Wednesday, January 22, 2014
PNoy Denies the Involvement with the Impeachment of Former CJ Corona
Pres. Aquino replies to a question from the media on his reaction to the privilege speech of Sen. Revilla on Monday after attending the 65th Anniversary of the Insurance Commission at the Insurance Commission office on United Nations Ave., Ermita, Manila on Jan. 21,2014. PNoy yesterday defended his meetings with Sen. Revilla and 3 other senators ahead of the impeachment vote against the former Chief Justice Corona, saying he just sought to lessen the pressure from other groups seeking to influence the outcome of the trial. The president made clear that he didn't try to persuade the senator-judges to convict Corona but merely asked them to vote on the merits of the case. Apart from Revilla, the president revealed he also contacted Sen. Estrada, Sen. Recto and Sen. Guingona after receiving intelligence reports about the tremendous pressure on the senator judges from interest groups. PNoy however didn't identify the groups supposedly tried to pressure senator-judges during the trial of Corona, saying he had no proof of the information contained the intelligence report. He explained that it would have been irresponsible if he had nothing and allowed such interest groups to put undue pressure on the senator-judges. Sen. Sotto said that he sees nothing illegal with the president talking to members of the senate to discuss Corona's impeachment trial since there is no law preventing him for acting so. Whether Aquino committed impropriety is another matter, Sotto said. Sen. Revilla in his privilege speech last Monday, denied allegations he misused his PDAF funds and instead accused the president of trying to convince him to convict Corona. Revilla, Estrada, Guingona and Recto all voted to convict Corona for failure to declare his true assets in his Statements of Assets and Liabilities in 2012. Revilla and Estrada are among the senators facing plunder charges in connection with the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). PNoy however insisted that Sen. Revilla should have addressed the alleged misuse of his PDAF or pork barrel funds during his privilege speech. Like any other citizen, he was accused and you would have wanted to hear his side, you would have expected that he would've explained.
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