Could Umali, Tupas, ‘small lady’, and Rappler.com be all chargeable for serious violation of Philippine bank secrecy laws?

A big gray area now looms over the Senate impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona after the questioning yesterday (the 8th of Feb) of prosecution witness Pascual Garcia III who is president of Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) raised the ugly heads of the Philippines’ bank secrecy laws further. During questioning conducted by private prosecutor Demetrio Custodio, Garcia revealed details of Corona’s five peso accounts with PSBank but declined to present (and presumably refrained from bringing with him) documents associated with five dollar accounts allegedly kept by Corona with the bank. The five dollar accounts along with the five peso accounts were within the scope of a controversial subpoena to PSBank issued by the impeachment court.

The subpoena of the PSBank accounts traces its roots to an “anonymous source” described by Oriental Mindoro Rep. Rey Umali as a “small lady” who handed to him an envelope allegedly containing Corona’s bank documents. The revelation made by former lead prosecutor Niel Tupas Jr the previous day (the 7th Feb) highlighted yet another instance of the prosecution team pre-empting any authorisation from the Senate impeachment court to mount such actions.

Section 8 of Republic Act 6426 (“Foreign Currency Deposit Act of the Philippines”) states that foreign currency accounts are “absolutely confidential”…

Section 8. Secrecy of foreign currency deposits. All foreign currency deposits authorized under this Act, as amended by PD No. 1035, as well as foreign currency deposits authorized under PD No. 1034, are hereby declared as and considered of an absolutely confidential nature and, except upon the written permission of the depositor, in no instance shall foreign currency deposits be examined, inquired or looked into by any person, government official, bureau or office whether judicial or administrative or legislative, or any other entity whether public or private; Provided, however, That said foreign currency deposits shall be exempt from attachment, garnishment, or any other order or process of any court, legislative body, government agency or any administrative body whatsoever. (As amended by PD No. 1035, and further amended by PD No. 1246, prom. Nov. 21, 1977.)

Given the formidable measures in place that make access to information on a foreign currency account in the Philippines extremely difficult, it seems that the prosecution team and in particular Umali and the “small lady” he implicates can be charged for serious offenses on the basis of this law.

Interestingly, “social news network” Rappler.com “online reporter” Magtanggol de la Cruz published the balance of one of those foreign currency deposits in an article that bears the ironic title ‘Secrecy in foreign currency deposits‘ dated the 8th of Feb…

The latest one that has grabbed my attention has to do with whether or not a Philippine bank can be compelled via a subpoena to disclose information relating to a foreign currency bank deposit of its depositor, in this case, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

The scuttlebutt, of course, is that Justice Corona has a US$[bleep] deposit held by the Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) and that the prosecutors even know its account number.

…refering to a previous article dated the 4th of Feb where “online reporter” Carmela Fonbuena reveals not only that dollar amount but the account number where it is deposited as well…

The $[bleep] deposited in account number [bleep] is supposedly just one of 14 accounts that the Chief Justice and his wife Cristina individually and jointly own with daughter Carla Castillo and her husband Constantino III. Prosecution wants the branch manager of PSBank Katipunan branch to appear before the court and bring the bank documents on February 7, Tuesday.

These potential criminal acts will surely reflect upon the integrity of the Senate impeachment trial court which, it can be argued, became party to violations of bank secrecy laws when it allowed admission of evidence obtained by unlawful means.

Perhaps it is high time that the Supreme Court of the Philippines gets involved before things get out of hand.

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata…

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ahehe
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What about the picture taking of Corona’s documents done on LIVE TV?

Vincenzo B. Arellano
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Desperado na itong si Corona. Nagkakagulo ang pamahalaan dhil sa knya. Kung wla syang tnatago sa tao ipakta nya mga dokumento nya. Yan ang npapala ng pagging corrupt, kahihiyan sa taumbayan.

Anonymous
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Tsk tsk vincenzo,bulag ka parin talaga gunggong. Hindi mo parin matanggap na talo na ang mga prosecutong mo.

jay
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‘And what meaning do you expect your delusional self-important statements of unknowing, inexperienced opinion to have on those of us who think and reason? What fantasy do you hold that you would believe that your tiny- fisted slogans would have more weight than that of a leprous desert rat, spinning rabidly in a circle, waiting for the bite of the snake? You are a waste of flesh. You are hypocritical, greedy, violent, malevolent, vengeful, cowardly, deadly, mendacious, meretricious, loathsome, despicable, belligerent, opportunistic, barratrous, contemptible, criminal, fascistic, bigoted, racist, sexist, avaricious, tasteless, idiotic, brain-damaged , imbecilic, insane, arrogant, deceitful, demented, lame,… Read more »
Daido Katsumi
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Meh. Nagkagulo ang pamahalaan dahil kapalpakan ng isip-batang administrasyon na ito at sa mga isip-bata na tulad mo.

