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  1. The Spirit World As Dealt With By Science And Law

    By James Donahue

    October 2006

    Weird News

    Because my family is deep into esoteric interests and we live among the spirits that roam a haunted old Victorian house, we find it laughable when we occasionally read about the way science and the courts struggle to deal with matters of ghosts, goblins and other elements of the invisible world.

    A recent news story involves Filipino Judge Floro Florentino who was dismissed from the bench because of his ongoing relationship with three invisible dwarf “spirit guides.” The judge lost an appeal to keep his job. The Supreme Court's ruling stated that Florentino's insistence that the dwarf guides, Luis, Armand and Angel, proved that he has a “medically disabling condition of the mind” that renders him “unfit to discharge the functions of his office.”

    Now Judge Florentino has countered by filing a disbarment case against members of that high court. In this case, filed in a country where a widespread belief in spiritual forces exists, the judge apparently tends to try to prove the existence of the spirit world and accuse the tribunal of slandering his good name.

    We wish Florentino well in this matter. While we do not know all of the details of this case, or whether the man may, indeed, be deranged and allowing imaginary friends to assist in his decisions on the court bench, we support his claims that a spirit world exists around us. We also agree that these entities have more of an influence on our daily thoughts and actions than most folks would like to admit.

    Yet without the technology only now being developed by Prophet and Psychic Aaron C. Donahue to not only evoke these spirits, but capture clear photographic evidence of them, Judge Florentino may have a hard time convincing any court that things invisible to us in our dark three-dimensional world really exist.


    Dismissed Philippine Psychic Trial Judge Florentino Floro recently filed an unprecedented disbarment case, with the Philippine Supreme Court against its leading lights.

    This makes the judge's story not yet closed due to the dwarves' influence.

    The three mystic dwarves of the psychic judge are considered as “channelers” who could relay “information from realms beyond”, but are

    condemned as charlatans “flimflamming the gullible”. Superstitious beliefs among Filipinos are very common.

    If we have to take the words of the New Age advocates, the channelers composed of diverse entities, among them the elementals purported to bring “transcendental wisdom”.

    Well, of course the channelees are condemned as charlatans “flimflamming the gullible”. The preponderance of nonbelievers in the New Age theory that spiritualists and trance-inducers or channelers of varied types vastly outnumber and the latter dubs the phenomenon as a “shallow quasi-faith”. And yet sometime in the last quarter of the 20th century, a serious study of the New Age—considered as the “counterculture posts”—was conducted by the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center and the disquieting discovery was that almost one-third of the Americans believe in psychic phenomenon or experience.

    Superstitious beliefs among our folks, either in the countryside or urban centers are prevalent. If we take into account the gods in Ancient Greece that they communed with mortals through oracles as time flowed with downstream, the conduits of channelers are no longer the séance rooms but conference halls and media facilities where some “foresights” are given or predicated drawn from trances of thoughts empirically-based.

    The “transcendental philosophy” of Immanuel Kant could reach unchartered shores of ideas if we have to consider the vagueness of his “a priori principle”, which is abhorred by other legal perspectives notably among the adherents of the positivists who advocate the “pure” theory of law. Even the latter description could bring about an endless minding of the “purity” of the law, which through the needle's eye could not yield the minute essence of lucidity.

    The nuances of séances or psychic phenomena or the use of the medium are totally absent from all legal perspectives. But stories about the transcendental wisdom about performances under spirit guidance have been reported.

    Two famous women considered as successful “trance lecturers” were Emma Hardinage Britten of England and Cora L. V. Richmond of United States, but were however criticized by famous novelist Henry James in his novel “The Bostonians”, discrediting spiritualism's relation to feminism.

    The Earth and the dwarves

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    The NEW YORK TIMES - World Briefing | Asia: The Philippines: Judge Seeks Reinstatement


    Published: May 4, 2006

    A judge who claimed he could see into the future and admitted consulting three imaginary mystic dwarfs has asked for his job back after being fired by the Supreme Court. ''They should not have dismissed me for what I believed,'' the judge, Florentino Floro, said after filing his appeal.

    Dismissed judge, elfin pals claim immortality


    By Armand Nocum, PHILIPPINE DAILY Inquirer, Last updated 02:42am (Mla time) 08/06/2006

    Published on page A1 of the August 6, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    HIS pals, “the imaginary dwarfs” Armand, Luis and Angel, may not have impressed the justices of the Supreme Court but, according to dismissed Judge Florentino Floro Jr., he and his three friends were superstars among psychics and believers of the occult throughout the world.

    The high court last April dismissed the 53-year-old Floro, a Malabon Regional Trial Court judge, after finding that he was suffering from a mental “disabling condition” that it said made it impossible for him to discharge his judicial functions.


    Floro now claims that the news of his sacking—which came out on CNN, Time magazine and The New York Times, among more than a hundred international news agencies and publications—has given him and the three dwarfs “immortality.”

    Mind-boggling delay

    In CNN’s “Showbiz Tonight” show, co-host A.J. Hammer singled out the news story on Floro as the story of the day.

    Although he joked that there was nothing wrong with consulting dwarfs from time to time, Hammer pointed to the three-year delay in the investigation of Floro as mind-boggling.

    “Dwarfs, healing sessions, a three-year investigation? Now, that’s ridiculous!” he said.

    In NBC’s “Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann” show, Floro was cited as “No. 2” in Countdown’s “three top newsmakers of the day” last April 11.

