Dear Conrad love Joker

This is probably one that can be called an entertaining yet informative surprise from the Impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, And it is the word war between Senator Joker Arroyo and PDI Columnist Conrado de Quiros. Reading the exchanges the past few days can be compared to watching two Man-of-Wars engaged in fight at Manila Bay or two men with rapiers fencing it our in an open field or pistols at twenty paces. It is entertaining to watch and also it gives an insight on history and politics in the Philippines.

The Duelists:

Conrado de Quiros, a popular opinion-writer. He studied at Ateneo. In the 1985 he was awarded the Palanca Award for his short story – Hand of God – and for his essay – Micro Sense, Macro Madness. He rose to fame years after the Edsa Revolution. He is viewed as one of the strongest supporters of President Benigno Aquino.

Joker Arroyo, a lawyer and politician. He was one of the first lawyers who questioned the Marcos Declaration of Martial Law before the Supreme Court. He was also one of the lawyers of Opposition during the Marcos Years, a founder of MABINI and the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG). During the Snap Presidential Elections he was the Chief Legal Counsel of Cory Aquino. Eventually he became a key adviser and the Executive Secretary of the Cory Aquino Government. He was the Lead Prosecutor for the Impeachment Trial of Joseph Estrada. After the Edsa II Arroyo won in the election as Senator. Viewed as an ally of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her presidency. At present Joker is one of the fiercest critics of Cory Aquino’s son President Benigno Aquino.

It is nearly impossible to be not biased when it comes to Joker Arroyo and Conrado de Quiros. One thing is certain though it has been entertaining to see their exchanges – especially this set.

THE BATTLE/THE DUEL
FIELD OF MARS: The Philippine Daily Inquirer
WEAPONS OF CHOICE: Words

Flash point: the lowest point at which liquid will ignite. An area or issue that will likely develop into a war.

Palace destroying objectivity of Corona impeachment—Joker Arroyo

By Cathy C. Yamsuan, Norman Bordadora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
1:08 am | Friday, December 30th, 2011

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/119543/palace-destroying-objectivity-of-corona-impeachment%E2%80%94joker-arroyo

Senator Joker Arroyo fears that Malacañang, which is already searching for a replacement for Chief Justice Renato Corona, could bring about a public mindset that would defeat the objectivity and neutrality of the impending impeachment trial.

“What I lament is that while the Senate enjoins political neutrality, Malacañang does not. In fact, it caused the filing of the impeachment complaint. Now they’re already looking for the replacement of the Chief Justice. Things like that,” Arroyo said in a phone interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The Senate is scheduled to begin the impeachment of Corona in about three weeks.

Arroyo fears that Malacañang’s announcement that it was scouting for Corona’s successor “could bring about a mindset that would affect the public.”

Arroyo, who was appointed prosecutor in the impeachment trial of former President Joseph Estrada more than a decade ago, is also concerned about the reporters who would cover Corona’s trial.

“What we should guard against is not the trial per se but the commentaries (because)… the media would be the annotators of what is happening. You can imagine that,” he said.

Arroyo said he had been to several Senate caucuses where Corona’s coming impeachment trial was discussed. On these occasions, Arroyo said he could “sense” the determination of his colleagues to stay objective.

This, he explained, stemmed from frustration born of the abrupt halt to Estrada’s impeachment trial in January 2001.

The private prosecutors in the impeachment trial of Estrada walked out after the senator-judges rejected newly introduced evidence that would have supposedly bolstered Estrada’s links to “jueteng,” an illegal numbers game.

Politically neutral

The walkout triggered an impromptu gathering of disgruntled citizens at the Edsa Shrine that eventually led to Estrada’s ouster.
“I think most senators would adhere to (neutrality) precisely because… the Estrada trial… was prematurely terminated. We cannot afford that again. That is why I think that the senator-judges, conscious of what happened, will be politically neutral. Most of us could feel it in our caucuses (and) it should be that way,” Arroyo said.

Arroyo said that part of this determination was the desire to see Corona’s trial come to a close—meaning that a verdict would be handed down after all the evidence and rebuttals shall have been presented and scrutinized.

Supreme Court administrator and spokesperson Midas Marquez earlier raised a howl over President Benigno Aquino III’s reportedly searching for Corona’s replacement.

Not arrogance

The order was “presumptuous and arrogant,” Marquez said. He reminded Malacañang the Constitution states that only the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) can screen and select candidates for justices of the high tribunal.

