erap make a history

Philippines
September 13, 2007 10:58pm CST
erap was convicted by a criminal case filed to him..that case is a"plunder case" he make a history,because he is the first filipino former president who convicted by a criminal offense he made...because of that we can say that our justice system is still alive..
2 responses
@acmepride (1546)
• United States
14 Sep 07
Indeed, Erap's historic conviction seems to send a signal that rich or poor, powerful or not, president or common man would be treated equally under our system of laws. It goes without saying, though, that Erap's legal battle has not yet reached it's true conclusion, since the Supreme Court still has to review his case and hand out its own decision, which I really hope would be just. However, apart from Erap's conviction, I feel that there are still lots of convictions to be made, especially those that have long been sleeping in the dockets of the Supreme Court (Nanny Perez's, among others) so that those who feel that Erap's conviction was simply a manifestation of the retaliatory move of the ruling class would be appeased. In the end, I just hope that what happened to Erap would serve as an effective deterrence to those who are in power and who are tinkering with the very tempting idea to be above the law, and that what was applied to Erap would also be equally applied to GMA once she ends her term, for the sake of fairness, given the gross iniquity and palpable corruption that characterize her administration.
@ryanphil01 (4184)
• Philippines
14 Sep 07
The country's justice system after the conviction of former president Joseph Estrada for the crime of plunder is NOT BLIND. It seems justice's eyes are not blindfolded. I personally respect the Sandiganbayan verdict in the Estrada plunder trial, but we should also take note that other officials accused of graft remain unpunished. It seems members of the political opposition are often persecuted and charged in court while administration allies go scot-free. I would say that I have more respect for the former president for choosing to submit himself to the courts instead of accepting an offer for exile during the time of his ouster in 2001. On this regard, the government should also pursue cases against personalities identified with the administration. As Acmepride cited such as the cases of Nani Perez, Joc-joc Bolante, H. Garci, even the former president Fidel Ramos.