Friday, June 1, 2012

An injustice in the impeachment of the Chief Justice


Corona may get separation pay, benefits

After impeaching Corona of betrayal of public trust due to non-disclosure of his 4.2 million US dollars and 80+Million peso accounts, the notice of conviction included the following:

“Wherefore, in accordance with Article XI Section 3 (7) of the Constitution, the penalty of removal from office and disqualification to hold any office under the Republic of the Philippines is hereby imposed upon respondent Chief Justice Renato C. Corona,” the decision read.

We read that the conviction results in the removal of office and disqualification to hold a future govt office. But wait! Some people are now claiming that there Corona is entitled to separation and retirement and other benefits since it is not explicitly stated.

We protest this "humanitarian" treatment of Corona. Really his retirement and separation benefits should be witheld! We now see that some Pinoys, like the Majority House Leader in position,like Neptali Gonzales II and
Senator/Judge Francis Escudero those whose opinions may count, do not see the possible injustice done to a dismissed lowly court-interpreter Delsa Flores who was deprived of benefits.

Conclusion: Only the convicted rich gets their separation benefits, while any poor convicted employee is deprived of his/her benefits.

Justice be dammed in the Philippines if Corona gets to enjoy his separation and retirement benefits!

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