Chief Justice Corona impeached

Thanks to the Inquirer

By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr., Maila Ager
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The House majority on Monday virtually impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona after gathering signatures of more than one-third of the 287 members of Congress favoring his ouster.

Click on the link below for the Summary of the Impeachment complaint vs CJ Corona:

Summary of the Corona impeachment complaint

Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali said Corona was virtually impeached with at least 140 members, or almost half of the membership of the House of Representatives, signing the resolution.

Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe said that the impeachment case was laid down in such a way that it would be geared toward a person and not the institution.

There were three grounds cited and eight articles of impeachment cited in the impeachment of Corona.

Corona will be the third to be impeached by Congress but the second under the railroaded method after then President Joseph Estrada in 2000. Last March, former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez was impeached through voting on the floor after going through the committee process.

The move to oust Corona, a midnight appointee of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was reached during a hastily called caucus presided by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and attended by top leaders of allied parties such as the National Unity Party, Nationalist People’s Coalition and party-list groups.

Deputy Speaker and Cavite Representative Crispin Remulla said that more than 100 members lined up to sign the resolution, which was prepared by the House committee on justice headed by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. He said only 95 signatures were needed to impeach Corona.

Remulla said they would transmit the case to the Senate either Monday or Tuesday.

Bayan Muna Representative Teodoro Casiño said Corona’s impeachment was a “foregone conclusion.”

The eight grounds of the impeachment case versus Corona are:

1.) Betrayal of public trust due to subservience to Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her presidency, from the time of his appointment as Supreme Court justice to his midnight appointment as Chief Justice. Examples are his partiality in the Megapacific contract decision, Fernando Poe Jr. case, the Lambino versus Comelec case (people’s initiative), David v Arroyo and Neri v Senate (executive privilege.

2.) Culpable violation of the Constitution for non-disclosure of the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.

3.) Undue closeness to Macapagal-Arroyo as shown by the appointment of the Chief Justice’s wife to a seat in the Bases Conversion and Development Authority.

4.) Betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution when he issued a status quo order ante that had suspended the hearings of the House justice committee on the impeachment case against previous Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

5.) Voting on the cityhood cases and the creation of the province of Dinagat.

6.) Creation of the ethics committee to look into the plagiarism case against SC Justice Mariano del Castillo, which resulted in clearing Del Castillo of any liability.

7.) Temporary restraining order on the travel ban on Mrs. Arroyo.

8.) Refusal to account for judicial development funds, special allowances and other court collections.

House Majority Leader Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales said he was confident that the impeachment complaint would be transmitted to the Senate by Tuesday.

Once they get the required number, Gonzales said they would transmit the complaint directly to the Senate without going through the House plenary for either rejection or adoption.

House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman agreed that under the rules, a complaint may be transmitted directly to the Senate once the required number or signature was reached.

Casiño said that they were caught by surprise with the suddenness of the complaint. “Usap-usapan lang yan, tapos may actual complaint na (There were only mere talks about the impeachment and all of a sudden there was already an actual complaint),” said Casiño, who also signed the complaint.

Asked if there was an urgency to rush the impeachment case against Corona, Casiño said, “I dont know. Maybe because we are going on a break this Wednesday.”—With Isa Avendaño

Summary of the Corona impeachment complaint

December 12, 2011 11:03 pm  Tags:   Posted in: Justice, Supreme Court

242 Responses

  1. Mike - December 12, 2011 11:44 pm

    About time!

  2. Mike - December 12, 2011 11:47 pm

    Funny thing though, most of the congressmen rushing to sign the impeachment complaint were the same ones blocking the impeachment of GMA when she was still president. That includes Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales.

  3. Mike - December 12, 2011 11:52 pm

    Rep. Edcel Lagman was complaining that pro admin solons railroaded the impeachment complaint. Look who’s talking.

  4. Mike - December 12, 2011 11:59 pm

    Just wondering, what if Corona favored the govt in all cases filed against GMA, will he still be impeached based on the 4 grounds (#2, #5, #6, #8) stated on the impeachment complaint?

  5. Mike - December 13, 2011 12:03 am

    What if the post-Corona SC still ruled against the gov’t in future cases (not necessarily GMA related). Will we see more SC justices being impeached?

  6. Mike - December 13, 2011 12:06 am

    “And if conspiracy were to be alleged, shouldn’t all the justices who concurred have been included? What about the ponentes?” Atty. Ted Te

  7. Mike - December 13, 2011 12:13 am

    “Speaking to ANC, Lagman said he received reports from individual congressmen who were threatened with deprivation of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), “particularly in 2012, which is the year before the election.”

    Kinopya lang ni PNoy yang style na yan from your boss, GMA. Kaya tumahimik ka nalang.

  8. chijap - December 13, 2011 12:13 am

    Do they have the numbers sa Senate?

    I think those who may vote for are Trillianes, Pimentel, Escudero, Pangilinan, Drilon, Estrada, Osmena, Recto, and maybe Ping.

    Villar group is now key to the victory (Villar, the Cayetanos, and Bongbong).

  9. Mike - December 13, 2011 12:14 am


  10. Mike - December 13, 2011 12:16 am


    The senators will prolong the hearing up to on or before the start of 2013 elections. Pa pogian yan sigurado.

  11. Mike - December 13, 2011 12:17 am

    My fearless forecast: Corona will be convicted by a slim margin by the Senate impeachment court.

  12. chijap - December 13, 2011 12:18 am

    #4 If GMA did not appoint Corona CJ and had him sit just an associate, i think maski isigaw nya na PRO-GMA sya all the way, he won’t be in this predicament.

    History does repeat itself because i think (not sure) Cory also had the then CJ resigned to have Teehankee become CJ.

  13. chi - December 13, 2011 1:17 am

    Ganyan nga, sundan kaagad ng aksyon ang taray! HO! HO! HO!

  14. jawo - December 13, 2011 1:31 am

    The Gloria virus is now taking its toll on those she “TOUCHED”. First to go was Angelo Reyes (who is now vacationing somewhere in the Carribean,…..I mean, who killed himself ???), then came the impeachment of Merceditas Gutierrez, the incarceration of ex-Gen. Carlos Garcia, criminal cases against her own partner-in-crime, Piggy Arroyo, the (almost probable) impeachment of Renato Corona, and the filing of similar electoral sabotage cases against Benjamin Abalos and (the)Ampatuans. More to come……(I hope).

  15. ocayvalle - December 13, 2011 1:36 am

    majority of the pilipino people as shown in the survey supports the impeachement of (fake)cj corona.. the people had spoken, ayan ang totoo, na galit ang mga pilipino sa sinumang kakampi ni GMA..!! i hope ms horn will stop lying to the pilipino.. iyong bago na naman na sinabi niya, dapat me taga tikim daw sa pagkain na e serve kay GMA, baka daw me lason, kung ganun, dapat na pag kain ng amo mong si GMA ay GERBER..

  16. Mike - December 13, 2011 1:51 am

    Obviously, the congressmen who eagerly signed the complaint did so not because they believe in it. It’s the promise of early release of pork ala GMA style. Anyway, GMA is being treated with a dose of her own medicine, serves her right!

  17. vonjovi2 - December 13, 2011 2:04 am

    Nag uumpisa na yata mag dasal si Corona kay ST.Loots (lukes) ah.
    Pinag tataka ko lang kung bakit ni isang reporter ay walang nag tatanong kay KABAYAD De Castro kung may nalalaman siyang mga gusot noong kadikit siya kay Pandak. Bise Presidente siya noon ay tiyak na may alam siya sa mga midnight appointee ni pandak.
    Bakit walang nangahas mag tanong ng kapwa reporter kay Noli. Pinag tatakpan ba ng kapwa reporter or ayaw nilang madungisan ang kapwa reporter nila. Nag tatanong lang po ako dahil wala akong nababasa or na ririnig na tungkol kay Noli. Siguradong marami siyang “ALAM” at kailangan ng pigahin ang mga naka puwesto noon. Para lumabas ang baho at lumakas ang kaso.

  18. hilman - December 13, 2011 2:05 am

    corona should accept that there’s no permanent in this world . . . ok, who’s next?

  19. chijap - December 13, 2011 2:22 am

    #16 i beg to disagree. In an ABS-CBN report

    “During the House majority caucus on Monday afternoon, Tupas said he presented the impeachment complaint against Corona for around 30 minutes. After the presentation, only 2 members of the coalition asked questions, but the overwhelming majority then asked to sign the complaint.”

