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KMU throws support behind Corona’s dare

“Sign your waivers now!”

This was labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno’s demand to the 188 congressmen who signed the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Renato Corona and to Sen. Franklin Drilon as it announced today its support for the embattled chief magistrate’s dare to those working for his impeachment.

Corona dared the legislators to sign a document waiving the secrecy of their bank accounts and financial records in exchange for his signature in the same document.

“We dare Sen. Drilon and the 188 legislators to sign their waivers with the same speed that they signed the impeachment complaint against CJ Corona. We dare them to speak with the same tone of self-righteousness that they used when they signed the complaint,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

“Is Corona’s dare realistic? Yes, if Pres. Aquino, who presents himself as a staunch opponent of graft and corruption, will use his immense influence over Congress to make the legislators sign the waivers,” he added.

“Pres. Aquino made the country’s legislators sign the impeachment complaint against Corona with ease and aplomb. He should ask them to sign the waivers,” he said.

The labor center said that the disclosure of the majority of the country’s legislators would be good for workers and the poor.

“It is in the interest of workers and the poor to have an access to the bank accounts and financial records of both CJ Corona on the one hand and the country’s 188 legislators and Sen. Drilon on the other,” Labog said.

“The disclosure of the bank accounts and financial records of the country’s legislators will be of immense educational value to the public, including the legislators’ constituents. It is not for nothing that the House of Representatives has repeatedly been called ‘Alligator Farm’,” he said.

“These records will show the public just where we are exactly in the ‘daang matuwid,’ or the Aquino government’s declared war on corruption,” he added.

KMU said the Chief Justice’s dare is most welcome, as far as the country’s workers and the poor are concerned.

“With regard to allegations about his bank accounts and financial records, a blanket denial from Corona would be bad. A public disclosure by him would be good. But the revelation of the bank accounts and financial records of both Corona and his persecutors would be better,” Labog said.

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