JPE as we celebrate EDSA 26

Thanks to Inquirer for this photo.

As we celebrate the 26th anniversary of EDSA One, the Filipinos’ show of People Power, I look at Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile and can’t help but be amazed by how he has participated in the different phases of the Filipino nation’s political life, including one of its darkest, and be regarded with respect and a source of wisdom and stability.

Sitting as the presiding judge in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, Enrile’s competent handling of one of the biggest legal events in the country assures the public that whatever the decision of the senator-judges, whether Corona would be acquitted or convicted, Philippine democracy would be enriched.

Enrile was very much part of the two-decade Marcos regime in various capacities in the department of justice,finance, and defense.

As defense minister, he was an enforcer of martial law declared on Sept. 21, 1972, that saw the arrest of thousands of Marcos political enemies including members of media. Newspapers and TV stations were closed and only Marcos-friendly media were allowed to operate later.

To freedom fighters, Enrile’s name evoked fear and hatred.

I remember in the mid- 80’s when Sylvia de la Paz, wife of slain doctor Bobby de la Paz , in a TV show, looking at Enrile straight in the eye and accusing him and the establishment he was representing of having to do with the death of her husband. It was an astounding act of courage.

Then, EDSA One happened. On Feb. 22, 1986, Enrile with then chief of the Philippine Constabulary Fidel V. Ramos,led a coup d’etat against Marcos. Supported by the population, Marcos fell four days four later and Cory Aquino was installed president.

Cory Aquino Spokesman/Speechwriter and former Makati representative Teddy Locsin has said all the martial law sins of Enrile were erased by his role in EDSA One.

But the uneasy partnership between the former jailor and the jailed didn’t last long because Enrile was implicated in a number of coups against Cory Aquino led by Enrile’s former aide, then Capt. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, now a senator.

Enrile was also implicated and even jailed in another incident of political shakedown directed against the unelected presidency of Gloria Arroyo in May 2001.

While many of his EDSA One co-actors have faded into the background, Enrile continues to play a prominent role in the current political scene. At 88 years old!

Rex Robles, who headed the special study group in Enrile’s office at the defense ministry and one of the participants in EDSA One, also marvels at the transformation of his former boss into an “iconic” political figure.

He said the rehabilitation of Enrile from a martial law enforcer and destabilizer to a source of political stability is a result of “circumstances prevailing upon him to reinvent himself.”

He said Enrile is able to draw from his deep emotional, spiritual and intellectual resources. He further said that Enrile’s love for books on philosophy has given him a wider view of things.

Robles gives a lot of significance to Enrile’s “88”, which, he said, viewed horizontally is double “ Lemniscate” ,the infinity symbol.

“In a sense, ‘free from boundaries’. JPE is clearly at the moment in time when he has liberated himself from the boundaries of his past. At the same time, he clearly indicates the boundaries of the impeachment process for the prosecution, the defense, and for the court itself,” Robles said of his mentor.

February 22, 2012 9:42 am  Tags: ,   Posted in: Malaya, People Power, Senate

151 Responses

  1. juggernaut - February 22, 2012 11:45 am

    While the optimist, pessimist, and realist continue debating about a glass half full of water, the opportunist promptly drinks it – that is JPE.
    No matter how his enamored acolytes sugarcoat it, the bs still shines thru.

  2. juggernaut - February 22, 2012 11:46 am

    Of course, maybe he’s trying to redeem himself with good deeds before he kicks the bucket? Did he apologize at least to his victims?

  3. phil - February 22, 2012 12:49 pm

    #1&2 jug- AGREE 110%!

  4. Phil Cruz - February 22, 2012 12:54 pm

    Enrile’s autocratic tendencies still shine through. He made a ruling by himself on such a critical issue as yesterday’s issue.

    Notice that the Inquirer’s headline is carefully written.. “Enrile Won’t Hear PAL Execs Testimony.”  It is quite clear that the ruling to disallow that testimony is Enrile’s and Enrile’s alone and not the whole  impeachment court’s.

    No comments from the other senator-judges? They were as quiet as tombstones during Enrile’s tirades yesterday. Does that mean they approve of Enrile’s ruling?

  5. Phil Cruz - February 22, 2012 1:00 pm

    We would never now know how the prosecutors would have connected the PAL tickets and privilege cards to Corona’s character, would we?

    They were consistently interrupted and finally blocked by Enrile. But I still think the whole incident was caused by his fear of Cuevas calling for a mistrial.

    He booms and cackles to the whole world “Nobody can stop the impeachment trial!” Sure, finish it and come out with an acquittal.

  6. Phil Cruz - February 22, 2012 1:23 pm

    I guess Enrile’s knees don’t buckle and turn into jelly when it is only the prosecution panel complaining.

    After all, these are just a ragtag bunch of lawyers who just bow their heads in agreement and respect when Enrile and Miriam subject them to ridicule before the whole world.

  7. MPRivera - February 22, 2012 6:06 pm

    dahil mapera si enrile, nakalimutan na lahat ng kanyang mga maruming nakaraan?

    kahit sunugin pa kaluluwa niyan, siya pa rin ang enrile noon na kayang ipagbili ang kaluluwa sa demonyo kapalit ng kayamanan at kapangyarihan.

    sa paanong paraan ba siya yumaman?

  8. chi - February 22, 2012 8:23 pm

    jug, sama ako sa sinabi mo #1&2.

  9. Tedanz - February 22, 2012 8:26 pm

    Kaya malabong ma-impeach itong si Corona. Habang buhay pa ang tanginang ito hindi tatahimik ang inyong Bansa. Noon pa man bistado na kung anong klaseng tao ito. Lahat na yata na kaguluhan sa atin ay sangkot siya. Magaling lumaro ang taong ito.
    Kagaya ngayong impeachment … palagay niyo kaya aayon siya sa sigaw ng nakakarami at sa taongbayan o aayon siya sa katotohanan? Kapunin niyo man si Topacio sigurado ko dedesisyon siya ayon sa kanyang interest? Puweee!!!!!!

  10. Tedanz - February 22, 2012 8:30 pm

    Siya ang pasimuno noong kudeta noong panahon ni Marcos. Si tabako at Sin ay nakisawsaw lamang. Pati na din noong panahon ni Cory. Ganyan katindi ang taong ito.

  11. Phil Cruz - February 22, 2012 8:52 pm

    “Gusto Ko Happy Ka.”

    Happy ba kayo? Pati ngayon ang cell phone loads “ninanakaw” pa rin ng telcos.

  12. vic - February 22, 2012 9:06 pm

    If one Governor labelled GMA one lucky bitch, there never one as lucky BS as Enrile..he is rude, arrogant and williest of them all…how he survived all his adventures is a story that has to be told and re-told..but then again many adventurists before him faced even much more daring challenges with ‘GUNUINE’ courage…his was mainly luck of the draw…he just mellowed, but is never transformed.

  13. chi - February 22, 2012 9:46 pm

    Ewan ko kung bakit palaging nananalo na senador si Enrile, name recall yata. :)

  14. vic - February 22, 2012 10:00 pm

    chi @ 13…think about Lito Lapid…Revilla…and bunch of others who just can not lose…

  15. chi - February 22, 2012 11:36 pm

    vic, sad the state of Pinas politics ‘noh?

