Filipino 'dwarf' judge loses case
A Philippines judge who said he consulted imaginary mystic dwarves has failed to convince the Supreme Court to allow him to keep his job.
Florentino Floro was appealing against a three-year inquiry which led to his removal due to incompetence and bias.
He told investigators three mystic dwarves - Armand, Luis and Angel - had helped him to carry out healing sessions during breaks in his chambers.
The court said psychic phenomena had no place in the judiciary.
The bench backed a medical finding that the judge was suffering from psychosis.
The Manila trial judge had asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the complaint and return him to the bench, after being sacked in April.
From obscurity, my name and the three mystic dwarves became immortal
"They should not have dismissed me for what I believed," Mr Floro told reporters after filing his appeal in May.
The judge said he had made a covenant with his dwarf friends that he could write while in a trance and that he had been seen by several people in two places at the same time.
Judge Floro reportedly changed from blue court robes to black each Friday "to recharge his psychic powers".
In a letter to the court he said: "From obscurity, my name and the three mystic dwarves became immortal."
However, the Supreme Court said dalliance with dwarves would gradually erode the public's acceptance of the judiciary as the guardian of the law, if not make it an object of ridicule.
quote:Originally posted by CHiPsJr BBC Newswire, today: He told investigators three mystic dwarves - Armand, Luis and Angel - had helped him to carry out healing sessions during breaks in his chambers.
healing what, his screwed up mind?..........they didn't do a very good job
A Filipino judge who was dismissed from the bench because of his ongoing relationship with invisible mystics meets with Sam Chambers to explain his side of the story.
The Philippine judiciary has oft been the butt of a joke but never before has one of its members caused so much mirth as Judge Floro Florentino and his three invisible dwarves.
Judge Florentino and the dwarves - Luis, Armand and Angel - might sound like a good name for a band but they are in fact the main characters in a surreal tale from a nation famous for its superstitions.
Last month, the trial judge lost his final appeal to keep his job, with the Supreme Court's 72-page ruling stating that Florentino's "dalliance" with Luis, Armand and Angel showed he had a "medically disabling condition of the mind" that rendered him "unfit to discharge the functions of his office" which in turn could "erode the public's esteem of the judiciary" and make it an "object of ridicule."
Florentino and I arrange to meet at what seems the most apt of places to discuss such matters - the Hobbit Bar on Mabene St in the Manila district of Malate. Charitably offering employment for the vertically challenged, it has been a tourist attraction for more than 10 years.
Florentino's three sidekicks, or "spiritual guides" as he prefers them to be called, take many different forms. Luis is the "king of kings" or "God's angel," while Armand is a beautiful boy who, like Luis, has wings. Angel is their sister. Florentino has on
ly seen Luis once - on a rock in the middle of the Philippine archipelago. Luis communicates and uses his powers via violet and white lights.
Florentino peers over the bar and orders a bottle of Australian shiraz but shows no sign of recognition - it seems that Luis, Armand and Angel are not among the diminutive presences to serve us. Moments later a pudgy hand holding a 2003 vintage appears out of nowhere; two glasses follow, as if by levitation, from beneath the bar.
Looking 10 years younger than his 53 years, Florentino comes across as remarkably lucid. For sure he rambles in a high-pitched tone, often going off on tangents, yet the psychosis the Supreme Court claims he has is not immediately apparent.
Fame, or infamy, clearly is something this otherwise shy man seems to enjoy. He comes to the interview armed with 300 pages of clippings and court appeals. He says, with no small relish, that he and his three cohorts have appeared in more than 66 media titles and 1,000 blogs.
One such blogger described Florentino as a Filipino X-Man for his efforts to rid the country's judiciary of corruption. In 1995 a Supreme Court commission found that more than 50 percent of judges received bribes, something Florentino has been determined to wipe out. His area of jurisdiction in Manila was Malabon, a coveted location in which to work, he says, because within a month a judge could become a millionaire, the starting price for any judicial decision being 50,000 pesos (HK$7,640).
"Court starts at 11am; at 11.05am (the judges) go for golf," he quips. He shows even less mercy in his judgment of the Court of Appeals: "They say it is 85 percent corrupt," he muses, "It is 100 percent corrupt."
Florentino initially trained to become a priest and was just a young teenager when he joined a seminary in 1965. He transferred to a Jesuit institution a few years later but then left to enter the legal profession. His life changed forever, he says, on June 2, 1983 - the day his father died. It was on that day that Luis, Armand and Angel made themselves known to Robert, Florentino's mentally disabled youngest brother.
