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At sinong may sabi na magpre-present sila ng SALN ng iba? Ang pinaguusapan lang ay kung relevant ba yun sa impeachment in case iprisinta nga nila. At kung sakali mang gawin nila yun, manuod ka ng mabuti. Baka malaman mo na ang importansiya ng Salonga case bukod sa prima facie na pinanggigigilan mo.
Circulating in the social media is a letter from a classmate of Chief Justice Renato Corona. Rene Santayana and Renato Corona were in the Ateneo 1962 elementary and 1966 high school graduating classes. Santayana wrote to his class e-group after he received an e-mail on the Newsbreak exposé regarding Corona's embellished academic achievements.
An Atenean from a later batch summed up Santayana's letter as a "message that reflects the dilemmas that we face when we have to choose between doing good and protecting erring kin, friends, and classmates. In Philippine society, the greater good is subsumed to loyalty to the family, the class, the tribe, the fraternity, the organization."
Below is Mr. Santayana's letter to his classmates:
The attached email (the Newsbreak exposé) caught my eye because of its attachments (Corona's academic resumé submitted to Malacañan in 1992 when he worked for the Ramos administration; a screen grab of Corona's resumé in the Supreme Court website prior to its alteration in March 14, 2010; Ateneo commencement programs from grade school, high school, college, and college of law) and so I decided to briefly drop a line to this forum. I imagine there is a great deal of “talk” about the ongoing impeachment proceedings which is why I am forwarding this to the Yahoo group.
Many of the attachments in this email will be familiar to you. Certainly, they were to me. The heavy hitters in our batch were Edjop (Edgar Jopson), Bobby Jayme, Rhett Pleno, Jacques Schnabel, Inggo Diaz, Chito Gomez, Louie Hernandez, Dari Pagcaliwagan, and Benito Diaz. I never saw nor do I recall the name of Corona having stood out in any honors list during our years in the Ateneo. Do you?
The point is ... why lie about it? There are more than a hundred of us classmates—surely a large number will recall what really transpired in school? What a blatant display of arrogance and contempt! This I take personally because it touches me and it violates whatever small personal unsullied space I can still cling to in this life. I cannot stand idly by and allow myself to be made complicit in this.
If we cannot trust a man in small things, how can we trust him in big things? Grade school and high school ... who still includes those in a professional resume anymore? Frankly, it's not even worth mentioning, much less lying about. Yet, some people choose to fabricate and weave untruths ... and use it for self promotion. Anyone who can lie about such small things can lie about anything—yes, even the biggest things.
In this particular instance it is very difficult to show any support even for a classmate, unless you are prepared to compromise your own principles. Personally I was reserving judgment and waiting for events to unfold. It seems the wait is over. This is an issue we are all familiar with. This has nothing to do with Malacañang, nothing to do with the Senate, nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with principle, character and integrity.
Regardless of the outcome, this early Rene Corona himself has shown me that he is unworthy of his position—or any other responsible position. The cumulative weight of all those petty lies and belabored half-truths is crushing and it leaves him bereft of any moral ground to stand on. He should just admit his guilt, resign immediately and hang his head in shame.
It's 2:17 in the morning. More than 5 hours have gone by and still I cannot bring myself to press the “send” button. In the end I realize that I will have to—or suffer the loss of my own principles. But that does not make it any easier. What an utter disappointment! For all of us.
Grabe with honors daw siya nag graduate sa Ateneo pero mismong mga kaklase na niya ang nagsasabi na ala siya sa mga elite or performing students during their time and even records shows he hadnt receive any high achievement etc from said school....So he lied about this as well?? Damn!! if you will lie about such things how about those bigger issues?? Im not suprised why he is like the man that he is now..he is not fit for the seat of a CJ!!!
It's easy to prove or disprove that. Just publish the list of those with 'honors'.
Even the author of that letter only admits that his only evidence is him NOT recalling whether Corona was in the honors list. I can remember who the top ten people of my high school class (and even just that with some difficulty) were, but I cannot remember all of those who graduated with an academic distinction.
nakakatawa naman ito.
parang sinasabi na just because he doesn't remember that corona graduated with honors in 1962 and 1966, ibig sabihin corona did not graduate with honors. 1962 and 1966...di ba 50 and 46 years ago iyon. siempre hindi naman maalala lahat
malay mo senile na iyang classmate kaya hindi niya maalala. o may balak magpa-appoint sa gobyerno kaya sumisipsip na.
By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Did he lie? Did he misrepresent? Was he negligent?
