Two Sides of the Rule of Law

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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Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • J_ag

    Rule of law is defined by due process for both sides. PNoy abused his power to ram through articles of impeachment without the benefit of preliminary investigation which would have been the committee hearings. He has the majority votes at the committee level. 

    I remember the committee hearings on the impeachment of Richard Nixon.All the evidence came out there. Like Enrile postulated that the Congress could have been the Grand Jury with its immense powers. 

    The prosecution is stumbling away the due process given it and naturally the defense which has its own privileges under the due process defined by the rules will shield itself from these very flimsy charges. 

    If the brain of PNoy could not comprehend the process itself and thought his personality could will these things to subvert due process he is in for a rude surprise. 

    The road to hell is paved with his good intentions. 

  • Anonymous

    Interestingly, one person does not even bother to think if he is within Rule of Law.  The person — Persidente Noynoy.   Cool!!!  Must be nice knowing you are always within Rule of Law because of voices talking to you ( plus birth certificate ) affirming that you are child of a former president. 

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