President Noynoy Aquino meddling in Corona impeachment trial

President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) released yet another disturbing statement when he voiced his disappointment over the Supreme Court’s decision to grant the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the Senate impeachment court order compelling PSbank to release records on foreign currency accounts allegedly belonging to impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona. Considering PNoy insisted that he took no part in the decision to impeach the Chief Justice, why does he feel the need to help the prosecution by meddling in the proceedings of the impeachment court?

House Minority Leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez could not help but notice that the President is throwing his weight around again and had “blatantly and carelessly displayed his gang-lord mentality.”

As usual, the President gave lame reasons behind his challenging Chief Justice Corona into disclosing the said account. He “dared Corona to voluntarily open his dollar accounts to scrutiny to prove he had nothing to hide.” But why should he? Even House Deputy Minority Leader and Zambales Rep. Milagros Magsaysay found it ridiculous that PNoy expects the Chief Justice to incriminate himself.

No one in his right mind will incriminate himself,” Magsaysay said.

“The burden of proof is with the accusers, and so far they have been bungling and messing up their cause.

“The President and his cohorts know deep in their hearts that the purported pieces of bank evidence against the chief justice were illegally acquired, and therefore are questionable, toxic documents with no probative value and that are inadmissible in court.”

What PNoy is asking is akin to saying, “I want to prove you are corrupt but you have to give me some evidence.” And as mentioned before, the presentation of Corona’s alleged dollar accounts and his existing peso accounts are not covered by the articles of impeachment. The impeachment court resolved earlier that the evidence for Article 2.4 would be disallowed. Article 2.4 pertains to the alleged “ill-gotten wealth” of the Chief Justice.

PNoy and his mouthpieces in the media also insinuated that Chief Justice Corona is hiding behind the law. Never mind that it was PSbank that sought the TRO from the Supreme Court. It seems that to PNoy, any move even by private institutions that appear to favor PNoy’s political enemies is seen as a desperate act of hiding the “truth”. Likewise, he implied that PSBank could be protecting people who are into money laundering and other criminal activities when he said that “laws protecting foreign currency accounts from undue scrutiny were not meant to protect criminals and their loot stashed as dollar deposits in the country’s banks.”

PNoy asked another head scratcher when he threw the question “Can persons who did something wrong place the proceeds of their crimes into a dollar account?” As if he is not even aware that some people are already doing that. I personally think that he should refrain from thinking aloud specially in front of the media because what comes out tends to show just how clueless he is. Obviously, some people are already using that loophole in the law. But one can’t assume that just because someone has a dollar account he or she is already hiding something. Speaking of dollar accounts, on Friday Malacañang refused to divulge PNoy’s dollar accounts. If PNoy doesn’t want to show his, how can he expect others to show theirs?

In trying to convince the public that issuing a TRO against the disclosure of the alleged dollar accounts was wrong, PNoy also mentioned that it could have an impact on the economy. His statement is another indication that his views about the economy seem quite limited. When he acknowledged that the law could encourage depositors, he should have already realized that it would be good for the economy.

The President of the Philippines should know that “the exemption of the foreign currency deposits from attachment, garnishment or any other order process of any court is to assure the development and speedy growth of the Foreign Currency Deposit System and the Offshore Banking System in the Philippines; another reason is to encourage the inflow of foreign currency deposits into the banking institutions thereby placing such institutions more in a position to properly channel the same to loans and investments in the Philippines, thus directly contributing to the economic development of the country.

Another point the chief executive tried to make was when he cited that in 1989, the Supreme Court decided to allow the disclosure of Greg Bartelli y Northcott’s dollar account in his trial for the rape of then 12 year-old Karen Salvacion. First of all, it is worth stressing that it was the Supreme Court, not an Impeachment Court, who decided to allow it; and second, PNoy conveniently forgot to mention that R.A. 6426 was held to be “inapplicable” to that case because of its “peculiar circumstances.” Here is the final transcript of the ruling:

R.A. 6426 are hereby held to be INAPPLICABLE to this case because of its peculiar circumstances. Respondents are hereby REQUIRED to COMPLY with the writ of execution issued in Civil Case No. 89-3214, Karen Salvacion, et al. vs. Greg Bartelli y Northcott, by Branch CXLIV, RTC Makati and to RELEASE to petitioners the dollar deposit of respondent Greg Bartelli y Northcott in such amount as would satisfy the judgment.

The reason why it was peculiar was because the suspect, an American tourist escaped from jail and after “hearing the testimony of Karen, the Court [believed] that it was undoubtedly a shocking and traumatic experience”, which required compensation.

Obviously, the decision of the Supreme Court in the Salvacion case in 1989 cannot be applied to the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Corona now because the latter hasn’t been found guilty or liable for any damages yet.

