Ano ba talaga?

As of this writing Corona has produced five witnesses. His first witness testified on the provenance of the impeachment complaint, a topic that the Impeachment Court ruled off-limits two months ago. All of Monday and long minutes of Tuesday were wasted as the Senate tolerated his bellyaching over the late release of his pork barrel. Why did the Impeachment Court put up with him? Because senators are politicians and the witness is the kingpin of a vote-rich congressional district.

The next witness was a woman from the Supreme Court. She produced documents regarding Corona’s salaries and allowances. Two other witnesses, one from the Senate Electoral Tribunal and the other from the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, testified on Corona’s allowances. What for? According to Corona’s chief counsel they were called to clarify issues regarding the source of Corona’s wealth. But a senator pointed out that there was no need to explain the source of Corona’s wealth since the Senate already granted Corona’s motion to drop all references to it. That’s four defense witnesses speaking on matters that are irrelevant and immaterial. Ano ba talaga?

The first defense witness to address the allegation that Corona mis-declared his SALNs explained why a property in Marikina that was in Mrs. Corona name belonged to him. He said he bought the property from Mrs. Corona 20 years ago but never got around to putting it in his name. He presented a deed of sale as proof of ownership. So a deed of sale is better proof of ownership than title to a property? Now comes Corona’s non-disclosure of a condominium unit in Makati. He said he did not own it despite a deed of sale and a title to the unit because he had not taken possession of it yet. Ano ba talaga?

Corona keeps repeating, “When I submitted myself to the Senate from the start, I trusted our senators that they will do their duty responsibly. Whatever verdict they will have, I will accept it.” But last February Corona petitioned the Supreme Court to stop the trial because the Impeachment Court acted “with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction.” Ano ba talaga?

Corona claims he is not hiding his dollar accounts and will produce them in due time. But he petitioned the Supreme Court to prohibit the opening of his dollar accounts. Ano ba talaga?

Corona said he closed his multimillion peso account with PSBank on the day he was impeached because he lost his trust in the bank. But he opened a new account in the same bank with the money from his closed account. Ano ba talaga?

Corona pointed to money from a family firm he claimed his wife owned to explain how he was able to buy high-end condos and maintain several hefty peso and dollar bank accounts. And then Ana Basa and Sister Flory Basa raised questions about Mrs. Corona’s ownership of the family firm. Now Corona says any mention of the family firm is irrelevant to the impeachment. Ano ba talaga?

Corona says he will personally explain everything before the Impeachment Court. But he also says he will do so only if his lawyers allow him to testify. Ano ba talaga?

The truth is everybody already knows the truth and everybody knows what needs to be done. The problem is the doing will be done by 23 politicians, some of whom you would not trust with your pet cobra.

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.

  • baycas

    KEY PHRASES, for Article 2:

    – Chief Justice with more than adequate credentials and qualifications

    – inexcusable negligence of duty
    – betrayal of public trust

    – deliberate attempt to conceal assets
    – culpable violation of the Consitution

    —–

    This is our quest
    Don’t care how’t may sound

    No matter how hopeless
    Pro-CJ senators abound

    To fight for the right, without question or pause
    To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause

    And we know if we’ll only be true, to this glorious quest
    That our hearts will lie peaceful and calm, when we’re laid to our rest

    And the world will be better for this:

    That one man, who gave us a runaround
    Be dismissed from his unrightful office

    To reach…an IMPEACHABLE ground….

  • Anonymous

    So Cuevas is presenting witnesses to matters the Senate Court says “… no need na,  hindi na kailangang pag-usapan ito!!”.   Siguro,  Cuevas is also playing to that  other court which at para asarin si deQuiros who has been repeatedly making the call to TARA NA!!! for spontaneously organized HAKOT to SURGE-the-GATES of the Senate to make sure that Corona gets fired!!!!

    But …The truth is everybody already knows the truth and everybody knows what needs to be done. The problem is the doing will be done by 23 politicians, some of whom you would not trust with your pet cobra. so de Quiros makes sense. Surge-the-gates na!!! People-Power time yehhh-bahhh!!! Sabi din Ni Persi-Noynoy, people-power na, huwag kakalimutan ang EDSA Unos. At EDSA Dos.