  16. vic - February 23, 2012 1:49 am

    chi, there is lot of hope, do not despair..Pnoy is not losing hope against all the stumbling blocks his way…by the way..the son of Trudeau, Justin is trying hard to resuscitate the Liberal who is now in the Third Place instead of in Power or in the Opposition…he is as hot tempered as his father…he lost it once in the House and challenged the opposing MP for a fight and it is scheduled to be staged in a Capital city Casino (or had already taken place) for the benefits of a Charitable Organization..it will be a Boxing Match and it is sold out…he is favoured to lose even as he prepared for this match because his opponent is a Black Belt in Karate and already in very good shape for any fight…it is 3-l in on-line betting. this should be the proper way politicians settle their arguments instead of shooting another at the back…

  17. chijap - February 23, 2012 3:20 am

    “Hope. It is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of [y]our greatest strength, and [y]our greatest weakness.”

    - the Architect

  18. Rudolfo - February 23, 2012 5:21 am

    My analysis; True there are rightful-correct procedures in the “Impeachment Case “, but do they need, especially Enrile, to use such “procedures to hide ” Justice via technicalities, per atty Cueva-Enrile style, to erase the truth about Corona’s honesty, as CJ ?.

    He needs to resign to preserve his honor, and his love of country by his long services in different positions, together with the wife. He has to think about the freedom loving Filipinos, who for a long time dreamed for a change, for betterment.

    In the surveys made,to convict ( 75% + ) and acquittal (25% or 35 % minus )had shown corona to be presumed guilty, is getting humiliated. Who ever protects him are those who maybe benefited by his actions if acquitted and were conspirators who initiated the Edsa-2 against ERap. The leader of the prosecutor that time was a Joker,maybe that was the “script made” for the late General who did the ” harikiri” to make a 360-degree resisting loyalty, against the dad of Sen. Jengoy Estrada, with lots of “juicy positions ” in making millions or billions ( who knows )?..

  19. parasabayan - February 23, 2012 5:25 am

    Enrile knows how to play politics. Plain and simple!

    Last night nagtaka ako at lahat ng objection ni Cuevas eh hindi niya pinakinggan. He listened to the alter ego of Pnoy na si de Lima because in doing so he can get into Pnoys mind kahit na papaano.

    All I know, on his way to the top, he did a lot of atrocious stuff, even denuding the mountains of Cagayan Valley for his own enrichment. He too knew whom to make friends with. He is still will Erap to this date and Ramos. He still has Honasan in his pocket, di ba? I never heard him go against pandak either.

    Hopefully, inspite of his stern nature, he will put the people first before favoring a chosen few. I still can not read Enrile on this impeachement trial. There are days he favors the prosecution by liberally allowing them to do things which are not allowed in a real court and there are days when he simply blocks the prosecution’s witnesses and evidences. Sala sa lamig, sala sa init.

    For someone his age, he sure still has it all!

  20. xman - February 23, 2012 7:48 am

    Corona Impeachment:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z_Bg5AYZvxY#!

  21. Phil Cruz - February 23, 2012 7:52 am

    He was Marcos’ right hand man. The implementor of Martial Law. He stayed with Marcos for almost two decades but betrayed him..

    when he saw that the Cory tsunami could no longer be stopped. And lo and behold the nation called him a hero.

    Then he and his loyal Honasan betrayed Cory by launching a series of coups against her. He failed in all these attempts. Cory kicked him out of her Cabinet.

    He then produces a political campaign ad showing him repentant holding a Bible while being bathed in heavenly beams of light. And he wins a Senate seat. He is in good terms with Ramos, his EDSA Johnny-Come-Lately partner.

    He befriends Erap. Erap wins. Erap gets impeached courtesy of Gloria and Mike. Enrile and friend Miriam get up on a soapbox and goad their Erap horde to march and shake the gates of Malacanang. The horde fails.

    And Enrile cuddles up to the target of their horde, Gloria.

    Now he is presiding over an impeachment court that will convict or acquit Gloria’s “Royal Protector of Her Majesty’s Rights.”

    Will he fail again or will he succeed this time?

    Enrile – the man who could have been President countless times, but could never be. That is his tragic story.

  22. chijap - February 23, 2012 8:03 am

    Masamang damo ay mahirap tugasin.

  23. Phil Cruz - February 23, 2012 8:04 am

    And what is my wish for Enrile in the twilight of his years? That he succeed as presiding judge of this impeachment court. It’s his last chance at greatness.

    How? Just be fair to both sides. And for heaven’s sake, control his temper and be more respectful.

  24. xman - February 23, 2012 8:05 am

    Enrile is a brilliant lawyer and presiding judge:

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/video/110659/enrile-nainis-dahil-sa-magulo-raw-na-articles-of-impeachment-ng-prosekusyon

  25. xman - February 23, 2012 8:36 am

    Best moments of Enrile:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sEr8AEyZUfI#!

  26. chi - February 23, 2012 9:28 am

    My guess is that Enrile will go for conviction for his “last chance at greatness”. Hindi lang yan nagpapahalata para walang mag-walkout and to show people that he’s impartial. Could he afford the curse of the 75% of the populace that would haunt him till his dying days if he went with Corona?

  27. vic - February 23, 2012 9:50 am

    My last take is that Enrile IC will Convict Corona..he is playing his cards close to his chest. And to appear proper and impartial and being his own Man and not being influenced by anyone he has to do what he is doing.like the Lady Mirriam. Both smart and opportunists. ..they know where they fortune is. And acguitting an obviously guilty man in not where it is.

  28. Tedanz - February 23, 2012 10:37 am

    Di pa ba naka-pampers yan?

  29. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 23, 2012 11:18 am

    “Last night nagtaka ako at lahat ng objection ni Cuevas eh hindi niya pinakinggan.” – parasabayan

    Two words: SIGMA RHO

  30. chi - February 23, 2012 12:26 pm

    Last night nagtaka ako at lahat ng objection ni Cuevas eh hindi niya pinakinggan. He listened to the alter ego of Pnoy na si de Lima because in doing so he can get into Pnoys mind kahit na papaano. -psb

    Lumalaro nga e, di ba?

    Tongue, sino ang Sigma Rho (bro ni Enrile)?

  31. parasabayan - February 23, 2012 12:53 pm

    TT, magka Frat ba silang tatlo? Si Enrile, Cuevas at Daza? Enrile was so behaved last night at hindi nagtaray si Brenda.

  32. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 23, 2012 3:37 pm

    Ang Sigma Rho yata ang pinakamaraming representative sa hearing na ito. Pinakasenior sina Enrile at ang ka-batch niyang si Angara. Isama mo na si Drilon si Sonny Angara at siyempre, si Raul Daza. I am not familiar with the others.

  33. locresiadomondon - February 23, 2012 5:56 pm

    Tumpak!

