Breaking the blogging hiatus with another tragedy and controversy for our country. The fake president has given pardon for an ex-President Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada who has been convicted of the crime of plunder today.
So the thief is now a free man. Legally and completely if I may say. Plunder is amongst the highest crimes in our country, stealing the money of the people is amongs the most heinous crimes and sin one person could commit in our country. Our laws mandate that those who are convicted of this crime be dealth with the full strength of the law as to effect justice.
What happened to the rule of law? What happened to the justice that has been so deserved by the people whose money has been stolen, of all the people in our country, by a President who has been elected and has taken a sworn pledge of enforcing the very laws of our land.
What’s even more revolting, disgusting and utterly frustrating is the reasoning the Administration has been using to defend this insult to the Philippine justice system:
“Whereas, this Administration has a policy of releasing inmates who have reached the age of seventy (70),
“Whereas, Joseph Ejercito Estrada has been under detention for six and a half years,
“Whereas, Joseph Ejercito Estrada has publicly committed to no longer seek any elective position or office,
“In view hereof and pursuant to the authority conferred upon me by the Constitution, I hereby grant executive clemency to Joseph Ejercito Estrada, convicted by the Sandiganbayan of plunder and imposed a penalty of reclusion perpetua. He is hereby restored to his civil and political rights.
“The forfeitures imposed by the Sandiganbayan remain in force and in full, including all writs and processes issued by the Sandiganbayan in pursuance hereof, except for the bank account(s) he owned before his tenure as President.”
Since Erap has been in house arrest for six years now, he deserves freedom when what he really deserves is to spend the rest of this time in a real jail or prison, not his own mansion or estate, he now deserves not to rot in jail for the rest of his time?
Time and again, we keep on hearing the conservatives, the Church and the Administration adhere to the rule of the law and of the proper procedures no matter if such laws are harsh.
“Dura lex, sed lex”? With the fake President still the occupant of Malacanang, the rule of law, the administration of justice for all has been, as Doc Tess puts it: The Estrada pardon is a mockery of the Philippine Justice system.