Thursday, November 7, 2013

Who's "insane" now? (PDAF case-related)

First of all I would like to write in English not because of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago or wanting to be like her; I just feel like even foreigners should know about this thing, that's all.

Photo Source: miriam.com.ph / photo by abg

The aforementioned senator who is a law expert was once shunned by the public, and I'm sure all of the 'normal Filipinos' know about this. They ridicule her for being 'too harsh', 'too violent' or 'having mental issues', and probably one thousand more reasons enough for her not to be voted as President despite being a long-time runner in the shadows of the Philippine Government.


 

Strictly speaking, there is a reason for everything, even people going insane or downright obsessed with something. Let's put it in a simple way: if you're a huge fan of a romantic comedy TV series with a cliche plot and mediocre teen stars who "capture people's hearts" as the media "dictates" you, wouldn't you go crazy when you meet that person in a mall show? Another example: if you're a sports fan (basketball fan, UFC fan or even a cockfighting fan for that matter), wouldn't you always absurdly spend tons of cash just to see a game live and feel the sensational drama? 

This, my friends, is how "obsession" works.

Let's go to Sen. Miriam's case. First of all, if you think she's too much, then you're just nothing but a close-minded person. If you look at the big picture of our country, don't we have too much democracy and freedom? Don't you think that the rules are a bit too loose that's why discipline is going astray? Or are we just contented in our comfort zones because we get to play with our gadgets/tablets all day while waiting for our favorite teleserye?

Take note that I have no knowledge in law myself, but I do understand a bit from common sense. Here are some of my favorite things during Janet Lim Napoles' hearing that the senator has pointed out:

1. Right against self-incrimination in our country is totally different from what's in America, where it only applies to criminal cases. The PDAF/Plunder Case of Napoles is an administrative case, and we could all say she's been blessed with such privilege.

2. Only Sen. Miriam could make the woman talk. She isn't afraid of anybody, ever. While Napoles would simply reply "I do not know" or similar phrases, with Sen. Miriam she could not, being explained of the rules of self-incrimination rights and the oath of "to tell the truth and nothing but the truth", thus making it known to the public that she is definitely hiding a bunch of things.

3. The involved senators, according to Sen. Miriam, are murderous and not just homicidal, meaning they will and can take out Napoles if they wish, so she convinces the accused to tell the truth and not just alibi and stuff. She is saying this as a "friendly advice from a lawyer". Indeed this is true, because while she is alive and kicking, the senators involved could be incriminated and lose their positions and most importantly (for them at least), their precious money. And we all know that money itself is murderous.

4. Sen. Miriam has reviewed and studied every nook and cranny of Napoles' personal and business life, to how she started off from a poor state of living and "magically" to rich subdivisions and dealing with foreign businessmen. With this kind of information, she is able to ask in full detail just about everything that Napoles should be able to answer without invoking her self-incrimination thing.

5. Just so you know, Sen. Miriam's knowledge does not make her "insane" as her critics tell - it's supposed to be there for a purpose, and with this hearing, I believe most of us have already witnessed its power and how it can save the Filipino people from the hands of corruption (and similar things). Her expertise in law is so extensive that she points out things that surprise not just Napoles, but other lawmakers. One good example is that since Napoles' former lawyer didn't state clearly if he was an International Trade something (I forgot, related to law), Sen. Miriam pointed out that "this man could be just a mere OFW, since that International Trade something (again, not sure what it is) law subject is a very technical one and was only taken in by very few law students" in her schooling times, and "very few practice it in our country". Bottom line: she knows every corner of the law without question - and not just book knowledge, but also crack humor that will make you think for yourself because it's true.