It seems that they’re breaking the law in order to show something. That’s not even right.

Anonymous
Guest

it only shows that this administration is already panicking. They don’t realize yet that their popularity is getting dangerously low. The end is near for this sham of a president.

Der Fuhrer
Guest

@Nutzi Vincenzo
You poor guy… You are viewing the world from an imaginary angle. You need medical help.

domo
Guest

Like I said before, he really needs to be tied up with a straight jacket and be sent to a mental hospital for a rehab.

Parallax
Guest

if vincenzo were bulalo, lugi ka kasi wala kang makukuhang utak. si pnoy din.

Trosp
Guest

Please use a silk glove in treating this Vincenzo. He is our Exhibit A of how sick minds are Penoy’s lap dogs. He might leave us.

The other two lap dogs, HaraKiri and JCC, maybe are not commenting because the truth is starting to be unveiled.

Baka mga marunong mahiya.

Please treat Vincenzo as Kris Aquino is treating her autistic child. Just let him comment.

Just treat him as a baby croc.

Lord Chimera
Guest

You still here? Be silent if you have nothing new or important to say.

Impaler Triumphant
Member

Lord Chimera, can you describe to me the physical sensation whenever we see Vincenzo’s comments? 🙂

Impaler Triumphant
Member
“Desperado na itong si Corona. Nagkakagulo ang pamahalaan dhil sa knya. Kung wla syang tnatago sa tao ipakta nya mga dokumento nya.” Yeah, sure, clean-conscience rhetoric na naman iyan. Pero uulitin ko na naman sa iyo na ang burden ng proof ay nakina-Tupas and the rest of the prosecution team. Isa pa, may karapatang magtago si Corona. He has the right to remain silent. As far as his rights are concerned, hindi na mahalaga kung nagkasala siya o hindi. Tupas and his team have ruined their opportunity to carry their burden of proof by using small ladies, flawed database searches,… Read more »
ici
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yes…more than the corona accounts and its balances (which isn’t really that much compared to, oh let’s say, any one of the prosecutors)…how they obtained these docs should be questioned. if it’s true that bank employees – out of patriotism said umali – shared them…then everything’s fair game?! as an ordinary citizen, i was so disturbed that i had to ask the bank manager i was talking to yesterday about this. i mean, i’ve been hearing things like kidnappers choosing their victims based on tips given by bank employees…so this is true then? i’m seriously considering pulling out the bulk… Read more »
Vincenzo B. Arellano
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Corrupt ksi si Corona lalo na sa mga decision nya pra kay Gloria at mrmi ang lumalaban s kwalang hyaAn nya.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Mas corrupt si Vincenzo dahil mahilig siyanh mambastos ng kapwa at marami ang sumusuporta sa kawalanghiyaan ng kasalukyang administrasyon.

Tama ako, ‘no? ANARCHY and CHAOS. It’s more fun in the Philippines. :p

Felipe
Guest

Grabe manira na etong sila AbNoy basta lang makuha nila Hacienda at lahat ng kapangyarihan sa gobyerno—Wala na sana talagang bumoto sa kahit na sinong kasapi sa Liberal party sa susunod na halalan. Pati lahat nga ng simbahan kinakaaway, puwera nalang yun ‘simbahan’ ng MILF, Abu-Sayyaf, at mga radical groups tulad ng kay Joma Sison na asawa ng kapatid ni De Lima..tsk..tsk

Anonymous
Guest

Mas corrupt ka vincenzo gunggong. Corrupt ka dahil nagbubulagbulagan ka sa mga kalokohan na ginagawa ng tito noy mo gunggong.

Impaler Triumphant
Member

Again: Proofs or it didn’t happen.

koi
Guest
as much as the senate is trying to be “fair”, their hands are tied. i am still wondering why no one is charged for contempt on the prosecution’s side based on their antics and demeanor on court. Rappler has no integrity, their mood meter sucks in which is you analyze the percentage of how moods are voted, you can say that only a dismal amount really votes on it, try hard as they may to agitate people against corona with their biased article. I try to watch the impeachment with a fair mind, but it is very easy to see… Read more »
Vincenzo B. Arellano
Guest

Its the defense that must be in contempt dhl dinedelay nila ang trial at ngakyat pa sa supreme court na homecourt ni Corona na ipatigil ang trial.

