read ricky carandang’s screwed and manuel buencamino’s “manangs” acquit a rapist. my sentiments exactly. what a huge setback for the women’s fight against sexist politics. biglang we’re back to the dark ages when women were seen as sex objects incapable of saying no except when playing hard-to-get for extra favors. biglang we’re back to the old biases and stereotypes, among them that girls who don’t behave with strict decorum, who dress to look ‘n feel good, who drink alcohol, dance dirty, flirt mightily in public, who just wanna have fun, are asking for rape. wtf. where are these women justices coming from? opus dei? catholic women’s league? what books are they reading? mills & boon? barbara cartland?
read too rina jimenez-david who calls them “maiden aunts” and patricia evangelista who calls them “virtuous ladies”. which set me wondering, teka, baka naman mga old maid nga ang “learned ladies” na ito of the court of appeals, and so maybe they don’t know any better about men and sex and rape, and quite possibly they’ve never been drunk in their lives? so i googled them all, only to find that all three are wives and mothers, and maybe grandmothers, wow, good luck na lang sa karma.
both justice monina arevalo zenarosa and justice myrna dimaranan vidal were born in 1939. zenarosa took up law in ust and feu, vidal in feu. both are turning 70 and retiring this year. hmm, formative years right smack during the japanese occupation and the liberation. general douglas macarthur must be one of their icons.
justice remedios salazar fernando is a different story. born in 1953, studied law in ateneo, so far she has been quite popular with post-EDSA administrations and has been having quite a rising career.
She was named Chairman of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in July 1987 where she concurrently held directorship posts at the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA)and the Office of Transport Cooperatives. In the latter part of 1991, she held the position of Officer-in-Charge/Assistant Secretary of the Land Transportation Office in a concurrent capacity.
In 1992, she was appointed Commissioner of the COMELEC. On May 21, 1999, she was appointed Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, being one of the youngest to have been appointed to the position. She received several awards from both private and public sectors, such as Ten Outstanding Young Men given by the Jerry Roxas Foundation, Most Outstanding Capampangan, Woman of Distinction Award by the Soroptimist International, etc. When she retired from the COMELEC, she received an Award for Outstanding Service from the Senate of the Philippines.
i bet she has a moist eye on the supreme court. i suppose this subic rape case decision is in aid of that? how sad, specially for a baby boomer whose generation birthed the women’s movement for equal rights.
by the way, if you’re one of those who don’t feel competent to judge for themselves whether what smith did to nicole was rape or not because transcripts of the trial have not been released, so you’re willing to give the three justices the benefit of the doubt, they must know what they’re talking about, you’re taking their word for it, smith is innocent, well you might want to make tambay sa subicrapecase website’s summary of court proceedings. it was rape.