MANILA - Out on the street in front of the Supreme Court, a lawyer danced and rapped as he led red-clad protesters in a rally against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno early Friday morning.
A few hours before the high court invalidated Sereno's appointment, Ferdinand Topacio, with a towel hanging around his neck, grabbed a megaphone to lead the protesters in a rap.
"Yes, yes, yow," he shouted to a drum beat in the background.
"Quo warranto," the crowd replied.
Topacio then went freestyle, rapping: "I'm gonna make you wet. I'm gonna make you sweat. Sooner or later, you're gonna show your puwet (ass)."
Before noon Friday, the Supreme Court, voting 8-6, granted the quo warranto petition that Solicitor General Jose Calida filed against Sereno, nullifying her 2012 appointment for failing to submit required statements of assets, liabilities and net worth when she applied for the post.
Video of Topacio leading the rally, which was posted on DZMM Teleradyo's Facebook Page, has already been viewed over 230,000 times and shared by over 2,000 Facebook users as of 3:00 p.m.
Some netizens found Topacio's antics in front of the Supreme Court embarrassing, considering he is a lawyer. But others lauded him for being true to himself.
Topacio has represented several personalities, including the late Andal Ampatuan Sr., among the chief accused in the Maguindanao Massacre case, former President Gloria Arroyo, and most recently just resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, and the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, which has filed cases against opposition figures.