Friday, 03 February 2012 13:37
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength…” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, the Holy Bible).
ANOTHER PASSING FANCY OR WHAT? Is romance really brewing between President Aquino and GMA 7 broadcaster Grace Lee? Or this is merely just another “passing fancy” on the part of the President, and Grace Lee’s “five minutes of fame” as the current focus of interest of the country’s most eligible bachelor?
Better yet, will Grace be able to hold the interest of the President for a much longer time compared to the time that he spent with the other women he dated in the past? On the other hand, will Grace continue to be interested in dating the President?
MEDIA GAG VS. PROSECUTORS AND DEFENSE: I am proposing that no one, whether from the prosecution or from the defense in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, should be allowed to talk to the media or air opinions in public intending to interpret or explain what the testimonies of witnesses and documentary exhibits submitted to the Senate would mean.
This is not only an insult to the Senator-judges, who are otherwise deprived of their right to make their own judgment after the parties shall have completed their respective evidence. It is also setting up the Filipino nation to reject what the Senate will ultimately issue as its decision in the case.
As it is, the people are now forming their own opinions about the culpability or innocence of Corona on the basis of what the prosecution and the defense are publicly saying, depending on which side the people are sympathetic with. If the Senate decision will not be in accordance with the people’s appreciation of how the trial was conducted, it could spark violent protests from both sides of the political spectrum, and this could plunge the country into a bloody civil war.
FIERY ONLINE EXCHANGES ON IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: Let me cite here a sample of the fiery exchanges on the issue of impeachment, as appearing in the online Internet version of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. A reader who identifies himself as “oracle 888” posted: “With the way Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator Loren Legarda and Senator Joker Arroyo questioning against the evidences presented by the House prosecution team, I really wonder why did CJ Corona need to hire Atty. Serafin Cuevas?”
Reader “digihaus” retorted: “Kawawa naman ang mga yellow, palibhasa ay butata pa rin hanggang ngayon kaya linalayo ng linalayo na lang ang usapan para malihis na sa sentro. Ang Art. 2 ay non-filing at non-disclosure of SALN. Matagal ng napatunayan ng ebidensya na year after year ay nagpa-file ng SALN si Corona. Matagal ng napatunayan ng ebidensya na na-disclose na din ito sa clerk of court…”
(Translation: the “yellow” group is pitiable. The truth is that they continue to be rebuffed, and that is why they are now trying to muddle the issues. What Art. 2 covers is non-filing and non-disclosure of SALN. There is already evidence that Corona had been filing, year after year, his SALN and that he had been disclosing this to the Clerk of Court).
Reader “patawad” chimed in: “You are correct. And what is delaying the proceedings is the apparent lack of concentration of the prosecutors, not knowing what their questions will be to their witnesses. Then, their many “uuhhhmmmm, ahhhhhhh and dahhhhhhh”, like what Umali did, is contributing to the delays…”
By Atty. Batas Mauricio
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