What’s disturbing in PNoy’s meddling is when he said that the “Palace was considering appealing the TRO on the basis the Supreme Court may not interfere in impeachment proceedings.” Again, the President’s minders need to remind him that he cannot interpret the law the way he wants to because the Supreme Court is the sole and final interpreter of the law. Otherwise, he is just confirming to the public the allegations that he is the main instigator in the bid to oust Chief Justice Corona.

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domo
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Uunahan na kita vincensus ignoramus. You make another stupid tito noy delusion, you’re once again an epic fail.

Anonymous
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@domo

Don’t worry, Vincenzo is always an epic fail and he will never win against us.

mamang sorbetero
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the obvious meddling of N/A only shows his desire to convict the CJ at all cost, there are now reports of malacanang offering 100M to senators to overturn the TRO… this is bothersome coz not only does he control congress but also attempting to do so with the senate, his desire to get rid of the CJ out of the SC sends a signal that nobody dare gets along his way, not even mindful of the separation of powers in the three branches of government!

Lord Chimera
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The king in Yellow is riding on a power trip thanks to his so-called crusade against corruption(which is not applicable to his minions)his reflected glory that comes from being the son of a popular hero(your mileage may vary)and and the fact that he thinks that he can fool the gullible(enlightenment however has shone on some of these guys. It seems that he feels the need to be in the forefront of this particular endeavor(could this stem from his lack of self-confidence? It is). Well and good, a leader is always in the front, but I must question the focus of… Read more »
Domingo Arong
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BenignO:

Justice Robert H. Jackson, concurring in Brown v. Allen (1953), phrased it this way:

“We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final.”

Der Fuhrer
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@Domingo Arong

The United States Constitution is not the Philippine Constitution of 1987. The former was framed for a U.S. setting while the latter was framed exclusively for the Philippines. Cite your American Jurisprudence in its entirety. Do not just quote a shortie. For all you failed to know… this jurisprudence may apply only to a single U.S. Case within its jurisdiction. Please avoid disinformation.

Trosp
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Just a rejoinder: According to Senator Miriam Santiago in the argument on Supreme Court’s TRO – “The Constitution provides that: “The Senate shall have the sole power to try and decide all cases of impeachment.” The phrase “sole power” means only that impeachment shall not be conducted by any other branch or agency. The phrase “to try and decide” means only that the Supreme Court cannot try or decide the impeachment case. Some people seem to be confused that judicial review of impeachment procedures is equivalent to judicial determination of the outcome. But this does not mean that the Supreme… Read more »
Trosp
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The idiocy of Guingona in the TRO issue: “MANIFESTATION OF SENATOR TG GUINGONA NOT TO UPHOLD TRO Mr. PRESIDENT: Tumayo po ako para iparating ang damdamin ng maraming mga kababayan antin na aking nakausap nitong nakaraang ilang araw. Biyernes pa lang po nang gabi, kalat na ang balita na naglabas ng Temporary Restraining Order ang Korte Suprema laban sa Senado na gumaganap ng tungkulin bilang isang Impeachment Court sa ilalim ng ating Konstitusyon. Gusto ko lang pong ipahayag ang damdamin ng mga kababayan natin matapos makarating sa kanila ang ganitong balita. Dalawa po, Ginoong Pangulo. Una, pangamba. Fear and worry.… Read more »
karim
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isa pa etong guingona na eto na magpapahamak sa kinabukasan ng bansa. dapat eto ay imbestigahan din, ako mismo magpapatunay na malaki ang KITA nito… sa LAKI ba nmn NG MATA nito weh! ano ba ang utak nito? idinamay pa tayo sa kanyang kabubuhan sa batas! masyado ka ng halata sir! wag mo kaming idamay sa sarili mong pananaw kc kahit malaki mata mo at malaki rin kita mo alam namin ang kahalagahan ng korte suprema na hindi kukunsintihin ang among abnoy sa ano man nyang kapritso kahit na maglulupasay pa sya sa lupain ng inari nilang HLI. doon mo… Read more »
FallenAngel
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The little boy is crying foul again because his playmates did not give him the toy that he wants. Tsk tsk.

When will he learn that “daang matuwid” is not supposed to be “my way or the highway”? Or that he should stop burning the house down just to catch the one that got away?

If we consider, in addition, what writer BenK wrote about Aquino essentially begging for foreign intervention regarding Corona’s accounts, then the country is headed even quicker into deeper doo-doo.

karim
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abnoy has his own way of interpreting the law…before he became a president he was at row 4 in congress seated there doing nothing but scratching his bald head consistently coz he cannot understand what his job is.

aj
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i am at a lost for words – kawawa talaga ang pilipinas. they put a stupid idiot as their president!

annaschell
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im second to that opinion. tsk tsk

Pedro Tukmol
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i dont totally agree – he is a stupid idiot with the mind of a moronic mediocre.

