MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Mar Roxas responded to Chief Justice Renato Corona tirade against him, saying the head of the judiciary should stop creating fallacies that would veer the public’s attention away from his impeachment trial.
“Sa halip na mag-imbento ng storya at gumawa ng kwento, dapat sagutin na lang ni Mr. Corona ang mga isyu sa impeachment trial," Roxas said.
“This trial is about the very serious offenses against our people for betrayal of public trust, ang pagtataksil sa bayan. Huwag na yang mag-ponensya ng mga kwentong komiks at mga kathang-isip na conspiracy kuno. Harapin nya ang katotohanan at kanyang konsensya. Huwag na syang mandamay ng kung sinu-sino pa," he added.
Roxas, in an interview with ANC Top Story, also laughed at the allegation he is one of 3 "co-conspirators" to unseat Corona.
"I don't know. You have to ask him about that, why he alluded to those 3 personages in his remark," he said, adding that he fully supports President Aquino's reform agenda.
"It is not Mar Roxas, but the World Bank that pointed out the anomalies and misuse of money by the Supreme Court," he said. "It is not Mar Roxas but the Commission on Audit."
"You go to the COA website today, there is a report on the Supreme Court funds. While the Supreme Court says it has P6 billion in cash, the bank accounts only say there is only about P1 billion. There is about a P5-billion discrepancy," Roxas said.
"These are the elements that CJ Corona should answer, instead of making up stories or making up conspiracy theories," he added.
In a speech on Monday morning, Corona said he was a roadblock to 3 people who want him removed as the country's chief magistrate.
He said the first person wanted to stop the distribution of the Hacienda Luisita to landless farmers in Tarlac. He earlier accused Malacañang, especially the President’s allies in the Liberal Party, of planning his ouster from office after the Supreme Court decided to distribute to the farmers the sugar estate in Tarlac.
He said he is also a roadblock to a person "who really wants to be vice-president but lost in the election in 2010." He did not name the LP's vice-presidential bet, Roxas, who lost in 2010 to Jejomar Binay.
Finally, he said he is opposed to a person whose ambition is to become chief justice. He did not identify the allegedly ambitious chief justice wannabe. -- with a report from Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News