day 25. synchronicity: the iglesia ni kristo, known to be pro-corona (chief defense counsel cuevas is an INK member), holds a humongous rally in luneta and many more simultaneous rallies nationwide, this as the chief prosecutor in the senate impeachment court surprises with the announcement that the prosecution is “dropping” 5 articles of impeachment, having presented, he believes, sufficient evidence to convict chief justice corona on articles 2, 3, and 7.
the co-incidence is hard to shrug off. on the surface, nothing seems to connect the two events, but beneath the surface, who knows what kind of strings were pulled by what hands towards what end.
tupaz could have announced it tomorrow, but no, he had to do it today, as the rally rolled off, quietly, massively. but what about the invitation they had sent justice sereno just this morning? oh, but she’s not likely to defy the feb 14 resolution on judicial privilege, given midas marquez’s afternoon statement that all sc personnel are bound by it.
hmm. not that i can blame sereno. di bale sana kung the case against corona is solid, but it’s not. what would happen to sereno if corona were acquitted in the end? too big a risk.
o baka naman it’s as simple a matter of having no witnesses to prove articles 1, 4, 5, 6, and 8. or maybe they have witnesses, but the kind that defense counsel cuevas and / or senator-judge miriam would again make mincemeat of?
but acc to dean tony la vina on anc with lynda jumilla, witnesses are not needed for the dropped articles, which are not “evidence-based”, rather they call for “assertions of judgment.” hmm. maybe tupaz et al don’t feel up to asserting anything after being outclassed by cuevas, not to speak of miriam.
of course there is also the allegedly sagging public interest, on the one hand, and some pro-corona catholic bishops nagging for an end to the trial, on the other.
this brings me back to the iglesia ni kristo’s grand gatherings nationwide — i bet it made the catholic bishops and archbishops sort of nervous, if not envious. kaya ba nilang magtawag ng ganyang klaseng rally, halimbawa, against the RH bill? i doubt it very much.
catholics are quite divided, fragmented, on many issues. iglesia members, in contrast, are quite united spiritually and politically. in elections they vote as one. perhaps the rally reminded the congressmen-prosecutors of the 2013 elections, and reality kicked in?