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Raging virago

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:00 Published in Commentary

Leila de Lima must be so desperate and fearful of being detained forever that she has now called on the Filipinos to mount a people power to oust Rody Duterte, calling him all sorts of names, but for which she can never be sued, since she stated all these in the Senate.
Leila seems to believe that her legal problems will be over once Rody is ousted.
She said she is no longer alone. There are already many today who want to see Rody ousted. Really? Just how many is many? Six thousand students, bishops, priests and teachers from Catholic schools, along with the usual leftists? A million? Two million? Five million that hardly represent the Filipino people, even if they ever get that number?
But Leila yesterday called on Filipinos to stand up to Rody and speak out against him, calling him a “sociopathic serial killer” and “dictator.”
“Now is the time for all of us to stand up to the criminal dictator,” she stressed, recalling how the country overthrew the Marcos dictatorship 30 years ago.
“Let us fight for our rights, for justice and for our democracy,” she added.
But the more important question is, will these people fight and die for Leila, or even Leni Robredo? Or, for that matter, Archbishop Soc Villegas and the do-nothing Noynoy Aquino?
Apparently, Leila knows the people won’t heed her call, which is why Leila also turned to Rody’s Cabinet members, saying that they can save the country and the nation  from a criminal president by declaring him unfit for the job.”
She explained that a majority of the members of the Cabinet can declare that a sitting president is incapable of performing his functions.
Asked if Leila’s call for the Cabinet members to declare Duterte unfit for the presidency, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella replied saying “Seriously?”
Big joke that, Leila.
Truth is, Leila, being a Cabinet member of Aquino then, should have demanded this when Noynoy was president because he certainly was unfit for the presidency, and one moreover who was incapable of performing his functions as president. He did nothing, and froze everytime a crisis occurred.
What Leila does not say when she brings up the scenario of a constitutional coup by the Cabinet is that the President can also go to the leaders of Congress after a few days and declare himself fit, which gives him the right to return to his seat, and presumably fire all his Cabinet members — should they succeed in constitutionally ousting him.
That constitutional proviso is useless.
Just what are the odds of Rody’s Cabinet members, taking the role of Brutus, in doing a Julius Ceasar? Zilch.
The yellows in Gloria Arroyo’s Cabinet tried to stage that constitutional coup to oust her though that constitutional proviso. Instead, Gloria fired the yellows in her Cabinet.
Rody quickly dismissed Leni Robredo from his Cabinet, and there was no outrage from the public.
Despite all that she mouths against Rody to the extent of calling for his ouster through people power, and with only Trillanes whom she probably tapped to be her military adviser, as well as her yellow allies, there is merely a shrugging of shoulders from the public. Her call goes into one ear and out the other.
Not even the anniversary of the People Power Revolt is likely to get a large crowd. And Leila may not even be around, since she may just be in jail.
Leila puts too much importance on herself, as she said she was being sent to jail by Rody to silence her, and to make an example of her.
She went on a harangue against Rody, making herself look like a madwoman, as she started seeing everyone against her as her enemies, likening Rody to Batman’s “Joker” who reunited criminals in Gotham City to try and defeat superhero Batman.
“There is a reunion of criminals in his (Rody’s) government, whose worst criminal is the President of the country,” Leila said, forgetting that she just appealed to the Cabinet to oust Rody. She pointed to Rody as the Joker, a psychotic murderer and leader of all the criminals, whom she identified as “questionable characters” together with the Marcoses, former president Gloria Arroyo, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles, and their lawyers, including Ferdinand Topacio, supposed “operators” Sandra Cam, Dante Jimenez of the Violence Against Crime and Corruption, and former National Bureau of Investigation deputy directors Reynaldo Esmeralda and Ruel Lasala.
“And there are also the frontline enforcers of the orders of President Duterte — Secretary (Vitaliano) Aguirre and SolGen (Jose) Calida who are abusive and arrogant officials in government,” she said.
Now that is a really desperate woman who sees goblins where there are none.
Careful Leila, you may just be seen as a sociopathic  serial whiner.
Poor woman. Leila may just end up in a mental hospital in a straightjacket.

