In January at the start of the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, we exhorted our people to accompany the process in the spirit of prayer wherein we sought guidance, purity of intention and courage to pass judgment with objectivity and fairness.
Even as then we invited people to be vigilant, the real goal was the sincere longing for truth and attainment of the common good. We were unambiguous in our exhortation to respect duly constituted authorities and systems.
The Chief Justice and his family, during the impeachment process, were subject to close scrutiny. But this trial also revealed the condition of our nation. On the one hand, we have seen our lights or virtues, and on the other hand our shadows or our inadequacies were also unmasked.
There were 20 senator-judges who voted for conviction while three voted for acquittal.
During the impeachment process we manifested our differences. We remain divided today. Can we transcend the division?
We pray that we all accept the verdict. We leave other matters to duly constituted legal entities.
We have raised the bar of transparency and accountability for public officials. Let these values be owned up to by all leaders. We should do the same as citizens of our beloved Philippines.
The trial has ended but the challenging journey towards renewal should begin anew. Let us now turn our attention to the plight of the worker, the needs of the hungry, those who long for justice, love and peace.
Let us begin this journey from within. I pray that we uphold the values of life, family, love of country and love of God. I pray that we value more things that unite our people rather than those that divide us.
May the Lord through the intercession of Mother Mary bless our prayers and efforts.
+Jose Palma, DD
Archbishop of Cebu/CBCP President
May 30, 2012
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