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Prosecution spokespersons release SALNs

Posted by on June 7, 2012 at 04:37 am

True to their word, two other spokespersons of the impeachment prosecution team voluntarily released their 2011 statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) one week after the ouster of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

House Deputy Majority Leader Romero Frederico “Miro” Quimbo and Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara earlier hesitated to provide copies of their SALNs to media to avoid sidetracking the impeachment trial of the former chief magistrate. (Read more)

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JBC receives 3 nominees for next Chief Justice

Posted by on June 7, 2012 at 02:01 am

The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) received Thursday nominations for a woman’s rights advocate, a state lawyer and a former law school dean, a day after formally opening nominations for the Chief Justice post.

The three nominees were lawyer Katrina Legarda, Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza and Cesar Villaneuva, dean emeritus of the Ateneo Law School. (Read more)

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Corona prosecutors hailed for 'unprecedented achievement'

Posted by on June 6, 2012 at 04:39 am

THE House of Representatives held on Wednesday a victory party for the “unprecedented achievement” of its 11-man prosecution team during the impeachment trial of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Before it adjourned sine die, the House adopted House Resolution (HR) 2463 commending the congressmen-prosecutors; HR 2462 for the 57 private prosecutors; and HR 2461 for the impeachment secretariat staff. (Read more)

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Nomination for new Chief Justice opens

Posted by on June 6, 2012 at 04:38 am

THE Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) formally opened Wednesday the nomination for the position of chief justice in the Supreme Court.

In its website, the JBC announced that its secretariat will receive applications or nominations until June 18, after which it will begin scheduling the public interview of aspirants to the top judicial post. (Read more)

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AMLC backs more exceptions to foreign deposit law

Posted by on June 5, 2012 at 04:43 am

THE Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) is in favor of a proposed law in the House of Representatives that would expand the exceptions on the disclosure of dollar deposits.

A week after former Chief Justice Renato Corona was convicted by the impeachment tribunal, the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries discussed on Tuesday House bills amending Republic Act (RA) 6426 or the Foreign Currency Deposit Act. (Read more)

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Marquez: I won’t resign

Posted by on June 5, 2012 at 04:42 am

FORMER Supreme Court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez turned down Tuesday calls for him to step down as court administrator, a position that he used to hold in a concurrent capacity during the aborted terms of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona and retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

“Wala naman akong nakikita na rason para magbitiw (I find no reason to quit),” said Marquez on renewed calls made by the party-list group Akbayan. (Read more)

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JBC decision to impose additional requirements ‘unanimously approved’

Posted by on June 5, 2012 at 04:41 am

A member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) defended Monday the constitutionality of its decision to require new applicants for the vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) to submit a waiver of confidentiality on their bank deposits.

Lawyer Milagros Fernan-Cayosa, who represents the lawyers group Integrated Bar of the Philippines, said the decision to impose said additional requirement was unanimously approved by the members of the council for those aspiring for the lone vacancy in the High Court.  (Read more)

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Palace to let Henares, de Lima decide on chief justice post

Posted by on June 5, 2012 at 04:40 am

Malacanang said Tuesday that it will let Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares weigh their options with regard possible nominations to the chief justice post.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said both Cabinet officials are “qualified to be the next Chief Justice” but the decision will come from them and not from Malacanang. (Read more)

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House Speaker backtracks on SALN release

Posted by on June 4, 2012 at 04:45 am

THE House of Representatives should investigate reports of a “party-list accreditation for sale” scheme at the Commission on Elections (Comelec), two party-list lawmakers said, as the 2013 midterm elections near.

Bayan Muna party-list Representatives Neri Colmenares and Teddy Casino filed House Resolution 2472, urging the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms to probe reports of poll officials asking for bribe money in exchange for accrediting party-list groups. (Read more)

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Corona packs bags, bids goodbye to High Court staff

Posted by on June 4, 2012 at 04:44 am

Supreme Court employees hugged and cried before former Chief Justice Renato Corona as he cleared his desk on Monday, nearly a week after he was removed from office by the Senate impeachment court.

