WE have just won against China. Frankly, I have not read the 501-page decision. Ingles pa po. I need time. I cannot intelligently explain or comment on what I have not read. I have to admire the courage of others.
Heading our legal team is Paul Reichler, who represented Nicaragua in the World Court and beat the US three decades ago. No one had bothered to interview the man of the hour?
He finished law, cum laude, in Harvard. He joined Arnold & Porter (A&P), which Nicaragua retained, against the US and won. (A&P is famed for its pro bono work.)
Enforcement could be a problem. China may be a rogue state and the US may not complain. Last I checked, the Kanos still have to comply with the Nicaragua ruling of 1986 Reichler toiled for and earned.
When I joined A&P in 1969 – 70 to train, we were about 70 lawyers. I worked in a townhouse where Lafayette used to live. The firm is now in downtown with at least 800 lawyers, last I checked years ago.
I have worked with Paul, and with the diplomat Paul Warnke and Chuck Medel, an Atenean who earned his law degree in the US. Chuck rushed news to me of the Permanent Court of Arbitration victory, by email with the marathon decision attached. He had introed me to the two Pauls. Diplomat Warnke is gone. Reichler I was last in touch with two decades or so ago.
The three are courageous, principled fighters, like gutsy Tony Gonzalez, of Mondragon and Mimosa, Prez Cory’s Tourism Sec, another longtime and valued friend. He just turned 78(?) and celebrated last Saturday. Not really all that close to the Aquinos, he gravitated toward them when martial law was inflicted by Marcos and Ninoy was detained. It was unusual; for when you laugh, the whole world laughs with you, but you weep alone. I had not known Ninoy at all but I, stranger to the Aquinos, with a few others, wept with them.
And wept with Macoy opposer Tony, for and with whom my late Dulce worked, in Mondragon, beginning in 1984, and helped ensure our kids would not walk around barefooted, shirtless, unable to go to school.
I was not to meet Cory until the “mad adventure”—Sen. Lorenzo Tañada’s term—of LABAN, in 1978, and Ninoy, in 1982.
Happy birthday, Tony, whose shindig I missed and the fun of which I could not share last Saturday late morning.
Sharing, not joy, but pain of a sort was partly the reason I went to the MOA Arena last Saturday and Sunday for the FIBA games. I had thought few would watch the guests who had booted us out. To my pleasant surprise, the venue was crowded by real fanatics who stayed to the end, even after all the players had left. They cheered when France was honored after the title game. Loser Canada had left earlier.
In the NCAA and UAAP, a tradition began, I know not when, when the losers were made to stay, sing their school song, and endure the pain of defeat, which their loyal fans shared. It seems to me the old practice was better, allowing the losers to leave ASAP, and weep privately.
My son, Rebo, had secured ducats for weekend last, good ones, but not as good as those of Hans Sy and seatmate Bobby Jaworski Sunday last. In 2013, I was lucky to be with these fellow billionaires of mine, ha, ha. This year I could not get tickets to our country’s games, not for love or money. By last weekend, our country was an also-ran. Demand for tickets lower.
Anyway, la belle France, whose Tony Parker was clearly a crowd fave, emerged champion last Sunday. Yesterday marked the Fall of Bastille, critical to human rights. Liberte egalite fraternite, and today I add, sororite. Tuesday nights in Solaire, I expect the band Hiway 54 to sing Edith Piaf’s haunting La Vie En Rose.
Oh, happy birthday, too, Birthday Boy Alex Padilla. He had his wingding last Saturday night to mark his acquisition of an additional citizenship: Senior. Among the guests was Tony Moncupa, East-West head honcho, detained in 1982 with Boy Morales, Development Academy of the Philippines head. Boy went underground the night he was proclaimed as one of the country’s Ten Oustanding Young Men.
Many Repentant Capitalist Roaders I saw in the wingding would remain mercifully unnamed. The band was Ateneo’s nonpareil Spirit of ‘67.
