Sorsogueños take pride for Chiz, Gringgo verdicts

May 29, 2012 10:38 pm 

By Danny O. Calleja

SORSOGON CITY, May 29 – For thousands of Sorsogueños who attentively watched over televisions how impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona was judged by the impeachment court Tuesday afternoon, the pride was theirs for having two senator-judges who voted for conviction as their own.

They were referring to Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Gregorio “Gringgo” Honasan who are both Sorsogueños.

Escudero hails from Casiguran, Sorsogon and Honasan is from the town of Bulan.

Both voted for the conviction of Corona in Article II of the Articles of Impeachment that in a 20-3 vote found the chief justice guilty of dishonesty and culpable violation of the Constitution for inaccurately declaring his worth in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) involving millions worth of dollar and peso bank deposits and real estate properties.

“Iyan ang mga senador na sariling atin. Maipagmamalaki at karapat-dapat na papurihan (They are our very own senators. We are proud of them as they deserve the praises)”, tricycle driver William Paje of this provincial capital said as he emerged from a crowd who watch on TV the Senate proceedings at a terminal cafeteria.

Not one among those men on the street here asked for comment by the PNA on the verdict had expressed opposition to the conviction. Not one even expected nor wished for an acquittal.

Rodel Lacay, a 26-year old insurance underwriter said “tama ang 20 senador na humatol na may kasalanan si Corona at dapat nang tanggalan sa puwesto (the 20 senators who decided that Corona was guilty and should be removed from his post were correct)”.

Roland Areola, a councilor of Barangay Pangpang here said at least justice was served for the Filipino people who were “cheated” by Corona when he hid his real assets contrary to the provision of the law that as a government official should be declared in his SALN.

Areola’s fellow barangay councilor Bert Balde ,who also works as a local radio reporter, agreed and extended his appreciation to Senators Escudero and Honasan for showing that Sorsogueños are already politically matured.

“We Sorsogueños who condemn irregularities and immorality in government deserve Chiz and Gringgo as our provincemate. They are brilliant lawmakers and outstanding decision-makers,” Balde added.

A restaurant at the downtown here looked like a cockpit arena during the Senate promulgation as known local gamblers mostly cock fighting aficionados gathered to watch on TV the proceedings with bets put on how the decision would come out.

No one would placed a bet on acquittal even as some have offered a “double-your-money” chance for those who would take bets in favor of Corona. The betting were on the number of votes for the conviction and Betoy Novela said he won about P10,000 for placing bets on the 20-3.

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla’s vote was the most applauded as it sealed the victory of the prosecution for being the 16th vote for conviction.

Senator Joker Arroyo’s vote for acquittal was the most that earned disapproval from the crowd. “Joker lost our sympathy and approval as his fellow Bicolano for his vote,” Novela said. RMA/DOC/cbd

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