Corona Convicted Guilty, Dethroned from Chief Justice Position [☝]

May 30, 2012

The Corona impeachment trial was indeed a very historical event. On day 44 of the trial, the senator judges finally declare their conviction for Renato C. Corona, current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

I did not follow the events of the trial so I know little information about the evidences laid out during the hearings and the arguments of each side. All I know is the fact that Corona was personally appointed by former president Gloria Arroyo as chief justice a month before the end of her term. Many people found this very fishy. This is the sole reason why I don't like Corona and why I doubt his credibility.

On the conviction day, each of the senator judges had the opportunity to make a speech regarding their decision for the convict. This is very interesting because the public got to hear the arguments of each of the senators. However, this also became a venue for some self-advertising (ehem, it's elections again next year). 

The vote tally turned out to be 20-3, in favor of convicting Corona as guilty of all charges imposed. This decision just made him the first public official to be convicted by an impeachment court in the Philippines (c/o @gmanews). Arroyo, Defensor, and Marcos are the senators that acquitted him.

Listening to the speeches of the senators was quite entertaining. You see, I don't really follow the news everyday so technically I don't know how each one of them thinks and behaves and this was a great opportunity to know them better. Among the 23, Defensor's and Lapid's speeches were the most dramatic for me. As usual, Miram Defensor powerfully delivered her speech. Actually this is the first time that I heard her talk some Filipino and I realized that she has a local accent (I'm not sure if it was Bisaya). I am very amused on how she delivered her speech. It felt like she was a terror teacher scolding her class for failing an exam. She was very angry. As I was only listening on the radio so I was not able to see her facial expressions. But nevertheless, she gave a fairly good point. The Foreign Currency Deposit Act of the Philippines (Republic Act No. 6426) states that 

“All foreign currency deposits authorized under this Act are hereby declared as and considered of an absolutely confidential nature and, except upon the written permission of the depositors, in no instance shall such foreign currency deposits be examined, inquired or looked into by any person, government official, bureau or office whether judicial or administrative or private.”
This act has so many loopholes that can be used in a different way and be abused by people to cover up their dirty works. I agree with Defensor. Lahat sila nagmamalinis, pero pare-pareho naman silang madudumi. Philippines is notorious for a corrupt government for heaven's sake. >< I believe Senator Escudero has this bill that he wants to be passed, forcing every public official to declare all his statement of accounts and the net worth of his assets, liabilities and equity. I don't know the technicalities if this bill would actually be approved, but I hope it does so that there would be transparency as on where the country's funds actually go and also to gain some public trust.

Now that Corona had been successfully impeached and convicted guilty, what happens next? I hope the country gets something good out of all these events. There are more impending issues that needs more attention by the government so I hope they don't linger much on dealing with just a single person's wrongdoings.

God bless the Philippines.

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