February 29, 2012
Reference: Renato M. Reyes, Jr. BAYAN secretary general
We are gravely concerned, puzzled and extremely dismayed by the actions of lead prosecutor Rep. Niel Tupas who shut the door completely to the possible testimony of Supreme Court Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno before the impeachment court. It is puzzling because despite public clamor, and even before Sereno could reply to the request letter of Rep. Neri Colmenares, Tupas already removed any possibility of Sereno testifying. The move boggles the mind and raises questions as to what Aquino’s allies in the prosecution really want to accomplish with the impeachment.
The impeachment is not just about Article 2 or the SALN of Corona. However, the way the LP-directed prosecution is conducting the trial, all other Articles–including those related to Corona’s partiality towards GMA– are either incidental, peripheral or at worst, just window-dressing. We would have wanted the issue of GMA and Corona be fully ventilated, but such doesn’t seem to be the intent of the LP-directed prosecution.
We doubt the LP-directed prosecution is serious in uncovering the truth about Corona’s partiality in granting a TRO for GMA. We doubt if GMA’s ties with Corona was ever really an issue in the impeachment, contrary to the rhetoric of the Aquino administration at the start of the impeachment process. It is a great disservice to the work conducted by the public and private prosecutors of Article 7 who set out to uncover the truth but apparently did not enjoy the support of the ruling party.###