    ‘We thought we’d [only] get 100, but we got 188 [signatures],’ he said.

    He denied allegations that Malacañang threatened to hold back the pork barrel of lawmakers if they refused to sign the impeachment complaint. ‘No such thing, no blackmail. If you believe (complaint), then you sign.’”

    Lagman on another report said there were blackmails. Sure. Take your pick on who you think is telling the truth. :)

  20. perl - December 13, 2011 3:07 am

    malamang magresign din yan para hindi na lumabas lahat ng baho, lalo na sa grounds #2 #3, and #8.

    kung si Malditas Gutierrez nga na sobra kapalmuks, nagresign eh… tingin ko may konting kahihiyan naman yan si Corona…

  21. perl - December 13, 2011 3:10 am

    #18, nice question… who’s next?

  22. Mike - December 13, 2011 3:13 am

    Remember, except for a few, most of those who signed the complaint are the very same congressmen who blocked the impeachment complaints against GMA. We do very well know back then that they did so because of the pork that GMA was dangling. Do you think these guys signed the complaint because they suddenly got bothered by their conscience. That they are now reformed and want now to be part of PNoy’s “tuwid na daan” and that it’s their way of showing repentance? Ha ha ha!!!

  23. perl - December 13, 2011 3:16 am

    #15 ocayvalle i hope ms horn will stop lying to the pilipino.. iyong bago na naman na sinabi niya, dapat me taga tikim daw sa pagkain na e serve kay GMA, baka daw me lason,

    totoo bang sinabi ni Horn yan? mukhang tatalunin nito sa brenda ah sa tindi at dami ng hallucinations… dapat siguro mag volunteer na sya sa sumama kay gloria sa kulungan para happy yung amo nya…

  24. saxnviolins - December 13, 2011 3:17 am

    You need two-thirds to remove Corona. There are twenty-three senators. So if Corona gets eight, that stops the two-thirds (23 – 8 = 15; two-thirds is sixteen).

    There are eight who will likely vote not to remove.

    1. Enrile
    2. Joker
    3. Miriam
    4. Gringo
    5. Lapid
    6. Marcos, Jr.
    7. Revilla
    8. Villar

    So this will be a reprise of the Erap impeachment. Mapipikon ang movers, and they will again do their theatrics – people power, a la Gloria, now renamed Occupy the Supreme Court, after Occupy Wall Street.

    They are hoping Corona will be pressured to resign like Merceditas Gutierrez. If he doesn’t, there will again be an unconstitutional removal of a public official.

    Ain’t it ironic that the democracy icon (Cory, who participated in EDSA Dos) and the son of democracy icons (Ninoy and Cory) both will end up removing public officials by extra-constitutional means?

    Talagang banana republic. Same banana, different name.

    Let the circus begin.

  25. Mike - December 13, 2011 3:18 am

    Only the likes of Casiño and other party list representatives identified with the left were pretty consistent with their anti-GMA sentiments. The others, can’t say much about their characters.

  26. parasabayan - December 13, 2011 3:19 am

    If Corona did not openly show his affiliation with the pandak, siguro naman hindi siya iiimpeach. But he openly showed his bias. Kaya yan tuloy tatanggalin talaga siya. Serves him well! Menos isa sa “gang of 8″ ni pandak. And if del Castillo will be impeached too, magiging 6 na lang ang “gang of 8″. Yan medyo balanse na ang labanan sa sa SC.

  27. joeseg - December 13, 2011 3:19 am

    Corono de-crowned in a day.. It’s kinda fast and furious:

  28. saxnviolins - December 13, 2011 3:22 am

    Considering the length of time needed to impeach, it may be well into 2013 by the time Corona gets removed, if at all.

    That would be midway into Noy’s term. So does he get cracking then, because the obstacle has been removed?

    So we wait for half a term before the administration focuses on things other than matters involving Corona and Del Castillo?

    Like Father Bernas says, para kang sirang plaka, sirang plaka, sirang plaka ………

  29. perl - December 13, 2011 3:23 am

    #22, oks lang yan.. kahit sino may karpatang magbago, mabuti nga at pumanig sila sa hustisya…

    si gloria din pwde magbago.. sabi nga ni PNoy, hiling nya ngayong pasko, sabihin na nya at umamin sa lahat ng kanyang mga kasalanan sa bayan… baka sakali umigsi ang sintensya nya… at ipardon sya ng future president… neither binay nor roxas… panalangin nya manalo si pacquiao, sa 2022 nga lang, hehehe..

  30. perl - December 13, 2011 3:30 am

    #24, #28, sax, ang dami mo nmang problema… noong hindi kumikilos si Pnoy, sabi mo ang bagal…nghahanap ka ng maimpeach, magresign at makulong… ngayong nakakulong na si gloria, sobra bilis ng pagkaka-impeach kay Corona, at pati si Castillo, sasabihin mo naman, ironic, sirang plaka, extra-constitutional means, banana republic!

    topacio, ikaw ba yan?!

  31. saxnviolins - December 13, 2011 3:35 am

    # 30

    Huwag puro init ng ulo.

    I said the proper method was to impeach. Wala akong sinabing mabuti ang mag-impeach, lalo’t kulang sa boto.

    Ang aking sinulat sa itaas ay isang pananaw ukol sa maaaring maging resulta. Kung ayaw mo, hindi dahilan yan para tawagin akong Topacio.

    Ang sabi sa Old West, huwag kang bubunot ng baril kung hindi mo kayang iputok para makapatay, dahil baka agawin sa iyo at ikaw ang mamatay.

  32. saxnviolins - December 13, 2011 3:36 am

    Sa halip na puro cheerleading, ang dapat ay suriing mabuti.

    Kaya bang ipanalo?

  33. perl - December 13, 2011 3:40 am

    #31, sax pumutok na baril ni PNoy, ang tanong na lang kung puputok ba kalaban? wala naman nagsabing madali ang impeachment, alam ng lahat kahit ordinaryong pilipino yan… ang importante kumilikos ang gobyerno ni Pnoy ke madali ang mahirap ang laban para sa bayan.. yan ang hinahanap kong lider!

  34. perl - December 13, 2011 3:43 am

    #32, hindi magiging mabilis ang pagboto ng mga 188 na kongresista kung hindi dahil sa cheerleading na ginagawa ng mga ordinaryong pilipino…

  35. saxnviolins - December 13, 2011 3:44 am

    Isang putok lang ang mahalaga, yung nakakapatay (removal).

    Sa ngayon, hindi pa tiyak yan.

    Para yang impeachment ni Erap, kulang din sa boto. Hayun, lumabag sa Saligang Batas. Bagay na inamin ang inihingi ng tawad ni Cory.

    Ang dasal ko lamang. Kung panalo, okay. Kung talo, huwag sanang daanin sa paraan taliwas sa Saligang Batas.

    Kung taliwas, ano pa ang saysay ng pagbatikos kay Goyang nang ipinagkanulo niya ang Saligang Batas para pirmahan ang MOA-AD?

  36. saxnviolins - December 13, 2011 3:47 am

    Hamon pa lang ang nangyari (impeachment complaint).

    Ang tunay na barilan ay gaganapin sa Senado.

  37. parasabayan - December 13, 2011 4:08 am

    Sangayon ako sa pananaw mo Sax. But at least we are going through the motions ng mas maaga ngayon. Medyo uphill nga ang labanan sa senado para kay Pnoy. Kaya nga lang sabi nga ni Tongue noon, maraming “horse traders” dyan sa “tongress” at sa senado.

  38. perl - December 13, 2011 4:15 am

    ke ikinasa, itinutok o ipinutok ang importante ang layunin, pasukuin at pabagsakin ang kalaban…

    gaya ng ginawa kay Malditas na napasuko di ba?

    paramihan lang naman ng bala yan eh… at marami si PNoy nyan… ilan ang bala ni Corona? malas nya, pinasabog na nila yung kaisa-isang bomba(HL) na hawak nila and thats good for the country… hindi na nakatali kamay ni PNoy na magdesisyon laban kay Gloria at wala ng hostage ang SC…

    2013 tama, malapit na election… kaya papogian ng mga senador ang labanan dyan… alam naman natin kung saan titingin ang taong bayan..

