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"From Manila Bay to San Francisco Bay"
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
It has been a bruising battle that has put Rene Corona front and center no matter the effort of his Defense team to keep him on safer and less visible ground. From the beginning, the Chief Justice fought with a serious handicap – he was a midnight appointee who needed his cohorts in the Supreme Court to declare it was okay for him to be appointed and to accept the appointment. Lesson number One – the Supreme Court cannot make what is wrong in the eyes and the ethics of many as right by sheer rank and vested authority. Lesson number Two – the Supreme Court cannot convert the condemnation and sustained distrust of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo by a vast majority of Filipinos. Lesson number Three – do not accept a bad appointment and think you can make it a good one.
Most agree that the Prosecution team has performed like a bunch of amateurs. Because I am not a lawyer, I could not adversely judge them for technical competence because I never understood what was technically right in the first place. But I could at least assess their charisma and impact on the audience – which included me. From that standpoint, I did make several wishes for a better performance. But whatever shortcomings the Prosecution team may have had, or [...]
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By Joyce Pangco Panares
Manila Standard Today
MALACAÑANG said Friday the showdown between Chief Justice Renato Corona and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales will be the most crucial battle in the chief magistrate’s impeachment trial.
“The two most important testimonies will be that of the chief justice and the ombudsman,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
“That is where the battleground should be and will be.”
Lacierda said it would be an “open season” on Corona once he took the witness stand before the Senate, where Corona is on trial for alleged betrayal of the public trust.
“Once the chief justice sits [in the witness stand], it will be open season for all the people who will be cross-examining him—the prosecution as well as the senator-judges—as to the existence of [Corona’s alleged $10-million] dollar account,” Lacierda said [...]Read the full story >> Corona, Morales to draw trial lines
BY AMADO P. MACASAET
‘Conviction of the Chief Justice for hiding wealth from his SALN because he could not seem to explain the source is the only way justice may reign in this country…’
LONG before the middle of the impeachment or thereabouts, Chief Justice Renato C. Corona proposed a power-sharing agreement presumably with the most senior associate justice Antonio T. Carpio.
The proposal did not earn a word, good or bad, from Carpio or anybody else. It was stupid, impossible, illegal and therefore will never be allowed. So it fell as fast as it came up.
The best and correct interpretation that the Corona plan earned was giving the perception that his case was weak. He could not win it but he was desperate to keep his midnight appointment. He thought anything was worth a try. He tried one that he himself might have known, if he had kept his mind to whatever knowledge of law he earned in the Ateneo Law School, may never work. He tried it just the same. True enough all it got was a good laugh [...]
Read the full story >> Power sharing, first sign of desperation**************************
BY DUCKY PAREDES
‘I cannot believe that suddenly, Renato Corona wants to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but.’
AS a non-lawyer, my take on the Corona offer to bare all is that this is not what it seems. He wants to have all of his accusers (Harvey Keh, Ruperto Alerosa, former Akbayan Rep Risa Hontiveros, Albert Concepcion, and Akbayan Rep Walden Bello) and the Ombudsman herself subpoenaed and when at the impeachment, will be asked by his lawyers for proof of what they have told the Ombusdsman of Corona’s dollar stash.
He is expecting that they have nothing that will stand up in court. Or, even if they did, his lawyers will use every trick in the book to give Corona’s Supreme Court gang cause enough to later rule that this impeachment was unfair or illegal. This takes a leaf from the Estrada impeachment where eventually the SC ruled that no matter what, Gloria was now President. Remember? [...]
Read the full story >> The end of impeachment, Sabsaban Falls**************************
Month-long impasse starts taking its toll
THE month-long standoff between China and the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal at the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is snowballing with hints of economic retaliation and sharpening public opinion that are narrowing the space for a negotiated settlement.
Beijing is suspending some tourism to the Philippines and stiffening inspections on Philippine fruit such as bananas, of which China is the single largest buyer.
That follows Beijing’s summoning of Manila’s charge d’affairs three times, while retired and serving military officers have called for a limited military operation to shore up China’s credibility on the matter — a potentially explosive move that could trigger the 1951 US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty.
“The Chinese Foreign Ministry has made it clear China is prepared for any escalation of the situation by the Philippines. It goes without saying what this means,” the Chinese military’s official Jiefangjun Bao newspaper said in an editorial [...]Read the full story >> China in tough talk
By Gerry Albert Corpuz, Gang Gong Li, and Chickee Lee
Manila, Philippines- The media spokesperson and the defense czar of Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III were dared by Palace critics to go the Panatag Shoal and discover for themselves the real score about allegations by local fishermen that they were being prohibited by Chinese authorities from entering and fishing in Bajo de Masinloc.
The activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Thursday dared Palace spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to personally check the real score on the report of local officials in Masinloc that Filipino fishermen returning to Scarborough Shoal to catch fish there are being barred by Chinese maritime and utility boats.
Citing reports from the Philippine Coast Guard, Lacierda said there was no truth to reports of Masinloc Mayor Desiree Edora that fishing access is being denied to Filipino fisherfolk in Panatag Shoal [...]
Read the full story >> 2 of Aquino’s men dared to go to Scarborough Shoal**************************
By Leandro D. Quintana
By the latest count, some 11 million Filipinos are out of the country as temporary overseas workers. In the US there are reportedly some 3 million Filipino-Americans. There are also thousands of Filipinos who have various citizenships in many other places like Canada, Germany and other countries . Some have been away for more than half their lives. Many have been immensely successful in their chosen fields of endeavor or as business practitioners.Regardless how far away we have ventured , regardless how long we have been away, there seems an undying longing for things “from home.” We see this in the thriving “Philippine towns” of Carson, Cerritos, Walnut, Vallejo, Daly City and, of course, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and other places where Filipino-Americans find new places to call home [...]
Read the full story >> Our Homeward Gaze “…the sweetness of the corn…”
Fr. Shay Cullen’s columns are published in The Manila Times,
in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line)
There is a great hunger in the world. It is a hunger for justice. There is a famine of justice and they who hunger and thirst for it are rarely satisfied. But on 26 April, 2012, a historical landmark judgment at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the De Hague, The Netherlands, handed down a significant conviction that slightly eased the great hunger.
Charles Taylor, the war lord, instigator of atrocities, arms merchant of death and destruction, dealer in blood diamonds, aide and abettor of horrific acts against humanity and war crimes and former president of Liberia was found guilty of all those. He is the first head of state in the history of the world to be tried and convicted by an impartial international court of justice. It came after almost five years of trial, millions of dollars donated by nations supporting the pursuit of justice.
He encouraged and supported a rebel group to instigate a civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone in the 1990′s. Taylor was found guilty of supporting and arming the rebels that tried to overthrow the democratically elected government of that country [...]
Read the full story >> The Hunger for Justice
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