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House ‘Great Wall’ shrine to historic impeachment

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Call it “The Great Wall of Epal.”

A self-congratulatory mural celebrating the victory of prosecutors who worked to convict then Chief Justice Renato Corona greets passersby at the south wing of the House of Representatives.

The “shrine” to the prosecution’s success in unseating Corona—unveiled a few hours before President Benigno Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (Sona)—is not likely to be missed.

Right smack at the center are giant close-ups of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., House lead prosecutor Iloilo Representative Nathaniel Tupas Jr. and Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas, whose “palusot” (lame excuses) closing argument against Corona was credited for helping bring down the country’s top magistrate.

There are also numerous “firing squad” photos of the prosecutors and their panel’s spokespersons.

The black-and-white mural is a sharp contrast to the pending “anti-epal bill” that prohibits elected officials and even appointed ones from splashing their pictures on posters announcing government projects.

Questions raised

The Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday chanced upon the ceiling-to-floor mural, which appeared to have been freshly installed. Bouquets of fresh flowers still stood at both ends of the mural.

The mural was installed earlier Monday. After a ribbon cutting, the lawmakers posed for pictures in front of their own images and also with eager staff members.

A quick scan of the project raises some questions.

How come the photos of the Speaker, Tupas and Fariñas are bigger than that of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who won more accolades than any of the prosecutors for his expert handling of the trial as presiding judge of the impeachment court?

Smaller photos

There are also photos of the senators who sat through the four-month trial. These, however, are about a fifth the size of those of Belmonte’s and the prosecutors’.

Whoever chose the photos of the senators seemed to have made sure to get unflattering ones of Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who both voted to acquit Corona.

Marcos’ eyes are half-closed in his photograph while Santiago’s shot captured her with angry eyes and mouth wide open.

Recall that it was Santiago who almost daily fed the prosecution team with mouthfuls of criticism for its supposed unpreparedness and inept presentation of evidence against Corona during the trial.

Grudging nod

Also, why are the photos of witnesses limited to those of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares and Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales?

Private prosecutor Mario Bautista, who spent more time than most of the House prosecutors in examining witnesses and dodging questions from the lead defense lawyer, Serafin Cuevas, appears to have been given a grudging nod—his close-up is pasted at the far right edge of the mural.

Thankfully, Cuevas has a solo closeup shot, while some members of the defense team are bundled in a candid group photo tucked at the bottom of the mural.

Not his idea

Don’t look at Tupas. It wasn’t his idea, he said. He told reporters he was surprised when he was informed about the mural early Monday.

“We know (the impeachment) is very historical. The first in our history, and probably the last,” he said.

Tupas said the pictures brought back memories.

“While we were looking at the pictures, the memories came rushing back,” he said. “It was a difficult battle by the House for the people. It wasn’t easy, but you saw the commitment of the House of Representatives.”

The President had strongly wanted Corona ousted, and the House impeached him in record time—one day, with 188 members signing the articles of impeachment.

Earlier, the House passed a resolution commending its prosecution panel and the private prosecutors for winning the case against Corona, who was accused of underdeclaring his assets and not declaring his dollar accounts in violation of the Constitution.

The Senate, voting 20-3, convicted and ousted Corona on May 29.

Originally posted: 2:25 pm | Monday, July 23rd, 2012


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  • boypalaban

    hanggang patanggal lang kay coronarrovo…kaya niyo bang ipakulong ang magnanakaw na yun?
     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ITHRKJWK3EGO2FR7BJSGPKJWF4 emmanuel

    Epal nga! Mahiya naman kayo ‘honorables’.

  • francoalminolibre

    susmaryosep. kailangan pa bang gumastos para pam pogi effect. ayaw nga magpirma nang waiver ang mga hudas na ito!

  • $16638896

    dapat jan wall of hypocrites, natawa ako dun sa may bulaklak ang mural, parang lapida hahahah dapat lagyan din ng kandila. mga self serving hypocrites amputa!

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    indeed, IT IS HOUSE OF HYPOCRITES!!!

  • magiting78

    Hoy mga ungas na prosecution team, wala kau nagawa s paglilitis mag pasalamat kau ki Ombudsman kung hnd sa knya hnd ma koconvict c Corona. 2 lng naman mahusay sa inyo I’ll give credit to Cong. Farinas(kht n trapo) at dun sa isang private prosecutor, the rest, kung sa sinaing puro tutong…

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

    Call it the Wall of Epal.
    Or
    Call it the Wall of mga Kupal.

