Does De Lima have proof vs. Sandigan justices? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 13:39

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Your rulers are rebels, partners with thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow’s case does not come before them…” (Isaiah 1:26, the Holy Bible).

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DOES DE LIMA HAVE PROOF AGAINST SANDIGAN JUSTICES? There is something truly grave with the words that detained Sen. Leila De Lima let out against the three Sandiganbayan justices who decided to free former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada from a three-year detention in connection with the P183 million plunder case against him.

De Lima’s handwritten tirade, written from her own detention cell in Camp Crame, Quezon City, claimed that Jinggoy’s provisional liberty by virtue of bail (which, she said, was already rejected by the Sandiganbayan earlier on the justices’ perception that there was sufficient evidence against the former San Juan City lawmaker) shows control over the court by President Duterte, and over the whole judiciary as well.

I don’t know if De Lima can prove or not the charges she aired against the justices—Maria Theresa Arcega Mendoza, Reynaldo Cruz and Lorifel Pahimna—but the issue here is simple: The lady lawmaker is a good lawyer, former secretary of justice, and an incumbent senator so that, by force of circumstances, she should be in the forefront of respecting issuances of those in authority.

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DE LIMA, ET. AL., DO NOT RESPECT ISSUANCES OR DECISIONS THAT DO NOT FAVOR THEIR INTERESTS: Truly, the problem with De Lima and her colleagues in her group, really, is that, for a long time, they have been used to disrespecting any authority, or any decision of those in government if it is not favorable to their interests—personal, business, or political.

Is it not a fact that, they would approve of decisions or issuances of those in power if those decisions and issuances favor them, or their families, allies, and cohorts in politics. If these decisions and issuances do not favor them, they would lambast those issuances and decisions as unacceptable, even if those were the result of deliberation of a lot of people.

The greatest example of the people that are with De Lima that sport the same treatment of what is happening in government here in the Philippines—that is, they would conform to a decision provided it favors them, and would oppose such a decision if they are not favored—would be the very president that installed her as the Secretary of Justice.

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DE LIMA LEARNED DISOBEDIENCE FROM HER FORMER BOSS: Do you still remember what happened during the 2010 elections? What did one presidential candidate say then—if he would turn out to be the winner in that political exercise, he would accept the results but if he would lose in the counting, revolution is what he and his colleagues and associates would resort to. Indeed, are these people in their proper senses?

I really cannot understand why, despite the truth that this group is truly the one that is corrupt and are working only for their own selfish interests, many people are still siding with them, even up to now. I really don’t know why despite the overwhelming proof of this group’s graft and corruption, they still appear to have in their grip many of our countrymen.

So, okay, let’s do some accouting here: who was responsible for shipping out tons of gold from the Philippines doing the time of President Noynoy Aquino? According to a report written by former Press Spokesman Bobi Tiglao, some US$4.2 billion worth of gold were shipped from Mindanao to Hongkong but the revenue did not go to the government. Was this even investigated by De Lima and her group?

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