But Malacañang on Thursday defended its move. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said “it isn’t arrogance when one prepares for certain eventualities.”

President Aquino’s directive for his legal team to look for possible replacements for Corona doesn’t mean the executive branch was supplanting the JBC, Valte said.

Corona’s replacement—if ever he’s removed through impeachment—would be chosen from the list first submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council, she said.

“The scouting does not mean you would disregard the JBC. On the contrary, it is normal practice for the government to look at its options and then wait for the short list from the JBC,” she said.
“Allow us to remind attorney Marquez that in 2010, even before the post was vacated by the former Chief Justice [Reynato] Puno, people were already on the lookout for his replacement,” Valte said.
“The (JBC) had convened even before there was a vacancy. So it isn’t contrary to human experience that people start preparing even if there is still no vacancy. Second, we prepare for contingencies—that’s about it,” she said.
“Of course, you also expect us to do our homework,” countered Valte.

She said Malacañang was also bracing for the possibility of Corona being acquitted by the Senate.
Asked if the government had a contingency plan if Corona were acquitted, Valte replied, “We always have a contingency plan.”

Pressed to reveal what the contingency plan was, Valte said, “Not at the moment. I apologize… not at the moment.”

“Let’s wait to see how the trial would proceed,” she said.

Former Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. on Thursday said Malacañang would not be able to dictate the outcome of Corona’s impeachment trial.

If the Palace appeared to have gotten its way in the 285-member House of Representatives, this will not necessarily be the case with the 23 senators who will decide on the fate of the Chief Justice, Pimentel said.

With a report from Christian V. Esguerra

Broadside: In naval warfare, the simultaneous firing of a ship’s cannon against its enemy.

There’s The Rub
Objectivity
By: Conrado de Quiros
Philippine Daily Inquirer
8:57 pm | Sunday, January 1st, 2012

http://opinion.inquirer.net/20273/objectivity

Joker Arroyo had a mouthful to say last week. Malacañang, he said, was wrecking the objectivity and neutrality of Renato Corona’s impeachment trial.
“What I lament is that while the Senate enjoins political neutrality, Malacañang does not. In fact, it caused the filing of the impeachment complaint. Now they’re already looking for the replacement of the Chief Justice.”

It’s particularly lamentable, he said, because he felt that today’s senators were determined to be objective. “I think most senators would adhere to (neutrality) precisely because… the Estrada trial… was prematurely terminated. We cannot afford that again. That is why I think that the senator-judges, conscious of what happened, will be politically neutral.”

He worried as well for the fate of objectivity in light of the media coverage of the trial. “What we should guard against is not the trial per se but the commentaries (because)… the media would be the annotators of what is happening. You can imagine that.”
Well, first off, the charge that government is trashing objectivity by looking for a replacement for Corona. Joker is merely echoing Midas Marquez’s expostulations in that respect. “Presumptuous and arrogant” was how Marquez called Malacañang’s announcement that it was scouting around for a new chief justice.

But of course you need to look into who should replace Corona this early in the day. You want to wait around until he is convicted before you start doing so? It’s called being prepared, a virtue every Boy Scout swears by. The other thing is called putting off for tomorrow what you can do the day after, a vice only jokers swear by.

Indeed, it’s more than that. Truly, you get used to seeing the world upside down and you’re going to find it upside down when it is finally turned back on its feet. You get used to doing things in the shadows and you are going to see doing things in the light of day reprehensible. Or you get used to hiding things and you are going to see exposing things condemnable. Government’s announcement that it is looking for Corona’s replacement makes the process transparent. You can always commend the virtues of certain candidates. You can always howl at the lunacy of putting others at the head of the line. Marquez calls P-Noy’s announcement that he is looking for Corona’s replacement presumptuous and arrogant. What would he call Gloria Arroyo’s sneaking in of Corona as chief justice in the dead of night while she herself peered into the darkness trying to glimpse her fate and trying to make sure it would not be so dire by that very ploy? Serendipitous and exemplary?

But it’s Joker’s comments about what happened during Erap’s impeachment that take the cake. The two Arroyos, Joker and Gloria, have one thing in common, and that is ingratitude to the thing that swept them to power. “We cannot afford that again” was the same thing Gloria Arroyo said about Edsa after she was found out to have stolen the elections and was deathly scared of going the same path as Erap. And she spent the last years of her rule denigrating the very thing that brought her to power. As does now the other Arroyo.