Corona, along with wife Cristina and daughter Carla, went to his spacious office in the Supreme Court’s second floor to pack his things. The Coronas stayed for at least three hours, busily receiving employees who brought T-shirts and photos of the magistrate for him to sign.  (Read more)

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Raps vs Corona pushed

Posted by on June 3, 2012 at 04:50 am

The lead public prosecutor in the impeachment trial of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona said the government should continue to probe the former Supreme Court (SC) official despite his removal from office.

“The Ombudsman should continue the investigation using the evidence submitted by the prosecution to the Senate,” prosecutor and Representative Niel Tupas Jr. (Iloilo) said in a text message. (Read more)

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Corona: No regrets

Posted by on June 3, 2012 at 04:47 am

Former Chief Justice Renato Corona said Sunday he has no regrets making a stand for the cause of judicial independence and called for wider transparency in government service.

Corona, who was removed from his post Tuesday last week after the Senate impeachment court found him guilty of betraying the public trust and committing culpable violation for failing to truthfully declare his assets and net worth, said the quest for transparency does not end with his ouster. (Read more)

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Aquino warned vs appointing ally as Chief Justice

Posted by on June 3, 2012 at 04:46 am

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago told President Benigno Aquino III to expect a backlash if he decides to appoint a political ally as replacement to deposed Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Santiago, who voted against Corona’s conviction last May 29, said Aquino will only prove his critics right that the end goal of removing the ex-magistrate was to sworn in a Palace-friendly candidate. (Read more)

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Aquino may appoint outsider to chief justice post

Posted by on June 2, 2012 at 04:52 am

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday expressed readiness to break the tradition and appoint an outsider to the highest post in the judiciary.

“If I remember the Constitution correctly, it is stated there that the Judicial and Bar Council will give me a list and that’s where I will choose but there is no injunction there that limits it to current members of the Supreme Court,” Aquino said in an interview during the First River Summit in Iloilo City. (Read more)

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How the Senator-Judges voted on Article II (Concealing of some of his properties and cash deposits in his SALN
Senators Vote
Edgardo J. Angara
Edgardo J. Angara

GUILTY

"I may grant the CJ plea of honest mistake of judgment but given his broad experience in public law…this willful and deliberate admission together with magnitude of amounts involved amounts to culpable violation."

Joker P. Arroyo
Joker P. Arroyo

NOT GUILTY

"Impeachment is a political process not a political assassination"

Alan Peter Compañero S. Cayetano
Alan Peter S. Cayetano

GUILTY

"If your client cannot explain, I cannot abstain."
If you did not disclose, we have to depose. If you are not fit, you cannot sit.


Pia S. Cayetano
Pia S. Cayetano

GUILTY

"Minor inaccuracies in the SALN...would not amount to betrayal of public trust. But, the failure to declare 2.4 million dollars and some P80 Million pesos is not minor...Once that trust is gone, we must step down to preserve the integrity of the position we hold."

Miriam Defensor Santiago
Miriam Defensor Santiago

NOT GUILTY

"An omission in good faith in the SALN carries a light penalty, and is even allowed to be corrected.  Thus, it is not impeachable...I find it reprehensible that the AMLA document was introduced in evidence, without authentication, as required by the Rules of Evidence."

Franklin M. Drilon
Franklin M. Drilon

GUILTY

"Where our Constitution and our laws require disclosure, he chose the path of concealment. He has lost his moral fitness to serve the people. He has betrayed the public trust. He cannot be Chief Justice a minute longer. "

Juan Ponce Enrile
Juan Ponce Enrile

GUILTY

"With all due respect, I believe that the Respondent Chief Justice's reliance on the absolute confidentiality accorded to foreign currency deposits under Section 8 of Republic Act No. 6426 is grossly misplaced."

