Impeach court unseats Phl chief justice

Impeach court unseats Phl chief justice

Manila : Philippines | May 29, 2012 at 3:29 AM PDT
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The Senate impeachment court on Tuesday handed down a guilty verdict against Chief Justice Renato Corona of the Philippine Supreme Court.

Twenty of 23 senator-judges voted to unseat Corona. Senator-judges Edgardo Angara, Alan Peter Cayateno, Pia Cayetano, Franklin Drilon, Francis Edcudero , Jinggoy Estrada, TG Guingona, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Lito Lapid, Loren Legarda, Sergio Osmeña, Francis Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel III, Ralph Recto and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., Vicente Sotto III, Antonio Trillanes IV, Manny Villar and Senate President Enrile voted that Corona is "guilty" of the offense.

Senators Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. voted to acquit Corona in Article 2. Corona faced only three of the eight articles of impeachment filed by 188 members the House of Representatives.

Article 2 alleged that Corona betrayed public trust and/or committed culpable violation of the Constitution for his failure to disclose some of his alleged properties, including peso and dollar accounts in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) from 2003 to 2010.

Article 3, on the other hand, alleged that Corona's failed to act with competence, integrity and independence in discharging his duties as the country’s top magistrate. Article 7 accused Corona of favoring ex-President Arroyo, who appointed him to the top judicial post.

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Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona talks to a supporter while in a witness stand during a break in his impeachment trial at the Senate in Manila
Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona talks to a supporter while in a witness stand during a break in his impeachment trial at the Senate in Manila
omeroscar is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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