As more and more evidence piles up regarding the veracity of impeached Chief Justice Corona’s SALN, his chief defense counsel, ex-Assoc. Justice Serafin Cuevas, proposed a way out of the pickle:
- To us, it’s our humble opinion your honor that if there may have been discrepancies, inaccuracies, incompleteness…(in his SALNs) these can be remedied after a review of the SALN is made. If it’s not intentional your honor, no criminal liability nor administrative liability is incurred by the filing official. The law of the matter is very clear.
In English there is a subtle difference between remedied and doctored. In Pilipino there is no difference. Niremedyohan and dinoktor mean the same thing.
And if one will have us focus on what was going on in the recesses of Corona’s mind, then repetition and his extensive experience in the matter of assets and liabilities is the “tell”, the flashlight in that dark cave called intent.