Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Resurrection of Joseph Estrada

The nice folks who write editorials at the Philippine Daily Innuendo appear to be in shock and awe over the Resurrection of Joseph Estrada. Being such good Catholics, this is surely a waking nightmare for them, so swiftly has it happened. One day Erap is convicted of Plunder after being overthrown in a People Power fantasy sequel; then he's suddenly pardoned by GMA. Before they know it, they are headlining his possible retaking of a Presidency stolen with their complicity and unrepentant help. Or the beginnings of an Estrada Dynasty. No wonder they are aghast at his seemingly inexorable march back to the halls of power, either as Kingmaker or King himself in 2010, if not sooner. Erap may do them one better in the matter of People Power. From the political grave they had so assiduously helped to dig for him, he uprises like a Phoenix, barnstorming all over the archipelago, touching base with local political leaders and friends. Having a merrie old time, basking in the apparent good will of most of his countrymen. Perhaps not having run away with a guilty tail between his legs like Marcos or Jocjoc Bolante, won Erap a measure of respect from even his enemies. Today Erap announced he will revive a movie career that also brought him to Malacanang and the summit of power.

What is happening right now is the script of every big movie Erap ever made, in which the lowest point is just before the heroic comeback. This could be hard for the Edsa Dos Die Hards who've never, ever seen through Hilario Davide and are to this day, his worshipful dupes!

PDI still calls the 2001 Supreme Court putsch, "a military backed popular revolt". Yet, ever more perfect hindsight and the cold objectivity of historical distance establishes and confirms that Edsa Dos was coup d'etat -- an extra-Constitutional Presidential regime change engineered by the Vice president and carried out by the Supreme Court Chief Justice and Armed Forced Chief of Staff.

However, GMA's pardon of Joseph Estrada may yet be her undoing. The restoration of Erap's civil and political rights means he could now bring criminal and civil suits against Hilario Davide for mooting and aborting the historic December 2000 Senate Impeachment Trial -- a grave dereliction of duty and betrayal of his oath of affirmation as presiding judge. Davide had no business swearing in the Vice President on 20 January 2001, and I am bone weary of Edsa Dos Diehards using the excuse that it was "to prevent violence" -- when they should say it was to prevent the threatened murder at gunpoint of an incumbent President unless he vacated the Palace to give the impression of vacating the presidency itself.

Erap should have Angie Reyes charged with mutiny, insubordination and coup d'etat for his mutinous and rebellious actions on 19 January 2001. Erap ought to do this in order to re-establish the old fashioned principle that "Crime Does Not Pay" as an antidote to the sheer casuistry of the Supreme Court in how it construed the role of Gen. Angelo T. Reyes in those historic events. The principle that "withdrawal of support" is ok if it succeeds is the Constitutional humbug that is the stuffing of Estrada v. Arroyo (2001).

Oh but that's right. Erap says jail has mellowed him out and he has forgiven his tormentors and those who drove him from office. Maybe Angie and Davide should hope Erap stays away from the demon rhum.

He may also be too busy with politics and movie making.

Today's headlines say Erap is investing in the future of his son, Senate President Pro Tempore, Jinggoy Estrada, who could indeed run for the Vice Presidency with Manny Villar and win with Erap's ample help in the 2010 campaign.

Had Davide reconvened the impeachment court, as duty and reason dictated, Erap would likely have been acquitted. But in the three years he had left, he would've been weaker than a lame duck, and circumspect about any further plunder. The country could easily have survived three more years of Erap. He would've been in the rear view mirror by 2004, with the President succeeding him probably mandated to expunge his memory from the record. Instead, because of Davide's insane junking of the clear and incontrovertible Constitutional mandate to uphold the impeachment process in January 2001, here we now are in January 2008, staring at the prospect of Erap and his brood at the ramparts of power, forever, coz of Davide's dereliction of duty! Never was it truer that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And what a royal road is laid by Chief Justices when they err!

Thanks Justice Davide. You really screwed the pooch good and hard on this one, Your Honor! Thanks to you, now, only God can get rid of Erap.

