Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CJ Renato Corona is Guilty

After 44 days in what is described as the first successful impeachment trial in the history of the Philippines, 20 Senator-Judges voted against Chief Justice Renato Corona. Senator-judges Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. voted for the acquittal of the chief justice who was in his hospital bed, with members  of his family, when the senators judges led by Presiding Officer Senator-Judge Enrile discussed, one after the other, their verdict.

Corona was found to have so much wealth he failed to include in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) as supposedly mandated by the constitution for every government official. The reason for his removal from office is the SALN issue and not whether he illegally amassed wealth as a public servant as chief justice. IMHO, this is funny because we spent so much time and money to remove an official of one of the highest branches of the government because of non-disclosure of all his assets in his SALN. Other articles of impeachment simply failed to boost the position of the prosecution panel.

While it succeeded in handing down the guilty verdict, the impeachment trial is not something to be happy about. In fact, it was a failed exercise which was replete with anomalous machinations and maneuvers from the very beginning - violating due process as democratic ideals adhere. This is one of the issues that hinders me from believing that we had just concluded an impeachment trial that is fair and just.