Apology, absolute waiver won’t save Corona–prosecution



A subdued and contrite Chief Justice Renato Corona on the witness stand may have appeased some of the senators he had angered by abruptly leaving the court on Tuesday, but the prosecution said on Saturday that his apology was not enough to turn the tide in his favor.

Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo, a spokesperson for the prosecution team, said deciding the case still depended on the evidence, and those who may have it in their minds to convict the Chief Justice had not seen enough to reverse their positions.

Quimbo said Corona “crossed the Rubicon” when he walked out of the court on Tuesday. And the Chief Justice’s testimony on Friday showed that he did not declare a big chunk of his assets in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), as the prosecution alleged, he said.

The prosecution also said the unconditional waiver that Corona submitted on Friday had no more value at this point. Quimbo said the prosecution was confident that it had made its case against the Chief Justice.


Corona’s return may have made some senators forgive him, but it does not mean it actually made them change their mind, Quimbo said.

The senators, he said, will vote on the basis of the evidence and what’s best for the country.

Quimbo described Corona’s return as an “afterthought” intended to repair the damage he had done to his case.

“But in our mind, the damage was irreparable,” Quimbo said.

Quimbo noted that Corona admitted having four US dollar accounts with $2.4 million in deposits and three peso accounts containing P80 million in deposits, P76.5 million more than the cash and investments declared in his 2010 SALN.

Co-mingled funds

Corona explained that he did not disclose his dollar accounts because they were confidential under the Foreign Currency Deposits Act. He also said he did not declare other peso accounts because these were “co-mingled funds” and included funds from his wife’s family’s business.

Quezon Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, another spokesperson for the prosecution, said the senators may have an open mind about Corona’s apology, but his appearance and testimony did not bolster his case.

“No matter how nice a person is, how congenial he is, I think the senators will be looking at the evidence,” Angara said.

By disclosing how much his undeclared bank accounts contained, Angara said, Corona only gave details to the charge that he violated the law.

But the prosecution doubts Corona’s disclosures, Angara said, because of the Anti-Money Laundering Council report that showed the Chief Justice had $10 million in “transactional balances” in 82 accounts from 2003 to 2011.


Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said Corona’s explanation for not reporting his dollar accounts was unacceptable. The foreign currency deposits law does not prohibit the account holder from disclosing his own account, Colmenares said, and the law provides for many exceptions.

“His insistence that the [disclosure] prohibition is absolute is not only legally baseless, but also politically disastrous because it allows corrupt public officials to hide ill-gotten wealth by merely stashing them in dollar accounts,” Colmenares said.

Quimbo said that if Corona was convicted, he should be removed from office.

“As far as we are concerned, a penalty that is not removal is tantamount to acquittal,” Quimbo said.

“Admonition or whatever, that’s an acquittal for us,” he said.

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  • andres1999

    Quimbo, sign ka na lang sa waiver para tapos ang usapan.  More talks, more mistakes..

    • dgboy

      para sa anong kaso?Nagsampa kana?

    • green_archer09

       Comment of someone who did not think.  Pathetic.  No different from the TJ.

  • Concur_Dissent

    Kabastusan/ disrespect to the peoples elected senators who were performing a duly constituted duty is reprehensible to say the least but may not be an impeachable issue… corona will be impeached for having at least $2.4M and P80M pesos that were not reported in his SALN, plain and simple….an apology will not negate the existence of these evidence that were revealed by the ICJ himself…. 

    • Simplify1

      A waiver is also not neccessary given that corona provided enough information about his unreported dollar and peso accounts…. he made the lives of the prosecutors easier by handing them what they wanted to know in a silver plater…  the offer for a waiver totally useless..what for?

      • joshmale2004

        The waiver is still important as the Ombudsman may use it for the ill-gotten wealth complaint she is investigating.

      • doncleo

         may AMLAC report na po di ba…mas detalyado pa nga..

      • Concur_Dissent

        actually yung AMLC report is not detailed and does not show the ending balance as of December 31 of each year.  It also does not include all transactions below $50,000, because their computer system apparently only automatically flags transactions that are $50K and above.  Corona’s admission of his money was what did him in….

      • oracle888

        True, but AMLC is an investigation report, the defendant can still challenge it such as what Cuevas is trying to do.

        On the other hand, waiver to allow access and disclose of his dollar account is like a self confession. Unless he is so good at crime by covering up all traces of crime at the crime scene.

  • UsoUso82

    CJ Corona was the focus of removal by Pnoy bec he wants to take control the 3 branches of governance. It is not on how much money he got on the bank or how he reported his assets, but his loyalty to Pnoy. This is a political move to get with opponents is a supposed “balanced-democracy” there will be more impeachment style of removals in order to consolidate the political group of Pnoy. this is precedent act in the history of the nation! 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VJCSXUT773VN457PQBJRN2E6G4 ronnie

      nausog ka lang.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

      guni guni mo lang yan….

    • dgboy

       bakit pa ginawa ang batas for impeachment kung masama sa tingin mo magimpeach ng government officials. Suguro kung hindi mangagagling kay Pnoy ang unang paghirit nyan, baka iba ang kinakanta ninyo.

    • Filipinoflash

      parang sirang plaka ang mga Corona bloggers. Puro innuendoes, speculations ang ginawa. Impeachment is part of Checks and Balance ng ating gobyerno. Ang gusto ni Corona, exempt siya sa proseso kahit anong abuso ang ginawa niya. 

    • parekoy

       Naiiba kasi si idol mo…siya kasi ang pasimuno ng paglelegalized ng corruption sa pamamagitan ng pagtatago ng dollar na protektado daw ng batas na siya ang nagiiterpret..DAMI naniwala kaya wala na kinikita ang gobyerno ni PENOY dahil lahat ayaw magbayad ng tax..Gayang gaya ang style ni CORONA..dapat marami pa isunod..lahat ng mga magnanakawa kahit sino dapat walang sasantuhin para matuto at matakot mga magnanakaw sa gobyerno..