Anonymous
Guest

Pinapatigil na ang trial dahil walang patutunguhan ang kabobohan ng mga prosecutors. Hanggang ngayon wala silang napatunayan na kahit ano sa articles of impeachment. Di mo parin magets vincenzo? TALO NA ang prosecutors mo gunggong!

Impaler Triumphant
Member

Pareng Anonymous OT lang na tanong: Affiliated ka ba sa Anonymous, iyong hacktivist group?

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Nah, the prosecution is in conptempt because they’re showing nothing more thab hearsay evidence and their stupidity. Especially the fact that Tupas wanted the Senate to bend the rules for them.

karim
Guest
i accidentally switched the tuner to failon ngayon this morning and i confirmed ted failon has a bias view against the chief justice, yes it’s true that only highest officials can be removed from office tru impeachment, and we as ordinary individual are not impeachable. ted is trying to explain to the public that some senators cautioning the prosecution to be careful on the hypothetical accusation on cj coz what had happen to cj can also happen to [us]..ted questions that statement because it said that impeachment is for erring highest official only. well, i think ted failon missed the… Read more »
ici
Guest

@koi…agree. how come those in the prosecution with their underhanded ways not being cited for contempt.

cong. abagas taking a pic of the doc in court was such a cheap shot.

twoface
Guest

I know it’s against the law but don’t you have that feeling of wanting to see those bank accounts to know how much wealth Corona has? To just know the truth? If CJ Corona has nothing to hide, he would just grant permission to examine his accounts. But you won’t hear that coming from him. He really is very suspicious. In his peso accounts alone, he has millions.

auriga
Guest

Apparently you don’t realize the implications of violating said law.

“If CJ Corona has nothing to hide, he would just grant permission to examine his accounts.”

I also have nothing to hide. Does that mean anyone can do away with my privacy?

twoface
Guest

Hmmmm. Are you a chief justice who’s main responsibility is to bring justice and let the truth be known? Are you a government official in an impeachment trial?

ahehe
Guest

Banking secrecy law. No need for “credentialism”.

auriga
Guest

The law applies to all. If it doesn’t that’s what we call a double standard, and that’s not justice.

Impaler Triumphant
Member
I have a meme catchphrase for this: “One does not simply show their own bank accounts.” Yep, we still have to consider the bank secrecy law. You know why? Honestly, a black-hat hacker would see this impeachment as an opportunity to hack into CJ’s bank account and steal his money so that I could pay my dues. I would be really dogged to watch the presentations. And I can cover my tracks right after. Now a cookie to eat before going to sleep: what if this impeachment is for the Yellow Tards to find out about his bank accounts so… Read more »
Peste
Guest

You have something to hide. Your political views are not liked by the present dispensation. If your identity is revealed, you will be scrutinized in a very public and humiliating way.

twoface
Guest

Okay.

Well, my real name is Monique David. I’m 23 years old, single. I’m a supporter of the truth. My political views may be different and I’m flattered that you care. I have nothing to hide. I’m a Filipino citizen exercising my right to freedom of expression. You can scrutinize and humiliate me in public all you want but who cares? What else do you want to know? My number? Haha

Daido Katsumi
Guest

@twoface: Like they said, you’re missing the point.

In order to seek the ‘truth’, they will just break the rules. And that’s what Aquino and his minions are doing.

Felipe
Guest

@twoface

You can scrutinize and humiliate me in public all you want but who cares? What else do you want to know? My number?

Really?

I want to know your address, bank accounts, facebook account, everything, etc. and all their passwords. According to you, you have nothing to hide? So please post all information here—Remember, they should be all true—We also all want the truth!

karim
Guest
this cohorts of Yellow ass and Pnoy himself are getting impatient in the legal proceedings of the senate. it is very obvious how they utter words even without the permission of the court..their attitude problems betrayed their demonic intentions to control the 3 equal branches of the government, they disregard respect to their fellow and the senate.. how much the Cojuangco HLI paid their services? their mind are so murky and stinking , the are comparable to rabid dogs ready to inflict rabies on the society…if they succeed conviction the cj, they can easily set up a communist government. i… Read more »
twoface
Guest
Double standard. Actually, you’re already missing my point but let me just comment on this. How can I apply the law to you when you are not an impeachable officer? You are not even a gov’t official. Are you asked to produce a SALN? Privacy is something that you can waive. Especially in a case against your character in this magnitude. I’m willing to sacrifice my privacy as long as it clears my name. That is my point. I know it’s illegal for the bank to divulge information on foreign deposits. Okay? I know it’s also contempt of court to… Read more »
Felipe
Guest
Whether Corona agrees or not, the prosecution’s methods are still in violation of a person’s rights. You believe no one from the yellow army will abuse his records to fabricate more lies or harass his family, friends, or associates?—Or are you just willfully ignoring it? Your point is moot, since even a public official also has rights, especially against minions who’ve already proven to resort to dishonest means. Proven blatant liars & manipulators like the prosecution, and their supporters from Malacañang, are worse than merely victims of malicious publicity like Corona. Remove Corona there, and Malacañang would have proven that… Read more »
Peste
Guest

Will you allow your addresses and financial information to be revealed in public and broadcasted by the media?

