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13-10 vote shows deeply divided impeachment court


Chief Justice Renato Corona INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The 13-10 vote last week by the Senate respecting a Supreme Court order temporarily barring the examination of the dollar deposits of Chief Justice Renato Corona revealed a deeply divided impeachment tribunal.

The voting—which came just a month into Corona’s impeachment trial—exposed this early the tectonic shift in the politics of the 23 senators, who sit in judgment of the country’s highest magistrate.

But Senators Loren Legarda, Vicente Sotto III, Gregorio Honasan, Francis Escudero, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Joker Arroyo admitted to the Philippine Daily Inquirer in separate interviews that the majority vote was not “cast in stone.”

They asserted that they had anchored their decision on either the strict confidentiality afforded by law to foreign currency deposits in the country, or the constitutional duty to respect the issuances of a coequal branch of government.

However, a cursory look at the configuration of the votes proves that there is more to the majority decision than meets the eye in this battle to impeach a sitting Chief Justice over allegations he is no longer fit to remain in office.

Evidently, the senators voted along party lines, or were influenced by other considerations such as reelection bids in 2013 and other political interests exclusive to those who hold the highest levers of power.

Senators Aquilino Pimentel III, Honasan, Antonio Trillanes IV,    Escudero,  Legarda and Alan Peter Cayetano will seek reelection in 2013.

Senators who will “graduate”—completing their 12 years in office—by the time are Arroyo, Panfilo Lacson, Edgardo Angara, Francis Pangilinan and Manuel Villar.

As expected, allies of President Benigno Aquino III voted against the TRO: Senators Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Teofisto Guingona III, Sergio Osmeña III, Lacson and Trillanes.

Cayetano and his elder sister, Sen. Pia Cayetano, also voted to reject the TRO for being an incursion into the Senate’s sole power to try and decide impeachment matters.

The Cayetanos are staunch critics of then President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who appointed Corona to the helm of the high tribunal in 2010 in what they regard as an illegal midnight appointment.

Completing the new roster of dissenters are Angara and Manuel Lapid.

The ‘rising’ sons

Lapid’s voting record had always favored whoever was sitting in Malacañang. His son, Mark Lapid, heads the Philippine Tourism Authority, recently renamed Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.

The son of Angara, Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara, is expected to run for the Senate since the father is ending his second term in 2013.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s affirmative vote has attracted considerable attention because his son, Cagayan Representative Juan “Jackie” Ponce Enrile Jr., is being groomed to be a senator come 2016, when the 88-year-old Senate president ends his second term.

The 13 senators who voted to respect the TRO are a smorgasbord of different political affiliations and overlapping loyalties and alliances.

The biggest chunk came from the bloc identified with Villar, Arroyo, Legarda, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Ramon Revilla Jr.

Villar’s wife, former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar, is now preparing for a Senate run since her husband is concluding his second term in the Senate by 2013.

Rough and tumble

The next bloc is the group of Sotto, Estrada, Honasan and Enrile.

In this rough and tumble of Senate politics,  Ralph Recto, Escudero, Pimentel, and Estrada have turned into an enigma to many Senate observers and pundits. All four voted in favor of the TRO despite their close association with Malacañang. Recto is a member of the ruling Liberal Party; he is a Batangueño just like the Chief Justice.

Pimentel and Escudero have one thing in common: They are politically affiliated with Vice President Jejomar Binay, chairman of PDP-Laban.

Initial expectations placed Estrada alongside the anti-Corona camp on account of his father, ousted President Joseph Estrada. But Estrada surprised not a few impeachment observers when he voted with the majority.

The Binay factor has apparently thrown a monkey wrench into the impeachment trial because replacing Corona would also entail a changing of the guard in the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, which is hearing the election protest of former Senator Manuel Roxas, Mr. Aquino’s running mate.

A senator said that the Binay camp would likely support the acquittal of Corona because of the pending election protest, which now serves as a sword of Damocles hanging over the head of the popular Vice President.

“People think it will affect him (Binay) because Mar is banking on winning in his protest if Corona is replaced by a Malacañang ally,” said a senator, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.

