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The Battle for Renato’s Corona
Today, we make history.
After former President Joseph Estrada’s impeachment trial in 2000-2001 and the it’s-almost-an-impeachment-trial for (Former) Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez last year, another impeachable official is set to be impeach.
This time, in the person of the highest official of the Judiciary Department - the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Renato Corona. This is a battle whether he will keep his corona as the country’s Chief Justice or not. This is the battle for Renato’s crown.
As an impeachment primer, I watched last night’s Cheche Lazaro Presents: Impeachment on ABS-CBN. In that documentary, it featured the history of impeachment trial from former president Joseph Estrada up to the cases against Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Estrada was not impeached. Instead, he was forced to step down from the office. Merceditas Gutierrez resigned as Ombudsman before the trial started. And, if things go as planned, this is the first time when we will witness a full impeachment trial.
One of the things that left me a huge question mark on the Chief Justice’s - and probably the whole Supreme Court’s - credibility was when Maritess Vitug, author of the controversial book Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court, divulged items about the dark, hidden parts (and proceedings) in the Supreme Court. (I seriously want a copy of that book but I can’t find any here in the Laguna-Batangas area.)
After watching Cheche Lazaro’s documentary last night, I know only of one thing: It’s possible. Chief Justice Renato Corona may be guilty of the offense hurled against him.
From the flip-flop decisions of the Supreme Court, the seemingly alliance and special favor for Former President Gloria Arroyo, the alleged unexplained wealth, to his controversial last-minute appointment, he has a lot to explain.
I am not saying that he is guilty of the crime. There’s a proper venue to prove (or disprove) that, thanks to our democracy and Constitution - the impeachment court.
Today, we make history. Today is the first day of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial. And these are my personal opinion on the historical trial:
- I hope the Senate and the Senators will be fair enough on this trial. Not only for the filipino people. Not only for Renato corona. But for the truth to come out.
- Unlike the Estrada impeachment trial where Chief Justice Hilario Davide acted as the judge, this time, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will be the one. It’s gonna be Manong Johnny “Gusto ko Hapy Ka” Enrile! In times like this, we really need an elder, an ancient, a veteran to help us find the truth. I just hope that he will not look like Palpatine/Darth Sidious when he got mad at the hearing for I will surely laugh my ass out (“The Dark Side of The force is strong with you!”).
- During the Estrada trial, one of the most memorable line was Emma Lim’s "Uminom po. Hindi po kinakain yung iced tea" to Estelito Mendoza. I am looking forward to some “light moments” during the trial.
- I am excited for Senator Lito Lapid on the impeachment trial. ‘Nuff said.
- Is it just me or there is really a resemblance between Atty. Estelito Mendoza and former Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas? Is it their forehead? Their hair line? (Not only physically but intelectually. Estelito Mendoza was the brightest defender of Estrada during his trial. and, it may appear that serafin cuevas is Corona’s mightiest super hero on today’s trial.)
- I admire Corona’s coolness earlier at the senate. Despite Prosecutor Niel Tupas’ statement against him, he remain calm. And poker face.
- During the first impeachment trial in the country, Senator Enrile was there. today, he is still here. Will he still be on the third trial if ever?
- If you were aware enough back in 2001 to watch the Estrada trial, you may notice that some of the Senator Judges are still on their seat as a Senator. Or, in some cases, their sons or daughter are present. (Destiny or dynasty?)
- I learned last night that the other term for the Justices of the Supreme Court are the “Gods of Padre Faura”. (If that’s the case, wow! I have a God brod.)
The impeachment trial has started. And there’s more to come.as what I’ve said on Twitter, this is just the season 1 episode 1 of the Corona Drama.
And in the event that the Chief Justice is impeached - or steps down from the office - let us all keep an eye on our President on who he will pick as the next Chief Justice. We do not want an administration who has a sole power/ influence on the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary Departments.
After all, this is for the people of our country.
Let the truth and justice prevail on this impeachment trial.
Viva Filipinas! Vaya con Dios! Padayon!
P.S. I chose the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer because the image includes all of the ingredients on today’s historical trial - The Senator Judges, Chief Justice Renato Corona, the Prosecution Team, and the Defense Team.
- Chief Justice on Trial - ABS-CBNnews.com’s page about CJ Corona’s impeachment trial. It includes interactive page on the fast facts, the timeline that lead to the impeachment, and slideshows.
- J4J: Justice for Justice - Interaksyon.com’s special coverage of the impeachment trial.
- Summary of the impeachment complaint versus Chief Justice Corona
- Comic Relief - Know your Senator Judges - Being a Senator. It’s more fun in the Philippines.
- My Twitter Account - I will be posting more impeachment-related stuff here. Please follow me. Yes, I compel you!
A New Day for the Farmers
"Dalawang uri lang naman ang mayroon sa Pilipinas. Ang mga Panginoong may lupa at mga hampas lupa.."
I remember saying those lines to my mistah back in 2008, when I was still in College. I said it perhaps out of frustration. Or anger. Or my losing of faith to the system. We were then with the Calatagan farmers who were about to attend the Holy Mass and to have an audience with the Archbishop before leaving for their long march to Manila (A move inspired perhaps by the Sumilao farmers from Bukidnon.).
Since the advent of my awakening, I have always supported the cause of the poor and the oppressed for justice, freedom, and ownership. You may not see me with a banner or a raised fist in the streets but I believe that there are other ways to support their cause other than protests and rallies.
