‘Double standard’ ni CJ Corona inupakan
HINDI nagustuhan ni Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan ang ipinaiiral na “double standard” ni Chief Justice Renato Corona sa pagpayag na maging testigo ang opisyal ng Supreme Court matapos ang testimonya ni Araceli Bayuga, ang chief judicial staff ng Cash and Financial Management Division ng korte.
Ayon kay Pangilinan, lubhang nakapanghihinala nang payagan ni Corona na tumestigo si Bayuga sa kanyang depensa ngunit tinabla naman ng Supreme Court ang kahilingan ng impeachment court na patestiguhin ang driver, security guard at process server ng Korte.
“We now have an issue where the Supreme Court, whose Chief Justice is on trial in the impeachment court, can decide who can or cannot appear in the proceedings. Araceli Bayuga, an employee of the SC, was allowed to testify in defense of the Chief Justice, yet the driver, process server and security guard subpoenaed have not been allowed to appear,” ayon kay Pangilinan.
Sinabi ni Pangilinan na dapat igiit ng impeachment court ang kapangyarihan nito na ilantad ang katotohanan at hindi dapat payagan kahit ang Supreme Court na pigilan na gawin ng Senado ang tungkulin.
“This impeachment court must assert its authority in uncovering the truth, and it should not allow even the SC to stop it from performing its function, and it should not be prevented from fulfilling its constitutional duty. In the United States, the impeachment court can subpoena even the sitting President. Sadly, in our case, we are unable to subpoena a driver, a security guard because the Supreme Courts says we cannot do so,” paliwanag ng senador.