I HAVE just gotten up from the floor on which I fell with The Donald’s stunning win.
Anyway, we have enough stunners at home. I had been taught that at the closed door of a home, the wind and storm may enter, but kings and bloodhounds may not, and must wait, until the law, with authoritative process, bids it open. Via a search warrant. But, a warrant served at 4 a.m., in a jail, which is not a home, puzzles.
Authority could order any cell to be vacated. Legally. Search can follow, even sans a warrant.
No need to kill Espinosa and Yap. They could just have been maimed to incapacitate them. Tear gas could have been used. But, apparently, the Isip-Garapatas and Utak-Pulburas know that Dead Men Tell No Tales. Wa-is talaga.
The PNP chief was in Vegas to watch Manny Pacquiao (I again avoided watching someone relentlessly disgracing and trivializing Congress, where I once toiled). BobiTiglao has rightly asked: could one on a cop’s pay afford to travel? A gift? It is a crime for a government employee to accept same under PD 46. But, PNP Director General Bato de la Rosa has no visible regard for the law anyway: he challenges to duels, and tells his men, burn, baby, burn. And travels, for boxing, via an arguable illegal and unethical gift.
Digong says he will pardon drug killers anyway, if convicted, spurring impunity. Scofflaws. Our Decay, which Macoy inaugurated, his fan, Digong, seems to want to accelerate. He arguably occasioned the rubout to be done when fair-haired boy (teka,kalbo yata as a billiard ball), Bato, was thousands of miles away. Bato should resign before he gets sued for crimes against humanity.
It is a sense of humanity that spurs Mario Vargas Llosa, the visiting Nobel Prize winner, to look at drug use as a health, not a criminal, issue. He is now inseparable from our Isabel Preysler, a Pearl of the Orient Sea, and beyond.
Pearl. In 1998, I was able to attend the pearl anniversary reunion of my Harvard Law class, as Loida Nicolas-Lewis kindly paid for everything, travel, hotel, etc., as a gift (Sir Bato, I am in private life, not covered by PD 46.)
Her husband, Reggie Lewis, and I were in that batch but we did not get to know each other then in a class of 600.
When he passed away in 1993, the couple, by dint of hard work, was worth $400 million. Loida, of Santa Teresa, the late Raul Roco and I knew in the early 1960s in the Student Catholic Action (SCA) and the National Union of Students (NUS). She bar-reviewed at San Beda in 1967, along with UP Law co-alums, Jun Factoran and Jojo Binay (and Violy Calvo, also from St. Theresa’s, the late first wife of Sen. Frank Drilon).
I know that if Loida wants something done, or somebody changed, she will do it by the force of reason and never never never by reason of force. She’ll do it morally and legally. Our right in a democracy. No mean bone in a kind and gentle soul.
In the latest irresponsible declaration of Rant!Rant!Rant! Prez Duterte, he alluded to her as having been reported to him as co-plotting to oust him. She has denied it; I believe her.
But, of the millions of followers of the widely popular and presumably well-meaning Prez, a few weirdos may be unhinged, with heads not properly and tightly screwed on. So, Loida needs to be more careful here, where she spends a lot of time, doing good, or elsewhere. Ditto. A woman for others, truly.
I wonder how the lawyers at that Integrated Bar of the Philippines assembly responded when the Prez, willy-nilly, casually, put lawyer Loida’s safety in jeopardy, by convicting her by publicity. We have to have a higher regard for human life and dignity. Any time the Prez denounces anyone, even by allusion, there could be knights responding to King Henry II’s “who’ll rid me of this troublesome priest?” Four nobles considered themselves told, rode to Canterbury, and did in Becket on December 29, 1170.
From the very poor who cannot even afford to claim corpses in funerarias for lack of means, things are moving up. Now, two mayors, denounced as narco-politicos, Dimaukom and Espinosa, whose families can afford. It took a decade before upper-crust Ninoy was salvaged and then the nation realized no one was safe and, like a carabao, said to be slow to anger, outraged, protested massively with energy, dedication and commitment.
Recall Prez Duterte’s vow to pardon cops who may be convicted in anti-drug busts, encouraging impunity. Could be a crime against humanity by a Rant! Rant! Rant Prez, aided by a PNP Chief leading Pulis-Patolas in a police state, conducting Operation Tokhang, which violates the human and constitutional rights to privacy and to remain silent, or the right not to speak, and the right not even to be “invited,” under Republic Act 7436.
