Beng cites reasons for vote on Corona impeachment PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 December 2011 17:03

House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco yesterday stressed that the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Renato Corona was based on betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of the Constitution and graft and corruption. 

Climaco said each of these Articles of Impeachment was well presented by the Chair of the House Justice Committee that convinced her to endorse the impeachment complaint.

Subsequently, the complaint was strongly endorsed by the other 187 members of the House of Representatives including the District I lady solon.

Rep. Climaco cited the flip-flopping decisions of the Supreme Court with respect to the 16 newly created cities, which she said left everyone affected afloat. “This caused the reduction of their respective internal revenue allotment for the league of cities. Moreover, it has caused and stirred further confusion to the detriment of the development of these affected LGUs and a similar confusion with those aspiring to join the league of cities violating the legal principle of “Res Judicata”, she said. 

Likewise, as a teacher and coming from the academe, Climaco said she has always taught her students the value of hard work and honesty. “Plagiarism is a crime, stealing someone else’s idea is a crime, she said adding “writing a decision without proper attribution to the original author and distorting the true intent of the sources being plagiarized is a crime against intellectual property rights.”

The High Court, led by Chief Justice Corona, ruled on the contrary and threatened law students and deans, defending intellectual property rights, who dare question the court, with contempt, she emphasized.

Lastly, according to Climaco, the Constitution provides the separation of powers among the three branches of government; namely the executive, legislative and judiciary, and it further provides checks and balances among these equal branches of government. “One of this is the power to impeach and make impeachable officials accountable in the greater interest of the people. This power to initiate impeachment proceeding is vested in the House of Representatives”.

She said in the case of an impeachment filed against former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, the Court, again led by the Chief Justice, usurped the power of the House of Representatives and impeded its function when it issued “Status Quo Ante Order” on the impeachment case proceeding against the Ombudsman. “How can we push then for our government’s reform agenda of a graft-free Philippines if the Ombudsman was reluctant in pursuing cases against corruption?” she asked.

“The Supreme Court is the highest court of our land, integrity needs to be upheld and for the institution to enjoy highest respect from our people, we strongly believe in the Supreme Court’s independence and unimpeachable integrity.  But what we have witnessed is a Supreme Court that is lop-sided and beholden to the interest of a few”, she said.  

She added: “We need and we support a truly independent Supreme Court, a Supreme Court of the People, a Supreme Court for the People, and a Supreme Court by the People”. — Marvin Segura