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Prejudgement

Prejudgement
Ronald Roy — July 8, 2015

I’ve always been a “conscience voter”, one who follows his conscience in filling up his ballot, votes even for losing candidates, does not join band wagons or align with any specific party — an oddity because my father, Jose J. Roy, was Nacionalista Party President in the last ten years of his life (1904-1986). As an activist writer, I zero in on bad presidents, whoever he or she may be.
As an open-minded Libran, I’m wary of the pitfalls of prejudgement, and that’s why I almost always give others the proverbial benefit of the doubt. But it’s different with government functionaries whom I generally distrust. In fact, I admit to having prejudged our president a few times in the past.

Pres. Benigno S. Aquino lll
I have written numerous articles about Benigno S. Aquino lll’s largest flaw as our republic’s president, namely, his wanton disregard of the balance of power among our government’s three branches. I therefore felt somewhat vindicated when I learned that no less than Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno shares the same view. Hopefully, this article is being read by P-Noy’s camp. Many Yellows are my friends, and a few of them criticize me whenever I blow the whistle on his dictatorial behavior.
On her recent birthday, Sereno expressed the wish that “our next president would be faithful to the Constitution, particularly its concept of checks and balances”, and stressed that loyalty to the organic law was “first” in her list of attributes required of presidents. Without alluding to Pres. Aquino by name, it was clear that the Chief Justice managed a blend of grace, diplomacy and magisterial supremacy in delivering a stinging critique against the head of a co-equal branch.
Without explicitly saying so, Sereno described Aquino’s hands-on management style as sub-standard, particularly with respect to his chief-executive role in the investigative and prosecutorial services in the justice system, not to mention, if I may add, his utterly abysmal performance as the commander in chief of our armed forces, and suspiciously treasonous role in the crafting and passage of the notorious Bangsamoro Basic Law.
It’s pathetic if Aquino thinks he’s a great president deserving of a Nobel Prize. Yes, he sounds and looks great delivering well-written speeches in Tagalog, but his actions betray self-interest, arrogance, false pride, conceit, dishonesty of the PDAF and DAP variety, mental dishonesty, hypocrisy, undemocratic disdain for those who oppose him and immature bias for his allies — negative qualities of one who requires his “anointee” to adhere to his daang matuwid slogan! Maracas de Caracas!

The Preysler-Llosa affair
I wish to thank a young acolyte who asked my legal opinion on what he called a “very scandalous affair” between Isabel Preysler, a 64-year-old Filipino socialite and a 79-year-old Peruvian journalist, Vargas Llosa, a celebrated Nobel Prize winner, married for the past 50 years and father to three grown children. Preysler, herself a mother of around six grownups, had three previous marriages: the first to famous Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias whom she divorced, the second which she similarly ended, and the third to a man who died only in September last year.
It was sometime in March this year when they started to be seen as a regular holding-hands couple in social and public gatherings, although Llosa is not known to be keeping the beautiful model as a mistress in the conjugal home, or elsewhere. Ergo, concubinage appears not to have been committed under Art. 344 of the Revised Penal Code which, however, does not govern the instant case because the crime, if any, was committed outside of our territorial jurisdiction.
However, if I correctly recall a bit of Christian theology, although adultery or concubinage appears not to have been committed per media accounts, Llosa and Preysler would still be sinning against God if they were aware of the scandalous nature of their relationship, and did nothing to stop it. But then, only they and God would know that, right? Under these circumstances, therefore, our young acolyte should not find it too difficult not to prejudge them.

Joseph “Erap” Estrada
Wanna hear a typical Erap joke? Okay. But first, let me clarify that I’ve never known Erap to be a prejudger. In this particular situation, I don’t think he was being mean, but was merely being funny when he said, “Jojo, you and Junjun are guilty because you and I have lived parallel lives. Both our wives are doctors of medicine. Both of us started as mayors. We both have children in the senate. I became a vice president and you also became a vice president. Jinggoy and I went to jail; my friend, you and Junjun will also go to jail…heheh…”

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