Daido Katsumi
Guest

A totalitarian state is what you wanted: depriving your right to privacy and to clear your name. You have no idea that what happenned to Corona can also happen to you and me, thanks to this present adminitration.

‘On January 23, President Aquino is now ruling as a dictator, depriving everyone’s rights for the safety of this nation. And see why 2013 will be

…like 1984.’

karim
Guest
@twoface: your opinion is respected..but this case of cj is very delicate and very very complicated issue to handle..it can make or break the democratic institution of this country.. let me tell you a story when jesus went to the mountain to fast for 40 days and nights, one time in his meditation the devil tempted him, the devil said; if you are the son of god make this stone into bread..jesus did not let himself be tempted by the devil.. what if, jesus has turned the stone into bread?. what would be the result?.. well, simple…the devil has succeed… Read more »
Combuzz
Guest

@twoface If you have nothing to hide can you share with us your social security number, your mother’s maiden name, bank routing and account, pin number, Email address and password? This way we know that you are not doing anything illegal.

BenK
Editor
“Only he can grant permission to the bank to let the court examine his accounts. I’m not going to hope he would allow that. Because I know he wouldn’t.” That is an incredibly biased, asinine argument. —> Corona is being accused of impropriety, therefore he must prove he is not doing anything wrong. The burden of proof is on the accuser. If they are basing their accusation on evidence they cannot legally have, and therefore, do not know the details of (which Rep. Quimbo already admitted was the case), the accusation is baseless. Your entire reasoning is based on a… Read more »
twoface
Guest
To all who missed my point: I’m willing to waive my privacy to help me solve my case. It’s just an account balance! What harm can they do to that? How different is a peso account and a dollar account? PSBank already divulged information on his five accounts. The only reason why he can’t disclose the other five is because of the foreign deposits confidentiality law. That’s a criminal offense for Pascual if he does that. That’s the dilemma of the court right now. Since Corona is absolutely not going to let the truth be known, he would never grant… Read more »
Peste
Guest

Well do it then, I am now accusing you Monique David, 23 years old, of stealing 10 million pesos. You must hereby provide, by broadcasting public for public scrutiny, all your bank statements to show that you have no such amount in your possession. You must also provide for public scrutiny a list of your properties you have bought to show that you have not used 10 million pesos to purchase anything.

Failure to do that, I’ll declare you a thief and you must be imprisoned.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Nope, you’re still showing your stupidity everytime you’re posting.

We have a Bank Secrecy Law. If they’ll break it just to show all of Corona’s accounts (including his dollar accounts), many, including you, will have distrust on the banking system and the economy will collapse.

Oh yeah, keep on RISING THE FIRE.

Felipe
Guest

@twoface

I only have Php 1,089.34.

Anyone can just type any number. We need your bank account(s), and for confirmation purposes also those of your family and friends if possible. Also disclose your other online accounts including passwords, unless according to your “logic” or lack thereof, you are hiding something—PRONTO!

Please also provide information on your taxes for us to interpret “liberally.”

Lord Chimera
Guest
I’m sure you know that there is a real and solid banking privacy LAWS that is in effect in our society. In essence you want to break a LAW to gain JUSTICE which is uphold by our LAWS. If our so-called “truth and justice seekers” break one LAW just one what’s to stop them from breaking another LAW? This one thing you must understand any one who fights for righteousness(if that’s what you think that the prosecutors are doing)must not dirty themselves in seeking the truth. Otherwise their cause is tainted by their actions. “He who fights monsters should see… Read more »
Trosp
Guest

How about disclosing to us your identity so that we can discuss this matter in a more open environment.

polvi
Guest

are you saying let’s break the law because you’re curious about just how much money corona has? if you let this blatant disregard of the law fly one time, then i tell you, you’re setting a precedent for so many other impeachment cases to follow. after all, how many politiicians have much more undeclared wealth than corona? hey, why don’t we impeach a certain elected official just because he seems to have more many than he says he does, and let’s open his accounts to prove it.

ahehe
Guest

I’m waiting for the business community to pull out their money from Philippine banks. It’s more fun in… Hongkong.

