SUPREME Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno says through her lawyers that she will not be waving the confidentiality of her bank deposits under the Bank Secrecy Law in the face of the impeachment complaint against her at the House of Representatives.
What does that tell about the highest official of the judicial branch of government, the primus interpares or the first among co-equals among justices of the Supreme Court?
A lot and, alas, not necessarily positively since secrecy and taking shelter behind legal technicalities, many Filipinos would say, serve as the succour of scoundrels and those who may be hiding ill-gotten wealth.
CJ Sereno should take a long, hard look at the impeachment of her predecessor to know that it is best to make a clean breast of everything well before government agencies like the Anti-Money Laundering Council are forced by the Senate sitting as an impeachment court to produce documents.
As the saying goes, if one has nothing to hide then why hide behind the Bank Secrecy Law, an outdated piece of legislation already junked by most of the countries that passed something of its kind.
“For whom the bell tolls? It tolls for thee.”