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Monday, November 5, 2007

Arroyo, Estrada and the zarzuela in Malacañang

Finally, I am breaking my silence regarding the plunder case of Joseph Estrada, which I followed for the past months. I opted not to write about this in deference for the blog action I initiated for the Glorietta victims, then the Halloween break.

It was also necessary for me not to react immediately, as this article has to be well-thought and carefully written. So here I am, still writing on this issue. Read on....

Politicized justice

"Pardon one offense, and you encourage the commission of many." - Publilius Syrus, ~100BC
Pardoning former president Joseph Estrada has created not only quite a stir in the Philippine political arena. More than ever, it has created havoc in the Philippine justice system.

Needless to say, there was undue haste in pardoning the biggest and the most controversial crime ever recorded in the Philippine history—that is plunder by no less than the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Be that as it may, had Estrada admitted his guilt, it would have been a different story. Watching and listening to him on national television, telling the whole world that corruption was a crime he never committed, was more than an insult to the entire nation. Again, his kind of rudeness has attacked the dignity and the very heart of the justice system only a few hours after the People of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers of the President of the Republic, has freed him.

Is this the kind of payback we expect from a person who has received a guilty verdict and who has been given freedom by the very institution of Filipinos?

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2 people have commented. Leave your comments too!:

The Erap pardon should be met by a resounding BOO!


But your blog's new look deserves an uber-enthusiastic YEY!

Keep on keeping on =]

Ian, I firmly believe so! Those who are against it have enough reason why.

On the other hand, did you know that this "new look" is a product of my "kakulitan" and "kalikutan"? I was tweaking my blog's old HTML until the layout went crazy I could no longer bring it back the way it was. So I figured out how I could return to the original template. Good thing I figured it out, so here it is, and I think I am going to stick to black.

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