Corona’s End Game
The analysts-wannabe have again publicized their ignorance.
First they termed this phase of the Impeachment trial as the end game. If they know even a hint of chess, they would realize that end games mean that one of the protagonists makes a move out of his original defensive position and forms a defense devoid of most of his chess pieces. It was only after Corona spoke to the people using the Senate venue that this situation, called the end game, truly started to exist. Now, and verily at this, Corona has satisfactorily neutralized the accusations against him to open what I would call a discovered check. His accusers are now at peril and the next move would be theirs. Corona has even dared them to sign their waivers to open their dollar accounts for public accountancy similar to what he will do.
Analysts wrongly used their hitherto fail-proof analytical brains to say that Corona sacrificed what advantages he has achieved by leaving the Senate. I say no. He was not actually addressing the Senate Impeachment Court when he made that speech. He was talking to the public, reiterating that he was disclosing these things as he had promised them. His advantage is now coming from public opinion. Was it not said that the Senators will vote according to what the public calls for? Was it not said that it was not the mistakes nor the omissions of the SALN which would count as an impeachable offense? Was it not said that the Bank Secrecy Act is absolute and that foreign deposits are not to be divulged? Verily it was the Senate who said so. And therefore it is the move of the Senate which is now under check. Remember that it is the Senate’s laws, the enforcement of which is now under critical scrutiny.
Declaring the removal from the records of what the Chief Justice has said would be the worst mistake that the Senate would do. Why? The fact that Corona was sick when he left the Senate will only dramatize the persecution that the Chief Justice has been suffering. The Senate has allowed this trial to continue under unverified evidences coming from anonymous letters and bits of opinion coming from the newspapers. What more could the prosecutors ask for? The Senate has done the work of the prosecutors. Come to think of it, was Corona under subpoena? Or did he come to speak without a subpoena?
The best recourse would be for the Senate to subpoena the bank records of Corona, and under a subpoena issued solely by the Senate demands. Again this would make the discovered check more agonizing because the banks will not disclose the foreign currency amounts without Corona’s waiver, and Corona’s waiver will not come down without the Senators signing their own waivers, too. If the Senators refuse to do so, they can only do this by invoking the Bank Secrecy Act the same way Corona is doing. The Senate is now under a Catch-22 situation, just because Corona initiated a discovered check, compelling the analysts-wannabe to publicize their ignorance.
This is my analysis, and I know that I am not publicizing my ignorance. In fact, I am patting myself on the back again because my intuition has come through for me again. I have always thought that impeaching the Chief Justice was a political maneuver, similar to that which wrongly impeached Merceditas Guttierez. Her successor is presently being as inactive as Merceditas was when she was accused of being lackadaisical.