6. One of the most important things: Sen. Miriam opened up the existence of PRs or PROs (Public Relation Officers) who, according to her, are the ones who are directly responsible for mass media manipulation among the politicians. Strictly speaking, they give "incentives" (probably cash) to reporters, columnists, journalists, and the like to praise a certain person or to ruin the reputation of another person, etc. This, my friends, is exactly what I am trying to tell you for years and years from my past posts, and now we finally have proof. Finally, someone spoke about it! I also believe that PRs isn't just for politics - they can be used by showbiz personalities to stir up drama and whatnot, to improve ratings, to incriminate and shun people, to abuse fame and power, and is also used by other big personalities as well. So you think you're safe when you turn off the TV and surf the net? No, even online journalists could be PRs as well, and that is a definite possibility, I tell you. Don't believe in everything you see or hear unless there is solid evidence. Any hearsay or chismis will remain as they are unless proven.

7. According to Sen. Miriam, Napoles was only making the "I'm lacking an attorney" alibi (since her lead attorney backed out at the last minute) so she could buy time and seek a public attorney, which was wrong according to the senator. Public attorneys, according to Sen. Miriam, are only for the poor. Sure Napoles was formerly poor, but not now anymore, obviously.

8. Sen. Miriam pointed out something that almost no lawmaker have ever discussed and bluntly stated: Napoles might not be the mastermind, and instead, a certain senator who's in his "late ages". This is (still) where Sen. Miriam convinces Napoles to tell the truth so that this certain "mastermind" will be incriminated instead of her, so she can run safely and freely. The requirement to be a state witness, according to Sen. Miriam, is not to be the most guilty, and if Napoles confesses the truth of who is the true mastermind, she might be acquited and become a state witness instead, and that mastermind will be the one in the hot seat.

9. Look at Sen. Miriam. She was sick, and she still is even during the trial. You can obviously see she's not faking it due to the fact that she's always in high-blood mood because of the "stupidity" of the things she sees in Senate sessions. But even so, did that stop her from getting into the session? No, because she believes that "nothing interesting will happen" and "the case will not advance" if she isn't there to perk things up. And what about those "people in wheelchairs" or those who "left the country for a while because of medical operations" and other stupid excuses. Who do they think they are? They can't fool the citizens of our country anymore with their dirty tactics.

10. Sure you can hear Sen. Miriam sometimes cursing in front of national television, but did she do that for kicks? No. Did she do that to get rid of some senators or lawmakers? No. She only answered their invocations and accusations. She was only disciplining people who are goofing off during sessions - is that a bad thing? For example: why do parents scold us when we do something wrong? Why do teachers tell us off when we become noisy in class? Isn't it obvious?

There are more things I would've pointed out in this post but this is all I can remember for now. I'm not sure if I would make a second post, but hey, maybe I will. But the conclusion so far that I would like every Filipino to know and realize: everyone of us can be insane in something. Everyone makes mistakes. 

I've never lived during the era of Martial Law but I've experienced some things in my life that's similar to that case, but hey you know what? Tough discipline isn't always a bad thing when used properly. Why? Did you see Sen. Miriam boss people around? No, instead, she pointed out a certain senator (we obviously know who he is) who really sits at the top of the pyramid since the ages of Martial Law. I sort of gave a hint of this above in the list; after all, she already pointed this out, right?

Another thing that Sen. Miriam seems to be pointing out is that (and I also believe this), the Philippine Government's justice system (for both politicians and celebrities) is like this situation:

Man: There's an elephant in your room.
Government official: We'd have to conduct a proper investigation for that, gather state witness, pay some attorney fees, etc.

I mean, really? Why are we complicating ourselves too much when the truth is already in front of our eyes? Or are we just playing dumb and blind because if we keep silent, we'll earn cash and keep our reputation? Are material things really that important?

Okay, so much for the talk. Let's now just sit back, relax and enjoy this bumpy ride of our country's atrocities and see where it will lead us. Or will we take the wheel and drive instead of entrusting our futures to high-profile politicians and superstars?
It's up to you to decide.

This is just my two centavos.

Comments are welcome, but think before you bash. Thank you.

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