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Monday, September 24, 2007

 

In the Philippines, Ex-Judge Consults Three Wee Friends

‘As a trial-court judge, Florentino V. Floro Jr. acknowledged that he regularly sought the counsel of three elves only he could see. The Supreme Court deemed him unfit to serve and fired him last year.

Case closed? Not in the Philippines, where vampires are said to prey on unwary travelers and wealthy politicians consult fortune tellers and card readers. Mr. Floro, 54 years old, has become a media celebrity. He is now wielding his new clout to campaign for the return of his job — and exact vengeance on the Supreme Court.

Helping him, he says, are his three invisible companions. “Angel” is the neutral force, he says. “Armand” is a benign influence. “Luis,” whom Mr. Floro describes as the “king of kings,” is an avenger.’

Followup to Fortune-telling judge couldn’t see it coming.




2 Responses to “In the Philippines, Ex-Judge Consults Three Wee Friends”

  1. judge florentino floro Says:

    Judge Floro’s Blog:

    http://angelofdeathluisarmandandangel.blogspot.com/

    Judge Floro’s 27 Philippine TV documentaries on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=judge+floro

    Judge Floro’s Auto / Article User Page on Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florentino_Floro

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Florentino_floro

    Judge Floro’s 27 pages, 34, 000 views, 1, 400 replies Legendary thread on RUSH Counterparts Message Board:

    http://www.rushmessageboard.com/cpmb/index.php?showtopic=2112&st=1300&start=1300

    Judge Floro’s email and yahoo messenger:

    judge_florentino_v_floro@yahoo.com

    judgefloro@yahoo.com

    Judge Floro’s contact numbers:

    Celphone No. secretary Belen:

    0927-3440957

    digitel Philippines land line

    (044) 662-8203

  2. judge florentino floro Says:

    http://city-of-dis.livejournal.com/477684.html

    Marc-Anthony Macon

    When elves take the law into their own hands…

    Florentino V. Floro Jr. is was a trial judge in Manila, Philippines. Things were going fine for Florentino until he saw fit to inform the public that he has three tiny little friends – elves that only he can see and hear.
    After being fired, Floro latched on to the gullibility of an already superstitious public, became a media celebrity and has now vowed to exact revenge on the Supreme Court, using the talents of his invisible buds:

    “It shouldn’t matter what I believe in, whether it’s Jesus, Muhammad, or Luis, Armand and Angel”

    Angel, Armand and Luis are the elves’ names, in case you’re interested. Floro calls Luis “the king of kings”. Plenty of people are lining up and defending Floro, saying that his beliefs should be just as valid as those who pray to Jesus for help. I agree with that, but I think that I would go a bit further and say that if a judge talks to someone who isn’t there, whether he has pointy ears or wears sandals, perhaps he’s really more suited to be a weird, vengeful media personality than to help decide the fate of the accused.

    Just sayin’.

    M-A

    http://www.abajournal.com/news/fired_judge_blames_elf_for_court_mishaps/

    Fired Judge Blames Elf for Court Mishaps

    Posted Sep 17, 2007, 01:50 pm CDT
    By Debra Cassens Weiss

    The Philippines Supreme Court has asked a fired judge who claims he is assisted by three elves to stop making threats of “ungodly reprisal.”
    The court kicked Florentino Floro Jr. off the bench largely because of his belief in the supernatural, the Wall Street Journal reports (sub. req.). A medical clinic determined that the judge was suffering from psychosis.
    Since then Floro has battled to get his job back, appearing on TV and winning converts who seek his healing powers. At the same time, a series of unfortunate incidents have befallen the supreme court justices or their families, including serious illnesses and car accidents.
    Floro says the person to blame for the mishaps is one of the elves, “Luis,” a “king of kings” who is an avenger. He told the newspaper that the elves help him predict the future, but he has never consulted them when issuing judicial decisions.
    The Supreme Court has not reversed any of Floro’s decisions since firing him.

    http://www.newpersonalinjury.info/controversial/judge-blames-elves/
    Judge Blames Elves

    Filed under:Controversial — posted by Tom on September 17, 2007 @ 10:22 pm

    The Philippines Supreme Court who fired a judge for claiming he had elves who assisted him, has asked that judge to stop with the threats of “ungodly reprisal”.
    Judge Florentino Floro Jr. was removed fromt he bench mostly because he believed in the supernatural. A clinic has diagnosed him with psychosis.
    Floro is fighting to get his job back, he has been on television, and converts people who believe in his healing powers. Meanwhile, a string of tragic happening are occuring for the supreme court justices and their families… Things like serious illnesses and terrible car accidents.
    Floro claims the one to blame is one of the elves, “Luis” a “king of kings” who is quite vengeful. Floro has said that the elves help him predict he future, but has never consulted with the elves on judicial matters.
    The Supreme court has not reversed any of Floro’s decisions.

