What now, Sec. Aguirre?

March 17, 2018 Leave a comment

RRoy’siPadWhat now, Sec. Aguirre?
[An expanded version of the blog “What’s the fuss?”]
Ronald Roy — Mar. 17, 2018

What’s the fuss? No need to get so riled up! It ought to pacify you to know that drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa were neither exonerated nor absolved, because only a court can do that in a final judgment. What we have is a mere recommendation that they be cleared of drug-related criminal charges for lack of that kind of evidence that merely amounts to “probable cause”, id est, not proof beyond reasonable doubt.

A special panel of state prosecutors, previously created by Department of Justice Sec, Vitaliano Aguirre ll to handle the high-profile case, had as early as December last year completed its examination of the evidence with the finding that the evidence was “weak”.

Beware the ides of March
Come on, guys, you are merely looking for probable cause, and you say the evidence that you are the children of your parents is weak? Gosh, don’t you know that people are now saying that you either return to law school or return the money…or both? “Beware the ides of March” must be the aphorism the President may now be mulling against you…and for good reason!

No, Digong won’t take this one sitting down. You have just torpedoed his anti-drugs war by making it appear that he goes only after “small-time” drug-users and pushers, but not after the big fish who have the means to escape the dragnet by making everybody financially happy. He will soon roll your heads, rest assured.

Remember, as the Chief Executive of the Executive Department, he enjoys supervision and control over the entire cabinet. He has the power to ignore your recommendation and, forthwith, issue an order for a new investigation without breaking the rule on double jeopardy; and if, per chance, the justice secretary shall already have issued an order of dismissal based on the questionable recommendation, the President can motu propio rescind the same.

Coarse effrontery
Yes, Gretchen (Yap), I agree that a most shameful aspect of the recommendation is its coarse effrontery to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee before which Espinosa and Lim had admitted under oath their criminal drug-related activities. The “recon” has impudently ignored the committee’s finding of criminal accountability on the part of the cited drug lords.

It now looks bad for the panel of state prosecutors, who will surely be hard-pressed to squirm out of graft charges, let alone an administrative complaint for grave misconduct, gross negligence and neglect of duty.

And what about Bato and Aguirre?
Neither is Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa out of the woods, since it was the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, a unit under the supervision of the Philippine National Police, that had culled the state’s evidence and brought the same to the special panel of prosecutors.

And you ask, Gretchen, what Aguirre has to say about this mess? Well, I’m afraid he has made things messier by saying the special prosecutors might not have committed any error because, in the first place, there was nothing in the law that compelled them to keep abreast of the senate hearings on the largest drug scandals that ever hit the country, hence, their excusable ignorance of the committee’s findings…LOL !

Mr. Aguirre, is there a law that compels us to read about crippling electricity rates or the aberrations of climate change? Tell you what: if you had only been a little more involved in your work, would you not have bothered to remind the prosecutors that the drug lords’ sworn admissions of criminal involvement were the best evidence for the State? What??? You forgot???

Obstruction of justice?
Excuse me, Mr. Secretary, did we hear you right?Why, that is a bit of unexpected curiosity, a shocking one, if we may add, since it makes us wonder how an exalted justice official like you can be so protective of obstructors of justice!!!

That statement of yours was such a humungous boner that people now ask if you’re fit for the job…or if it was a Freudian slip…or the start of an insidious coverup. Sir, methinks you had better do some rolling of heads yourself, lest you be ordered to start packing your things.

You’re asking too many questions, Gretchen, about how justice is obstructed. So, let me just say that justice is obstructed best by lawyers who quietly agree to be financially rewarded at the expense of a poor or not-so-rich litigant…and, in some instances, the magistrate hearing the case is not even a part of the deal.

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March 7, 2018 Leave a comment

Ronald Roy — Mar. 7, 2018

It’s surely dementia that disables me from recalling the name of the author of the famous query “what’s in a word”…. which is quite apart from William Shakespeare’s “what’s in a name”. Again, if I’m going astray at this point, surely, you should find in your heart the compassion to forgive an octogenarian’s mental lapses.

Be that as it may, it now behooves Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to explain the word “co-ownership” in relation to China’s offer to share with our country a “joint exploration” of oil potentials in the West Philippine Sea. Gosh, only God knows why, again, Digong’s verbal ambiguity has gotten most everyone gasping for fresh air!

And it would seem, in fact, to be a critical state of “gasping for life”, in light of caveats coming from Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Atty. Jay Batongbacal, Director of the U.P. Institute of Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea. But certainly, there’s no cause for alarm, tricky Chinese tactics notwithstanding, because Digong isn’t relinquishing our sovereign rights within our exclusive sovereign zone.

What the President merely meant, I think, was an equitable sharing of the fruits of joint exploration — a logical inference that may be drawn from his trademark ambiguity. WHEW !!!

Tax losses

January 26, 2018 Leave a comment

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Miracles of Lipa

January 25, 2018 Leave a comment

RRoy’siPadAt the 33rd anniversary of our Lady of Fatima (October 17, 1949), a prophecy was conveyed by the Blessed Mother to visionary Sister Teresing Castillio of the Carmelite congregation of Lipa, Batangas, and announced by Cardinal Vidal, former archbishop of the City.

The prophecy ran: “Pray hard, for China’s dream is to invade the whole world. The Philippines is one of its favorites”….as articulated by Our Lady Mediatrix of all Graces, Lipa.

The prophecy highlighted a series of inexplicable showers of rose petals bearing Mary’s image, at times alternating with rose fragrances mysteriously blowing from nowhere. These occurrences have not yet been officially recognized by the Vatican, but this does not stop believers from praying for China’s consecration to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Mother.

