ANG pumatol sa sira, lalong sira, sabida.
Mar Roxas should have ignored Digong Duterte’s kanto-boy Wharton taunting. Or simply say Digong might be confusing him with the reported Wharton-Oxford claim of the son of Macoy, who himself reportedly also asserted, per some urban myth, that he had obtained bar grades so high that an incredulous Supreme Court (SC) ordered a recomputation.
(Digong is for moving the remains of Macoy to the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LMB); my only condition now that I have mellowed is to rename LMB as LMBATBP, Libingan ng mga Bayani at Iba Pa, after paying the human rights victims next year under R.A. No. 10368.
Where was Digong anyway during the Years of Darkness? Ilagan, Arellano, Respicio, Risonar, et al., were the prominent human rights advocates in Davao then, along with his Mom, Soledad, Tia Chuling.)
The real bar record-holder is the late Justice Florenz Regalado, whose 96.7 percent may stand till the desert sands grow cold, as one song puts it. His ethical standards were celestial.
Once, I led the class in making bulakbol, piesta po sa Pasig kasi, on December 8, 1961, Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Flor gave all who had played hookey “5,” and his nephew, Jess Regalado Cornago (also gone), a double “5,” a case of avuncular cruelty.
My concern is that the people are not getting enough info on issues and platforms. All of us may be in the abysmal gutter with Digong but some of us must look at the stars. Oscar Wilde.
A slap with a glove may be a gentleman’s invite to a duel (criminalized in the Revised Penal Code, Arts. 260-61). But, it does not tell us where the candidate stands on the BBL, salary standardization, federalism, nine-dash line, or even EDCA.
In the latter, I was lead petitioner in the SC. Martial law introduced me to great men, heroes like Tanny Tanada, Ka Pepe Diokno, Gerry Roxas, Soc Rodrigo, Ninoy, et al., and from afar, relatively obscure Con-Con Delegate Rolando Piit, one of the very bold few who voted NO! on the 1973 Siopao Constitution [on Jan. 17, 1973, in the supposed citizen’s assemblies, attendees had been asked who wanted siopao, and nearly all raised their hands; six Justices voted that there was no “further judicial obstacle to the new Constitution being considered in force and effect.” Javellana v. Executive Secretary, 50 SCRA 50, 141 (1973)(four dissented)].
Tanny would stress the importance of going on record, for a deposition for history. How then can one lose a lost cause? One man in the right can be a majority.
Now, Gerry, your son proposed a fistfight (I was corresponding with Gerry until he left for a better world in April 1982). Sad. If fighting is resorted to as a test, then Manny Pacquiao would be an odds-on fave, even a shoo-in, in 2022. Digong countered with a gunfight at some Corral. PNoy has many Kabarilan (I must have read somewhere, if my fading memory is true, that PNoy said in one interview that my late ever-lovin’ wife, his Boss in Mondragon, my Bossing everywhere, advised him to take up some sport or diversion: he picked shooting. Kaya naman pala?).
Today, how we miss the edifying rhetoric of Recto and Diokno. I heard Gerry, Ninoy, Raul Manglapus (in San Beda) and Uncle Jovy (in Silliman) — deliver commencement addresses. Bilib.
More on Ka Pepe. At Harvard Law — I got admitted, on a full generous scholarship (one can look it up now that talk is about academic credentials and braggin’ rights), on the strength of a rushed letter written in a few minutes via a rinky-dink typewriter. That was in 1967. Thereafter, students got to read about a truly great Filipino, thusly: “It is pertinent to recall the wise words of Jose Diokno in rejecting what he termed `currently fashionable’ justifications for authoritarianism in Asian developing countries. One [justification]is that Asian societies are authoritarian and paternalistic; that Asia’s hungry masses are too concerned with providing their families with food, clothing, and shelter, to concern themselves with civil liberties and political freedoms; that the Asian conception of freedom differs from that of the West; that, in short, Asians are not fit for human rights. [. . . This] is racist nonsense . . . . Authoritarianism promotes repression not development — repression that prevents meaningful change and preserves the structures of power and privilege’. . . . H. Steiner & D. Vagst, Transnational Legal Transactions 445-46 (1986). One should read Ka Pepe’s “To sing our song.” Elevated.
On EDCA and the SC at Yuletide, a check of maiden-year SCRA (Supreme Court Reports Annotated) shows a number of cases were decided on December 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30, 1961, at a time when Justices were read, not seen nor heard (today we even see parties and counsel remarkably exhibiting what they have filed, unheard of before). Have we gone from the skies to the gutter in many respects?
Finally, I had staff go to the SC last Monday to check the records of a case decided in 2003. He was told to return in 2016. The other day courts closed in City Hall, Manila.
The indolent judiciary may not be a role model on work ethic in a good-time indolent society where Christmas carols are heard even in July, not only the ‘ber months. But, was I disappointed when, last Saturday, no stude of mine in Mendiola could accompany me (second voice) in singing “Whispering Hope.” Maybe I sang with more courage than ability, I am afraid. But of course my studes heartily applauded.