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The “Telenovela” that was Corona


Seal of the Senate from PH Yahoo News

Seal of the Senate from PH Yahoo News

The Impeachment court passed judgement yesterday leading to a GUILTY verdict against Chief Justice Corona.  With 20 Guilty and 3 Not Guilty vote on Article II of the impeachment complaint.  The Senate’s decision made Corona the first public official in the Philippines to be forced out of office by an impeachment court.

Senators Edgardo Angara, Alan Peter Cayateno, Pia Cayetano, Franklin Drilon, Francis Edcudero , Jinggoy Estrada, Teofisto Guingona III, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Lito Lapid, Loren Legarda, Sergio Osmeña, Francis Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel III, Ralph Recto, Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Vicente Sotto III, Antonio Trillanes IV, Manny Villar and Juan Ponce Enrile entered “guilty” votes.

Senators Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. voted to acquit Corona in Article 2.

Here are some of the memorable lines during the Corona Finale…

“This impeachment breaks new ground…I find the respondent guilty.” –Senator Edgardo Angara

Verdict: Not guilty. “This is not justice, political or legal. certainly not the law..it is only naked power, as it was in 1972.” –Senator Joker Arroyo

Verdict: Guilty. “Hindi ko po matanggap ang interpretasyon ng pinakamataas na hukom ng bansa.” –Senator Alan Peter Cayetano

Verdict: Guilty. “The failure to declare $2.4 million and P80 million is not minor.” –Sen. Pia Cayetano

Verdict: Not guilty. “Does SALN omission amount to an impeachable offense? NO! SALN carries light penalty, allows correction.” and added, as she addressed her colleagues ” I am insulted by the way your minds run.” –Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago

Verdict: Guilty. “He has lost his moral fitness as leader.” –Senator Franklin Drilon

Verdict: Guilty. “Ikinalulungkot ko na di ko po masasang-ayunan ang posisyong ito ni Chief Justice Corona. . Para sa akin, maliwanag ang mga batas natin at di ito nagbabanggaan. Ang pinagbabawalan ng FCDU law na mag-release ng impormasyon ukol sa dollar deposits ay ANG MGA BANKO AT DI ANG DEPOSITOR. ” –Senator Francis Escudero

Verdict: Guilty “I pray that as we conclude this defining moment, we can unite again as a nation, as a society.” –Senator Jinggoy Estrada

Verdict: Guilty. “”Ang nasasakdal na punong mahistrado ay hindi na, hindi na po karapat-dapat sa pagtitiwala ng sambayanang Pilipino.” –Senator TG Guingona

Verdict: Guilty. “He is no longer fit to preside in highest court in the land. May duda na sa kakayahan ng ating punong hukom. ” –Senator Gringo Honasan

Verdict: Guilty. “Guilty as charged under Art II on the Articles of impeachment.” –Senator Panfilo Lacson

Verdict: Guilty: “Sa akin ay malinaw na malinaw na si chief justice ay lumabag sa batas.” –Senator Lito Lapid

Verdict: Guilty. “My chief concern is the credibility and the trust of our people in the most important institution of the land.” –Senator Loren Legarda

Verdict: Not guilty. “When the furor has died down and this political storm has subsided, I know that like the lady Justice we shall find solace in the fact that this decision, though maybe not popular, was fair, impartial and just.” –Senator Bongbong Marcos

Verdict: Guilty. “There is more reason to apply the law when the assets in question amount to P180 million.” –Senator Sergio Osmena III

Verdict: Guilty. “The Chief Justice displayed a disturbing pattern of dishonesty.” –Senator Kiko Pangilinan

Verdict: Guilty. “Ang batas para kay Juan, ay batas rin para kay Renato.” –Senator Koko Pimentel

Verdict: Guilty. “It is easy to impeach one man. What is hard is to impeach hunger, joblessness, poverty.” –Senator Ralph Recto

Verdict: “Napakahirap man, alang-alang sa pagkakaisa at paghilom ng ating bayan. alang-alang sa pagpapatibay ng institusyon ng ating pamahalaan at nang darating pang henerasyon. I found Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty.” –Senator Bong Revilla

Verdict: Guilty. “Ang tunay na hukom sa paglilitis na ito ay ang taong bayan.” –Senator Tito Sotto

Verdict: Guilty. “From now on, no one is untouchable.” –Senator Antonio Trillanes

Verdict: Guilty –Senator Manuel Villar

“This court means serious business and would not succumb or to allow underhanded tactics and gimmickry to deter this court from our tasks.” –Senator Juan Ponce Enrile

Source: PH Yahoo News

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