Just my Opinion by Raïssa Robles
There is now an undeclared Martial Law in Boracay.
Think about it.
Over 600 heavily armed policemen in full battle gear are now in the resort island, backed up by elements of the Armed Forces through its NAVY Seals. There is even a patrolling gunboat.
Such deployments are usually reserved for battle zones in Mindanao. Or for the site of a natural catastrophe – like Haiyan in Tacloban City. But never in a resort island where the main problem – according to President Rodrigo Duterte – is human waste floating in the sea waters and open inland canals.
Note that, despite the water pollution, there is no massive outbreak of any deadly disease like typhoid, cholera or gastroenteritis, which might justify an emergency measure such as the proclamation of “a state of calamity”.
Note, too, that Duterte’s Proclamation No. 475, declaring a “State of Calamity” in the three villages comprising Boracay gives no time limit. Initially, it set a time limit of “six months starting 26 April 2018 or until 25 October 2018″.
But two paragraphs later, it glibly takes back this deadline and states: “The state of calamity in the island of Boracay shall remain in force and effect until lifted by the President notwithstanding the lapse of the six-month closure period.”
These kinds of twisted statements were issued often during one of the Philippines’ darkest periods – Martial Law under Dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
And now, even Duterte officials speak the same language as Marcos.
For instance, Department of Interior and Local Governments Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing told Agence France Presse wire agency that the militarization of Boracay was “just part of preparing for the worst”.
The fact that it was Densing doing the talking to the media made me sit up. This is the same man who, several months ago, was pushing for President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a revolutionary government.
Densing’s “just part of preparing for the worst” harkens back to a legal concept that Marcos used to grab power and destroy the Republic. The “imminent danger thereof” clause used to be part of the Philippine president’s Martial Law powers. This clause was in the 1935 Constitution (copied from the US Congress’ Militia Act of 1792). It was this clause that Marcos used in order to justify his imposition of Martial Law in 1972 against the threat of communist rebels.
The1935 Constitution gave the President broad martial law powers. It stated that: “The President shall be commander-in-chief of all armed forces of the Philippines and, whenever it becomes necessary, he may call out such armed forces to prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion, insurrection, or rebellion. In case of invasion, insurrection, or rebellion, or imminent danger thereof, when the public safety requires it, he may suspend the privileges of the writ of habeas corpus, or place the Philippines or any part thereof under martial law. (Article VII, sec. 10 (2), Executive Department.
In our present Constitution, that phrase “or imminent danger thereof” has been scrapped and other safeguards put in place [bold-face mine]: “The President shall be the Commander-in-Chief of all armed forces of the Philippines and, whenever it becomes necessary, he may call out such armed forces to prevent or suppress lawless violence, invasion, insurrection, or rebellion. In case of invasion, insurrection, or rebellion, when the public safety requires it, he may, for a period not exceeding sixty days, suspend the privileges of the writ of habeas corpus, or place the Philippines or any part thereof under martial law. Within forty-eight hours from the proclamation of martial law or the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus, the President shall submit a report in person or in writing to the Congress.
My suspicion deepened that there is an undeclared Martial Law in Boracay when Tourism Undersecretary Frederick Alegre gave a press conference on April 14 to announce “media guidelines”.
He said the DOT was limiting the number of journalists per news outfit: “The limit that we imposed is just that so we can control the number of people in the island. As you know, there’s a lot to clean up, and when you get to the island, you will be assigned an area where you can cover, and there will be escorts that will guide you to certain areas if you wish to go.
“We will not allow the media also to stay overnight. You will have to get in at 8 am and like everybody else, you have to get out by 5 pm.”
In other words, the media won’t be allowed to roam around freely and an escort will be assigned to each journalist or news team. Doesn’t this remind you of the “embedded media” rules the US military used to control coverage of its Iraq invasion?
It also means residents of Boracay will not be able to talk to the media freely.
That kind of media restriction was understandably imposed in Marawi City. But in Boracay? There have also been reports that movements of residents will be strictly monitored and controlled, that there’ll be checkpoints, curfews and everyone will be required to have an ID that will serve as a pass. Just like the days of the Japanese Occupation.
This is also why I am AGAINST the imposition of the National I.D. It is not going to be for improved government services. It is meant to control the movement of the population and to identify not just suspected criminals but also critics of the government, communist and Muslim rebels.
Overnight, the government has turned a resort island paradise into a heavily garrisoned area. What justifies such harsh security measures reminiscent of Marcos’ Martial Law?
The government is using Republic Act No. 10121 or the “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010” to justify declaring a “State of Calamity”. To read the law, click here.
But if you look at RA 10121, you wonder—on what grounds?
This law defines a state of calamity this way:
(ll) “State of Calamity” – a condition involving mass casualty and/or major damages to property, disruption of means of livelihoods, roads and normal way of life of people in the affected areas as a result of the occurrence of natural or human-induced hazard.
While reading it, the thing that came to my mind was that it was the government that was triggering this particular “state of calamity”.
But, let’s for a moment go along with what the government said that it was to save the people of Boracay and the tourists going there from a “human-induced hazard”.
However, RA 10121 is very specific in defining what a “hazard” is:
(v) “Hazard” – a dangerous phenomenon, substance, human activity or condition that may cause loss of life, injury or other health impacts, property damage, loss of livelihood and services, social and economic disruption, or environmental damage.
Two aspects of this definition seem to fit: “other health impacts” due to astronomic level of coliform bacteria in the eastern side of the island and environment damage.
But the rest of the “hazards” seem to be induced by the government in this case.
If fecal contamination is the case, why is there no health epidemic in Boracay? Sure, it sorely needs to be addressed. But to the extent of shutting down the island completely and restricting media access to monitor the rehabilitation?
It is this reason of high coliform bacteria that bothers me immensely.
Because Pasig River and Manila Bay have an even higher count of coliform bacteria and yet the poor swim there.
