|Jonathan De la Cruz|
By the time this piece sees print we will already know whether Chief Justice (CJ) Renato Corona stays in his post or gets the boot. Judging from the public reaction immediately after the oral arguments and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s questioning last Monday it is clear that the nation is almost evenly divided on the court’s possible verdict.
This five month old trial with all the side issues and 24/7 commentaries, in and out of the court, has become such a divisive issue that healing the wounds will definitely be a priority concern whatever the result will be.
Which is why we reiterate the almost unanimous call of an exasperated nation for all our public officials, especially those who skewered Corona no end to face up to his challenge: Sign a waiver to open their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALns) to full scrutiny to include, among others, a clear listing of all their real property assets and their bank accounts. As Corona himself advised, this unconditional signing of the waiver initially by the parties in this impeachment trial and, later, by all other public servants should culminate in a revision of the SALn rules to clearly state what the requirements of disclosure and accountability will go a long way in bringing our people together into the light of transparency and accountability. By this effort, such will no longer just empty slogans and political gestures but real and responsible performance of their oaths as public servants..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune