Jaime Garchitorena's blog

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Democracy, Abilities, Rights, Duties, And Why Corona’s Claim to his rights being violated is bogus

Democracy is a funny form of government. Its funny because people who live under it go through their lives barely understanding their roles in it. I suppose, to a degree that’s fair. I mean in theory, the more effective the government the more invisible the government is in daily life and therefore the better the government is. But the funniest part about a democracy is that people think that democracy is about freedom. More specifically they seem to think that democracy is freedom on an absolutely continuing everyday basis.

Wrong! Ok if not wrong, not really right.

Senator Miriams CJ Corona tireade on PSBANK docs makes us all look crazy.

I think Senator Miriam is crazy.

Not that that’s such a bad thing. It takes all kind of crazy to make a world go round and most of the time Miriam has the kind of crazy that we see in the movies. You know, the kind of bag lady crazy that the hero bumps into on the street but all of a sudden, looks deep into the heroes eyes, and utters the magic words that allows the hero to save the day. That kind of crazy.

Enrile’s ruling on Corona et familia’s testimony benefits no one.

As a layman, Im entitled to certain things. One my favorite things that Im entitled to is the ability assume that the law and the rules that govern the implementation of the law must be understood by laymen and not just by lawyers. Senator Biazon expressed this sentiment most adequately when he branded Senate legal discourse as “gobbledygook” when lawyers tried to steal the show during the ERAP impeachment trial.

The Corona Impeachment Complaint: Much Ado About Reading

Lets face it…I’m a guy. I don’t always want to admit it, mainly because it subjects me to stereotype animal comparisons ( PIG!) and it bars me from entry into the ladies locker rooms. But I’ll admit it…I’m a guy. And as a guy there is one thing I will never do; it’s read instruction manuals.

End of Year Thoughts: If theres a good time to initiate change I think that good time is now.

The actions against the Justice Corona and, most recently, a retired General Palaparan have drawn a lot of negative attention to the President. Accusations of a dictatorship in the making included, much of the criticism involves the idea that because a government agency does something then it must be on the orders of the President.

Q: Why shouldn’t we rely on public opinions from members of the legal community as a basis for judging the Noynoy versus Coron

A: Because the members of the legal community have no choice but to (outwardly at least) defend the Supreme Court.

Let me explain.

I think some lawyers have selfish reasons for becoming members of the legal community.

Before joining the legal community, many an ambulance chaser starts with one thing in mind, the power of the law and the benefits it will bring him. The brass ring is the dream of becoming a Supreme Court (if not Chief) Justice and be part of the body that is tasked to define what is ultimately right or wrong. Kaaa-ching!

HEADLINES : SUPREME COURT HOLDS LUISITA DECISION AS BARGAINING CHIP FOR LENIENCY TO GMA

Over the last few days Ive (weve all) been speculating about how the Supreme Court is beholden to GMA and how it will impact the cases GMA faces today. As proof I offered that if one were to look at the SCs decisions since Noy took over, you would notice a definite quid-pro-quo i.e. the bartering of SC decisions for political favors from the executive branch. Well happily the Supreme Court has made our suspicions that much closer to being confirmed.

Election Sabotage Case against GMA filed. Supreme Court TRO made moot. Too much the drama!

Once again the Supreme Court continues to emphasize its lack of independence from the political gamesmanship that comes with being a compromised institution but does so in such a ham handed way it might as well change its from SC to SB. Not SB Sonny Belmonte but Style Bulok. It seems like one big joke doesn’t it? But a friend of mine finds absolutely no humor in their shenanigans and as we speak that whirring I hear is the sound of my father spinning in his grave.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Her flight to freedom, and Why Justice Corona is Smiling

For Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona, being in Gloria Arroyo’s pocket must be a miserable feeling. I mean, being in anyone’s pocket is a miserable feeling as it is a constant reminder of how ones has compromised ,and from that point on, can no longer redeem himself. But being in Gloria Arroyo’s pocket is even worse.

A Conversation on Poverty with Someone in Sri Langka

This was a quick fire chat-versation I had with an aquaintance in Sri Langka lasting no more than a few minutes. These are stream of thought questions and answers and for all intents and purposes all statements are reason for possible arguement or debate. Still in its totality I thought it was interesting enough to share.

Friend: Hi! Greetings... from Sri Lanka. Why do you think the poor are poor?
J...aime Garch: because there will always be poor.
Jaime Garch: life is inherently hierarchical
Jaime Garch: in the past it was solely genetically determined