Speech of Senator Ramon Revilla Jr.:
Explaining his verdict on Chief Justice Renato Corona
[Delivered on May 29, 2012]
Mga kababayan, I stand here today in a historic moment when we render judgment not to one ordinary citizen but to the highest official of our coequal branch in government, the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
As the late President Theodore Roosevelt said: “A nation must be judged in part by the character of its public men, not merely by their abilities, but their ideals and the measure in which they realized these ideals; by their attitude in real life, and much more by their attitude in public life, both as regards their conception of their duties toward their country and their conception of their duty embodied in its government towards its own people.”
I have heard all the arguments, considered all pieces of evidence of the prosecution and the defense and heard directly from the Honorable Chief Justice himself. As much as the chief justice of the Republic of the Philippines expects and demands, and he is worthy of all the respect and considerations due to his office and to his person, he, in return, has the responsibility to be the epitome of a public servant with the highest ethical standards.
Bilang pinakamataas na mahistrado ng bansang itoy ang kaniyang panunungkulan ay dapat walang bahid kahit katiting dahil sa mandato ng kaniyang katungkulan at kahalagahan ng kanyang posisyon.
In the end, I arrived with the conclusion that through his own direct admission, the chief justice failed to properly disclose all of his assets in the SALN. This, therefore, has necessary consequences that attach to the position he holds in trust. I prayed hard for divine providence and guidance in this one great decision of my life, Mr. President.
Napakahirap man, alang-alang sa pagkakaisa at paghilom ng ating bayan, alang-alang sa pagpapatibay ng mga institusyon ng ating pamahalaan, alang-alang sa mga darating pang henerasyon at ng ating kinabukasan, I find Chief Justice Renato C. Corona guilty.