Monday, June 1, 2015

May 29, 2012: Senate declared Chief Justice Renato Corona Guilty.

On May 29, 2012, after 43 trial days and hundreds of hours of hearing, the  Senate of the Philippines sitting as impeachment court declared  Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty. Corona, the 23rd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, was impeached on eight charges on December 12, 2011 but only one issue was brought to a vote on May 29, 2012. Corona was found guilty of Article II of the Articles of Impeachment filed against him pertaining to his failure to disclose to the public his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.

HOW THEY VOTED: 20 convict, 3, acquit
A total of 20 senators, including Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, declared Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty of betraying the public trust and committing culpable violation of the Constitution.
CJ Corona in wheelchair
                          On the 40th day of the trial, Corona is wheeled out of the Senate session hall after he                              was discharged by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. Corona had walked out after his testimony

Corona was the third official, after former President Joseph Estrada in 2000 and Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez in March 2011, to be impeached by the House of Representatives.This was the second impeachment trial in the history of the Philippines, as Gutierrez had resigned prior to the start of her trial. 

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