/11/mainstream-media-screams-fake-news-because-it-remains-unprepared-to-compete-on-the-internet/

  6. We may hear Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro saying this in her mind…

    I will be vigilant to protect the independence and integrity of the Supreme Court, and I will work to ensure that it upholds the rule of law and safeguards those liberties that make this land one of endless possibilities for all Filipinos.

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