Vigilantes Have No Place in Our Society

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Vigilantes Have No Place in Our Society


TO the PCGG managers of sequestered properties ? who enjoy fat salaries, perks, and hidden income on the side ? the status quo of the sequestration cases by holding on to those assets is like virtually living in paradise. Giving the Ombudsman a list of 29 PCGG lawyers to collaborate with him but letting the list age without follow-ups, and blaming him for performance and delay, was a misdirection. One must not cry to misdirect, unless he is a good magician.

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The US-based political analyst firm by the name of Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) is getting more "accurate" about our government now that the US military forces are operating here. As I wrote before, those forecasts are more previews of the strategic plans of what the US wants to do to attain her objectives than "prediction" of what may happen. Stratfor simply sneaks out previews to alert us of the US plans and calls it "forecast." How cant it be wrong.

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The Stratfor's "forecast" about Erap came true. But that could have been a preview of the US strategic plan to lead the cause of his downfall - in collaboration with the local anti-Erap forces. That was not a forecast. That was a call to the anti-Erap forces to start their EDSA II. As planned, that "forecast" came to pass. This time Stratfor "predicts" Gloria's uninterrupted term till 2004. The US special troops are here. The forecast should come true.

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The Judiciary has been under flak recently from the aggrieved sectors of our society. Those who have axes to grind against our judges and justices tend to exaggerate their supposed grievances, though most of which are mere disappointments for justly losing their court cases. Those exaggerations or even fabrications often pertain to judicial officials perceived to be partisans or lacking in integrity. Now, who then will fill up the two Supreme Court seats soon.

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The Judicial & Bar Council's nominees for appointment to the Supreme Court are kept confidential. …

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