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Barrel of laughs ahead: Maritess Vitug and Raissa Robles subpoenaed by Corona impeachment prosecution!

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Exciting times ahead. It will be quite entertaining watching so-called 'journalists' being grilled on the witness stand on national television. It's been revealed recently that "investigative journalist" Raissa Robles and "online journalist" Maritess Vitug wil be subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

What is amusing is how the inclusion of these two "journalists" actually reveal even more how desperate the prosecution is. After all, what do Robles and Vitug bring to the table? As far as I know, nothing but sketchy circumstantial evidence...
Going further down the depth of the barrel, we found veteran “investigative reporter” Raissa Robles and “online journalist” Maritess Vitug scraping its bottom with their “reports” about the sketchy improprieties of Corona’s wife Mrs Cristina Corona and the “outrage” of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) awarding Mr Corona academic cre…

According to Patricia Evangelista PNoy has the 'power to diminish the Judiciary' @patevangelista

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I bristled at first when I began reading the recent article “The show must go on” of Inquirer.net "columnist" Patricia Evangelista. Her opening remarks are a sampling of some disturbing notions that may already be implanted in the heads of some our more dimwitted compatriots, a couple of which I highlight as follows...

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Patricia Evangelista seems to assert that Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's "power to diminish the Judiciary" (if he does indeed possess it) is a good thing.

If this is the nature of the "power" wielded by the chief of the Executive branch of the Philippine government, and if this is the intended outcome of the impeachment effort against the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, then there is something fundamentally wrong with the principles underlying this exercise that is gripping the nation today. We've been told by impeachment apologists for so long that the impeachment procedure is against the person…

No basis for impeachment complaint - Karen Jimeno

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Karen Jimeno on why she joined the defense team in a report on impeachment trial spokespersons published on the Inquirer.net...
Jimeno said she accepted the invitation from Corona’s lawyers to join the defense team because after reading the verified complaint and grounds for impeachment, “it didn’t seem to me that there was basis for the impeachment complaint.”

She has taken on the job pro bono and has even postponed her honeymoon for it. Jimeno was wed to an American investment banker early this month.

She considers it a “privilege” to have been given an opportunity “to take a stand for my principles and to stand behind the judicial department.”

[Full article here.]
More on Karen Jimeno on Get Real Posthere!

Uprooting corruption is not just a matter of 'ousting the corrupt'

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Below is a classic response to an equally classic type of commentary that emanates from the very core of dysfunctional thinking that infests Pinoy society. My response is classic benign0 and classic Get Real Philippines harking back to our original core message -- that Filipinos are, at the end of the day, a people who are culturally-disadvantaged in the context of their aspirations to succeed in a world defined by Western and Confucian standards of success.

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@MindVSHeart re what you said here:
I’ll tell you how to lessen corruption. First, oust the corrupt. So they may understand that when they steal money, they go to jail. This will discipline them. Second, make a system that will make it more difficult for them to steal.
I don't think so. That is the simplistic tagline that's been repeated ad infinitum across more campaign rhetoric than can be counted. People pitch the notion of rooting out corruption by "ousting the corrupt" because it is an easy concept for la…

Gloria Arroyo: Aquino's 'politics of division' causing economic slump

Full text of former President Gloria Arroyo's paper on the state of the Philippine economy c/o GMA Network News.http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/244335/news/nation/gloria-arroyo-aquino-s-politics-of-division-causing-economic-slump

Marian Rivera's standing oblation!

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Reform and systemic change in the Philippines slowed by influence of Roman Catholic Church

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The Catholic Church and many organised religions in the Philippines continue to be very powerful, influential, and profitable institutions. And it is in their interests to maintain the status quo and the dismal state of enlightenment of the source of their power -- the average Filipino.

Because many Filipinos continue to be beholden to Church dogma, politicians who, as in most democracies, are elected by popular vote, will continue to pander to and, worse, defer to the influence of the Catholic Church. It is an interlocked matrix of tradition that Filipinos are imprisoned within.

I'm not an expert in world history but if I recall right, enlightenment and a re-surgence of critical discourse that started in ancient Greece (which was lost to the Arabs during the Dark Ages) somehow began to bubble up from the grassroots in Europe sometime in the 15th Century. Still it took centuries before the scientific method triumphed over religious primitivism in European governance.

Again, consideri…