  39. perl - December 13, 2011 4:23 am


    Para yang impeachment ni Erap, kulang din sa boto. Hayun, lumabag sa Saligang Batas. Bagay na inamin ang inihingi ng tawad ni Cory.

    sino ba kalaban ni Erap at nagpaikot ng impeachment nong panahong yon? diba si Gloria? kaya talgang magkakaron ng paglabag sa batas…

    naniniwala akong hindi gagawin ni PNoy na lumabag sa saligang batas para lang patalsikin si Corona.. lalo pat yan ang hinihintay ng kanyang mga kalaban para maputukan sya…
    amputsa, simpleng traffic light nga lang, hindi nilalabag eh…

  40. jawo - December 13, 2011 4:26 am

    >>>>>i hope ms horn will stop lying to the pilipino.. iyong bago na naman na sinabi niya, dapat me taga tikim daw sa pagkain na e serve kay GMA, baka daw me lason, kung ganun, dapat na pag kain ng amo mong si GMA ay GERBER..->ocayvalle

    Not to worry. Ms ELENA BAUTISTA HORN will be the volunteer food taster ng anumang pagkain na ihahain kay pandak. Atttta girl, Ms Horn. Ngayon solved na ang problema mo at ng amo mong kawatan. Biro mo, ikaw muna ang mamamatay, este ang titikim (pala) ng pagkain ni Gloria bago niya ito kainin !!

  41. perl - December 13, 2011 4:36 am

    #24 There are eight who will likely vote not to remove.

    1. Enrile
    2. Joker
    3. Miriam
    4. Gringo
    5. Lapid
    6. Marcos, Jr.
    7. Revilla
    8. Villar

    problemahin nila kung pano nila haharapin ang galit ng taong bayan…

  42. perl - December 13, 2011 4:47 am

    #41, uhaw ang taong bayan sa hustisya… tapos haharangin nila… subukan nila…

  43. Rudolfo - December 13, 2011 4:58 am

    Sa aking pananaw, si CJ-Corona ay “kuronang tinik ” sa admin ni Pangulong Pnoy sa “pagtutuwid ng landas ” ng bansang Pilipinas, o isang malaking sagabal sa pagbabago ng gobyerno, at patungo sa tunay na “pamunuan” na malayo sa malayang-pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan ni Juan de la Cruz.Dapat lang na mawalis-malinis na ang mga “tinik” sa pagbabago ng pamunuan. Si Pangulong Pnoy ang simbulo ng pagbabago ( sino pa ?…dahil sa pag-alipusta sa kanya, noon ng kampo ni Villar, itinaas sya ng isang kapangyarihan galing sa ITa-as )..Marami din ang nagsabi na sya ay “mabagal-mahinay “, at kung anu-ano pa ?..matatapos na daw ang 6-na-taon, ganoon pa din ?..ngayong, may mga “action” na nakikita natin, bakit marami pa ding “horny at Lagmy “, etc.., ang naglalabasan. Ang mga hakbangin na ginagawa niya ( Kaya Natin Movement,Magdalo and company ), ay patungo sa pagbabago, at paglilinis ng gobyerno, para sa susunod na lahing Pilipino, hindi para sa sa “ganid-at kuraptong ” mga kaisipan at gawain. Enough is enough, hayaan ng maparusahan ang mga makasalanan, at makulong sila.

    Si Corona ay dapat malaman niya, na sa simula pa, “mali ang kanyang pagkakatalaga bilang CJ”, dahil ang nagtalaga sa kanya ay maraming ??????..plano mula pa sa Edsa-2 ( conspiracy ), 2004-at-2007 na ??? din ang mga resulta, dahil na din sa mga kasundaluhang mga ” bayaran” lalo na sa Comolect, panahon ni Abalos, at mga conspirators, mga dahilan na nabuo ang “Magdalo group”, ni Sen. Sonny Trillanes, etc. My analysis.

  44. baycas2 - December 13, 2011 6:09 am

    Ayaw ni Coronang magpaputok…di siya Kabarilan…

    Nanunundot lang. Si Marquez ang nagsimula tapos kahapon sa flag-raising nanundot na si Corona ng “maaanghang” na salita.

    Tapos sinundan na ng panundot kay SolGen Cadiz mula sa SC.


    Pilit ilalagay ni Corona ang laban ni PNoy ay “against the SC.” Doon siya mali.

    Sa 188 na boto mula sa mababang kapulungan, ang tinutumbok ng laban ay sa kaniya lang at hindi sa institusyon.

    Di na nakaupo sa trono ng poder ang putot, ‘ika nga. Nguni’t mayroon pa rin siyang Corona.

    Dapat maalis ito at iputong na sa karapat-dapat.

  45. chi - December 13, 2011 6:21 am

    Basta ako pumirma dahil against ako sa tao, kay Corona ni Gloria, hindi sa institusyon ng Supreme Court.

    I will read my Tarot muna kung may talo si Pnoy sa Senado. :)

  46. baycas2 - December 13, 2011 6:24 am

    Please google “world economic forum 2011 2012″ to get the WEF_GCR_Report_2011-12 pdf. One will note that PH is way behind our ASEAN neighbors (save from Cambodia) although we’ve achieved overall improvement since the previous year (from Rank 85/139 in 2010 to Rank 75/142 this year).

    Cambodia and Vietnam (including Bangladesh) are in Stage 1, Factor-driven stage of development.

    Brunei and PH are in Stage 1-2 Transition.

    Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand are in Stage 2, Efficiency-driven. Obviously, they are more competitive than us.

    Singapore is a runaway winner at Stage 3, Innovation-driven, and ranked 2/142.

    Up 10 places to 75th, the Philippines posts one of the largest improvements in this year’s rankings. The vast majority of individual indicators composing the GCI improve, sometimes markedly. Yet the challenges are many, especially in the areas at the foundation of any competitive economy, even at an early stage of development.

    The quality of the country’s public institutions continues to be assessed as poor: the Philippines ranks beyond the 100 mark on each of the 16 related indicators. Issues of corruption and physical security appear particularly acute (127th and 117th, respectively). The state of its infrastructure is improving marginally, but not nearly fast enough to meet the needs of the business sector. The country ranks a mediocre 113th for the overall state of its infrastructure, with particularly low marks for the quality of its seaport (123rd) and airport infrastructure (115th). Finally, despite an enrollment rate of around 90 percent, primary education is characterized by low-quality standards (110th). Against such weaknesses, the macroeconomic situation of the Philippines is more positive: the country is up 14 places to 54th in the macroeconomic environment pillar, thanks to slightly lower public deficit and debt, an improved country credit rating, and inflation that remains under control.

    Comparative scores from countries in the first 2 stages of development as regards:

    Judicial Independence
    Brunei – 4.8
    Vietnam – 3.6
    Bangladesh – 3.2
    Cambodia – 3.1
    PH – 2.9

    Efficiency of legal framework in settling disputes
    Brunei – 4.4
    Cambodia – 3.9
    Vietnam – 3.7
    Bangladesh – 3.1
    PH – 2.9

    Efficiency of legal framework in challenging regulations
    Cambodia – 4.0
    Brunei – 3.9
    Vietnam – 3.6
    Bangladesh – 3.3
    PH – 2.8

  47. laurel - December 13, 2011 6:25 am

    Ang galing mong mag-atado Perl. Sang ayon ako sa mga winika mo. Sa palagay ko ay iyun talaga ang battle plan ng palasyo…ang dalhin sa senado ang pagpapasya kay Corona, para malaman ng taong bayan kung saan talaga ang taya nila. Mga sanay namang bumalimbing ang mga iyan, kaya sa kasalukuyang suporta na tinatamasa ng mg mga tumutuligsa kay gloria, eh malamang magbaliktaran yan. At kung hindi naman eh… namnamin nila ang hagupit ng taong bayan.

  48. baycas2 - December 13, 2011 6:25 am

    2013 is election year…may for reelection ba?

  49. chi - December 13, 2011 7:06 am

    Sus, puro kulelat ang Pinas, dapat talaga mabago ang Supreme Court ni Gloria!

