BEHIND President Noynoy’s back, he is called a “farmer.”

It has nothing to do with his family’s owning Hacienda Luisita, the vast but controversial sugar plantation in Tarlac.


He’s “mapagtanim,” an allusion to farming, grouse foes and former friends who have incurred his ire for one reason or another.

He takes things personally, especially against those who take issues with him on his policies or more so with his private life.

In his second State of the Nation Address last Monday, he did not hide his sentiment.

“Some of my critics say that I take this campaign against corruption personally. It’s true: doing what’s right is personal. Making people accountable — whoever they may be — is personal. It should be personal for all of us, because we all have been victimized by corruption.”

In fact, as his very first executive order after assuming office, he created a Truth Commission solely to prosecute his predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, for alleged graft and corruption during her nine-year rule.

But in their haste and zeal to “crucify” Arroyo, Noynoy’s legal braintrusts forgot that the commission violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution, as it was later ruled by the Supreme Court.

A day after he delivered the SONA, the High Court rejected the government appeal with finality.

Voting 9-2, the justices stood by their findings that the government failed to justify why it singled out the Arroyo administration in its EO 1.

How the elite Aquino law team could have committed such a simple blunder is now the butt of jokes in the legal community.

But even in the United States, legal errors occur.

Baseball star Roger Clemens, who was charged with perjury, won a mistrial because government lawyers bungled the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton scolded the prosecutors who introduced evidence the judge ordered barred.

“And I think a first-year law student would know you can’t bolster the credibility of one witness or a witness with clearly inadmissible statements,” said the judge.

Clearly, even legal eagles can misread the law.