Lawyer on VP's Non Indication of Meralco Shares on SALN: That is betrayal of public trust

On a Facebook post, Atty. Bruce V. Rivera shared his view on why VP Leni Robredo’s failure to give amount of Meralco shares in her SALN is subject for impeachment.


“Eto po ang pinakasimpleng explanation.
Nuong panahon ni PNoy, napatalsik nila si CJ Corona. At namatay si Chief Justice dahil sa sama ng loob. Kasi ang dahilan ng pagkakaalis niya ay may dollar accounts siyang hindi naideclare (na hindi naman malaki) sa SALN niya. Ang dahilan ni CJ, hindi sa kanya yun at gamit lang ang pangalan niya para iaccommodate sa negosyo ng kamag-anak niya. At malamang, nakalimutan niya sa dami ng nasa isip niya. Ako nga hindi CJ, bayad ng internet nakakalimutan ko.

Pero hindi ito dahilan para sa mga hurado na mga senator kasama sina Trillanes, Drilon et al. Walang good faith. Impeachable yun.

Enter Leni at ang SALN niya nuong tumakbo silang bilang Congresswoman. Hindi binigay sa amin sa SALN niya bilang VP candidate kahit isang buwang mahigit na kami humihingi”
, said the Attorney.

He added that on the Vice President’s SALN, her assets are more than 8 million of worth, and on the part of its Business Interest, Meralco shares was specified only that, the number of shares and its worth are not indicated, there is even no description. He pointed that asset is different from business interest. . “Ang asset, pag-aari mo o ng asawa mo. Ang business interest, hindi mo pag-aari. May interest ka lang dahil pag-aari ng ward mo dahil guardian ka, ikaw ang magmamana nun, may collectible ka sa may-ari ng shares na yun etc”, said Rivera.

He also stressed that Leni cannot take as defense that she doesn’t know the worth of the shares which she admitted on the Television. She is a laywer, she’s aware of the law. Trillianes used the same point of argument when he questioned CJ Corona, that he is a lawyer.

“Kung kayang ipa-impeach ng mga dilawan si Corona dahil sa katangahan o di kaya dahil nakalimutan niya ilagay yun, mas masagwa ang ginawa ni Leni”, he added.

He finished his post by highlighting that this error on the SALN is a Betrayal of Public Trust, because it is the basis of the Filipino People’s trust and confidence to her.  “At kung sa simula pa lang ay nilinlang na tayo sa SALN, paano tayo nakakasiguro na hindi tayo linlangin”,

Below is Atty. Rivera's full Facebook post:

Source: Atty. Bruce Rivera