  50. bayonic - December 13, 2011 7:10 am

    there are 8 grounds for impeachment for Corona … ilan ba at ano-ano ba yung kay Erap noon ?

    sana matuloy ang impeachment ( instead of resignation ) para magkaroon naman ng pagkakataon ang mga mamamayan na magka civics lesson … hindi kasi sila lahat nagbabasa ng blog na ito :)

  51. perl - December 13, 2011 8:00 am

    sino kakampi nyan, si Midas Marquez? resign na! siguradong makakalkal SALN nyan, lalabas mga baho, pati asawa madadamay… tignan natin kung gano katigas dibdib nyan ni Corona…

  52. henry90 - December 13, 2011 8:03 am

    Time for reckoning is at hand. . PNoy’s opponents have called him lots of nasty names. Abnoy, Budoy, etc. He didn’t mind. Called him a dimwit, nincompoop, incompetent, etc. He didn’t complain. Now that Gloria and her cabal are being made to account for their transgressions, his detractors are calling him a budding dictator, demagougue, vindictive, etc. He’s not complaining still. Sino ngayon ang nagmumukhang inutil? Yung mga abogadong tinamaan nang magagaling? Napolitika daw. Of course! Impeachment is a political process! If u dont have the numbers, you cant impeach. Next will be the Senators. Babaligtad din yan. They always do. Or probably, so as not to force their hand, Enrile, et al would convince Corona to step down para di na magkahiyaan pa. That’s what they get for underestimating PNoy. They didn’t reckon that the President also knew how to play hardball if needed. Malamya? Abnoy? They should look at themselves in the mirror. :-P

  53. juggernaut - December 13, 2011 8:57 am

    Its about time. We’ve been complaining about our justice system for the longest time but nobody ever did anything about it.
    A lot of big businessmen are complaining, regretting they supported Aquino, saying so many things but if you really listened they’re just sore because the BIR is going after them, it seems that our local businessmen would rather die than pay the right taxes. If you look at the SC its not exactly a paragon of transparency itself, it refuses to account for its money also and because whatever it says is law, no one can question it. Give the power back to the people, the rule of law should serve the people nor the other way around. Take the lawyers off the pedestals, they are supposed to be servants not demagogues.

  54. olan - December 13, 2011 8:57 am

    well said henry90. Reckoning based on justice na dapat lang!!

  55. juggernaut - December 13, 2011 9:02 am

    The administration’s focus on cleansing the institutions will have a more long term effect than band aid solutions to the economy. Now we really see where we stand economically, no numbers manipulation in reporting, no hefty government subsidies, no window dressing.
    The message is clear, pay your right taxes your money is going to be used properly we’re under new management already.

  56. baycas2 - December 13, 2011 9:03 am

    Let’s look more closely at the Global Competitiveness Reports (World Economic Forum) on the poor assessment of our public institutions particularly in three areas: Judicial Independence (JI), Efficiency of legal framework in settling disputes (DISP), and Efficiency of legal framework in challenging regulations (REG).

    2010-2011 – Rank 111 out of 139 countries, Score 2.8 over 7
    2011-2012 – 102 over 142, 2.9 over 7

    2010-2011 – 122 over 139, 2.8 over 7
    2011-2012 – 115 over 142, 2.9 over 7

    2010-2011 – 116 over 139, 2.8 over 7
    2011-2012 – 118 over 142, 2.8 over 7

    Time ni Corona yan as CJ (kahit “madaling araw” din ang kaniyang pagluklok).

    Umangat naman maskipaps (maski papaano), ‘di ba?

    Kaya lang kulang pa dahil ang Corona ni gloria ay nariyan pa!


  57. juggernaut - December 13, 2011 9:05 am

    The senators will respond to back door wheeling and dealing, the whats in it for me practice. Kung may hiya sila sa mga katawan nila dapat ang tanong ay “whats in it for the people?”

  58. juggernaut - December 13, 2011 9:21 am

    Huwag mo namang ikumpara si sax kay topaksio, if ever he is more like Estelito Mendoza, hehehehe :)

  59. chi - December 13, 2011 9:50 am

    Walang pikunan at tawagan ng kung anu-ano, we’re all mature people here commenting at certain issues.

  60. alexmagno - December 13, 2011 9:56 am

    Justice Corona’s impeachment is long overdue.

    Bye Justice Corona!

  61. saxnviolins - December 13, 2011 10:07 am

    Ano ang ilan sa mga issues ng Pangulo?

    1. Truth Commission. 2. Redistricting ng CamSur.

    1. Yung Truth Commission, nasabi ko na dito, sinabi din ni Chiz Escudero, at sinabi pa sa Supreme Court decision. Kung rewritten, to include other past administrations, not just Goyang’s, valid na. Bakit hindi sinulat muli? Sa halip, nagmaktol.

    2. Yung redistricting, puwede namang i-repeal, bakit hindi ginawa?

    There is more focus on fixing the blame (Corona), instead of fixing the problem. Kung na-repeal ang batas, wala nang CamSur, wala nang trabaho si Dato.

    This is the same blood lust that was in the air during the impeachment of Erap. There was talk of wiping out corruption, etc. May nangyari ba? Nawala ba ang jueteng, o lumaki?

    Kapag halos mamatay si Lola dahil nakalimutang bigyan ng medisina para sa diabetes, ang unang dapat gawin ay itakbo sa ospital. Hindi dapat unahin yung pagpalo kay Boy. Fix the problem first; fixing the blame can come later.

    Ganyan din ang mga problema ng bayan. Ayusin muna, at hindi yung may sala ang unang inaatupag.

    In fact, you can do both. Pero nagkalimutan na sa problema, yun na lang maysala ang focus.

  62. juggernaut - December 13, 2011 10:14 am

    Sax is right, we can’t right a wrong with another wrong.
    His voice right now is like the voice we hear when we’re about to bash in a bully’s head in school, someone who has been tormenting you for a long time and is about to get his from you. You’re in the grip of rage, one blow and all those years of fear, pain, and humiliation will be paid in full – but you hold back and go to your adviser for the 9th time…remember that made the difference between expulsion, losing one’s place in the honor roll because of conduct?
    20 years later you see that bully as a parking attendant while you park your Fortuner in a mall somewhere…

  63. juggernaut - December 13, 2011 10:32 am

    Fix the problem first; fixing the blame can come later.

    Ganyan din ang mga problema ng bayan. Ayusin muna, at hindi yung may sala ang unang inaatupag.

    But its easier to go after real live perpetrators rather than concepts? We can’t touch “problema ng bayan?” People are responsible for the “problema ng bayan” so we go after people and show to everyone else na “huwag tularan.”
    We can’t possibly solve the “problema ng bayan” all in one day? But we can impeach, jail, punish the “pasaway ng bayan” one at a time. Of course, that included Erap.

  64. juggernaut - December 13, 2011 10:36 am

    Of course, the key word is “properly.”
    Henry, alam na alam mo to :)

  65. Mike - December 13, 2011 10:38 am


    If Corona is acquited by the impeachment court, sure there will be attempts for peoples power (kuno). But it will not be as big as the Edsas of recent pasts. We only have the media and texting brigade during those days and social networking is not yet a fad during those times. Most likely, we will be seeing people protesting on the net and not on the streets. A scenario that would probably happen is Occupy SC, police won’t stop nor disperse the protesters (utos sa taas). Stalemate!

  66. Mike - December 13, 2011 10:43 am


    I’d go for both at the same time. Habang tinutugis ang mga kawatan, sabayan din ang pag ayos ng problema ng bayan.

  67. Mike - December 13, 2011 10:48 am



  68. ricelander - December 13, 2011 10:50 am

    Except for issues #2 & # 3, the rest are shared “culpabilities”, which means those who concurred with these opinions should also be impeached by implication.

    I would like to cheer the president for raising the bar of accountability by the sheer tenacity with which he follows up on his cause. Just a reminder though, the same standards of resolve should apply to every subject (to include your KKK) in all instances or your crusade will just turn into another showroom of unabashed hypocrisy for which the Yellows are known. Yun bang nagpupuyos sa galit sa mga magnanakaw na kalaban pero nangingiti lang pag mga kakampi.