"My brother, because of his innocence, can see them," he says. Floro Florentino recounts how the dwarves had revealed his healing and psychic powers. At first, he says he was sceptical. An avid gambler - horse racing coupons are mixed in with his press clippings - the dwarves told him to get involved in cockfighting. He bought 13 cockerels, made 21,000 pesos and "suddenly believed them."
Since then he claims to have healed many people, explaining that his hands are golden and impart heat to the afflicted. "I am not a faith healer," he says, "I am gifted."
Though at times in the conversation he bristles at the term psychic, Florentino rates himself as as the country's number five seer. Number one? Ferdinand Marcos, apparently.
Florentino says he predicted Joseph "Erap" Estrada's presidential downfall and prayed that present incumbent Gloria Macapagal Arroyo would survive her endless political battles. Looking ahead, he reckons Arroyo's power will end soon and the nation will suffer as a result.
He'll also have you believe he is a bilocator - someone who can be seen in two different places at the same time, which he acknowledges is also a trick for which the devil is known.
Florentino says such powers do not come without sacrifices and that he has had to remain single or lose his gift of healing: "That's in the Book of Revelations," he adds.
He glances over his shoulder at a child laughing nearby. "You know it's painful for me not to have a kid. That's why I am the Filipino martyr."
Florentino was appointed on November 5, 1998, as the country's youngest judge. It was not the first time he'd tried to become one. Three years earlier the state had failed him for psychological reasons but he was allowed an independent, private mental assessment that cleared him.
His reign as a judge was as bizarre as it was short. Sessions would start with readings from the Book of Revelations; on Fridays he would change from blue robes to black to recharge his powers, and in between hearings he'd provide healing sessions, even for other judges, as well as consulting his trio of "advisers."
Such unorthodoxy brought a swift end to his career and he was suspended in July 1999. So began his seven-year battle to be reinstated, with more than 100 motions tabled, finally ending with the Supreme Court decision. He was paid 1.1 million pesos in back pay, over half of which has already been used to pay debts.
He lists the names of senior judges who have in the past come to him for healing and says these are the same people who turned on him for political reasons, using his paranormal "gifts" as the excuse to get rid of him.
"This is a first in our judicial history - the Philippines Supreme Court has never dismissed or removed a judge because of their belief in the paranormal or religion. Other country's constitutions provide for dismissal or removal of judges, jurists and magistrates because of graft, corruption or misconduct," he insists.
However, Florentino admits to having a darker mission, avenging those who corrupt the legal system. This has led him to be dubbed an angel of death, a description he does not dispute.
At this point I am reminded of the fact that to be a dwarf in the Philippines , or duende as they are known, is not to possess the lovable qualities often attributed to them in fairytales. Rather they are regarded as figures full of malice and violent intent.
Eight judges who Florentino has deemed corrupt have all been struck with serious illnesses, three of them dying. He has, he confesses, been psychically "inflicting illnesses" upon his tormentors, even going so far as to ensure one of them gave birth to a child with epilepsy.
"Armand, Luis and Angel's role is a never-ending fight against `black' or evil; a spiritual battle - the angels versus Lucifer. Right now Satan is winning, God is losing. All our leaders have 666 on their heads from the president down, the Supreme Court, everywhere," he says in his mild, yet animated, manner. "My mission is healing the wounds of the judiciary."
His more immediate goal is to appeal the Supreme Court decision as early as next week. He intends to file a disbarment case against Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jnr for delaying his case for so long. "I am asking for a job. I am asking for justice," says the spiritual crusader.
Is this just a tall tale of short people? Or is that Luis reaching up to take my credit card? Filipino judges, you have been warned.
Judge Floro Florentino is not too pleased with his three spiritual guides being referred to as dwarves or duende, as superstitious Filipinos call these elf-like beings. His brother, who first saw them, called them duende, a Spanish word of ambiguous definition.
To Filipinos, they are something like tiny magical goblins who live in forested areas. There are, according to folklore, two types: black, denoting evil which can harm, and red, who are good and can heal. On the island of Mindoro , the Mangyan tribe claim to trade with the few remaining duende for forest products. They are said to be extremely shy because of the violence that has been done to them in the past.
Then there are the nocturnal Agta, tall black men who also hang out in the forests, while the Batibat, found in Ilocos, look like fat women who live inside posts, and suffocate people by sitting on top of them.
The bovine-like Mantahungal have fearsome teeth, the Pugot are self-beheading multi-formed creatures, and the Tikbalang are centaurs in reverse. These and many more magical creatures - some invisible, some half-human, half- animal - are all said to inhabit the Philippine countryside.