Why can’t we afford another demonstration of People Power, full or partial, if it came to that? Why can’t we afford the people showing disgust, muted or loud, over the way the senators are handling the trial if it came to that? The upheaval that ensued in the wake of Erap’s impeachment trial showed precisely what happens when you resort to legalisms, technicalities, legal chicanery, which Erap’s lawyers tried to do with the aid of supporters among the senators, capped by the refusal to open the second envelope. Or when you use the letter of the law to thwart the spirit of the law, or when you use narrow interpretation to thwart reason, which Corona’s lawyers are hoping to do.

The Erap trial showed precisely that the true arbiter of impeachment trials is not the senators turned judges, or the person, normally the Chief Justice, though he cannot obviously be so in this case, sitting on the high chair and presiding over the trial. It is the people. And the people are not so easily duped by razzle-dazzle displays of legal pyrotechnics, or else Estelito Mendoza and Andres Narvasa might have made mincemeat of Joker and his fellow congressmen turned amateur prosecutors. Nor are the media observers, or at least those of them who are not paid hacks, so easily impressed or cowed by senators trying to look important, or else Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Santiago would have made Joker and his fellow congressmen look like second-rate, trying-hard, copycat trial lawyers.
What does Joker think brought Erap down, the brilliance of his insights and the persuasiveness of his arguments? If not for the commentators, if not for the people themselves who saw through the skein of lies and deceit, wrapped in the regal garb of law like rotting flesh in grand mausoleums, the other Arroyo might never have become president. Well, that might have been good for Joker, who might not have ended up losing his way, and his soul.

Only the trial made public, only the trial opened up before the nation, can assure it will be objective. Only the people can assure it will be objective. Not the senators like Joker who see everything wrong in the one president who has moved heaven and earth to right wrongs and see justice done, and everything right in the one non-president who moved heaven to grab power and scoured hell to keep it.

The winds are blowing, the death knell is tolling, judgment is coming. Erap, his lawyers, and his allies in the Senate heard that once not long ago. Gloria, her lawyers, and her defenders in the Senate will hear that too not long from now.

That is the onrushing sound of objectivity.

Riposte: a term used in Fencing with intent to hit the vital points of an enemy.

Conrad’s nerve
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:36 pm | Sunday, January 8th, 2012

http://opinion.inquirer.net/20739/conrad%E2%80%99s-nerve

Conrad de Quiros wrote that “it’s Joker’s comments about what happened during Erap’s impeachment that take[s) the cake... [His] ingratitude to the thing that swept [him] to power. x x x, Why can’t we afford another demonstration of People Power, full or partial, if it came to that…” And so on and so forth. (Inquirer, 1/2/12)

I do not owe my ascension to the Senate to People Power in the streets, but to the circumspect choice of the electorate under the Constitution and by the elections. I did not join Edsa II. I was never swept into the Senate, as I always prefer to attain my positions legally.

In the struggle against martial law, against human rights abuses, and the restoration of democracy, De Quiros was no mere passive observer but a zealous advocate of the Marcos dictatorship even after it fell, and long after People Power had installed the mother of the boy he now flatters. Throughout martial law, he was comfortably ensconced and cradled in the Marcos think tank in UP’s then Philippine Center for Advanced Studies, which prepared position papers and drafted President Marcos’ speeches.
I responded to an Inquirer interview that “I could sense the determination of my (Senate) colleagues to stay objective,” and added that “what we should guard against is not the trial per se but the commentaries (because) . . . the media would be the annotators of what is happening.” (Inquirer, 12/30/11)

What is wrong with cautioning colleagues who are to sit as judges from being unduly influenced by outside commentary? The Senate may so choose to eschew newspapers and broadcast media during the trial to keep its mind free from everything but the law and the evidence.

The media whose suppression during martial law De Quiros, as a collaborator, abetted is free to do what they want and the Senate is free and well-advised to ignore them during this solemn proceedings that De Quiros has done everything to belittle, though without any effect, for who can forget whence he came and what he did before he fell in a trance on the road to Palace favors?

Indeed it is easy—not to say cheap—to be brave in a multitude, impertinent from behind the powerful, and insulting to those whose answers cannot be heard, will not be published or broadcast. It is easy to be eloquent before the dumb, for the oppressors to clamor for justice against those to whom they deny it.

