Friday, December 7, 2018

Revilla's acquittal a reflection of Duterte's flawed politics? No, this is due process



The first Friday of December was hit with news that former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has been acquitted by the Sandiganbayan for his plunder case.
Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr and President Rodrigo Duterte / Composite photos from Rappler and Inquirer

Many people have cried foul, saying that democracy is not working and the rule of law is not being upheld because Revilla’s chief of Staff on the other hand, was found guilty.

And people all over the internet have took it upon themselves to give their own analysis to the situation.

Duterte’s fault

One of the prominent opinions is how because Revilla is a supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, is why he was acquitted.

There have been accusations that the president has not been doing his job well. Allowing the court to acquit Revilla because the court has not been performing well.

But there are some people who see this call out as a duplicity, saying that you can’t have it both ways.

Which is it?

Kim Iqs is a Facebook netizen who was one of those who saw this call out as hypocritical.
Netizen Kim Iqs / Photo from his Facebook account

In a Facebook post that he recently made, he said that Duterte did not interfere with Revilla’s acquittal, thus allowing the court to act independently without his influence. But Kim is confused why the people are clamouring and complaining.

He says that this is the justice that the Philippines has and that this reality must be accepted.

Not only that, but he paralleled this to the reaction of the people when they called out the extrajudicial killings that has been happening in the country.

Kim feels that they are synonymous. Saying that the extrajudicial killings is something that Duterte highly interfered with outside of the law.

He seems to think that what the people want in the case of Revilla was that he interfere in the case outside of the jurisdiction of the law and have the courts imprison the former senator.
Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr / Photo from Inquirer / Nino Jesus Orbeta

With this, Kim says that it is contradictory, and that either they should want the president to interfere or not to interfere.

Ending his post, Kim calls upon this opposition to check their biases as there may be something wrong with their opinion if that is the case.

Read more about it here:

"REVILLA'S ACQUITTAL A REFLECTION OF DIGONG'S FLAWED POLITICS?

People are furious about Revilla's acquittal. Kasalanan ni Duterte. A reflection daw of Digong's duplicitous campaign for change.

The frame of reasoning is this: Under Digong's watch, Revilla got acquitted. As President, it is, therefore, his fault.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what DUE PROCESS is in the country. This is the reality of the Philippines. This is the best it can do. This is "justice".

Wait. IT IS Duterte who has always been "extrajudicial" right?

So if there is a semblance of interference from Digong, it is extrajudicial and wrong, but if he follows due process, Duterte is an inutile leader for letting "guilty" people walk?

Teka, so which is it?

Today, we should celebrate because due process won. Revilla is not the person we want to get away with plunder, but the courts have ruled, therefore the decision is binding.

Dude, you can't have it both ways. You can't accuse Duterte of making legal shortcuts to curb drugs AND THEN be angry at his inaction over a case that is handled by an independent court.

If due process is only good if it follows your biases, then there is a problem."