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Defense decries PNoy pressure in trial


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… maintain justice in the courts…” (Amos 5:15, the Holy Bible).

DEFENSE DECRIES PNOY PRESSURE IN TRIAL: For whatever it is worth and so the public may know, I am reprinting a press statement issued by  the lawyers of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona which was read during a press conference at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City, Sunday night, February 12, 2012. Here is the press statement:

“Good evening. We have called this presscon to air our grave concerns about the turn of events in the impeachment trial of CJ Corona. Yesterday, we received very reliable info that Executive Secretary Paquito `Jojo’ Ochoa, acting in behalf of President Aquino, was personally contacting and phoning Senator-Judges to persuade or pressure them to defy the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court in favor of PSBank.

“We condemn, in the strongest terms, the efforts of the President to undermine the constitutional process that he himself initiated. CJ Corona willingly participated with good faith, with belief that he will have a fair trial. It is now apparent that the President is bent on convicting CJ Corona at all costs.

DEMOCRACY IN PERIL, PNOY TRASHES CHARTER: “This is confirmed by recent announcements of the plans of the House of Representatives acting in concert with the President to impeach other members of the Supreme Court. As we have stated from the very beginning, this case is but a plan to subjugate the Supreme Court.

“As lawyers, we in the defense team are duty-bound to defend the Constitution and the independence of the judiciary. This morning, several newspapers have carried banner headlines that the Catholic Bishop Conference has called upon all concerned to observe the rule of law by respecting processes of the judiciary, most especially by the Supreme Court. We hope that this will galvanize those who still believe to adhere to the rule of law and not to succumb to sheer brute political power.

“Nanganganib po ang ating demokrasya. Humantong na po tayo sa punto na ang Pangulo mismo ang tumatalikod sa Saligang Batas at naghihikayat na wag nang sundin at galangin pa ang mga utos ng kataastaasang hukuman.

PNOY ABETTING DISREGARD OF THE LAW: “Ginoong Pangulo, ipatupad niyo po ang karapatan ng depensa na maglabas ng ebidensya ayon sa proseso na pinili niyo at sinasaayos ng Konstitusyon. Kung bank account lang ang pinoproblema nyo po, wag po kayong mag-apura, bubuksan po lahat yan ng punong mahistrado dahil hindi po niya ninakaw yan.

“Relaks lang po, Mr. President, wag niyo po naman ipasuway sa mga senador at punong mahistrado ang batas gaya ng gusto nyo laging ipagawa sa mga tao nyo. Pilitin nyo pong maging huwaran sating mga mamamayan, buhayin niyo po ang independensya ng ating mga institusyon, wag nyo pong patayin.

“We therefore call on our brethren in the profession to be more vigilant and stand up for the independence of the judiciary and the integrity of our Constitutional processes. This is an attack on the entire legal community. We call upon the Filipino people to guard against efforts to undermine the Constitution and the rule of law… May God bless our nation. Thank you very much.”

By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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