Today, May 29, 2012, the highest magistrate of the land, Chief Justice Renato C. Corona has been impeached, 44 days after his impeachment trial began. Most of the senator judges based their guilty judgement on the fact that the Supreme Court had precedent cases of dismissal from office of government employees who did not fully disclose their assets in the Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN), like that of a lowly clerk who failed to disclose the fact that she had a small store in her town market, among others. If this clerk was dismissed for that, why should there be a different standard for a chief justice? The message of the verdict to the Filipino people is that justice in this country is equal for all. But is it really? I am not a lawyer, so I will not even attempt to analyze this impeachment case. My late father was a lawyer and a municipal trial court judge...it is during times like this that I wish he was still alive because I wonder now, what he would say?
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