Corona’s verdict hailed by some OFWs in ME

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 01 2012 10:10 AM | Updated as of Jun 01 2012 06:10 PM

KUWAIT – The Philippine Senate’s verdict on former Chief Justice Renato Corona received several reactions from overseas Filipino workers based in the Middle East.

Pinay worker Josie Montemayor was among those who followed the impeachment trial of Corona in Kuwait.
  
“Masaya ako. Para yung lahat na mga corrupt sa Pilipinas mawala na at yung  ibang taong susunod sa kanya, matuto siya, matakot sa gobyerno, sa mga tao, ganun lang,” said Montemayor. 
  
Chie Umandap, a Filipino community leader in Kuwait, was also in favor of the guilty verdict against Corona.
 
“Malinaw na malinaw naman na may paglabag. So, hindi naman nararapat siya ay chief justice ay hindi matanggal tulad ng ginawa sa ordinaryong kawani,” Umandap said. 
  
In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Filipinos considered Corona’s verdict as historic for the Philippines.
 
“Ang conviction ni Corona ay isang magandang kasaysayan sa ating bansa para mabawasan ang graft and corruption,” said chief accountant Gary Bautro. 
 
On Tuesday, the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, made a historic 20-3 vote, finding Corona guilty of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution for non-disclosure of his Statements, Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.
 
For Pinoys in Oman, the impeachment trial against Corona must serve as a lesson to all government officials.
  
“Dapat maging ehemplo na ito sa mga government officials at sana lahat ng government officials ilabas nila yung SALN (Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) nila sa publiko at pagkatapos para malaman ng taong bayan kung sila ay nangungurakot o hindi,” said Dina Tabaquero. 
  
Liza Alviar also approved of the verdict.
 
“Ako’y natutuwa at na-convict si Corona dahil sa loob ng limang buwan na pagsubaybay ko sa impeachment trial ay damang-dama ko ang kanyang pagsisinungaling at pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan,” Alviar said.
 
For others, the impeachment proceedings only proved that justice works and democracy is very much alive in the Philippines.
 
“Ngayon nalaman namin na bilang OFW may hustisya pa pala sa Pilipinas. Pwede pa rin kaming umuwi na alam namin na kaya pa rin kaming ipagtanggol, makakakuha pa rin kami ng katarungan sa bansa natin,” said Dubai-based OFW Joevel dela Cruz. Report from Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau