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Erap gets more ‘sorries’ on ouster By Gerry Baldo 02/24/2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Erap gets more ‘sorries’ on ouster

By Gerry Baldo

Appearing to have come to her political senses, singer-comedienne Marissa Sanchez has become yet another Edsa ll participant who has publicly apologized to former President Joseph Estrada for having helped in ousting him in 2001.

In Batangas City, Sanchez, who joined the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) campaign around two weeks ago, said she did not know much about Estrada then when she joined the Edsa coup.

For her Estrada deserved to be ousted — that is, until yesterday when she sang “Kahit na Magtiis,” a song written and composed by Estrada, at a political rally for the PMP in Idaan town Batangas.

Sanchez, before a crowd of 2,000 Estrada supporters, said that she was one of those who felt sorry she joined then Vice President Gloria Arroyo during Edsa ll coup d’etat in removing the then sitting President Estrada.

“Mr. President, I am also one of those who regrets having helped in your ouster, just like President Cory Aquino’s regret over joining Edsa ll”, a crying Sanchez told Estrada and over two thousand supporters who gathered at a big resort in Batangas to welcome the PMP candidates yesterday.... MORE

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The law is the law? EDITORIAL 02/24/2010

The law is the law?

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The law is what the Supreme Court (SC) says it is, so it is always said.
Yet one truly wonders whether laws are interpreted correctly and without bias by the SC, given its many quick reversals of its own rulings.

One can understand when a decade, or a half decade law, even a landmark ruling — as decided by a high court — is overturned, since situations and other developments may have come into play during that period which an old ruling may have proved to be outmoded and no longer applicable to society or found violative of new constitutional provisos.

But how does one explain, in the case of the high court’s reversal of a December 2009 ruling — or two months prior to the latest SC decision — that appointed executives do not have to resign their posts and are even allowed to stay at their posts despite joining the electoral race and worse, the ruling even stated that these appointees can remain at their posts, win or lose the polls until such time that the administration makes an exit?... MORE

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Lies and more lies FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 02/24/2010

Lies and more lies

Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Gloria Arroyo, now in the twilight of her stolen presidency, is in a desperate bid to change her history and ascension to Malacañang, twice over stolen.

In her speech for the Edsa I anniversary, read by her acting Defense chief, Norberto Gonzales, she claimed that she “did not seek the Office of the President. It was thrust upon (her).”

She does have chutzpah, and lots of it, given the evidence — provided by herself in a February speech to her then co-coup plotters in a posh Makati hotel — that she and her co-conspirators, which included the traitorous military officers, bishops, priests and nuns, her elite and evil civil society, leftists, the power-hungry political opposition then, Makati businessmen, the anti-Estrada media and even some justices of the high court, had plotted to oust the democratically elected President Joseph Estrada in January 2000, a full year before the actual mounting of their coup d’etat in January 2001.... MORE

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New wave of balimbings risking ZOOMING IN Rudy Romero 02/24/2010

New wave of balimbings risking

Rudy Romero
At the outset, the opposition to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo consisted of partisans of the man she succeeded as President and those who did not like the manner in which she obtained the highest position in the land. The latter group of Filipinos was not necessarily pro-Joseph Estrada, but because of the highly unconstitutional nature of the Jan. 20, 2001 transfer of presidential power — a healthy Joseph Estrada had not executed an instrument of resignation — its members became anti-GMA.

The ranks of the opposition to Gloria Arroyo were expanded by the national furor that erupted when the revelation was made that Mike Arroyo’s wife had conspired with Commission on Elections (Comelec) official Virgilio “Garci” Garcillano and a number of high-ranking Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officers to rig the 2004 presidential election. The Filipino people were outraged by the sound of the voice of Gloria Arroyo in 15 wiretapped conversations with “Garci...” and many citizen of both high and low station demanded that Arroyo step down forthwith.... MORE

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