Church-based groups ask CJ Corona to open his dollar accounts

March 24, 2012 1:42 am 

MANILA, March 23 – A group of priests, seminarians and laymen and Catholic educators on Friday asked impeached Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona to open his dollar accounts.

In a letter sent to Corona's office, the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), a church-based and Jesuit-led organization, and the Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines (CEAP) also asked Corona to take a leave of absence and testify before the Senate impeachment court.

The letter was signed and personally delivered by Rev. Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J., the Rector of the Loyola House of Studies; SLB director Mark Lopez, and Butch Evarola, the CEAP advocacy officer, among others.

They were accompanied by student council leaders from the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of the Philippines, University of the East, Philippine Normal University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa.

The groups said that Corona should "make good his word and set his pronouncements into actions."

They also called on Corona to take a voluntary leave of absence until such time that the impeachment trial is completed and a decision is rendered by the impeachment court.

"We believe your continued presence in and influence upon the Supreme Court, which makes various decisions in relation to your own trial, will result in a process that cannot be deemed fair nor credible," the groups said in their letter.

According to them, on several occasions and before the media, Corona made public his desire to face the impeachment court.

"We ask that you make good on your word and set your pronouncements into action, so that you can finally make your manifestations under oath," the groups said. (PNA)

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