    http://scienceblogs.com/denialism/2007/09/the_right_to_trialby_elves.php

    The Right to Trial…By Elves

    Category: Wasting your time
    Posted on: September 17, 2007 2:23 PM, by Chris H

    The Journal’s James Hookway informs us that a trial court judge in Manila, Judge Floro, has an interesting set of consultants: three elves, only visible to the judge himself! Belief in this trio has caused the country’s supreme court to intervene and fire the judge.
    …Mr. Floro, 54 years old, has become a media celebrity. He is now wielding his new clout to campaign for the return of his job — and exact vengeance on the Supreme Court.
    Helping him, he says, are his three invisible companions. “Angel” is the neutral force, he says. “Armand” is a benign influence. “Luis,” whom Mr. Floro describes as the “king of kings,” is an avenger.
    Mr. Floro has become a regular on Philippine television. Often he is asked to make predictions with the help of his invisible friends. “They say your show will be taken off the air if you don’t feature me more often,” was Mr. Floro’s reply to one interviewer.
    The full article is worth a read for a giggle; here’s just a snippet:
    Mr. Floro says he never consulted the invisible elves over judicial decisions and the fact that he puts faith in them should make no difference to his career. “It shouldn’t matter what I believe in, whether it’s Jesus, Muhammad, or Luis, Armand and Angel,” he says in an interview.

    http://tri-blog.livejournal.com/95005.html

    Fired Philippine judge gets advice from “elves”

    Ugh. This news is disgusting. I’m originally Chinese from the Philippines. Knowing my relatives, I feel that the widespread religious (mainly Catholic) and superstitious views there are what help keep the Philippines backward, ignorant, poor, and corrupt. People from there (including my family) believe in all sorts of ridiculous crap. They are ignorant and cynical about science, but they pony up to faith healers and fortune tellers. The lack of critical thought hurts them big time.

    In the Philippines, Ex-Judge Consults Three Wee Friends (Wall St. Journal): Mr. Floro Loses His Job But Becomes a Celebrity; Using a Little Elfin Magic

    http://bradley.chattablogs.com/archives/060640.html

    The Institute

    Discussions For Da Fellas, 2-3 Times Per Week–postings by Anthony Bradley

    September 17, 2007

    Judge Confesses To Consulting Elves Fights To Get Job Back

    (Snap, Crackle, Pop)

    Gentlemen, this is a true story (from the Wall Street Journal)
    MANILA, Philippines — As a trial-court judge, Florentino V. Floro Jr. acknowledged that he regularly sought the counsel of three elves only he could see. The Supreme Court deemed him unfit to serve and fired him last year.
    Case closed? Not in the Philippines, where vampires are said to prey on unwary travelers and wealthy politicians consult fortune tellers and card readers. Mr. Floro, 54 years old, has become a media celebrity. He is now wielding his new clout to campaign for the return of his job — and exact vengeance on the Supreme Court.
    Helping him, he says, are his three invisible companions. “Angel” is the neutral force, he says. “Armand” is a benign influence. “Luis,” whom Mr. Floro describes as the “king of kings,” is an avenger.
    Aight, homies, elves. Fellas, elves???? Wow.
    Three elves. What else is there to say? This guy may have some problems or maybe he really believes it. I dunno.
    =========

    http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/bac/2007/09/24/oped/g.h..arinday.jr..sunfare.html

    Monday, September 24, 2007
    Arinday: Self-cherishing, psychosis & other oddities
    By G.H. Arinday, Jr.
    Sunfare

    N LIFE, we encounter a lot of oddities and beg for the sublime task to render the same into linguistic idioms.

    If we say that he is an “odd man out,” the interpretation is as varied as the hues of the rainbow jealously misted by the dark nimbus cloud.

    Can you recall of a former regional trial court judge in Bulacan who was eased out of his office because he was said to be suffering from psychosis according to Supreme Court magistrates?

    Well, former RTC judge Florentino V. Floro Jr., who confessed cavorting with his three elfin friends (Luis, the “neutral force; Armand, a “benign influence”; and Angel, as the “king of kings” and as an “avenger” in the penning of his decisions), has become a sort of an international media celebrity.

