Justice secretary to prosecutor: NO U!

(Acting) Justice Secretary says it’s lawyer Harry Roque’s fault that Suwaib Upham, said to be a key witness for the prosecution in the Maguindanao Massacre, was left unprotected.

Apparently, Roque, private prosecutor for the victims, didn’t coordinate with the DOJ [thanks, RG Cruz] and frequently canceled appointments with Justice officials.

How can that person (Upham) be placed under the (Witness Protection Program),” said Agra. “He (Roque) never respected the authority of the public prosecutors. The public prosecutors have control over the private prosecutors.”

With magic. We protect the witness with magic.

Upham was killed earlier this month.

We’re not saying that Mr Roque pulled the trigger himself but you can’t blame the government for not putting Upham under witness protection when you didn’t give them a chance to do so.

Among Mr Roque’s other gallant moves was asking the court to delay proceedings against Andal Ampatuan Jr and his pals (or, as lawyers say, et al) until after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo steps down from office. This was probably under the legal maxim of justice delayed to make a political point is not justice denied.

On a peripherally related note, a source tells us that he missed a meeting with the Genuine Opposition in 2009 saying he was teaching a class at UP. It was a free cut. Magic. He taught the class with magic.


  1. I just got back from seeing Moon in Cardiff – ejoeynd it tremendously. Aside from the excellence of the story, would it be too much of a stretch to call it the first SF film – certainly the first in decades – that actually works on the level of hard SF? Granted, they fudged some minor issues – no sense of lunar gravity in the moonbase, no appreciable timelag in the call to Earth, sounds in vacuum (necessary, I think, to convey the size and power of the mining machines) – but apart from that, it all seemed to slot together so logically, from the mechanics of the mining operation, the robot (brilliantly clever in the way the arms were entirely separate from the main body), the mass driver…Sunshine didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but I’d definitely put this one up there with the best of the intelligent SF of the early seventies.

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