Also, the Canada NATIONAL POST, part of the Canada.com Network, published:
Judge who consulted with invisible 'dwarf friends' removed from bench
Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Usually, in criminal court, it's the defendant who may be a few bolts shy. In one particular courtroom in the Philippines it was the judge, who claimed supernatural abilities and the ability to foretell the future. Judge Florentino Floro also claimed to have "dwarf friends" who provided him with guidance. He was removed from the bench on administrative grounds after failing a psychiatric test and, more recently, losing an appeal to keep his job. The court said Judge Floro's "insistence on the existence of [invisible] dwarves among other beliefs, conflicts with the prevailing expectations concerning judicial behaviour." At the very least, it lends the term "friends of the court" a whole new meaning.
I am known worldwide as the Philippine Psychic and Healing Judge (due to 100+ world reports, headlines - New York Times, UK The Times, etc. & 1,000 blogs / forum discussions, 5,000 replies - www.youtube.com type judge floro)
quote:Originally posted by Mordecai HI! welcome to the asylum.
oh, i just discovered this forum last week, you know, since april 7, when the weird decision made me and these 3 mystic dwarves IMMORTAL in more than 100 world reports, 1,000 blogs and forum discussions, i spend 12 hours daily just to reply to all these...
unfortunately, i just saw your forum just last week...
quote:Originally posted by Mordecai This is beyond awesome.
yes AWESOME --
was, i think, the 10th time used in the forums and blogs replies i responded to...
hyde in her cabinet of wonders posted my email answer to her ...
you know, i was amazed that non-filipinos are not interested in law and my defense, they are interested in dwarves... i repeatedly told them that my case is not about dwarves.. it is about a JBC Member and 8 supreme court justices' revenge against me for 8 medical surgeries and strokes...
when i talk like this... the TRUTH... they all SLEEP...
so, they asked me to tell about dwarves:::
Damn Data- You have been contacted by LUIS king of kings elementals - when did this happen and how did it manifest itself?
Judge Floro - It was on June 2, 1983 that LUIS, the King of King of Elementals (I opine), first appeared to my mild retarded GIFTED brother Robert. At that time, since I was trained by Jesuits, ATENEO, PHILIPPINES, I never believed in this (PSI etc.).
Until I went to treasure hunting, so I asked my brother Robert, and he promised me that Luis would make his presence felt. I waited until 1996 (12+ years) and weekly, I offered food for them believing absolutely in them even if I never saw them. I was predestined by him, LUIS to be his instrument against evil (they could not choose any, since these spirits are ordered from above, to guide the chosen one, me) - hence, if I could do good, like healing the poorest of the poor and inflict illness upon the corrupt only. To mend ways and repent via illness, then their power against Satan and the black ones, would be increased by God.
1.a. So, I began to see LUIS' violet lights and white lights in 1996
(erratic times, no pattern, sometimes once a week at nights, and at daytime, the violets -- these are flashes, thousandth of a second; light travels 186,000 miles per second, then, if it travels million times then there would no more distinction between time and space, so STATE, no more matter, since E = mc2 as Einstein, said, but until this date we humans could not make time travel this past; so LUIS and Armand and Angel were created at the times of the Angels, and these lights are the very essence of the universe, time travel etc..
1.b. I was tasked to be a judge by them, on my birthday I applied, Nov. 5, and I was appointed by the Philippine President Joseph Ejercito Estrada whom I predicted would not finish his term as he didn’t, on Jan. 20,2001. My duty is to clean the judiciary and other government offices here of corruption and evil, via sicknesses. So, I was suspended because the JBC Member, Atty. Tesie Sison suffered a stroke and she falsified my I.Q. to 68 and that I believed and consulted dwarves. 6 3/4 years I waited until J. Nazario fought for me but she lost because a Justice was operated on who had suffered spinal cord problems, blaming me.
1.c. I first saw LUIS and Armand on March 1, 1996 via a vision that was more than a Dream and it occurred in a higher plane. Then on Good Friday - maybe about 2002 -LUIS again made his appearance, a similar vision on a higher plane. LUIS is "nakalakip" (Tagolog Philippine term, meaning, since 1996 he made a covenant that he would not leave me and would be with me spiritually for all moments provided I would not persecute the poor. I see his violet and white lights maybe 20 times a month, no pattern when.
Damn Data - What other entities (good and evil) have contacted you and what information have they imparted about their intent?