  69. henry90 - December 13, 2011 11:16 am

    Ang layo ng puna ng mga kritiko.That is why we have the different departments in the bureaucracy to take care of their respective concerns. The economy is the concern of his economic team. Besides, the economic malaise is global. The SC has long been the object of ridicule for its controversial decisions in economic issues anyway. We cannot have foreign investments coming in if we constantly change our rules. The President is just following on his campaign promises – to hold accountable GMA and her cohorts for robbing the country blind. Anticipating an Aquino win, what did Goyang do? Appoint her former Legal Counsel as Chief Justice in the most scandalous fashion, two weeks before she stepped down. Her being sworn into power at 3 in the morning in Batasan while the whole country is asleep is perhaps the only closest thing that can top that. So, how do u correct an injustice like Corona? What does the Constitution say? Impeach, right? That’s what the lawyers are saying. If you have grounds, impeach him. Do not humiliate him in public, they told Aquino. So, why are they now complaining? I thought that’s the correct way of doing it. Railroaded? So what? The law allows it. One third of Congress signs, the CJ is impeached. Truth Commission issue. Include past administrations and we will allow it, said SC. Really? That’s what they reckoned. Pag pumayag ang gobyerno at inuna ang imbestigasyon kay Goyang, what do u think her camp will do first? Question it again before the SC. Matatapos lang termino ni Kalbo, baka di pa naumpisahan ang imbestigasyon. Ang labas? Talo na naman sa SC. Corona will make sure of that. Walang uusad na kaso laban kay Gloria hanggang nakaupo si Corona. That’s the raison d’ etre for his appointment.
    Is that destabilizing the SC? So be it. Cory did it before. Teehankee was installed as CJ. Did she abuse her power? No. Ditto with PNoy. He wont either. You see, we always have problems with people who wield too much power. They tend to think that since they are the final arbiter of the law, they are above the law themselves. We had a President who was impeached but whose trial was aborted because of CJ Davide bungling the proceedings.. In the end, who disciplines the SC if the justices go out of bounds? Pag inimpeach ba ang Presidente ok lang dahil part of the democratic process yan pero pag inimpeach mo ang CJ ng SC, undermining the institution daw? Since when did the CJ become more powerful than the Chief Executive of the land? Pag tinawag ba ni Congressman Lagman na batugan, abnoy o tamad si Aquino ay dinidestabilize nya ba ang gobyerno? Pero pag pinuna ni Aquino si Corona without even calling him names ay undermining the institution na agad? Di ko ma gets. One thing is sure though. There are more of us who are happy that we have a President who is challenging the status quo, who believes that we can’t have business as usual. That if u steal, lie or cheat, u will get away with it.That if u abuse your authority, u will be held accountable. Not 20 years later, when everything is long forgotten. That is the clear message. No wonder GMA and her ilk are throwing everything in the way and invoking all the legal delaying tactics just to delay the inevitable. Tongue, nasaan na yung So whaaaaaaattttttt mo? :-P

  70. henry90 - December 13, 2011 11:20 am

    . . you won’t get away with it. .

  71. Phil Cruz - December 13, 2011 11:24 am

    It came like a silent tsunami.

    The impeachment charge in the House. 188 votes. From out of nowhere. It seems.

    But actually the spadework was already being done months ago in anticipation of exactly what happened at the SC. That the 8 Glorious Justices would come to the rescue of their patroness and use the SC and legal gobbledygook to let her escape and exit the country.

    Noynoy’s in-your-face speech a week ago was obviously the opening shot to signal that the gloves were off.. and that the battle to clean up the SC Aegean stables has begun.

    Aquino and his team and allies have shown surprising tenacious ability and agility to fight fire-breathing legal and political dragons in their entrenched dens.

    This Corona dragon is obviously only the first target for the SC clean-up. Corona’s bluster yesterday was for show. Rallying the troops. He is running scared.

    I think he will resign or retire early. I wish he wouldn’t. So we can hear the details of his closet secrets. There is enough skeletons in there I understand that would destroy him, his wife and his family if he decides to fight it to the end in the Senate.

    And the pro-Gloria, pro-Corona Senators would not want to be exposed as such either. It is not politically wise. So they will convince Corona to just retire early.

    Meanwhile the other Glorious Justices can just watch the show from the sidelines meantime and learn their lessons and “mend their ways”. They may yet be spared this harrowing experience.

    They can’t win. The time has come. All that brainwashing in the past that the SC justices are the fount of fairness and justice has been shattered into a thousand pieces.

    Thank Gloria and her mob for that.

    And Aquino, too.

  72. chijap - December 13, 2011 11:44 am

    #60 #61 good points. Dapat nga correct the mistakes and not just point it out and fight head on.

    #64 stalemate is risky dahil it would drag the issue longer than needed. And, ayaw ko na ng Edsa 4, do you still want that?

    I hope the current strategy works because my fear has been the numbers are not with the admin and Corona+Arroyo, being “victorious” if they got acquitted would turn more arrogant than today.

  73. chijap - December 13, 2011 11:46 am

    #70 as much as i hope you are correct and i sincerely hope you are, i won’t could GMA+Hubby and their more scheming thinking out right now.

    Masamang damo mga yun.

  74. bayonic - December 13, 2011 1:13 pm

    So who will preside over the Senate when it sits as an impeachment court if the person being impeached is the chief justice?

  75. hilman - December 13, 2011 1:20 pm

    Si pnoy ang angry bird, arroyo clan ang mga . . . . . . . . . . Alam nyo na !!!

  76. Mike - December 13, 2011 2:08 pm


    Senate President will preside.

  77. ricelander - December 13, 2011 2:26 pm

    Anticipating an Aquino win, what did Goyang do? Appoint her former Legal Counsel as Chief Justice in the most scandalous fashion, two weeks before she stepped down.

    Haha, of course, but setting aside malice and motives, the appointment is quite defensible; you should read the decision.

    Where the problem lies is in the mechanism of selection and appointment of SC Justices. This should be re-studied and relevant laws amended. That the President should be appointing the head and members of a supposedly co-equal branch is already a big defect. The JBC a supposedly independent body whose job it is to screen nominees to the SC,free from political influence of the President, as it turns out, it could easily be reduced into a pro-forma body. So what kind of independence do we really expect from SC? You condemn the Arroyo appointees are Arroyo biased, what do you say of the Aquino appointees? Utang na loob is a universal trait, we Filipinos just carry it to the extreme. You can replace all Arroyo appointees with Aquino appointees one by one and put GMA to jail successfully, then what? After all the rejoicing, you wake up to the fact that the SC is already packed with an all-Aquino loyalists hahaha

    Fix the law!

  78. cocoy - December 13, 2011 2:41 pm

    May bagong Update:Para raw matapus na ang hidwaan ni Penoy at Corona. Naghamon si Corona na mag draw sila ng barilan.. Ayus na sana pumayag na si Penoy: Kaso humirit ng kondisyunis si Corona na si FG na raw ang ka draw ni Penoy sa Barilan…Ay TUSO

  79. 3engr3 - December 13, 2011 3:28 pm

    “By a stroke of genius, the President will be able to control the government. ”
    If impeachment succeeds, Pres Aquino will achieve being an autocrat w/out declaring martial law.Hes better than Marcos.”

    * Senator Joker Arroyo says of impeachment against Corona.

  80. Ellen - December 13, 2011 3:36 pm

    SnV, I’m not sure about Lapid and Revilla.

    Remember PNoy ignored the complaints of Tourism secretary Bertie Lim about Mark Lapid, the general manager of Phil Tourism Authority because they needed his vote for postponement of ARMM Election?

    The new DOT chief did not touch Mark Lapid. Sen. Lito Lapid will see that as a favor and will probably give his vote to PNoy.

    Revilla also has to be in the good graces of Malacanang so BIR will not investigate the reported P1 million a month allowance per “family” of his father’s 16 “families”. I heard Philippine Estate Authority is looking at some of the contracts entered by the agency under the chairmanship of the board by Revilla Sr.

  81. baycas2 - December 13, 2011 3:44 pm

    Di na kailangang magrally sa EDSA. Nasa noo na ni PNoy ang EDSA, nasa likod naman nya ang karamihan ng nagtitiwala sa kaniya.

  82. ricelander - December 13, 2011 4:07 pm

    This is the same blood lust that was in the air during the impeachment of Erap. There was talk of wiping out corruption, etc. May nangyari ba?…

    I remember those times very well. All the screaming for Eraps’ head, all those righteous indignation of the multitude and the moral crusaders that seemed to pierce the heavens, then the sense of release and liberation after Erap was gone… when the IMPSA scandal exploded all within two or three weeks, where were the moral crusaders??? Akala ba namin galit kayo sa corruption? Nah, kakampi e.

  83. danilo - December 13, 2011 4:58 pm

    PNOY alisin mona kya ang Supreme court dba ikaw ang Boss – Removed Freedom – palitan mo sa mga friends or kabarilan mo para ala na sasaway sa gusto mo. Mga taga Congress sign na for impeachment ni CORONA para ma release kaagad pundo ninyo diba pan-sariling interest lng yan. SA huli mahihirap na nman kawawa nagpapagamit na nman uli sa mga politiko. Sa totoo lng lalong tumataas ang mga bilihin and fuel compared to previous year, ano ba yan gumising na tayo.