Ilda
Admin

Nakakatawa naman itong comment mo. If they didn’t know he has ill-gotten wealth because they haven’t seen his bank account, then there really was no basis for the impeachment complaint.

ChinoF
Member

No, I don’t have that feeling, and I don’t care about how much Corona has. I just don’t want anyone with nasty interests peering into my bank records. If Corona doesn’t want his seen, I don’t want mine seen. And it’s against the law, so it’s better not to have that feeling. Peering into someone else’s bank accounts is one way to find a possible thing to blackmail them with.

ChinoF
Member

Just because you have nothing to hide doesn’t mean you have to reveal everything. Not everyone shares your willingness to reveal your bank account’s contents. And just because something is confidential or secret doesn’t mean it’s evil. Believing that everything kept secret is evil is a prejudiced and biased thought.

Felipe
Guest

@twoface

If CJ Corona has nothing to hide, he would just grant permission to examine his accounts. But you won’t hear that coming from him. He really is very suspicious.

If abNoy would simply follow the law and allow the distribution of Hacienda Luisita to the farmers who are anyway also its rightful owners (note: without legal maneuverings, tricks or manipulations), he would dispel so many doubts and in fact win converts. But you won’t hear that coming from him. He really is very suspicious.

kimiGo
Guest

More people will benefit from Hacienda Luisita than from Corona being removed from office.

Belinda Madrid
Guest
I am sure many will disagree with me but what I am seeing in the impeachment trial particularly today as they voted to allow banks to provide details on CJ Corona’s accounts made me sad. On the basis of an envelope handed by an anonymous “small lady” who I am realizing is not even a bank employee and does not have the guts to testify before the courts, the rights of an individual is being trampled over and his life and that of his family is destroyed. Nobody deserves to be destroyed publicly like this. I have been a banker… Read more »
twoface
Guest

I agree with you. It’s not Pascual’s fault at all. I firmly believe he is not in contempt of court. He is just caught between two laws. Subpoena and the foreign deposits confidentiality law. So the ball is in Corona’s hands. Is he or is he not going to permit the bank to examine his accounts? If I was CJ Corona and I’ve got nothing to hide then, I’d gladly bring my accounts to court. That way, the prosecutors and all who are in doubt would get a slap in the face.

twoface
Guest

Correction: Is he or is he not going to permit the COURT to examine his accounts?

karim
Guest

@twoface; the marching order for 188 congressman and the abs-cbn is to pin down cj corona at all cost that is why they chose impeachment court rather than ombudsman to bring the case of corona.. their dark intention is very obvious how these prosecutors present themselves in the impeachment proceedings..you said if you are corona, you would be gladly bring your accounts to the court??? no!!! they said corona have 45 properties where in truth it was not…now, how can you trust the government who issued a marching order to destroy you?. no way!

Sphynx
Guest
@twoface I’m really sorry but here is the thing. How can they actually have dared and accepted the filing of the impeachment case is beyond me. It’s like accussing you of murder in a court of law with no basis or evidence. I accuse twoface of murdering Ms. X on 02/xx/2012 12:00am. I have no evidence but I accuse him of such acts and he should face the full force of the law and prove his innocence by presenting evidence of his innocence. See this situation, the accusation with no evidence can prevail if we keep this up. If this… Read more »
Don
Guest

Hallo twoface.

When a banker is squeezed between 2 laws, he’ll go for one or the other and still be safe. But if prosecutors present as evidence something illegally gained, and they use it to browbeat people whose job includes keeping secrets, then it says much about the prosecution not the accused. If they can do that to a banker whose job is to keep the trust you reposed on him, they can do that to you (use your own honest work against you).

kimiGo
Guest
I agree with you..those people demanding for the disclosure of confidential information for the sake of knowing the truth does not really understand the implication of such act. The Banking Law is very clear. Secrecy laws are laid out as one of the foundation to protect financial institutions and banking economy. Breaking this foundation will weaken the banking system and will compromise the economy of the country. Is this what we want to happen for the sake of knowing the truth to serve the purpose of some politicians? I am not against the idea of seeking for truth and justice… Read more »
jay
Guest

lapdog drilon, noddy recto and big ear guingona are a disgrace to the law, the senate and the country.
traitors pure and simple who sell their vote for money. trailer trash and it shows.
they really are clowns and enrile should send tge littke boys to stand in the corner