  34. MPRivera - February 23, 2012 6:18 pm

    Ang batas ay kumakatawan sa matuwid na prinsipyo; ang pamahalaan ang nagpapatupad ng batas – subalit ang pagsasagawa ng pinakahuling hakbang upang ipatupad ito ay hindi solong dapat isabalikat ng pamahalaan. Ito ay tungkulin ng sinuman at bawat isa sa atin. Sa tuwing ating ibabaling ang pansin sa kabilang panig kapag mayroon tayong nakikita at/o nalalamang paglabag sa batas – kapag ating hinahayaan o kinukunsinti ang alam nating mali at labag sa batas – kapag ating ipinipikit ang ating mga mata sa pagbubulagbulagan at tinatakpan ang mga tainga sa pagbibingibingihan sa mga nagdudumilat at naghuhumiyaw na paglabag – sa pagkukunwaring abala sa ibang bagay, o tayo’y natatakot – kapag hindi natin ginawang humayo at magsalita o magsiwalat ng ating anumang nalalaman, hindi tayo kumilos – TAYO MISMO ANG MAY PAGKUKULANG; TAYO MISMO ANG YUMUYURAK SA WALANG KILING AT MAAYOS NA PAGPAPATUPAD NG BATAS; at TAYO MISMO ANG DAHILAN NG HINDI PAGKAKAMIT NG HINAHANGAD NA KATARUNGANG DAPAT AY PANTAY AT PARA SA LAHAT.

  35. saxnviolins - February 23, 2012 6:53 pm

    # 32

    Antonio Carpio, Presbitero Velasco, Ed De Mesa Presidential Legal Counsel, Avelino Cruz, counsel for Mar Roxas, Joel Cadiz, who just left the Sol Gen.

  36. chi - February 23, 2012 8:18 pm

    Tongue, my guess was right as to the Sigma Rho bros. Kaya sigurado ako na for conviction itong si Sen. Angara bukod pa sa anak na congressman na member ng prosecution.

  37. chi - February 23, 2012 8:29 pm

    Trillanes moves to have Sereno ‘interrogated’ after Enrile urged the senator-judges to disregard de Limas opinion on the falsity or truthfulness of the alleged irregularities in the SC’s ruling. – http://www.abs-cbnnews.com

    Baka sabihin ule ni Enrile na di pa rin pwede ang written interrogation dahil sa separation of power. Anak ng tokwa!

  38. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 23, 2012 8:50 pm

    Thanks, sax. It’s no wonder that since rhosig, if I’m not mistaken, is the first ever Greek lettered college frat for lawyers in SE Asia – founded by the legal bigwigs Sycip and Salazar – there are many prestigious lawyers coming from the frat. What is funny with rhosig is that they are literally just a few steps away (At least in my time) from their arch enemies, the lonsies.

    BTW, I just learned very recently that even Coach Joe Lipa is also a rhosig.

  39. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 23, 2012 8:59 pm

    chi, I realized that very much earlier on. The frat even officially called on it’s members to support the SC TRO, (on bank accounts) it was only Enrile who heeded the appeal. Drilon and Angara voted otherwise.

    Edong’s chances of perpetuating the Angara dynasty lies upon Sonny who seems to be well trained by Edong for the position he will vacate in the next elections.

    He will vote to convict.

  40. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 23, 2012 9:12 pm

    Baka sabihin ule ni Enrile na di pa rin pwede ang written interrogation dahil sa separation of power. Anak ng tokwa – chi

    In the first place, it was his fault that the Senate did not assert its power against the two TROs, he knows his goose is cooked once Corona walks. He must’ve realized what his mistakes have caused the prosecution and the impeachment as a whole he tries to buy some cred back by allowing De Lima to blabber for hours saying the very same things over and over which they won’t even “consider” in making their decision to convict or acquit later.

    If this is a preview of what we’ll see in Gloria’s trial, boy, are we in for a major disappointment.

  41. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 23, 2012 9:12 pm

    Baka sabihin ule ni Enrile na di pa rin pwede ang written interrogation dahil sa separation of power. Anak ng tokwa – chi

    In the first place, it was his fault that the Senate did not assert its power against the two TROs, he knows his goose is cooked once Corona walks. He must’ve realized what his mistakes have caused the prosecution and the impeachment as a whole he tries to buy some cred back by allowing De Lima to blabber for hours saying the very same things over and over which they won’t even “consider” in making their decision to convict or acquit later.

    If this is a preview of what we’ll see in Gloria’s trial, boy, are we in for a major disappointment.

  42. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 23, 2012 9:17 pm

    Sa sabado, EDSA Revo activities. Sakaling umattend si Enrile, ano ibabato mo, bulaklak o bulok na kamatis?

  43. chi - February 23, 2012 9:29 pm

    Opkors, bulok na kamatis with bulok na itlog maalat. Palagi yan ang ibinabato ko sa kanya.

    #40. Kaya hindi kelanman magiging great si Enrile no matter how he tries. He already missed the chance.

  44. humus - February 23, 2012 10:14 pm

    in support of the opinions of majority commentators
    here in Ellenville, please read.

    We, the millions BOSSES of P Noy may not be Disheartened since this may come to pass.

    The best case scenario which the true (uncorrupted) Filipinos all over the world are waiting for which can only happened in the Philippines is the resounding acquittal of CJ Corona by the Impeachment Court FOLLOWED days later which can only happen in South Korea, Singapore, Britain, USA, and Canada is the mass arrest of tax evaders from the members of the Impeachment Court, the Supreme Court and members of the defense and prosecution teams. The people who know will rejoice to see Corona, Enrile, Santiago, Escudero, Cuevas, Fr. Bernas and many more etcetera, lead by Police in handcuffs to the army trucks that will collect the tax evaders to take them to Muntinlupa. Let the people watch with their tomatoes, eggs and shoes as these rascals and scalawags marched with police escorts to attend their court trials and be given justice by the genuine rule of law.

    With great possibility and people’s eager anticipation this scenario will shock and awe the people of South Korea, Singapore, Britain, USA, and Canada on how the Phil President using the true rule of law led a revolution that halted the tide of corruption and smash to pieces the rock culture of impunity.

    Filipinos all over the world will be looked up with respect and reverence more than the first EDSA, more than the FBI efforts on the MAFIA, more than Guilliani’s bringing peace and order to the streets and homes in New York City.

    Let the intellectual goons and hoodlums ask for it. The people will eventually sock it to them.

  45. saxnviolins - February 23, 2012 10:45 pm

    Masama sa panlasa yung term na “interrogation”, as the newspapers quote from Trillanes. It conjures images of a room with a bright light shining; of some suspect facing two cops, one who is tough, and another nice (good cop bad cop).

    The proper term is “written interrogatories”, found under Rule 25 of the Rules of Court. It is also called (request for further information).

    The only problem, is that it is directed at the adverse party, by the opposing party. It is not asked of a witness. Since the Rules of Court apply in suppletory (in addition to the Senate Rules) fashion, there is a kink as to its application, because Sereno is a potential witness, not a party.

    Secondly, the Supreme Court has already spoken. Will Sereno oblige?

    She is fifty-two, and potentially, has eighteen years in the Court. Noy’s term expires in four years. After that, the remainder of Sereno’s fourteen years will be served under other presidents. Long-term goals and short-term benefits are usually at odds.

    Her colleagues may oust her, not by impeachment, but by disbarment. Executive sessions are absolutely privileged. But if one violates this, it produces problems.

    True, there is the worn-out saw about “ilahad ang katotohanan”. But lawyers, doctors and psychiatrists may not rat on their clients, even if the clients confess. Now the Supreme Court is not Sereno’s client, but the colleagues may find a parallel principle with privileged communication. If you are disbarred, then you cannot be a Justice.

