The tedium has not been caused by the prosecution. Mr. Corona’s defense lawyers have been delaying the trial through circuitous objections and motions, the latest being strenuous protest against the prosecution’s motion to subpoena their client’s bank records. Read more
When Ricardo Cardinal Vidal was taken to task for showing partiality to the President Arroyo, his critics were taken to task in turn. The whole thing has taken a regrettable emotional toll on the Cardinal and his defenders. Read more
It is unfortunate that supporters of the past administration seem to be using underhanded tactics like text messages purportedly from the House majority alleging zero “pork” in exchange for an oust Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrrez vote. The House minority leadership has alleged that the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III is “more preoccupied with arrogating more power for itself, in undermining our democracy, than in addressing matters that really matter to the people.”
The Black and White Movement strongly disagrees. In our view, the present government, despite being hamstrung by landmines left in place by the former president, is dedicated to eradicating corruption; this is a paramount aim, meant to restore faith in institutions damaged by corruption and inaction such as the office of the Ombudsman. Addressing matters of dishonesty and nonfeasance in the last administration is a significant step forward. The Filipino people must get the justice it deserves just as much as the accused.