Saturday, 21 January 2012 00:00
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets…” (Jesus Christ, in Matthew 7:12, the Holy Bible)
MEDIA BOOBOO, OR MEDIA BIAS? Is it merely “misappreciation”, or a “deliberate omission”? What I am referring to here, of course, are the questions raised by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano at the fourth day of the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona at the Senate last Thursday, January 19, 2012.
Alan’s questions - and the answers given by congressmen-prosecutors---showed that at the time the impeachment complaint was signed and sent to the Senate, the 188-congressmen-signatories did not really have any evidence of ill-gotten wealth or of graft and corruption against the Chief Justice, and that their complaint relied mainly on “reports” and “suspicions”.
This is an important piece of news, showing the lack of merit of the charges against the chief justice, and yet, it did not see print in the newspapers the day after, nor was it given prominent discussion in radio and television programs. Merely misappreciated, or deliberately omitted? Media booboo, or media bias?
CORONA MUST EXPLAIN, OR RESIGN NOW: But then, unless some credible explanation is immediately given by Corona, the entries appearing in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SAL-N) tend to indicate that he was less than truthful in his declarations in official public documents. If not explained, the entries tend to show that he undervalued his assets, either to avoid being noticed, or to avoid paying proper taxes.
If that is the case, I am of the belief that there is no more need to continue with the impeachment trial. On the basis alone of the untruthful valuations as reflected in his SAL-N, if not properly explained, it would appear that Corona’s right to hold on to his post as a chief justice is no longer there. The position, as it were, has slipped from his grip.
For, anyone who cannot be truthful in any public document does not deserve to occupy a lofty position, especially the lofty and majestic position of a chief dispenser of justice, in the highest court of the land yet.
Therefore, even if he is not compelled to present his evidence yet, Corona must explain to the public the discrepancies in his SAL-N, now. Otherwise, he can no longer justify his continuing in office, and must therefore resign immediately.
WARNING OF JESUS ABOUT WEALTH: Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, has a stern warning, in Matthew 16:26-27 of the Bible, against those who will concern themselves more on accumulating wealth here on earth: “…What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
He also warned, in Matthew 6:19-29: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…”
By Atty. Batas Mauricio
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