      CORONA is a big thorn in the flesh of the nation as well as a hindrance to the effort of the government to stop corruption..His stupid interpretation of the law regarding dollar accounts only exposed his incompetence and unfitness to continue as CHIEF JUSTICE..HE CORRUPTED THE LAW TO SUIT HIS PURPOSE…He is not the only person qualified to become the country’s CHIEF MAGISTRATE..Walang karapatan ang taong ito kahit maglinis ng kubeta ng SC..BINABOY NIYA ANG JUDICIARY!!!!

  • robertcarino

    let’s say corona had a starting balance 35 years ago, and started earning $20,000 each year since 1977 for 5 years, then 25,000 for the next 5 years, then 30,000 for the next 5 years…. increasing up to 50,000 per year from 2007 to present.  all the while earning a realistic US interest rate of 2% on year end balance.  this would still mean he would have had half a million dollars in 1977 to get to 2.4 million today!!!  everyone old enough knows that $100,000 was already big money in 1977.  and up to now an annual income of $50,000 is still big for a regular american!  and all that from interest and forex?  all corona is saying is just BS!!!  ano, mas magaling pa siya sa mga super stockbrokers?  di pa kasama yung mga pesos dyan, ha! and none of this reported for tax purposes? at bawal ung private forex nung martial law di ba?

    • pinklace88

      wla nga daw aircon at wlang katulong, actually puro noodles lang ang food… hindi rin magarbo, walang posh properties kaya ung bellagio condo wla un, galing daw sa bgei, ung co mingled funds, bgei din saka sa anak nya… paniwalaan mo na kasi baka umiyak na naman.. hehehehe

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FPGLAYFLIRUSI2NAEG3Q5E6PGU R

      Your assumptions are incorrect.  You aren’t computing based on compounded interest. Your 2% interest rate is for dollar savings of $10,000. Try Dollar TD.

      $50,000 p.a salary is the AVERAGE salary in the US across all states…not big at all.

      An entry-level Physical therapist with 2-3 years experience makes $48,000-$65,000 p.a. depending on which state they work in.

      A legal assistant with 3-5 years experience makes $45,000-$70,000 p.a. depending on which state they are employed.

      Try this….what will give you more, a job that pays $100/hr…or 1 US cent doubled everyday for 1 month?

      I will take the 1 US cent option.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VJCSXUT773VN457PQBJRN2E6G4 ronnie

    here’s what will be a fitting epitaph for corona.”here lies a man who lies and lies and lies and lies and ………

    • Barak_O

      here lies a man who lies and cries 2.4 million times

  • pinoy63


    • gardy_versozi

       dahil hindi niya alam na bababa ang dollar, you stupid stupid idiot.

  • farmerpo

    So prosecution, work hard by not saying too much. Let the defense do the work for you, as they have done so far. Work on the emotions and conscience(if any) of the senator-judges. Patulong kayo kay JPE.. he he he…. barring brenda, baka magtinda na lang ng taho at balisong ang Cheap Justice.

    • Malik62

       The Prosecution did not say much because they already have the numbers as guaranteed by Malacanang. The more they open their mouths the more they dig their graves.

  • dgboy

    nagkamali pala ang little lady, hindi daw 700k dollars kundi 2.4 M dollars. Kaya pala nagalit si Corona, pinagmukha siyang cheap ng little lady.Haha!

  • Lorenz77

    It’s ALL Lies…Gusto lang Lumusot  si CJ Corona.  Kung ang Philippine P2.00 ay $1 noong 1970 (ex only) hindi aabut ng $2.4M in 2011 dahil lalong maraming peso ang kailangan gamitin pambili ng Dollar ni Corona. I remember in 1978 to 1982 ang $:P ratio was about P7.o0 to P7.50 minsan P8.00 pa to a dollar at noong 1983 tumaas ng P21.00 hanggang P28.00  to a dollar… hindi kaya lalong gagamit si Corona ng maraming peso bills para makabili ng dollar? At noong impeachment ni Erap  ay umabot ang P:$ ratio to P55.00 to a dollar. 

    1970-1971  the Peso/dollar ratio was 2:1 
     1972  to1976 the Peso/dollar ratio was 5:1 (ave./Martial Law)
     1977 to 1982 the Peso/dollar ratio was 8:1 (Average/pre-Ninoy assassination)
    1983 to  1989 the Peso/dollar ratio was 30:1 (Ave./Post Ninoy assassination/Snap election)
     1990 to 1998 the Peso/dollar ratio  was about 35.-37:1 (FVR administration)
    1998 to 2001 the Peso/dollar ration reaches to an staggering50.00- 55:1 (Erap admin.)
    Post Erap Impeachment ang peso/dollar ay naglalaro ng 43.00 to 45.00 to $1.00 
    Ang dapat  ipaliwanag ni Corona kung saan galing yung dalawang $500,000.00  Deposit noong May 2004 (Election year) at yung $350,000. Deposit noong May 2007 (Election year) sa kanyang accounts.

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      I appreciate the facts that you have posted.

      Pero, I think it is incomplete.

      1) It doesn’t presume to include what his starting balance when he started his dollar savings.

      2) The data doesn’t include momentary spikes in dollar exchange that could render an increase/decrease on placings sold during these times. The data just assumes closing USD rate for said period. 

      3) It doesn’t presume to include some facts like when CJC had need to liquidate USD for personal needs. Or time time deposit interests.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HHYFOE34BVAJPJWQHYU5F656WQ GuamMovies

        it doesn’t matter.  that fact is –  thief justice acquired monies from unexplained sources.  he is guilty of corruption

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        Ganun nga po.

        Hindi ko naman po pwedeng paniwalaan ang sinabi nino man, kagaya po ng sinasabi ninyo. I think its just fair that if you will try to convince anyone, you should have at least convincing arguments to support your position.

        Pag sinabi ko ba na “something derogatory” ka, by virtue na sinabi ko, truth na iyon?

        Kaya na mga rational tayo because we have the ability to think and reason, and to convince us, your arguments should be worth a little more something.

  • Ommm

    The foreign currency act does not state an “exception” for paying tax on the interest accumulated in these accounts either… in this case that’s around P1 million a year of interest earned.

    The poor workers earning P5000 a month in this country have to pay tax on that… yet this fat cat makes P83,000 a month in interest and feels he’s exempt because that source is protected by privacy laws?

