MANILA, Jan. 19, 2012—Fisherfolks’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) questioned the motives of President Benigno C. Aquino III of discussing the impeachment case of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona to United States (US) senators visiting the Philippines.
“Why discuss the ongoing impeachment of Corona to US senators? What is the purpose of Mr. Aquino? Does the Washington government have something to do with impeachment case? So, what is this entire political buzz Mr. President?” asked Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap after knowing that the Chief Executive, indeed, has briefed US senators John Sidney McCain III (Republican, Arizona) and Joseph Lieberman, Esq. (Republican, Connecticut) about the on-going trial against the Supreme Court’s chief justice.
For Hicap, the impeachment trial against Corona is a serious internal political affairs and must be resolved by the “Philippines alone,” referring to the alleged intervention of the US Government to the political and economic affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, even if the direct colonization of the archipelago, by the US Government, has finished after the Philippine declaration of independence from Japanese occupation in July 4, 1946.
The fisherfolk leader also reminded the President that the impeachment case being tried by the Senate, for three days now, must be resolved with genuine “political will” and “honest-to-goodness aspiration” in order also for the Government to make former President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo accountable for her crimes, allegedly committed during her nine-year rule.
Mrs. Arroyo is facing numerous cases, including electoral fraud, which she allegedly committed during the 2007 national and local polls.
Hicap, meanwhile, theorized with the US “intervention” there is a huge possibility that there would be an “Aquino-Arroyo truce,” meaning that the latter could be acquitted for her crimes.
Nevertheless, the two US lawmakers are here in the country to discuss the possible increase of the US military presence in the Asia-Pacific region and to assist the Administration to get its second Hamilton class cutter, a marine vessel. (CBCPNews.com)