Yellow hypocrisy

Monday, 20 February 2017 00:00 Published in Commentary

Whenever it comes to the yellows’ own, they vigorously come up with their defense of their own but when it comes to political foes, there not only is any defense made, but worse, these same yellows even go to the extent of portraying their foes as guilty and deserving of a jail term.
This is the yellows’ pure hypocrisy in full political bloom.
In the case of the charges leveled against yellow Sen. Leila de Lima on her involvement in the illegal drugs when she was Benigno Aquino’s Justice secretary, her yellow partymates and allies in the Senate, quickly came to her defense.
Her partymates in the Senate on Friday vigorously came to her defense following the filing of drug-related charges against her, even describing the filing as illegal as they were not lodged in the proper court, and calling the charges “trumped-up.”
Senators Bam Aquino, Franklin Drilon and Francis Pangilinan, all members of the Liberal Party (LP), slammed the filing of charges and issued a joint statement.
“We reiterate that an arrest based on trumped-up charges is illegal,” they said, adding an arrest warrant issued against de Lima would be a clear violation of legal proceedings and her constitutional right to due process.
“Furthermore, Senator de Lima was not able to file her counter-affidavit so we question whatever ruling the Department of Justice (DoJ) issued without hearing her side of the story,” the LP senators stressed.
Such hypocrisy makes one retch, considering the fact that when the then three opposition senators were the subject of a Senate hearing where then Justice Secretary de Lima was present, they all turned the hearing into a telenovela and feasted, along with the yellow media, the allegations of plunder as well as the coached “star witness” and congenital liar, Benhur Luy, who gave perjured testimony based on pure hearsay.
And when the Ombudsman, based on de Lima’s complaint, filed plunder charges against the three senators, not one freaking hypocritical yellows in the Senate came up to state that the charges were trumped up, even when it was clear that they were trumped up charges, and that it was politically motivated, ordered by no less than the yellow president, Aquino.
And even when the yellow Ombudsman, Conchita Carpio-Morales issued a suspension order, there went the yellow Senate President Drilon, refusing to fight for the independence of the Senate, bowing instead to the Ombudsman, who under the law, has no power to suspend a member of Congress.
And they did this because the three senators were electoral threats to the 2010 elections, where the yellow Liberal Party wanted to ensure an LP victory, for a 12 year in power run.
And did these frigging yellows even point out the illegality, when de Lima ordered the Bureau of Immigration to ban Gloria Arroyo from leaving the country, despite the fact that Gloria had no cases filed against her at the time when Leila illegally issued a hold departure order against Gloria since this power belongs solely to the courts of law; and despite the fact that she refused to heed the ruling of the High Court that Gloria was free to leave the country for medical attention abroad.
And when, overnight, Leila, denying Gloria’s departure, rushed an electoral sabotage case against her, with the judge quickly issuing an arrest warrant on the same day, to ensure her arrest and detention. That is what can rightly be called filing trumped up charges that were politically motivated.
And these yellows have the gall to claim that the charges against Leila is not only trumped up and illegal, but also that her constitutional right has been violated, claiming that she was not given the chance to come up with her side.
The frigging hypocritical yellows deliberately lied, as they were well aware of the fact that she was given all the opportunity by DoJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguire to respond to his summons for her to give her side for the two hearings, which she had rejected and refused to recognize the jurisdiction of the DoJ, insisting that only the Ombudsman, yet another yellow who was appointed by the yellow president, has jurisdiction over her case.
When Aguirre filed graft charges against Leila before the Ombudsman, while filing in court the charges of the drug cases against her, Leila, with her usual dramatics, insisted that Aguire has no right to separate the cases and that these cases against her are illegal.
Naturally, her yellow peers in the Senate echoed her claim.
These frigging yellow hypocrites didn’t cry illegal when Leila charged in court Gloria, who was a public official, being a member of Congress.
Leila deserves her fate.
As for some of those yellow senators who were spared of plunder charges due to Ombudsman Morales’ yellow streak, their day too will come, perhaps next year, when Morales has to leave her office and who did nothing but to politically persecute Aquino and his LP’s political foes.

