Friday, February 10, 2012

Aquino dares Corona to publicize dollar accounts

In the midst of the impeachment trial, President Benigno Aquino III on Friday challenged Chief Justice Renato Corona to show his alleged dollar accounts in Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank).

During TESDA's Specialista Technopreneurship Program in Taguig City, Aquino told reporters: "Public servant tayo 'no, may public trust na kasama doon. Maganda sana magboluntaryo na 'yung nasasakdal kung walang tinatago. Bakit? Buksan niyo para makita niyo wala akong tinatago."

It can be recalled that last Thursday, the Supreme Court en bacn voted 8-5, stopping the Senate impeachment court from scrutinizing the chief justice's foreign currency deposit accounts.

Aquino said the interest of 95 million Filipinos should have priority over those of the 31 impeachable officials of the country if ever the Corona’s case will serve as precedent to other impeachment cases.

The prosecution panel has accused Corona of owning and maintaining dollar accounts in PSBank, which are equivalent to P30 million.

"Ninety-five million ang Filipino, po. Dapat ho 'yung interes nung ninety-five million ay talagang nangingibabaw doon sa interes nung thirty-one na pwedeng ma-impeach. 'Yon ang mga palaisipin na bumabalot sa isip natin tungkol diyan sa dollar accounts na ito," he said.

Asked if he thinks the Foreign Currency Deposit Act should be reviewed, Aquino believed the law has no intention to give refuge to criminals.

"Wala naman sigurong intensyon itong batas na 'to na magre-refuge ang mga taong may, parang… those who committed an injustice should not find refuge in this particular law," he said.

"Pag ikaw ay magnanakaw — hindi ko sinasabing 'yung sa nasasakdal ay napatunayan nang nagnakaw — pero kung magnakaw ka nilagay mo sa isang foreign currency puwede mo ng itago sa pag-iimbestiga. Hindi naman siguro ganoon ang layunin ng mga nagsabatas nitong batas na ‘to," he added.

[Source: GMA News]

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