Scan De Quiros’ track record vis-à-vis the Aquino family, from Ninoy up to Noynoy. He was not for Ninoy, he was for Marcos. He called Cory “Queen of Darkness,” and pummeled her during the Hacienda Luisita massacre in 2004 and, thereafter, alluding to P-Noy as the head of the security agency that he claims took many farmers’ lives.

But when everyone he hated had died (Ninoy, then Cory), De Quiros saw an opening through which he might obscurely pass into the favor of their son who had launched his unstoppable candidacy. He has since stuck to Noynoy like a mollusk to a rock and never more tenaciously than when P-Noy is wrong. This may finally be a lifetime commitment, for mollusks live up to 150 years.
—SEN. JOKER P. ARROYO

Prise de Fer: To take the steel. An attempt to control the opponent’s weapon.

There’s The Rub
Joke
By: Conrado de Quiros
Philippine Daily Inquirer
11:02 pm | Monday, January 9th, 2012

http://opinion.inquirer.net/20835/there%E2%80%99s-the-rub

The Joker goes wild.

I was vastly amused by Joker Arroyo’s letter the other day. I have been called many names, including gwapo, but Marcos collaborator is a new one. Throughout the struggle against martial law, he said, I was not just a mere spectator but a zealous advocate of the dictatorship. I remained so, he said, even after that dictatorship fell and Cory’s government arose. “He was not for Ninoy, he was for Marcos. He called Cory ‘Queen of Darkness,’ and pummeled her during the Hacienda Luisita massacre… But when everyone he hated had died (Ninoy, then Cory), he saw an opening through which he might obscurely pass into the favor of their son who had launched his unstoppable candidacy. ”

And I thought Joker was a lawyer. Lawyers at least get their facts right, even if they give them the weirdest interpretations. The scale of his blindness to one humongous force in national life during martial law and (immediately) after is breathtaking. That force was variously called the Left, the Movement, the Reds. In his cosmology, there were only two sides: Ninoy-Cory and Marcos. If you criticized the one, you must be for the other. That’s idiotic.

I have been writing columns since 1986. Surely Joker must be able to regale the world with one piece (or paragraph, or sentence) I have written that defends in any shape, form, or size, and in any manner, subtly, blatantly, laughably, Marcos and his cohorts?

As to what I did during martial law, I might as well set the record straight since Joker’s accusations crop up now and then in dubious blogs and trashy publications citing those blogs. I worked for the Left Underground throughout martial law. In the course of that I was assigned to join one government information office and another. What exactly I was asked to do, or indeed what I did generally for the movement, I will not go into lest I add to my dossier with the military. I know of that because I wasn’t allowed to leave the country until 1979 (you needed a military clearance to do so then) on the ground that there was “derogatory information” about me. I got to leave only after Joe Almonte, then head of the Philippine Center for Advanced Studies, endorsed my trip to an Afro-Asian literary conference in Moscow and Angola.

People who materialized only at the tail-end of martial law, when fighting Marcos had gotten popular, shouldn’t really be crowing about their exploits. People who never risked life and limb, and those of their families, from the beginning of martial law, in the pit of martial law, shouldn’t really be thumping their chests. What nerve. It insults the legions who died or disappeared then, with only their kasamas to mourn their passing and keep their memories alive, but whose struggle kept the flames of freedom burning, enough for them to burst into a raging fire when Ninoy himself was killed.
I did say at Cory’s necrological rites—to which I, the Cory-hater, was invited to speak and Joker, the Cory-lover, was not—that I did not come from the ranks of the Yellows, I came from the ranks of the Reds. For that I remain eminently proud.

As to my currying favor with P-Noy after he “launched his unstoppable candidacy,” surely he must have read—or heard about, since reading the Inquirer is not his favorite pastime—my column “Noynoy for president” long before everyone picked up the cry? And long before Mar Roxas bowed to the inevitable?
No, Joker, it is not a question of “being eloquent before the dumb.” The people are not dumb, which is your conceited mistake and mistaken conceit, trying hard as you are to exclude them from Renato Corona’s impeachment in the name of objectivity. It is a question of being credible, which you get only from being consistent. That is what makes for real power, not being a columnist, or indeed senator. Those are mere trappings of power.

The only thing you have been consistent about after Edsa 2—to which you do owe your position today, although you have chosen only to owe Gloria, who was its unworthy spawn—is finding nothing wrong with her. You found everything wrong with FPJ (“there is a constitutional remedy for corruption but none for stupidity”), you found everything wrong with Jun Lozada who exposed the NBN, you found everything wrong with the people who wanted to end the despotism of the one person who most resembled the tyrant you once helped to depose. But you found nothing wrong with Gloria.

