President Aquino stepped up his attacks against Chief Justice Renato Corona just shortly after the articles of impeachment against the chief justice were transmitted to the Senate.
“Nang-awat pa ako at some point in time at dumating nga ‘yung punto na napakarami na ng ebidensya na talagang napasang-ayon na ako na talagang hindi na pwedeng panatilihin ‘yung suffering o paghihirap na nai-inflict sa ating bayan,” he said.
Aquino said Corona’s impeachment should not create a “chilling effect” on other justices of the high court.
“Simple lang naman po ito e: kaya n’yo bang panindigan ‘yung desisyon ninyo? Kung tama ang ginawa ninyo eh ‘di maski saang korte sila dalhin ay kayang panindigan ‘yon. Pero kung hindi kayang panindigan, doon ka siguro kakabahan. Okay? Sabi nga ng mga nakakatanda sa atin: bato-bato sa langit, ang tamaan na lang ang mamroblema,” he said.
If given the chance to appoint one, Aquino believes that the next chief justice would not be beholden to him.
“Bakit hindi ninyo tingnan ‘yung mga na-appoint ko na? Mayroon bang beholden? Have they voted every time in our favor? Or perhaps even the perception of what I would have wanted as far as a decision is concerned?” Aquino said.
"Don't be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful even unto death, and I will give you the crown of life." (Revelation 2:10)
Now, will you be obedient to enter the door of suffering which the Lord has opened for you?