    Those privacy laws say nothing about NOT having to pay taxes on the earnings….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FPGLAYFLIRUSI2NAEG3Q5E6PGU R

      taxes on interest earned are withheld by the bank….kinakaltas na ng bangko ang mga tax at ang bangko ang nagpapadala sa BIR.

      Katulad rin ng Peso savings account, ang tax ay withheld ng bangko, yung account holder ay kinaltasan na ng tax ng bangko at wala nang kailangan ibayad sa BIR. Ang bangko ang magpapadala sa BIR.

      • Ommm

        i can’t believe that holds true for dollar accounts…if that was so, knowing the set interest rate the government could access BIR records and easily know what the account held…then they are no longer secret.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/FPGLAYFLIRUSI2NAEG3Q5E6PGU R

         it holds true for all bank accounts…dollar or pesos.

  • http://twitter.com/agila2009g edward castro

    halata namang drawing lang mga pinagsasabi ni cj.  kaya pano sya i aacquit kung nagsinangaling sya before the impeachment court. drama at paawa epek na lang depensa nya. kaya sya nag kasakit kasi sya mismo di masikmura mga pinagsasabi nya.

  • Ulipur

    Last withdrawal of Renato, according to AMLAC report was USD3.25 Million.  Pero saan dinala ni Renato? Sana natanong ito dahil if you add this amo9unt to USD2.4 Million then the balance would be USD5.65 Million.

    Si Renato pala all the time na nakatago sa dollar ang pera di nagde-declare ng income sa interest earning ng such deposits.

    • RomyLitz

      The senators were hesitant to conduct the usual grilling because Corona used the strategy of being in dire straits situation, very fragile ,sick and has to go home and rest. Any harsh questions may appear that the senator is cruel. For playing sick and weak, the TRUTH was strangled by vicious and best acting of the Thief.

  • RomyLitz

    The Prosecution Team therefore was true in their allegations that Corona was untruthful in filing his SALN and confirmed that he hid a lot.Period.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2CUVK7UBTUTKTGD35WSJHDCUE ernie

    what waiver ? that piece of paper called a waiver can now be used as a wiper…..of you know what !


  • anak_mahirap50

    Bakit may $2.4M si Tj, saan galing talaga ito, at saan nya gagamitin ito.

    • anak_mahirap50

      under the table raw at may 2nd family daw si tj  sa amerika

      • niceguy60

        Anak ng bakulaw, tanong mo sagot mo. Ano ba yan?…

      • anak_mahirap50

        so, di sagutin mo rin, problema ba yun, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

  • rizalista


    Please send home MORE DOLLARS. Our beloved government officials need them.

    • JJF724

      I’m actually thinking of returning home and become government official, now that Corona is legalizing corruption.  But still hoping that the senate will stop him on Tuesday.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SFGBNM3WL54O4IFL2EPAIEDWMY Chris

    We just hope that senators will depend their judgement based on evidence and not for just public opinion ..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CFZ2Q7RFJ6PWRYMM3NJ7JB4KSE Dynamic

    Talk is cheap,you have to walk the talk and be that example.Same thing when you ask for forgiveness
    It will be given unto you but work on it.In other words pay back as much as you can.In kind is acceptable.If you cannot payback in this lifetime,payback next time in another life.(the re-incarnation or re-imbodiment of the same soul)…

  • cruel168

    TJ Corona didn’t steal money from the national treasury and he said that in his testimony. Okay I believed. But TJ sold high stake cases…

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      care to substantiate your allegations that CJC sold cases?

      • wehd1nga

        CJ Corona’s millions of un-declared $ dollars and Tons of Peso Deposits enough to substantiate “cruel168″ claim.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        If i remember correctly, he did have USD accounts, and that under the Foreign currency Law, there is no exception to declare it anywhere.

        As a matter of law, CJC is protected by it.

        You say that it is illegal, then let me ask, “how is that illegal?”

        I really would like to ask you which law will be violated if he does not declare the USD.

        Please, I really am interested in your response.

      • fojar

        Isn’t it that the absolute confidentiality of dollar deposits is directed to bank officers and employees and not to depositors?  They are the ones (bank officers & employees)  prohibited from disclosing dollar accounts of depositors in the banks.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        “Isn’t it that the absolute confidentiality of dollar deposits is directed to bank officers and employees and not to depositors?”

        Yes. Agreed. But incomplete.

        It also says, government cannot peer in into the account.

        The government cannot also peer into the account. If the AMLC should peer in, it should be because they got a court order, while investigating a predicate crime. (ex, kidnap for ransom, and ransom deposited to this said account)

        Now, how did we know about the account? how did we get it in the first place? What ever it is, its illegal. We shouldn’t be talking about it, but then, we are. And its thru illegal means.

        Going back to CJC, its with this law which provides secrecy, does that mean he has to declare it in the SALN? That is what is being discussed right now.

      • cliff_castillo

        the at least 2.4 million dollars and 80 million pesos he himself admitted are so huge that only the blind like you cannot see.  That does not include those he didn’t admit but were reflected in the AMLA report.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        Ummm, I fail to see where the illegal action is on your statement “the at least 2.4 million dollars and 80 million pesos he himself admitted are so huge that only the blind like you cannot see”

        I know a person who more than 2.4 million dollars, is he also doing something illegal?

        Yes, government to answer the question forming in your mind.

        Secondly, is there a law that allows CJC not to disclose his FCDeposits?

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        Ummm, I fail to see where the illegal action is on your statement “the at least 2.4 million dollars and 80 million pesos he himself admitted are so huge that only the blind like you cannot see”

        I know a person who more than 2.4 million dollars, is he also doing something illegal?

        Yes, government to answer the question forming in your mind.

        Secondly, is there a law that allows CJC not to disclose his FCDeposits?

      • tonto_ka

        CJ withdrew $3.25 M last December – report 
        By Iris Gonzales (The Philippine Star) Updated May 27, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (106)  it nots 2.4million but 3.5 million balato from FLIP FLOP DECISIONS…magaling na THIEF JUSTICE…

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        You mean the proof is a news report?!?!

        And you are telling me that you believe this report without personally doing the research?

        Incidentally, according to other news, its 10M, other its 12 (Ombudsman).

        In any case, please allow me to bow out of this debate/academic discussion. Sorry to have wasted your time.

      • parekoy

         And you are telling me that you believe this report without personally doing the research?

        Well what about the ” 3 hr. long speech” of CORONA?do you really believe he’s not told tons of lies?

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        I believe we should get the waiver, find out what ‘facts’ we can find which would corroborate what CJC said.

        Its not what I see at face value that I should believe, as I said, its what I can prove.

        The 3hr speech is a double edged sword which you can verify via corroborating evidence. Those you cannot verify, remains undisputed fact, but of lesser value than that which has been corroborated.

        Simple as that.

        The 3hour CJC rant is as much the same value as that of Omb. Morales to me. Simply because it was not yet corroborated by those that prepared the report(AMLA)/Coronas daughters/fund managers, etc.

      • tonto_ka

        thief justice must present evidence or proof not blah blah…i believe not a single proof was presented to disprove the allegations againts him…

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        if you say so.

      • cruel168

        Care to substantiate? hehehe, brad nasa blog tayo, and we are entitled to our own opinion. Wala tayo sa korte at hindi ko kailangan i-present ibidensya dito. kayong mga maka corona dito puro kayo ibedensya at technicalities. Bulag ka ba? o tanga? at hindi mo nakikita kasinungalingan ng thief justice mo? at pilit nyo binabaligtad ang katotohanan. baka tamaan ka ng kidlat?

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        “and we are entitled to our own opinion”

        yes. i respect opinion.

        i am rather curious how you came to that conclusion. Or rather, what are your premises for you to conclude that.

        For example, I could say that PNoy has huge psychological issues.

        That is a conclusion. If I stop there, then people would question my credibility since I didn’t prove premises that supports such.

        What if my premise was ‘Because he looks like an idiot?” That too would have bearing on my credibility because we all know he doesn’t look like an idiot.

        What if my premise was “I have in my hand his psychological report when he was committed shortly after having a breakdown around September 1983. And that it was signed by the same doctors that evaluated him until 1991 upon which ..”

        So somehow, the appreciation of the prove provides the credibility of the one making the conclusion.

      • tonto_ka

        how about the falsified academic awards of the thief justice??? is it not falsified then???

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        Ever hear of the term “moving the goalpost” during a debate?

      • tonto_ka

        how about HIS FAKE DOCTORATE DEGREE?

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        Ever hear of the term “moving the goalpost” during a debate?

      • tonto_ka

        we are not in the debate here …just blogging to know if corona is really worhty to be place in his position…

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        ah, ok. got it.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HHYFOE34BVAJPJWQHYU5F656WQ GuamMovies

        thief justice already declared his loot.  what more substantiation is needed?  more loot?

    • cliff_castillo

      …as thief justice.  So he should be removed before more injustices are committed by SC under Corona selling big caes pending in SC to highest bidder and giving balato to the majority of his Associate Justices for helping him.

  • oracle888

    As I said before that the only thing that Corana is sure to take the witness stand is when the defense think he is losing the case.

    So he appeared and pull out several strings of drama, from reconciliation, to walkout, to profusely apologize, and to give the waiver when it is no longer needed as the accounts and transaction had already been proven by the AMLC thru the testimony of Ombudsman Morales,

    The laws are supposed to be used for peace and order of our society. Their beneficiaries are the nation and it’s people. However, many unscrupulous government officials have abused the laws and used them in their own way.

    For example, as the traffic laws impose higher penalty to deter drivers from committing traffic violation, the police also increase their take of corruption.

    In the case of Corona, at this state of trial, he had no choice but to show his last card, a card that contains a foreign currency confidential law and the so-called co-mingle account. Will he be able to win the game? For the people, he had already lost. For the senator-judges, the die hard pro Corona still trying to sow doubt and defend Corona.

    My advice to those senator-judges, don’t you afraid by the big mouth of some judges like Brenda. And when doubt strikes into your mind, then follow your heart to the opinion of your people. At the end of the day, you’ll find out I am right, that our country come first before individual. Without a well-being nation, what is an individual worth for?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CG6AWFVDA46M5DMR2G7VNAMFUM Mark

      wala ka nang ginawa siguro buong ara kundi mag blog lang against cj or kung sino mang against sa admin ni noy..tsalap nman trabaho mo tsong, naka upo ka lang at sigurado laki ng sahod mo ano?hehehe.. do not deny, i know you!

  • kilabot

    that’s diversionary tactic, quimbo. sign the waiver and release saln 189+. include waiver to medical and psychiatric records to make noynoy kapon’s mental condition transparent.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZXDQ22VLD5UBXL2SGNXJJEEKK4 Joe

      kilabot…he he he galing mo…boy..

  • doublecross

    it’s not graceful exit for him, he must be in jail.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZXDQ22VLD5UBXL2SGNXJJEEKK4 Joe

      bro hindi siya punta jail…impeachment lang ito..ibig sabihin alisin lang siya sa puesto nya hindi siya karapat dapat…kaya siya alisin…

  • Renato Cozener

    The waiver Corona presented in the impeachment court is now useless as the defense and prosecution rested their case.  They can no longer present new witnesses.  Corona’s action is way too late and too little as he knows the waiver couldn’t be used anymore against him.  The senate president also admitted they can not act on it.

    If TJ is sincere in exposing his bank accounts, he could have done it long before and not wait for his reasoning that he will disclose them “in due time”.  His character and insincerity brought him down notwithstanding his great escape and drama in the witness stand.  His apology though late than never is acceptable but his actions, deeds and words are not.

    Corona’s integrity and sincerity has always been in question since the day he sat as the Chief Justice.  What more now when he admitted his dishonesty and blatant disregard of our laws?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5VMXRVIDTQMZXG6TCLZYJYV2AM Pedro

    ok.. ma-acquit man o hindi… guilty man o hindi… may magbabago ba…? sino naman kayang sunod na mapapagbalingan ni Pnoy..?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GW3PX2VAWPT2INVVFREXUX4WFE Tom

      Lahat ng mga government officials na corrupt para maitama ang mali sa palakad ng gobierno ng ating inang bayan…

      • Asik Asik

         Pati mga kaayado ni Pnoy paimbistigahan rin kaya nya ang mga ito???

