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Ronald Roy— 18 April 2012
There’s no reason why the administration of President Noynoy Aquino is so paranoid about the formation of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), a coalition forged for the 2013 midterm elections between Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Partido Democratico Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) and former President Joseph Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong for the two leaders to be preparing this early for the 2016 presidential election. Certainly, a creditable showing by UNA’s lineup of candidates for next year’s senatorial polls will boost in no small way its contention for the country’s top two posts after President Aquino steps down from office four years from now.
Instead of reacting insecurely to UNA’s legitimate aspirations, P-Noy and his coterie of diehards like Senator Sonny Trillanes should welcome UNA’s initiative as a healthy sign of a thriving electoral democracy, and even as a wakeup call that they too should start fortifying the Liberal Party’s ranks, if they are serious about stimulating Secretary Mar Roxas’ dormant interest in the presidency.
Their paranoia, Kenneth (del Rosario), is an acknowledgement of Binay’s phenomenal vote-getting prowess, as well as a reluctant admission of their fast-deteriorating economic performance.
Naturally, I find exceedingly puerile and below-the-belt their claim that UNA is not supportive of P-Noy’s anti-corruption drive, and that as such it is ergo sympathetic to Chief Justice Corona’s hope for exoneration, and tolerant of former de facto Pres. Gloria Arroyo’s past wrongdoings.
But well, what can be expected of an administration which, in the words of Senator Joker Arroyo, is an “organization akin to the Student Council”, id est a bunch of kids running the man-size affairs of state?!
In my opinion, the imponderables of our kind of politics portend, beyond question, that the coalesced forces of Binay and Estrada are too formidable to ignore!
Easily, Jojo Binay is now seen as the next President of the Republic, along with Jinggoy Estrada as his Vice President. The tandem is as predictable as tomorrow’s sun rising in the east. Alas, the Jojo-Jinggoy Juggernaut is waiting to happen, although I’d be wary about its peaking too soon!
But it will happen, whether or not the impeached Chief Justice is removed from office, and only an extraordinary event like an unexpected extension of P-Noy’s term of office will prevent this—provided of course that the juggernaut is launched with the blessings of neocolonialist America.
Yes, Dave (Reyes), I recall a comment appearing in the Opinion Section of a recent Inquirer issue whereby Rep. Neil Tupas, speaking with chutzpah through his head of staff, assailed CJ Corona’s defense counsel as users of “devious” tactics.
Holy macaroni! Tupas should be told that one: he sounds like the same holier-than-thou hypocrite when he denigrated CJ Corona’s “Katauhan” at the start of the impeachment trial, two: during the first 34 days of the said trial, he and his team were dressed down by the senator-judges no less than 34 times as incompetent tyros, and three: the plural of the noun “counsel” is counsel, not counsels—aray ko po, abogado pa naman siya!!!
As for your other query, Dave, I personally think the Chief Justice should take the witness stand for two reasons, one: he can best explain some unclear issues for the senator-judges’ enlightenment, and two: his refusal to face his triers under oath may be construed as an admission of guilt, in much the same way as a fugitive from justice is usually presumed to be guilty in ordinary criminal cases.
Besides, his mere refusal may be perceived as so supercilious that even those senator-judges already inclined to acquit him may change their minds. Additionally, he can find comfort in the ability of his counsel to shield him against what they may sense as badgering treatment or harassment by some hostile impeachment judges.
I’m glad you asked the question, texter #6009. Philippine-style democracy is not at all easy to manage and sustain. In our criminal justice system, for instance, offenders who are rich and powerful are hard to arrest, indict, arraign and convict. In most cases, their convictions become final and executory only after an excruciatingly interminable period of time. A case in point is that of wife-killer cultist Rep. Ruben Ecleo, Jr., not to mention those of the Ampatuans, their cohorts, and others of their kind.
It’s distressing to accept that in a struggling democracy such as ours, the powerful and affluent get away with murder, as the saying goes. Though this may sound strange coming from a lawyer like me, the point is: if capital punishment cannot be restored, the Constitution should be revised so as to make the presumption of guilt the norm, instead of the prevailing presumption of innocence.
The above comment is my personal reaction to friends and strangers who have come to cynically believe that ours is not a justice system but an “injustice system”. Our outraged citizens are now in an ugly mood demanding to know why and how the state took ten long years to convict Congressman Ecleo, and why the Lower House’s Ethics Committee refuses to do anything about it!! Could paranoia be the reason? Does Ecleo have anything on them, or could he have threatened to put a hex on them?!
Incidentally, the doctrine of presumption of guilt is strictly enforced in the Peoples Republic China, and look where China is in today’s totem pole of global power. The observation is likewise ubiquitous that, in those societies where tougher laws and stiffer penalties are observed, crime rates are low and people live better lives.
I don’t agree that “if we make existing penalties any tougher than they are, we will lower prevailing moral standards”, to quote Alfred (Sy). On the contrary, Alfred, the status quo is an insufferable condition of a country teetering on the brink of decadence reminiscent of the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Alfred, the survival of our society is at stake and now is the time, more than ever, for constitutional and legislative remedies to be undertaken. Don’t be surprised that: the more we delay the needed reforms, the more accelerating the rampage of future Gloria Arroyos, Andal Ampatuans, Ruben Ecleos and their ilk.
Hmmm… could it be that just as these wretched characters have somehow managed to walk the corridors of power with unbridled abuse and impunity, our inability to get our act together to save our own race stems from some incurable paranoia characteristic of Filipinos?!
I hope I’m wrong, but my theory is that we are fated to be a disunited people, owing to the natural anomaly of being spread out over an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands.
Since the dawn of time, it’s been a scourge that has spawned conflicts arising from diverse tribal and regional mores, countless dialects, religions, complexions, moods and temperaments—verily, a breeding place for paranoia!

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