MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court spokesman Atty. Midas Marquez apparently takes siestas regularly and was not accustomed to afternoon press conferences, as he was caught on camera yawning in the middle of a press inquiry about the status of the case of Cong. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Coincidentally, a microphone also fell of it’s stand the same time that the spokesman was showing signs of sleepiness.
Romeo L. Julieta, a political analyst who reviewed the video, noticed that before the mic fell off and the yawning of Marquez, an inquiry was made regarding the status of the Hacienda Luisita case. “It might be a distraction, so that the public will not badger the high court on the status of that high profile case,” said Julieta.
“The video is spreading online, but only up to the point where the coincidence happened. You can see what they’re doing here. It is similar to magicians who uses misdirection to form an illusion to an audience. This is the same, a tried and true tactic, but very cunning. Hats of to the Supreme Court,” added the analyst.
According to Wikipedia:
Misdirection is a form of deception in which the attention of an audience is focused on one thing in order to distract its attention from another.
The term is used to describe either the effect (the victim’s focus on an unimportant object) or the sleight of hand or patter (the magician’s speech) that creates it.
It must be noted that misdirection refers usually to a temporary shift of attention to cover a move, lasting about one second (visual misdirection : in that case visual effects are needed), for example looking one’s watch while secretly cutting a deck of cards with the other hand.
It won’t be the first time that we have seen a distraction tactic or a “viral” strategy being employed by legal people. Just last week, the lawyer of Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo bet one of his balls to be cut-off if his client does not return to the country, in spite of public doubts. The hashtag #itlognitopacio was trending on Twtter for almost two days before being overtaken by the Breaking Dawn phenomenon.
The video is already fast becoming viral, some saying that Marquez’s actions are signs of him being gay. SWN will not judge a character based on a single action and respects the attorney’s privacy regarding this matter.
Below is you can watch the aforementioned video.