Corona’s unconditional waiver a positive dev’t
MIGRANTS group said that Chief Justice Renato Corona’s signing of an unconditional waiver to open his dollar accounts is a positive development not only in the impeachment trial but for the bigger fight against corruption and plunder.
“While Corona’s initial challenge to sign a conditional waiver may have been done for his own expediency, he had, wittingly or unwittingly, voiced out the sentiments of the Filipino public. With or without an impeachment trial, all 188 + 1 congressmen, Cabinet members and especially the President, would do well to sign their respective waivers and in effect lead the crusade for truth and accountability in government,” Migrante International said.
At this point, it is not only Corona who is on trial but the present political and economic system that he, the Aquinos and Arroyos all represent, the group said.
The group said “Aquino himself promised to sign a waiver to disclose his bank accounts during his presidential bid in 2010. He himself recognized public clamor for transparency in government and capitalized on that very same clamor to advance his candidacy. Sadly, we have yet to see his administration’s sincerity and political will in enforcing the so-called ‘tuwid na daan’.”
Migrante lamented that to this day, former Pres. Arroyo and her family have not been punished for any crime. The impeachment process which initially gained the support of the people for its promise of holding Arroyo accountable for her sins had very clearly turned into a Malacanang-directed telenovela mainly for the Aquino-Cojuangcos’ political payback. Now, as the impeachment trial comes to a close, Arroyo, with the help of Aquino’s spin doctors and allies, has conveniently concealed herself from the limelight – and with her numerous unresolved cases of plunder, human rights violations and fraud.
The group asserted its position that, with or without the impeachment trial, Aquino has had many chances of prosecuting and punishing Arroyo but had failed to do so to this very day.
Migrante International called on all overseas Filipinos and their families to remain vigilant and carry on with the fight for truth and accountability in government.
“Whatever the outcome of the Corona impeach trial, we stand firm in our resolve to demand immediate action from the Aquino government in holding Arroyo accountable for all her crimes against the Filipino people. Moreover, we condemn the Aquino government for using the impeachment trial as a tactic to forward his selfish interests at the expense of truth and accountability,” the group said.