France pioneered in the human rights movement, which emerged and rose to prominence here, thanks to the Marcoses, in the 70’s. Late yesterday afternoon, relics like Jojobama Binay and Jun Factoran and near-relic Mon Esguerra, et al., of MABINI (Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity & Nationalism, Inc.) were to meet with other human rights advocates alarmed by the Killing Fields and Assault on Dignity all over. (We formed MABINI partly inspired by Nicaragua’s Sandinistas.)
My son Rebo and I had motored yesterday to and from the North earlier to make boundary, but determined to join the effort to resist the new Reign of Terror. Never Again! I am in my Second Childhood while Jojobama and Jun are said to be in their Second Adolescence.
PNP chief Bato de la Rosa announced “23 DRUG MAYORS WILL ALSO BE NAMED.” Weird. Why not simply properly charge them for due process’s sake so the defamed could give their side? Would there be another PMA Mistah whose pain Bato could tearfully share? Are all body counts material? But Mayors are not riffraff so immunity also. But it seems Bato de la Rosa gets an orgasm prejudging, throwing the presumption of innocence in the Bill of Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Right into the discard. Decay?
In Denver for a conference of law-enforcement officials, on Aug. 3, 1970, lawyer Prez Nixon complained that the press tended “to glorify and make heroes out of those engaged in criminal activities. … I noted, for example, the coverage of the Charles Manson case… Front page every day in the papers. It usually got a couple of minutes in the evening news.
Here is a man who was guilty, directly or indirectly, of eight murders. Yet here is a man who, as far as the coverage is concerned, appeared to be a glamorous figure.”
Following Nixon’s remarks, presidential press secretary Ron Ziegler scrambled and said that the President had “failed to use the word ‘alleged’ in referring to the charges.” On the way back to Washington on Air Force One, Nixon said: “I have been informed that my comment in Denver regarding the Tate murder trial in Los Angeles may continue to be misunderstood despite the unequivocal statement made at the time by my press secretary.
The last thing I would do is prejudice the legal rights of any person, in any circumstances.
To set the record straight, I do not now and did not intend to speculate as to whether the Tate defendants are guilty, in fact or not. All the facts in the case have not yet been presented. The defendants should be presumed to be innocent at this stage of the trial.”
Way to go. Not the apodictic style of Digong and Bato.
If all my reservations and apprehensions will have been proven groundless by Dec. 31, no one may be happier than I; that would mean a better life for our people. We would remain in Civilization, after Savagery. Humane and kind.
GMA was humane and kind to septuagenarians in her time in the Palace with her Memo Circular 155 and had the anti-poor death penalty abrogated. She and Mike can be additional Repentant Capitalist Roaders. We need everyone in resisting the anti-poor-eye-for-an-eye-rape-the-rapist death penalty.
We welcome the Freedom of Information (FOI) Executive Order applicable to the executive branch. Let’s see what it will say.
Change has to come. The Prez can start with himself. The Assault on Dignity must end.
Catholic Veep Joe Biden just said that the Pope had “electrified the world because he embodies the basic tenets of Catholic social doctrine that also cut across all great faiths [as exemplified by Saladin and Richard the Lionheart]—everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity, we have to help the poor…”
I don’t know that after the human rights advocates’ get-together in Makati yesterday that I will find the time to rush to Club Filipino, managed by my stude, Kamandag Obet de Leon, for a conflicting get-together to honor Digong. The Prez was OUR stude in 1972 but I was out of the country in his freshman-to-junior years, so he was never under me at a time when our enrolment was small. Leni was MY stude in our grad law school but had to leave when she became a Cong in 2013 (right priority).
Sana Digong would have been joined yesterday by Bedans Executive Sec. Bingbong Medialdea, Justice Sec. Vit Aguirre, Transportation Sec. Art Tugade and DICT Sec. Rudy Salalima.
If Leni Robredo would also go, I can only filch Hillary Clinton’s STRONGER TOGETHER, when Red Lions Roar Together.