Notwithstanding proclamations and executive orders that have been declared unconstitutional, Senator Joker Arroyo said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is still the “best protector of the Constitution.”Boy, Joker must really think everyone in this country is as stupid as Joseph Estrada, whom he once helped to overthrow in a judicial coup d'etat pulled off by the Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, when together they aborted the Senate Impeachment Trial and, ahem, employed distinctly unconstitutional means to install the Vice President into power. Illegally, unconstitutionally and immorally.
The re-electionist senator, a noted human rights lawyer who has helped challenge the President’s edicts before the Supreme Court, repeated his criticism of the opposition who, he said, has not denounced attempts to oust the administration through unconstitutional means that could derail the country’s economic growth.
He also reiterated that the President had never tried to stop critics, himself included, from assailing her and her decisions.
The asinine thing about Joker's claim that GMA is the "best protector of the Constitution" is that he's got to be astute enough to know that such a claim has to be true only in the cynical sense that, OF COURSE, she has to be the best protector of a Constitutional order that benefits her in the here and now. And of course her best apologist and co-conspirator, Joker Arroyo!
The problem with the living saints of politically correct acquiescence is that they themselves are chained to the tree of lies that gave them their present positions. Thus, Joker can praise Gloria for never pressuring him when the Senate fought her depredations against the institution and Congress's power of inquiry, but he cannot claim at the same time that she has never tried to stop her critics, when that is precisely what the Supreme Court battles over EO 464, 1017 and CPR were patently all about.
We'll see how much of a "human rights lawyer" he really is as time goes on. History's verdict on him is not yet in. Not until a man dies can his worth to the nation be truly weighed, because a man with Free Will and political power like Joker, still has the opportunity to swing it one way or the other.
But I think the real lesson of Edsa Dos and the role that Joker and Davide played in it is that the Constitution is an extremely vulnerable document--one that is basically defenseless against a sitting Chief Justice and a Supreme Court that was nursed by Javellana vs. Executive Secretary in its infancy with the milk of acquiescence to naked power.