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Corona has gone political, should run for president: Cebu judge

The root of the PNoy-Corona crisis. (Graphics came from 'The Unofficial Arroyo Memoirs')

By Emmanuel Nacorda Mongaya (journalist & blogger)

JUDGE Meindrado Paredes of Cebu expected Chief Justice Renato Corona to focus on legal issues as a Supreme Court justice should when he spoke before black-clad supporters in Manila. But the RTC Branch 13 judge expressed disappointment when Corona went political.

“He should run for president,” Judge Paredes said when interviewed live by GMA 7 early this morning.

Bombarded with early television footage of the chief justice lambasting President Noynoy Aquino for allegedly forcing the impeachment so he can appoint his own magistrate and create a dictatorship before hundreds of court employees, I thought all court officials and employees have gone all out in support for their Crown chief.

Then the maverick judge, who was a political detainee during the early martial law years and Cebu’s leading human rights lawyer at the height of the Marcos dictatorship, appeared on the television screen criticizing the chief justice for his political statements.

Judge Paredes likewise saw no “road to dictatorship” in the impeachment of Chief Justice Corona. Contrary to the contention of the Chief Justice, the judge from Cebu explained that “impeachment is a cleansing process.”

He explained that impeachment is a democratic process to remove an SC justice who in turn can answer the charges against him before the senator-judges. “Let the process work,” he said.

Besides, the impeachment complaint and trial focused on Corona and not the whole justice system, he said.

Gloria Arroyo and Renato Corona

Image by Piercing Pens via Flickr

Observers here in the Visayas and Mindanao closely monitoring what is developing in Metro Manila know very well that the moves against Corona stemmed from his perceived partiality towards former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Admitting that most of his colleagues in Cebu supported the chief justice, Paredes nevertheless revealed that some 46 judges supported “impeachment” so the beleaguered Corona could answer the charges hurled against him at the proper court.

Yesterday, Judge Paredes said they received text messages from the office of the court administrator in Manila regarding the court holiday contrary to Supreme Court spokesman and court administrator Midas Marquez statement that he issued no such order. Nevertheless, when Paredes found out that litigants and their lawyers were present at his sala, he proceeded to conduct hearings.

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About anol_cebu

As chief digital officer of PRworks Inc., Emmanuel Mongaya manages the digital communications of the public relations agency. He also blogs, writes columns for Sun.Star Cebu and Superbalita, and serves as administrator for “Maghisgot Kitag Politika Bay,” Cebu’s dynamic political community in Facebook.


14 thoughts on “Corona has gone political, should run for president: Cebu judge

  1. Corona and his cohorts want to convince the public that the impeachment is an attack on the whole judiciary. This is far from the truth. One that continues to be a tuta of the corrupt former president is not a champion for the independence of the judiciary. He is the supreme liability of our justice system.

    Posted by Politika 2013 Watcher | December 15, 2011, 7:53 pm
  2. Salute to Judge Paredes. He got some balls. He doesn’t make “sipsip” unlike the others. The good judge is right. This is all just about Corona.
    Let’s put it this way: Corona, perceived as a close alalay of GMA, the appointing power, was in effect a “dubious character” of a choice to such a sensitive position. Then the timing of the appointment was questioned as midnight appointment and illegal.
    So, he was a “dubious character” installed under doubtful circumstance. Can we blame ourselves if we became suspicious?
    Then, Corona’s subsequent actuations (19-0 decisions in favor of his boss) turned our suspicion into dire distrust and finally to desperate disbelief. The confirmation of our misgivings was too much. We, the masses, could no longer entrust judicial matters to lawyers and magistrates. Vox populi or public opinion must have to step in. Now, how come Corona calls it dictatorship? I thought it’s called democracy. This is supposed to be the very foundation of democracy, acknowledged and manifested in the constitution when it says the power of government emanates from the people.
    Simply, impeachment is a constitutional mechanism designed to enable the people to check the highest officials of the land. Impeachment is people speaking through their elected representatives. Nothing wrong, even, if there were congressmen who signed the impeachment complaint without reading it. That was political reflex in action. They automatically heeded the outcry of their respective constituents. Anyway, theirs was merely to indicate or put the will of the people on testament. It would be up to the Senate if the will of the people would be found just and justified.

    Posted by masangnagmamanok | December 15, 2011, 12:33 pm


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