1st-Apluma!: CGMA’s crown prince? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 December 2011 13:32

BY Ismael Amigo, Sr.

If Sen. Franklin Drilon’s account on cases handled by Chief Justice Renato Corona is to be believed, chances are, CGMA’s case on massive electoral fraud will be dismissed.

As everybody knew it, Chief Justice Corona, a crown prince, err, is an appointee of the former president meaning, his unwavering support will not just go down the drain amid the crisis that his benefactor is facing right now.

And this is the reason why Sen. Drilon is campaigning on for the Chief Justice to inhibit himself on CGMA’s case.

According to the lawmaker from Iloilo, all of the previous 19 cases of CGMA handled by the chief justice perfectly went on the favor of CGMA, 19-0.
That’s a strong basis.

“Chief Justice Renato Corona should inhibit himself in any case involving Gloria Arroyo,” Sen. Drilon told the working media as he launched the inhibition campaign.

“The current score is 19-0. Chief Justice Renato Corona consistently voted in favor of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in all 19 cases brought before the Supreme Court. He never voted against her,” Drilon was quoted as saying by national media.

The former president’s petition questioning the legality of her indictment for electoral sabotage at the Pasay City Regional Trial Court was scheduled to be heard at the Supreme Court (SC) as of this writing Tuesday, 29 November.

Oral arguments on the constitutionality of the joint preliminary investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Commission on Elections (Comelec) on poll fraud charges was expected to unfold at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

CGMA’s petition was consolidated with those of former FG Mike Arroyo, and that of former elections chairman Benjamin Abalos.
Morong 43

Like a sledgehammer programmed to inflict a double blackeye, a Quezon City court has also ordered CGMA to answer a P15-million suit filed by the so-called “Morong 43” whom the military allegedly mistaken as members of the New People’s Army (NPA) and were summarily detained.

CGMA and some military officials involved in the case have also been summoned to answer the civil complaint filed against them by the health workers who accuse them of wrongful detention.

The health workers claim they were arrested while attending a seminar in a private resort in Morong, Rizal.

The Morong 43 filed the complaint as early as April 2011 before Judge Ma. Luisa Quijano-Padilla of Regional Trial Court Branch 226.
Dilemma for de Lima

As if fighting law with law, a private lawyer, whom some quarters suspect to be a lackey of CGMA, has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court (SC) to order disbarment on Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

It stemmed from Sec. de Lima’s reported defiance of the TKO, err, TRO on her travel ban on CGMA.

The said TRO could have served as CGMA’s gateway to nowhereland abroad to allegedly seek medical treatment for a rare degenerative disease in her cervical spine.
But then, the Justice Secretary from Bicol was quick to the draw and lowered the boom on CGMA instead with an arrest warrant courtesy of a Pasay RTC on electoral sabotage charges.

Slow growth
Sorry but a recent survey showed our dear Philippines have returned to its familiar place or role as a laggard in Southeast Asia.

Reports have it that the Philippines’ economic growth has screeched to a dismal 3.2 percent in the third quarter that all but enabled us to take our familiar role.
Charged it to worse economic performance in the region in recent months and poor budget management sources say.

Sobrang pagtitipid or underspending on the part of the Aquino Administration and global economic crises has continued to drag PH economic growth in the third quarter, with gross domestic product (GDP) expanding by only 3.2 percent from the 7.3 percent “honey moon growth” a year ago.

This was culled from the revised 3.1 percent recorded in the second quarter of the year, the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) reported yesterday.— Mobile 0915-5517486/Email esns03@yahoo.com