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Crumbling impeachment


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… However, as it is written: `What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’---the things God has prepared for those who love him…” (1 Corinthians 2:9, the Holy Bible).

CRUMBLING IMPEACHMENT: Crumbling. This best describes what’s happening to the impeachment charge that Chief Justice Renato Corona failed to submit his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs). Not only because the charge is not true. As it now appears, it is more because the law itself says any government official who filed SALNs with erroneous entries cannot be charged criminally or administratively.

Going by the discussions during the trial last Thursday, 02 February 2012, it is clear that Corona must first be given the chance to correct his SALNs, assuming they contained erroneous entries, or assuming they lacked some information pertaining to the cost of acquiring the properties listed in the documents. Since he has not been given this chance, Corona cannot be sued, much less impeached, according to the rules.


CRUMBLING EVIDENCE: Crumbling. That, undeniably, is what is also happening to claims by congressmen-prosecutors, made by them and their spokesmen before the start of the impeachment trial last January 16, that Corona had 45 properties in his name, with chief  prosecutor and Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. being forced to admit before incredulous senators and an astounded worldwide audience that prosecutors actually listed only about 24---not 45---properties.

This is a humiliating back-tracking, confirming quite eloquently that the charges against the chief justice were merely hastily cooked up to provide some semblance of legality to his impeachment, and to backstop the shame campaign being waged against him. In other words, it is becoming clear by the day that this whole impeachment brouhaha is a railroaded behemoth without regard for truth and justice, decency and morality.

“PEOPLE POWER” READIED VS. CORONA: This explains why there are persistent reports that some Cabinet officials are now not-so-secretly moving to organize “people power” rallies and mass actions intended to compel Corona to resign.

Anticipating the impending Senate dismissal of the impeachment complaint against Corona, some officials of government are now bent on pushing Corona’s ouster outside of the Senate, to be triggered by another kind of a walkout by prosecutors on the pretext that some of the senator-judges are now favoring Corona and that there is no longer going to be a fair impeachment trial.

Again, I will repeat this: all of these attacks against government leaders and top officials are anti-Biblical, because they violate what the Bible pronounces as spiritual rules insofar as the manner by which people must treat leaders. One of the Bible verses along this line is found under Romans 13:1-2.

BIBLICAL WARNING AGAINST FIGHTING LEADERS: Here is what Romans 13:1-2 says: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

Special attention must be given to the warning given by the last sentence: whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and will therefore be judged and punished. This is the reason why many of God’s curses listed in the Bible are now happening in the Philippines. If these “people power” rallies will really be used against Corona, we can expect more curses to come our way, as the Bible is saying!

By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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