10.08.2008

coffee break ver. 1.39


Executive Clemency. R
eprieve, absolute pardon, conditional pardon with or without parole conditions and commutation of sentence as may be granted by the President of the Philippines. -1987 Philippine Constitution

Much as I want to have a no-brainer coffee break for this week, GMA7's 24 Oras left me with a devastated heart last night. And their late night news Saksi showing Vicky Morales interviewing Mrs. Vivian Hultman on the phone roughly tore my heart into pieces.

The president granting executive clemency to Claudio Teehankee Jr. came as a bitter surprise for the Filipino nation. First, because it seemed abrupt. How could it have happened so soon? Second, because the family of the victims were not informed before hand about it. Secretary Ermita claims the Hultman's were notified about the posible pardon but Maureen Hultman's mom says otherwise. And third, because it appeared like the president used her power unfairly. With this, more Filipinos feel and believe that our Justice System is obviously bias and tainted.



17 comments:

Herson Juego said...

There's no question on whether or not the president can grant pardon. She can. But then again, it does not mean she can fiddle with her power anytime for anybody. Teehankee committed a crime, and he's a cold blooded murder. Period. He deserves to be in jail. Yet his case is another one of those which tell us that, while we live in an equal society (or so we are made to believe), some people are more equal than others. Money + Ad Misericordiam + gullible, and not to mention foolish, president = Pardon. Now that's a perfect brew for an unfathomable privilege given to the elites.

Lutchi said...

Thanks for the hopped and comment girl.

Gosh, I am speechless...i need to watch the news often, hindi ko ata nasundan ang issue nato. The justice system in the Philippines is somehow rotten.

claire said...

this executive clemency by PGMA indeed came a surprise to most of us.. i myself was not in favor of what she did. i wonder what had gotten into her for allowing Teehankee to come out as a free man.. :(

Jim said...

GMA is totally out of touch morally with what is good and just. Furthermore, she is totally insensitive to the people's sense of justice and aspirations.

Her presidency will be remembered as a sad, tragically flawed one.

Mark said...

Great article thanks for sharing...

Lawstude said...

gma is dangerously wise.

she is noted for so many unpopular decisions and this is one of them. she uses this news-worthy plot so that attention will not be focused on more relevant issues such as poverty and corruption.

for teehankee? he should stay in jail.

Tonyo said...

Add this Teehankee pardon to Arroyo many offenses against us.

The Wifey Diaries said...

hi, Jan. thanks for another version of coffee break. mine's up na!

http://thewifeydiaries.blogspot.com/

Joy said...

I can still remember the murder of Maureen ...
For sure marami ang taliwas sa desisyon na bigyan ng pardon si Teehanke Jr..
At marami ang mag aalsa...
I just feel for the victims mom...

the spool artist said...

boy, am i not surprised. our justice system is there for the entertainment value, and not to serve justice per se...

jan celiz-magtoto said...

in this country of ours, the old, sick and poor convicts never get a chance to have pardon. but if your surname sounds like estrada, teehankee, etal, then the preseident signs your release right away.

Joanne MV said...

Hi Jan! Good morning :)

My answer is on this link - http://reejane.blogspot.com/2008/10/coffee-break-ver-139.html

cenon said...

hi jan,

thanks for dropping by my site and inviting me over to your coffee break discussions.

yup, it's reallllllllly frustrating.

wala naman question sa legality. pero hindi lahat ng legal--if pwede akong gumamit ng isang malupet na cliche--ay moral.

actually this is an improvement for her. kasi now, kahit imoral, at least legal naman ang pagbibigay niya ng presidential pardon kay teehankee jr.

unlike yung presidency n'ya. imoral na, illegal pa.

anyway, i heard on the radio yesterday about this uk tv series that allegedly discriminates against pinay domestic helpers. nag-rant lang ako ng konti. kakainis eh. http://obispopalomares.blogspot.com/

theworkingmom said...

My reply here:

http://the-working-mom.blogspot.com/2008/10/coffee-break-ver-139.html

Joey

abie said...

here is mine sis:

http://howellabie.blogspot.com/2008/10/coffee-break-ver-139.html

Teys said...

Here's our reply:

http://teystirol.com/2008/10/10/justice/

Princess Vien said...

pahabol.. hehe

http://www.yourvmodel.com/2008/10/coffee-break-ver-139.html