    Di maganda. Maglabu-labo na. The House ousting Corona, the majority (at the Supreme Court) ousting one of their own.

    Giyera patani. Yan naman ang gusto ni Noy, kampi-kampi, instead of the mother’s “reconciliation”.

    Sinabi na kasing mag-amend na lang, tanggal lahat yan. Noy appoints all fifteen.

    O baka naman takot dahil hindi na talaga popular? The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Malalaman mong masarap kung tinikman mo.

    So put it in the ballot. Yan ang gagawin ni Christopher Christie sa usaping gay marriage sa New Jersey.

  46. humus - February 23, 2012 11:52 pm

    When the Department of Health–with assistance from local governments –conducts its massive clean up and eradication campaign against dengue, and other serious diseases, the mosquitoes and the rats do not complain. The people approve and applaud.

    If and when the Bureaus of Internal Revenue and Customs, the DoJ and COA join hands to conduct tax collection and tax evasion investigation; when the PNP and the NBI joined in to arrest tax evaders, the society is ON FIRE. Tax evaders are not Mosquitoes and rats which can not complain. And tax evaders, those high or low in society are not mosquitoes and rats and must be treated in politically correct ways.

    We don’t but the mosquitoes and rats might know the cost and damage they inflict to society might be peanuts when compared with the cost of tax evasion.

  47. chi - February 24, 2012 12:35 am

    Sinabi na kasing mag-amend na lang, tanggal lahat yan. Noy appoints all fifteen. -atty sax

    Hindi kasi nagbabasa ng Ellenville ang legal team ng Palasyo e, gusto pa ng mahaba at masikot na trial. :)

  48. chi - February 24, 2012 12:40 am

    Kung solusyon ni atty sax ang sinunod e di hindi sana magkakabistuhan na walang binatbat ang legal team at prosecutors. hehe….

  49. Mike - February 24, 2012 3:18 am

    JPE trying to redeem himself from past mistakes?
    Pwede.

    JPE trying his best to be impartial as presiding officer in IC?
    Pwede.

    JPE’s sins erased because of EDSA1, according to Locsin?
    Hindi!!! He didn’t even appologize, confess and he is unrepentant. How can it be erased? Besides, only God would have the final say and not Teddy Boy Locsin.

  50. chi - February 24, 2012 3:25 am

    Mike: “JPE’s sins erased because of EDSA1, according to Locsin?”

    Nadi-delete na pala ang kasalanan? Gsgo na talata yan si TBL.

  51. Phil Cruz - February 24, 2012 11:46 am

    I’m glad there was light banter in yesterday’s session.

    I think we needed that after weeks of high tension, pressure packed days caused by Miriam’s and Enrile’s temper tantrums and Cuevas’ threats and antics.

    See how much more smoothly the presentations go when the presiding judge is calm and controls his temper? He was more respectful of the prosecution yesterday. Hope he maintains that equanimity. He even cracked jokes.

    But Miriam was still the mercurial unstable one yesterday. Can we ever expect different?

    Bongbong Marcos was his usual high-strung pasikat self and ran into a brick wall questioning De Lima and had to run for cover.

    Honasan was running around the bush too much.

    Joker was his usual grumpy old self, spreading fear, cowardice and gloom everywhere.

    Alan Cayetano was his usual apologizing and explaining self. Why does he have to apologize for the questions he asks and why does he have to explain and conduct a lecture on why he has to ask them?

    I wish he could be more like Osmena who keeps his questions short and simple and clear?

    I like Lapid’s listening skills. Of all the senators, he seems to be the one who really listens. He doesn’t seem to take notes. He listens and listens intently…he sits erect, his eyes narrowed, brows furrowed, ears cocked to every word and echo being bounced around the room.

    I like Jinggoy when he asks questions without the sneer.

  52. baycas2 - February 24, 2012 11:55 am

    paquito “jojo” ochoa is also sigma rho.

    http://raissarobles.com/2012/02/03/coronas-not-intentional-mistakes-in-his-salns/#comment-13926

  53. baycas2 - February 24, 2012 12:03 pm

    cory-loyalist pa si enrile dito:

    http://alb.merlinone.net/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?oneimage&imageid=5446126

    na-extra pa si cuevas sa balita…nang pinanumpa niya si tolentino as president of PH…

    isa pa…naparusahan ang mga sundalo ng push-ups after the “rebellion” (napaalala sa akin ito ni angela stuart santiago)…

  54. baycas2 - February 24, 2012 12:10 pm

    oops…ochoa is UTOPIAN…kalaban ng sigma rho…

  55. Phil Cruz - February 24, 2012 2:37 pm

    Some are saying that the 188 Congressmen should have done their homework and dug up more evidence prior to filing the impeachment charges. And PNoy has meddled daw and made this a political battle. We should solve this problem daw within the purely legal system.

    Such thinking is the legalist’s way of solving this problem.

    But the real world is not all legal. This problem of Gloria and Corona is not all legal. A big part of it is political.

    If we stuck to the purely legal way of catching these crooks, it would be difficult, practically, impossible to catch them.

    They are using both the legal and the political systems to protect themselves from prosecution. So let us not be naive. We need to be street smart. Let us use the legal as well as the political methods available to us to catch these crooks.

    The impeachment is the legal/political tool to do it.

    And the rush to impeach Gloria and Corona was not without its risks. But it was a risk that had to be taken because Gloria and Corona camps were already maneuvering to use other legal/political tools to escape justice.

    Again, let’s not be naive. Let’s get real.

  56. Phil Cruz - February 24, 2012 2:48 pm

    And if this impeachment tool still fails to get justice because the legal system has been used again to hide the truth,

    the people have one last solution.. it is political, it is legal..

    It is People Power.

  57. Phil Cruz - February 24, 2012 2:58 pm

    In what form will that People Power be?

    It could manifest in street power..or voting power.

  58. Phil Cruz - February 24, 2012 3:44 pm

    My lawyer friend asks:

    “Why have you already formed an opinion about Corona? The trial is not yet over. The defense has not yet given its side. Some of the evidences and testimonies have been struck out. Tagal pa matapos ‘to.”

    I told him.. I have three brains working on this case. The legal brain and the political brain. My legal brain is weak. My political brain is, too. So I use the third one.. my common sense brain.

  59. saxnviolins - February 24, 2012 6:58 pm

    # 53

    Utopians are Ateneans. Sigma Rhoans are from UP.

    UP frats do not rumble with other school frats. That only happens in the U-belt.

  60. saxnviolins - February 24, 2012 7:10 pm

    Dagdag pa doon sa written interrogatories under Rule 25.

    As stated earlier, they are questions asked by one party of another.

    In this case, a senator-judge (Trillanes) will be asking questions of Sereno, who has not yet been presented as a witness by the prosecution.

    Is it proper for the Senate to gather evidence for a party?

    Does Lady Justice remove her blindfold to pick up stones to put on one side of the weighing scale?

    Too legalistic? Well naghamon ang prosecution ng legal fight. So strive to be competent. Common sense daw; then use the goddam popularity and amend the Constitution.

    Gumawa. Huwag puro ngawa.

