A year after he was found guilty by the Senate on charges that he failed to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth, former Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona has moved on but he maintains that he did nothing wrong.
Corona said life goes on for him and his family despite the “continuing persecution” of the Aquino administration.
The former chief magistrate said his ordeal drew him, wife Cristina and his children closer.
“I have been busy with many things the past year–keeping abreast of the latest SC decisions and new laws since a lot of people consult me and seek my advice, getting invited often to gatherings and lunch or dinner discussion groups to share my views and experiences, speaking before civic organizations, answering the many texts and letters of support that have continued to come from many places including the US, and the usual social engagements,” he said.
“Whenever I can squeeze it in, I go to the gym or try my hand at playing the piano again.
The best thing about retirement is that I can prioritize and fully enjoy family life, including interacting with my children and grandchildren, and spending quality time with my soulmate, the love of my life Tina,” he said.
“My wife sometimes quips that it seems I am as busy as ever. She thought that retirement would slow me down. We trust God’s assurance that there will be better days ahead. We will survive these adversities because we will not allow anyone to break us individually and our bond and spirit as a family. “
Corona said government work is far from his mind at the moment.
“Government service is not in my plans anymore but public service is still very much a part of my life. There are many things I can and would still like to do for the betterment of our country and our people,” he said.
He advised those who were in league with President Benigno Aquino 3rd to reflect and see if they do not have any dirt in their lives.
“The propagandists, spin-doctors and media operators of this regime want to make it appear that they have destroyed me but from my personal experience the past year, that is in fact the opposite of reality. The situation on the ground tells a completely different story. They continue to try to condition the minds of the public by constantly repeating their lies. But people are much more discerning than that. People I encounter in public places have invariably said they do not believe the government propaganda against me and my family,” he added.
He said the government has not stopped harassing him and his family.
“This vindictive regime has continued to harass and persecute me and my family, using the entire government machinery and resources against one man who dared stand up to it.
The gargantuan funds it wasted in my sham impeachment trial could have been better used for education, school buildings, increased salaries of government employees, health care and medicines for the poor, more courts and halls of justice, infrastructures etc. and for what, to remove a sitting chief justice who would not bow to the wishes of Malacanang just so that the President can appoint his own?” Corona said.
He maintained that he has not stolen a single centavo from the government.
“Many have in fact expressed their disgust over the way this regime has treated us. People have repeatedly used the words “overkill” and “lying hypocrites” to describe what is being done to us by this administration. People often tell me ‘You are still our Chief Justice.’
Many strangers we meet tell us that they have been praying for us and will continue to pray,” he said.
He also slammed Aquino’s “hypocrisy” for curtailing the justice given by the Supreme Court to the Hacienda Luisita farmers.
He claimed that the government is blocking the awarding of lots to the farmers.
“I pray a lot for the poor farmers of Hacienda Luisita that they will someday finally attain justice the Corona Court gave them but which this (Aquino) regime is trying hard to thwart,” Corona said.