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  • Hey_Dudes

    and therefore the truth be damm, store the torpedoes back in the rack and do nothing more than speed the saliva.  What politicians do to put the greens in their turf.  Nakaka-awa naman ang bansa it is always at the bottom of the ladder from the way these politicians think.

    • dunnoidea

      ako muna,higit sa lahat ang partido at ang pamilya, bago ang bansa at masa na sinumpaang paglingkuran. iyan ang katotohanan sa takbo ng pulitika sa ating bayang sinilangan.

  • goldilock

    Philippine interest eminent domain —> right of way —> impeachment —> money launderers / using project money for non project use / betrayal of public trust / corruption / treason/failure to comply etc

    This guide detects anomalies, loyalty not for Philippine interest.  (sec 8. ra 6246 is not for Philippine interest but for robbers/organized criminals/corrupt individual working against the interest of the Philippines)

  • marimalo

    tandaan ninyo ang pangalang binay at escudero pagdating sa botohan.mga taong pansarili lamang ang iniisip at pamumulitika.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001173232085 Nor Flaw

      tandaan nyo, si marimalo ay pang abnoy lamang iniisip. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z7Z7T6SC4KK3A3332DMPMFVWFM Abnoynoy

      pulitika din naman ang iniisip ni Aquino at ng Liberal Boys kaya sila nagiimpeach e, wag ng magbulagbulagan

  • Dodge2

    I liked Senator Trillanes explanation for his vote.  “We are trained to disobey unlawful orders”.  For him the SC TRO is unlawful.

  • harrier07

    pag na-acquit si corona dahil sa TRO ng SC na wag ilabas ang dollar accounts niya,history repeats itself..ang mga mamamayan babawi iyan sa eleksyon at maaring sa mga 13 senators na bomoto sa TRO ay sa kangkungan ang bagsak.

    • 0pps_hindiakohalfhalf1

      hay naku asa ka pa,,,natuto na ang karamihan na dapat nilang i balance ang power ng tatlong sangay ng gobyerno para maiwasan ang dictatorship para sa interest ng karamihan…

  • 2rey3

    The stand of the 13 is temporary obedience to the TRO is I think temporary and is just to show good faith before  the Senate disobeys it on account of the moral and constitutional superiority of public accountability over a positive law such as the absolute confidentiality of the foreign dollar account which many globally frown upon as it can be a hideaway for ill gotten wealth and funds raised out of illegal activities. 

    The Senators have more than enough common sense.

  • Fakescthiefjustice

    Philippine Senate election, 2013 

    Vote this Incumbent senator who support to convict SC Thief Justice Renato (Tinik)Corona

    Franklin Drilon, Ed Angara, Pia Cayetano, Serge Osmeña, Ralph Recto, Ping Lacson, Antonio Trillanes, Kiko Pangilinan and Teofisto Guingona Jr.

  • quirinomayer

    The day of reckoning is when and if the Supreme Court  pushes its luck to far and will issue a TRO stopping the impeachment trial in response to petition of Corona to that effect. That’s the thing to watch for.

    My guess is the Senate will defy the order. And the people will back them up.    

  • goldilock

    Absolute confidentiality only exist in privately manage secret societies, not so secret societies, and of organized criminal group. There is no absolute confidentiality in anything public, including its employed personalities on all government run institution and corporation.

    Banks doing any public business is a public institutions. So there, by subpoena, all banks in any part of Philippine territory must provide details of  anyone without hiding any ill intentions to the people of the Philippines or they move out of Philippines and claim they are outside of Philippine territory and jurisdiction.

  • rjimenez1226

    Corona’s days are numbered and those  who voted yes for the  TRO will have the  wrath of the people against them. Don’t vote for  Estrada,Santiago, Recto and Pimentel!

    • Arnellus

      Relax lang. That’s no indication at all kung ano ang kalalabasan ng trial. I don’t agree with them most of the time but I think voting to uphold the TRO is wise. It was just a hold while you give time for the justices to think more about it. Let’s hope that will make the justices think better.

  • AllaMo

    Parsing the way each of senator/judge voted inre the sc tro is grist for the politics mill. The way each of them will vote on corona’s impeachment will have far-reaching effects on every citizen’s daily life, and the nation’s lifetime.