SK
Guest

hay naku the point of the prosecution to dig deep into cj bank account is to make a presscon and say “O, sabi sa inyo madaming ill gotten wealth yan eh…” walang kadala dala, walang pinagkatandaan eh ang tatanda naman na nila…sana gawin na lang nila ang trabaho nila bilang mga hinalal ng taong bayan. naisip ko tuloy malamang nandaya tong mga to sa last election kaya walang utang na loob sa mga mamamayan…sorry to wish them ill pero sana pag lumindol ulet ng malakas sila na lang ang matabunan o kaya lamunin ng lupa! MAGTRABAHO NAMAN KAYO!

karim
Guest

i met sen. drilon during edsa dos, at mantrade mrt station north edsa. he is nice person and seemed a man of principle so i voted for him for senator.

now, i swear i will no longer vote this man. he is not a senator of the people, he is a senator of aquino and cojuangco. i regret voting him, he is color-blinded puppy of vengeance…he can never unite the people, i swear you will lose senatorial seat, i will earnestly pray for it…

roi
Guest

He knew that the elite would not approve of VP de Castro to take over if PGMA resigned or was toppled in 2005. He thought it could be his chance to be President being the third in rank as Senate President then. It was his ambition, not principle, that prompted him to withdraw support from PGMA in 2005.

ahehe
Guest

Pekeng documents. Correct account details. Hmmmmm. Explain explain.

roi
Guest

If Congress thinks that the Bank Secrecy Law on FOREX Deposits could be used as a means by crooks to hide ill-gotten wealth, then why did they pass it in the first place?????

In the Philippines, legislators are the first law violators.

jay
Guest

frank drilon’s performance gives p-noy a bigger orgasm than even kinky korean grace lee can manage

SK
Guest

Look what this impeachment circus is leading our country to…I can already imagine our economy nose diving to zero or worse baka mag negative pa in the coming months or years…tsk, tsk, tsk…

SK
Guest

SUPPORT CJ CORONA!!! BAWIIN ANG KALAYAAN MULA SA MAPAGLINLANG NA TAGA-MALACANANG!!!

ChinoF
Member

Willingness to reveal one’s own bank accounts is not really a sign of good intentions or honesty. On one hand, it can be seen a sign of arrogance, or on the other hand, it can be stupidity.

ChinoF
Member

Or, it can also mean a willingness to be strong-armed or bullied. Which the current regime most likely wants to do to the people.

Don
Guest

What’s even more retarded (reading from the online comments of Philstar and Inquirer) is the assumption of Pinoys that on top of having millions in the bank, if you have a foreign currency deposit, you probably have a lot of evil to hide.

Never mind that your money is the fruit of your own honest work and you live on the cheap to get there, what matters to Pinoys is that a cheap bastard with millions is a damn criminal. Balato mentality.

flax
Guest

yeah, what hypocrites Pinoys are regarding money matters

FallenAngel
Guest

It is absolutely disgusting how there are Pinoys who dress up their “inggit” and “pakialamero” habits as “in the name of justice, equality, and truth”, and also as, one of the most abused and misused phrases by Pinoys:

“Share your blessings”.

Phil Manila
Guest

I think the subpoenaed account numbers could be considered as ‘fruit of the poisonous tree’ (evidence acquired illegally).

More so if it came from a ‘duenda’ (small lady). Cheers!

Don
Guest

Subpoena’d and then presented as evidence is bordering ok, but if the account information was first acquired illegally and then used as evidence, that definitely is poisonous. Never mind that they were subpoena’d later.

Hyden Toro
Guest
We have to uphold the Bank Secrecy Law; to prevent Bank Runs in our Banking system…the prosecutors want to destroy, the Financial system of the country , that is now working…A Bank run is more dangerous, than a Tsunami…and the Aquino- Cojuangco families, are not aware of this… If a “Small Lady”, whom I suspect, as a ExtraTerrestrial Reticulean, comes to you, with documents of Corona’ “Bank Accounts. Will you trust that it is an authentic one? The “Small Lady” cannot be subjected to come to the Senate, to testify…She and her crew, already Zoomed, with their StarShip…to the Constellation… Read more »
twoface
Guest
I’m liking this very much. I especially like it when some of the people here resort to insults. Whatever. Recto said, if you are corrupt, get a dollar account. That way, nobody can touch it. Ahhh, Corona is so smart. I love it. Why would he have, not one but five dollar accounts anyway? He is in the Philippines. He is paid in peso. Cayetano, I think, requested the defense panel to consult Corona to grant permission to examine his accounts. I’m so excited by Corona’s response. See, nobody broke the bank secrecy law. Why look like an idiot and… Read more »
auriga
Guest

I was originally going to say more but I believe this is enough.

