There were a number of interesting events (for me, anyway) as I trawled through the news feeds over the past week. These were the ones which caught my attention.
Leonen as next SC Justice
Filling the vacancy created when he appointed Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, President Aquino made his fourth appointment to the highest court in the land. He appointed Atty. Marvic Leonen, his peace negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and former dean of the University of the Philippines (UP). What makes Justice Leonen's appointment interesting is that, like Chief Justice Sereno, he is relatively young for the position. At 49, Justice Leonen stands to sit in the Supreme Court for 21 years. It's possible that, with Justice Leonen's appointment, President Aquino is moving to insulate the Court from political intrigue, unless, of course, someone has enough numbers to impeach another Supreme Court Justice
Maguindanao Massacre Backhoe Operator Arrested
That was fast. After I wrote about the slow pace of the massacre trial last Friday, police arrested the alleged operator of the backhoe used in burying some of the bodies of the massacre victims and the vehicles they used. Here's hoping that he can shed some light on what happened, but it's more likely that he will vehemently deny being involved in the massacre.
Requiem, Hector "Macho" Camacho
What a way to go. Boxer Hector Camacho, who had fought some of the best in the boxing world, died from gunshot wounds sustained in what appears to be a drug-related shooting. Camacho, who had fought against the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar de la Hoya and Roberto Duran, was declared brain dead at the hospital, and his family made the heart-breaking decision to remove him from life support. Camacho was 50 years old.
Elmo Voice Quits
Kevin Clash, the Muppeteer who had helped popularize Elmo, the furry red monster from "Sesame Street", was forced to resign after someone filed a lawsuit alleging that Clash had had an underage sexual relationship with him. I found this to be a little strange, as Elmo has been the favorite Muppet for kids after being popularized by Clash in 1984. I wasn't really a fan, though, since I found Elmo a little too cutesy. What I do remember was Clash's performance during the tribute to the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, and I enjoyed Clash's take on "Lydia the Tattooed Lady".
Tulfo Brothers Charged
Charges of grave threats were recommended against TV personalities Ben, Raffy and Erwin Tulfo. This one is based on the brawl between the Tulfos' eldest brother Ramon and celebrity couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto in the airport, which became viral online after someone posted a video of Tulfo being ganged up on by Santiago and his companions. After the incident, the Tulfo brothers issued a number of threats against the couple on their TV5 show, "T3", with Ben Tulfo allegedly saying that Santiago would need an ambulance if they should ever meet.