Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Is Justice secretary De Lima out of the loop already?

The hostage crisis that changed the administration
Is De Lima out of the presidential loop already? It seems like it. The Justice secretary admitted much in her interviews, shortly after President Aquino released the diluted IIRC report and the grant of Amnesty Proclamation no. 50. De Lima admitted she was not consulted by the President in these two things, which, traditionally, are consulted to the chief of the justice department. It seems that Ed de Mesa and Ochoa are more than enough legal counsels for the president. 

I remember one threat made by De Lima that she will resign if Aquino does not fully support the findings of the IIRC report. Aquino did not and instead targetted policemen and even the Office of the Ombudsman as his fall guys. De Lima, it seems, is staying. 

The Hongkong administrative state has expressed their sorrow over the IIRC report. Senator Joker Arroyo also expressed his dismay, saying that the review was undertaken by those of lesser minds.

This also is very alarming. Joker is right on saying that how, then, will the palace, treat the report of the Truth Commission, chaired by no less than a former Chief Justice? Will it undergo the same process? Imagine the scenario of a report written by a former Chief Justice and then put into scrutiny by lesser mortals such as Ochoa and de Mesa? 

It also puts this administration in moral question---what is their interpretation of truth? Is it legal or factual truth? So, now, truth and justice now depends on the opinions of two people?

Likewise, this is also very dangerous. Are we now saying that all reports or at least those undertaken by the Justice department are to be reviewed first by the Executive secretary and the presidential legal counsel before being released to the public?