Vizconde Massacred Again

This time, the perpetrators are members of the Philippine Supreme Court who voted for the acquittal of the suspects — Hubert Webb (son of a former senator, Freddie Webb), Antonio Lejano II (related to actress Pinky de Leon and actor Christopher de Leon), Hospicio Fernandez (son of a retired commodore), Michael Gatchalian and Miguel Rodriguez (sons of prominent lawyers), Peter Estrada (son of a wealthy businessman), Joey Filart.

The problem here, according the SC decision, is the failure of the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the suspects did commit the crime. The SC questions the quality of the evidences. Of course, when over 15 years have passed already, how the fuck can evidences and testaments even still bear meaning after all those years. Gravitas has been lost.

The justice system simply moves too slow. And perhaps, there is outright ineptness in investigating and collating evidences and keeping the integrity of the evidences. Lastly, with briberies and political powerplays aside, there is a question on how competent the prosecutors are/were. All these separate elements combine to build how people trust (or lack thereof) our justice system.

Read the decision here.

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Pilipinas Kay Ganda

That’s the new slogan that the Department of Tourism wants to use to promote the Philippines. Quite a mouthful compared to the recently retired “Wow Philippines”. And honestly, I find it a bit difficult to swallow when you look around.

But that’s not the real problem. It appears that the logo that goes with the slogan is not entirely original. Take a look at the logo being used to promote Poland’s own tourism. It’s hard to deny the similarities, if not exact replicas, of some elements in both logos. The letter “P” for examples looks exactly the same. The wave illustration is the same although separated and repositioned. Except for the extra letters and the tree, sun, and tarsier illustrations and the color scheme, it is easy to see conclude that either the same person made the logos or whoever the DoT commissioned to create the logo thought nobody would notice.

If the second case turns out to be true — which I think is more likely — it’s going to be another international embarrassment following a recent decision by a Supreme Court justice that plagiarized international sources. I hope they won’t make excuses this time. But I doubt it.

Anthony Nepomuceno and His Protectors

In this news article, Anthony Nepomuceno the suspect in the bar exams bombing surrendered himself to the NBI. Voluntarily. And yet we have VP Binay and former Justice Sec Bello claiming innocence. WTF?

“Due process” (whatever it means in this country) hasn’t even begun yet and we already have high ranking public officials blurting out their judgement. Why? Because Nepomuceno is their “bro” in Alpha Phi Omega, or APO, fraternity. (Recall that APO members were involved in the hazing and eventual death of EJ Karl Intia, but were later freed. See what special connections can do?)

And he seems to be getting some special treatment as well — being safeguarded from the media “as respect to his right to presumption of innocence.” Wow. If it were a common suspect without the backings of high ranking officials, his face would have been all over the tri-media outlets already.

If Nepomuceno’s really innocent, why come out only now? I suspect he’s been trying to seek the protection of his fellow brods all this time. Which seems to have succeeded in getting.

This manifestation of a twisted sense of brotherhood is turning out to be a really big problem for this country.

Harapan with Noynoy

That interview between President Noynoy (I refuse to refer to him as PNoy; the guy has a proper name; use it, people) and the media outfits — Ted Failon from ABS-CBN, Mel Tiangco from GMA, and Paolo Bediones from TV5) seemed like a trial more than interview. The questions were long and the answers were even longer.

I did admire how Noynoy was able to hold his own, even if he had the tendency to meander his way to an answer, if he had one. For most part, he was cautious and conscious of his choice of words, careful in his delivery.

If he can answer like that — he did his homework and came prepared — do we still need a spokesperson and communications group secretaries who sometimes give conflicting impressions?

The problem with such a set-up though is that it paints the image on how powerful the two major major tv networks are (TV5, you’re still in the process of becoming one). After facing the panels of government officials, representatives of the news outlets seemed to have gang-up on the President. It was like Noynoy was being cross-examined by the media that launched him into power.

I wished that the panel was a little bit more diverse and included journalists from major broadsheets and bloggers.

But I agree with Noynoy when he said that this incident will not define his administration. But it’s undeniable that his first 100 days have been extremely bumpy at best.

A Promising Sona

mood: cautiously optimistic

As expected there’s a run down of wasteful spending, mismanagement of funds, and inefficiencies on the part of some government agencies like MWSS and DTI.

But I have to admit, it eventually sounded promising. He had plans, albeit general, and solutions. And the most important part, he seems to know where he’ll be getting the funds. (Although part me doubts the “wala tayong gagastusin” parts.)

We’ll have to see how the rest of the government would align (or misalign) with the plans.

EDIT: As somebody told me, the Sona felt bitin. Now that I thought about it, I was hoping to hear something about RH, economic policies, and the plight of our OFWs.