  61. chi - February 24, 2012 8:48 pm

    #57. I told him.. I have three brains working on this case. The legal brain and the political brain. My legal brain is weak. My political brain is, too. So I use the third one.. my common sense brain.

    I have three weak brains, too, the first also weak. The third one works only once in while with my own standard of moral ethics codes. :)

  62. Phil Cruz - February 24, 2012 9:17 pm

    Chi, I guess it all boils down to that. Each according to his/her moral and ethical code.

  63. bayonic - February 24, 2012 9:49 pm

    *50 – i caught Gringo Honasan’s questioning of De Lima on AM radio and I don’t know what he was asking or what he wanted to say . He was answering his own questions , he mentioned some facts about an American Aircraft carrier and he admitted he has a difficult time reading and understanding the Constitution.

  64. chi - February 24, 2012 10:07 pm

    (ooppsie)…first two also weak.

    Yep, Phil. I agree kahit saan mapunta ang usapan to each his own moral/ethical code pa rin ang sukatan ng weakness and strength.

  65. chi - February 24, 2012 10:08 pm

    otc.

    Enjoy your b-day, Ellen!

  66. bayonic - February 24, 2012 10:10 pm

    the Defense has listed at least 2 Justice of the Supreme Court and the SC spokesman Marquez as witnesses. Will they be ousted or disbarred ?

  67. saxnviolins - February 24, 2012 11:07 pm

    Mukhang may problema yang testimony of Sereno. It may constitute hearsay.

    Ito ang sulat niya, diumano, kay Corona, as published by rappler.

    rappler.com/nation/special-coverage/corona-trial/1707-the-arroyo-tro-what-happened-behind-the-scenes

    Dear Mister Chief Justice:

    My office was informed by Atty. Enriqueta E. Vidal, Clerk of Court, that you had confirmed the instruction given to her by Justice Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr.</b. that the Dissenting Opinion as described above that I submitted last December 2, 2011, should not be promulgated. I attach my signed Dissenting Opinion for your reference.

    Inasmuch as your instruction constitutes a prevention of my exercise of my constitutional duty as a member of the Court, please apprise me of the legal basis for such instruction.

    Thank you very much.

    Sincerely,

    MARIA LOURDES P. A. SERENO (Sgd.)

    My office was informed by Vidal. So hindi narining ni Sereno galing kay Corona. Hearsay na naman.

    “the instruction given to her by Justice Presbitero J. Velasco.” So si Velasco ang nag-order, not Corona.

    So dapat si Vidal ang tawagin, or si Velasco. Baka mapahiya lang si Sereno, if her testimony is declared as hearsay.

  68. olan - February 25, 2012 12:06 am

    Meron ba sya delikadesa…wala
    nagreport ba ng tama sa sinumpaang SALN…hindi
    Is his appointment as cheap justice naaayon sa batas…hindi
    karapat dapat ba siya maging cheap justice sa nalalaman na ng taong bayan…hindi

    what are you saying atty sax…by technicality ok lang maging cheap justice si corona?? buti na lang na illegal TRO yung $$ account else baka masabit pa sa plunder?? cge na nga tama na kayo..gawin uling cheap justice baka mamaya umiyak ulit isang to!!! :)

  69. baycas2 - February 25, 2012 1:07 am

    Sa link na binigay ko sa #51 ay may link sa “hearsay” na Sigma Rho vs. Utopia ni Vic Agustin:

    In 1989, a Utopian, Eugene Tan, dared to go up against the Sigma Rhoan candidate for the IBP presidency; Tan won the electoral contest but at the cost of incurring the enmity of Sigma Rhoan leaders Angara and Drilon.

    After a Sigma Rhoan-inspired case, Tan was disbarred and lost the IBP presidency. The chief justice at that time was Marcelo Fernan, another Sigma Rhoan.

    With the Utopian out, IBP again became a Sigma Rho playground.

    But in the very vortex of power, it was Utopia that held sway, especially after Edsa II swept Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo into Malacañang.

    Arroyo was surrounded in the Palace by Utopians: Renato Corona as chief of staff, presidential son Mikey Arroyo, First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, transportation secretary Pantaleon Alvarez, labor secretary Arturo Brion, internal revenue commissioner Jose Ma. Buñag, customs commissioner Antonio Bernardo and police chief Edgardo Aglipay.

    President Arroyo also started to stack the judiciary with Utopians, beginning with Corona, Brion and Roberto Abad. But, in fairness, she also appointed her former legal counsel, Sigma Rhoan Antonio Carpio, to the Supreme Court.

    galing ang hearsay ng “away” na ito dito: http://cocktales.ph/?p=2141

  70. baycas2 - February 25, 2012 1:16 am

    This pertains to JJ. Velasco and Abad as potential adversaries of JJ. Carpio and Sereno.

    Pag-awayin na lang muna natin ang kanilang mga isinulat…

    Justice Sereno’s Dissenting Opinion 2 dated November 18, 2011

    Justice Velasco’s Separate Opinion, December 13, 2011

    Justice Abad’s Concurring Opinion, December 13, 2011

    Justice Sereno’s Dissenting Opinion, December 13, 2011

  71. parasabayan - February 25, 2012 5:53 am

    Kaya nga walang nahuhuling corrupt dahil sobra ang mga perang naitago nila to afford them the best lawyers. Also, dahil may mga kapangyarihan din sila kayang kaya nilang mag-maniobra. “The rule of law” is so over used coz the law of the land seem to be just working for the monied and powerful people and mga kawawang mamamayan ang palaging biktima. Sige, let Corona stay in his powerful position and when all the cases of pandak will reach his desk (together with the Otso otso gang) abswelto ang lahat ng kasalanan ni pandak at ng kanyang mga kapamilya. Ito ba ang gusto natin talaga? So, corruption continues dahil walang kadaladala ang mga tao. Anyone who will be put in a powerful position will just steal all the money at his disposal and use all the power he has in his position because in the end he/she can just hire the best lawyers who can defend him. Tuloy and ligaya ng mga CROOKS! Very sad state indeed for the Filipinos.

  72. saxnviolins - February 25, 2012 6:51 am

    Ulit ulit na yang misconception na yan. Corona and the Goyang appointees will decide any appeal of Goyang.

    Hubert Webb was tried by the RTC in 1995. The Court of Appeals rendered its decision in 2007.

    So it took twelve years before it even reached the Supreme Court. In twelve years, retired na lahat ng Goyang appointees.

    Scare tactics lang yan ng prosecution. They keep trying to connect Corona to Goyang. Yes, there is a connection. But the prosecution should try to win on the merits of its case, not the specter of any Goyang acquittal.

    Again, to allay all fears, file a goddam Constitutional amendment so Noy appoints all fifteen.

    That way, Naguiat and all the others are protected when Noy steps down.

    Weather weather lang.

