SO much for mopping the judiciary clean of corruption with ex-Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali has expressed disappointment over the alleged presence of “bribeable” justices in the Court of Appeal (CA), especially since he thought that Congress already made an “example” out of Corona.
“Ang akala po namin, noong na-impeach po si Chief Justice Corona, we have sent a strong signal that there has got to be a stop to judicial notoriety,” the politiko told House reporters.
It can be recalled that Corona was impeached by the House of Representatives (HOR) in 2011.
The ex-SC official was accused of consistently ruling with partiality to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in cases involving her administration and of failing to disclose his statement of assets as required by the Constitution.
Umali, an advocate of judicial reform, expressed dismay that corrupt magistrates like the ones from the CA as per the claims of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV have yet to learn their lesson.
“I think why Filipinos in this country remains unruly, hindi tayo disiplinado, is because of yung mga ganitong issues. How can we ever get the people to follow the rule when the rule is bastardized by the issues na mga ganito, mga TROs for sale and so on and so forth,” he said.
On Monday, Trillanes identified CA Sixth Division Justices Jose Reyes Jr. and Francisco Acosta as receivers of a P25-million bribe from the Binay camp in exchange for blocking the suspension order issued against Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.
“Kaya walang natatakot e. Kasi alam nila makakalusot sila. Kung sino man yung mga violators, they know that they can get away with it. And for which reason, nobody follows the law,” ranted the congressman.
Still, Umali insisted that Trillanes show proof of his allegations. (Randy K. Ortega)