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZXDQ22VLD5UBXL2SGNXJJEEKK4 Joe

        oo gusto mo si jose rizal pa ehhh..pa imbestigahan din…bakit siya namatay?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZXDQ22VLD5UBXL2SGNXJJEEKK4 Joe


    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VZVAUJSOBEZZMZ2QE7JZ23ORAY Ricardo

      Susunod na mga kampon ni Corona siyempre. at yong mga alipores ni GMA. tuloy tuloy nayan. hindi tatantanan ni Pnoy yang mga yan. pinangakot niya yan sa taong bayan nuon pang bago eleksiyon. papanagutin natin ang mga nagsamantala sa bayan. yan ang sinabi niya. kaya yang ang ginagawa niya. so. VERY GOOD WORK.

  • Handiong

    I don’t know how the senators could base their judgment on Corona’s mere “kwento” without solid, concrete evidence to show.

    Corona has failed to show concrete documentary evidence that:

    1.  Charina remitted P15 million
    2.  Francis has P2 million
    3.  Carla has P4 million
    4.  The interest earned was P10 million
    5.  Corona has only $2.4 million.

    On two occasions, Corona presented what I view as fabricated evidence:

    1.  A letter written by Carla explaining the BGEI transaction, and
    2.  A letter written by Charina regarding the purchase of the McKinley property.

    These letters smack of “deus ex machina” (god out of a machine). In Greek opera, a god (deus) is suddenly introduced into the plot to solve an entanglement or a dilemma. It is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected introduction of a new event, character, ability, or object.

    Where was Corona’s promise to answer “point-by-point” the evidence against him? He is the Chief Justice, supposedly the highest magistrate of the land, and yet he has nothing to show but a mere “kwento”? And he expected everybody to swallow his “kwento” line, hook, and sinker?

    As Ombudsman Morales said, “He’s a certified liar”.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

      Those claims need to be investigated, and if found to be false, Corona needs to go to trial for perjury.

    • Let’s go, Bob!

      1.  A letter written by Carla explaining the BGEI transaction, and
      2.  A letter written by Charina regarding the purchase of the McKinley property.

      Even I can claim that Gen. MacArthur had an intimate secret relationship with my lola, he gave her $50 Million dollars before he left the country, my lola kept the money for 40 years before giving it to me.

      Pati FEBTC na sarado na, LOL.

  • renatwacoronwa

    Hahahahaha! Kapag na-acquit ako, ibig sabihin nun ay magaling akong umarte? Naniwala sa akin ang mga SENADOR? Papasok na rin akong artista bukod sa pagiging CJ ko! Hahahaha!
    Nauto ko silang lahat! Hahahahaha!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7K5YUZTNSI46EA32EAAXMSELSQ James

      tama pare, maganda yan, ang pangalan mo ay ako ay isang dakilang hunhang hahahaha

    • marivon

       leading lady niya si brainda. Title ng first movie nila SALN (Sa Akin Lang Nakapangalan) pero hindi akin ang pera. I borrowed the acronym from one blogger whose name I can not recall, my apologies.

  • FernandoBusi

    Tongressman Quimbo I seem to remember you made a loot of money in Gloria’s term as a government administrator. Kindy sign a waiver on your own bank accounts before opening your mouth. 

  • Malik62

    What’s the credibility of Tong.  Cultmenares no preach about the law?  As a Communist he does not recognize any laws.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7K5YUZTNSI46EA32EAAXMSELSQ James

    tama ka pare c quimbo number 1 yan na magnanakaw sa pera ng bayan,,,sino bang di magnanakaw ng tongressman, paano cla maging milyonaryo kong sahod lang nila,,, hoy mga anti corana at yellow mob,, pareha lang yan cla lahat mga magnanakaw,

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZXDQ22VLD5UBXL2SGNXJJEEKK4 Joe

      kung may ibedensya mag demanda…huwag tayong mag paratang na walang basehan…? kasalanan sa mata ng tao at diyos yan…

    • MannyKingfisher

       Sa iyong pangangatwiran dahil magnanakaw yong kapitbahay mo pwede ka na ring managkaw at ito a legal dahil ginagawa  rin ng iba. Aba pag ganyan ang katwiran ng mga mamamayan dapat i-repeal na lahat ng batas dahil pag ang isang kriminal kinasuhan sa husgado sasabihin nya lang na hind siya guilty dahil marami rin iba diyan gumagawa ng ganito.

  • fran_co

    I hope the prosecutors are reading these boards. During the closing arguments, they should ask the senator judges to apply Corona’s own standard on him. Below is a part of a speech Corona gave in May 2010 (downloadable at the SC website):

    “A corrupt judiciary is totally unacceptable as it severely handicaps the legal and institutional mechanism designed to curb abuses in government. As such we shall continuously cleanse the court’s ranks by strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and raising it to the highest level possible. I believe that a member of the judiciary who is found guilty of dishonesty should not only be dismissed from the service but also disbarred. No ifs, no buts.”


    • pidalcopter2

      Corona is not only dishonest to everyone including himself. He is a thief! He even stole and squandered the properties of the Basa-Guidote clan, the WHOLE CLAN! Not just ordinary people but RELATIVES of his equally corrupt wife. How can he not do it to any other else?  Billions of pesos perhaps has been spent during the trial just to kick out this cretin from his seat! He really is a certified liar as what the Ombudsman said of him!

  • pidalcopter2

    Sec. De Lima was correct in saying this Corona pig is a walking violator of the constitution. He mocks the law and tailored it to fit himself in. The problem is nobody wants to believe him anymore not even his own circle of friends who already started shying away from him like a stigma. The Ombudsman and former colleague branded him as a CERTIFIED LIAR!… a calling that never fits with a chief justice… a calling more conveniently for a Thief Justice! Very pathetic indeed!     

    • tonto_ka

      You know renato corona’s grandchildren are very happy about that coz their grand father is called a CERTIFIED LIAR…not a falsified academic awardee….

  • fairtruth


    • Let’s go, Bob!

      He may get away because of technicalities, pero yung implicationn iyan sa malalaking kasong pupunta sa S.C., iyan ang problem, If people don’t trust him, not all people ofcourse.

