This book was introduced by an office colleague and friend, Ate
Fina. At first, it was kinda boring, because of the numerous facts it was
laying down to the reader. But as soon as I read along, I found the
inside-the-SC stories captivating and shocking at times. The decisions and the
politics behind those decisions intrigued me. I'm already halfway and I'm
really excited with all the other things the book has in store for me. I hope
you find time reading this too.
Okay, so I'm already done with the book (after a week of posting the
italicized narrative above). As I have said, Ms. Vitug's Shadow of Doubt
has a lot of inside-the-Court stories to offer. The stories, through
corroboration from different Court insiders would harbor a different
perspective for a reader, at least that's happened to me. I tried to be as
objective as I can when I started reading the book, but really the stories of
betrayals, case flip-flops and veiled interests have got my blood boiling.
Really. I've always had this respect for the Justices of Padre Faura-- their
old age that I equal with wisdom and their calm demeanor with their desire to
deliver justice in the right hands.
After reading, I thought that we really have a lot to do to
achieve those political and social reforms we've always dreamt of. The grime
and dirt of politics have deeply permeated the institutions we should be
trusting our lives with. The book lived to its purpose-- it served as an eye-
opener. I just hope that it doesn't end with opening a can of worms and exposing
the devils of Pandora's box to the public-- there should always be an immediate
action to halt the spread of these ills lest they cause the social cancer Dr.
Rizal and his cohorts battled before.
My dad's reading it now. Then my mom would after his turn. I just
thought that it's nice to pass on reading materials-- it doesn't just enrich
other people's book bank, it also helps spread the lessons these books are
trying to impart. :)
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