  84. Oblak - December 13, 2011 5:21 pm

    SAng ayon ako kay Ka Henry sa post #70. Napalabas tuloy ako ng lungga at umaatikabo sa Ellenville.

    Matindi ang pagkaka impeach kay Corona. Hindi man kasing exciting ng impeachment ni Erap, kaabang abang ang impeachment trial ni Corona, kung matutuloy. Wala naman sigurong mag ala Loi Estrada na with matching TV spot para idepensa si Erap. Posible na si Midas Marquez ay lalabas sa mga TV para idepensa ang mga patrons nya.

    Ngayong araw, hinihimok ang mga court personnel na suportahan si Corona. Timing din kabibigay lang ng mga sweldo at cash bonus sa mga court employees. Yung ibang branch clerks, pati mid year bonus na pagkatagal tagal na hinihintay, ni release ng December.

    Marami namang court personnel ang mautak na bago sumuporta kay Corona, nag dedemand na ipakita muna ng mga taga Supreme Court at Court of Appeals kung magkano ang cash bonuses nila.

  85. juggernaut - December 13, 2011 6:19 pm

    Urong, surong, sulong, urong. Ano ba talaga? Reklamo na marumi ang justice system, lilinisin na nga, teka teka, dapat ang sistema, eh pwede bang idemanda ang sistema? We are at the crossroads, we need to act already! Etong mga overthinkers, siguro puro na lang kayo think tapos walang actual na nagawa? Walang problemang naayos?
    Kakampi ke hindi kakampi, ke diktador na mas matindi pa kay Marcos, ang dami daming naiiisip.
    If you’re not part of the solution eh kasama kayo sa problema? Yung mga babagsak na lang talaga sa “wala tayong magawa yan na ang sistema, bulok” tapos hanggang dun na lang. Mga hindi alam ang mga katagang “just do it!”

  86. juggernaut - December 13, 2011 6:22 pm

    Kaya ganito ang Pilipinas, maraming marurunong, problema konti lang ang gumagawa! Maraming satsat, ayaw naman mag contribute. Talaga naman.

  87. MPRivera - December 13, 2011 6:28 pm

    it is not the integrity of SC that is being target of the super fast impeachment files in the tongress but the way corona was installed as chief justice during an appointment ban and how he discharges his judgment on cases filed against his patron.

    “The genius of impeachment lay in the fact that it could punish the man without punishing the office.”
    ~ Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

  88. MPRivera - December 13, 2011 6:29 pm

    “….filed in tongress….”

  89. saxnviolins - December 13, 2011 7:27 pm

    So has any bill been filed to repeal CamSur?

    Sumusuweldo pa si Dato di ba? Mas malaki ang atraso niyan sa akin kaysa kay Corona. Kahit papano, abogado si Corona – a qualification for a judge. Dato is not a Bicolano; yet they carved out a part of Bicol for him.

  90. henry90 - December 13, 2011 8:04 pm

    Di pa nirerepeal Sax. Precisely na isinama nga sa impeachment complaint to show SC’s folly. Pag nirepeal agad, sasabihin ni Corona, “O wala ng problema di ba?”. Pero darating tayo diyan. Cut off the head first(Goyang and the tentacles will wither away. Nangangatog na yang mga alipores. Si Ben Burjer nakakaulong na. Finally, kahit dahan-dahan, meron nang accountability. People are fed up with legal niceties. It brought us nowhere. Sobrang matatalino at magugulang ang mga abogado sa atin. It’s about time na meron nang managot sa mga bataan ni Pandak. Isunod na ang mga Generals na nangurakot ng husto. Teka, baka nakalayas na si Esperon a. Jug, nasa Pinas pa ba ang favorite upperclassman mo? :-P

  91. Ellen - December 13, 2011 8:05 pm

    Sen. Frank Drilon asked Corona to inhibit in cases involving Gloria Arroyo. Now, he is being asked to inhibit as judge in the impeachment trial of Corona. His statement:

    I do not see any basis nor justification to the suggestion that I inhibit myself from participating as a senator-judge in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

    Records will show that I have never called for Corona’s impeachment or resignation as a member of the Supreme Court.

    I only issued an appeal that he inhibits himself from participating in Supreme Court cases involving Ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo due to public perceptions of partiality as he once served as her chief of staff and spokesperson.

    My appeal was anchored on my desire to maintain the integrity of the Supreme Court. I have not prejudged Chief Justice Corona on any of the eight charges now being brought against him in this impeachment case.

    While this impeachment trial soon assumes the nature of a political exercise, I can assure the Filipino people that as a lawyer and public servant, I shall base my judgements and decisions as a senator-judge on the strengths or weaknesses of the evidence presented.

    The standard of a cord neutrality of a judge in a court of law is not required of a senator sitting in an impeachment court. The rules provide that “Senators shall observe political neutrality during the course of the impeachment trial. ‘Political neutrality’ shall be defined as the exercise of a public official’s duty without unfair discrimination and regardless of party affiliation or preference.”

    Again, my only interest here is the preservation and strengthening of our democratic institutions.

  92. Mike - December 13, 2011 10:16 pm


    “It’s about time na meron nang managot sa mga bataan ni Pandak.” – Henry90

    Agree! And dapat isunod din ay ang mga balimbing na congressmen na kaalayado dati ni Gloria na ngayon ay kaalyado na ni PNoy na ilang beses humarang sa impeachment laban kay Gloria. Napabalita noon na tumanggap sila ng paper bag na puno ng pera ng bayan. If we are really serious about cleansing the country off corrupt officials, it should be on all levels of the judiciary, executive and legislative

  93. Mike - December 13, 2011 10:22 pm


    “Again, my only interest here is the preservation and strengthening of our democratic institutions.” my a$$. You were part of the problem Mr. Senator when you and Mr. Noted rushed the proclamation of Gloria as president during the 2004 national elections. You and Mr. Noted proclaimed the worst (fake) president the country ever had.

  94. chi - December 13, 2011 10:32 pm

    atty sax, what do you say about “Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla believes the third impeachment article accusing Corona and his wife, Cristina, of culpable violation of the Constitution is considered a serious offense considered indictable.”

    Ilang asawa na ba ang nagpahamak sa mga opisyal ng Pinas?

    I guess this issue with Corona’s wifey is his Achilles heel that could lead to his resignation.

  95. chi - December 13, 2011 10:39 pm

    #81. Ellen, I concur.

  96. chi - December 13, 2011 10:42 pm

    I believe Corona will be impeached by the Senate, and that even Enrile and Miriam are seriously thinking of a big jump.

  97. chi - December 13, 2011 10:43 pm

    Iyan ay kung hindi mag-resign si Corona dahil sa eskandalo sa asawa o kung makuro nya na talo sya sa Senado.

  98. Becky - December 14, 2011 12:55 am

    Here goes Drilon again. #92.

    Remember in 2005 at the height of the Hello Garci scandal, he told Gloria Arroyo in Iloilo, “Kung ayaw nila sa iyo sa Manila, dito ka na sa amin sa Iloilo.”

    After a few weeks, when he saw the opportunity of taking over the government, he turned against Gloria together with the Hyatt 10.

  99. Becky - December 14, 2011 12:56 am

    To all those who are underestimating the intelligence of PNoy, read this:—joker

  100. chi - December 14, 2011 1:05 am

    Ewan ko ba dyan kay Drilon, #92. He should have kept his mouth shut because he’s a senator and not supposed to telegraph his opinions when it comes to impeachment. Hayaan na lang nya si Pnoy na magdakdak kasi presidente yun at may K dahil sya ang hepe ng executive dept.

    E kaya nga naproklama si pekeng Gloria in tne middle of the night when everyone was fast asleep kasi he conspired with Kiko and JdV. Tapos he jumped ship away from Gloria faster than a lighting. kung bumaligtad itong si Drilon talagang nagsisirko! Dati kong bossing yan pero nunca I voted for this chameleon.

  101. Mike - December 14, 2011 1:13 am


    Chi, are you sure with your description of Drilon as a chameleon? Iba ang nasaisip ko when comparing him with a (4 legged) animal. Hehehehe :P

  102. hilman - December 14, 2011 1:16 am

    palagay ko ay nagngingitngit na sa galit itong si mike arroyo sa abogado nyang si topacio, habang nag eenjoy kasi ito sa pagpapakwela sa media ay isa isa naman silang nalalagas.good job atty…….who’s next?

