Wallop at the court, ‘suntok sa buwan’

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


PRESIDENT Aquino said he was told that filing a motion for reconsideration wouldn't make the Supreme Court budge from its July 1 decision declaring DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) as unconstitutional.

It would be punching at the moon ("suntok sa buwan"). A 13-0 vote wouldn't be swung, especially when the president who wants it reversed is at the same time publicly thrashing the justices.

Not after PNoy, on prime-time national TV:

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[] Said he couldn't understand the ruling as SC found DAP to have benefited the nation and yet declared DAP illegal (simplified: "you justices don't make sense");

[] Assailed SC for ascribing guilt to DAP authors and implementors and yet clearing them if they can prove good faith ("what happens to presumption of innocence?");

[] Warned a clash between SC and executive department ("if you won't reconsider, it means war"); and

[] Accused justices of having done a graver wrong ("you sinned before, bigger than what I did with DAP").

Had PNoy made those attacks more plainly, (quoted summaries above), the impact could've been heavier. But in effect, he said SC had power, but not integrity and wisdom, to judge him. How was that for a wallop?

Poor loser

Still, though couched in less harsh rhetoric, the speech came out as bitter, stubborn, and defiant reaction of a poor loser, a litigant who'd wage war and undermine a court that wouldn't see things his way.

But then he wasn't making a legal pitch. He was addressing the Filipino nation that has begun to doubt if PNoy deserves its full trust.

(paseares@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 17, 2014.

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