Thoughts on the Corona Impeachment Trial

I never liked Chief Justice Corona. I always thought that it was highly inappropriate for a Chief Justice to act like a ruddy politician. He is the judge of all judges and should therefore act like one. But he never did act like peak of morality, did he? He embraced the media plus, he was one of them “midnight appointees.” Surely, everybody knows that a person who does not choose to take the high road is unfit for the position of Chief Justice? When the supposedly most righteous, most virtuous man in the country is corrupt, you have got to think twice.

And when the man got impeached, most of the Filipinos rejoiced. Netizens tweeted away, exclaiming how it was a victory for our country. But is it really? Is it really a victory? I don’t know much about politics because I’m as shallow as a rain-formed pond, but is it normal for a 19-year-old to have witnessed the impeachment of the top positions in the two most powerful branches of the government? Is it normal for a country to hold two impeachment trials in the span of what, 10 years?

Let’s say our Chief Justice got acquitted. It would have been a bummer that he got away because of a loop hole. But isn’t it a bummer rin that he was found guilty by senator-judges that might have only voted guilty because it would be good for their political image to do so? Isn’t it a bummer that this whole impeachment trial might have been nothing but a political move by the current administration? Isn’t it a bummer that in this country, you’re only as good as your allies? Had Corona been on the side of the yellows, would this have happened? Had the public taken Corona’s side, would the senator judges have voted otherwise? Did they really fervently study the case or did they just do what they thought the public wants?

In the words of Senator Miriam:

I am deeply disappointed that on at least three occasions, the prosecution claimed that its documents came from an anonymous source.  Are you for real?  Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus.  False in one thing, false in all things.

Did the other senator-judges take that into consideration? We all heard Villar’s speech; was it a declaration of verdict or the start of his campaign? Did anyone else notice that two out of three of the acquittal voters are the only ones who aren’t re-electionists and the other one is a Marcos?

It says in Dan Brown’s book Deception Point that one corrupt politcian means that all politicians are corrupt. Yes, I am clearly aware that real life is different from fiction but this scenario is only supposed to happen in crime fiction books. A country’s chief justice on an impeachment trial? C’mon.

One corrupt politician means that all politicians are corrupt. Did this event instill hope in our countrymen or did it just make us all the more cynical and apathetic? I don’t know.

In other news, I heard there was another Pacquiao fight coming up. Nothing like a Pacquiao victory to make the Filipinos forget.

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