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.
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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