The ongoing impeachment proceedings on Chief Justice Sereno of the Supreme Court is something I would
not like to dip my fingers on. However, the testimony of Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo de Castro
is something to ponder about.
I’ve observed the lady Associate Justice De Castro for many years and I must admit, I have
high regards for her. She is a very seasoned magistrate, very proper, highly qualified. In all the SC
decisions she participated on was always what I expected her to do. Her decisions are unbiased,
perceived by the majority to be correct.
There is however one thing of great importance that had bothered me since PNoy appointed then
Associate Justice Sereno to be the Chief Justice up to her retirement age, disregarding the age old
and accepted practice of seniority. As it was before, the most senior succeeds and elevated to the
position as Chief Justice among its peers. It was a very fair and none political practice of
succession. It was something all the SC Justices can look forward to as the crowning glory of their
career. What PNoy did was not only “unprecedented” but queer to say the least. The least expected to
succeed the late Chief Justice Corona was the one chosen. If we are speaking of a roulette, the game
was fixed. PNoy chose a classmate. It was not a stroke of genius. I do not even know what to call it.
Ang sabi ni PNoy, first woman Chief Justice of the Supreme Court daw. Big deal! Definitely, it was not
a master stroke by any means. It’s senseless.
In my opinion, the old and tested practice of succession must be put back. Not for anything
else, it’s the most sane and orderly. No politics.
We do not know where the Senate investigation on the Dengvaxia would end. But let me say in
connection to my column last Tuesday, December 12, on the Dengvaxia that it will be a mental torture
for the parents of the 833,000 children vaccinated without parental consent. For years to come, the
parents of those children who were vaccinated as fast as a bullet train will remain in the minds of
the parents of the 833,000 children vaccinated for a long, long time. They would not know what will
happen tomorrow or the next day and so on for years – a mental torture never before experienced by the
hundreds of thousands of parents of those children who were vaccinated as the Germans did in the
prison camps in Auschwitz. Young and old thought that they could take a shower. Instead of water,
deadly gas came out and killed them; their bodies were thrown into the incinerators. None of them
expected that to happen, but so it happened. We also did not expect that controversial vaccination on
our young children, but it also happened.
We will not know what would be the consequences of Dengvaxia vaccines on 833,000 children in
the years and decades to come. It’s a long wait. All the parents are worried and angry what will
happen to their children. Will they die soon; or live to be adults, find a job to help their parents,
and get married and have a family?
That’s the mental torture the hundreds of thousands of parents of those children vaccinated
will have to undergo, day in and day out for the years to come.
With all the problems this country is going through, did the Aquino regime have to add the
most serious problems of them all? As if he had done good during his six long years in Malacañang
which he has none to brag about. The past Aquino regime set the country aback to the day we gained our
independence in 1945. We are back to square one in building the nation. That’s the burden President
Duterte has to face.
N.B. The name Dengvaxia alone is scary. Parang pangalan ng multo. However, maybe that was what
it was meant to be.
That name alone deserves to be banned. With what had happened in the Philippines, Sanofi
Pasteur had better look for a sexier name because Dengvaxia sounds like a medicine for impotents.
P.S. I’ve been asked many times how I write my columns. I write my columns in long-hand and a
secretary types it into the computer for I am computer illiterate. I edit it myself; and sends it to
the People’s Journal.
I write to be understood, not to win a literary award.
It takes me an hour and a half to write my column at one or two in the morning when everything
is quiet; and I do a little editing. It’s straight writing.
Just excuse me na lang if in case of typo errors and syntax.