By Neal H. Cruz
The trouble with impeaching President Aquino is that Vice President Jojo Binay would become president. His wife, Elenita, would become first lady. What a prospect! It would be as if Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos were back in Malacañang.
This is not the first time President Aquino has appealed directly to the people to pressure the courts, but he may not have it so easy now as in the past.
By Randy David
On Feb. 24, 2006, then President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo issued Proclamation 1017, placing the country under a state of emergency. The proclamation was based on a security report that there was a military plot to overthrow the government. Saying that while the attempt had been thwarted the danger remained, the proclamation revoked all permits for demonstrations that had been organized for that day to mark the 20th anniversary of Edsa People Power. Arrests were made and the offices of a newspaper were raided. I had the misfortune of being arrested by police for leading one of the demonstrating groups on Edsa.
It was auspicious occasion, with the President of the Philippines as guest of honor. But then a student in the audience stood up to shout at the commander in chief, disrupting the proceedings. What happened next was … well, what happened next depended on who the President was at the time.
There has been so much noise about who are going to be indicted for plunder next in the “lists” of Janet Lim-Napoles or Benhur Luy. Speculations are swirling around as though the whole nation has nothing better to do. The guessing game is getting more ridiculous. Happily, the Office of the Ombudsman has started to put an end to the suspense.