Reality check. 2:45 pm. 23 May 2012. Wednesday.
Our wait for naught.
No Impeached Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in the Impeachment Court today. He is confined in an ICU in the Medical City hospital in Pasig City. His defense counsel could not determine the exact date as to when he can go back to the witness stand. As such, the Impeachment Court's presiding officer Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile was quite liberal in ordering the defense to finish their presentation of evidence on Friday, 25 May 2012. Opening and closing arguments of the defense and prosecution are scheduled on Monday, 28 May 2012. The court is expected to make a decision on the case either on Monday or Tuesday next week.
The public awaits!
A commendation is in order.
On a personal note, I wish to commend Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile for being sharp on his wits. I wonder what could have happened if the Senate President is not fast or sharp enough in ordering for the closure of the whole Senate building immediately after the Chief Justice walked out of the witness stand without a formal discharge yesterday? We might not have seen the impeachment case respondent back in the Senate session hall. The entire scenario for today would have been much different and worse...
So close, but not quite…
It's like reading a bad novel and you are now on the denouement where the plot starts to unravel before the end. You would wonder how you got there at all. Just the same, you are already at that point and suddenly… everything is delayed!
Well, at least I have time to ponder on some questions. For instance, right after the Senate brouhaha, why did the Chief Justice go to the Medical City in Pasig City and bypassed Makati Medical in Makati City and St. Luke's Hospital in Taguig City which are much nearer to the Senate if his medical condition is urgent?
Haven't I seen all of this before? Can you name any high ranking official who has been brought to the hospital for treatment of medical conditions in order to evade arrest, inquiry, or trial cross-examination? Let me think. Isn't there a former governor, former national security adviser, former cabinet agriculture undersecretary, former military major general, even a former president? Have to check facts…
Is there sincerity in a waiver with conditions? Is that a testimony or grandstanding? One law states that you have to declare all your assets while another law states absolute secrecy of dollar accounts. Are they contradictory? Will the Chief Justice be back in the witness stand? Oh, so many questions to ponder!
We are still waiting for the TRUTH.