And now you find everything wrong with P-Noy. And still you find nothing wrong with Gloria.
“What is wrong with cautioning senators . . . from being unduly influenced by outside commentary?” Because it leaves the field to you and senators like you, who are as objective about Gloria (and Corona) as Bongbong Marcos is about his father. Because it confines appraisal and judgment solely to you and senators like you, who, like Gloria’s justices themselves, or indeed like Marcos himself, love citing law while slicing people’s throats. Because it rests the future of this country on you and senators like you, who see Gloria as the best thing to have happened to democracy, the way George Bush did Marcos, and P-Noy, who has shown himself admirably, inspiringly, objectively determined to right wrongs, as the worst threat to it.

That is all you have been consistent about. Otherwise, you have been consistent only in the same way Juan Ponce Enrile and Miriam Defensor-Santiago have been consistent about their loyalties. Which is a pity really: You rose so high in our esteem by fighting Marcos only to fall so low by championing his clone. One would think that as one grows older, one gets wiser, but it was, and is, Gloria’s enormous talent to have refuted that thought.

Maverick? You’re a maverick only to the principles you once held. Which has turned you now into:

A joke.

Thrust: An attack made and landing with a point

Conrad de Quiros most successful mole in history of espionage
Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:23 am | Thursday, January 12th, 2012

http://opinion.inquirer.net/20927/conrad-de-quiros-most-successful-mole-in-history-of-espionage

Conrad De Quiros was a mole of the communists in the Marcos dictatorship. The most successful mole in the history of spy craft. So secret none of his handlers exists to testify to his, shall we say, “molecular” activity on behalf of the Left and contra the dictatorship in whose ranks he was formally enrolled and legally paid for work.

De Quiros breathlessly denies in a short autobiography of someone else that he ever collaborated with Marcos. “I worked for the Left underground throughout martial law x x x What exactly I was asked to do x x x I will not go into lest I add to my dossier with the military x x x I came from the ranks of the Reds. For that I remain eminently proud.” (Inquirer, 1/10/12)

Better than the James Bond for the Left, he was the Soviet mole of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy whose trailer, in the Internet, no doubt inspired his autobiography.

FLAG and MABINI handled the cases of the top leaders of the rebel movement who were captured and tortured. No one ever mentioned one Conrad de Quiros among their contacts or sources of information.
When Teddy Benigno was appointed press secretary he could not immediately assume office because he had a dossier in the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Isafp) which had not yet been deleted, relating to the time he joined the communes in Paris while studying there. President Cory asked that the list be purged of those unfairly listed which happened to include, among others personalities, lady journalists Niñez Cacho-Olivares, Arlene Babst, Eggie Apostol, Domini Torrevillas, Letty Magsanoc, Ceres Doyo, who had dossiers. No Conrad de Quiros.

Not a trace of such a document, not even a gap in the filing cabinets to show there was one there that went missing.

His dossier could be found only in the plantilla of the stable of writers of Marcos. If he had any connections to the Left that no one there recalls, he may have been a snitch, writing those Isafp dossiers on anti-Marcos people.

As to De Quiros’ attacks on me, no one, least of all I, owe him any explanation nor do I like to talk about myself. But if he can detach himself from the rock to which he clings like a mollusk, give up the false identity and the concocted history he created in answer to my response on his gratuitous attack, I will be pleased to tell him my story from 1972 to the present. Then he can fill out the gaps on the dossier he may have written on me and which he may be keeping in fond remembrance of the proudest but necessarily most circumspect part of his clandestine career. Meanwhile, best wishes on the year, Vidkun or shall we say Pierre; well, whichever nom de guerre you prefer.

—SEN. JOKER P. ARROYO

Parry: A defensive action to block an attack.

There’s The Rub
The Joker
By: Conrado de Quiros
Philippine Daily Inquirer
3:19 am | Monday, January 16th, 2012

http://opinion.inquirer.net/21215/the-joker

The Joker is still wild.

He talks of spies and moles and handlers. He has been watching too many James Bond movies when he should really be preparing for the impeachment of Renato Corona. But then, why should he? He has already made up his mind on it.