  • Madame_XX

    Comes election time, I would make sure that I will NOT vote for a re-electionist, an actor or actress, a celebrity, son, daughter, husband, wife, relatives of present senators or congressmen, a candidate of political dysnasty. If there no other choice, I will just stay at home.

  • Guest

    “As expected, allies of President Benigno Aquino III voted against the
    TRO: Senators Pangilinan, Franklin Drilon, Teofisto Guingona III, Sergio
    Osmeña III, Lacson and Trillanes.”

    Don’t vote these people. (And don’t vote Bong Revilla, even if he didn’t belong to the Lacson-Drilon-Trillanes group.)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

      The Impeachment boils down to 2 factors only:
    1. Hacienda Luisita – the Cojuangcos must gain back control, else they need 10 billion payment.
    2. The Vice Presidency – a penoy-controlled SC and electoral tribulal will vote for a Mar Roxas win, thus ensuring surviva of the Liiberal party,

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    So much for Aquino’s wish to appoint an new CJ asap.
    All the pork he can offer is still not enough to buy Senators into his cause.
    Better luck next year.

  • sacrebleau

    Scorched earth and mutual annihilation. Corona just wants to inflict a lot of damage to the country. If he had any decency he would have resigned.

  • pedronimo


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z7Z7T6SC4KK3A3332DMPMFVWFM Abnoynoy

    sorry na lang, Aquino. quasi-political ang impeachment, mas malamang na i acquit nila Pimentel, Escudero si Corona dahil kay Binay. Jinggoy is not going to vote guilty kung ang ipapalit ay si Carpio, remember, galing sa firm ni Carpio ang mga private prosecutors nuong impeachment ni Erap, at alam niya na mas malaki ang involvement ni Carpio sa conspiracy para mapatalsik si Erap ni Arroyo. Quasi-Judicial ito, kaya pagbabasehan nila Arroyo,Santiago at Enrile ang mga evidence sa magiging desisyon nila, at sa ngayon, iba ang evidence na nilalabas ng Prosecution sa inaakusa nila kay Corona, at lamang ang depensa sa galing at abilidad, may alas pa ang mga yan pag magprepresinta sila ng ebidensya. sampa na lang ulit kayo next year, para magsawa naman ang tao sa inyo, paulit ulit lang hehe

  • justbethankfull

    The author of the article mentioned all the different reasons on why these senator-judges voted the way they did with regards to the TRO but there is no mention of “THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY” reason. Are all these senator-judges WILL ONLY DO WHAT IS GOOD FOR THEMSELVES? Then that is shame.

  • kruger

    If, God forbid, the Senate amidst all these overwhelming proof of Corona’s worthlessness still find him innocent, we are only left with the following reactions:

    1.  Stop paying our taxes,
    2.  Denounce the Senate and the Supreme Court through civil disobedience, and
    3.  Re-live the splendor of People Power and take to the streets once more.

    Be forewarned, the people will have the last say, and it ain’t gonna be based on some esoteric BS of a secrecy law or any BS TRO or any other BS!  ☢☠

    • Guest

      “If, God forbid, the Senate amidst all these overwhelming proof of
      Corona’s worthlessness still find him innocent, we are only left with
      the following reactions:

      1.  Stop paying our taxes,
      2.  Denounce the Senate and the Supreme Court through civil disobedience, and
      3.  Re-live the splendor of People Power and take to the streets once more.

      forewarned, the people will have the last say, and it ain’t gonna be
      based on some esoteric BS of a secrecy law or any BS TRO or any other
      BS!  ☢☠”

      4. Kiss, lick the boots and worship Benigno Aquino III.
      5. Throw your brain into the trash can.
      6. Kill everyone who is not following Benigno Aquino III.
      7. Rename the Philippines into Aquinostan.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA3GZEWFB7K55ANOIDRDNMWS2A Josefino

