Cotabato folks laud impeachment court, agree to its decision on Corona

May 29, 2012 10:38 pm 

By Edwin O. Fernandez

COTABATO CITY, May 29 — Ordinary residents here have lauded the Senate impeachment court and the comments of majority of the senator-judges in impeaching Chief Justice Renato Corona for failing to properly declare his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN).

Residents, mostly men and women on the street, said the prosecution was right in raising the issue of Corona's SALN.

A random and unofficial survey here showed residents were satisfied with the impeachment court's performance and had seen Corona's conviction coming.

"At least we have witnesses that in this country there is no holy cow," Alexander Serrano, a law student, said after the trial.

Jeepney driver Celestino Villanueva, 40, who was glued to the trial while doing his regular trip, said he lauded Corona for opening his dollar accounts for scrutiny.

"But it was too late, had he declared it in his net worth, the public would not have known he has this huge dollar accounts because it will remain in his SALN records only," he explained.

"What is my learning here is that there must be a law which clearly states that dollar accounts of Filipino citizens should be declared because the law now only says for foreign investors which Corona insisted as his basis for not declaring his dollar accounts," businessman Rico Utap said.

"I believed in the statement of Senator Allan Peter Cayetano…why complicate the simple non-declaration of peso and dollar accounts in Corona's SALN," he said.

Passenger jeepneys, buses, houses and even department stores have their radios on for everybody to listen.

Employees spent few more minutes after 5 p.m. in the offices to wind up the trial and only left when Senator-Judge and Presiding Officer Juan Ponce Enrile officially declared his own guilty verdict against the Chief Justice. (PNA) DCT/LAM/NYP/EOF

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