Can Manila also be shut down like Boracay?
Quite a number of Filipinos have praised Duterte for his iron fist approach to Boracay.
Duterte is making Filipinos get used to such harsh measures. Remember, the whole of Mindanao is still under “Martial Law”. And the entire Philippines is under a “state of emergency”.
If we don’t value our freedoms, we will lose them. The question that comes to mind though, is, do we even understand what freedoms are and why they’re important?
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The waters in Zamboanga City look even more fetid than the sea surrounding Boracay.
Will the President also proclaim a State of Calamity there? If not, why not? See –
Remember that date! A Coup Warranto will be decided!
That is the day that will mark the dissolution of the institution that dispense final verdict with decorum of legitimacy!
Sereno would most likely be ousted or overthrown by internal coup instigated by Duterte to serve Bongbong’s bid to unseat Leni Robredo, as payback for Gloria’s impeached midnight appointee Renato Corona, many constitutional cases that will pave the way for Duterte’s Federalism and issuance of Martial Law, and many more which are disadvantageous to the Filipino People!
Quid pro quos are already delivered and some are promised. Bersamin’s daughter Pia is already appointed judge at RTC Las Pinas, De Castro is promised the Ombudsman as replacement to Carpio-Morales, the rest have their own inducements monetary or otherwise, according to one of the strategists in this operation to oust Sereno. I would grant though that this strategy has its own merits however devious and Machiavellian. It serves its purpose by concealing the hand of Duterte, saving the Senators, who are puppets of Duterte, in another form of embarrassment and exposing themselves to our citizens’ ridicule, let the murder be done by the Justices themselves, and above all is destroying the credibility of the Supreme Court, thereby subjugating and coopting it as a willing slave of the Executive!
Sereno’s prayer could be answered if there will be enough justices who will renege on their agreements done through handshakes. The question is, ‘Are they brave enough to cross Duterte?’
May 11. May 11 na hukom na ang boto ay paalisin si Sereno sa Pwesto!
May magka-Onsehan kaya?
justices should all be brave enough or braver still to cross duterte. sereno is even bravest for returning to work and presiding over tomorrow’s may 11 en blanc session, but will inhibit sa voting. the chief justice got guts! admirable kaayo, facing those that intend to stab her. not all are stabber though and here’s praying would be stabber will have change of purpose and keep their swords – bloodless! and undrawn, justice prevailing.
those token jobs given by duterte to those blind enough to do his bidding, thoughtless enough to obey him, dont think token job is for long. many incumbents of digong have fallen and falling still, their working life span is short. not end all be all yang ill gotten jobs. it’s like bad karma that comes back to bite them, nadapa in their haste.
Et Tu, Brutes? . . . Even you, Brutes?
[ Caesereno utters these words as he is being stabbed to death, having recognized his friends Brutes among the assassins. Note : “Et tu, Brute?” is used to express surprise and dismay at the treachery of a supposed friend. ]
SC gates, fences turn red on eve of vote on quo warranto petition.
Red ribbons hang on the gates and the perimeter fences facing Padre Faura Street and Taft Avenue in Manila
Members of the Supreme Court Employees Association tied the ribbons to dramatize their call for Sereno’s resignation
all drama, callers for sereno’s resignation are big on drama and little on law.
the red sea has been parted before and the people of god went through, unscathed. and chief justice sereno looks pretty in pink!
The SUN in the supreme court will not be seen. . .
There will be a VOID…in black on the post for chief justice in the supreme court. Vacant!
This will be around after NOON of the day before the sun sets below the horizon at Manila Bay.
90 days start counting to fill up the CHAIR.
Apply now Be Ousted later>/b>
Applicant(s) Bring your SALNs too before the JBC council.
Complete the copies of SALNs from the time of your birth up to the time of application too!
Have no ingitites at the Court too! Be cordial and nice to all of them too!
Be sure to know the case of the 157-page on Quo Warranto decision too!
GOOD LUCK if this happens on you all candidates/applicants. Prepare the best-cut black silk robe too!
P.S. Wear whatever underneath that robe like a commando too! Summer time heat now nothing will be preferable now too!
<see ya too!
“Wherefore, the Petition for Quo Warranto is granted. Respondent Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno is found Disqualified from and is hereby adjudged Guilty of Unlawfully Holding and Exercising the Office of the Chief Justice. Accordingly, Respondent Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno is Ousted and Excluded therefrom,” the draft decision states, as quoted by a source
nope, that quo warranto is illegal, and having justices in full regalia deciding on it does not make it legal, only showy!
sereno does not have to accept an illegal outcome emanating from an illegal procedure na wala sa jurisdiction. sereno should not legitimize the outcome by vacating her seat and be nail to her own coffin.
to ouster sereno to the fullest, de castro et al would just have to drag sereno out of the chamber, out of supreme court and into the street, he, he, he, and into the hands of the senators.
Accountability of Public Officers
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SECTION 2. The President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Supreme Court, the Members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be removed from office, on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust.
SECTION 3. (1) The House of Representatives shall have the exclusive power to initiate all cases of impeachment.
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(6) The Senate shall have the sole power to try and decide all cases of impeachment.
. . . where does quo warranto FIT in TO CHANGE the mandatory provisions above quoted ON REMOVAL from public office?
‘ exclusive power’ and ‘sole power’ are expressive and emphatic mandates.
‘Power’ word is all embracing; comprehensive. No brownouts or blackouts allowed!
Interprets the law = the supreme court.
Know the law = the supreme court.
What is the law = the supreme court.
What is ‘Quo Warranto’ = Jose X Calida.
. . . rule of law & justice na brutesing!
hu hu hu
Philia likes Philio, Gerontophilia trumps KlepTEOphilia
With the appointment of an Insomniac Gerontophilia Chronophilia, KlepTEOphilia is now out!
The Necrophilio is also a Scoptophilio and a serial practioner of Frotteurism!