Judge Floro - LUIS told me that their mortal enemies are the BLACKS, but these could not penetrate me because of LUIS' lights that enveloped me; last 2004, Nov. 5, my birthday, he promised (he gave me the sword, that whoever I would hold or touch by hand that is corrupt, would develop sickness forthwith) that I would be reinstated by 2006-2007 and he provided he would inflict the illnesses upon our Chief Justice Davide and my investigator, Justice P. Ramirez, both suffered carotid and angioplasty surgeries,etc. LUIS also appointed J. NAZARIO as the one destined by God to clean the Supreme Court and be an example to them; so I do not know of any other spirits, and I never contacted them; in fact, I never read any book on Psychic Phenomena coz I'm gifted; here in the Philippines, the foremost authority is Mr. Jaime T. Licauco, not a psychic, but a writer (you can know more about him re - your question on these, just type his name and enter in yahoo search or search.com, you can buy his books) but I do not believe in these books, because they are finite and limited, they could not penetrate the LEVEL of LUIS, these violet and white lights from GOD, I am a devout Catholic and believe only in the GOOD; I know evil everywhere, and this is LUIS' job to fight evil by these lights.
Damn Data - You say they have imparted prophesies - what form do they take? How many have come true? Any major outstanding ones that we could keep an eye out for?
Judge Floro - IMPECCABLE PROPHECIES: First, VISION -- meaning not prediction, but ---the highest:
On Jan. 9,1999, 6:00 a.m.feast of our Philippine Black Nazarene (Jesus Christ carring the Cross, Catholic Version of like Guadalupe,etc.), I saw 3 visions that have now happened:
a) the several world apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God/Christ
b) the Millennium, global greatest EARTHQUAKES and natural disasters, tsunamis,etc. UNPRECEDENTED from 1999-2010, more or less, as punishment for evil, as foretold also on 1918 in FATIMA, Portugal to 3 children
c) Philippine V.P., now President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo would be badly hurt and later on physically, no time frame
I specifically have the following gifts: krus sa dila (cross of the tongue) pangil ng kidlat (lightning teeth), my eyes emit fires, spiritual, and my hands (golden yellow) emit extreme heat that heals the poorest of the poor (with heat-processed coconut oil). I was given the gift of healing on June 3,1999 one month before my July 20,1999 suspension; and I healed many poor people, about 5,000 since 1999. The prophecy was given to me as gift, circa 1987, not at its peak, but yet to be enhanced. Luis told me that the P.I. Judiciary would mourn many times, as it did in the death of Justice Sabino De LEON and as I wrote you, the wife of S.C. Justice Puno. Atty. Luz Puno passed away, 4 days after it was decided I would be relieved of my duties, on April 12, 2006.
I predicted many other events in the Philippines, about 800. Second, my prophecies are spontaneous, except the inflicting of illnesses. I was tasked to seal the 15 doors of our S.C. Justice since 2000 (with 4 spiritual nails) that would be the source of illnesses upon receipt of bribes. Every first Friday of the month since 2000 until this date, at 12 noon and 3:00 p.m., I would go to places - powerful places - here to inflict illnesses upon those that receive bribe money in the judiciary and to those that have fixed my case and prolonged my suspension and the investigation to a 6 3/4 years delay. I received the gift of EXORCISM, last February and in 2002 I was gifted with BILOCATION. Lastly, April (Good Friday) 1998, when I predicted there would be the downfall of Erap, our President who did fall on Jan. 2001.
Damn Data - Do you have any powers yourself or is it all the work of Luis?
Judge Floro - All of us are psychics to a degree but very few can bend spoons. 99% of what I am as gifted is from LUIS, without him and Armand, Angel, I am nothing.
You, know, if you read all books written on PSI, quantum physics, parapsychology, you could read more upon WITCHCRAFT, evil, voodoo, occult and other things that would be less good. It is very rare that people would they be endowed with the gift to see these spiritual WHITE LIGHTS and VIOLET lights.
I would rather be remembered as the HEALING JUDGE RATHER than the Psychic Judge. I am renting a house and am poor, the poorest judge in the Philippines. You know, LUIS wanted me this poor, yet he gives me what I want, as I need. Before the Decision (Judge Floro was recently awarded back pay from the time of his first suspension - Hyde), my money was only P 30,000 or $ 400, but now I have been awarded by J. Nazario P 1.180 Million or about $22,000. What is destined for me is up to LUIS to decide. I suffered because that is what he and God wanted. I was called to be a priest but I asked for time and I wanted just to be a Judge. I opine that since birth, I am brilliant, always with honors. I graduated ATENEO, JESUITS, full second honors, and placed 12th 87.55% 1983 Philippine Bar exams for lawyers, but my gifted hand did all these discoveries of what would be asked. So, in sum, I am also a Pyschic of my own, but LUIS is inseparable from me.