Francis 'Chiz' Escudero
Francis G. Escudero

GUILTY

"Ang pinagbabawalan ng FCDU law na mag-release ng impormasyon ukol sa dollar deposits ay ang mga bangko at di ang depositor. Samantala, ang Konstitusyon at R.A. 6713, pinag-uutos na ideklara ng lahat ng opisyal ng pamahalaan ang lahat ng kanilang yaman at pagkakautang. Kung ayaw mo ito ideklara, eh di huwag kang tumakbo para sa, o tumanggap ng anumang, pwesto sa pamahalaan. "

Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada
Jinggoy Estrada

GUILTY

"I regret to say that I am not convinced. Because the Chief Justice is a learned man of law. He is in fact, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court - isang opisyal na hindi lamang malalim ang kaalaman sa batas, kundi isang opisyal na may tungkuling basahin kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng mga batas."

Teofisto 'TG' Guingona III
Teofisto Guingona III

GUILTY

"We must protect sanctity of Constitution. Corona's non-disclosure of assets is constitutional perversion in its ultimate form."

Gregorio 'Gringo' Honasan
Gregorio B. Honasan II

GUILTY

"We have not proven if the defendant is corrupt. What is clear is that he is no longer fit to preside over the SC."

Panfilo M. Lacson
Panfilo M. Lacson

GUILTY

"Chief Justice Renato Corona used to work as a senior officer of the tax and corporate counseling group of the tax division of a prominent accounting firm, Sycip Gorres and Velayo and Company. He also taught commercial law, taxation and corporate law at the Ateneo de Manila University for 17 years. I find it hard to believe his testimony that he does not understand accounting."

Manuel 'Lito' M. Lapid
Manuel M. Lapid

GUILTY

"Akala ko totooo ang sinabi niya hindi pala. Pinapaniwalaan ko pa si Congressman Fariñas."

Loren Legarda
Loren B. Legarda

GUILTY

"Truthful SALN disclosure is key element of transparent governance..Public trust is earned through transparent, often voluntary, gestures of honesty by officials in question."

Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.

NOT GUILTY

"The Chief Justice sufficiently addressed the accusations against him with regard to the filing of his SALN, and the disclosure of his real properties and peso and dollar deposits."

Sergio R. Osmeña III
Sergio R. Osmeña III

GUILTY

"There is more reason to apply the law when the assets in question amount to P180 million...Nowhere in that FCDU law not allow depositors from disclosing their deposits."

Kiko Pangilinan
Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan

GUILTY

"As a lawyer and an officer of the court, it pains and saddens me to say that clearly the Chief Justice displayed a disturbing pattern of dishonesty, willful concealment, and evasion and a blatant and wanton disregard of the provisions of the Constitution on the SALN...Respect for the rule of law will only be realized if punishment is swift in a fair trial."

Aquilino Martin
Aquilino“Koko” Pimentel III

GUILTY

"There is evidence on record that shows respondent Corona didn't declare in his SALNs his properties. Arguments of respondent do not persuade this senator-judge."

Ralph G. Recto
Ralph G. Recto

GUILTY

"The undeclared assets are so huge that it cannot be pressed aside as innocent exclusion"

Ramon 'Bong' <br />  						Revilla, Jr
Ramon Revilla, Jr.

GUILTY

"Through his own direct admission, the Chief Justice failed to properly disclose all his assets in SALN"

Vicente C. Sotto III
Vicente C. Sotto III

GUILTY

" True judgment must come from the people"

 

Antonio F. Trillanes IV
Antonio F.  Trillanes IV

GUILTY

"The claim of commingled funds and confidentiality of dollar deposits will never be accepted as alibis. From now on, no one's untouchable. "

Manny Villar
Manny Villar

GUILTY

"Nahirapan man ako sa aming desisyon, paniwala ko kailangan talaga ideklara and dollar accounts."