The impeachment of the Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona reflects on what is the weakness of our judicial system of our country and also the weakness of our political system where the politicians tends to interfere the affairs of the Judicial branch of our government just to have a certain ruling of a case in favor of theirs.
The timing of the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona was very mysterious because it was happened after the Supreme Court’s ruling (unanimous among the justices) to distribute the land of the Hacienda Luisita, the jewel and symbol of the Cojuangco family on which the current president, Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino, III belonged though her mother, former president, Corazon “Cory” Cojuangco-Aquino.
The impeachment of the Chief Justice has political and personal reasons. For political reasons was that the Chief Justice is the stumbling barrier of the Anti-Corruption initiatives of the current administration of Noynoy Aquino according to Noynoy and also according to Noynoy, political enemies of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (the predecessor of the current president), and common people that Chief Justice Renato Corona was appointed (after the mandatory retirement of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, the predecessor) during the election period ban of appointing people for executive offices which in reality, the appointee was not for executive offices but for judicial once which was never covered with the ban. For political reasons was that shortly after Noynoy Aquino was elected, he pledged not to take oath to office with the Chief Justice and even he prefers to take oath of office to a barangay captain than to the Chief Justice (the president takes his oath to office with the then-Associate Justice Cochita Carpio-Morales on June 30, 2010 with the presence of Chief Justice Renato Corona during the inauguration). As the Supreme Court at that time when Noynoy Aquino takes the presidency were appointed by his predecessor, it is a big threat to personal interest of his mother’s family in the Hacienda Luisita where the case between the Cojuangco family and the farmers is appealed at the Supreme Court on what should be to be distributed to the farmers, the share of stocks or the land they strive for many years.
This political and personal reasons led to the impeachment of Renato Corona last December 2011 with the 188 Congressman signed the impeachment complain (with the orders of Noynoy Aquino probably) after Noynoy Aquino attacks the judicial system at the presence of the Chief Justice during National Criminal Justice summit at the Manila Hotel on December 7, 2011.
In January 2012, the Senate acts as the impeachment court against CJ Renato Corona. With the progress of the impeachment trial, we saw that most of the evidences to convict CJ Renato Corona is insufficient, invalid, or even fabricated just to malign not the Chief Justice but also his family. The prosecution team also violates many rules and procedures during the trial and also tried to defy the Republic Act 6426 or the Foreign Currency Deposits Act which prohibits any individuals to divulge foreign currency accounts without the permission of the owner of that account.
—to be continued—