  73. baycas2 - February 25, 2012 8:34 am

    btw, my post at #68 is just about Sigma Rho and Utopia as being “magkalaban”.

    the cited article is coming from a pro-gloria writer. he even noted the affiliation of a Hacienda Luisita lawyer…

    read the article if anyone so desires…

  74. olan - February 25, 2012 8:48 am

    I did not see Pnoy’s intent to appoint all fifteen. The issue here is about the way the current impeached CJ became cheap justice to include his lying on his SALN..etc. The current administration is promoting reform na gusto ng nakakarami di lang sa Judiciary. Malinaw naman sa tao ang ginawa ni goyang just to protect herself. If corona is makatao, he can resign to spare the nation from his own mistaken ng mabuking sya plus his questionable $$$ account. He knows it but seems ready and willing to bring the whole country down with him or maybe to embarrass Pnoy na elected with plurality ng buong bansa? why even promote constitutional amendment atty sax? there are other justices who became justices because of their merit. Naguiat has nothing to do with corona..what happen to you?

  75. saxnviolins - February 25, 2012 9:26 am

    I never said that was the Noy’s intent – to appoint all fifteen.

    But the adminstration, and various noise makers say there is a solid eight for Goyang. So introduce an amendment and all fifteen will go.

    Then the Noy can reappoint his favored ones, and appoint the remaining eight. Cory did the same. She reappointed some of the kosher Macoy justices – Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Hugo Gutierrez, to name two.

    The point is, one does battle on the basis of one’s strength. Doc Holliday never challenged people to fistfights, because he was skinny and tubercular. But he was the fastest gunslinger ever (some say second to Wyatt Earp). Doc Holliday killed the fastest gunslinger among the outlaws – John Ringo, in a duel.

    Similarly, Mike Tyson would be stupid to challenge people to a gunfight, since he is not a fast draw. So he should challenge people to a fistfight.

    Now this Noy fellow is supposedly popular. So harness that popularity and introduce an amendment to the Constitution.

    Ang kaso, naghamon ng trial, eh pulpol naman ang mga bata niya.

    Like Enrile said, if the House just wanted interview style questioning, they could have done it in the House, by way of a preliminary investigation. Since it is not a trial, there will be no defense lawyers like Cuevas to object. And since they (Congressmen) control the proceedings, they can ask to their hearts contents, and compel people to appear by way of subpoenas.

    That is how the US House gathered evidence against Nixon and Clinton. In fact, one of the Articles against Nixon was contempt of the House, for his refusal to turn over documents.

    About Naguiat. What I meant is that that is a natural consequence of appointing the majority of justices. Ang opposition naman ang magsasabing they were appointed to protect the appointing authority.

    Weather weather lang.

  76. saxnviolins - February 25, 2012 10:19 am

    Let us talk about the SALN.

    By resolution under the leadership of Marcelo Fernan (not Narvasa) the SALN was to be kept by the Clerk of Court, and not disclosed. So the lie was actually made to a piece of paper hidden from view.

    Of course, it was under oath. But the actuality is that the lie was not shamelessly made to the public.

    To prove the lie made to a piece of paper, the House foisted on the Senate, and to the public (press conferences), three lies – 1) that they read the complaint before signing; 2) that Corona has 45 pieces of real property, instead of 21; and 3) that a small lady gave them copies of bank documents.

    So lies were foisted on the public, to uncover lies made to a piece of paper. Talk about ironies.

    Oh. And they will support Antonio Carpio – who commenced the review by NAPOCOR of the IMPSA proposal by way of a piece of unsolicited legal advice, as presidential legal adviser of El Tabako. The NAPOCOR, by law, seeks advice from the Sol Gen, not the Presidential Legal Adviser.

    From the frying pan into the fire yang Supreme Court na yan.

  77. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 25, 2012 10:25 am

    A genuine, people-initiated People’s Initiative looks good in fiction but will not fly in real terms.

    Under Article XVII, Sec.2 of the Constitution,

    “Amendments to this Constitution may likewise be directly proposed by the people through initiative upon a petition of at least twelve per centum of the total number of registered voters, of which every legislative district must be represented by at least three per centum of the registered votes therein.”

    How do you fund, organize, and run a nationwide signature campaign without using the full backing of resources coming from the government? A minute indication of the contrary and the whole exercise is shot. Like in Ramos/Lambino’s case. I doubt if you can get 3% from Arroyo’s district.

    It is easier said than done.

  78. saxnviolins - February 25, 2012 11:10 am

    That is three hundred per precinct, if the precinct has 10,000. If I remember right, that was the number bruited about by Smartmatic.

    Kung ipako mo ang pork barrel sa three hundred per precinct, mabilis pa sa alas-kuwatro kuha yan.

    Hindi man siya makakuha ng Congressman, dahil opposition, may mayor tiyak.

    Akala ko ba popular? Kayang mag-people power?

    So do a people power through the ballot.

  79. saxnviolins - February 25, 2012 11:11 am

    I don’t think Arroyo got 97 percent of the vote. So there is still three percent there.

  80. olan - February 25, 2012 12:39 pm

    By resolution under the leadership of Marcelo Fernan (not Narvasa) the SALN was to be kept by the Clerk of Court, and not disclosed. So the lie was actually made to a piece of paper hidden from view.
    Of course, it was under oath. But the actuality is that the lie was not shamelessly made to the public.

    #74 saxnviolins – February 25, 2012 10:19 am

    So what happen to the greater good? buking na eh di ba dapat mag resign? How about the oath to uphold the law that the CJ swear to uphold? With your declaration, you mean to say that exempted sila sa SALN declaration as public document dahil sa resolution? Eh ano na yung batas ukol dito? and you support that? WOW! this is new. No wonder most politician and justices prefers everyone to just follow the rule of law. Ano pa ba ang bago na di alam ng taong bayan? kaya pala dami nilang protection!!! they can actually commit a crime and get away with it kasi batas ito o resolution na sinulat nila. No wonder everyone running for office is ready to kill or bribe anyone just to win a position. No wonder anyone in position na nahuli na di parin umalis kahit kapalan na. THEY can actually commit anything they want and they can get away with it!!! kahit resolution lang wow!!! bale wala ang batas? o batas ang proteksyon?

    Carpio to replace Corona?? What was mentioned sometime ago that I read about is to find someone who is not compromised like the rest! they mention similar qualification like a Sereno, if I can put it that way but a Carpio? I think this is a lie!!!
    Thanks for your revelation!

  81. phil - February 25, 2012 2:48 pm

    Mrs. Corona, as quoted today in a news item: “We get our strength from God.” Sounds familiar? I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before the better half comes up with his own “God” line.

    GMA, at the height of her presidency, said to her admirers “Don’t lose hope; God put me here.” And former Laguna governor Sanchez, on being convicted of rape and murder, was captured on video holding a Bible and swearing to the whole world he’s innocent.

    Indeed, how cheap the word “God” has become in Philippine politics.

  82. Ellen - February 25, 2012 4:59 pm

    From Winda Petilla:

    After Enrile’s hand was revealed to be involved in scores of pivotal events in our country, many of which ranged from shady deals to deaths of innocent civilians, the only conclusion that can be logically reached is that such a man is devious and unworthy of anyone’s complete trust.

    At every critical turn he has managed to convince those who can make or break him to hand him various degrees of power with its accompanying perks, and to save his skin at dangerous junctions. The sum of those parts shows a crafty manipulator of individuals, groups – even a whole nation.

    The current president walks around with scars from one of the ambushes against his mother’s administration that implicated Enrile. Treason is punishable by death anywhere else. But this is the Philippines where convicted rapists become senators, plunderers and their families are re-elected to “positions of trusts,” and an outgoing president makes midnight appointments in clear violation of the constitution.