I wonder though if she is also a moonlighting practicing Asphyxiophilia then she has it made having somebody who is practicing Biastophilio.
If she is fond of sometimes finding somebody with skid marks, then she is suffering also from Coprophilia.
Maybe she is also aware now that whenever she talks to her boss, a stench coming out of his mouth is so disgusting that few people could withstand it. If so, then she might find out that indeed his Philio boss has some unique form of phobia and who is really really afraid of the sight and presence of
Hope you are game being thrust to the limelight!
Welcome Miss Insomniac!
he, he, he, she got the legs! best qualification ang karang niya, digong noticed the legs and thank the lord almighty, no shoot in the vagina! naapakan ng legs eleven.
but because legs eleven is widow, much like leni, I’ll be charitable and hold off further comments. welcome po, legs eleven.
Back to the Tulfos
Kiko hopes Tulfo brothers would follow sister’s lead
Now that DOT secretary has resigned from her post, will brothers Ben and Erwin Tulfo follow suits? Senator Francis Pangilinan expressed this in a text message on Tuesday when pressed to comment on Teo’s brothers deal to air DOT’s ads.
When asked if the controversial TV program should be scrapped, Pangilinan responded “Hindi naman kailangan yun pero dahil government station ang PTV-4, mas mainam kung kusa o voluntary na silang magbitiw bilang mga producer at anchor.”
Meanwhile, commenting on Teo’s move, Senator Bam Aquino said he believes that the management of PTV-4 has some explaining to do.
“Sa pagkakaalam ko kasi, ang blocktimer , sila ang nagbabayad sa station, Aquino said referring to Bitag Media as the blocktimer or buyer of air time on TV
“The block-timer pays the station hindi the other way around, so yun pa lang medyo kataka-taka na” Aquino said in a press briefing at the Senate
“At baka kailangan nga pong ma-esplika sa hearing kung paano nangyari yun na yung blocktimner na dapat nagbabayad sa station e baligtad po ang nangyari at yung station ang nagbayad sa blocktimer,” Aquino added
Meanwhile, Senator Nancy Binay has already filed a resolution calling for a senate inquiry into the controversy
Atty. Ferdinand Topacio’s announcement that the Tulfos will return the P60M to PTV-4 still remains a promise
Pinagtatawanan ng mga insiders ang ‘salvage’ strategy ng kampo ng mga Tulfo!
Someone relayed to me that the Tulfo Bros are now blaming each other on the announcement that they are going to return the 60M!!!
Tanggal na nga si Wandawoman, eh wala pa silang kita!
Naisahan sila nila Pompee!
Hawak na ang mga Yagbols ng Tulfo Brothers ni Digong!
Alila na sila simula ngayon at kapag sinabing himurin ang tumbong ni Duterte, eh mabilis pa sa alas-kwatro nakalabas na ang mga dila ng mga Tulfo!
60M is above the threshold of plunder!
Kaya ngayon yung mga gusting umiwas sa possible plunder charges kapag nagkabistohan, P49,999,999.00 na lang ang maximum na kontrata. Chop- chop nila kapag lumagpas don!
Damage control mode na si Mon. Ayun nilaglag na ang mga kapatid!
Damning din ang statement nya na he is admitting conflict of interest yung kontrato although after the fact na yung Ombudsman ay nagkaron ng interest sa kaso ng plunder.
Noong minumura daw ni Mon si Ben,
‘mga gago kasi kayo, may paper trail!’, sasagot dagot daw si Ben at si Wanda, pero sabi ni Mon, ‘pati ako apektado nito mga tarantado kayo! Tang ina, ako ang nagsimula para sumikat tayo at magkaron ng impluwensya, dahil sa akin nagkaron kayo ng break at nagkaron ng kanya-kanyang programa sa adyo at TV, tapos ngayon pati ako damay! Kanya-kanya muna tayo at kailangan di ako madamay sa backlash! Magpalamig muna kayo at lalakarin natin ito! Gago ka Ben, sinira mo ang pangalan natin!’
Salamat nga pala sa mga unreliable sources! Balitaan nyo naman ako tungkol kay malanding Insomniac!
Coming soon na article ko:
Pitak, putak, biyak ni Maniac si Insomniac
Saka na, let them enjoy first habang flavor of the quarter ni Maniac si Insomniac!
Lovebirds na lovebirds daw ang dating! Sabi daw ni Bong Go, bigla daw nabago ang mood ni Bossing at nagbibinata!
Let us discuss: Who is the most wealthy among our justices in the SC? In Phil Pesos:
– Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza remains the richest magistrate of the Supreme Court with networth of P252,165,867.36 in his 2016 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).
His networth increased by over P2.4 million from P249 million in 2015. Jardeleza’s real property was still at P58.9-million while his personal property increased from P190.7 million to P193-million with no liability. He jointly filed his SALN with wife Concepcion.
On the other hand, Associate Justice Marvic Leonen was the “poorest” among the high court justices with a networth of only P2.485 million. His networth went up from P2.26 million in 2016. His real properties were worth P3.4 million while personal property was P2.6 million with liabilities worth P3.6 million.
Next to Jardeleza was Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo with net worth of P138.9 million, which was about P3.8 million higher than in 2015. His real properties were worth P50.9 million while his personal property was P88.4 million with liabilities worth P459,147. His SALN included the assets of his wife, former Ateneo Law Dean Cynthia Roxas-Del Castillo.
Third richest was Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa with a net worth of P 121.5 million, which went up from last year’s P117 million. His real properties were worth P40.8 million while his personal was P80.7 million with no liabilities.
Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio was fourth with a net worth of P82.6 million. His networth increased from last year’s P81 million. His real properties were worth P38.3 million while his personal property was P44.4 million with liabilities worth P75,000.
On the other hand, the net worth of Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe reached P 78.2 million from last year’s P76-million. Her real properties were worth P53.7 million while personal property P24.5 million with no liabilities.
