Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Philippine chief justice Renato Corona impeached

The Philippine senate convicts the highest magistrate of the highest court of the Republic of the Philippines chief justice Renato Corona after 44 days of trial.  So what? This impeachment trial convicting a chief justice MUST be the beginning of the best that we could do for the betterment of our country IF and ONLY IF it is not intended, in one way or another, or as a product of a political process aimed to persecute or put down political enemies. I respect the decision of the impeachment court headed by the presiding officer and veteran lawyer himself senate president Juan Ponce Enrile. But whether or not chief justice Corona, from day one of the trial to the final judgement, should be convicted deserves the right to a due process of law by which, in my humble opinion after closely monitoring and following the whole impeachment trial proceedings, he must enjoy and exercise, was, in some occasions in one way or another, deprived of. It was in that impeachment trial that all the answers could be found from questioning why this country of ours still can't make it forward and progressively; it mirrors the intellectual bankruptcy that a Philippine society has. It's, after all, a political process to divide a nation in the guise of a campaign for good governance with or without ourselves knowing it. And these are some of the answers:


  • We're putting people in the significant positions in the government who, if not corrupt, are incompetent or may be competent enough, but most corrupt.

  • Hypocrites. We have a lot of these type of people holding important positions in the government. They are best at deceiving and poisoning the minds of the general public in their favor.

  • TRAPO (Traditional Politician) is perhaps the most appropriate term for a Philippine-style politics that some of our elected or appointed officials are practicing. They are the ones who are likely to break promises, manipulate, and cut corners.

  • The good ones are a minority. But I admire those who stand by principle to protect and fight for the individual rights of every person, freedom, and justice. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, to quote from Edmund Burke, is for good men to do nothing.

    I hope this impeachment trial has served us a lot of lessons and as an eye-opener. Enough for the fragmentation we ourselves are making. Our nation needs to heal and move on for the better. Let us unite as one people with one goal in mind, and one voice. The impeachment trial should not only be for chief justice Corona (if these administration is truly sincere in its campaign for good governance and to eradicate graft and corruption), but for every elected or appointed official in the government including those in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, and so on and so forth with dark intentions. I am sure we have a lot of them to be impeached or convicted of any crime in their respective fields while in service. Still, as I kneel down to pray, I believe that God will give us men. Men who will rule over this poor nation of ours. Men who are exactly what was described in Josiah Gilbert Holland's beautiful poem, which said: 

    • God, give us men! A time like this demands
      Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
      Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
      Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;
      Men who possess opinions and a will;
      Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
      Men who can stand before a demagogue
      And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
      Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
      In public duty, and in private thinking;
      For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
      Their large professions and their little deeds,
      Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
      Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps
      .

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    1. I'm so happy about the decision they made about the trial for Renato Corona. He deserves this punishment to convict and impeach him.

      Local News in the Philippines

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      1. And so with everyone desiring to make this country of ours a corrupt-free one. But I would be most delighted if this is not just all for politics. After all, we have a lot of corrupt officials not only those who are in the opposition but also those in the administration. Why not, as well, impeach them one by one and as quick as the Corona verdict in the name of good governance?

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