The Internet is abuzz with expressions of shock and disgust coming mostly from some graduates of the Ateneo de Manila University, alma mater of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona who is going through an impeachment trial.
“Corona lied about academic honors!” by Riziel Ann Cabreros is about Corona’s claims, as shown in his resumé, that he graduated with high honors from Ateneo grade school, high school, college and law school. But record checks proved otherwise. (Writer Cabreros works with ANC as a segment producer of “Pipol” and as a news writer. She is a researcher for journalist Marites Dañguilan Vitug’s upcoming book on the Supreme Court, a much-awaited one, I must say.)
Cabreros asked: “Did Chief Justice Renato Corona embellish his academic achievements brandished on the website of the Supreme Court before it was altered just a few days ago? Given some inconsistencies with records seen by Rappler, he might have been, at the very least, negligent or had allowed false claims to be made about him. At the most, he himself could have misrepresented his own achievements.” (Rappler is an online news network.)
Cabreros wrote that in the resumé that Corona submitted to Malacañang in 1992, when he was assistant executive secretary for legal affairs of then President Fidel V. Ramos, he claimed that he finished grade school to law school in the Ateneo with honors. He made the same claims on the Supreme Court website as of March 9, 2012, Cabreros added.
Here were Corona’s claims in his resumé: That he earned his Bachelor of Laws degree “with honors as no. 5 in the class of 44 members.” That he finished his Bachelor of Arts course “with academic honors.” That he graduated from high school with “silver medal graduation honors,” and from grade school with “gold medal graduation honors.”
Cabreros declared: “Our investigation shows these are not true.” I could only mutter: “Patay kang bata ka!”
Outside of the grave charges against Corona at the impeachment trial, there have been other questions festering in the moonlight, foremost among them Corona’s midnight appointment by then outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (now in detention for a string of alleged nonbailable offenses), his fitness and credibility as Chief Justice, etc. Even the doctorate degree conferred upon him by the University of Santo Tomas was under a cloud of doubt because of waived requirements. Recent university students’ surveys on Corona, though pooh-poohed by his defenders, show poor ratings.
Now another school-related tempest is upon him. After reading Cabreros’ news report, Rene Santayana, Corona’s schoolmate at the Ateneo, wrote: “The point is … why lie about it? There are more than a hundred of us classmates—surely a large number will recall what really transpired in school? What a blatant display of arrogance and contempt! This I take personally because it touches me and it violates whatever small personal unsullied space I can still cling to in this life. I cannot stand idly by and allow myself to be made complicit in this.”
Cabreros cited Vitug’s book “Shadow of Doubt” (2010) where the latter wrote that university records “don’t reflect” Corona’s claims in his profile posted on the Supreme Court website.
Here are some info that Cabreros discovered and wrote about:
A college commencement program, dated April 19, 1970, indicates Corona graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Corona is nowhere in the college honors list, contrary to what is in his resumé and on the Supreme Court website. Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio and the late activists Edgar M. Jopson and Emmanuel F. Lacaba were among his batchmates in college. Jopson was the valedictorian of Corona’s high school batch.
Corona is not on the list of high school honor awardees. Corona graduated from Ateneo’s high school department on April 30, 1966 and was awarded a silver medal under the category of “Activity Awards.” This was for his involvement in the Science Club. But he was not on the elite list of those who graduated with honors, contrary to claims in his resumé and the Supreme Court website.
Corona graduated from grade school on March 22, 1962 with an “Honorable Mention” and not a “gold medal” as claimed in the Supreme Court website. His gold medal was for an “Academic Contest Award” in spelling (Filipino).
The new Supreme Court website says: “Chief Justice Corona had a sterling record as a student. He graduated with gold medal honors from the Ateneo de Manila grade school in 1962 and high school in 1966. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree, also with honors, from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1970. He was appointed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2010.”
Cabreros said that Corona claimed, too, in his resumé that he earned his Bachelor of Laws degree “with honors as no. 5 in the class of 44 members.” There were 44 students in his batch.
Cabreros disputed this and wrote: “According to the law school’s commencement program, he graduated on March 31, 1974 with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He graduated with no honors. It was Arturo D. Brion, now an associate justice of the Supreme Court, who graduated valedictorian with a gold medal for academic excellence. Corona is not among those listed as having graduated with honors and distinctions in law school.”
