"It is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done."
- Lord Chief Justice Gordan Hewart
THE sudden and unexplained exit of Chief Justice Renato Corona from the witness stand on his first appearance one week ago today has been interpreted by the public, attendees, and television viewers as arrogance, rudeness, and disrespect of the impeachment court for which the Chief Justice, in a lightning twist of fortune, blew his chances, and may have altered the odds from earned sympathies to disappointment and let down.
In empathy to the Chief Justice, diabetics easily understand and appreciate the predicament of the Chief Justice when diabetic attacks ensue, accompanied by elevated blood pressure which Chief Justice Corona also suffers from, after having undergone previous by-pass operations.
Not having eaten a full meal, famished, and stressed out, the Chief Justice experienced a hypoglycemic attack that rapidly plunges the sugar level to the bottom, that is not only life threatening but spirals the patient to a comatose situation, and even death, unless reversed on time.
Unlike cases of hyperglycemia, which is the steady elevation of the sugar level; the hyper condition can be arrested by timely injection of insulin.
Thus, after nearly three hours of continuous narration without lunch, the Chief Justice may have agonized not only from the urge to urinate, which is common among diabetics, but also from nausea and dizziness from hypoglycemia and high blood pressure.
Needless to say, this layman explanation does not excuse the Chief Justice from being criticized for his apparent rudeness and disrespect for the impeachment court for which the Chief Justice has only himself to blame.
In the meantime, it is best that the Senate put a closure on the impeachment trial, and move on as the nation pines for economic gains, unity, harmony, and peace that two years of the Aquino administration have not accomplished, and neither the Senate nor the House of Representatives had done any better. So far, it has been an unproductive 15th Congress.
Truth to tell, with his weakened health and exhaustion, hectic cross-examination, and direct interrogation by foaming-at-the-mouth adversaries and partisan senator-judges, it is doubted that the Chief Justice can physically weather the pressure and survive the ordeal, the verbal assaults, and stresses of the trial, and still hopefully acquit himself.
For the Senate, it is decision time. Cut, and cut clean.
It goes without saying, whether the verdict is acquittal or conviction, that President Benigno Simeon Aquino III should now focus on the economy and move the nation forward, and leave the tragedy of the impeachment to history to judge.
When all is said and done, who is Chief Justice Renato Corona? Does he deserve all the pain, cruelty, vendetta, insults, humiliation, falsehoods, and vindictiveness in a Christian and democratic nation? The sadism of the elites is showing.
Are we done? Not by a long shot. President Benigno Aquino III will now gear up and start revving up the engine for the filing of plunder cases and continued incarceration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who is next in the Order-of-Battle of President Aquino.
The charade and farce continue.
Hence, are we forever condemned to be a weak republic?