Of CJ Puno fandom

Some quotes from Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno’s speech last Thursday at a KBP conference.

If I extol the role of media to high heavens, it is because media deserves all the encomiums. The important role of media in establishing a just society is well established.

Truth to tell, in the battle between truth and falsehood, which is critical to the war between democracy and totalitarianism, it is the members of the media who have incurred the greatest number of casualties. The tragedy is that, oftentimes, they die in silence – unsung and unwept.

It is chilling to think that the lives of so many brave souls have been reduced to mere statistics. It is even more painful to know that only one of these cases has seen a court’s conviction.

The problem of extralegal killings and enforced disappearances has become endemic and remains one of the gravest threats to our democratic
society. It is a deplorable reality that mocks the Rule of Law, for it nullifies the mother of all human rights — the right to life, which no man can dilute without due process of law.

Let all beware that the media and the judiciary have the mutual duty to hold high the torch of truth for the people to behold, for it is truth that is the bedrock of democracy; it is truth that is the touchstone of justice; it is truth that sets men free – free from man made chains, free even from their self-made spiritual chains.

Ang suwabe lang basahin. Trip na trip ko yung last quote, yung ginamit niya yung judiciary and media in one sentence, hehe.
To better appreciate the contextual backdrop through which CJ Puno has fervently exercised the High Tribunal’s capabilities amid all the issue of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, better take a look at Newsbreak’s article on this, written last June by Atty. Theodore Te of the Free Legal Assistance Group.

Malaya reporter and blogger Tonyo Cruz, who has pitched the suggestion of putting up a CJ Puno fans club, said that Puno just delivered a speech regarding the Writ of Habeas Data. (Thanks Tonyo for the heads up on the link.) Extra Joss should get the chief justice as an endorser.

Also, please take a look at Sheila Coronel’s article on Marlene Esperat published in CPJ’s publication “Dangerous Assignments” as the recent cover story. You could actually get the soft copy of the publication in CPJ’s website.

Interesting/odd news. Nograles files a bill for the scrapping of jail terms of our libel law.

While media has been a powerful tool in the deterrence of all forms of abuses, graft and corruption and other irregularities in both the private and public sector, Nograles said the penalty of imprisonment in libel cases discourages many from exposing abusive officials.

That’s all fine and well, except perhaps for the fact that it was Nograles who sent Davao broadcaster Alex Adonis to jail early this year after being convicted for the libel charge Nograles filed. (Adonis by the way, has been so downtrodden he has been contemplating suicide as of late.) Here’s an article I wrote for PJR Reports on Adonis’s most unfortunate plight.

Now what could be Nograles’ motivation for this. If anything, this most certainly could not be for advancing press freedom, on account of course of Adonis, a radio commentator, being behind bars because of Nograles’ doing. I could see no other motivation for Nograles other than 2010. Most especially now that he’s been locked in fisticuffs with rival, but co-administration ally, Rodrigo Duterte, the infamous mayor of Davao city. This bill Nograles filed could only be seen as a ploy to insulate himself, or at least to salvage a buffer, from Duterte’s criticism that Adonis’ suffering is the rep’s handiwork, that Nograles has eroded media practice. After Nograles faced stinging criticism from both local and international groups over the imprisonment of Adonis, and considering his aspirations for 2010, we somehow see the shadow play behind his odd move to file a bill decriminalizing defamation.

Well, whatever. This is an instance where Adam Smith’s invisible hand concept is somehow ascertained.

For okray of the best kind regarding the inane censorship issue about the NPC mural, required reading is Sir Teodoro’s recent column.

Now for the really exciting news, Gonzalez is back! (Insert creepy George Estregan hysterics here)

Let’s take a breather after all of these nonsense through Asobi Seksu’s wonderful video of ‘Walk on Moon.’ Asobi Seksu is a New York-based shoegaze/dreampop band. Vocalist Yuki Chikudate usually incorporates Jap lyrics in some songs (Sa mga may alam ng astig na Jap bands, mapa-indie man o twee o shoegaze o kahit ano, share the love naman, give me recommendations!). Ganda. Nung mga kanta. At ni Yuki, hehe. Btw, Asobi (according to their bio at last.fm) means “play” or “for fun” in Japanese while “sekkusu” means “sexual intercourse.” Ayos ba? hehe,


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