Judge Ma. Cecilia Austria’s ‘sexy’ photos on Friendster account too hot for Congressman Padilla

So what’s wrong with flaunting flawless skin?

Nueva Ecija Congressman Carlos Padilla called the media’s attention on pictures of Batangas Regional Trial Court Judge Ma. Cecilia Austria on her Friendster profile.

Padilla finds the photos too hot.

Padilla showed the photos to reporters during a news conference which he organized days after delivering a privilege speech denouncing an earlier decision by Austria to put Steel Corporation of the Philippines under receivership.

Padilla noted one photograph which showed Austria in an off-shoulder blouse which he says may be inappropriate for her profession as an officer of the court.

The photo showed Austria’s flawless complexion, which she has been able to maintain despite working in the rotten Philippine judiciary and at the same time taking care of her family.

Instant Internet Celebrity

Judge Ma. Cecilia Austria is now a certified Internet Celebrity, thanks to Padilla. There was no clue on Austria’s Friendster profile that she was in fact a judge.

Now she is known as the “Sexy Judge”. (from: Supreme Court asks ‘sexy’ judge to explain)

Why Judge Austria cannot and should not have a Friendster account

Read the CONCLUSION at the end of this article.

Inappropriate? You be the judge

Judge Ma. Cecilia Austria’s Friendster account

Don’t judges have the right to be hot and pretty? PinoySpy’s BigBrother sees nothing wrong in these photos. It’s not Judge Ma. Cecilia Austria’s fault that she’s hot. In fact, the photos established her as one of the hottest female judges in the Philippines, aside from Asra Trinidad.

We have enough of old ugly female judges in the Philippines, and the judiciary needs fresh faces like Austria.

Judge Ma. Cecilia Austria’s Friendster account

The now popular Friendster account has be found at http://friendster.com/39687546 (link found via ABS-CBN).

Judge Ma. Cecilia Austria

Hon. Austria did not close or hide her Friendster profile even after Padilla made a big deal out of the photos, to prove that she has nothing to hide.

In a public message on her profile, she says:

Maraming salamat po sa mga umunawa sa akin. Hindi ko po kayo lahat masasagot, pero nagpapasalamat ako ng taos puso.” (Thank you so much for your understanding. I cannot reply to all your messages, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart.)

Filipinos on Friendster find nothing wrong

On Friendster, where 11 million Filipinos log-in every day, Hon. Austria has received a lot of supportive messages which also criticize Padilla. Here are some comments of the 91 comments as of this date:

hi mam, there,s nothing wrong with your picture infact its look like your one of those beautiful actresses in town….inggit lang po sila… — Sitti Fatima

Wala po akong makitang mali sa pagkakaroon po ninyo nang friendster account. mabuhay po kayo — Jeb

YOUR INCREDIBLY A LOVELY LADY!!! The transgress-man probably just want your attention. Don’t give it to him anyway. We are all behind you. CASE DISMISSED!!! — Urban

I’M SORRY MR. PADILLA, BUT I SUGGEST YOU SHOULD HAVE UNDERGO SOME VISION TEST FIRST,B4 MAKING SUCH COMMENTS ABOUT THE OWNER OF THIS ACCOUNT.THERES NOTHING WRONG IN IT AND IT IS A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. I THOUGHT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS TRUE. BUT HONESTLY ITS NOT,I’M DISAPPOINTED. — Sano

To view all comments on Austria’s Friendster profile, click: http://www.friendster.com/comments.php?uid=39687546

Reactions from legal circles and government

Padilla: “Nakakagulat talaga,” (source)

SCP Lawyer Ferdinand Topacia: “It is just unseemly for a judge. A judge should refrain from undue socializing, like this, for soliciting acquaintances in the Net. That’s provided for under the Canon of Judicial Ethics.” (source)

Congressman Joel Villanueva (son of evangelist Eduardo “Bro Eddie” Villanueva): “It’s very disappointing especially coming from a person who supposed to be look up to by our people. It’s a great sign that moral values of this nation is deteriorating.” (source)

Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara:
“Na sa Supreme Court iyung power to discipline judges and members of the bar. It would depend really on whether the photos were bordering on obscenity. But ultimately, the SC will be the judge should anybody lodges a complaint.” (source)

Marikina City Rep. Marcelino Teodoro: “The lady justice of Batangas should exercise propriety with her actions especially with the internet as a medium, where many can possibly view the pictures. As a public official with high moral responsibility to the public, she should exercise utmost sensitivity that can possibly tarnish her credibility.” (source)

Demolition job?

Could this be a demolition job on Austria?

Take note of this quote from the Manila Times article (dated :

Earlier, Padilla, in privilege speech, assailed the planned takeover of a big steel company by two creditor-banks that allegedly used the judiciary to ensure that majority control of the Steel Corporation of the Philippines will be handed over to creditors within the year.

He accused owners of Banco de Oro and its sister-bank Equitable PCIBank, as conspiring with some members of the judiciary to kick out Steel Corporation’s lawful owners.

The corporation has been placed under receivership by the Batangas Regional Trial Court, specifically by Austria, despite the company’s supposedly diligent payment of interests to its creditors.

True enough, days after Padilla’s press conference on the Austria pictures, lawyers of the Steel Corporation of the Philippines filed a complaint against Austria before the Supreme Court. See news article: Supreme Court asks ‘sexy’ judge to explain.

CONCLUSION: The Judge is hot, but she cannot and should not have public Friendster account

Having an open public account on Friendster exposes the judge to influence and pressure, and gives litigants and lawyers an open access to communicate with her especially those attempting to influence her decisions.

Now that Austria’s Friendster account has been exposed, she should close her Friendster account, or keep it but make the profile private (for family only).

Even if the public see nothing wrong with the photos (in fact, many are pleased to know that there are good-looking Filipina judges) her position and stature limits her to what she can do on the Internet.

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