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WB briefed Corona on findings

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World Bank report 'surest evidence' fund for judicial reform was misused, says Palace

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said the World Bank itself informed Chief Justice Renato Corona of its findings on the questionable transactions related to the loan that they granted the Supreme Court.

In a statement, the Palace noted that the WB memoire, dated Dec. 28, 2011, said they briefed Corona about their findings when their team was in Manila in November 2011.

“We wonder why the Chief Justice ordered an investigation when in fact the WB aide memoire itself discloses that Chief Justice Renato Corona was fully informed of the adverse findings – as was Court Administrator and Supreme Court Spokesman Midas Marquez,” the Palace said.

The aide memoire questioned the SC’s misuse of the loan for travels and computers of SC officials.

When we asked Marquez about it on January 10, he said he has not read the report.

“While the Chief Justice and his spokesman plead ignorance, the document is the surest evidence that funds meant for judicial reforms were wasted: and in the process, basic rules of good governance were ignored. The findings are as scandalous as they are shocking,” the Palace statement added. –





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