Associate Justice Bienvenido L. Reyes, who retired last July 6, still has a net worth of P77.8 million. His real properties were worth P37 million while his personal property was P41.7 million with liabilities worth P1 million.
The net worth of Associate Justice Diosdado M. Peralta went up from last year’s P39 million to P43.5 million with his real properties worth P24.2 million while his personal property was worth P19.3 million with liabilities worth P50,000.
The net worth of Associate Justice Jose C. Mendoza increased from P37 million in 2015 to P41.4 million, with his real properties worth P12.9 million while personal property was at P29.5 million with liabilities worth P1.34 million.
Associate Justice Lucas P. Bersamin has a net worth of P41.2 million which went up by P12.1 million compared to P29.1 million in 2015. His real properties were worth P33.1 million while personal property was P26.1 million with liabilities worth P18 million.
Meanwhile, the net worth of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Sereno was recorded at P24.2 million, which was up by more than P2.76 million compared to her net worth in 2015. Her real properties were worth P7.9 million while her personal property was at P16.8 million with liabilities worth P533,739.00
Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. has net worth of P17.7 million and his real properties were worth P1.3 million while his personal property was P16.3 million with no liabilities.
Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo De Castro has net worth of P17.7 with P11.7 million worth of real properties and P17.6 personal properties. She has a liability worth P11.7 million.
One of the two newest magistrates, Associate Justice Samuel R. Martires, has a net worth of P40.7 million. The second newest magistrate, Associate Justice Noel G. Tijam, has a net worth of P15.7 million.
Martires’ real properties were worth P13.5 million while his personal property was worth P27.7 million with liabilities worth P5,500.
Tijam’s real properties were worth P4 million while his personal property was worth P11.8 million with liabilities worth P5,235.
The high court annually releases the SALN of its Justices as part of the judiciary’s transparency campaign.
In 2012, the high court approved the release of the SALNs of justices after the ouster of former chief justice Renato Corona in May 2012 due to millions of assets not declared in his SALN.
In a resolution in June 2012, the SC stressed that only copies of latest SALNs, PDS and CVs of justices should be released.
Request for previous records should be granted only under justifiable grounds as specified under Republic Act 6713 (Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials). JPV/rga
On SALNs issue, why? To know who is rich and poor before, during and after each term of a justice.
In the US Supreme Court [ No SALNs ] so far, this info is:
– ‘Here are how the nine justices stack up in terms of their net-worth ranges (ordered by the top of the range): Speaking of $US Dollars –
1. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: $4.4 million to $18.1 million
Justice Ginsburg often tops the list of most affluent justices. Her late husband, Martin Ginsburg, was a renowned tax lawyer who practiced at major Biglaw firms. But note that RBG’s fortune isn’t what it once was: just three years ago, she listed assets worth as much as $45 million, and now she tops out at $18.1 million. Perhaps the Ginsburg gave money away — to family, or to charities — after Marty Ginsburg passed away.
2. Stephen G. Breyer: $5 million to $17.1 million
3. Sonia Sotomayor: $1.7 million to $10.3 million
Her net worth figure doesn’t reflect her primary residence, a $660,000 condominium in D.C.’s trendy U Street corridor. But it does include her former home in New York, an apartment in Greenwich Village that generates rental income. That apartment is listed in the $1 million to $5 million range (but is probably closer to $1 million, meaning that the Wise Latina’s actual worth is probably well below $10 million).
4. John G. Roberts Jr.: $2.8 million to $6.6 million
The Chief Justice was able to build up his net worth due to some time in private practice, at Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). And his high-powered wife, Jane Sullivan Roberts, is a leading legal recruiter at Major, Lindsey & Africa. Chief Justice Roberts is an avid investor, with holdings in technology and telecommunications stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. His net worth range has moved up a bit from 2006, when it clocked in at $2.2 million to $5.9 million.
5. Antonin Scalia: $1.9 million to $4.2 million
Like many a conservative, Justice Scalia is a gold bug, with investments in gold-related securities worth between $80,000 and $215,000, and a firearms fan — he accepted a gift of a $1,000 shotgun from the National Wild Turkey Federation. His total net worth is definitely higher now than it was in 2006, when it ranged between $700,000 and $1.6 million.
6. Elena Kagan: $815,000 to $2.1 million
I’d guess that Lady Kaga’s net worth is closer to the high end of the range. At the time of her Supreme Court nomination, she was already worth about $1.8 million. (Query whether she has purchased a primary residence in the interim; the value of that residence would not be reflected in her financial disclosure.)
7. Clarence Thomas: $715,000 to $1.8 million
Like fellow conservative Scalia, Thomas is a fan of gold, with investments in gold- and silver-related securities worth between $60,000 and $200,000. His net worth is up significantly since 2006, when it ranged between $150,000 and $400,000. Perhaps some of the increase is due to sales of his own bestselling memoir, My Grandfather’s Son (affiliate link), for which he received a $1.5 million advance.
8. Samuel A. Alito Jr.: $380,000 to $1.1 million (based on his 2011 report; he has sought an extension as to 2012)
Why has Justice Alito’s net worth taken a tumble? Back in 2006, he was worth between $650,000 and $1.7 million. (I suspect that some of this divergence may be due to transactions involving primary residences, which are excluded from these figures.)
9. Anthony M. Kennedy: $330,000 to $700,000
Poor Justice Kennedy. The most powerful member of the Court is also the poorest. Maybe someday he’ll write a tell-all memoir about his life as the swing justice and improve his balance sheet. On the bright side, his net worth (1) has climbed a lot since 2006, when it ranged between $65,000 and $200,000 or so, and (2) doesn’t include the value of his million-dollar home.
Congratulations to the justices on their robust net worths. They don’t earn huge sums in their current positions — $223,500 a year for Chief Justice Roberts, and $213,900 a year for each of the associate justices — and they could earn much more on the speaking circuit or at private law firms (where their outgoing law clerks get welcomed with gigantic signing bonuses).’
