Thursday, December 07, 2006

Send in the clown

Hilario Davide Jr., former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, is gunning for the position of permanent ambassador to the UN. As part of the process he was at the Commission of Apppointments yesterday to answer questions by senators, and other oddballs. Among them, the judge with invisible midget friends.

At the hearing, an amused Senator Juan Ponce Enrile asked [former judge Florentino Floro] if he believed, saw and talked to dwarfs, Floro replied in the affirmative.

"[I’ve seen] three. Luis, Armand and Angel," he said, drawing laughter from the legislative staff, guests and spectators. "They are world famous because they are in Google. In fact they exist. The decision points to them."

"They were called dwarfs by our culture but they are really angels of God. They are angels, your honor," he added. "They have only one mission: to clean the judiciary. Those who are receiving bribes. That’s only my mission: to clean the judiciary and to heal the sick."

Floro admitted believing in "psychic visions" to see the future because of his power in "psychic phenomenon" and confessed he had a covenant with his "dwarf friends," and that he could write while in a trance.

In response to Floro's accusations, Davide, in part, replied:

"[T]he last pleading concentrates on the so-called three dwarves. I don’t think the committee should entertain the appearance of dwarves and I cannot be compelled to answer the supposed performance of dwarves," he continued, eliciting chuckles from the spectators.

Here's some insider information: The reason the Supreme Court did not order mandatory psychiatric therapy for this nutcase is that he's got too much entertainment value. Laughter is said to be the best medicine. And with an economy still in the pits the Philippines can certainly use the endorphin-raising services of a real clown.

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Judge Florentino V. Floro, Jr. said...

The Times December 05, 2006

A chilli-hot year for whiny garbage

David Pannick, QC

David Pannick, QC, presides over the memorable legal appearances of 2006

“In the Manhattan Supreme Court, Justice Jane Solomon told Liza Minnelli and her former husband David Gest to stop their “whiny garbage” of litigation. This year was notable for the quantity of whiny garbage to be found in courtrooms round the world. There was particularly hot competition in 2006 for the prize for judge of the year. William A. Carter, of the Albany City Court in New York, was a strong contender after being censured by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for his behaviour when presiding at a preliminary hearing of criminal charges: he removed his judicial robe, walked up to the defendant and asked: “You want a piece of me?”. In Washington State, Superior Court Judge Beverly G. Grant began a manslaughter sentencing hearing by asking everyone in court to join her in a Super Bowl cheer of “Go Seahawks”. She later explained that she was simply trying to ease tensions. Judge Donald D. Thompson was convicted by a jury in Oklahoma on four counts of indecent exposure by surreptitiously using a penis pump in Creek County Court while sitting as a judge hearing (or at least pretending to hear) trials in 2002 and 2003. The judge picks up a consolation award for the least contentious statement by a defendant in a criminal trial this year: “In 20-20 hindsight, I should have thrown it away.”

Those were the runners-up. The award for judge of the year goes to Judge Florentino V. Floro Jr, whom the Supreme Court of the Philippines sacked from the Regional Trial Court in Malabon City for regularly opening proceedings in his courtroom with the statement that he was “a Bar topnotcher” who passed the 1983 Bar examinations “with an average score of 87.55 per cent”; for changing from blue court robes to black each Friday “to recharge his psychic powers” as “the No 5 psychic in the country”; and for claiming to have the assistance of “three dwarf friends named Luis, Armand and Angel”, who, unseen by others, provided him with assistance in court.”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,200-2483034,00.html

NZ lawyer wins 'bizarre conduct' award
December 6, 2006 - 12:40 PM



“High profile New Zealand lawyer Bob Moodie has been named by a columnist in The Times newspaper in London as winner of the world "award for bizarre conduct by a lawyer in 2006".The award for judge of the year went to Judge Florentino Floro Jr, whom the Philippines Supreme Court sacked for regularly opening proceedings with the statement that he was "a Bar topnotcher" who passed the 1983 Bar examinations "with an average score of 87.55 per cent"; for changing from blue court robes to black each Friday "to recharge his psychic powers" as "the No.5 psychic in the country"; and for claiming to have the assistance of three invisible dwarf friends named Luis, Armand and Angel, who provided him with assistance in court. Mr Pannick said there would be many people doing precisely that in 2007.”

http://www.smh.com.au/news/World/NZ-lawyer-wins-bizarre-conduct-award/2006/12/06/1165080995623.html#
http://au.news.yahoo.com/061206/2/11ogq.html

Davide’s UN appointment hangs at CA

By Angie M. Rosales, 12/07/2006
“Initially set before Congress went on a recess last October, Davide’s assumption to the UN post yesterday was blocked in the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) by former Sen. Francisco Tatad, lawyer Alan Paguia and dismissed Judge Florentino Floro. Floro showed up to protest his dismissal from the judiciary on account of his being a “psychic” who often consulted three dwarves. The ensuing discussion over Floro’s plight prompted Estrada to make a comment in jest that “the one leading the nation is a dwarf.”