  103. chi - December 14, 2011 1:37 am

    #102. Hahaha ka Mike! Kapatid ni Pidal, :)

  104. chi - December 14, 2011 1:39 am

    #103. Nice observe, hilman! Gusto yatang mag-senador ni Topacio kaya tuloy ang pakwela for media mileage.

  105. Mike - December 14, 2011 2:08 am


    Chi, si Topacio daw papalit kay Miriam sa senado. Ang problema lang, baka tuwing makikipag debate sya sa kapwa senador, lagi niyang isusugal at ilalako ang kanyang itlog. :P

  106. hilman - December 14, 2011 2:10 am

    #105. pwede,chi!leah navarro as his campaign manager.

  107. chijap - December 14, 2011 3:55 am

    #80 and #100

    I beg to disagree with Joker in his analysis. (what has happened to the guy?)

    Aquino may have the full backing/majority of Congress and may provide as Allan Paguia said “chilling effect” to the other 14 SC Justices if Corona gets ousted, but that does not mean he’s a dictator.

    Yes, it would then be easier for him to pass bills since he has congress and the SC may not be blocking it.

    The difference lies in election. Today we have this scenario where Congress follows Aquino but come election day and Aquino say makes moves that are not what the people want, then the elected officials may turn on him, and Aquino may end up with an impeachment case himself.

    Dictators rule not just with supreme control but also with an indefinite timeline. And the beauty of the system we have is that time is a fixed or at least determined factor.

    Aquino has also made it clear, he does not intend on being in power after 2016.

    So the analysis is but a failure. In fact, i would ask Joker why he did say the same thing about GMA when she also had Congress and a clear number in the SC during her term?

  108. alexmagno - December 14, 2011 7:34 am

    Mike #105 –

    Nah, he can only bet twice and lose twice. Mabuti kung tatlo o apat ang itlog ni Topak-cio, hehehehe!

  109. alexmagno - December 14, 2011 7:35 am

    Unless Topak-cio already lost one of his eggs, hahahaha!

  110. chi - December 14, 2011 7:55 am

    Who knows, di ba may mga kelots na may additional betlog? Baka si Topacio may isa pang nakalawit kaya meron pa syang pang-bet. :)

  111. hawaiianguy - December 14, 2011 8:00 am

    Chi #111

    hehehehe! ikaw nman, 1 in a trillion lang ang ganyan siguro. pero sa tingin ko ito si Corona, malamang kulang na sa 2 ang itlog nito. wanna bet?

  112. hawaiianguy - December 14, 2011 8:03 am

    btw, I was in Gastonia NC last summer. naisip kta tuloy dahil taga NC ka, db?

  113. juggernaut - December 14, 2011 9:56 am

    Somebody pinch me, nananaginip yata ako? Pilipinas pa ba ito?
    Kung maibalik natin ang respeto sa hustisya at sa iba pang mga institusyon, at lahat ng mga malalaking negosyante matuto ng magbayad ng tamang buwis at magbigay ng tamang sahod at benepisyo sa mga empleyado nila, siguradong mararamdaman na natin ang pagbabago.
    Huwag mahiyang mamahagi ng ating mga biyaya sa iba ngayong pasko. Allow me to greet everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  114. hilman - December 14, 2011 10:21 am

    #114 Sana magkatotoo ang panaginip mo jug,’wag sanang kamkamin ang biyaya . . .MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ! ! !

  115. chi - December 14, 2011 11:01 am

    HW, baka si Topacio ang one in a trillion, hahaha!

    (OTC)You told me you gonna see me here when you get the chance to visit your daughter. Sa uulitin, don’t forget, just lemme know via our eskwelahan and will send you my email.

  116. Mike - December 14, 2011 2:09 pm


    Chi, imposible yata yung lalaking may 3 eggs. Di ba meron ngang kanta about it? “I have 2 eggs, the left and the right. Hold them up high….” ;)
    Pero since mukha siyang bet…, meron nga siyang 3. :P

  117. chijap - December 14, 2011 2:40 pm

    With the court holiday and Corona making that horrible speech, we can expect him not to step down.

  118. chijap - December 14, 2011 3:21 pm

    Its funny when he mentioned he had a clear conscience, GMA recently said the same.

    For people who have very twisted sense of honor, do they expect to have a working conscience?

  119. chijap - December 14, 2011 4:16 pm

    I think Corona forgot that a Justice is appointed. The people did not vote for him directly to the position.

    He now complains that the Congressmen and Aquino who were voted by the people are destroying democracy.

    And if the people’s representative did find him unacceptable, the impeachment is the right and logical path to remove him.

    Some say this is really “might is right” i say, well, so be it. It does not mean its wrong.

    I also remember Corona saying, “watch me.” And did we all not watch him not honor the role but honor the woman who gave her the role?

  120. Phil Cruz - December 14, 2011 5:06 pm

    Corona just finished his “aggressive speech” outside the SC before a black-shirted crowd or mini-crowd?

    He and Midas engineered a court holiday so that they could have more bodies and ears in attendance. I don’t recall any high official, including a President, ordering a holiday just to listen to him or her talk.

    He tried to make the impeachment complaint against him a complaint against the entire judiciary. Just like his patroness, this man is manipulative.

  121. Phil Cruz - December 14, 2011 5:09 pm

    There was a little redhead car dashboard doggie to his left nodding continuously to his every word. Who was that?

  122. MPRivera - December 14, 2011 6:10 pm

    panahon na upang ang chief justice ay piliin sa pamamagitan ng botohan ng IBP para naman maging tunay na independent and co-equal body ng legislative at executive. sa ganyan ay maiiwasan ang kiling katulad nitong kaso ng aming kababayang nakakahiyang tanggaping taga-sa amin.

  123. baycas2 - December 14, 2011 6:25 pm

    ang buod ng talumpati kaninang hapon…

    Corona ni gloria: “Watch me.”

    coming soon at the Senate near you…after the Christmas-holiday-long MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival).

    “Two thumbs up!,” by the MMFF (Midas Marquez Film Fafa).

  124. phil - December 14, 2011 7:01 pm

    I read somewhere about a book by Newsbreak editor M. Vitug titled: Shadow of Doubt – Probing the Supreme Court. Anybody read it and, if so, review or comments please? Thanks.

  125. chi - December 14, 2011 9:42 pm

    Nagmumurkulyo na si Corona ni Gloria, serves him right!

    Si Noy daw ay gustong maging diktador, bwahahaha! Saan mo man silipin ang anggulo ni kuya Noy ay malabo.

    Tapang si Pnoy ngayon kasi back-up sya ng tao. Go Pnoy Go! Strike while the iron is hot hanggang makamit ang goal towards a respectable Supreme Court. Walisin lahat ang kalat at nagkakalat!

  126. chi - December 14, 2011 9:43 pm

    Oh, ‘wawa na si Corona ni Gloria, inaapi ni Noynoy! :)

  127. Oblak - December 14, 2011 10:01 pm

    Hindi naman lahat ng courts sa Pilipinas nagdeclare ng court holiday. At hindi rin totoo na lahat ng judges ay sumusuporta kay Corona. Iyan ang hirap sa media, hindi balanse na pinakikita lang yung mga nag court holiday at hindi yung mga korte na may judges na tuloy pa rin ang trabaho ngayong araw na ito.

    Isa sa dahilan kung bakit todo suporta ng mga court personnel at judges kay Corona ay PERA. Kung matandaan nyo na umaalma sina Corona at Marquez nang higpitan ng Dept. of Budget ang pag release ng pera sa mga unfilled positions sa judiciary. Gusto nila Corona at Marquez na automatic ang bigay sa kanila ng budget ng unfilled position of judges dahil ito ang pinamimigay nilang allowance sa judiciary. Ang mga maliliit na empleayado, maliit na allowance. Ang mga nasa Court of Appeals at Supreme Court, limpak limpak ang allowances.

    May isang judge na napamura ng makita na isa sa mga grounds ng impeachment ay ang hindi pag file ni Corona ng kanyang Statement of Assets and LIabilities. Lahat daw kasi ng inaappoint na judges sa RTC, MTC, MCTC, MTCC at MCTC ay kinakailangang may submit ng SALN tapos ang Chief Justice hindi nagsusubmit ng SALN.

    Mr. Phil, na feature na dito sa Ellenville yung Shadow of Doubt ni Ms. Maritess Vitug last year. Ang alam ko nasa Vera files din yan. Nabasa ko na yan at tungkol sa mga deal wheelings sa loob mismo ng Supreme Court. Si Justice Presbitero Velasco ang tinamaan ng husto sa libro. Hindi ko lang alam kung may available pang copy ng libro ngayon.