Our Decay, following Savagery and Civilization, begun by Macoy, may accelerate, unless there is a course correction. There is still time, Mr. Prez, and I root for you to succeed, as your success is everyone’s. The right thing must be done in the right way. I tell my classes. Echoed by Obama.
My having classes in Mendiola and Alabang prevented me from seeing the second 2016 La Salle-Ateneo game last Saturday. The first I did, courtesy of my son, UAAP Commissioner Rebo, Jr. The one last Saturday, I could not, but after the latter class (human rights), I went to an Alabangasalto for Panyero Deng Bautista, of which shindig I was notified by Rebo, who was a no-show. Deng’s client in the Vizconde tragedy, TonyBoyLejano, was there, another innocent party who had to waste more than 15 years in jail for a case where I said, early on, Hubert Webb was thousands of miles away from the locus delicti when it happened. It is good that TonyBoy shows no sign of bitterness, as does Hubert. Why the long undeserved detention?
A Benedictine nun, ex-Hollywood actress, Dolores Hart, the first woman kissed by Elvis Presley onscreen, said: “Do I understand God? No, I don’t” but she accepts that the finite cannot ever really understand the infinite. Last Tuesday I began my tenth year as an Unmerry Widower. Am also accepting that the Lord took back my Perfect Wife. Last Sunday, we visited Manila Memorial after avoiding the rush and gridlock ofUndas, a term I heard in my youth for the good-natured prank of stealing chickens on November 1. I have yet to find an explanation as to why its meaning has expanded.
Among those who just left us is Boy Codiñera, a baseball icon. I am glad iconic Pacquiao and Vargas, in another “sport,” had no serious injury last Sunday. Otherwise, I hope Manny will resign as senator and focus on boxing, for more datong, to which he seems addicted and for which activity he is gifted. Or he should be expelled from government.
He is a continuing anomaly in Congress, in the House where he was Top Absentee, and in the Senate, which he treats as a sideline or hobby. Disrespectful. A top House absentee landing as No. 7 in the Senate race? And Serge Osmeña and TG Guingona losing? Again, manifestations of Decay?
Boxing is hard work. Lawmaking more so. We have to arrest our decay, in our values, institutions and processes. If Manny fantasizes and yearns to be Prez in 2022, he should quit boxing now and prepare, instead oftraining for a Mayweather rematch. Again, as I remind my classes, Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance and Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail. I ask them to familiarize themselves with the story of Nobel Laureate for Literature Vargas Llosa, and Mary Jane. I find remarkable his stance on drugs. Decriminalize all drugs, he has been saying all these years. In 1983, I wrote “Who’s Afraid of Mary Jane?”
Users are not criminals. They are sick, they need help. Legalization should kill the profit motive, not the user, and government then provides them with what they need in rehab facilities. Kill! Kill!Kill! as a policy has not succeeded anywhere in the world. Repeating the same mistake again and again indicates that one is unhinged.
Yup, Isip-Garapatas-Utak-Pulburas in our police state should have a higher regard for the intelligence of the public. Again, the raiders could just have used tear gas or shots in the air or just maim and disable the two victims, ideas needing no training in the San Francisco Police Department to learn.
Way to go. Not the way is allowing kleptocrat-gross-human rights-violator Macoy to be buried in the Libingan ng MgaBayani. What we will bury is our values and ideals. The battle may just have begun.
When we marched last August 14 at the Luneta, some young hotheads were saying that they would desecrate, and vandalize Macoy’s resting place in the LMB. I didn’t take it seriously. Pure threat and braggadocio, but in chess, the threat is worse than the execution.
I fear the taxpayer probably would pay for the move from the Ilocos to the Libingan ng Mandarambong at Berdugo (LMB), and also for the round-the-clock guarding of the place, in the wind and rain, which will cost us. No one would like poo-poo in the place. Budget Sec Ben Diokno, cuanto?
That is why the prudent choice is to bury the remains in the Ilocos where Macoy is cherished and where no one would put up a sign, HERE A LAWYER LIES STILL. And cost us nothing.