    Iconic? He’s not finished yet. Filipinos should sleep with one eye open when the man is within a twenty-km radius of events that affect their lives.

    Stay well and go safely,

  83. MPRivera - February 25, 2012 5:43 pm

    “……
    And former Laguna governor Sanchez, on being convicted of rape and murder, was captured on video holding a Bible and swearing to the whole world he’s innocent….” – phil.

    Correction: Sanchez was the mayor of Calauan, Laguna NOT a former Laguna governor during the time he was convicted of rape and murder.

  84. MPRivera - February 25, 2012 5:46 pm

    TT: “Sa sabado, EDSA Revo activities. Sakaling umattend si Enrile, ano ibabato mo, bulaklak o bulok na kamatis?”

    NONE of the above kundi binalot na etsas! ‘Yan ang dapat na iregalo sa kanya.

  85. MPRivera - February 25, 2012 5:52 pm

    enrile is the father of all political HUNYANGOS!

  86. phil - February 25, 2012 5:59 pm

    #81 MPRivera; thanks. Indeed, he was mayor; not governor.

  87. MPRivera - February 25, 2012 6:16 pm

    EDSA 1 brought some ‘degree of progress’ – Enrile

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/02/24/12/edsa-1-brought-some-degree-progress-enrile

    Ano daw?????????

    Sino’ng ginagago nitong gagong ito?

  88. saxnviolins - February 25, 2012 9:07 pm

    # 78

    So what happen to the greater good?

    Yeah. What about it?

    Has anybody done a similar full-court press on the property of the Ampatuans (BIR, LRA, SALN, AMLC)? Why has there been no forfeiture case against the family?

    What about the Pig? He is still snickering in filthy wealth?

    Difficult to prove? Because it is not held by Goyang? RA 1379 covers:

    1. Property unlawfully acquired by the respondent, but its ownership is concealed by its being recorded in the name of, or held by, the respondent’s spouse, ascendants, descendants, relatives, or any other person.

    2. Property unlawfully acquired by the respondent, but transferred by him to another person or persons on or after the effectivity of this Act.

    3. Property donated to the respondent during his incumbency, unless he can prove to the satisfaction of the court that the donation is lawful.

    My problem with this administration is the tokenism. They puff up some small guy to make it look like they are slaying a giant.

    Corona has miniscule wealth compared to the Pig and the Ampatuans. And it was Presbitero Velasco and Teresita de Castro who revived the final case of the League of Cities. Those prosecutors did not even read the case it seems.

    The Supreme Court has a smaller effect on everyday litigation than RTC judges and prosecutors. It is these judges who actually directly affect Juan de la Cruz, not Corona. Remember Mendoza and the other Gonzalez (Deputy Ombudsman)? Isn’t that what prompted the carnage? How many more such fiscals are there?

    What about the Raul Gon drug lord mafia? The prosecutor from Camiling? Has he been disbarred?

    This administration has dealt in tokens and slogans. Wala pang solid achievement. In fact, the entire Corona trial is a token. Wala namang epekto yan kay Juan de la Cruz.

    Gusto mo nang walang corruption? Propose a budget without pork barrel. Let me see if this Nintendo player has the balls. Tanggalin mo rin yung iyo.

    If that is done, I wouldn’t give a hoot even if they put fifteen Coronas in the Supreme Court.

    No pork barrel? Oops. Ikaw ang ma-i-impeach; just like Erap. Do I hear a yes, Joe de Venecia?

  89. chi - February 25, 2012 10:30 pm

    Wendi Petilla: Iconic? He’s not finished yet. Filipinos should sleep with one eye open when the man is within a twenty-km radius of events that affect their lives.

    Delikado impeachment trial na ito, ibabato ni Enrile panalo kay Coronado. So in his 90′s, the only way is to hope for an alzheimer for the man so he would not hurt people anymore.

  90. olan - February 26, 2012 12:00 am

    #86

    Ampatuan case is in the hands of the court. The pig case, i have no idea where it is but i do read about the ombudsman is looking into it. Kailangan ba personalin ng presidente ito? nasa korte na eh? Although CJ has miniscule wealth compared to the two you’ve mentioned, kailangan ba dahil maliit di na dapat pinapatulan? he is a titular head of the court tapos he reflect a government official who don’t follow the rule of law! he did it to himself. Kung palalampasin parang kinukunsinti di ba? well, the body language of the senior senator-judges with their pronouncements seems that he will be acquitted. If they want’s him out kayang kaya nila ito lalo na may dahilan. Tanungin mo si brenda, si jokoy, at manong? They are the ones na nagsabi depektib yung kaso but tinanggap nila yung kaso? it only shows what?

    I just hope the current administration will do more when it comes to reform! In all honesty, the only way for things to change is for those in government learn that it is better na di mangunsinti sa mali, lalong lalo na sa mga kriminal sa gobyerno, at your own risks ika nga as a ground rule. No amount of reform can change that unless the leaders in each of the three branches of government promote this!

  91. chi - February 26, 2012 12:07 am

    olan, okay na okay kung gawing sampol si Corona, di ba? :)

  92. saxnviolins - February 26, 2012 12:26 am

    The Ampatuan criminal case is in court. What about any moves for forfeiture? Same for the Pig. Only the criminal case is moving. How about a forfeiture?

    Kailangan bang personalin ng presidente ito?

    Same questiona applies to Corona. It is already in court. Ngawa pa ng ngawa yang Nintendo player.

    kailangan ba dahil maliit di na dapat pinapatulan

    No. I am talking about priorities. Bawiin muna ang malaki. Tsaka na yang barya.

  93. xman - February 26, 2012 5:22 am

    Ano na ba ang accomplishment ni Noynoy para sa Ekonomia ng Pinas? Kahit economic plan man lang for the next two years ay wala. Sige, kalimutan na natin ang economic plan para hindi na mahirapan si Noy dahil hindi abot ng utak nya. Ang atupagin nya na lang ang current economic crisis, ano na ang solusyon nya sa lumalang problema tungkol sa presyo ng petroleum at walang tigil na pag taas ng electricity? Ang sagot wang-wang…..lol.

    Buwang-wang goverment lang talaga ang alam ni Noy. Hilig pa nyang mag “L” sign na ibig sabihin pala noon ay Luisita Pokpok(LP) Party.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Qa22okfH0M8

  94. henry90 - February 26, 2012 9:51 am

    Remove the number one obstacle to the administration of justice and everything will follow. Dami pang sinabi. Pag nasibak na si Corona, mararamdaman na ng mga alipores ni Gloria na susunod na sila. Hangga’t di natatanggal yang si Corona, di uusad ang kaso ni GMA. I don’t know why even the smartest of lawyers here dont see it that way? GMA is the biggest prize of all! Keep your eyes on her!

  95. olan - February 26, 2012 11:19 am

    chi – February 26, 2012 12:07 am

    Well, however they want to twist things around using the media and other personalities, or force the issue using the misinterpretation of the law, TRO, etc…At the end of day, the evidence speak for itself and they better have a real answer as to why!!! All that the president needs to do is ask and many will answer his call!!!