    MPRivera, ingat ka rin dyan sa mga IBP officers at may mga kanya kanyang interests din ang mga yan.

  128. chi - December 14, 2011 11:17 pm

    #128. Gusto nila Corona at Marquez na automatic ang bigay sa kanila ng budget ng unfilled position of judges dahil ito ang pinamimigay nilang allowance sa judiciary. Ang mga maliliit na empleayado, maliit na allowance. Ang mga nasa Court of Appeals at Supreme Court, limpak limpak ang allowances.

    Unfilled positions babayaran! Dapat nga na masipa si Corona ni Gloria, isama na nya si Midas!

    May inequality pa sa bigayan ng allowance ha! Mag-demonstrate ang maliliit na empleado ng korte, isabay nila sa taray ni kuya Noy at ng madala sa publiko ang kanilang kaapihan sa ilalim ng Corona ni Gloria. I just don’t know if this was a practice of the SC since time immemorial. Nevertheless, it’s time to right this practice.

  129. chi - December 14, 2011 11:20 pm

    #128. May isang judge na napamura ng makita na isa sa mga grounds ng impeachment ay ang hindi pag file ni Corona ng kanyang Statement of Assets and LIabilities. Lahat daw kasi ng inaappoint na judges sa RTC, MTC, MCTC, MTCC at MCTC ay kinakailangang may submit ng SALN tapos ang Chief Justice hindi nagsusubmit ng SALN.

    Tumindig kayo laban kay Corona ni Gloria na abusado. SALN na lang hindi pa i-file! Mandaraya, Korap!

  130. juggernaut - December 14, 2011 11:29 pm

    Bakit kapit tuko pa rin tong si Corona?

    Corona’s net score, meaning his satisfaction score minus his dissatisfaction score, is now at zero. It was negative 18 at the start of his term last year, after his controversial midnight appointment by outgoing President Gloria Arroyo.

  131. chijap - December 14, 2011 11:35 pm

    I hope he gets convicted by the senate. If he gets away with it and with the arrogance you see today, you can imagine the higher form of arrogance if he gets away with it.

    Basing on snv’s count, and the comments these senators already made; confirmed na si Marcos, Joker, and Miriam.

    All Corona needs is five more.

  132. chijap - December 15, 2011 4:47 am

    #123, i think the appointment should still be made by the President. Part of the Check and Balance of the democratic process. (SC is bound by Executive; Executive is bound by what the Legislature writes; and what Legislature writes or the Executive enforce can be overruled by the Supreme Court).

    Corona should have not been CJ is the bottomline to me. Yes the articles of impeachment does mention a lot more but its him being Chief Justice that is what is the focus.

    To me:

    (1) If he remain an associate and Aquino was given the chance to appoint the CJ (to me the appointment was indeed midnight), then he can as i said announce to the whole world he is GMA all the way, he is really then just one vote.

    (2) But since he is CJ and he can have the court administrator indirectly order a holiday and make that horrible speech, then that vote of one does become more than just “one” but rather the vote of the head (as he loving want to say, the first among equals my backside).

    Masama kasi, midnight appointment na, and here you have him deciding obviously for GMA.

    Assuming GMA did appoint say Carpio and Carpio was balanced in his decisions, i doubt Aquino would be complaining. If Carpio did the same as Corona, Aquino would attack Carpio too.

    In short, GMA already denied Aquino that chance to appoint and she and her stooges are making sure the vote goes her way.

    Again its about Corona, and here is the “Mahal Kita” drama actor saying an attack to him is an attack to the institution. He wrecked the institution with the lack of honor and the lack of hiya. He is captaining the titanic to her disaster right now.

    Do remember, when CJ Corona was appointed, it was behind closed door (private daw). Bakit ikahihiya yung appointment sa taungbayan?

  133. Jake Las Pinas - December 15, 2011 6:41 am

    Maybe somebody should ask CJ Puno why he retired early thus paving the way for Corona to become CJ.

  134. chijap - December 15, 2011 10:16 am

    #134 I believe it was Puno’s birthday (mandatory retirement). I vaguely recall Puno joking that his “wrong” (timing?) birthday is giving Corona grief or something along that line.

  135. Phil Cruz - December 15, 2011 11:22 am

    And now the Glorious Black Knight in Black Robe says he is going to lead the fight against the Aquino “dictatorship”.

    Oh? Lead your black robed army?

    The lawyers who are too scared to offend you because they may lose their future cases in your court? The judges and court employees whom you and Midas nudged and pushed out of their offices yesterday just to ensure you had a crowd to listen to your “please come to my aid” speech?

    Aquino a dictator? You and your patroness never expected Aquino to fight like this, that’s all. You thought he was a wimp and a pushover. Well, you are getting a taste of his “wimpiness”.

    Shocked and awed?

  136. Ellen - December 15, 2011 4:54 pm

    Re Shadow of Doubt by Maritess Vitug #128:

    It’s not a VERA Files project.

    Maritess is with Newsbreak.

  137. MPRivera - December 15, 2011 5:56 pm

    itlog na naman ni topacio ang nakita niny.

    sigurado ba kayong may itlog ‘yun?

  138. MPRivera - December 15, 2011 6:47 pm

    hindi puwedeng mangyari na hindi babatikusin ang alinmang sangay ng gobyerno lalo na’t merong mga kamaliang maliwanag na pinipikitan ng mata at winawalang halaga.

    ipokrito ang dating ni corona sa pagsasabing dumaan sa tamang proseso ang pagkakahirang sa kanya bilang punong mahistrado gayung itinalaga siya sa panahong merong appointment ban.

    lalong ipokrito ang dating niya sa pagsasabing ang mga nasa gabinete ay utusan at alalay lamang ng pangulo sapagkat siya man ay naging bahagi din ng gabinete ng kanyang patron na si goyang.

    tama na ang mga paawa. harapin ang dapat harapin at tanggapin ang magiging hatol ng paglilitis.

    kung hindi kaya ay – MAG-RESIGN ka na lang, corona!

    nakakahiya ka!

  139. dzandueta - December 15, 2011 10:04 pm

    Personally, I wish it didn’t lead to this. Wala pang 2012, and already we have a taste of things to come.

    Still, I can’t help but agree with many comments here that CJ Corona virtually had this coming to him. Circumstances leading to his appointment as CJ were “colored” to begin with, and that’s saying it mildly.

    He should never have accepted GMA’s appointing him in the first place. Siguro medyo buti pa kung si PNoy mismo ang pumili, although malabo yan syempre.

    Anyway, this is where we’re at now. I just hope PNoy won’t lose focus on his other priorities nonetheless.

  140. Nathan - December 15, 2011 10:37 pm


    Ang layo na ng narating ninyo sa usapan….. isa naman ang purpose paalisin si CJ Corona.

    - ano violation nya?

    simple lang mga igan….. dapat independent si CJ Corona…. ehhhh… bakit tumanggap ng position ang kanyang MRS,o asawa ng positon mula sa admin ni Gloria????? Di ba impeachable yan?????

    - second

    alam lahat natin na pag public official…. dapat mag declared ka ng assets mo… or tinatawag natin na SALN or statement of asset ang liabilities. ehhhh. si CJ Corona ba nag declared>>>>???? porque Chief Justice sya,,, akala niya exempted na sya???? WALA as in capital letter. Sila pa nagsabi na we are under the rule of law! not the rule of men.

    ayan… maliwanag pa yan sa sikat ng araw na dapat syang ma impeach. Period…..

  141. Phil Cruz - December 16, 2011 7:23 am

    Before he came out with his ‘please come to my aid’ speeches, Corona still had that mystery surrounding him. Made him look like a gentleman who was above it all.

    But after that and succeeding speeches, his true character has been laid bare. A scheming lying manipulator of people. Just like his patroness.

    I also got a not so good picture of his red-haired wife. Pwede ‘tong dalawa mag artista sa telenovela.

    After the speech, Corona hugs and kisses her, she lays her dyed head on his chest, then lingers in that position waiting for the cameras to come up and start clicking, lingers in that position for a wee bit longer still peeking at the clicking cameras… Whew… Carmen Rosales and Rogelio de le Rosa.

  142. chi - December 16, 2011 7:38 am

    #143. Who’s the idjiit scriptwriter of Corona kaya? Baka si Midas ‘noh? kasi super emote ang photo ops pala ni Corona and wifey. :)

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