      Sige, sige, civil disturbance na tayo para mabangkarote na gobyernong ito at mawala na tuluyan ang salot na si P-noy.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/DIJTE4H3SYN3ZHZXPYWB5UGPFE Drummerman B

        magtrabaho ka muna, di na nahiya sa asawa mo, pa cicvil civil disturbance ka pang nalalaman dyan, uwi!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQBHSHS22G65Z6V5Z64XBRCIZQ simon

    i believe with all the money of CORONA, he can buy eight SENATORS or more to acquit him, but God has a way to turn it around,,, remember ERAPs impeachment? ORETA make a public apology but the people could not forgive her although she seek it diligently with tears. COSETTENG can not come back, so as TATAD who divide the house for nothing.
    my suggestion is,,, if the SENATE frustrate the people for the second time,,, i think we should abolish the SENATE through constituent assembly, or through our congress to amend the law. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2IW665L3YEV6FZ2FLG6BTNU2KE Navigator

       Tama lang po Our country will save billions of peso. Nagpapayaman lang yan mga yan sa pera ng taong bayan. and they dont do their job. Now they are hunting people who will try to expose the truth, hay naku kawawa tayo mga taong bayan pinagloloko lang tayo ng mga eto.

  • neverwint3r

    and that is why this impeachment is a waste of time. these senators are not gonna vote based on their judgement or any eveidence presented but base on their own personal interests. it’s always been like that in philippine politics.
    they are gonna prolong this and milk it as much as they can to take advantage of the extensive media coverage.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA3GZEWFB7K55ANOIDRDNMWS2A Josefino

      Give up na ba mga yellow stains?  Paano mababalik nagastos dyan na walang napala si P-noy?  Kaya ngawa nang ngawa na parang bata.  Abno talaga.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/DIJTE4H3SYN3ZHZXPYWB5UGPFE Drummerman B

        josefino, mababaw ka mag isip… sorry na lang pinanganak kang may depekto… hahahahahahah!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DIJTE4H3SYN3ZHZXPYWB5UGPFE Drummerman B

    kasalanan lahat ni arroyo ito! kung hindi nya ina point si corona, dapat walang ganitong gulo.. eto naman kasing mga arroyo, puro mukhang pera – kaya interes lang nila ang iniisip.lalabas na lang ng gobyerno naggulo pa…. mahiya ang mga arroyo, maraming pilipino ang galit na galit sa inyo!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA3GZEWFB7K55ANOIDRDNMWS2A Josefino

      OGAG, naisip mo na naman si GMA, nakakulong na nga.  Sisihin mo idol mo na inutil.  Kung ano anong gimik pumapasok sa baliw na pag-iisip.  OGAG din kasi.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/DIJTE4H3SYN3ZHZXPYWB5UGPFE Drummerman B

        tol, sorry na lang at mahina ang pang unawa mo… bulag ka na sa katotohanan, mahina pa comprehension mo!!! hah hahahahahahah!!

  • mark sahaoman

    since wala na si arroyo dapat tanggalin na rin sunod ang senado hehe.. wala namang kwenta. puro lang pa pogi at political ambitions.

  • notmeitsthedog

    Unlike what everyone was accusing, the constitutional crisis didn’t happen when the supreme court released a TRO to the senate from opening Justice Corona’s dollar account, the constitutional crisis happened when the senate voted to recognize the TRO!

    What they should have voted for is whether opening the dollar account would violate the law or not. The senate may come up with the same conclusion as the Supreme Court, but it must be noted that the senate came with the decision on its own, as an independent entity, without any influence from any other branch! Just imagine if the senate would base its next decision to what Malacanang wants, it would surely offend everyone. Since the senate’s decision in on the record, this would set as a bad example for future trials, that a co-equal branch can interfere with a senate impeachment!

  • Guest

    nothinbutnet: “Unlike what everyone was accusing, the constitutional crisis didn’t
    happen when the supreme court released a TRO to the senate from opening
    Justice Corona’s dollar account, the constitutional crisis happened when
    the senate voted to recognize the TRO!

    What they should have
    voted for is whether opening the dollar account would violate the law or
    not. The senate may come up with the same conclusion as the Supreme
    Court, but it must be noted that the senate came with the decision on
    its own, as an independent entity, without any influence from any other
    branch! Just imagine if the senate would base its next decision to what
    Malacanang wants, it would surely offend everyone. Since the senate’s
    decision in on the record, this would set as a bad example for future
    trials, that a co-equal branch can interfere with a senate impeachment!”