Aegis-Judex
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FLIPS!

Y U VOTE DUMB[CENSORED] AS PRESIDENT?!

(Rhetorical!)

roi
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Need we ask why Philippines remains poor while our neighbors have already overtaken us? My, even Vietnam and Indonesia are now more advanced!

In the final analysis, we just get the government that we deserve. We have put this upon ourselves.

Lord Chimera
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Well I didn’t, so it’s no burden on my conscience. Problem is that a lot of people were blinded by the glamor of him being the national hero’s son.

Jalaed
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Thanks for this wonderful article! Indeed it’s more fun in the Philippines as we have one”Angry Bird President”.

Jasmin Cubacub
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This is my first time to visit this site. I find the articles very true and fair. Congrats and keep it up!

mayg
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Is Lacierda really a lawyer? He told Mike Enriquez that up to now they haven’t received a copy of the TRO. Dios mio, they are not party to the case, yet they expect the court to furnish them a copy of the said TRO? It only proves that they are the architect of this impeachment circus which they have been denying from the very beginning.

Der Fuhrer
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The so-called straight (and wide) path leading to perdition. Is not bribery(P100M) graft and corruption?

http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120213hed1.html

Der Fuhrer
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The Housing Boom of selected members of Bow Well Movement 188…

http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120213hed5.html

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Ka Caesar
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All the while, PweNoy, proclaimed that he will not meddle in the affairs of the impeachment court, but does otherwise..

that’s a very good example of hi so-called “Daang Patuwad”..

He is a spoiled brat who throws tantrums every time things dont go his way..

bianco
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in 40 years, we see baby james in the same situation. Good luck to our children and grandchildren.

roi
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CHUWARIWARIWAP does it again. Could the Malacanang mouthpieces please explain what is their personality to make an appeal about the TRO? Last I checked, only PSBank and the Senate are involved. As far as I know, not even the prosecution can make an appeal to the SC.

roi
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The House, especially the Minority, SHOULD initiate an investigation on the Malacanang bribes claim of the defense. Former Sen. Tatad has publicly stated that some senators admitted to him that there was indeed such an attempt by Ochoa who would not do so without the blessing of Pnoy. Calling the congressmen. This is a serious issue as that is an IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE by the President. If that is not culpable violation of the constitution and betrayal of public trust, I do not know what is. I know, as what Sen. Santiago said, Filipinos are already having impeachment nausea. But that… Read more »
Hyden Toro
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Noynoy Aquino wants to interpret the law, on his own advantage…If Corona will show his dollar accounts…we require also the Senators who voted against the TRO, to show their dollar account…We expect the Hacienda Luisita Swine Tupas, and the other Swine, Drilon, to show their dollar accounts… It’s a Court show, that divert our attention to the spiraling downward economy…Prices of gasoline are now going up and up. Because of the Iran-U.S. conflict. Israel may go for the first strike against the Nuclear Facilities of Iran…Iran promised to block the Straight of Hormuz, the passage ways of Oil Tankers…so, we… Read more »
karim
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and the survey about the president popularity said he is still enjoying the approval of majority and malacanang was elated on it. but, sometimes when surveys does not favor Pnoy, they said, those were farced??? i wonder who finances this survey and where it is conducted? if it is conducted inside the premise of malacanang and congress, that is accurate! but if it is conducted in the streets or in public markets or in the offices of the private institution and factories, they will get the real sentiments of the people..and these biased newpapers and ABS-CBN will censored those real… Read more »
Becksean
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Pwede mag request? Pwede pakipalitan yung picture ni noynoy dito, nakakairita na eh, parang may sayad ang itsura niya dito, sa tuwing mapapanood ko sa mga interview puro kapilosopohan at pasaring ang mga sagot parehas sila ni jesse robredo lasy year na over exposed sa media, na ang mga sagot naman parang walang patutunguhan…para kang nakikinig sa kwento ng lasenggero sa kanto.

Lord Chimera
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No just leave it be. let be a reminder of what our president really is so that we don’t forget.

FallenAngel
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Changing the picture, unfortunately, won’t change the fact that Aquino is incompetent and/or stupid.

mdelacerna
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puro na lang sya satsat ng negatibo… magtrabaho naman siya bilang presidente.

mdelacerna
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when an administration is a failure, they blame others. sa mga speeches puro mensahe ng EDSA ang paunang salita. Ano nga ba ang nagawa nito sa ating mga kababayan. matagal na panahon na nangyari pero hindi mo maramdaman ang diwa. lagi na lang ang rehimeng Marcos ang sinisisi. dumaan na ang ina at ngayon ang anak naman… dapat may mga nangyari na na pag-unlad. ituwid mo noynoy ang sarili mong daan at huwag ka nang lumingon sa sinasabi mong lubaklubak na daan….

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