      Ang common na maririnig mo is : “Natalo ka sa SC kasi pro-Pnoy ka”.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/X57YQ43Y574Z5YDBARCJLGDJFQ Jevie

      How about his pesos account Sir? Di ba di rin niya nadisclose ung mahigit 80M pesos..Di ba hindi dollar un..So ano pa ang gamit nong FCDU law kung ung 80M lang ang pinaguusapan? Wala na di ba?

      • fairtruth

        The 80M cannot be declared because it is not his totaly…its a cominged funds to get a higher bank interests……AT MOST ANG SA KANYA IS 2 MILLION at may na-idiclare naman syang bank deposits na approximately that amount….HE CANNOT DECLARE THE REMAINING BALANCE BECAUSE THAT BELONGS TO BASA GUIDOTE, HIS CHILDREN, HIS PARENTS.. ETC….

    • parekoy

      A privIlege that many has taken advantage of..courtesy of the brilliant interpretation of the law by no less than the THIEF JUSTICE /  CHEAP MAGISTRATE of the SC..BRAVOOOOOOO!!!!WE NEED TO EMULATE HIS EXAMPLE FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY..And if PNOY ADMIN file a case against you, then just tell him, you are mistaken Sir…You have a wrong understanding of the law..The THIEF JUSTICE says its my privilege and it is legal…SO THIS IS THE LEGACY OF THE THIEF JUSTICE TO OUR BELOVED COUNTRY…WHAT A SHAME!!!!

      • indiots

        may tama ka.

    • indiots

      ayon kay santiago karaniwang nai-interpret ang batas favor sa kani-kanilang mga sarili kaya walang nagdideklara ng dollars as asset sa kanilang SALN.

      bulok na interpretation. hindi ba asset ang dollar? ano ang itina-tax ng mga amerikano pesos? samantalang halos karamihan ng batas sa pilipinas ay kopya o pattern sa constitution at batas ng america pwera lang sa federalism at electoral college.

    • tilney

      That confidentiality is only for the banks not the depositors.Bugok

      • fairtruth

        hay..ikaw ang bugok..TANGA…paano maging banks lang eh..KUNG HINDI MAGPERMIT ANG DEPOSITOR EH WALANG MAGAGAWA ANG BANGKO….isipin mo naman…

  • jared rivera

    kalokohan na lang yang impeachment trial pag na-acquit yang thief justice.. siya na mismo ang umamin ,, mga gunggong talaga mga laws ng pilipinas, marami na sigurong politiko ang nagconvert ng kurakot na peso account nila sa dollar account para di na nila kailangang ideclare sa SALN nila.. mga gunggong matagal na palang may law na ganon, samakatuwid matagal ng maraming gumagawa nun..

    • indiots

      sayang lang ang ginastos sa mga lawmaker upang gumawa ng batas na depende ang interpretation sa kung ano ang gustong palabasin.

      maraming “what if” question ang walang malinaw na kasagutan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DNMZ3JS25BL26RNS2EJH2RWANA ka iii sa

    Stop harassing the Chief Justice, amend the THAT LAW if you really want that SALN TO REFLECT THE TRUTH.You, government officials are all hiding behind it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DNMZ3JS25BL26RNS2EJH2RWANA ka iii sa

    Why don’t you prosecute QUIMBO first. He and his cohorts were able to dupe people working hard to be able to own a house. That is a greater sin than not being able to declare some assets in his SALN.

  • romjov2009

    prosecution wag paseguro na convict na si corona mas pinaniniwalaan ko sya kaysa sa inyo ni morales. 45 properties daw at 82 dollar account wag magdagdag ng kasinungalingan mga bobo researcher ng prosecution,parang mga pulis nagdadagdag ng kaso sa mga nahuhuli kuno

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3N3R6ESA4ICXQRC45ZGBHA24CA Steve

    Kung sa umpisa pa lang e ginawa na ni Corona yang pagbigay nya ng waiverna walang condition, nakuha nya sana ang simpatya ngbayan. Wala pang nasayang na oras at pera ng bayan!

  • levis2012

    Co-mingled P80M asset NOT declared in Corona’s SALN is enough to CONVICT Corona even without the $2.4M Dollar deposit…  The claim of Corona that his P80M deposit is “co-mingled”  is totally absurd and unacceptable alibi… 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AHYU6EQASUYJ4CCLMY3WPJYRL4 Malic of arabia

    Corona took advantage on the loop hole of the law for hiding his real asset.The Thief Justice is a lawyer and therefore he knows how to play with the law.
    Look at the Maguindanao massacre,the crime was clearly made by the Ampatuans and yet a lawyer may represent the accused to defend them for a possible accquittal.
    Matagal nang ginagawa ng mga magnanakaw na Politico ang ganyang operasyon at malamang nakakalusot kasi karamihan sa kanila ay mga Lawyers gaya ni Thief Justice.

  • levis2012

    Corona’s defense and interpretation of the law legalizes CORRUPTION and MONEY LAUNDERING, and even PLUNDER….  To use the Foreign Currency Deposit Act as his defense to HIDE or PROTECT his MILLIONS of CASH ASSET is nauseating, immoral, shameless and evil!!!  And totally UNETHICAL!!  HE DISQUALIFIED HIMSELF MORALLY!!!  HE IS TOTALLY UNFIT to even be in government SERVICE!!!  What he is doing is money laundering!  THAT IS BETRAYAL OF PUBLIC TRUST and therefore an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE……

  • adventure366

    Ang mga matalino na tao ang pinaka bobo at ang mga bobo naman ang pinaka matalino… only in the philippines lang ito … yun nga “it’s MORE FUN in Phils.”……

  • Marc Francis

    Corona should be removed from Supreme Court. There are enough evidence to convict him. Justice should be served on Monday or Tuesday.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQBHSHS22G65Z6V5Z64XBRCIZQ simon

    why renato CORONA  issued the TRO and then issue a waiver 2 or 3 days before the judgement day? i do not understand,,, i think he is fooling the senators and the people?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GQH7GKWCJ6JNMQOTVGNV5MKZOI Rio

    the Chief Justice should be respected. he was man enough to face the impeachment court. Moreover, he did everything that the prosecution/public demanded. his challenge for the signatories to sign the waiver as well should be given consideration. if it’s accountability they want then such gesture would support such cause. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3REK5HOCWMPNJWPUBQYU2DCHQA Michael

      the Chief Justice should be respected. he was man enough to face the impeachment court.

