The best speech: Lito Lapid!

It was the high school graduate, Sen. Lito Lapid, who delivered the best speech at the impeachment trial. Extemporaneous, from the heart and at the same time stinging, Lito Lapid proved that you don’t need a college education or a law degree to tell right from wrong. Best of all, in four short sentences highlighted below, Lapid put crazy ranting Sen. Miriam Santiago, Corona’s pro bono crew, and all those know it all commentators like Fr. Joaquin Bernas in their place.


    Kasamahan kong senador-judge, prosecution, at depensa, sa ating mga kababayang nanunuod at nakikinig sa TV at radio. Inuulit ko magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat.

    Alam niyo po, wala naman akong speech dito, wala po akong dala. Ang mga kasamahan ko dito, pag pinasok sa isip nila, dadalhin sa bibig at maganda na ang sasabihin.

    Bilang high school graduate po, marahil iniisip ng ating mga kababayan: “Anong sasabihin ni Lito Lapid na hindi marunong mag-inggles, na hindi maalam sa batas? Ano kaya ang magiging desisyon?”

    Didisisyunan po ang katas-taasang hukom na isang high school graduate lang at taga-probinsya ng Pampanga.

    Napakinggan ko po ang depensa. Siguro purihin po natin ang depensa. Napakagaling nila sa mga nakakaintindi ng abugasya. Purihin rin po natin ang prosecuton, sa paghanap ng ebidensiya. Nakinig po ako sa bawat ebisensiyang inihain nila dito. Lalung lalo na kay Cong. Farinas. Ang prinisenta niya kahapon ditto, para sakin po, malinaw na malinaw na na si CJ Corona ay lumabag sa batas.

    Siya mismo inamin niya na may $2.4 million at P80 million na bank account. Yun po siguro hindi na kasinungalin yun, yun po ay totoo na.

    Nagpiprisinta po ako dito hindi bilang abugasya. Hindi po ako pwedeng magsalita ng Republic Act dahil hindi maniniwala ang tao sakin. Hindi po ako nagmamarunong dito. Ang ginagamit ko lang po ay konsensya. Representate ako ng masa na hindi nakapag-aral, hindi marunong mag-inggles, walang alam sa batas.

    Kaya noon pong nagsasalita si Chief Justice Corona, nagsusumbong sa taumbayan, awang-awa po ako sa kanya.

    Akala ko totoo ang sinasabi niya. Hindi pala.

    Mas pinaniwalaan ko pa si Cong. Farinas noong nag Powerpoint dito.

    Ngayon ang sinasabi niya, dyan sa isang pizza pie – hindi totoo yan na may 82 akong account. Siguro kung ako ho, ang pagbabasehan ko: Kung isandaang basong tubig nialagay sa apat na drum lang ang kanyang account…

    Naawa po ako sa kanya dahil naiintindihan ko po kung anong damdamin niya at ng kanyang pamilya. Naranasan ko rin po yan.

    At sana sa pagkakataong ito, pasasalamatan ko siya dahil noong pangalawa kong panalo bilang senador, sa kanya ako nanumpa bilang senador.

    Pasensya na po. Pasensya na po. Ang hatol ko sa inyo, guilty.

Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • baycas

    It wasn’t a cunning move to reduce the impeachment into a question of law in the hope that Corona may bring the venue to home court.

    His team tried but failed. Even Defensor-Santiago tried her might but didn’t get it right.

    Judicialization of politics will not come to fruition.

    Lito Lapid (and the like) will attest to that.

  • Alas, with my poor language skills, I could not appreciate the speech so well. But those I comprehended gave me great confidence that the Philippines is a capable democracy. Good values attuned to the best interest of the Philippines and good brains able to dissect the defense arguments with clarity whilst spanking the prosecution. A good day for the Philippines. Not far from unanimously good.

  • UPnnGrd

    Very well-said.

    Stark contrast to Joker Arroyo.  I don’t know if what the Inquirer-dot-net reports is correct,  but Senator Arroyo mentions ” bill of attainder” .   Words remind me of “ex post facto”.


    “I can’t imagine removing the Chief Justice on account of the SALN.
    Today, we’re one step from violating the Constitution and passing a bill
    of attainder. No one can stop us if we don’t stop ourselves. This is
    not justice, political or legal. This is certainly not law; for sure
    it’s not the law of the Constitution. It’s only naked power as it was in
    1972,” he said.

    “I have not thought I would see it again so brazenly performed but
    for what it is worth, I cast my vote, if not for innocence falsely
    accused, of offenses yet to exist and if not for the law and the
    Constitution that we were privileged to restore under Cory Aquino, then
    because it is dangerous not to do what is right when soon we shall stand
    before the Lord,” he added.

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    CJ Corona thought the law will protect him.   CJ Corona’s law —- different from PersiNoynoy’s LAW — and echos si Corona.

    • Manuelbuencamino

      Joker’s was an opinion and nothing more.