    Floro graduated with second honors from the Ateneo de Manila University law school and placed 12th in the 1983 bar examinations with a grade of 87.55 percent.

    “From obscurity, my name ... and the three mystic dwarfs became immortal not only in this country, not solely in the international broadcasts (CNN, MSN-NBC) and in almost all print media worldwide, but first and foremost, in the indelible memory of world judicial history,” he said in a letter to the court that he sent to Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban last Friday.

    Occult blogs

    Floro said news of his dismissal also figured in forum discussions in more than 1,000 blogs all over the world and elicited 10,000 replies, with believers of the occult and those who claim to see spirits and dwarfs siding with him.

    In the letter, to which he attached about 200 pages of international news stories about him, Floro “begged” the court to act on his partial motion for reconsideration. He asked that he be returned to the service and given the 83 months’ worth of back wages that accumulated during the period of his preventive suspension before he was eventually dismissed.

    The high court had rejected five such previous motions from Floro.

    In a decision penned by Associate Justice Minita Chico-Nazario, the high court found Floro guilty of seven of the 13 administrative charges lodged against him by the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA).

    During the three-year investigation of the case by the OCA, during which he was interviewed by doctors, psychologists and other medical experts, Floro admitted that he believed in “psychic visions” of the future because of his powers and mastery of “psychic phenomenon.”

    Healing sessions

    He also confessed that 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.

    Questioned by court officials, Floro also admitted conducting healing sessions in his chambers during breaks.

    “Psychic phenomena, even assuming such exist, have no place in a judiciary duty-bound to apply only positive law and, in its absence, equitable rules and principles in resolving controversies,” the court said in its en banc decision.

    The court also ordered Floro to pay the amount of P40,000 as a penalty but awarded him three years’ worth of back salaries, allowances and other economic benefits.


    However, the high court said that it was not within its authority to conclude that Floro was “insane” but said it agreed with the findings of the Supreme Court clinic that showed Floro to be suffering from “psychosis.”

    According to Floro, the international paranormal and legal discussions triggered by his case had made him “immortal.”

    “When you hit it big in the print media internationally, you are immortal,” he said.

    Similary, a Philippine News Paper became aware of New York Times, UK Times Onlin, CNN, MsNBC, and 100 other world reports including more than 1,000 blogs, forum discussions (including the report in this Talon House Forum) on Judge Floro's separation from service due to religious beliefs:


    Monday, August 07, 2006, Arinday:

    Mind-boggling dismissal

    By G.H. Arinday, Jr., Sunfare

    THE case of dismissed regional trial court Judge Florentino Floro Jr. is really one oddity which may yet found a space in the Guinness World of Records. The judge's claim that he is a psychic and could foresee the future, let alone his declaration that he was being helped by his three dwarf-friends while in a trance in writing his decisions, is considered as "psychosis" by the Supreme Court.

    Such singular incident was taken notice by the believers of occult throughout the world and merited attention from no less than prestigious TV international programs like "Showbiz Tonight" and NBC's "Countdown" with Keith Olbermann.

    Of course the High Tribunal did not declare the judge "insane" per se but suffering from psychosis. An honor student during his college days and a 12th placer in the 1983 Bar Examinations, the sacked magistrate is now enjoying his international fame and believes he has attained "immortality" together with his friends from the "elemental" realm.

    But as A. J. Hammer of CNN's "Showbiz Tonight" asked why it took three long years for the highest court to decide, nobody has given a definite answer; it's mind-boggling.

    In the world of esoteric or occultism which cannot be found in any legal perspectives like the positivist's theory as mentioned by the high court associate justice, yet there are believers and practitioners of "supernatural powers" like paranormal psychology or the idea of bilocation where one could be seen in two different places at the same time.

    Mysticism does not sit well with any known and accepted sciences and more so on legal sciences which depend in most cases on empiricism.

    And yet in many instances we are inclined to believe what Nostradamus wrote several centuries ago about his predictions on world major events like wars and assassinations of leading personalities.

    If psychic phenomena have no place in the judicial plateau, then how would we explain the "a priori" of Immanuel Kant, who called his theory as "transcendental philosophy"?

    How about those "spirit hunters" of those whose departure from life was consequent on horrible disasters?

    While the former judge finds some kind of happiness of being "immortalized" in TV and print media all over the world, there could be answers in the near future the role of paranormal psychology in our lives.

    How could we explain extra-sensory perceptions in layman's language and relate to the functions of the law? At present, we adhere faithfully to the verifiability principle in contrast to subjectivism?

    This is not a brief for the ousted judge but the issues involved vis-à-vis his claim of being possessed of "psychic powers" must be inquired into thoroughly by those engaged in the same level of phenomenon.

    Psychosis is a broad concept about one's mental processes and actuations, but in the inquiry conducted on the judge did not disclose any decision he has rendered marked with psychotic inclination or one with bizarre exposition of his thoughts.

    With the unusual reaction of the occult believers all over the world, those engaged in neuro-sciences could very well take the case of the said judge for further studies, if only to show that friendly elementals do exist as well as the thoughts coming out in a trance.

    We have to flesh out any substance or which may empirically suggests the "psychotic mind" and distinguish it from a deranged mental process. In reality, in total darkness the ears become subsidiary which enables us to know or hazard a guess.

    If psychosis had taken hold of the former judge, his reputation of "being abnormal" person may have radically changed. This stigma shall forever his nameplate and his capacity to render legal service may be suspect.

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