      Duling ka ba o bulag o bingi?  O nagbubulag-bulagan at nagbibingi-bingihan?  Kung hindi mo napanood ang pambabastos ng Thief Justice mo, dapat dun ka sa Rio de Janeiro!  Bago sya maghamon ng ibang tao, ipakita muna nya kung sincere ang honest sya sa trabaho nya at sa pagtupad ng batas!  Your Chief Justice is a COWARD! LIAR! THIEF!  And those are certified and authenticated!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GLTZFJSPHDH7PJNSQQBQ7MTRZU Genesis

    Funny how the prosecution says that their evidence will lead to conviction of the CJ, when all of this so called “evidence” were given by invisible and anonymous people which are all inaccurate and pointless. The CJ was willing to and waived his rights over his accounts and was not afraid to do so. I hope the 188 Congressmen and Sen. Drilon would also do so.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6XBFDZVOYN7I7NSCC3U4JWZC54 Sofia

    The chief justice should be acquitted!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3REK5HOCWMPNJWPUBQYU2DCHQA Michael

       The thief justice MUST BE CONVICTED!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HVSUBXKL4BV34RZUROUOZVHODI Alex

    he Chief Justice should be acquitted. It is clear that the absolute secrecy of bank deposits should be respected here, the law itself dictates it.The fact that the chief justice of the republic chose to face his accusers and stand up to them despite all the unjust, abusive, and underhanded tactics to destroy his name shows his conviction and desire to bring out the truth. Ang dami daming kamalian, 82 bank accounts daw, 12 million dollars raw, 40 plus properties raw, LAHAT NAMAN PALA MALI. Senator Drilon, 188 Congressmen who signed the petition, eh kung kayo kaya ang tumulad sa punong mahistrado? TAMA NA YUNG PURO GRANDSTANDING, it is time to face the people with absolute transparency.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3REK5HOCWMPNJWPUBQYU2DCHQA Michael

       Yeah.. si Corona ang naka-impeach kaya dapat siya ang mauna! Besides he is the chief justice and  yet he is the very first one who blatantly violate the law you are talking about bank deposits!  Hindi ba mali ang nilagay ni Thief Justice sa SALN?  Bilangin mo nga kung magkano sinabi nya sa senado at kung ano ung nakalagay sa SALN nya?  Let him face the truth hindi puro drama at kasinungalingan pinagsasabi nya!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZQI66KCRCY77MPX5U7ZOZDM3CU Jose

    CJ Corona should be acquitted!

  • rx9090

     Funny how they should punish the Chief Justice for allegedly finding a loophole in the law, when the lawmakers themselves stated the law in clear and unequivocal terms. If it is “absolutely confidential”, then there is no other interpretation, is there? Find any other man who would face his detractors the way CJ did. Siguro pag pinaharap mo yung ibang congressmen and some senators, titiklop kaagad sila. All I have for the man is RESPECT.

    • LongShotInTheDark

       I would respect him more if he and his defense team had answered the question about deposits early on, not give the waiver at the last minute. If he has nothing to hide and has the desire to show to the Filipino people that he is clean, it is not difficult to defend him. He is the Chief Justice. Going through the technicality and nuances of the laws is not the way to do it. That is going about it – palusot.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3REK5HOCWMPNJWPUBQYU2DCHQA Michael

    The waiver is now useless as Corona submitted it way too late.  The Senate can not act on it while the defense and prosecution rested their cases so witnesses can not be compelled to testify anymore. 

    Corona has admitted that he has various peso and dollar accounts which are not declared in his SALN and that’s a clear proof that he violated the law.  Regardless of the FCDA, he intentionally lied in his SALN, a blatant disregard or twisted interpretation of both the FCDA and SALN laws which, of all people, the chief justice himself did with the pure intention of hiding his assets to the public. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/I7FEB6WFG2D2TWMCGSUWJ3YTPQ Francis Edward Lim

      Clear proof? In the first place, CJ Corona is under no obligation whatsoever to disclose those dollar accounts. Although the constitution mandates the disclosure of his SALN, the same also includes the phrase, “in the manner provided by law.” FCDA is that law and it has provided the exemption for dollar accounts. Meaning… you do not need to include those dollar accounts in the SALN! Why do people keep bringing this issue up?
      CJ Corona committed no wrong. He was simply following the law. Congress themselves passed that law!

      • fojar

        You better read the whole provisions of the law on FCDA, the Constitution and the SALN law because your understanding of the aforementioned laws are misplaced.

      • LongShotInTheDark

         That interpretation is very convenient reasoning. Well done, NOT.

  • http://twitter.com/vincee__ vincee__

    Bakit pag si PNoy ang mag-utos na magpapirma ng waiver, nagkakagulo na ang lahat. Pero ngayon na sila naman ang hinahamon, wala silang maisagot. Yan ba ang tuwid na daan? Bukag sa sariling muta pero panay puna naman sa kapwa. Papaano na ang mga magsasakang pinatay ng dahil sa Hacienda Luisita? Yan pala ang sinasabi nilang tuwid na daan na hawak naman ng kamay na nababahiran ng dugo. Dugo ng mismiong masa na sya kamo nyang paglilingkuran.

    • fairtruth


    • Luthmar

      Teka lang, medyo naguguluhan yata ako sa message mo.  Kailan be nag-utos si PNoy na magpapirma ng waiver at nagkagulo ang lahat?  Naghamon si Corona dun sa 188 congressmen at kay Sen. Drilon na pumirma ng waiver bago nya pirmahan yung kanya.  At yung time na may pinirmahan sya, eh DRAFT lang naman ang pinirmahan.  Walang
      saysay yun.  I am sure when he abruptly left the impeachment room, on his way out,  he threw that piece of paper away. 

      Do you know what waiver we are  talking about here?  Yun ay pag-sangayon na puede ng
      silipin yung kanyang isang damakmak na pesos, at milyon, milyon na dolares.

      Ano naman ang kinalaman ng kaso ng Hacienda Luisita sa pagpirma ng waiver.  Hello, tapos na ang HL, na desisyonan na.  Time to move on.