Need we wait for the Vatican’s confirmation of the much heralded miracles in Lipa? Need we be reminded of China’s bullying tactics against us, including its ongoing questionable exploration of Benham Rise? Shouldn’t we begin to ponder the gradual cession of indigenous rights until we are totally controlled or, in the prophetic text, completely “invaded”?

The spread of the horrors of Communism over the world is frightening. Ongoing are China’s attempts to control the economies of the world, notably America’s. Isn’t there a kind of “invasion” when China buys itself into, say, America’s top business companies, not to mention its citizens’ marrying into American homes?

This horror is also happening elsewhere around the globe, particularly in our country which, according to the prophecy, is “…one of China’s favorites”.

The way to avert further invasion is to “pray hard”. Let’s all start doing it now. Let’s not wait for the Vatican’s confirmation of the miracles. We can prevent a holocaustic 3rd World War with Faith, which is “believing without seeing”. How about a daily “Oratio Imperata” for the conversion of Communist China, via its consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

Enduring peace

January 22, 2018 Leave a comment

RRoy’siPadAfter the Chinese Coast Guard shooed a US destroyer away from the proximity of Panatag Shoal, it was correct for defense chief Lorenzana to clarify that the destroyer did not violate International Law; and it may be further stressed here that “international waters are for the free navigation of all nations”.

Consistent with the government’s “independent foreign policy”, it would likewise be alright for Manila to assume a neutral position by mediating, or even conciliating, between Beijing and Washington in the instant case, including future similar “quarrels” that may erupt between the two super powers.

Verily, the President’s independent foreign policy reflects the country’s intention to be friends with all nations — certainly, a message that “making peace is the best and only way for world peace and fruitful international trade to endure”. Congratulations, Digong!

The Yellows’ last stand

January 19, 2018 Leave a comment

RRoy’siPadThe Yellows’ last stand
Ronald Roy — Jan. 19, 2018

Thanks, Celso (del Mundo), for the opportunity to explain. Yes, I did say that “the best argument against charter change is not a collateral attack on NO-EL or term extensions, but a good reason why federalism is an unsound alternative”— if at all it is. Those who are allergic to term extensions via NO-EL should define their position with better clarity.

The focus of argument must be on the merits and demerits of federalism, not on term extensions, which can always be denied as a selfish motive by those proposing federalism.

Chacha indispensable?
If they favor a shift to federalism, they must recognize charter change as an indispensable means. They ought to realize that the so-called hidden agenda for term extensions can be easily dismissed as pure conjecture. NO-EL, if warranted, will proceed as a matter of course.

This does not however mean, Celso, that I favor a shift to a federal form of government; and my principal objection to that is: while there may be a diminution of political power from the present unitary system, the said power’s diffusion to the local government units (LGU) will only expose LGU officials to greater opportunities for graft and corrupt practices.

A shift to another form of government implies a dire need to solve recurring eco-socio-political problems. However, it is moral reform, not structural change, that is needed to be undertaken — a stand I have long advocated in the belief that we will do well in any democratic form or system of government, provided we buckle down with those rare twin virtues of honesty and commitment to service.

Honesty and commitment to service
Celso, if Filipinos are honest and committed to service — generally they are not — any democratic system of government will work for them. By “honest”, I mean not being enslaved to greed in both our public and private lives, and by “committed to service”, I mean being obligated to serve others ahead of our own selves.

Again, if we can instill these two values in our culture, any democratic system will work for us. And, as has been suggested by most sociologists, if it takes a whole generation of twenty years to achieve rectitude as a national trait, let’s do it — the means being an appropriate system of education that encompasses all human milieus like our homes, churches, schools and offices.

Parenthetically, the sum of over P 200 M to be budgeted for charter change via constituent assembly will just go down the drain, not to mention the loss of time which otherwise can be used for pressing legislative matters and the anticipated impeachment trial of CJ Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

Thorny debate
The recent debates on the pros and cons of the proposed shift to federalism have, as expected, isolated the Yellows as a vanishing breed. Can you believe former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. saying that the 1987 constitution is the best in the world? Repeat: “…the best in the world?” Is that why, Your Honor, some small Asean countries have surpassed us in development???

In contrast, former CJ Reynato Puno said that “our country is a failing democracy under the current unitary system”. Incidentally, CJ Puno is the impassioned proponent of a moral regeneration program for all Filipinos — an advocacy that I have long “worn on my sleeve”.

Where the Yellows are going, Celso? I think they should slow down on their democratic role to oppose or “fiscalize” the Duterte government. Digong is an exceptionally popular president, and that fact should forewarn them to act with great caution.

Verily, his consistently high trust and popularity ratings may be taken to reflect the national position on a number of issues to which the Yellows must yield. One sadly ponders their numerous attempts to distort facts with which to globally embarrass Digong on such issues as extrajudicial killings being an alleged policy of his government.

Usual bluster
Just recently they were behaving with their usual bluster. At a boisterous get-together, they ate, drank and sang in honor of CJ Sereno as their special guest, toasting her at every turn. Revved up, she then responded she would hang in there and was ready to see through the impeachment process.

No, she won’t step down in the face of what the public has seen as overwhelming evidence to warrant her impeachment by the lower house and conviction by an impeachment trial court yet to be formed.

At the height of the Yellows’ trial by publicity and amidst rumors of pork barrel incentives, CJ Renato Corona was ejected from office on relatively benign charges. It is thus foreseeable that, under the circumstances, the Yellows will have no one but themselves to blame for CJ Sereno’s conviction.

Yes, this may well be the Yellows’ last stand gone poof!

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January 6, 2018 Leave a comment


The best argument against charter change is not a collateral attack on NO-EL or term extensions, but a good reason why federalism is an unsound alternative.