Palace to Midas: What about CJ's cash, assets?

Posted at 04/19/12 12:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A Palace spokesman on Wednesday twitted Supreme Court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez following his stinging rebuke of the executive branch.

In a text message, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office head Ricky Carandang said: "Pinaliwanag ba ni Midas kung bakit hindi idineclare ni Ginoong Corona ang kanyang cash and other assets?"

Corona's assets have been the subject of controversy after House prosecutors revealed that the chief magistrate had cash deposits and condo units that were not declared in his annual statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs). Corona is currently fending off impeachment charges before the Senate.

On Wednesday, Marquez accused the Aquino administration of emboldening the public to defy court rulings by its "deliberate dismantling" of public confidence in the Supreme Court and the judiciary.

Speaking at the annual Supreme Court-sponsored media forum in Baguio City, Marquez pointed out that no less than the Executive Department has defied restraining orders issued by the Supreme Court.

"The problem when the preconditions of independence and public confidence are not met is that the Judiciary loses its capacity to uphold the rule of law. The most egregious symptom of this is the current wave of defiance against court orders intended to protect human rights," he said.

Marquez said the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona by allies of Pres. Aquino at the House of Representatives, and the pending impeachment case against SC Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo show that the security of tenure of justices of the high tribunal is being attacked.