  96. arvin - February 26, 2012 4:43 pm

    Narito ang opinyon ko patungkol sa EDSA
    http://arvin95.blogspot.com/2011/03/edsa.html

  97. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 26, 2012 5:45 pm

    Interesting story of JPE as told by his sister’s daughter-in-law, and Ellenville regular, Bibeth Orteza.

    Read here: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/151905/a-life-in-the-day-of-juan-ponce-enrile

  98. MPRivera - February 26, 2012 6:34 pm

    In order for this (and any) administration to fully win the trust and support of majority of Filipinos it promised reforms and transparency, it must avoid being bias. It should refrain from defending and acquitting its friends and political allies when caught in the midst of any anomaly without conducting investigation while charging purported enemies with no hesitation. It should not practice double standard as it pictures itself not different from the former government that is widely despised by most Filipinos. Cases involving his allies should be tried and decided in proper court and not by the president’s pronouncements of defense and acquittal. It must put an end on the contemptuous political culture that invites corruption and breeds animosity in almost all sectors of the society – “pagtanaw at pagbabayad ng utang na loob”.

    Lest this administration forgets: no Filipino will survive and live on propagandas and press releases alone; jobs and opportunities cannot be created by political vendetta and bias treatment on supposed nemeses; and justice must be equally enjoyed by both rich and the poor by equally recognizing rights in obtaining justice that should not be based on political connections and degrees/titles affixed in name and even more by the amount of money each individual has in his account.

  99. MPRivera - February 26, 2012 6:37 pm

    nakakainip na ang pagbabagong laging ipinapangako ng mga tradisyunal na pulitikong kung sabihin ay parang dadamputin na lamang sa platong nakahain.

    tapusin na kung ano ang dapat tapusin upang masimulan ang mga pagbabagong nararapat gawin.

    mga hinalal at mga itinalaga, magkaroon naman silang lahat ng hiya!

  100. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 26, 2012 6:49 pm

    What I find odd however is that at the very beginning of this trial, a good number of lawyers who “volunteered” to defend the Chief justice pro bono (and he accepted!) were distinguished lawyers/partners in the powerhouse Siguion-Reyna, Montecillo and Ongsiako (SRMO) Law office.

    Leonardo Siguion-Reyna, who first worked in the law office of Armida’s father, met her there and later married.

    SRMO, represented many top corporations in the country including…listen to this…Philippine Airlines!

  101. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 26, 2012 6:58 pm

    Wait, I forgot to clarify, for those who don’t know, Armida and Enrile are siblings.

    Isn’t it improper for lawyers from a party-in-interest to volunteer “pro bono” in a trial that will touch on their major clients?

    Why was it even allowed in the first place?

  102. chi - February 26, 2012 7:55 pm

    Haha! Yun pala ang isang tumbok na konek.!

    Whew! Naibasura ang numerous free PAL platinum flights ng mag-asawang Corona na walang kalaban-laban si Juan!

    Tuwid na tuwid ruler mo, Tongue!

  103. Ellen - February 26, 2012 8:14 pm

    Chi, Take note that not one of the senator-judges questioned Enrile’s decision not to include the testimony of the PAL executive.

    I talked to one pro-PNoy senator and he said there was no bribery charge in the impeachment complaint vs Corona. They said it’s impossible to connect the free tickets to the flip-flopping (which is the charge) in a number of cases including PAL which was the decision of majority of the SC justices.

  104. chi - February 26, 2012 8:16 pm

    Ay,di ko nabanggit ang kapalit ng kaso ng PAL employees na nasa SC… alam na natin ang matinding konek. Kaya lang ay hindi natin mapapatunayan ang mga koneks na yan, ethics matter kasi at hindi quantifiable ng paper evidence.

  105. vic - February 26, 2012 9:06 pm

    I was just thinking that JPE being known as one of the very noted Criminal and Litigation lawyer in the country, what if there is life hereafter, can he make his case before the Court of Final Judgement? Yes, the moment of truth is closing by him, that is not to be denied and if there is going to be a life hereafter, everyone must account for his life before, to get his place in heaven or else…

    But my prediction is Corona will be convicted…Judges, like the Jurors will eventually look at the evidence more than the person and will hand down their verdict without regards of what might be…When the Father and wife and son were convicted of First degree murders of his 3 teenage daughters and sisters and all were automatically sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility of Parole for at least 25 years, some of the members of the jury, some witnesses had said broke down in tears as deep down they pitied the convicted felons they sent to Prison for Life, but Justice must Live and the voices of the victims must be heard…

    The Filipinos been the Victims and were never been Heard.

  106. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 26, 2012 9:07 pm

    (Re: 103) In plain Bikolanong Intsik na Ilokanong Tagalog, yung mga senador meron ding PAL perks, yun lang yon!

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    Re: 102)
    Kung duda kayo, basahin ninyo sa website ng SRMO kung sinong expert nila sa mga kaso airport, Fraport, PAL. Simulan ninyo sa senior. Si Titong Mendoza sa Tax cases lang abugado ng PAL. Ang CBA at labor issues, SRMO?

    Ngayon, bakit mo ibo-volunteer ng libre yung matitindi mong abugado sa korte na kontrolado ng bayaw ng may-ari? Para insultuhin si Enrile, o para malakas ang kapit? Pwede namang umiwas na lang para di kumplikado pero hindi, hindi rin naman nainsulto o minasama ni Enrile.

    Kailangan ko pa bang i-ABC yan?

  107. saxnviolins - February 26, 2012 9:16 pm

    Ellen check email. Enjoy the report.

  108. saxnviolins - February 26, 2012 10:24 pm

    I actually see the Siguion Reyna volunteering as an opportunity for the PALEA.

    Now their counsel can move to disqualify the Siguion Reyna, on the ground that there is conflict of interest by Corona; or have Corona inhibit, because PAL is represented by former counsel of Corona.

    That is one vote subtracted from Lucio Tan.

  109. chi - February 26, 2012 10:26 pm

    #103. Ganun ba Ellen? Noted yan…

    #106. Tongue, salamat sa link babasahin ko mamaya, kahit mas tiwala ako sa ruler mo kesa sa utak ko na minsan-minsan lang gumagana, :) .

  110. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 27, 2012 6:43 am

    Hehehe, chi. Naghahasa uli tapos ng operasyon ko. Medyo groggy pa rin.

  111. Ellen - February 27, 2012 7:18 am

    Tongue, welcome back ulit ha. I’m so happy that you have overcome that particular trial in your life.

  112. chi - February 27, 2012 7:47 am

    Tongue, mas tinitiwalaan kita ngayon sa pagsukat kasi newly renovated ka, mas matibay. Hehehe!

  113. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 27, 2012 2:07 pm

    Salamat sa inyong dalawa. Hehehe. Kailangan ko ito. Therapy.

  114. MPRivera - February 27, 2012 5:39 pm

    ibig bang sabihin nagpadagdag ng bullets si Tongue kaya lalong tumalas ang kanyang dialysis?

  115. TonGuE-tWisTeD - February 28, 2012 8:04 am

    Ano raw?

  116. parasabayan - February 28, 2012 1:42 pm

    TT, welcome back! Na-miss ka namin!

  117. MPRivera - February 28, 2012 5:56 pm

    Tongue, mis na mis ka talaga dito!

    Pa-kiss daw!

    Tsuppppp! Aaaahhhh!

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