(Editor’s Note: We asked Filipinos across the country the question to get a sense of how they want former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to be treated while being tried for electoral sabotage, a nonbailable offense. They gave their answers before Judge Jesus Mupas ordered that she be transferred to Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.)
The Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution—past and present—of the Republic of the Philippines, takes precedence over all other provisions thereof. Every public official before he assumes his duties takes an oath to “preserve and defend the Constitution,” not the “prosecution.”
The few voices crying “persecution” in denouncing the Aquino administration’s move to stop former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s attempt to fly to Singapore don’t seem to understand the difference between “persecution” and “prosecution.”
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
The ideal virtue that is desired of a court, whether it is a single-judge court or a collegial body, is “the cold neutrality of an impartial judge.” This, of course, is a consummation devoutly wished but not always attained.
By Noralyn Mustafa
If only the sight of it didn’t hurt, I could have died laughing watching on TV Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the airport last November 15—her short neck strangled by a brace; antlers protruding from the sides of her head; not a trace of a makeup on her face; all the work of Vicki Belo, or whoever, lost to gravity and age; her sparse hair matted like a madwoman’s; a drab mantilla usually reserved for the terminally ill thrown over her shoulders; and, for total effect, sitting on a wheelchair, giving the worst performance of her life.