It really pays to be a senator of the realm even if you have demeaned yourself by being brought to court for allegedly perverting the countries money that otherwise would have been used in uplifting the lives of the poor Filipinos.
Compared to the lesser crimes committed by some prisoners who continue to languish in jail without any special consideration, those of Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla, who are accused of plunder and corrupt practices, ranks high up there in seriousness and gravity, more so that they are public servants.
But, fairness is not what life is all about, and our justice system operates not exactly on the level. Rank and position almost always carry weight that results to an uneven keel among those accused of a crime.
Thus, we see now Enrile, who, at 90, is under hospital arrest to make sure he gets attended to with dispatch in case any of his health issues become a threat to his life.
For humanitarian reasons, action star Revilla, who is detained at the PNP Custodial Center, was granted by the graft court – the Sandiganbayan – for an overnight checkup at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City, upon recommendation of his doctors, for his migraine, hypertension, lumbar radiculopathy secondary to spondylosis or back pain, dyslipidemia or imbalance of fats, and God knows what else.
Now comes Estrada, another macho-portraying actor-detainee at the center, asking the court’s permission for him to have thrice-a-week therapy session for his shoulder pains after having been recommended by his doctors to undergo a therapy program coupled with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on the left shoulder. Estrada is said to be also suffering from mild bulging of the cervical spine and adhesive capsulitis.
Most likely, because of a precedent set in the case of Revilla, Estrada will also be allowed to go to sick bay.
Before the senator’s unscrupulousness were uncovered, they were all happy, strong and healthy and like others say, fit as a fiddle, and even when they were warned of their pending arrest, they were arrogantly bragging that they were ready because the truth will set them free anyway.
Now, these alleged plunderers appear to be sickly.
Perhaps, inside the center, yes, but once outside Revilla readily transforms himself into an actor by smiling and waving at his fans.
I am sure the same will happen to the infirm-looking Estrada when his time to visit the hospital of his choice comes.
This is what is sickening to the people and if this is not a mockery of justice, I do not know what is.