Source:IBP president: Corona should quit if....
Roan Libarios, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, told Rappler that Corona will "lose his moral ascendancy" if he does not submit to cross-examination.
One nitpick is on the "moral ascendancy" part. There was no genuine display of such by the CJ in the impeachment trial. He let the defense panel work without much feedback on his part. Our bigger nitpick is on his condition, that Corona should appear today. Really we wanted an earlier statement from the IBP that Corona should resign, in fact earlier, even before his amazing appearance as a defense witness in the Senate yesterday, May 22, 2012.
Why? The IBP is a body of lawyers, recognized by the Supreme Court. It should of course not be political, but we fear it has been politicalised by the Chief Justice who was instrumental in installing Libarios as IBP head. (Is there now an IBP governor for Western Visayas region?)
Really, Roan Libarios should resign from the IBP too, NOT waiting for his patron Renato Corona to resign from the Supreme Court.
And we hope that "Utang na loob" and political machinations will be a thing of the past regarding the Supreme Court and the IBP.
We believe that one by one, supporters of the Chief Justice will be abandoning him one by one. We do not dwell on who are they.We should be generous to those who have seen the light at the end of the tunnel, those who truly repented.