I understand there is no love lost between the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and President Benigno Aquino (PNoy), but they should put their expression of dismay, and hatred, if you may, against the president in the right context.
Don’t tell me the high ranking officers of the Catholic Church don’t have the capacity to hate at those who don’t kowtow to their own vagaries and perversities. If they can show love to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for her ‘Pajero benevolence’ for some bishops, why not distaste for PNoy?
But what I do not understand is that, if the Church authorities are raising uproar over the dismissal of Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong, citing abuse of power and injustice, then don’t blame it on PNoy – for Chrissake!
Instead of supporting and amplifying further the statement given by San Beda College Graduate School of Law Dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino that the Ong case was a “selective justice and a perversion of justice”, the bishops should have been more discerning in their approach and delivery because, after all, it was not PNoy who sacked, nor he recommended that Ong be dismissed, but it was the Supreme Court itself that did him in.
According to reports, by voting 8-5 with two abstentions, the high court found Ong guilty of gross misconduct, dishonesty and impropriety, upholding key recommendations of retired SC Associate Justice Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez, who led a fact-finding investigation into allegations against the dismissed magistrate.
I don’t think PNoy had really a hand in Ong’s dismissal. I think the penalty was more about Ong’s action that was definitely an affront to the integrity of the justices themselves.
Ong, who was then member of the Sandiganbayan’s Fourth Division that handled cases against corrupt and erring government officials, to be dismissed, was himself corrupted by the system.
The administrative case against Ong stemmed from his dismissal of the case for malversation through falsification of public documents against pork barrel scam brains, Janet Lim-Napoles, in connection with her anomalous sale in 1998 of 500 Kevlar helmets to the Philippine Marines.
The SC cited findings that Ong met with Napoles twice at her office after the anti-graft court Fourth Division acquitted her in the case.
“By his act of going to (Napoles) at her office on two occasions, (Ong) exposed himself to the suspicion that he was partial to Napoles,” the high tribunal ruled, adding that the “totality of the circumstances of such association strongly indicates (Ong’s) corrupt inclinations that only heightened the public’s perception of anomaly in the decision-making process.”
The SC noted that Ong was “no longer fit to remain as a magistrate of the special graft court” because he has had a record of breaching rules and ethics.
So there you go.
Talking about CBCP being corrupted, too, by unjustifiably supporting a rotten justice.