12 comments:

john marzan said...
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john marzan said...

interesting... SO... should erap be allowed to run for president again, dean? ;)

For me, I really don't care about erap and his fate. If GMA didn't screw up her edsa dos mandate, erap would still be rotting in jail as we speak. by pardoning erap, she expects this to have a mitigating effect on her sins.

as a neutral erapsky observer, i don't care if he is allowed to run or not. but i'm leaning towards a yes, if asked re this.

if the peoples are tired of erap, then he will not be re-elected anymore, no? and will be thoroughly rejected by the voters.

john marzan said...

dean, i think you should be in favor of allowing erap to run. this is your way of atoning for your support of edsa dos.

DJB Rizalist said...

whether erap can run or not is the quintessential POLITICAL question, John.

He can't be stopped if that is what he really wants because people can probably make him a WRITE IN candidate even if the Comelec were to rule against his candidacy.

There was no shame in protesting Erap's corruption or even calling for his resignation or impeachment and removal from office. But those were legitimate ENDS. Where I've parted ways with Edsa Dos Diehards is on the matter of MEANS.

Thus, I've nothing to atone for, John. Nice try.

RR said...

Erap should run for president, if there is an election for president in 2010.

He should be allowed to spend some of that plundered money. That should provide a few meals to some people, spur some economic activity.

If he runs and wins it will prove how hopeless we all are. There will be other revelations, sadly, mostly negative.

john marzan said...

"whether erap can run or not is the quintessential POLITICAL question, John.

He can't be stopped if that is what he really wants because people can probably make him a WRITE IN candidate even if the Comelec were to rule against his candidacy."


but you avoided the question. are you in favor of letting him run or not?

There was no shame in protesting Erap's corruption or even calling for his resignation or impeachment and removal from office. But those were legitimate ENDS. Where I've parted ways with Edsa Dos Diehards is on the matter of MEANS.

Thus, I've nothing to atone for, John. Nice try.


are you sure you weren't a previous supporter of edsa dos around 2001-2002?

Jego said...

Politically, he's done, finished. The only thing propping his profile up is the GMA people's irrational fear of him. And the fact that his antics sell newspapers.

DJB Rizalist said...

john,
of course i was. i can be fooled too you know!

Jego said...

From the Inquirer editorial:
Yes, the idea behind the constitutional single-term limit is to help avoid giving one candidate for the highest office in the land all the advantages of incumbency.

An idea that was trashed when GMA was allowed to run. So Mr. Rodriguez could argue letter of the law since the spirit of the law has already been trashed when GMA was allowed to run in 2004 and used the highest office in the land and all the advantages of incumbency. Nothing will come of it, but at least now with the spirit of the law already moot, his camp will put up a good fight.

Anonymous said...

i was all for erap’s pardon because of the questionable circumstances of his ouster, but it was always on the condition that he would not run again for public office, least of all for the presidency. after all, he’s been there, been that, and he did a lousy job of it, so what makes him so special that he deserves another go at the highest post of the land?

he says he will run only if it would unite the opposition -- haha, as if. i'm sure mar roxas and manny villar and dick gordon and ping lacson know better. fielding erap, and erap alone, vs. gma’s annointed one is not a formula for success, rather it would be a reason to boycott elections.

the pattern has been set. erap messed up the first time, he’ll mess up again bigtime.

stuart-santiago said...

oops sorry.

i was all for erap’s pardon because of the questionable circumstances of his ouster, but it was always on the condition that he would not run again for public office, least of all for the presidency. after all, he’s been there, been that, and he did a lousy job of it, so what makes him so special that he deserves another go at the highest post of the land?

he says he will run only if it would unite the opposition -- haha, as if. i'm sure mar roxas and manny villar and dick gordon and ping lacson know better. fielding erap, and erap alone, vs. gma’s annointed one is not a formula for success, rather it would be a reason to boycott elections.

the pattern has been set. erap messed up the first time, he’ll mess up again bigtime.

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