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Posted by admin on June 8, 2012 at 02:05 am
FOR a moment there, I thought that our people have lost interest in local politics as their attention was drawn to the circumstances that resulted from the Corona impeachment trial. It appeared that the masses were dazzled by the new attitude and respect for our laws that were aroused and generated by the process.
But then, as politics began to recover its lost ground, so we bring to the national consciousness the fact that there are some people, including Gov. Gwen Garcia, who has interest to promote as possible candidate for the Senate. (Read more)
Posted by admin on June 7, 2012 at 02:06 am
A PETITION filed with International Criminal Court (ICC) accuses Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago of being unfit to join the 18-judge tribunal handling cases of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
The group US Pinoys for Good Government questions Miriam’s “integrity, soundness of mind, and emotional and psychological stability.” (Read More)
Posted by admin on June 6, 2012 at 02:09 am
WILL the conviction fix the weak justice system of our country?
The impeachment case of former Chief Justice Renato Corona which was concluded last Tuesday arose various reactions and emotions against and in favor to the convicted official. (Read more)
Posted by admin on June 6, 2012 at 02:08 am
THE recent conviction of Renato Corona by the Senate acting as impeachment court has exposed, for us, one interesting point: the dearth of Cebuano names recognizable enough at the national level to be mentioned as chief justice material.
Considering that Cebu has already produced in recent history two Supreme Court chief justices in Marcelo Fernan and Hilario Davide Jr., this can also be considered a gloomy point. (Read more)
Posted by admin on June 4, 2012 at 02:21 am
WITH the initial hint from President Aquino he’d appoint an independent chief justice, maybe a Supreme Court (SC) outsider, there’s little for speculators to work on.
But it wouldn’t be reckless to assume the next Renato Corona wouldn’t be:
–Anyone resembling Renato Corona, who looks, talks, and walks like him, not one who hoards dollars, or has a 30-year feud with his wife’s family; (Read more)
Posted by admin on June 4, 2012 at 02:12 am
THERE appears to be a rush to require government officials to sign bank waivers to allow public scrutiny of their financial worth.
Those to be considered for the post of Supreme Court Chief Justice will have to sign such waivers, a member of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said. Lawyer Milagros Cayosa, representative of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines to the JBC, said the waiver would be for purposes of evaluation by the council. (Read more)
Posted by admin on June 3, 2012 at 02:25 am
TEN days before the Impeachment Court’s promulgation of verdict on CJ Corona, Malacañang was not certain if the Prosecution could muster 16 votes from the senator-judges needed for conviction.
The most number that the Palace can get from the 23 jurors was 11, with nine (9) uncertain as to their judgment. (Read more)
Posted by admin on June 3, 2012 at 02:23 am
GUILTY means the Senate is beholden to Malacañang. Not guilty means the Senate is independent. This was how the politically-wired mind of former senator Ernie Maceda framed the Senate impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona last January.
I was at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport terminal together with some members of the Cebu media during a Sinulog-related event when suddenly Maceda emerged from the throng of tourists at the international arrival area. Ambushed by reporters present, the former senator pointed out that the administration of President Noynoy Aquino had no numbers to convict. It was easier for the Corona camp to get eight senators for acquittal. (Read more)
Posted by admin on June 2, 2012 at 02:29 am
RENATO Corona has been impeached. The truth has triumphed. The nation has won. Finally. And it was neither the brilliance of the prosecution nor the ineptitude of the defense that brought about the chief justice’s conviction. Predictably, it was Corona’s galling arrogance that brought about his own downfall.
The defense panel admittedly committed a fatal flaw in summoning Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to the stand as hostile witness but beyond the Ombudsman’s damning testimony, the chief justice tied the noose around his neck all by himself. (Read more)
Posted by admin on June 2, 2012 at 02:27 am
ONE aspect of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial was the widespread use of technology innovations that kept Filipinos here and abroad updated.
Those in meetings, commuting or out of the country found ways to watch those crucial trial moments on Corona’s testimony and the court’s verdict. (Read more)
Posted by admin on June 2, 2012 at 02:26 am
I BELIEVE it is our duty to resolve this ‘dilemma’ in favor of upholding the law and sound public policy,” said Senator-judge Juan Ponce Enrile, the presiding officer of the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona. Enrile announced Corona guilty in a count of 20 senator-judges voting against 3.
While it lasted, the session of the impeachment trial was in everybody’s life for months, day in, day out. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 30, 2012 at 06:57 am
MAY 29 now holds an exceptional place in history books as it is the day that a government official was convicted by an impeachment court.
The long and demanding Corona Trial that has made a bench seat in the international scene has finally come to a burly ruling. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 30, 2012 at 06:55 am
CHIEF Justice Renato Corona ended his opening statement before the Senate impeachment court by saying, “And now the Chief Justice of the Republic of the Philippines wishes to be excused.”
He stood up and left the court without being discharged as a witness but was prevented from leaving the Senate. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 30, 2012 at 06:55 am
BY A VOTE of 20 to 3, the Senate sitting as impeachment court found Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty of culpable violation of the Constitution for his failure to declare all his assets in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). Only one conviction is needed in any of the three Articles of Impeachment deliberated upon by the impeachment court.
The senators went on nominal voting and each of them was given a few minutes to explain his or her vote. Those who found Corona guilty of violating Section 17, Article II of the 1987 Constitution for not declaring all his assets in his SALN were the following: (Read more)
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