For all Justices: – ‘So it’s nice to know that, despite their relatively modest pay, the justices are all right. They’ve sacrificed to serve our country, to be sure, but they can still afford to wear clothing underneath their robes.’
Just Tiis in their sacrifice to serve the country.
Pare Koy! …will you wear at least a brief under your robe if you are a justice?
underwears! betcha silk yan from victoria’s secret. pero, americans dont wear undies on the inside, they wear undies on the outside just like superman, he, he, he.
of course, justices are rich, where else those bails and court fines go?
pinoy justices dont wear undies! diapers maybe, incontinent na ang iba sa kanila.
incontinent din po ang isip, umaagos quo warranto, leaking. sabi pa ni martires being religious is mental illness!
maybe, that’s why incumbents swear on the bible! may mental illness, he, he, he. so help me, god.
I’m a Commando and goes like that whatever I wear!
Sabi ng ibang Justices, payat daw ang nasa mga SALN nila. Lalo na yung mga nakareceived ng regalo galling kila Bongbong!
Ang mga juicy fixing sa SC ay yung mga Corporate Cases tulad ng kay Lucio Tan o mga Taipan!
Pero mas marami sa Court of Appeals dahil namahal ang 69!
On Sereno’s saga…
In all seriousness, a vote against Sereno is a vote against the legitimacy of the existence of the entire Supreme Court!
Some would say that it is Shakespearean like
Much ado about nothing…
Too many Dons and a woman named Hero, and bunch of characters who seemed unaware of what they are doing and unintended consequences…
Whereas some self-proclaimed geniuses claimed it has to do with Singularity:
Big Gangbang Theory
Yup, a single aim to overthrow Sereno and using her colleagues as bad actors in an orgy of epic pornographic disproportion! Imagine limp pruned tiny dicks and sagging tits of octogenarians and watching them in real time slow motion…eeew! Even I can’t take the graphics!
And on the side of the INC and Inquisitors, they are claiming that there is the hand of GADon all of these, and forward their propaganda of
My GAD! I hate Drag Queens financed by plundered wealth of The Marcoses!
For a seasoned political satirist like me,
Nothing surprises me anymore!
@Parekoy, the mandatory retirement for justices is 70 yrs old and there’s no such thing as limp tiny dicks and sagging tits yet hehehe
I’m aware of that, but Lampooning them needs the required exaggeration!
Since Filipinos are the number one visitors of Pornhub, try searching for Mature! I warn you though, it is not for the faint hearted…
BLACK Friday 11 May 2018 for whom: CJ Sereno or OSG Calida?
Probable rationale of SC decision – Impeachment of a constitutional officer is for acts or offenses under impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or betrayal of public trust. CJ Sereno is not charged under any of the conditions of SEC. 2 Art. XI of the Constitution.
CJ Sereno is charge for acts committed prior to her appointment as CJ, acts committed such as her failure to submit the required number of statements of assets, liabilities and net worth to the Judicial and Bar Council when she was applying for the post. Thus Quo Warranto is the proper action and not impeachment. There is substantial proof she, as even admitted fully or partially, that her SALNs as submitted are not according to the law on SALN.
Thus, there is no conflict on removal by the impeachment process vs. Quo Warranto action application on constitutional officers.
. . . na ‘arranto gyud!
How do you overthrow a legitimate Chief Justice?
By Coup War-r-unto !
Removal also by
Ingiti-mates of SC Justices
:) :) :)
Akbayan; Return of P60M for DOT ads on Tulfo show does not make it right
Wanda Teo’s legal counsel, Ferdinand Topacio, announced this morning that Tulfo’s media outfit, Bitag Media Unlimited Inc, agreed to return the P60M it received for airing DOT’s advertisement
Topacio said the gesture to return the advertising funds is meant to restore the “good faith” in the agency and to show that there was no corruption that occured
Akbayan however said that the return of P60M is an admission of guilt and likened Bitag’s move to a line from Shakespearean play”Macbeth,” “The deed is done, the doers undone”
HOW TRUE – the 60M will be used as evidence of wrong-doing
Grabe na talaga ang mga nagyayari sa ating bansa!! Lahat yan ay dahil sa 16Million na mga “UI” na bumoto sa Pdutz.
UI = “Useful Idiots”
The obvious principal aim of china is to control the navigation on the south china sea and choke the economy of its mortal enemy – Japan, due to the Nanking massacre, among others, during Japan’s sweeps of the sea coasts of china prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. But Japan is re-arming and, together with USA, can easily destroy the militarized spratly disputed region if done soonest that may include nuclear attack on military facilities on china mainland and usher in the much-delayed Third World War.
If they vaccillate and wait for ten years or more, china’s military hardwares can equal if not surpass those of the western powers, especially aircraft carriers that are being built in large numbers to counter the US Seventh Fleet
Our country is unfortunately at the center of the imminent conflict and cannot escape collateral damage like Poland that sits between Germany and the Soviet Union that resulted to Second World War
when push comes to shove, pinas can surely declare itself a neutral country in case of war between the mighties.
during 2nd world war, there were neutral countries like portugal, spain, sweden, switzerland, liechtenstein and even the vatican was neutral.
It is believed improbable for our country to declare neutrality when our Mischief Reef is fully armed and fortified by the chinese bullies like runways and bristled with missiles and military aircraft – and therefore prime targets in the event of war, aside from the sprawling Subic naval base which the country is inclined to allow its use again by the Americans in the light of chinese expansionism in the spratly islands
being neutral is always an option, always a choice of any sovereign nation. maliban na lang kung talagang ayaw ng china na maging neutral ang pinas.
america can survive our neutrality, I doubt if china will.
once neutral, pinas can close off subic base to all foreign forces, and the chinese garrison in the reef will just be cosmetics!
Why didn’t Hitler invade Switzerland?
