Low regard for judges, justices in high places?
SolGen calls De Lima hypocrite, cites warrant case vs Arroyo” (News, 2/28/17). The executive department’s so-called “best legal mind,” Solicitor General Jose Calida, expressed the totally uncalled-for opinion that there was nothing “unusual” about the speed with which the warrant of arrest was issued on Sen. Leila de Lima who is just being “hypocrite” now that the tables are being turned on her.
Calida cited the same haste with which the warrant of arrest on former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was issued under De Lima’s watch as justice secretary of the Aquino administration, which filed an electoral sabotage charge against her. What Calida is actually saying—and borrowing from deposed president Erap Estrada’s witticism—is: “Weather-weather lang talaga yan!”
So, is that how the entire justice system really boils down to? Is that how judges and justices in this godforsaken nation are being looked down on by people in very high government places?
We already have it straight from the mouths of no less than a former president and the current solicitor general.
And to show that he can put his money where his obscene mouth is, Calida has even urged the Court of Appeals to declare Janet Lim Napoles (the biggest and the most notorious of the “pork barrel” scammers) innocent—on some “quid pro quo” deal only he and his master, President Du30, know.
God save this country already, we pray!
YVETTE SAN LUIS-PETROCELLI, [email protected]
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