    The Philippines will finally have made it, when there will be no need for any such trial.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OA3GZEWFB7K55ANOIDRDNMWS2A Josefino

    Mukhang taob yata ang chance ni P-noy kaya nagwawala na at nagkakalat.  Ang layo sa 2/3 na hangad nya.  OGAG ka, P-noy, lugmok na Pinas sa katangahan at kakulangan mo ng tamang diskarte at pag-iisip para iahon ang bansa.  Dapat ka nang kalusin.

    • rtgrtg

      Parang ang lugmok ngayon eh ang mga taong nanamantala noong panahon nila..si Gloria arestado, si Abalos arestado, si Jose Pidal dedbol pero imbes na maawa tao eh naging butt of joke pa, si Mikey..ayun nabawasan na ang angas..at ikaw naman Josefino….dapat ka nang humarap sa katotohanan…panahon na ng pagbabago! What we need is a CULTURE OF INTEGRITY hindi CULTURE OF CORRUPTION na sinulong na amo mo!

  • EngrhansTeh

    POLITICS again plays a big role in shaping our country. if PNOY really wants an extraleap in his administration , PNOY must include and make a no. 1 priority the FREEDOM OF INFORMATION bill. pero bakit hindi nya sinama sa 13 priority bill nya ang FOI. Are we really fighting for corruption, or fighting for his hacienda luisita?

  • Malik62

    BS Aquino x3 is deeply rift right now.  On the one hand, he really wants Corona convicted. On the other hand his advisers want Corona acquitted so that they will have a “trigger” to launch their people power and install a revolutionary government.

  • butilngbayan

    The biggest disappointment among the 13 senators who voted to respect the TRO are Recto, Pimentel and Escudero.  Who many believe are bright hopes in Philippine politics.  The rest are rotten politicians, who care less for the country and merely there for their vested interests.   

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQBHSHS22G65Z6V5Z64XBRCIZQ simon

      correct,, the 13 SENATORS weaken the IC because they uphold the law rather than the constitution. and the law they want to follow is old and aging and is ready to vanish away. this law (bank secrecy law) was a law that was made of no effect by other country after the 9-11 attack. accordingly this law was meant to protect investors or to encourage investor to come,,, and CORONA is not an investor,,,  a corrupt public official disguised as law abiding citizen,,,so sad. the 13 SENATORS play the same HYPOCRISY as CORONA.
      CORONA wants to follow all the rules (known to him) but he himself trampled the CONSTITUTION.
      my suggestion is if the SENATE will frustrate the people the second time around,,, i think it is proper to abolish the SENATE through peoples initiative.
      sayang lang ang lahat na nagagastos diyan, sayang ang sweldo, sayang ang building,sayang ang kuryente, etc,etc,etc. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LZ5I4RPUUEN44PR5RWDNBVMPFI Ferdinand

      I agree on pimentel & escudero as  disappointment. But for recto, he is just a traditional politiko…and may have stashed some money to hide..

  • louie

    i’ll try not to vote people because of their last name. ano bang alam ng mga nak ni ganito o ni ganyan. have they done their jobs in their territories?

  • http://twitter.com/guitarman1215 christopher gonzales

    ang malaking katanungan para sa akin ay kung bakit iginalang ng ilang senador ang TRO ng SC tungkol sa dollar account ni Corona. Di kaya meron ding mga nakatago o nakadepositong dolyar ang mga sumang-ayon at ayaw nilang mabuksan din ang kanilang dollar account kung dumating sa ganoong pagkakataon? 

    Isa ko pang tanong, lagi nilang sinasabi na co-equal ang 3 sangay ng ating gobyerno, pero bakit ang mga nakaupo sa SC ay pinili lamang ng iiilang mga individual at kung hindi naman ay ipinuwesto lang ng Pangulo? Ang Pangulo at ang mga Senador at Kongresista ay binuto ng mga mamayan, dapat ang mga mahestrado ay may say din ang mga mamayan. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KT3CACHMMDKWDDZHEEDIW4OQME George