“Have you seen the drama on the balcony starring Renato Corona? He doesn’t have to cry. I mean, why would he want to stop the impeachment trial if he really is innocent? Is he losing confidence in Cuevas or he is getting tired of pretending to be innocent?”

Strong words from someone who isn’t being crucified by the media on a daily basis.

twoface
Guest

He is a public official. Note the word PUBLIC. It’s an occupational hazard.

auriga
Guest

Note the word CRUCIFY.

twoface
Guest

Note the words OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD.

auriga
Guest

There’s a difference between responsible, objective reporting and one that clearly aims to vilify someone.

Occupational hazard? Maybe. But that in no way justifies it. I find it disturbing that you can tolerate the vilification of someone who has yet to be proven guilty.

twoface
Guest

That’s part of the job, dear. You can’t expect everyone to like him. He voluntarily took the job and if dislikes the vilification of some people, might as well quit. That is something you can’t stop. Just like the people who vilify the president. Probably the only time you should be disturbed is when you only hear praises or only hear vilification.

Domingo Arong
Guest

two-face

Accused CJ Corona cried like an envious child upon hearing the news that accuser Tupas is being “praised” for building a P50 million house on a P20 million lot–while he is being publicly “vilified” and humiliated no end for having purloined much less and could only afford a mere penthouse to live in.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Still, point missed.

So you prefer TRIAL BY PUBLICITY than a fair trial? Please.

Corona took the job because it was the JBC who made that decision. Sorry, but that is the nature of politics here in the Philippines. And love it that way because the present Aquino government loves to demonize other people in order to hide their stupidity. Good thing that Corona is issuing a TRO to stop the impeachment trial because AbNoy and his minions will never stop villifying attacking him with hearsay evidence and blundered antics.

Just like the prosecution, you’re becoming idiotic each and every day.

Peste
Guest

Well, you see, my dear, if you won’t quit commenting here even if, in your own words, you’re receiving “insults,” why would Corona quit from all the insults? Maybe he’s “liking” it like you relish the flame wars in the internets.

Also, you haven’t proved that you didn’t steal P10 million. My accusation sticks–you’re a thief. That’s not an “insult,” darling, it’s a noble quest against corruption.

twoface
Guest

@Peste

Oohh. I’m not quite aware that there was an Internet war. From what I understand, this is a free space where people can voice out their opinion and have a HEALTHY discussion. And by the way, about your accusation, first get a lawyer, dear Peste. I dare you to file me a lawsuit. It could be that I stole the P10 million from the Casino Ocean 11-style. Talk that out with your lawyer first. Okay? Then, contact me so that I can see you in court.

Peste
Guest

What happened to the gung-ho I’ll-show-my-bank-accounts-to-prove-my-innocence attitude? Why would you suddenly want to go to court?

You are indeed two-faced. Don’t be coy about it, there’s no healthy discussion here, not with your double standard and lack of logic.

twoface
Guest

—-Why would you suddenly want to go to court?—-> Hahahahaha. Are you kidding me? Are you really asking me this question? Whew. Nice joke. Made me think for a minute there that you know nothing.

Oh, one more thing, and you are indeed a peste.

Peste
Guest

You wanted to go to court when you’re the one being accused because suddenly you realize that the law and the legal processes can provide you protection.

It’s my pleasure to live up to my name.

twoface
Guest

@Peste
Haaay. Okay. You’re smart. I get it.

Phil Manila
Guest

@ twoface,

‘Have you seen the drama on the balcony starring Renato Corona? He doesn’t have to cry.’

Paano siyang hindi iiyak, eh ang alam ni Mrs. Corona na pera niya yung naka-declare lang sa SALN.

Nahuli ni madame yung mga milyones. 🙂

kimiGo
Guest

There is no law that prevents an individual to have foreign currency accounts or not to have as many accounts he/she wishes to have.

twoface
Guest
@Daido Katsumi —-Just like the prosecution, you’re becoming idiotic each and every day.—-> I’ve got one word for you – Whatever. @Domingo Then, I suggest you file a complaint against Tupas. I’ll give you a tip on what to do first. Get a public lawyer or a private lawyer like Jimeno who can give you a pro bono. Corona took the job. Period. He always has options. He can refuse if he feels like it’s too much responsibility for him. It’s not just a mere penthouse, mind you. I’m sorry that he feels humiliated but like I said, that’s part… Read more »
Domingo Arong
Guest

Twoface, I will; but pro bono, a public lawyer? I can very well afford a panel of the best, if you will. But we’re talking dirty tricks here. And I remain open to several “options” along that line.

