On the statement of the defense panel of the Chief Justice
The defense counsel’s press conference is an example of how you should not believe everything you hear. There is a lot of loose talk and idle –not to mention—malicious speculation going around. It is incumbent on people who should know better not to fall for every conspiracy theory whispered to you.
In contrast to the clarity and consistency of the President’s advocacy for accountability, transparency, and reform, the defense panel of the Chief Justice prefers squid tactics. Their conspiracy theories concerning the Executive Secretary is a diversionary tactic to distract attention from the evidence coming to light in the impeachment trial.
The Senate has been conducting the impeachment trial in full light of day; the prosecution and defense have been given every opportunity to have themselves heard. What cannot be escaped is the growing mountain of evidence –which the defense’s squid tactics cannot hide.
We can only surmise that the defense has run out of ways to conceal the culpability of its client, and has engineered this move as a last-ditch effort to confuse the proceedings and prevent a resolution.
We believe neither the Senate nor the Filipino people will fall for such a brazen strategy. Earlier today, CEAP called on the Chief Justice to disclose his dollar accounts, asking why it is, that a Chief Justice who asserts his own innocence, is resisting requests for the disclosure of his foreign currency deposit accounts? They did not ask the Chief Justice to do this later, but now.
The only danger in the disclosure of the Chief Justice’s assets, is the Chief Justice’s defense: the integrity of the banking system, our system of laws, the cause of justice and good governance are not endangered by the proceedings of the impeachment court.
The case has been joined. The parties cannot walk away from the constitutionally-ordained procedure to resolve this case. Stop running, and stop hiding. Face your accusers, and let justice be done.