Lets us be directly blunt about it. It is all about the impeachement case of the Chief Justice, Renato J. Corona, a man who blocked Pres. Aquino’s plan to investigate and prosecute his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo whose regime was tainted by various scandals: the Hello Garci scandal (cheating in 2004 elections), NBN/ZTE scandal, 2007 bribes (payola) to congressmen and governors,fertilizer scam (to the tune of P725+ Million!!! ), Jose Pidal bank accounts(involving the First Gentleman), North Rail project and others.
The reason for Renato Corona's court blocking ,in the form of TRO, the anti-corruption drive in the form of a Truth Commision was that the campaign was targeted specifically against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and not against other past presidents, in the guise of “equal protection under the Law”!
Flying against the face of this flimsy excuse of “justice” is the fact that Corona was a midnight appointee by the previous president, an act interpreted by critics as a safety mechanism for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, to use the Supreme court as a last refuge against potential charges and borne out by subsequent events, in the issuance of speedy TROs against government agencies actions. It is just a tit-for-tat that the allies of the president did a lightning quick impeachment proceeding in the House of Representatives.
The sad thing is that Corona equates himself with the Supreme Court, which he is not! Now that he is impeached (but not convicted), several astounding information abut the man at the helm of the Supreme Court has come out:
- He (Corona) has embellished his academic records in the Supreme Court website,
- Corona has obtained properties whose total assessed values is incommensurate with his government salary.
- Corona has dollar accounts (not a crime) under his name, but has "forgotten" to declare them in his SALN. The Ombudsman, whom Corona has shown “no love lost”, is preparing a possible second impeachment case, this time with the aid of other government agencies such as AMLAC.