In her keynote address to the delegates of the Philippine Development Forum in Clark, Pampanga yesterday, Arroyo happily talked about what she said is the “real story for 2008”.
In front of foreign donors, cabinet members and other government officials who attended the forum, she said she remains “bullish on our economy, optimistic about our future and committed to being a force for good for our nation.” She then went on to yap about her pledge to “modernize” the country, to focus on economic reforms, and to “invest, invest and invest some more in the nation,” for the remainder of her term.
Arroyo was beaming with confidence as she delivered her speech. Why? Because Arroyo believes she is now in the clear.
A day before Arroyo’s story-telling session in Clark, the Supreme Court, by a vote of 9 to 6, ruled in favor CHED Chairman Romulo Neri’s petition not to allow him to divulge all that he knows on the controversial ZTE-NBN deal before the Senate.
The SC vote on the Neri petition has effectively rendered the highest court of the land, irrelevant. From the dignified body that is supposed to be a pillar of what’s left in our democracy, the Supreme Court has just become a mere rubber-stamp body that serves only the most corrupt and murderous Arroyo regime.
That historic 9-6 vote is also a compelling hint on how the high court would rule on future cases especially those that involve Arroyo, her family and all its stooges in the government.
Arroyo now has 9 puppets in the Supreme Court. The House of Representatives is swarming with pro-Arroyo Congressmen. She holds most of the Generals and officers of the Army and the Police by their necks. Arroyo holds the power of the purse, so most of the local government units’ budgets are held hostage by her.
Rallies and demonstrations are violently dispersed. Activists, journalists and even church people and human rights workers are being murdered.
Democracy is dead in the Philippines. This is the real story.
Below are the SC Justices that ruled in favor of the Neri petition:
Associate Justices Leonardo Quisumbing, Renato Corona, Dante Tinga, Minita Chico-Nazario, Presbitero Velasco Jr., Antonio Eduardo Nachura, Ruben Reyes and Arturo Brion. The justices were all Arroyo appointees except for Quisumbing.
The 6 who ruled against it were:
Chief Justice Reynato Puno, and Associate Justices Consuelo Ynares-Santiago, Antonio Carpio, Conchita Carpio Morales, Adolfo Azcuna and Ma. Alicia Austria-Martinez.
As I’ve said above, the SC has become irrelevant, a mere kangaroo court of the Arroyo mafia. This is why, I believe Chief Justice Puno and the other five heroic justices who favored the truth, should resign now and join the Filipino people in the movement to oust this dictatorial regime.
Chief Justice Puno must refuse to be party to the Arroyo regime’s crimes and the shameless cover-up of its crimes, against the people.