The political wind is entirely against Renato C. Corona

The Impeachment Trial of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona has dragged on for months— perceived by the public as boring and duller, sometimes frustrating, and infuriating. As the trial resumed after a few weeks hiatus, we are now entering the last chapter. Yesterday, the defense agreed to put the Chief Justice on the witness stand. And it now comes to a simple question: “How believable is Renato C. Corona on the witness stand?”

The Chief Justice has for the most part played the wounded, under sieged victim. The Chief Justice played on the card that he is attacked and victimized by an imperial President. And in so doing rallied his own fiefdom— the Courts to his favor.

This has not gained traction.

According to Pulse Asia, 47 percent of Filipinos think Renato C. Corona is guilty, with roughly the same percentages across socio-economic strata. Even more telling is Social Weather Station’s survey that 63 percent of Filipinos believe that Chief Justice Renato C. Corona has hidden wealth based on his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth.

To put it simply, the Chief Justice lost the public relations war, and he is fast losing the actual war.

The mid-term election is fast coming up. Half the Senate is up for reelection, and naturally the Impeachment Trial of Chief Justice Corona plays a major part in their reelection campaign. Appear in the very least to be unfair, and unjust and they would be voted out of office. That was the lesson of former President Estrada’s impeachment trial.

The winner of this political exercise is of course, President Aquino. A win translates to something he can report on his third state of the nation address. Just to name two, there is progress to be made in education with K+12 initiative— an Aquino campaign promise, and the impeachment of Renato C. Corona is a step towards winning his war on Corruption.

Where does this leave the defense?

The story in its entirety has to be told of course, and we are close to the end now. The Chief Justice has to take the stand in a last ditched effort to win. Renato C. Corona has to prove his innocence, not just to the Senator-Judges, but also to the people watching on television, listening on the radio and tweeting online. If the last six months is of any indication, then it is like climbing a very, very steep mountain. It isn’t entirely possible to do, just a super tall order to overcome. The political wind is entirely against Renato C. Corona.

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • UPnnGrd

    It must be sending the shivers down Corona spine when he heard that one of Pilipinas’ outstanding citizens — Harvey Keh — has evidence against him.    But what is with JP Enrile??  Harvey Keh is honorable and will  only speak truth,  what is this inquirer story:
    “…Keh, who claimed to have received alleged records of Corona’s bank transactions.
    Though he could not verify the documents, Keh submitted them to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who refused to touch them.

    Someone says there is along line at the Ombudsman Office of people who have stories and photocopies of items that they want the Ombudsman to — investigate then — bring to JP Enrile and the Senate court.

  • UPnnGrd

    The political winds really are against CJ Corona.

    And what will really do him in is if the Ombudsman were to testify before the Senate Court.

    Even worse will be when President Noynoy were to also testify before JP-Enrile and the other senators.  No “Executive Privilege”-thing for President Noynoy!!!!

    Just imagine what happens when PresiNoynoy reveals all the evidence that he has, and how he obtained the evidence.   PresiNoynoy can also counter any points-of-Law boladas from Cuevas  when Presinoynoy expounds on how Pilipinas law should be implemented.

  • Deayom

    the only way the filipino people will believe the chief justice is to open all his account (peso and dollar) and explain where did he get the money…

  • UPnnGrd

    hey…. 47% of Pinoys believe CJ Corona is guilty.   That is not even a majority… that 47% number will not win an election at all!!!!

    But 47% or 49.3% is irrelevant. Most important is that Presinoynoy has declared cJ Corna guilty, and therefore CJ Corona has to prove that he is innocent. That is 1987 Constitution according to Persinoynoy and Yellows, and as it has been so uttered, then it is the law of ‘der land. CJ Corona better negotiate for a fatter retirement package from Malkanyang and CJ should resign with the bonus before a verdict by the Senate is put to ink.