Scandalous Jinggoy never learns

Former senator JinggoyEstrada

I am talking of course about former senator Jinggoy Estrada, who until today and after spending 3 years in detention for plunder and graft charges relative to the scandalous P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), seems to have never learned to change his old ways.

The reason why I am emphasizing his individuality and ethos is because Estrada, an actor and a failed senator, is contemplating again in running for senator, and to think that he is just out on bail momentarily.

As if the plunder and graft charges against him are not shameful and degrading to his persona, enough to put him at the higher pedestal of corrupt government officials, it, however, shows no negative effect on him as he continues to beguile Filipinos with impunity.

Take for instance Estrada’s application for a travel motion to go to the US from April 21 to May 31, 2018. Accordingly, the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan granted the motion on March 26 since it is a simple travel motion that the court almost always grants for defendants.

The problem, however, is that the scheming Estrada, not contented with just the travel motion request to the US, flaunted it as having been invited to speak in Michigan on Philippine affairs, and it was upon the invitation of the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPGG).

It was even reported that Estrada attached an invitation from William Dechavez, identified in the letter as USPGG president.

Apparently, this grandstanding by Estrada was debunked by no less than the incumbent USPGG president himself, Mr. Rodel Rodis, who issued a statement, saying: “I can confirm that there is no planned USPGG event on May 20 in Michigan. I communicated with Mr Wllie Dechavez, our USPGG Michigan chair, and he made no plans for this event as he is in the Philippines for a vacation and he has not been in touch with his members in Michigan.”

If this is not another reprehensible and dastardly act by Estrada, worthy of condemnation and boycott on his senatorial run again, I do not know what is.

Because of this fraudulent turn of events, the Ombudsman prosecutors told the Sandiganbayan: “With this information, the prosecution is constrained to pray that the Honorable Court hold in abeyance the issuance of the travel authority of accused Estrada since accused appears to have committed material misrepresentations in his motion, thus openly violating one of the terms and conditions of the court in allowing an accused to travel.

They added: “Allowing accused Estrada to travel to the United States with the consequence of making him beyond the reach of the Honorable Court, despite the falsity of the purported invitation letter, may constitute a travesty of justice.”

Jinggoy with President Duterte at the Palarong Pambansa 2018.opening.

Yet, unabashedly, Estrada continues his odious quest for a slot in the PDP-Laban senatorial slate for 2019 by working hard to be under the good graces of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Look how Estrada tries hard to ingratiate himself to the president by showing his slavish subservience – shaking the president’s hand and bowing so low.


Senator Santiago’s ICC appointment

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago vituperating

A lot has been said about Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s state of mind and the seemingly flawed decision by which she was selected as judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, Netherlands.

I have done so myself a number of times, criticizing her demeanor and arrogance that does not speak well of her as a senator of the realm, especially her latest showing as senator-judge in the recently concluded impeachment case of erstwhile Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The only difference, however, is that I welcome wholeheartedly her impending assumption as a member of the ICC, for it is nothing but doing the country a favor – getting rid of one pesky individual whom the people have thoughtlessly voted to be their servant of the people. And, good Lord, what a contemptuous servant she has become!

I always consider her departure from the senate halls, in particular, and from the country, in general, no matter how temporary in nature it is going to be, as divine intervention.

Why? Because, we simply need a break and a breather from her outrageous and despicable disposition, bordering on rage and fury, while spewing diatribe at anybody that meets her fancy.

What is most painful, if one happens to be a victim of her capricious vituperation, is that all is done under the cloak of legislative immunity. It is as if being a senator gives her the license to assassinate any person’s character and reputation.

I, therefore, cannot understand why an organization of Filipinos, calling themselves US Pinoys for Good Governance (USPFGG) based in the United States, has started an online a Petition for the rejection and expulsion of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago from the International Criminal Court?

How could they initiate something ‘on behalf of concerned Filipino organizations and individuals in the Philippines and overseas who subscribe to and actively advocate the goal of competent, honest and progressive governance of our homeland, the Philippines’, when they are thousands of miles away and their cause is not even supported by majority of Filipinos in the country?

I feel insulted by this movement headed by a certain Atty. Rodel Rodis of California, the author of the Petition and president of the USPFGG, because what he thinks as a solution, in having Miriam rejected and/or expelled from the ICC, is actually giving the feisty senator the extended liberty of doing what she does best in this country – being uncivil, at best, and utterly ruthless, at worst, to her own countrymen.

Stop feeling ridiculously superior in attempting to influence our lives just because you are now in the U.S.A. Thanks, but no thanks.

What we need is a long overdue respite from Miriam’s disrespectful tantrums.

What we have longed for is a relief from her unwarranted emotional fits.

For her to be assigned far away to judge criminals, is her calling, so let it be.

She has been chosen to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, so let her go.

She is representing the Philippines and, therefore, will make sure to perform her best, and not be a disgrace to the country. She is not that crazy yet.

If Miriam continues to commit improprieties at the ICC, which I still hope she won’t, then let her be clobbered by the bat of world opinion regarding her unsuitability or let her be fried in her own oil of foolish arrogance by the world community.

It is still going to be fine with me, and, perhaps, to many Filipinos tired of her histrionics.