This impeachment trial and the tactics of the prosecution can potentially disrupt a kind of détente amongst Filipino politicians; one that was underpinned by a tacit acknowledgement that any attempt to dig up dirt on the other will simply raise the spectre of a "hidden wealth armageddon" wherein the ensuing tit-for-tat unearthing of one another's treasure chests and skeletons-in-closets will assure the destruction of the veil that cloaks their collective parasitical hold on Philippine society.
From a comment on Get Real Post...
“[It] would be a ‘disservice’ to the country if they do not show the specimen and other bank account details.”–Rep. Romero Quimbo, prosecution spokesman
This is one great statement from the prosecution spokesman that we should all welcome, the defense in particular, for it would indeed be a “disservice” to the Republic if “the specimen and other bank details” of only ONE Member of the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice, are disclosed selectively to the public to verify “a declaration under oath of his assets, liabilities and net worth.”
And this is precisely the intent the Framers conveyed in Sec 17, Art. XI:
“A public officer or employee shall, upon assumption of office and as often thereafter as may be required by law, submit a declaration under oath of his assets, liabilities, and net worth. In the case of the President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Cabinet, the Congress, the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Commissions and other constitutional offices, and officers of the armed forces with general or flag rank, the declaration shall be disclosed to the public in the manner provided by law.”
Hence, in line with his laudable advocacy, Rep. Quimbo–a “public officer, a Member of Congress, at that–should now urge his fellow accusers (Rep. Tupas. in particular) to come with clean hands and voluntarily present to the public they are sworn to serve original copies (if need be) of their bank documents and other financial statements supporting their SALN declarations.
Otherwise, and to quote Rep. Quimbo again,“it would be a disservice to the country”–a “disservice” if only ONE among ALL “public officers” is subjected to the glare of such public scrutiny.
For every allegation of "hidden wealth" thrown by one side against the other will only bring upon itself a similar level of scrutinty around how black the proverbial kettle is.
Interesting times ahead. Perhaps this circus isn't such a bad thing after all.