What are the implications of Corona's impeachment to himself and to the nation? A commentary

What are the implications of Corona's impeachment to himself and to the nation? A commentary

Manila : Philippines | May 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM PDT
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What are the implications of Corona’s impeachment to himself and to the nation? A commentary



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Yesterday afternoon, the entire Filipino people watched and through the impeachment court have removed out of office their Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona. It proved that “impeachment” being a constitutional remedy to get rid of a high ranking government official is possible. Undoubtedly, Chief Justice Corona tasted and experienced the angst, pains, depression and humiliation of being written down in pages of Philippine History and jurisprudence as the first “Chief Justice” ever impeached.

Jonathan de Santos of Yahoo, Southeast Asia Newsroom reported, “Corona accepts verdict, leaves future to God.”

Corona accepted the verdict of “Conviction” and said left his future to God. However, he expressed arrogant reservations on the verdict as he accused the impeachment trial court of “bad politics” with the insistence that he has a clean conscience. He deplored to go against public perception that one person holds the “whole machinery of government and media.”

With such sentiments, Corona expressed “self-acquittal for himself” which was impossible. He has to bear and face the consequences of his conviction.

Corona’s “impeachment” means removal from office for cause as established through 20 votes of conviction and only 3 voted for acquittal. Mr. Corona violated 11 of the Articles of Impeachment as pointed out in a vote of conviction and in a synthesis rendered and pronounced by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, the last to vote and said, however this constituted a "deliberate act of excluding substantial assets from his sworn Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth constitutes a culpable violation of the Constitution."

Likewise, Corona violated Section 7 (3} Article 111 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines which states, “(3) A Member of the Judiciary must be a person of proven competence, integrity, probity, and independence.”

Corona’s impeachment yesterday sat, a precedent being the first in the Philippines. It sized up the totality of Corona as human being, a Filipino, member of his profession and religion.

Removal from public office for cause is a betrayal of public. trust. It degraded Corona to the lowest ebb of humiliation before his countrymen and God. Indeed, it was a very disgraceful and unceremonious exit from office for him.

Nonetheless, the Filipino people matured couples of degrees with Corona’s impeachment. It taught how to use constitutional remedies like impeachment to remove public officials from office.

May time and its passing render the much needed healing for Corona consequent of the diverse colors, meanings and implications of impeachment to his person and to his nation.

In same manner, history would underwrite this experience in manners it sees fit and appropriate for present to know about and future generation to come.


  1. http://ph.news.yahoo.com/corona-accepts-verdict--leaves-future-to-god.html
  2. 1987 Philippine Constitution
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Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile presides over the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in Manila
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile presides over the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona in Manila
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