twoface
Guest
I didn’t mean anything by that. You may be able to afford the best but I’m just reminding you of your right to have a public lawyer if you feel like you want to sue Tupas. I respect your opinion about dirty tricks but we’re not on the same page. You can dig out all of the prosecutors’ past all you want. I don’t care. Because right now, CJ is on the hot seat. So, my eyes are on him. At first, I even doubted Jimeno for her change in perspective. But I realized that what she does is her… Read more »
Domingo Arong
Guest

@twoface, not “may,” I definitely “can” afford. But why would I waste my time digging the dirt in the prosecutors’ past. And you don’t have to lecture about the basic “rights” that inhere in the term “citizen.” Anyway, to “dig”–in the literal sense of “removing earth”–is, of course, one of the “options” available to citizens, the sovereign, enraged.

twoface
Guest

Like I said, we’re not on the same page.

Domingo Arong
Guest
@twoface, we’re actually on the same book of so many pages in the same way that the Jimeno you keep repeating is on another page of that same tome. So, you’re on the page of a higher level, and I’m on the basement way down below planning “dirty tricks.” But my deep concern of the current situation, @two face, is for an entirely different reason–a level higher than where you think you profess to be. For Pnoy’s dad was a good friend of mine. He personally appointed me at his Senate office to chair the Ninoy for President Movement in… Read more »
twoface
Guest

I’m impressed. I’m happy that your dedicated to our country. I just hope you respect my opinion as I respect yours. Our difference in opinion doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t support the same cause. By the way, what higher level are you talking about? A level higher than what I “profess” to be? And how does Renato Corona’s display of emotion in the balcony and Tupas’ 50M house fit in to this “level”?

Domingo Arong
Guest

My response certainly was not intended to impress, but to inform. And what I meant was, you professed (in the sense of “to affirm openly, declare or claim”) earlier to be “not on the same page” as I am in as regards the “dirty tricks” I was talking about; thus, my response. Again, please don’t lecture about free speech to an avid follower of the late Dr. Alexander Meiklejohn.

“Level,” you mean? To Tupas’ level of sanctimony, of course.

twoface
Guest
@Domingo You know what, if you feel like I’ve lectured you, I’m sorry. That’s not my intention. I understand you’re angry because you feel like Corona has been “humiliated to no end” and for you that is reason enough for him to cry. What I don’t understand is why is he humiliated? Is he humiliated because he has millions in his bank and that’s not wealthy enough for him? Is he humiliated because people might think he is poor? Or is he humiliated because they think he is rich? The verdict is not out yet. He is not proven to… Read more »
Domingo Arong
Guest
@twoface. Now why I would I get “angry” at CJ Corona’s “humiliation”? Did I write the word “angry” in my earlier posts? Read again! I seldom, if ever, use that word. Look, you just want to put words into my mouth to justify your lecturing once more, this time around (as a psychologist) about that emotion called “humiliation.” (“humiliated to no end,” is the line I wrote, which you purposely quoted, and if you think that’s ungrammatical with the prep. “to,” google!). You’re right, after all–“we’re not on the same page.” And if you want to show your grammarian skills,… Read more »
twoface
Guest

——Anyway, to “dig”–in the literal sense of “removing earth”–is, of course, one of the “options” available to citizens, the sovereign, enraged.——> You are indeed old. Isn’t enraged synonymous with angry? I didn’t question your grammar. I used the same grammatical structure didn’t I? “Praise him to no end”. Quite the same with “humiliated to no end”. Anyway, grammar is the least of my concern. What I find really interesting though is that you haven’t answered any of the questions I raised about Corona. You were instead giving information I didn’t ask.

Domingo Arong
Guest

@twoface
I’m even older than your lolo. But just woke up, Lolo needed rest. Questions to be answered? Reminds of my idol, Frank, crooning “The Impatient Years”–the young should be patient. Wait until the prosecution completes their presentation of evidence; after that, let’s all hear what the defense has to say to rebut the accusations.

twoface
Guest

Undoubtedly you are older than my lolo because he already died. I guess you weren’t reading my questions because it has nothing to do with the prosecution and the defense.

Domingo Arong
Guest

@twoface

Sincerely sorry to hear about the loss. may your Lolo rest in perfect peace. Your Lolo’s flight departed earlier, I’m just waiting for mine to be called anytime now.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Honestly speaking, the Supreme Court and the whole judiciary should stay away from politics. The prosecution panel are full of politicians and Corona is lucky because his defense panel are law experts.

The bigger picture is that Noynoy and his minions dragged the judiciary in the dirty political landscape. It seems that they want to control all 3 branches. That is their bad intention.

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