Switzerland was more useful in the role that it actually performed for them: as an ostensibly neutral (and therefore unassailable) place to hide their [Nazis’] stolen loot. Swiss is surrounded by mountains and tunnels rigged with dynamites thus difficult to invade at the time of WW II. Only by parachutes but will be total failure. Nowadays missiles can be used but there’s so much wealth: gold bars and cash money there. So, why burn all of it?
hitler was trumped by the pocket size swiss army knife! at saka, nalito si hitler sa labyrinth ng swiss cheese, full of holes kasi. any which way hitler goes, he was met by the holes, he, he, he. and apparently, in spain, hitler hates the paella and those evil tasting chorizos! mas gusto ang sauerkraut, also bratwurst washed down by riesling. hitler hates that he cannot run with the bulls in pamplona, baka madumihan ang nazi uniform na suot, he, he, he.
Vatican was neutral and is always neutral because its only ‘Army’ is the Swiss guards with spears or lances and its special forces are Cardinales and priests! So, neutral It remains. No more Holy Crusades.
Look what the palasyo says :
China does not view Philippines as a threat
Of course Pinas is not a threat to China, infact Pinas did not even made any kind of protest and openly allow China to do what it wanted to do.
To justify themselves, the crazy old man points his fingers to others for not making any move. But did he? … He made a campaign promise which turn out to be a part of his JOKE
Senate in death…knell. No sound. Some whispers only.
Senate not a fiscalizer anymore for the time being until after May 11, 2018.
Quo Warranto in Constitution Society states:
– A writ of quo warranto is not a petition, but a notice of demand, issued by a demandant, to a respondant claiming some delegated power, and filed with a court of competent jurisdiction, to hold a hearing within 3 to 20 days, depending on the distance of the respondant to the court, to present proof of his authority to execute his claimed powers. If the court finds the proof insufficient, or if the court fails to hold the hearing, the respondant must cease to exercise the power. If the power is to hold an office, he must vacate the office.
Proof of authority by CJ Sereno as Chief Justice: – appointment as Chief Justice by Pres. Noynoy as proven by the Appointment document. Not the SALNs issues.
Quo Warranto is part of the All Writ Acts, under our Rules of Court
Rule 66 & Rule 65. and QW has certain conditions:
– “Conditions for use
Application of the All Writs Act requires the fulfillment of four conditions:
1. The absence of alternative remedies—the act is only applicable when other judicial tools are not available.
2. An independent basis for jurisdiction—the act authorizes writs in aid of jurisdiction, but does not in itself create any federal subject-matter jurisdiction.
3. Necessary or appropriate in aid of jurisdiction—the writ must be necessary or appropriate to the particular case.
4. Usages and principles of law—the statute requires courts to issue writs “agreeable to the usages and principles of law”.
-1. The absence of alternative remedies—the act is only applicable when other judicial tools are not available.’ – is there an absence of other judicial tools available? In CJ Sereno’s as respondent, there is the existing constitutional provision on ‘removal’ of members of the Supreme Court – by impeachment. This is a constitutional tool. A judicial tool because trial by senators as ‘jury’ is conducted.
Senate and senators! Why are you people so quiet and not sounding loudly on the issue?
Are you all dead kneelling? It appears they are. . .kneelling in death.
apparently, lawmakers sa senate dont know the law, just ask pakyaw.
Senate President Koko Pimentel said the senate may still vote on the validity of the quo warranto decision of the SC against Sereno if the high court nullifies her appointment.
Koko sees a possible constitutional crisis since the senate has the sole jurisdiction on the removal by impeachment of impeachable officials if the lower house transmitted the articles of impeachment to the senate before the SC has decided against Sereno
I heard that supreme court has moved the voting of sereno’s quo warranto from 17th may to 11th may 2018. may hidden implication yata ito.
just wanna thank ms. raissa for the leniency she gave us here, for subject matters in issue oftentimes mixed up. anyway, this is the work of democracy when everyone is free to discuss relevant issues at hand, to listen and to be heard.
yes, it’s possible that the sc enbanc will hold the voting earlier than scheduled on may 17. this has floated weeks after the oral arguments ended. this to give “justice” kuno to cj sereno.when an adverse decision comes out at least the senate chamber is not yet on recess (may15). they can still deliberate kuno whether their action to decide on the validity of the qw is still needed or not. to save their kaps muks.
but to my mind, it’s game over for cj sereno. no miracle will happen. she has been marked x by pduts. the moment she filed for leave and the qw was entertained by her ambitious colleagues…twas over & done. i forgot one former cj who commented on this issue that once this qw is entertained, it’s a mate as in chess. never mind the repercussions and implications as long as cj sereno is booted out.
democracy will be dead for a while until the the majority will speak out and go to the streets and get back this freedom again. the question now is, who, what, where & when? the congress (senate & lower house), the afp, the pnp & judiciary, has been corrupted to the max and turn a deaf and blind attitude to save and preserve their interest, political, career and business.
i pity my children and the awakened ones.
– ‘democracy will be dead’ . . . Aberato
– only the tyrant Marcos got democrazy while being dead!
‘but to my mind, it’s game over for cj sereno.’ – Aberato
CJ Sereno’s Motion for inhibition of the Six (6) justices: Martires, Bersamin, Peralto, De Castro, Jardaleza and Tijam:
Sec. 1 Rule 8 Internal Rules of the SC: ‘A Member of the Court may in the exercise of his or her sound discretion, inhibit himself or herself for a just or valid reason other than any of those mentioned above.’
CJ Motion – DENIED by the SC. A sound discretion exercised.
6 unfavorable votes already vs the CJ. Needed: only 2 justices to join the Six to make EIGHT – a majority.
Who among the remaining NINE justices will be the TWO to join the SIX? If NONE, re-deliberation.
If still no majority of 8 after re-deliberation, QW pet. is dismissed.
Back to Lower House for 2/3 votes of the Committee Report on impeachment. Votes of 2/3 probably will be.