Damn Data - You say they have only revealed themselves to your brother Robert? Why is this and how does he describe them?
Judge Floro - Oh. Robert had first seen LUIS and others on June 3,1983 when my father died. My mother died in 1995. They were destined to be their lifetime guardian angels, from the time of my father's death. Robert was able to see them as is, with all the colours, he was able to go down to their castles, where only gold, diamonds etc. are ... but ... just their lights, if these would flash a longer than a thousand of a second, I would be blinded. They could not show themselves to those who are not pure of heart, they only reveal themselves to the little children (chrismasses) [sic - Hyde] and ... what you read and see of them as pictures, like leprechauns, gnomes etc.. They are not kings, but ordinary ones; you see, if they reach the rank of kings, they would not be just visible.
In Ireland - a Catholic country - they can see dwarfs, but only the ordinary kind. LUIS IS THE KING OF ALL KINGS OF THESE ... my brother Robert described them as small, but have bonitos, or bonnets or hats as reverence to God. LUIS' clothes are often violet but they also wear other colours. Armand appeared in a vision to me in the form of human MOST HANDSOME and loveable child of say 7 years of age, while LUIS, appeared as a King with violet hat, sitting on a stone. I asked him, “Who are you?” he said, “LUIS”. I asked him, “Why only now?”, (about 2002) he said, “Because you are afraid”. Meaning therefore, that if I would see his lights and self for so long, then I would die.. time has not yet come...
Damn Data - Are these entities known from Filipino folklore or are they purely part of the Christian pantheon of saints and angels or a mix of both?
Judge Floro - The Filipino people - in culture and folklore - believe in them. We Catholics partly believe in them, not all though but my point is this: the LEVEL or DIMENSION of LUIS is impenetrable by any psychic, because he's of the highest: this is one of the deepest secret of the universe. We’re too backward: PSI, psychic phenomena, spiritualism, quantum physics etc.. We’ve not discovered their twin lights, violet and white, the most powerful non-matter in the universe.
Damn Data - As of April 7th, 2006 you have been relieved of your duties by the Philippine Supreme Court (for reasons of psychosis), for a unique reason - why did your detractors do this (was it for inflicting illnesses on others or predicting the onset of illness?)
Judge Floro - May I quote my letter? The reason I was suspended is vengeance by Atty. Sison, due to the fact that I predicted her stroke.
On April 7, 2006, the Philippine Supreme Court RELIEVED (note - it did not dismiss) me from judicial service and paid me 3 years backwages by reason of PSYCHOSIS. A medical incapacity they said - because I allegedly believed in dwarves, the angel of death, that I was inflicting sicknesses, psychic phenomena and (had in writing) predicted the downfall of 13th Philippine President Joseph Estrada (on December, 1998) who was ousted by people power on January 20, 2001.
Now, here comes the Psychic Judge with his 3 imaginary, mystic and healing dwarves -
The Agony: Sandiganbayan Justice Minita Viray Chico-Nazario; Triple Destiny – Twin December 5 & November 5
5 December, 1939 - Birth of Minita Viray Chico-Nazario
5 December, 1925 - Birth and Death of Milagros V. Floro ...
5 December, 1995 - (Mother of Psychic Judge Floro)
5 November, 1953 - Birth - Judge Florentino Velasquez Floro
5 November, 1997 – JBC Application of the Psychic Judge
4/5 November, 1998 – Appointment of Judge Floro
The Psychic Judge’s Public Fight against Destiny of Choice
Fighting Justice Alfredo L. Benipayo (nominated 7 times, since 2000, but failed) the FIRM’s choice for the vacant Supreme Court post) and another powerful JBC nominee (the choice of Pancho Villaraza), the Psychic Judge is the sole litigant who fought publicly (G.R. No. 162285. “Judge Floro vs. Justice Chico-Nazario & Justice Benipayo) against evil. Disliked by a Supreme Court Justice according to the March 12, 2005 headline of TODAY newspaper, Justice Nazario became severely depressed.
Bringing the fight on the psychic arena, the Psychic Judge traveled to the tiny island of the mystical and miraculous Giant Statue of our Lady of Marinduque, Philippines. There the ferry carrying the Psychic Judge stopped and almost hit the statue (and should have exploded) where it not for the timely intervention of the King of Kings of the elementals: LUIS, with Armand and Angel.