Corona to media: Okay to hit me, just be fair

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2012 08:36 PM | Updated as of Apr 19 2012 03:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Renato Corona spoke before justice and court beat reporters at the annual Supreme Court-sponsored media forum held on Wednesday in Baguio City.

In his opening remarks, Corona thanked the Justice and Court Reporters Association (JUCRA) and Justice Reporters Organization (JUROR) for their "fair and accurate reports" on his ongoing trial before the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, court cases and issues involving the Judiciary.

The Chief Justice admitted that there had been instances when he lamented certain media reports, but stressed that, at the end of the day, criticisms are a part and parcel of public service.

"Kung tayo'y binabatikos... ok lang yun. If a public official cannot take that, then he shouldn't be in public service. Ang importante, hindi tayo pikon, hindi tayo nagkakapikunan" Corona said.

"Hindi bale yung binabatikos as long as meron naman story pambalanse ," he added.

He urged the justice and court media men to come up, at all times, with balanced, fair and accurate reporting, and reiterated his commitment to uphold the Supreme Court as an institution in the midst of his impeachment trial.

"I fervently hope and pray that you will continue to support the Court as an institution that dispenses fair and equal justice to all. As the Chief Justice, I assure you, each and everyone of you, of my continuous commitment to always uphold the Rule of Law, judicial independence, and to do what is best for this institution I have dedicated my life to," Corona said.

The annual media forum is sponsored by the SC Public Information Office (PIO) and the SC Program Management Office (PMO).