remnants of last night’s raindrops, shot 40 minutes ago… [the theme/ page design works better for crosswise rectangular (or wide) photos, but i rotated this 90 degrees clockwise so your eye leads to the raindrops… hanging on the external ceiling of the window, but that makes the photo lengthwise rectangular — did not want to crop the bottom to make it crosswise because that would remove the time stamp on the photo so… i doubled it post-production to make it wide — don’t mind me)
and the DOJ Secretary said her meeting with the legal team assigned to investigate the 3rd batch of PDAF pork barrel respondents, some of whom are allies of the President, is re-set to next weekpending the submission of more documents because, according to her investigators, the signatures of the respondents on the documents were made by different persons.
As stated here before, statements on the part of respondents that their signatures had been forged are matters of defense. “Matters of defense” mean they are evidentiary in nature and can be determined only during the course of trial or during the presentation of evidence. In other words, respondents have to prove during trial that indeed they were out in the cold and had been “swindled” — their signatures forged — when public funds under their control or released with their endorsement, in hundreds of millions, were changing hands, under their noses (and i’m mixing my metaphors). Respondents need to prove that during trial.
Where there is a prima facie case, these matters of defense do not preclude the filing of a case.
(this is an “at the moment series”. i’m three-fourths finished with checking final exams, i don’t leave until i’m finished, not a matter of defense) (the song embedded was, “That’s What Friends Are for”, dedicated to friends of the President, it’s a cover up, er, este, a cover, with sharps and flats galore)
when you wake up before dawn, you have the luxury of starting slow then burning bright, as i hope the DOJ team would today.
shot 30 minutes ago, quiet and starting slow at 4am, see photo below.
Last week, we posted a reminder here that this past Tuesday was the deadline of DOJ Usec JJ, as stated by DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima, to submit his investigation report on the PDAF pork barrel 3rd batch of respondents (9 or 10 senators, about half a dozen PNoy allies, i’m not counting, but maybe you are). Apparently, they met their self-imposed deadline last Tuesday. Today, DOJ Secretary Leila Lima, as announced, will meet with the DOJ legal team to finalize or clarify the recommendations. There will be a presser i hope so we can find out right away the results, and, if it’s a slow news day, we might even see a live coverage… Here’s that photo of starting slow at 4am, dedicated to DOJ Secretary Leila and her team: Start slow and burn bright, shot 30 minutes ago half-asleep from my bedroom window (will be checking papers in a little while — this is still an “at the moment series”, remember? but i just typed some notes on the pork barrel cases.)
Hopefully, the conclusions are based solely on the evidence (and common sense); the statement from the respondents that their signatures had been forged are matters of defense and should be examined in the context of all of the evidence on the transactions: the contracts, vouchers, checks, audits, etc. and commons sense — is it believable that P100 million changed hands from the legislator’s office to the bogus NGOs without the legislator knowing of the transactions and without giving express or tacit approval to the use of his/her name and office? Bong Revilla was recommended for indictment based on the same kind of evidence even with the defense of “my signature had been forged” — the DOJ is bound if the weight of the evidence is similar, or the same. (those to be announced today still go thru the Ombudsman’s office).
And so, hopefully, it is based on evidence and not alliance with the President.
If so, this song by a Filipino international rocker (raw acapella version of “Don’t Stop Believing”– edgy and perfect, you should be hearing the first few notes by now) is dedicated to the hardworking DOJ legal team led by Sec Leila
…although some quarters might scream: “Hindi sila dapat pasalamatan! Masyado na silang late! Maniningil kami! Marami kaming pautang. Pero hindi pera. Maniningil kami! Magtutuos kami ng gobyernong ito! Maniningil kami!!!” …Bow.