GMA and Her Obscence Constitutional Discourse!

Today, Friday, an arrest warrant was served on the former President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for electoral fraud, which is a non-bailable offense – while she was confined in a hospital in Taguig.  Two policemen were assigned to watch her ward and to monitor her visitors.

Photo-op and fingerprinting, the police said, would be made when she is ready. If her physical condition permits, she would be brought to the police station for the booking, otherwise, police clerks will go to her room to perform the process, probably tomorrow, Saturday.

From a very enviable position of power, GMA slides down to hopelessness and she  can  only manage to smile away  her political downfall, which could be worse than her illness, real or feigned. She started a high road to buy her freedom by going to the Supreme Court which had not failed to treat her with royal reverence.  Only this time,  another woman was feisty enough to stand her ground and resisted the Court’s dishonesty flaunted as an “intellectual discourse on civil liberty.”

The watch list order (WLO) pursuant to  DOJ Department Circular 41, gives the Secretary of Justice the discretion to  hold the departure of  a person under investigation. The person need not be facing an actual case in court.  It is sufficient that the person is  being investigated.  GMA and her husband fall under this category because they are under investigation by the DOJ.  (par.(b) Section 2 of the Circular).

This circular was issued May 25, 2010 by  Alberto Agra, GMA’s  Acting Justice Secretary. The circular came back to haunt them.  – Behold — how poetic justice unfolds!

With GMA’s arrest, the TRO previously issued by the Supreme Court could be considered moot  –  though her husband can still invoke it because he was not impleaded in the election fraud.  But with the sudden change in the judicial behavior,  which now considers the TRO inoperative because two conditions were not complied with by the Arroyos, it is unlikely that the DOJ will allow him to leave the country and  the beleaguered queen easing herself from discomfort from all those medical gadgets attached to her diminutive frame.

Not to be outdone in this debate are the couple’s sycophants who unerringly used the constitution to argue that  “medical needs”  trump the right of the government to prosecute these brigands  —  that in a constitutional hierarchy, the right to medical intervention, and therefore to life, towers above all other rights — and they would add that for humanitarian reason, GMA should be treated in a foreign hospital by foreign doctors.

It  is not an argument that  the government has no  case against the couple.  It is an argument that because they have the money, they are entitled to the best medical care there is, and because of that money too,  they can ask the Supreme Court to interpret the constitution for them.

But the perennially penniless and asthmatic Juan de la Cruz accused of snatching a P500 worth of a wrist-watch cannot invoke his constitution, nor ask the Supreme Court if his constitutional right was violated because he was languishing in jail for snatching  while those who snatched the election and usurped the office and those who were involved in other high profile brigandage running to millions of pesos or even dollars,  seek to travel abroad and to be treated by   foreign doctors while he could not even walk past through his prison guards or even see a local doctor.

This grand spectacle is obscene because it is about political and civil rights to which millions of Filipinos derive no practical value and meaning and it is being debated in the Court and by media’s most pretentious pundits who love the verbosity of a constitutional debate outside the reality of most Filipino household.

6 thoughts on “GMA and Her Obscence Constitutional Discourse!

  1. Gloria “Rumamona” Arroyo’s plea to travel abroad on the grounds of near death medical condition is nothing but a total fraud. How can a person who is in a very precarious medical condition travel around the globe really escapes me? She was definitely lying through his teeth with this fraudulent appeal as who in his right mind will believe such outright lie when her itinerary includes attending a Clinton conference. Geeeez, should she not have used mental insanity instead? At least that is more believable, LOL…….

      • Ha, good memory. Crackerjack legal training still holding you in good stead I see. My great grandfather was court martialed during the civil war for failing to show up when drafted. He did his six months of hard labor then served with distinction in the cavalry, having two horses shot out from underneath him and losing one eye in battle. His father, sorry to report, drowned in the Mississippi River whilst unloading boats in St. Louis, at the age of 23. I, on the other hand, had my head cracked in Viet Nam by a friendly helicopter blade. So I can deal with GRP, righteo.

        • piece of cake for you joe…are you still there looking amused over a coterie of istambays imbibing the local wine, “tuba” over improvised table and stools on the side streets of your dear city somewhere in the visayas?

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