      • AmBoy24

        di ba campaign promise ni pnoy na he will sign a waiver in the spirit of accountability and transparency? asan na iyon?

  • Luthmar

    I did not believe, for one second, that Corona was sincere in apologising.  It’s so easy to utter some words of apologies.  Takes 1 minute and it’s done.  This man is the most arrogant person
    in the Phil.  That insincere apology was for damage control, nothing more.

    • asantoni

      Who cares if you do not believe….It does not even count for the resolution of this case. You are just a bystander. If the man is arrogant, do you think your statement do not reflect what kind of person you are? Don’t measure others or else others will use the same measure that you use. Follow the golden rule if you heard about it.  period.

  • asantoni

    Mga hinupak kayo….wala akong makuhang maayos na sagot sainyo. Puro vested interest ang mga pinagsusulat ninyo. Pwede ba mag-hintay na lang kayo ng decision ng magagaling kuno senator judges. Total wala naman naidulot na magaling ang kasong ito kundi gastos lang ng pamahalaan at paghahati ng tao. Pwede ba paunlarin na muna ang bansa, sobra pulitika na tayo.

    • LongShotInTheDark

       Sorry to say but this case means a lot to our nationl psyche. This is the venue to make impeachable officials accountable to the people. The sanators stand for the people – you, me and every single Filipino. That is why I take seriously my right to vote during elections. That is why I keep stressing the significance of our choices for our officials, our leaders. As the famous line says: we only get the kind of government we deserve.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WJFKZU4MSXCFXNSSWKAK5CQN5E adolfo

    Hindi naman honest c cj corona dapat nong may na file na ng impeachment sa kaniya dapat bakasyon muna cya ng 6 months para di magamit ang implwensia niya sa SC, eh ano ang masasabi ninyo yong patas lang at gamitin ang ating conscience

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CGHW3MTR5GW2M6XF3FLTS44CI4 Jarde C

     if CJ be aquitted, it’s a big lesson to learn from the IC to put your asset into a dollar account to evade tax. But if he is convicted everybody learnt to put to lay down thier cards on the table.

    • SDEN

       This is a result of poor logical sense. First of all, the decision to acquit or convict does not depend on whether or not CJ had dollar accounts that are open for public scrutiny. For even if these dollar accounts are publicly scrutinized, the decision would still depend on other factors such as whether or not these assets were obtained through corrupt practices, etc. Secondly, was it not CJ himself who challenged everyone to sign a waiver? Let’s do our best to avoid circular arguments. If CJ is convicted, there wouldn’t be any change in the system. His conviction will not cause politicians to “lay down their cards on the table.” Why? Simply because his conviction will not be based on corruption but on the fact that public opinion was used against him. If his conviction results in any change at all, it would be that corrupt politicians would avoid using dollar accounts to safeguard their ill-gotten wealth. If we want change, we should all aspire for his acquittal. Why? Simply because his acquittal would result in people realizing that majority of our politicians are corrupt. If they wouldn’t sign a simple waiver, then it is a sign that there is something wrong in this whole process. For it is written, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

      • LongShotInTheDark

         I personally would not belittle public opinion. That amounts to yours, mine and everyone’s stand on a particular issue. Public opinion shouild be taken seriously especially by public officials. Lest our public officials will forget why they are in their position in the first place: to serve the public.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I52CUQAZU43U4BWEN6JDGME64M Salvador

    we have to wait for the decision of senator judges. what ever happens, filipino people should unite so that our country that we love should move foward for a better life for everbody. 
    Always have faith in God.

  • http://twitter.com/PorkchopVillanu Francis Villanueva

    First of all, is the non-disclosure of dollar accounts an impeachable offense? and second, it is quite obvious that he cannot disclose co-mingled funds which are not owned by him alone. Also, the purpose of the CJ not to disclose his doller accounts were not to hide ill-gotten wealth but to simply follow the law. The application of the law (Foreign Currency Deposits Act) should vary and depend of each officer’s situation (i.e. duration, degree of inflation of rates, etc.) in the CJ’s case, he had already been investing on doller accounts during the 60’s way before the FCDA was enacted. Therefore, it is misleading to say that he should be convicted due to the non-disclosure of his doller accounts and his co-mingled funds! LET US ALL HOPE FOR THE BEST AND PRAY THAT JUSTICE MAY BE SERVED RIGHT… ACQUIT CJ!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7KABPNXJEXUX7GBTYTWZ6YT5PI yahoo-7KABPNXJEXUX7GBTYTWZ6YT5PI

    Sec. 17 of the 1987 Constitution: “In the case of the Supreme Court [justices], the declaration [of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth] shall be disclosed to the public in the MANNER PROVIDED BY LAW.” I would like to emphasize the last four words, which I think is very important for the public to think about. The SALN law gave life to that certain provision of our Constitution, which mandates public officials to be accountable to the people by declaring their ALN. HOWEVER, we should admit the fact that not every law is absolute. When the law is viewed as a whole, the FCDA seems to give a limitation. It provides for the “absolute secrecy” of dollar deposits. Now, the Chief Justice harmonized FCDA with the SALN law, and he interpreted it as a limitation. Who would argue that what he has done is incorrect, after knowing that the Constitution, the peoples’ will, even put a limitation on public accountability?

    We go to the next issue, as to whether or not non-declaration of an absolutely secret asset is an impeachable offense. Not every offense is an impeachable offense. In fact, our constitutional framers intended to limit impeachable offenses similar to high crimes. We ask ourselves again, is a “wrong” interpretation of the law a high crime? The Chief Justice even tested his theory that his interpretation was correct by letting 189 lawmakers to sign the waiver. If they decline, then it can be gleaned that his interpretation is indeed correct because he is not the only one who does not include foreign deposits in his SALN. It is not the issue of “who’s in trial here”, but the issue of how the majority interprets the law.

    Lastly, if CJ is acquitted, it does not automatically mean that other public officials can just “hide” their ill-gotten wealth in dollar deposits. The solution lies with our lawmakers. They should draft another law amending ambiguous provisions in the FCDA and the SALN law and reconciling them both, making it clear to every public official what to and what not to disclose in their SALN. Corona, with his seemingly honest interpretation, should not be made a victim of a law that is unclear.

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