MANILA, Philippines - Senator Franklin Drilon called Chief Justice Renato Corona “pathetic” after the latter issued a disclosure challenge to him and to 188 impeachment complainants.
He also said he would not fall into Corona's “trap."
In a statement, Drilon said: “That is all part of his game-plan. It only shows that the Chief Justice has no intention to be cross-examined by the impeachment court, that he, after all, is insincere when he said he is willing to divulge all his bank accounts, including his dollar accounts.”
He added he and the 188 impeachment complainants whom Corona challenged in today’s hearing are not the ones on trial.
Corona had signed a waiver in open court allowing government agencies to look into his bank accounts to show he is not hiding anything.
He authorized all banks accounts under his name and those of his wife Cristina to disclose whatever is needed by the government agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Land Registration Authority (LRA), and Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC).
He then challenged all 188 impeachment complainants and Drilon “in a moment of truth in a gesture of conciliation...to sign and join me [in dislosing bank accounts], let us face people together. The nation is at a stand still. The people are watching us."
“Isusumite ko po ang aking waiver sa kinauukulan kapag kumpleto na ang 189 waivers,” he said.
If they do not, he said he will direct his defense team to finally close his case. He said he does not want any more arguments, and asked his accusers to show "unity."