All is not lost for President BS Aquino, whose cognitive ability still can’t fathom why BADAP (BS Aquino Disbursement Acceleration of Pork) is unconstitutional.
The only way for the 13-0 Supreme Court decision to be reversed is to file his motion for reconsideration before a “special division” presided over by no less than J. Raissa Robles, who wears the bright and shiny robe of Yellow justice.
In J. Robles’ sala, a Cory-era executive order (the Administrative Code of 1987) allows BS Aquino and budget man Butch Abad to put money—our money—on their or their favorite lawmakers’ pet projects, even if they’re not in the budget, and even if the Constitution forbids it. And BS and Butch can fund such projects out of “savings” magically generated in the middle of the year. They could even declare the existence of excess (“unprogrammed”) funds even if tax and customs collections have fallen short.
And we should believe J. Robles because her legal opinion is supported by a grand total of one (1) lawyer, ex-senator Rene Saguisag, her amicus curiae, who’s willing to testify that J. Robles’ legal reasoning was sound because (and who would have known?) her dad was a lawyer.
Plus, Raissa and her hot hubby, Alan, are “makulit” and “fact-checking” journos. #TheyAlready!
We hope they’re “makulit” enough to investigate whether projects such as an e-library for the House really stimulated the economy as BADAP purported them to have.
But it’s too late because J. Robles has dug in despite contrary opinions by two law deans, constitutionalist Joaquin Bernas and Ranhilio Aquino.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise since she had already overruled the 13-0 decision junking BADAP. Such is the beautiful legal mind of J. Robles. If she doesn’t make the cut as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, we’d probably slash our wrists like Deniece Cornejo or end up having “mixed psychosis” ala Gigi Reyes.
With her self-centered blog, J. Robles, it seems to us, is marketing herself as a self-made legal expert. We wonder what the other little lady of Yellow journalism, Marites Vitug, has to say about this.
It’s a pity if we don’t get to see the fruits of J. Robles’ big ideas about democracy, justice and law. Hers is the kind of justice where the rule of law is “debatable,” and “it’s for the good of his country” trumps that pesky little book called the Constitution. “His,” of course, refers to BS Aquino, who, she imagines, was just channeling Lee Kuan Yew, a “strong leader who made up laws for the good of his country.”
And this is all good for democracy, J. Robles pontificated on her Facebook wall, as Filipinos still needed to “make up their minds as to the kind of leader they want,” as well as “what powers he can wield” and “how he should be answerable for using those powers.”
Poor us. We thought all that had already been decided by the Filipino people in a 1987 plebiscite that ratified the Constitution, which every president including BS Aquino solemnly swore to “defend and protect.” We thought presidential powers had already been defined by Article VII and limited elsewhere in that tiny little booklet we thought, quite naively, should be respected as the fundamental law of the land. Even by journos.
In Raissa’s scheme of things, there’s nothing wrong with BS wielding imagined presidential powers and defying a co-equal branch on primetime television. That’s healthy democracy, like in Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore, where the press is given freedom and enough Lee-way to praise the virtues of the Lees to high heavens.
Raul Dancel enjoyed it so much he had culture shock when he was shipped back to Manila recently. Raissa should visit Singapore more often and feel at home. We just hope quarantine won’t bar her in case they detect either two of these nasty afflictions: Benigno-coccemia or the MERS-Coloma virus.