Read the actual affidavit where “Mang Indo” claims Chief Justice Corona poked a gun at him
By Raïssa Robles
From the grave, two men have reportedly been crying out for justice.
Now, suddenly, they have a chance to be heard.
I am talking of Pedro Aguilon and Jose Maria Basa III.
Two months ago, I posted the letter of the late Jose Maria Basa III to the Judicial Bar Council in an article entitled Relative warned JBC in 2001: Corona could bring “disrepute” to SC because this was verifiable.
But I could not post then the sworn affidavit of the late Pedro Aguilon (Mang Indo) because I had no way of verifying whether the affidavit really existed because it was made some 15 years ago.
UPDATED: March 7, 2012 : Chief Justice Renato Corona’s message to the Filipino people as told to GMA News TV news anchor Mike Enriquez over radio station DZBB this morning –
Gusto ko lang maintindihan nila kung bakit ako nakikipaglaban dito.
The fight is bigger than me, pinaglalaban ko dito ang rule of law, independence of the judiciary.
Naging malaking problema dito – sa paningin ko dalawa dahilan kung bakit gusto akong tanggalin dito.
Ang Hacienda Luisita dito. At ang hinihingi ng certain parties na 10 billion pesos bilang kabayaran sa Hacienda Luisita. ..e ako ang humahadlang diyan.
Pangalawa, yung conrtrol ng judiciary. Hindi tama yan. Pag nakontrol ang judiciary at ako ay bumigay dito. Masyadong malakas ang concentraiton…kawawa ang hudikatura at ang taong bayan…
Cristina Corona’s cousin confirms gun-poking incident
Today, an interview of Anna Basa, daughter of the late Jose Maria Basa III, was published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer. In the interview, Anna Basa mentioned that Renato Corona, the husband of her cousin Cristina, once “pointed a gun” at Mang Indo, the former caretaker of the building owned by the Basa-Guidote Enterprises.
No, I did not get my copy from Ana Basa whom I have yet to meet or talk to.
I am posting the two-page affidavit of Mang Indo below for the following reasons:
Today, Anna Basa confirmed the incident that Mang Indo had experienced. Anna Basa placed it in context:
It happened when my father (Jose Maria Basa III) came here because he heard complaints from tenants of BGEI. We went to the property where BGEI was located. Mang Indo was a caretaker there. He let us into the property one evening. The Coronas got mad. Mang Indo said he was so scared that he did not want to file a case against Corona after the latter put a gun to his head. He feared that if he filed a case, Corona might kill him.
The barangay captain was actually encouraging him to file a case but he was so afraid. He is not rich and does not have the means to do so.
He just executed a sworn statement of what actually happened to him so that in the event that something really happened to him, at least people would know this experience he had.
When Corona put a gun to his head, Corona said: Gusto mo bang pasabugin kong mukha mo (Do you want me to blast your face)? That’s what the Chief Justice said to him back in 1997 (showing to the Inquirer the original copy of Mang Indo’s sworn affidavit).
At that time, Ana Basa said that Corona:
was already with Malacañang Palace, and I believe he was adviser for legal affairs for President (Fidel) Ramos. I know my father had written to President Ramos about our case, what’s been happening to us, and to GMA (President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo).
Today, Chief Justice Corona’s counsel Tranquil Salvador III was asked about the gun-poking incident. Salvador replied:
I will ask him (Corona) about it. But to my mind, it’s not in the character and personality of the Chief Justice to do those things.
And today, I was able to trace the notary public who had notarized Pedro Aguilon’s sworn affidavit on October 15, 1997. Lawyer Andres P. Manuel Jr confirmed to me by phone that he was a notary public.
However, he said he had no recollection at all of the affidavit and he would not be able to retrieve his records on it because it was so long ago.
Atty Manuel did confirm he was with the Bulacan Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines as what was stamped on the affidavit.
It is therefore Mang Indo’s word against that of the chief magistrate.
Frankly, I found what Mang Indo said very shocking. And I do not know at this point whether what Mang Indo alleged was true or not. Perhaps his family could come out and speak up, too.
But one thing has puzzled me. The reaction of CJ Corona’s lawyer appears to be too mild. Why did he not simply say – that’s a canard hurled at my client.
Atty Tranquil Salvador said “I will ask him about it. But to my mind, it’s not in the character and personality of the Chief Justice to do those things.”
I would like to give CJ Corona the benefit of the doubt. I won’t believe this affidavit until he speaks out on the matter. Meanwhile, since this is of great public interest, I thought people should read the affidavit directly for themselves and see what it is all about. So that they can understand the context. And then they can compare what this old man said about CJ Corona with what the world knows about him.
So here is Mang Indo’s affidavit. It’s a startling contrast to what was written about the Corona couple in the piece – Corona thorugh Corona’s eyes For those who find the document blurred, please type “control +” on your keyboard to enlarge it (And “conrol -” to decrease the size.)
Sorry, the original is typewritten so it can’t really be made sharp.