Saturday, September 10, 2005

The Davide Factor

Chief Justice Hilario Davide is set to retire on Dec. 20, 2005, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70. Many justices come and go, several silently. But, according to Supreme Court insiders, Davide is not going anywhere.

Indeed, I was told that Filipinos are going to find a "new Davide" after Dec. 20. He will become more vocal and will weigh in on issues confronting the nation, including the present political crisis. He will use his stature and credibility to help steer this country forward, I was told. He will be vocal against Arroyo and her corruptive effect not only on politics but on our national life.

"He might just reinvent himself," an insider said.

For a country sorely lacking in moral guidance, Davide could certainly fill some of this vacuum. Because the bench has a way of suppressing the opinions and positions of justices, his retirement could certainly unshackle him, which might be good for us poor souls.

One motivation could be that Davide will attempt to redeem himself. He was, after all, the one who legitimized Arroyo when she grabbed power in 2001. Davide cannot allow Arroyo to become his legacy to the Filipino people. And as Davide redeems himself, he will redeem, too, the Filipino people.

Oftentimes, redemption is the main engine that drives people -- especially decent people who happened to make bad choices -- as they approach the end of their lives.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

No more protests on EDSA

Listening to the AM radios this morning, I was struck by the curious focus in some of the discussions on the traffic mess created by the demonstrations yesterday at the People Power monument. Korina Sanchez railed against it, so did many of the blowhards on the air.

Then, this afternoon, the Metro Manila Development Authority announced that it no longer allows rallies at the monument. By then, of course, the government had already put out its agenda for the day: reduce the anti-Arroyo protests to a mere inconvenience, which, in turn, can be dealt with by the fascistic hand of Bayani Fernando. By then, too, it had laid the groundwork to justify the order that, of course, violates the Constitution.

It did not surprise me, too, that businessmen are now mouthing the same theme -- huwag na mag-martsa-martsa, they say -- in interviews, even in centerfold advertisement in today's Inquirer. Some have even asked Cory Aquino to stop these protests.

It is obvious that Arroyo feels vindicated and is now on the roll. It now feels it has gotten the mandate to do these stupid things.

What a wretched governmetn we have!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Those smug, condescending congressmen

One of the lies being peddled by the majority congressmen in Congress is that many of them were turned off by the minority congressmen's name-calling and all that. They used that as justification for not joining the cause to impeach Arroyo. The subtext, of course, was that they could have signed the complaimt, if not for the arrogance of the minority congressmen, as typified by Edmund Reyes's impassioned plea for more signatures.

That's just a lot of crap. If they really believed in what the impeachment process was about, they wouldn't be offended by such behavior by the desperate minority congressmen. Besides, the minority legislators only resorted to such desperate means as aping Russell Crowe after it was clear that they've lost the battle in that blood-drenched arena called Congress.

In any case, my pet peeves during the marathon hearings yesterday:

* Rep. Way Kurat Zamora. Somebody should stop this jerk. He thinks he's cute, but he's actually infuriating. He boasts of his supposed solid principles and of his province but what is Compostela Valley except a known battleground for Communist insurgents and the AFP? If he's so good, his province should not be suffering.

* Legislators who invoked good governance, ethics and all the gods. You'd think they would vote for impeachment, only to vote against in the end.

* Latin (or is it Roman?) adages. Dura lex sed lex? Dura lex Pyrex?

* Rep. Roman of Bataan. What's with his fixation with "proceeding" and "proceedings"? Anyway, he tried so hard to sound eloquent and it was so freaking off-putting.