I studied Land Reform for one semester in 2005 as a required subject in College. The semester ended with all the discussions, cases, principles, and examples but there is only one thing that I can still remember up to this day.
The different programs for land reform in the Philippines have failed. The farmers are still tilling the lands which are not theirs. And powerful landlords still own vast area of land.
But the dark days for landless farmers may soon be over.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ordered the distribution of about 5, 000 hectares of Hacienda Luisita.
The court sided with the farmers, Department of Agrarian Reform, and the Presidential Agrarian Reform Council, which said that the stock distribution option was not in accordance with the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
(For the benefit of those who are not watching the news, in stock distribution option, the farmers who will choose that would be just a mere stockholder (shareholder) and not a landowner.)
At last, social justice for the farmers. I hope that the Hacienda Luisita case would be a landmark decision, a jumping point for other cases. The struggle of farmers with their lands is not just a problem of Tarlac but of the whole country.
I want to see a new day where there will be no more landless farmers, no more greedy landowners, and no more social injustice brought by land ownership disputes.
Mabuhay ang mga magsasakang pinagkalooban ng lupa! Mabuhay ang mga magsasakang nakikibaka para sa kanilang lupa! Padayon!
- Just how BIG is Hacienda Luisita? How many SM Mall of Asia, Makati City, Plaza Miranda, Araneta Coliseum, and Luneta Park can fit in at the vast lands of the hacienda? Click.
- "My Child, we have won"- Virgiinia “Lola Inyang” Paligutan, 80, traveled to Manila from Tarlac to express her gratitude to the Supreme Court for ordering the distribution of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac to farmworkers.
- SC orders distribution of Hacienda Luisita land - farmers’ union
- WikiLeaks Cables: Hacienda Luisita case affects other landowners
- The Hacienda Luisita order as Aquino’s golden chance at greatness by Benjamin Pimentel
Once again, a group of superheroes more powerful than the Justice League and The Avengers rescued the Arroyos from destruction and persecution. And I am talking about the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court.
The celebration of the opposing side was short-lived. Just a few weeks ago, the Department of Justice rejected the petition of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to travel abroad.
Personally, I was not surprised by the Supreme Court’s decision to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the travel ban. Law experts have warned a few days ago that the arguments for not allowing Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad are weak. And based on their previous decisions, I know that the Supreme Court will always save the witch’s ass.
Voting 8-5 on the decision, the Justices who voted to allow Arroyo to leave were: Chief Justice Renato Corona, and Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Presbitero Velasco, Lucas Bersamin, Roberto Abad, Martin Villarama, Jose Perez, and Arturo Brion.
Those who voted against were Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe, Maria Lourdes Sereno, Antonio Carpio, Bienvenido Reyes, and Jose Catral Mendoza.
The two Justices who did not vote were Teresita Leonarde de Castro and Mariano del Castillo, who are both on leave.
Words cannot describe my dismay for the Supreme Court’s decision. So I will just let this cereal guy meme that I did do it for me.
- SC allows Arroyo to travel abroad - Official (Inquirer.net)
- SC stops implementation of of watch list orders vs Arroyos (GMANews.tv)
- High Court OKs Arroyo travel: Source (ABS-CBNnews.com)
- Supreme Court issues TRO vs GMA travel ban (Interaksyon.net)
On the Grill: Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo
The plagiarism issue against Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo seems to have not died at all after the Baranggay elections and will still haunt us for a few more weeks. We have yet to find an answer to his first plagiarism issue but now, another alleged plagiarism issue is putting the Supreme Court Associate Justice in hot water.
The latest alleged plagiarism issue involves the “Ang Ladlad” decision.
Read the article and it’s for you to decide my dear friends.
I decided to include a little information about him from the Official Website of the Supreme Court for us to know him better. And because I cannot find a good picture of the Associate Justice.
What’s with the Blue Eagles and Plagiarism?
“Some time back, the mogul Manuel Pangilinan resigned the chairmanship of the Ateneo University Foundation after it was discovered that his speechwriters had mined the writings of people like Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama…It is uncertain how Del Castillo, who graduated from the Ateneo law school before starting his career as a judge in 1989, would react to the statement of the UP Law faculty…”From an intellectual and literary standpoint, Del Castillo’splagiarism certainly sounds like plunder. And if we punish those who steal large amounts of public funds, there must be a way to punish justices who do the equivalent when writing decisions in the name of the highest court in the land… Now the University of the Philippines College of Law has weighed in on the matter, not only condemning Del Castillo but also laying the blame for his action on the entire court itself…“
I was searching the net for a picture of Associate Justice Mariano C. Del Castillo when I came across this blog entry (Actually, I was planning to create a meme but his pictures on the net are not meme-able).
The issue of plagiarism is all over my dashboard and since posts from blogspot cannot be reblogged (obviously), I just decided to share this article as a link.
At first, I was planning to copy + paste this article and treat it as my own since I do not have any malicious intent on sharing this one.
Heh! Biro lang.
God bless the Republic of the Philippines.
"Hawak na ni Madam ang kaisa-isang alas ng mga Pilipino - ang Korte Suprema. Wala na tayong tiwala sa Excecutive Department. Wala na tayong tiwala sa Legislative Department. At ngayon, sumunod na ang Judiciary. Kahit ano pang gawing paliwanag ng Malakanyang at ng Korte Suprema, iba pa rin ang pakapahulugan noon - hawak pa din ni Madam ang Judiciary kahit bumaba na siya sa puwesto. God Bless Pilipinas."
- Juan Republic, March 18, 2010
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