    kami ang taongbayang na mga mamamyang pilipino saan man sulok ng mundong ibabaw ang tagahatol at supreme ruler ng impeachment court na ito. kami ang magpapasya na kung may kasalanang o wala si cj corona. base sa mga ebidensya na ilahad na at pilit na kinukubli ay maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw ay si cj corona ay guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. kasama pa ng ibang gma appointed sc associate justices sila ay nagkukubli sa mga batas na pinaiiral ngunit labag sa mga dapat na pairaling mga batas. sana po alisin na ninyo ang utang na loob na mayroon kayo kay gma at paganahin ninyo ang independensya ng inyong mga desisyon para sa kabutihan ng mga mamamayang pilipino. bakit nakapaghari ang kadiliman noon panahong ng diktadura. dahil ang mga sc justices ay hindi nila ginawa ang kanikanilang trabaho. simpleng simple lang sasabihin sa pangulo na: mr. prez your time is up. your are only constitutionally allowed for two terms. 1965 to 1969 and 1969 to 1973. so what happened? very effective staged assasination attempt on the life of sec. of national defence juan ponce enrile, was the sole reason for the declaration of martial law which lasted for eight years. kaya nga supreme court of last resort na ginagamit ni cj corona at mga galamay ni little girl. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQBHSHS22G65Z6V5Z64XBRCIZQ simon

      fake assasination attempt kay ENRILE ba ang ibig mong sabihin? huwag po kayong magalala,, natatandaan po namin iyan. eh may Diyos po tayo na nagbabantay. hindi po lingid iyan sa kanyang kaaalaman,,, ako po ay naniniwala,, sa salita ng Diyos,, whatever you sow you will reap. kaya nga lang in his (God) own time.

  • kismaytami

    Tsiguro… may $$$ accounts yang 13 na yan… If you know what I mean…

  • Pluma Mana

    yan mga politiko ay pare-pareho lahat mga iyan. mapa-pro aquino o mapa anti-aquino man yan. may mga personal agenda mga yan at pinoprotektahan lang nila yun pansariling interest. malayo o wala sa konsiderasyon nila yun kapakanan ng sambayanang pilipino. palagay mo ba magpapabaril ang mga yan sa luneta tulad ni rizal alang-alang sa bayan? hindi noh!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/AlimtheWrath Alim A

    aquino said to his lapdog senators, it is either my way or you go the highway. JUMP! they answered: HOW HIGH MASTER.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CGHW3MTR5GW2M6XF3FLTS44CI4 Jarde C

    majority decision must prevail though this majority is corrupt and all what we can get is a corrupt justice

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NWVMLLUEVODVD4BHGZJ7JH5ANU seekleer

    ..ang mga ebidensiya laban kay Corono ay sana naging mas kapanipaniwala kung nakuha ito sa makatarungan para-an. Ang problema ay ang mga walang utak na tongresista, na sa lubos ng hangad nilang mapaligaya si Pnoy, naglabas ng kung ano anong mga ebidensiya, nakaw man, o kuha sa nakakadudang paraan kaya, ayan tuloy namantsa han  ang bisa ang kanilang laban. Totoo, ang talo dito ay ang mga taong bayan, na naman. Bukod pa sa buwis nila ang ginastos sa paglilitis nitong pakana, ay hindi rin napatalsik ang dapat na patalsikin. Tapos, itong Presidente naman, na nakiki-alam pa sa  paglilitis kung kaya naman, tumutotol ang karamihan sa kanyang mala diktador na paraan para alisin ang korapsiyon. Kung bakit hindi nalang sana niya pinabayaan ang gulong ng hustisya ang umikot para sagasa-an ang mga korap, e di mas, madaling tanggapin ang mga resulta. Kasi, hindi naman tama ang pag-gamit ng kasamaan para ayusin ang bunga ng isang isa ring kasama-an. Two wrongs dont make things right, eka nga.

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  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  8. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  9. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia


  • 16 suffer burns in Batangas sugar factory accident
  • Angat level drops; cloud seeding set
  • Indigenous aspiration in Bangsamoro
  • Banahaw continues to lure pilgrims, trekkers
  • Passion of Christ moves survivors
  • Sports

  • Tottenham beats Fulham 3-1 in Premier League
  • Martino defends Messi, takes blame for Barca fail
  • Vettel hoping for resurgence at Chinese GP
  • MLB pitcher donates $100,000 for Sewol ferry victims
  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Minnie Driver plays devastated mother to a stillborn child
  • Business

  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Learning by doing: pilgrimage of faith
  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
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