Santiago, Lapid speeches most 'liked'

By Ivy Jean Vibar,

Posted at May 30 2012 04:41 PM | Updated as of Jun 01 2012 12:49 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 2) -- The impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona may be over but Filipinos are still mulling over the senator-judges’ votes and their explanations for them.

Which ones did they like best?

On’s impeachment vote tally page, as of posting, the most number of "likes" went to Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago’s speech. Also in the Top 5 were those given by Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Senator Edgardo Angara, and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.

Receiving the lowest number of "likes" among the 23 senator-judges’ speeches was Senator Joker Arroyo.

Several memes have also been made in honor of the senator-judges, ranging from humorous takes on their speeches to mischievous cartoons.

According to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, the explanation he liked best was the one given by Lapid.

“It was simple, kay [Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo] Fariñas siya naniwala,” Enrile said this morning on ANC's "Headstart."

Lawyer Ted Te, associate professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law, said Lapid also delivered one of the best explanations of vote:

"Whether he realized it or not, Lapid's formulation comes closest to the standard required of a Senator-Juror, sitting in impeachment, that of the reasonableness of an ordinary person. It would be the closest approximation to 'conscience' as may be suggested," he said on Facebook.
Lapid was also praised by UP Student Council president Heart Diño and prosecution spokesperson Rep. Sonny Angara in interviews on DZMM Teleradyo.

"Natutuwa po ako sa statement na ginawa niya na sobrang lapit sa mamamayan. Simple," said Diño.

"Iyong narinig ko po sa mga kasama ko, niririspeto po natin siya hindi dahil 'di siya nakapagtapos o hindi siya nakakaintindi ng Ingles, kundi mas malapit po siya sa masa."

"Di ko makakalimutan ang sinabi niyang 'Ako, isang high school graduate lamang, hinahatulan ko ang isang Punong Mahistrado.' Iyon kasi ang diwa ng isang impeachment. You're not there as a lawmaker, andoon ka bilang kinatawan ng tao," Angara said.

"Funfare" writer Ricardo Lo also praised the lawmaker for opting to speak out instead of "observing silence."

He wrote, "In that august hall of seasoned lawyers and outspoken politicians, Sen. Lito stood taller than the rest with his 'common sense' speech, devoid of legal gobbledygook and profundities that leave the masa in the dark. Instead, Sen. Lito delivered his speech...yes, unscripted!...speech straight from the heart and emerged as the star of the trial. Applause, applause, applause!!!"