Back to Senate for trial and judgment. 2/3 votes again of the 24 senators. Issue: SALNs not submitted by the CJ – as ground for conviction and dismissal?
What is your sound discretion in MIND?
Votes Votes and votes!
Internal Rules of the Supreme Court
– She will be deemed impeached if at least one-third of the House members vote to accept the committee report. CJ Sereno has not YET been impeached!
– So, try QUO WARRANTO! If SC decision is against the CJ, there is no ‘Wow! Constitutional crisis!’ as SP Pimental says. It will be ‘Wow! She is removed! Why would the Lower House vote two-thirds to impeached the CJ? No more voting and no impeachment done, so no need to convene the Senate.
This is the lurking strategy of the Adm, the LH and the OSG: whichever comes out first removing the CJ by the SC kaputs! all other supreme constitutional alternatives.
Nuts! . . . says the General Populace.
Speaking of QUO WARRANTO, de castro nominated as OMBUDSMAN
As soon as she take her oauth of office, sana may mag file ng Quo Warranto din against her on the same grounds.
aba, payday has come early for de castro, her consolation price for hitting sereno harder. right, sam, dapat may magsampa uli ng quo warranto vs de castro. the 1st quo warranto vs de castro ay pinasantabi ni solgen calida, walang basihan kuno, mold from the same coconut sila, he, he, he.
apparently, de castro is also travel addict, travel ng travel overseas just because there was event. general events in common for justices around the world to get together, be seen and renew acquaintances, richer countries who can very well afford the excesses usually attend. for poorer and under develop country like pinas, our justices should pick and choose, not attend ng attend dahil sagot ng tax payers ang expenses.
thought ko po overseas travel did not make de castro a better person, only bitter and scornful and envious of the good fortune of others. supreme court justices’ overseas travel should be capped, dapat may limit. they should only attend events that are relevant and useful to us. not those events that taught justices how to meditate and grow bonzai! he, he, he.
WHITE HOUSE WARNS CHINA ON GROWING MILITARIZATION IN SOUTH CHINA SEA – CNN
The White House warned Beijing on Thursday that there will be consequences for its growing militarization in the South China Sea, following reports of missiles being deployed to three of the country’s outposts in the disputed region
US intelligence assessed that there is a high probability the chinese military had deployed anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to three islands during recent military drills on the contested sea
CNBC first reported the chinese military had deployed the weapons systems to Subi Reef, Fiery Cross Reef and Mischief Reef, west of the Philippines, on Thursday
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday the deployment of “necessary national defense facilities” to the artificial islands were within china’s rights. It has nothing to do with militarization. “The US constantly strengthens its military deployment in the south china sea. They should consider the consequence of this. We think the US should reflect on its wrong doing.”
She said on Thursday china has “indisputable sovereignty” over the contested islands (more)
as expected, the u.s. only gives warnings but they don’t walk-the-talk. “consuelo de bobo” as usual. they just don’t want to rock the boat because of their business interest in mainland china. so those filipinos who are anti-china, don’t be overjoyed by this propaganda.
personally, so what if they’re putting missiles in the disputed reefs as long as they’re not doing it here. sovereignty on those reefs? come on…let’s not be too zealous about it. duterte is partly right in having china as our “benefactor”. though there are negative comments everywhere about china’s sincerity. am crossing my fingers about this deals anyway.
dont think that china will stop at spratlys. once china has total control of the achipelago, who’s to tell they wont expand further and further until pinas is occupied like tibet. with missile system in place na, pinas really have no say anymore. baka paulanan tayo ng missiles like what north korea did to the seas in south korea and japan.
funny talaga having china as benefactor. with what is going on in our country, only china is benefiting. our territory is shrinking while that of china is expanding.
the missile system installed by china is for defence kuno, more like offence dahil china is harassing all those that pass the reef including pinas. go there and you’ll be turn way, met by chinese navy patrolling the territory that was once our territory, guns and heavy artillery pointing at you. chinese air force also patrolling the skies around spratly, truly militarized na ang spratly.
lorezana and anyo should know how far the chinese militarization has gone dahil they both have seen the combine chinese show of force when they were at the reef recently. and the chinese were hostile, far from friendly.
Sec. Roque is also right saying: ‘In a statement from Malacañang, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque expressed confidence that the missiles were not aimed at the Philippines.’
. . . but once he announces a protest, those missiles are aimed at him, his house and in the Palace and Davao City.
So? Do not protest is the = message.
how does roque knows the missiles are not aimed at us? and when was last time roque been to the reef?
answer: roque hopes those missiles are not aimed at us, baka ma-friendly fire pa siya.
meanwhile, cayetano is still verifying if those are missiles talaga. baka sabihin ng chinese na those are matchsticks, he, he, he, at walang dapat ikabahala si cayetano.
China is not only claiming but enforcing that all of the area in the South China Sea including islands whether above water or underwater and all
Continental sea beds, etc., EVERYTHING within, is CHINA PROPERTY.
China has those territories and sovereignty to itself. All others have no business to do about it including USA, etc.
The day or night will come that no one, country or otherwise, shall sail within those territories WITHOUT approval by CHINA whether merchant or naval vessels EXCEPT CHINESE of China.
That’s the ‘Catch-Them-All’ of China’s claim in its statements to the whole world. And this C-T-A will be enforce and enforced SOON very soon.
Can the outside world of China live without the outside world? A big question.
When might and strength is the rule of the game, how does one counter it? Only by another MIGHT AND STRENGTH!
Will there be a possibility that shooting will take place in this region? What are those missiles, fortifications and Chinese war boats for if not for that purpose!
Is the outside world ready to SHOOT China including the USA? That’s a big question.
The longer China strengthen all its forces without show of counter force this will be a WIN for China. No one or country will doubt it.
China is tasking for world domination. To be NUMBER ONE, not number 2.
World peace by, for and all CHINA.