The concept of spies and moles and handlers of course does not come from Ian Fleming, it comes from John Le Carre. But I doubt he has read Le Carre. I doubt he even reads, he seems to take his cue from komiks.

I’ve always known The Joker had a towering ego, he has always thought the world revolved around him. But he exceeds even himself on this one. What he doesn’t know, he proposes, cannot possibly have happened. I cannot possibly have done what I said I did because he never knew about it. He seems to imagine that having once been a human rights lawyer—more’s the pity that he should fall from yesterday’s heights to today’s pits you could hear the thud all the way to Basilan—he knows everything there is to know about the underground.

You know everything about it? You don’t even know the meaning of underground. Kaya nga tinawag na underground, so people like you who like to advertise themselves wouldn’t know what goes on in it.
I leave him to his delusions. But his tack is as simple as it is conceited. He feels entitled to accuse anyone of anything without proof, and if they cannot prove otherwise, or refuse to jeopardize themselves by indulging his delusions, then they must be guilty. He accuses me of being a “zealous advocate of the dictatorship.” Well, the taste of the pudding is in the eating.

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Now surely in the course of my writing, I would have at one time or another written something that showed it? Yet I have asked him to cite one—just one single solitary teeny-weeny article, column, short story, poem, graffiti, paragraph, sentence, or joke I wrote during martial law and after, that in any shape, form or size defended or championed Marcos, and he hasn’t done so. What’s the matter, Joker, I was too shy to profess my zealous advocacy of the dictatorship you (and your team of researchers) can’t find any?

While at this, what ever happened to your other accusations about my being a Cory-hater and an opportunist who ingratiated himself with P-Noy? Ayawan na?

I don’t particularly mind this, I live for this, and can go on at this for as long as The Joker wants. But its larger implications are troubling. The Joker is one of those donning the robes of a judge and sitting in judgment over Renato Corona. He prides himself on being a lawyer, he prides himself on being objective. He has been one of those senators loudest in insisting on the rules of impeachment, in deploring the fact that it is being televised, in wanting the media reduced to a spectator while he regales the world with displays of objectivity.

Hell, he has been one of those loudest in calling for a “right of reply” in media because he says the media can’t get it right, they love to practice a policy of “accuse now, prove later.” Or indeed, “accuse now, and don’t even bother to prove.”

Yet this is one lawyer who finds hearsay as solid as a rock, who accuses without needing to supply the slightest shred of evidence, who presumes people guilty unless they can prove themselves innocent—to his satisfaction.

That is quite ironically how he has defended his namesake, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The charges against Arroyo, he says, may not be admitted because they are hearsay. When in fact they are backed by affidavits and physical proof of electoral fraud. Arroyo may not be prevented from leaving the country, he says, because she has to be presumed innocent unless proven guilty. When in fact, as Justice Secretary Leila de Lima argued, the point of preventing her from leaving has to do with presumption of flight and not with the presumption of guilt, she hasn’t been committed to Muntinlupa yet precisely because she is taken to be innocent until she is proven guilty. Arroyo may not be detained while awaiting trial, he says, because the burden of proof lies with her accusers and not with her. When in fact there’s a long precedent for putting suspects under guard, and serious suspects under serious guard.

But then there’s a tradition in the legal community that says those who can’t do legislate. Or become senator-judges. The Joker a lawyer? That’s a bigger joke.

But while at this, might as well get into the spirit of the joke and play a bit of his game:
I have it on very good authority that contrary to his public persona, he was really an ardent admirer of Marcos. He used to write under the pen name “Primitivo Mijares,” but after Marcos got pissed off with the real Mijares and had him deposited in the middle of the ocean from an airplane, he went on to write under other names such as Gregorio Cendaña and Anan Ymous. While taking on the high profile of a human rights lawyer, he was in fact passing information about his clients to Estelito Mendoza, Marcos’ favorite lawyer, and Fabian Ver, Marcos’ favorite general.

I have it on very good authority that he perfected the craft of accusing people and waiting for them to prove themselves innocent from the best of Marcos’ legal minds, such as their minds could be called that. I have it on good authority his record as a lawyer is also unblemished—unblemished by victory, including Erap’s impeachment trial, which only the people won for the prosecution—because he has always thought the law to be a joke anyway. I have it on good authority he has gone by the moniker “The Joker” only to hide the fact that he takes himself very, very seriously.

But this last I do not need any authority, good or bad, to know. This I know with absolute certainty:
Batman is still looking for him.

THE END … ?

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