What’s the diff?

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.

Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • I agree, in Pilipino there really is no difference. I don’t even know why we bother having rules of evidence, court procedures, impeachment process, prosecution, defense and all these mumbo jumbo rules. I mean come on, this is the Philippines right? 

    • Anonymous

       The big difference this time is the WHO.  The PrimeMover to impeach CJ Corona is none other than Persidente Noynoy.  Presidente Noynoy is not only President — he is extra-special because he is a child of a former president.   So when such a president declares he knows who is guilty,  then slam-dunk  everyone knows history.