Mr,. DENG XIAO PING speech at the UN April 17, 1974, said:
– Mr. President,
China is a socialist country, and a developing country as well. China belongs to the Third World. Consistently following Chairman Mao’s teachings, the Chinese Government and people firmly support all oppressed peoples and oppressed nations in their struggle to win or defend national independence, develop the national economy and oppose colonialism, imperialism and hegemonism. This is our bounden internationalist duty. China is not a superpower, nor will she ever seek to be one. What is a superpower? A superpower is an imperialist country which everywhere subjects other countries to its aggression, interference, control, subversion or plunder and strives for world hegemony. If capitalism is restored in a big socialist country, it will inevitably become a superpower. The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, which has been carried out in China in recent years, and the campaign of criticizing Lin Piao and Confucius now under way throughout China, are both aimed at preventing capitalist restoration and ensuring that socialist China will never change her colour and will always stand by the oppressed peoples and oppressed nations. If one day China should change her colour and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world, and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social-imperialism, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.’
– the people of the world should IDENTIFY CHINA
playing TYRANT in the world and everywhere
subject others to CHINA AS A BULLY IN
AGGRESSION AND EXPLOITATION,
OPPOSE CHINA, WORK TOGETHER and OVERTHROW
CHINA with CHINESE PEOPLE.
The people of the world does not listen with great concern.
Correction: ‘April 10, 1974’
it’s going to be like suez canal in egypt, for ships to pass through, they would have to pay toll or tariff.
militarization aside, wont be long before cargo ships from vietnam and neighboring countries have to pay tariff to china if they pass through west phil sea. similarly, that could also apply to pinas with our rice imports from vietnam.
if not, cargo ships would have to go the longer way via benham rise, bypassing west phil sea. even that route could well be close as well when china militarized the rise too.
and with both the reef and the rise under chinese control and ultimately chinese terrotories na, pinas is going to be engulfed and made part of chinese territory too. inadvertently, ma-drag ang pinas into becoming eez, exclusive economic zone ng china.
Pinese ang Filipinas! Taiwan muna. Tapos tayo sunod.
Enjoy the Chinese LUGAW!
OFF-TOPIC BUT RELEVANT
CARPIO SLAMS DFA STAND ON PH REEF INCIDENT
The Philippines must protest China’s landing of military aircraft on Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef) or its silence may be taken as implied consent, according to acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio
“If we don’t protest, we acquiesce. We consent impliedly, we lost.”
It’s to preserve our rights: No, we don’t agree to the landings. That’s ours (Panganiban Reef). It remains disputed. If we don’t protest, for them it’s no longer disputed, he added”
you cannot count on lorenzana and the military to defend our territory, the navy is fighting lomut in boracay and the kapolisan is killing sibilyans. carpio, batongbacal and very few others are the only voice of reason. kaya pala pinili ni duplicitous duterte si lorenzana as defence chief dahil lorenzana cannot defend what he should be defending. mere traveling companion lang siya ni duterte, comfort man yang si lorenzana, he, he, he. we should have lorenzana’s estatuwa instead of the comfort women.
we are being invaded na, the chinese are just short of putting chinese flag officially in manila. taumbayan is being overwhelmed with issues like federalism, sereno’s impeachment, sereno’s quo warranto, train law, presyo ng mga bibilhin na pataas ng pataas, transport problems, etc, while china is forever creeping closer.
protest, protest, protest, and not be silent as the dead. habang may hininga pa, we really should be protesting. tamang tama si carpio, we should not just acquiesce because its easier to do so, less taxing and less exertion for the president who is so old and fight is no longer in his blood. and yet, he fought the mautes and rebels in marawi city and won.
protest, protest, protest, that’s what we should be doing, not hanging on to build, build, build. by now, duterte should realize that build build build is chinese scam.
You’re right Arc. Even the country’s economy is more than 60% owned by the chinese like SM, Robinson, Gaisano, etc and banks like BDO, Metro Bank, PNB/Allied, China Bank, etc. Even the National Grid Corporation, distributor of electricity nationwide, is owned by the State Grid Corporation of China
What else do we have not connected with china – at least we have the Ayalas, who recently purchased Rustan – and the ubiquitous sari-sari stores
PRRD is leaning towards Xi Ping due to the latter’s open support to the drug war unlike USA and Europe
In not too distant future, our natural resources like abundant fisheries, oil and natural gas, mining, etc – might also be owned by the chinese – and God have mercy on us unless a good and determined leader will come out of nowhere and lead a nationalistic rebellion similar to Indonesia’s blood bath in 1965-06
Marmee Cruz says
Those corporations you mentioned are owned/headed by people of Chinese descent but are Filipino citizens. The National Grid Corporation is also owned by Filipinos, if I’m not mistaken.
in fairness to these tycoons, yes they are filipino citizens but are they filipinos by heart? do they feel the plight of average filipinos of malay descent? i don’t think so. worst case scenario would be, they will side with their blood origin and prefer to go back to mainland china if hell breaks loose here in this country. and they prefer digong’s leaning towards mainland china.
am sorry to say this but generally, chinese are shrewd when it comes to business dealings. that’s what they are good and intelligent.
i don’t hate the chinese anyway. i have good friends who are fil-chinese.
their loyalty is to business, does not matter where they live. they go where there is money to be made and support those that allow them to make billions of money. and I dont think they have 2nd thoughts about ditching friends and families at a drop of a hat, all are expandable, but not business deals, a deal is a deal. profits make businesses greedy though, gobbling weaker businesses and monopolizing the market. then there is collusion . . .
let’s not get side tracked though, we are talking about the militarization of spratly archipelago by the chinese.
just because you have fil-chinese friends does not mean approving all what china do and giving up our territory to china. good fences makes good neighbor, but if your neighbor clamber over the fence, occupy your yard and build structures there, that’s trespassing and that’s not legal. friends should respect each other’s space.
correct…most if not all Chinese go where they can make money every which way they can.
drill down says
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