‘Failure to include 82 dollar accounts cannot simply be blamed on oversight.’
What business is Chief Justice Renato Corona engaged in that he needed to maintain 82 dollar accounts in five banks with a combined “transactional balance” amounting to $10 million?
Must be monkey business if the revelations made by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales at the impeachment trial on Monday are true.
Just the number of accounts is mind-boggling. One does not start with three dollar accounts and over the years open a clutch of new accounts so that in 10 or so years, one has accumulated 82 accounts. It simply is inexplicable, more so because in the years the accounts were opened, the depositor was an associate justice of the Supreme Court. It is not clear if all the accounts remain open, but the depositor is now the chief justice, the highest official in the judicial branch.
How $10 million flowed into these accounts is another mind-blower. At current exchange rate that amount is equivalent to P420 million and change, wealth that is manifestly out of proportion to Corona’s income.
These issues may be dismissed as irrelevant to the impeachment trial of Corona. The articles of impeachment against the chief justice do not allege violations of the anti-graft act because of unexplained wealth. The Senate, as impeachment court, has ruled it will not accept any evidence touching on unexplained wealth.
The main charge, nonetheless, remains the same: failure to list all of Corona’s assets in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth. Failure to include 82 dollar accounts cannot simply be blamed on oversight. On this alone, Corona is as good as convicted. He is demonstrably unfit to serve as chief justice.