By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
May 8, 2019
When the boss is someone as mentally deranged as Duterte, even someone like Panelo who is reputed to be a clever lawyer (abogado de ultimo remedio) appears to be stupid by following that sort of master.
The diagrams or matrices being bandied about should include a big box to refer to the Filipino people with clear links to the individuals and organizations that are accused of conspiracy to discredit Duterte and in fact share a common detestation for the policies and acts of treason, tyranny, mass murder, plunder and swindling by the traitor and tyrant Duterte.
In the history of law, guilt by association has long been discredited as a method for criminalizing people through bills of attainder, congressional witch hunts and trial by publicity, instead of approaching first the courts of law with evidence to prove the personal criminal responsibility of every one accused.
Incriminating people through diagrams and using them in trials by publicity can be used against Duterte himself and his peace negotiators by simply linking them to names of persons who are designated or claimed to belong to the CPP, NPA and the NDFP.
More damning and more telling than diagrams that can be easily drawn by anyone are pictures of camaraderie between Duterte, his son Paolo, son-in-law Mans and Bong Go on one hand, and the notorious drug lords like Peter Lim, Michael Yang, kenneth Dong and others on the other hand.
The best way to reduce the drawing of diagrams or matrices to absurdity is to use the toilet of the presidential palace as the common point of reference for a criminal linkage between ex-dilawan Duterte and Noynoy Aquino and all sorts of people going to the palace and using the same toilet.
Nonetheless, the diagrams drawn and released by Duterte and Panelo are certainly not even worth a scrap of toilet paper. Are these the result of Duterte’s reported nervous breakdown or prolonged rest from dialysis treatment last week?