Opinion: CJ Corona’s Strategem - Insincere and Deceptive
PARTYLIST CONGRESSMAN CORRECT. When he visited Bacolod City and held a press conference at the Organic Restaurant about two weeks ago, Congressman NeriColmenares, a former martial law torture victim but whom I had not even met during that period, analyzed that if Corona and his defense team would skirt the dollar issue by presenting all sorts of excuses and alibis, that would be foul. Again, as usual, Corona cited technicalities in skirting the issue of his dollar accounts citing Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales’ contention as basically wrong.
But no, as far as I and other ordinary Filipinos are concerned, the testimony of the head of the Office of the Ombudsman is not incorrect nor was Colmenares’ analysis wrong, because Corona had indeed, dollar accounts in various banks. If he has only one dollar account, it is of no moment because he has it and that, there is money in it. He has also several peso accounts and a lot of assets and his histrionics is to us nothing, but a ploy to divert the basic issues incumbent on the controversy. Even his low blood sugar and supposed heart problem would be of no moment.
A PLOY DIVERSIONARY STRATEGY. When CJ Corona testified during the impeachment hearing Tuesday, May 21, it was like a telenovela, many observers said. But to us, a careful observer of local, regional, national and international events, it was but a diversionary ploy to ensure the Filipino people forget that the Chief Justice is indeed, fully loaded and that his monetary and material assets could be forgotten in the thick of emotions and possibly illness ploy, such as suffering from a heart attack or low blood sugar. If he was that emotionally touched not because he was innocent but that he was loaded, if subjected to a lie detector test, he could have been proven guilty. The whole of the Basa-Guidote family who claims that CJ gypped them are scoffing at him. And his emotional testimony in the Senate. That he offended the Senator-Judges is true because he never asked permission to go out nor explain his sudden departure. His intent was to really spite the senator-judges. If he, indeed, is suffering from serious illnesses as he claims, he should have resigned pronto from his post, moths ago. As early as during the Macapagal-Arroyo administration, the plundering and murderous administration one of whose pretenders paid P500,000 and advanced P400,000 to have us killed, it was indeed, plundering and a killer of decent people. She is fit for a firing squad.
NEVER INTERCEDED FOR VICTIMS. CJ Renato Corona, unlike former CJ Reynato Puno, never interceded for victims of extrajudicial killings, abductions, disappearances and all sorts of mayhem nor did he admonish Macapagal-Arroyo and her whole family to desist from plunder and murder because lawfully, it is wrong. But he later invokes the law to ensure he did not have to disclose his dollar and other accounts because purportedly, "the law prohibits it." When it is to his advantage, he invokes the law and when it is not, he diverts people’s attention in his attempt not to divulge his dollar and other accounts. Now that he has admitted he is deathly sick, he has now an alibi to resign, something he does not have to, having been unceremoniously meted the guilty verdict and removed from office. Now he goes down the drain as the first Chief Justice ever to be impeached and fired from his post.
Tell you me. But, indeed!*