Archive for May 28th, 2012
Posted by admin on May 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm
MANILA (8th Update, 4:55 p.m.) – Ending the closing arguments of the prosecution panel, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. pleaded to the impeachment tribunal to vote on the case against Chief Justice Renato Corona based on conscience and the evidence presented.
“I ask that you vote according to conscience, and the evidence. Find Chief Justice Corona guilty,” Belmonte, a “surprise” speaker for the prosecution team’s closing arguments, said. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm
MANILA (6th Update, 4:15 p.m.) – Lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona challenged anew Monday before the Senate impeachment court the validity of the complaint filed against the chief magistrate.
Defense lead counsel Serafin Cuevas said they find nothing in the impeachment complaint that states the 188 congressmen who signed it were convened at any time. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm
MANILA (5th Update, 4:01 p.m.) – While Chief Justice Renato Corona’s lawyers want him acquitted, the prosecution appealed to the impeachment court not to allow the chief magistrate to get away with mere alibis.
“He should be removed as a Chief Justice,” Ilocos Norte Representative Rodolfo Fariñas, the deputy lead prosecutor, said in his argument before the Senate impeachment court Monday. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm
MANILA (4th Update, 3:23 p.m.) – Lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona asked the Senate impeachment court Monday to acquit Corona, stressing he should not be removed from office for a minor breach of law.
Granting, for the sake of argument, that he failed to publicly disclose some of his properties and cash deposits, lawyer Eduardo delos Angeles, former dean of the Ateneo de Manila Law School, said this lapse is not punishable by removal from post. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm
MANILA (2nd Update, 2:53 p.m.) – The prosecution panel reiterated in its argument Monday that Chief Justice Renato Corona is no longer fit to head the Judiciary “for all the wrongs” that he has done while in office.
Lead prosecutor and Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas said his team and the Filipino people are convinced that Corona lied under oath to the wealth that he could not explain. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm
THE Supreme Court (SC) may moot the petition of Chief Justice Renato Corona to stop the Senate impeachment court from probing his bank deposits in view of the magistrate’s unconditional waiver over his bank accounts.
The Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, is expected to take a vote today, Tuesday, on whether or not to convict Corona on three remaining articles of impeachment. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm
A MEMBER of Permanent Council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is hoping that the senator-judges of the impeachment court would decide based on the evidence and not on politics.
“I hope the senators will base it on the evidence of both parties and not on politics or on whether one is an ally or not of the present government,” said Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso in an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas on Monday. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 28, 2012 at 05:33 am
CONVICTED or acquitted, Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona wouldn’t survive the ordeal of impeachment.
If convicted, he’d lose his position as the highest magistrate, with privileges and all else he forfeits under the law. (Read more)
Posted by admin on May 28, 2012 at 05:31 am
I THINK it was former Vice President Noli de Castro who first asked the question: by how many votes did Jessica Sanchez lose to Philip Phillips in the American Idol balloting? I’m not sure if a group of US-based Filipinos heard him, too, but they are now asking the show’s producers to release the number of votes received by each finalist. Holy cow, what will they do next, demand a recount?
I am raising the issue because today, hopefully, the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Renato Corona will finally be laid to rest. Regardless of how the senator-judges vote on Corona’s fate, we should be mature enough to respect it. (Read more)