So Mr. Santayana, like you, I also am offended because, yikes, Ateneo is also my alma mater. My heart beating wildly, I went over Ateneo’s sesquicentennial coffeetable book “To Give and Not Count the Cost: Ateneans Inspiring Ateneans 1859-2009,” which contains stories about 150 Ateneans written by 150 plus Ateneans. (I wrote about my teacher Fr. Jaime Bulatao SJ.) I was relieved to not find a write-up on Corona in it.
Sabi ng senate, hindi raw relevant. Pero ewan natin nga naman. At kung may ipresenta man, ang tanong ko ay iyon pa din. "May ipre-present silang SALN na may undeclared assets (like assets bought from the CJ's funds but under the children's name), assets well over legal income?"
Last edited by peterin; Apr 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM.
How could people be so blinded that they will defend him regardless what truth comes out against their idol.. as this is being written the alumni students of ateneo seems to want to disown this atenean as he keeps lying to his teeth and claiming things that are seems not his accomplishments...this is the kind of CJ that we have that even being in high school he will claim that he has beyond normal accomplishments in academic arts...What a BULL!!!
Any news about the harassment of Aquino Admin kay Chief Justice? Hindi ****** maugong sa amin e. Links, reports naman please. How is he harassed?
Feeling ko inililihis nila yung issue about harassment of chief justice. Wala ako mahagilap na news nun sa TFC e
Once and for all
Apr 6, 03:35 PM
PH Political Scene
By DANIEL LLANTO
There is a Supreme Court decision on a politics-ridden case issued under impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona in which President Benigno Aquino III finds no beef at all. Or at least doesn’t show it. This is the “final and executory” judgment of SC that Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco personally owned his 20 percent stake in San Miguel Corp. and not lifted from the coco levy fund as alleged.
The high tribunal sent a six-page “entry of judgment” notice on Cojuangco’s SMC shares March 27 to the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), advising the latter to once and for all lift the sequestration of these shares. The listing of the decision in the permanent Book of Entries of Judgments officially marks the end of 30 years of judicial battles for the supposed proceeds from the coco levy fund appropriated by Marcos and his cronies. The notice indicated that no way can the case be reopened the way Philippine Airlines managed to have the final SC decision reopened on its case against PAL employees.
The controversial shares are now worth close to P60 billion and strengthened Cojuangco’s position as chairman of the giant food, beverage and packaging conglomerate that has expanded its presence in other Southeast Asian countries. Of late, SMC is poised to obtain a majority stake in the distressed PAL.
Coconut farmers are beyond themselves with grief and rage, as can be expected. More so when most coconut planters’ organizations noticed that President Aquino seems unaffected by the SC ruling. But there is the more perceptive view that the President, being a nephew of Danding who contributed generously to his campaign, in fact helped the SC ruling along because of this family affinity.
The supposed sneaky move started with the appointment of Francis Jardeleza as solicitor general last February in place of resigned Solgen Jose Anselmo Cadiz. Earlier, the President also reappointed Jeronimo Kilayko as president-CEO of United Coconut Planters Bank, the custodial bank of the coco levy fund.
What’s the connection? According to coconut farmers’ groups, Centro Saka and Alyansa Magniniyog, Jardeleza has had a long association with Danding as SMC counsel. As for Kilayko, there was an UCPB inhouse audit in 2003 spearheaded by the late Haydee Yorac that supposedly rapped the bank’s top officer for facilitating billions of loans to companies associated with Danding and SMC.
If indeed Mr. Aquino worked against the interest coconut farmers in the matter of the coco levy fund in favor of his uncle Danding, there goes your affirmation of the truism that blood is thicker than (coconut) water.
Just read this one. heto lang nahahagilap kong newspaper dito sa US.
Really, this is fourth hand-info. Why doesn't Marites Vitug come out with this honors list herself and present it to the impeachment court?
EDIT: Eep. This is you quoting Ms. Doyo quoting Cabreros quoting Marites Vitug. So it's actually fifth-hand info.
Desperado siraan ni abnoy sc cj corona che
balik na naman sa propaganda ang yellow brigade...
Kaya kung ordinaryong utak lang si Corona, it doesn't follow, di po ba?
a. Special recognition for unusual academic achievement: graduated from college with honors.
b. A program of advanced study for exceptional students: planned to take honors in history.
You yourself said that presentation of evidence is already finish and vitug is not one of the prosecutors as the allegations of the lies corona made on his claims of academic excellence not a part of the impeachment complaint so why are you daring this question now to be done??..the thing in question is your idols claim of integrity and honesty...seems your IDol is the rotten egg in the basket of the atenean alumni...What gall of the man to claim such accomplishments when he didnt even made such accomplishment at all....