|Jose “Judd” Roy
MANILA, Philippines - Jose “Judd” Roy, a defense counsel of impeached Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona, is accused of posting “abusive
” tweets as Twitter account holder one1ron. He has denied the charge, but his response raises more questions than answers.
Roy on Tuesday claimed he has a Twitter account but only uses this to read news and messages from other people. He did not divulge this account. He told ABS-CBN reporter Jing Castañeda that he did not own the account one1ron. He blamed the controversy on anti-Corona groups.
Here are some things he told her:
- “Alam mo nagulat nga ako dahil hndi ko alam kung ano iyong pinagsasabi.That is not my account, let me say that. So nagtataka ako… mukhang pinagdidiskitahan tayo ng ibang tao diyan.kaya ganon.
- “I am familiar with the Twitter but that is not my account, I am sorry. I think kilala ko ang may ari niyan pero, sorry. “
- “Why should I explain? That has nothing to do with me.”
Asked why one1ron displayed photos seemingly taken from Roy’s side of the impeachment floor, the defense counsel said he had taken and emailed photos to some people, who may have posted these on social media sites.
To another news group, he noted that the one1ron account remained active – meaning it continued to post tweets -- even during periods when he was clearly not in front of the computer.
Maybe we’ve been asking Roy the wrong questions.
Maybe we should be asking, “When was the Twitter account ‘stolen’ from you, Mr. Roy?” Or, “When did you turn over the Twitter account to someone else?”
At least two persons have confirmed that the Twitter account one1ron belongs to Roy – and that he was using it until end of the 2011. The confirmations came before and after Roy’s denial. Only identity theft or assignment/transfer of an account can allow another person to use it.
Both sources know Roy personally, as opposed to being mere acquaintances, in the virtual world. One source favors the prosecution in the Corona impeachment trial. The other is highly critical of the prosecution and thinks the tweets linked to Roy were accurate, if “impolite” and “salty.”
Other Twitter account owners have identified Roy as one1ron. But I do not personally know them and have only talked with two sources.
Two days before Roy’s denial, former Miss International Aurora Pijuan tweeted to confirm she personally knows he is One1ron. On Tuesday, she reiterated her previous tweets.
In a telephone interview, Pijuan vouched that Roy had been using the one1ron account until December 2011 and that she had exchanges with him during this period. Pijuan and Roy had met offline and sometimes carried discussions online. She did not give details of their interaction.
After a glitch in her account erased the list of people she followed, Pijuan started a new list. She then discovered one1ron had blocked her.
The other source is even closer to Roy.
“He’s a friend of mine and (I) have tweeted many times with him in the past. As his friend, I trust he’ll come out at the appropriate time,” he said.
The source defended Roy, however, saying the impeachment trial tweets were not the lawyer’s handiwork.
“He’s doing a lot of things there, so it’s not possible to tweet so often,” Roy’s friend stressed. “Guy has no time. I know what it’s like to tweet with work.”
Later, he said: “At this time, I can say the account does not belong to Atty. Roy.
When asked if he knew whether the account had been stolen or given to another user, the source did not answer.
Without admitting Roy had made the controversial tweets, his friends defended these messages.
“Was there something written that was untrue? Impolite, salty, yes. But honest and true,” the source insisted.
Roy has not been seen around the Senate today.
The twitpic account linked to one1ron today carries less photos than it did yesterday. The self-portrait of a cigar-smoking Roy is no longer on line, together with another photo that shows him with a girl-child.
Other photos, including some of Roy doing yoga moves with the setting sun as background, and another of him lugging a kite, remained on the Twitter account as noon today.
Supporters of Roy say one1ron’s comments against prosecutors and senators perceived as anti-Corona are no worse than what sail through Twitter and Facebook on any given day. Both sides of the current political divide regularly hurl invectives against their pet peeves.
Senator Franklin Drilon, whom one1ron likened to a fish, has been called worse. Sen. Francis Pangilinan, the subject of a tweet that alluded to a brain lost in the cosmic wastes, has also faced worse insults. Chief prosecutor Niel Tupas Jr. gets buried under a mountain of jeers whenever the prosecution commits a misstep.
One1ron also did not spare Mr. Aquino, calling him Abnoy and demanding a release of his psychological records. Roy’s client has also recently come out with a similar challenge.
But the senators and prosecutors, and the President, are after all, public figures. Chief Justice Corona faces a daily barrage of withering insults and accusations. The most offensive posts by one1ron attack private individuals perceived as supportive of the prosecution. These tweets come complete with allusions to body parts and bodily fluids.
Any professor, especially a professor of law, caught saying these things, would be expelled – at the least, suspended – by school authorities, whether or not the messages are addressed to students. And most social media users are not defense counsels of the land’s highest magistrate.
People are screaming for Roy’s head. But full exposure of Roy – if one1ron, indeed, remains Roy -- needs brave souls to step up and say, yes-it’s-him-and-this-is-how-I-know.