2 bishops call for speedy impeachment trial
MANILA, Jan. 18, 2012— Two leaders of the Catholic Church called on the senate to fast track the impeachment trial against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona and save people’s money.
Both Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable and Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz believe that the longer the trial gets, the more financially taxing it becomes for the people.
“I would wish that the impeachment process be fast-tracked because we are spending the people’s money,” Afable said.
“All those involved in the impeachment court from lawmakers, prosecutors, senator-judges, the staff and the witnesses are paid by the people… their wages are paid by the tax payers,” said Cruz.
This, according to the prelates, is unacceptable since the money could instead be channeled to more useful things for the public.
“(Typhoon) Sendong caused heavy damages but where’s the government’s attention? They are more focused at the Senate,” said Cruz.
On Tuesday, the Senate, seating as an impeachment court, was forced to postpone their proceedings after the House prosecution panel came unprepared to present their evidences.
The second day of impeachment proceedings lasted for about two hours or just a little longer than the opening day last Monday. [CBCPNews]