MANILA, Philippines - A survey done by an independent research and consulting firm showed that many agreed with Chief Justice Renato Corona that President Benigno Aquino III is “exacting revenge” over the Supreme Court’s decision to distribute the Hacienda Luisita to farmers.
Forty-seven percent agreed that the impeachment trial is Aquino’s way of getting back at Corona, a survey done by StratPOLLS, Inc. showed.
This shows a slim margin over the 45% who believes otherwise. StratPOLLS said, however, that the decision has “created an impact” on the minds of those following the trial.
The Makati-based firm took the survey between April 28 and May 3. It asked 1,000 adult respondents in the National Capital Region questions meant to correlate the impeachment trial with that of the Hacienda Luisita decision.
In a final and executory ruling announced by Supreme Court Spokesman and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez on April 24 in Baguio City, the high court stood pat on an earlier decision ordering the distribution of the sugar estate owned by the relatives of Aquino.
Eight of the magistrates also voted to compensate landowners based on November 21, 1989 valuation instead of 2006 rates.
Asked later if the Aquino administration will retaliate after the high court issued its final ruling, Corona told reporters “sigurado [I’m sure].”
The chief magistrate has always believed that the high court’s order on the distribution of the lands is the reason Aquino wants him out of the high court. Malacanang, in turn, has consistently denied this.
In the same survey by StratPOLLS, 79% are aware that the sugar estate is owned by Aquino’s relatives.
Asked if the SC decision was correct, 94% said “yes” while 5% said “no.”