http://www.tribune.net.ph/headlines/20061207hed3.html

Estrada camp blocks Davide’s appointment

“Those who questioned Davide’s appointment included former Senator Francisco Tatad, Estrada’s lawyer Alan Paguia, a certain Aurelio Arienda and former Judge Florentino Floro Jr. The confirmation proceedings took on a bizzare twist when Floro took the stand, opposing Davide for taking part in the high court decision that removed him from service after a suspension of seven years, as well as alleged corruption and ill-health. Floro said he is in constant contact with three dwarves, namely “Luis, Armand and Angel” who are “world famous because they are in Google.”

By Roy Pelovello Thursday, December 7, 2006


http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=politics4_dec7_2006

Estrada allies jump on Davide in CA grilling

Former Chief Justice parries question

By TJ Burgonio, Inquirer, Last updated 04:38am (Mla time) 12/07/2006, Published on page A2 of the December 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Davide withstands grilling by Estrada allies in CA
By TJ Burgonio, Inquirer
Last updated 09:12pm (Mla time) 12/06/2006
Breaking News / Nation

“SEEKING confirmation for the post of permanent Philippine representative to the United Nations, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. yesterday faced stiff opposition in the Commission on Appointments from former allies of President Joseph Estrada as well as a judge who claims to be communicating with dwarfs.

Dismissed

Floro, who claimed he was still an incumbent judge of the Malabon Regional Trial Court even though he had been dismissed by the Supreme Court in March this year for psychological incapacity, blamed Davide for his suspension. Floro moved to defer Davide’s nomination for involvement in graft, which he said he had learned through Davide’s partner Filemon Fernandez, and from talking to dwarfs. He also claimed Davide was in poor health. When asked if he had any personal knowledge of Davide’s involvement in graft, he replied: “He also cut the Bible. The angels appeared to me, and this is my spiritual belief.” At the hearing, an amused Senator Juan Ponce Enrile asked him if he believed, saw and talked to dwarfs, Floro replied in the affirmative. “[I’ve seen] three. Luis, Armand and Angel,” he said, drawing laughter from the legislative staff, guests and spectators. “They are world famous because they are in Google. In fact they exist. The decision points to them.” “They were called dwarfs by our culture but they are really angels of God. They are angels, your honor,” he added. “They have only one mission: to clean the judiciary. Those who are receiving bribes. That’s only my mission: to clean the judiciary and to heal the sick.” Floro admitted believing in “psychic visions” to see the future because of his power in “psychic phenomenon” and confessed he had a covenant with his “dwarf friends,” and that he could write while in a trance. Davide denied the oppositor’s claims he committed graft and had poor health. Floro, he added, had been dismissed from the judiciary.

Pink of health
“I can guarantee you, that at this time, I am in the pink of health. Probably even healthier than the oppositor,” he said. “Besides, the last pleading concentrates on the so-called three dwarves. I don’t think the committee should entertain the appearance of dwarves and I cannot be compelled to answer the supposed performance of dwarves,” he continued, eliciting chuckles from the spectators.” In the end, the CA committee on foreign affairs, chaired by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, decided to resume the questioning at the next session for lack of time. MalacaƱang nominated Davide as permanent representative to the UN in late March.”

http://newsinfo.inq7.net/breakingnews/nation/view_article.php?article_id=36778

http://newsinfo.inq7.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view_article.php?article_id=36830


CA confirms 54 DFA foreign service officials

By MARIO B. CASAYURAN, Dec. 7, 2006

“Davide’s career shift was opposed by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada Ejercito, former Sen. Francisco S. Tatad, Alan F. Paguia, Aurelio Arrienda, and Judge Florentino V. Floro Jr.”

[Url:http://www.mb.com.ph/MAIN2006120781788.html]

12/05/2006 04:01 PM ID: 58744

Filipino Wins The Times "Judge of the Year" Award

“The Times David Pannick, QC said that 2006 prize for judge of the year goes to Judge Florentino V. Floro, Jr. with runners-up jurists Carter, Solomon, Thompson and Grant sharing honors. Floro was sacked by the Supreme Court of the Philippine. Alternative dispute resolution order of the year was made by Judge Presnell, judicial e-mail of the year was sent by judge Mohammed Ilyas Khan to his lover and advocacy of the year was by Breitbart, representing the model Campbell. Witness of the year was Gail Sheridan, in foreign case of the year, the Iraqi High Tribunal sentenced Saddam Hussein to death, and The award for bizarre conduct by a lawyer in 2006 goes to the New Zealander Bob Moodie.”

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Edwardson said...

Congratulations for winning Pannick's 2006 Whiny Garbage Award! You certainly deserve it. Do tell everyone in the world about it.