Leni is running scared

Sunday, 19 February 2017 00:00 Published in Commentary

Vice President Leni Robredo appears to be running scared after the ruling by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) that gave the go-signal for the PET to proceed with former Sen. Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest as it dismissed her plea with the tribunal rejecting Robredo’s arguments that it has no jurisdiction over the case and that Marcos’ complaint lacked form and substance.
Robredo was quoted as saying the Marcos’ allegations have no proof.
Leni’s election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said they are filing a motion for reconsideration, even as stated that the Leni camp is unfazed by the development, confident that the findings of the PET will favor Robredo.
“We are confident that after all these processes, Vice President Robredo will still emerge as the winner,” he said.
But the possibility of Leni losing in the PET and the possibility of Marcos dislodging her certainly exist especially since the margin is only some 230 thousand votes.
This may well be the reason Leni now talks of Marcos getting a Cabinet position that she described as “scary.”
Following the history of non-action of the PET on previous electoral protests, the body merely waits for some three years as the PET waits for protestants to run for a senatorial post, for such protests to be deemed “abandoned” due to the protestants’ electoral run in the polls after a three years elapses.
It is not likely for Bongbong to take the same route of other VP protestants’ way. He will probably be offered a Cabinet post, which is why Leni sees this as “scary,” but not for the reasons she gives.
Earlier, Leni said a Cabinet position may afford Bongbong the chance to commit anew the abuses of which his family has been accused.
Leni, who speaks of Bongbong’s protest being full of allegations and without evidence, has herself indulged in allegations that cannot possibly be backed by evidence.
She was quoted as saying that for Marcos to have a Cabinet post is scary as he may just commit the same abuses as his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
She issued the comment amid an online report that Bongbong, who narrowly lost the vice presidency in the May 2016 polls, would take over as Interior secretary after the one-year appointment ban for losing candidates.
Marcos, who narrowly lost the vice presidency in the May 2016 polls, would take over as Interior secretary after the one-year appointment ban for losing candidates.
As for her claim that it would be scary to have Bongbong as an Interior secretary because he may be as abusive as his father, there is no proof of this at all.
For one, Bongbong has no Cabinet position at this time, but even if he joins the Duterte Cabinet, there is no evidence that Bongbong will commit the same abuses, or even be abusive.
One cannot charge anyone for committing abuses or even crimes even before the abuse or crime is committed. Leni, being a lawyer, should know this.
Leni’s claim is bereft of any evidence to prove her allegations against Bongbong. In the same way, her arguments presented before the PET was dismissed.
What is probably more accurate is that with the Supreme Court (SC) giving the protest of Bongbong to proceed, Leni is more scared that she would lose in a recount, and she would then be dislodged from her position as vice president.
Leni, as nearly all past VPs, is of course angling for the presidency, hoping to inherit the post should the president die, resigns, as her ally Sen. Antonio Trillanes hopes Duterte will resign, or if Rody is ousted, despite her denials that she is not interested in the presidency.
The probability of Bongbong being appointed to a Cabinet position is high, which means that the PET cannot come up with the excuse of dismissing the electoral protest of Bongbong on account of his having abandoned his protest, since he does not appear to be angling for another elected position in the Senate.
Of course, the PET can do the same as it did in the case of Mar Roxas who filed an electoral protest after he lost the vice presidency to Jojo Binay in 2010.
The PET waited until after the 2016 polls, to dismiss Roxas’ protest, as it was already moot.
But with SC’s greenlight to proceed with the protest, the chances of Bongbong being the rightful winner are really high and again, the LPs will be down and out, in 2019 and 2022.

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