This is how it is.
On the side of the argument, the supporters of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona argue that Corona’ rights are trampled with. That the uncovering of millions in unexplained wealth is a travesty. So what does he do in his defense? The Chief Justice launches an ad hominem attack on the President of the Republic. Is this then how the rule of law is to be defended?
You have a defense team that cries foul over bank secrecy laws that apparently been broken, but calls on a press conference to cast a shadow over the Impeachment Court. The defense alleged that the Palace was manipulating the process to sway Senators to vote favorably. But when asked for proof? The defense act and reply like celebrities on a celebrity talk show. This indeed is how to defend the Rule of Law.
You have others like Archbishop Ramon Arguelles. He argued that it is in the interest of the nation to stop the impeachment trial, because it is “boring”— because one could surmise from the statement, that the ‘truth’ is inconvenient. As a Catholic, I find it embarrassing that such statements come from a
Cardinal Archbishop of the Church. A CardinalAn archbishop that guides the flock towards the right path, however hard it ought to be. The cynicism is nauseating. That’s how it is to defend the sickening moral compass our nation finds itself in.
On the other side of the argument you have President Aquino, who believes that the Rule of Law should work for the people— for civilization. That Truth and Justice should be fair, but shouldn’t be in defense of people who have done wrong. And yet, Truth and Justice is impaired when you see the prosecution’s ineptitude so blatantly obvious. It is like Truth and Justice fighting with one hand tied behind their back. So is this how the Rule of Law— how Civilization… is defended?
And we have an impeachment trial that drags on with procedure after procedure, which is helped on by a continuously bumbling prosecution that hasn’t found its sea legs, and may never find it.
Patricia Evangelista was right in her opinion piece, “The Corona”. As she eloquently wrote, “This is what it means to betray the public trust, and why Corona has done more damage against himself than even the gentlemen of the prosecution”.
So here is our nation today. Two sides arguing they are for the Rule of Law. For some the Rule of Law is a shield for all the wrongs they have done, hides behind it when the wrongs they have done become ‘ inconvenient,’ and ‘boring’. They fail to be in defense of the Rule of Law by arguing that they are right, and instead descend to ad hominem, which does nothing more than give credibility to the other side. Then we have those who believe that the Rule of Law should be in defense of Civilization, but such bumbling along could cost the fight for truth and justice, and the victory against corruption our nation so richly deserve.
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