    No less than “The Wall Street Journal,” in its September 17, 2007 issue and bylined by James Hookway, featured the dismissed judge who claimed in an interview that: “It shouldn’t matter what I believed in, whether it’s Jesus, Muhammad, or Luis, Armand, and Angel.”

    What the former judge said is equivalent to “self-cherishing” as the fundamental concept of the Buddhist’s philosophy on “how to enhance cherishing love.”

    In writing the verdict dismissing the judge, considering him as suffering from psychosis largely because of his belief in the supernatural, Associate Justice Minita Chico-Nazario said he has “his broad faith in mysticism and supernatural phenomena.”

    “Lest we be misconstrued, we do not denigrate such a belief system…However, such beliefs, especially since Judge Floro acted on them, are at odds with the critical and impartial thinking required of a judge under our judicial system.”

    It is not the first time that former Judge Floro attracted those engaged in human interest stories. He has been featured in English newspapers, international or regional, before “The Wall Street Journal” gave him some kind of prominence.

    The world of mystics has intrigued me a lot like the paranormal analysis of psychic Jaime Lichauco and the so-called “supernatural” and extra-sensory perceptions.

    Accordingly, “there is no accepted explanation of mysticism and few psychologists have interested themselves in its practice,” says The Columbia Encyclopedia.

    Philosophers William James gave up after failing finding the answer. On the other hand, Henri Bergson made a significant philosophical evaluation.
    Bergson, whose psychological or philosophical lectures were attended by “fashionable ladies” of his time surpassing that of Thomas Carlyle’s thought of mysticism as “subjective meditation” or a “vitalist philosophy” akin to romanticism.

    The notion of Bergson’s philosophy is the strands of continuity in probing deeper into the mysteries of life like the growth of the folk-soul or beliefs on something outside of empiricism.

    But former Judge Floro’s venture into the supernatural is overshadowed by the lawsuit filed by self-proclaimed agnostics of Nebraska, Senator Ernie Chambers of Omaha, seeking a permanent injunction against God as reported by foreign news agencies.

    And lo, behold, the injunction suit was answered by “God” who was charged with “human oppression and suffering misses an important matter.”

    As it was written, the answer was “signed by God,” citing St. Michael the Archangel as a witness,” and “God” was quoted that “I created man and woman with free will and next to the promise of immortal life, free will is my greatest gift to you.”

    Ho-hum! Such strange things are component of life’s existence. How would we treat the Nebraskan state senator? Consign him to limbo? But the place is exclusively for those “under probation” or inmates in the purgatory.

    Definitely, we cannot classify him on the same level with former Judge Floro, the latter being a firm believer in mystical matters, but Chambers is a class by himself.

    For more Philippine news, visit Sun.Star General Santos.

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    http://www.mysitevote.com/story/9895

    In the Philippines, Judge Consults 3 Wee Friends
    Avatar Posted by edpudol 2 days ago (http://philippines.bayaw.com) View profile
    Category: Others
    MANILA, Philippines — As a trial-court judge, Florentino V. Floro Jr. acknowledged that he regularly sought the counsel of three elves only he could see. The Supreme Court deemed him unfit to serve and fired him last year. Case closed? …

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    http://usuallystephanie.blogspot.com/2007/09/court-elves.html

    Friday, September 21, 2007
    Court Elves….

    ….are they anything like the house elves found in the Harry Potter series?

    Instead of law clerks, for instance, a Philippine trial court judge sought counsel from “three elves only he could see” in, I assume, rendering his legal decisions. Who knows if Judge Florentino V. Floro, Jr., used the elves for guidance in other aspects of his life.

    Links: Wall Street Journal article, Sept. 17, 2007 (may later require a subscription)
    ABA Journal article, Sept. 17, 2007

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    http://rosmarinlaw.blogspot.com/2007/09/we-get-by-with-little-help-from-our.html

    21 September 2007
    We Get By with a Little Help from Our Friends

    A Filipino judge, unconscionably fired from his bench for hiring invisible (at least to the less perceptive among us) elves as court clerks, wants his job back. Florentino Floro Jr. says that if he is re-elevated to the bench (judges must be elevated to the bench because it’s a few steps up) he’ll call off the king of the elves, who’s turned hit man, inflicting illness and car accidents on Floro’s former bosses, the Supreme Court.

    Floro says the elves only help him predict the future on his personal time, and never used them to help him make judicial decisions. Of course not: that would be unethical.

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