The CenSEI Report (Vol. 2, No. 12, March 26-April 1, 2012)
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Volume 2 - Number 12 • March 26-April 1, 2012
I will not stay long in boxing because [God] said: 'You have done enough. You
have made yourself famous but this is harmful
~ Manny Pacquiao on what he believed was a divine call for him to
retire from boxing
I am worried a bit because these are the things you don't say when preparing for
a fght. He will retire in 2013
~ Promoter Bob Arum on Pacquiao’s talk before his June bout with
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4 Corona’s Defense Goes On the Offensive
At the impeachment trial, defense lawyers presented witnesses and documents
debunking the prosecution’s claims of countless undeclared or undervalued
properties. Plus: a congressman recounted how 188 lawmakers signed without
reading the charges under threat of pork barrel drought
• Word war: The media battle between the President and the Chief Justice
14 It’s Not the End of the World
The hobbled global economy showed signs of improvement, as America churned
out more jobs, Europe skirted euro meltdown, and China looks set to avoid a hard
landing. But downside risks remain. The top worry: oil prices
23 The Art and Science of Breeding Brightness
Improve intelligence by boosting mental memory, enjoying music and art,
stretching body and spirit, and having the right attitude. And don’t forget
to take a nap every now and then
• Beyond IQ.: There’s more to being smart than meets the mind
30 Laughing All the Way to the Bank
As Asia becomes more and more affuent, its amusement parks are bringing
in more and more visitors, with China and South Korea leading the way.
Here’s the fun way to proft
• Carnival base: Subic wants to add mirth to its old business of berths
• The world’s fastest roller coaster: In Abu Dhabi, take a heart-stopping
ride in a Formula 1 racer
40 The Ferrari That Will Drive Itself
The auto of the future will burn less fuel, spew less CO2, avoid
accidents, and do many other nifty things without asking or being
asked by the driver. Say ‛start’ then sleep
• Hands off: Who’s driving the car if there’s nobody at the wheel?
• Hi, Beamer, it's Hyundai: Teaching vehicles to communicate with
• Prototypes: Feast your eyes on these amazing concept cars
Balancing Reason and Passion in the Impeachment
"Having become more of an intense public spectacle than a sober assessment
of the ffth highest-ranking offcial of the land, the impeachment trial has
caused many Filipinos to lose grip of the merits of the case. We take sides not
according to reason, but according to passion."
Those are the musings of a newly minted lawyer: John Carlo Gil Sadian, The
CenSEI Report's resident legal expert. Last Thursday JC took his oath as an
attorney with equal parts of pride and relief. But while last November’s four
Sundays of bar exams surely tested the San Beda law graduate's knowledge
to the limit, his three impeachment reports since January have posed their own
challenge not only to his legal mind, but more so to his sense of blindfolded but
Like every patriotic Filipino, Sadian seeks truth and integrity in our democratic
processes. Like upright members of the legal profession, he values the rule of
law, our God-given rights, and the logic and safeguards of due process. And
like the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, which he joined as a new lawyer, JC
guards the Judiciary's independence.
Nonetheless, in chronicling the gyrations of the Senate trial, the Ateneo political science major must set aside his own political
and even moral leanings to focus on the facts and the law. After all, if evidence is ignored and statutes expressing the people's
sovereign will are violated, then righteousness is ripped to ribbons, and the worst kind of politics prevails.
In highlighting the most telling testimonies, documents, rulings and arguments, There The CenSEI Report also offers the
unadulterated record of proceedings that, sadly, gets short shrift in the highly partisan public arena, where spin and self-
promotion often overshadow what's real and legal.
Still, having worked in Malacañang, Sadian knows how governance is anything but pure legalities. So it is with impeachment.
"The senator-judges will vote not merely by the letter of the law, but according to what they appreciate as the 'politically' sound
decision," says Sadian. Which even more reason to provide an unbiased, expert and objective recounting of the trial. Thus,
when the verdict comes down, even if justice should become a casualty, we will at least know the truth.
New Bedan lawyer JC Sadian: A legal
mind and blindfolded, all-seeing justice
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