MANILA, Philippines - President Spokesman Edwin Lacierda on Thursday said Chief Justice Renato Corona should explain the alleged discrepancies in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) and his properties rather than accuse President Aquino of vendetta.
Lacierda took exception to Corona’s statement that Malacañang would surely retaliate after the Supreme Court voted 14-0 to uphold its earlier decision to distribute the Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita to landless farmers.
"I think he should be concerned about the impeachment court rather than worrying about any act of perceived… acts of vengeance against him. This government is not in that business. We’re in the business of reform and part of the reform process is reforming as well the judiciary,” Lacierda said.
“What Chief Justice Corona perhaps should be concerned about is his commitment to explain point-by-point the amount in his SALN, the properties, the cash that were unreported in his SALN rather than go and accuse the President of any perceived action of vendetta against him,” he added.
Corona earlier said the impeachment charges filed against him by the House of Representatives are rooted in the SC decision to distribute Hacienda Luisita.
President Aquino divested his shares in Hacienda Luisita Inc. when he assumed the presidency in June 30, 2010.