  • boypalaban

     pwede ba ilabas si batman…at dalhin diyan…

  • popeyee

    What a waste of people’s money..

  • Filipinoflash

    I like that mural. If I had my way, I will install more of it in the country. It was a victory in a total war against corruption! Mabuhay ang mga Prosecutors! Mabuhay ka Pnoy! Corona at GMA, Ibagsak! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    if viewed dispassionately, cj corona was impeachead DESPITE the incompetence of the house prosecutors.

  • brunogiordano

    ‘A quick scan of the project raises some questions.’

    BIG QUESTIONS!!!!!

    OBVIOUS, HALATA at KITANG KITA ang mga nagpapapogi ng mga wala naman talagang mga binatbat ang nagpagawa nito. napanood at alam namin kung gaano ka-bukols at nakakahiya ang mga prosecutors. 

    tuwing magsasalita kahit sino man sa prosecutor ay kinakabahan kami na pag hindi tumigil ito sa pagsasalita malamang ma-acquit si CORONA.

    ang tunay na nagpanalo ng kaso ay si CORONA mismo, si ENRILE at si MORALES.

    • RHumabon

      Ang Impeachment Trial ng Chief Justice ay kagaya ng ibang paglilitis. Ang nagpapanalo ay ang prosecution. Congratulations to Speaker Belmonte, Congressmen Tupas, Fariñas, et al, sa conviction ni Corona noong May 29, 2012. . .The Achievement will now be an important part of Philippine History. 

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    magkano kaya ang pinanggawa ng mural na ito????if it worth 100k, sana ginawa na yan na pangkabuhayan sa isang pamilya ng naka kariton, maligaya pa….tsk..tsk…tsk…what a waste of money…

  • owenkenobi

    The frivolity of it all. *)$(Q%&W%(*Q%&(*$)_$(*(&* ‘nang yan…why can’t you be both magnanimous & graceful in your triumph? Oo nga, malaking isda yun…pero mas marami pang malaking isda d’yan, yung iba ka-partido pa…tangina pectoris!

  • Alajero

    …great wall of infamy…the most embarrassing episode in philippine political history….how one person…with the help of conniving clowns of congress….impeach a sitting chief of justice of supreme court…based on accounting technicalities….
    …it just show how unstable….and how easy to undermine…this weak political system….
    …people will be throwing eggs and rotten tomatoes on this mural…in the future..

    • Ruben Catada 11friendshelpingf

      How can you be so naive to believe until now Corona’s “PALUSOT”! 

      • Alajero

        …how can you not UNDERSTAND that the “justify” to the impeachment is…accounting treatment of cash?…

  • popeyee

    Nanalo nga kayo sa pagpapaalis kay corona dahil sa SALN. Pero hanggat hindi kayo pumipirma ng waiver para isapubliko ang inyong mga ari-arian mananatiling hindi malinis ang tingin sa inyo ng mga tao. Ibig sabihin, wala kayong pinagkaiba kay corona…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O5YFVMYR2EO4FW7OUVBIC4IJFI Father Aloy

    corona, ang dakilang tanga ng pilipinas. sana bumaba nalang cya. hanggang sa 5th generation nya dadalhin ang kahihiyan ng angkan nya.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O5YFVMYR2EO4FW7OUVBIC4IJFI Father Aloy

    ang pangalang Corona ay nasa assignment  at exams ng anak ko.

  • Ruben Catada 11friendshelpingf

    The portrait should remind congressmen that it wasn’t their prosecutorial skills that proved Corona guilty but Corona himself who committed two last-minute blunders.which were fatal to his defense. The unexpected results stressed to both prosecution and defense the saying, :”The best plans of mice and men go awry.” and Murphy’s law which says, “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

  • Kristoffer Atienza

    Wow. Are we worshipping ourselves for the fall of a lost man? Sour note to a grandiose, successful impeachment of the (now former) Chief Justice Corona. Huwag naman ganyan.

  • RHumabon

    The 1986 EDSA Shrine celebrates the Triump of the People Power over Dictatorship. While The 2012 Great Wall of Congress is a mural celebrating the Impeachment of the Chief Justice - The Highest Achievement thus far of Daang Matuwid or Good Governance.   

  • ejmalaya

    bakit wala yong mga patiotic na sila small lady at yong messenger nagbigay ng docs kay cong banal mga mukha nila dapat dikit dyan…



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