Corona faces conviction

Blocked from leaving the Senate

The walkout by Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona sealed his fate: he will be convicted.

During his three-hour narration, wherein he didn’t mince words against those he perceived were maligning him including President Aquino, whom he scornfully referred to as “hacienderong Pangulo”, he kept on complaining about his detractors undermining the rule law and bastardizing due process.

“Binababoy nila ang proseso ng Saligang Batas para yurakan ang aking mga karapatan,” he said.

As chief justice, Corona should be the embodiment of the rule of law. His office enforces judicial code of conduct and the Code of Professional Responsibility for lawyers. He knows that a witness, which he was on May 22, does not leave the witness stand without being discharged by the Presiding judge.

Yet,acting imperial, he declared:“And now, the Chief Justice of the Republic of the Philippines wishes to be excused.” He left the witness stand and walked out of the courtroom. He didn’t wait to be excused.

If the Chief Justice trampled on simple rules of court, how then can he demand obedience to it from those that come under the jurisdiction of the Court? If he arrogantly committed contempt of court, one wonders what other laws did he arrogantly violated.

Even before his May 22 appearance at his own impeachment trial, sources said Malacañang already has enough votes (at least 16 out of 23 senators) to convict him. Corona is lucky if he gets four or five (he needs eight senators to block his conviction) sympathetic senators.

Since Tuesday, he was confined at the Medical City where he was under observation “for possible heart attack.” His chief legal counsel, Serafin Cuevas, said Corona will be at the Senate today despite his doctors’ orders. The Chief Justice has signed a waiver freeing his doctors from any liability in case anything happens to him while at the trial.

Enrile set the oral arguments for both prosecution and defense panels on Monday. After that, the senator-judges will vote to either acquit or convict Corona, the first chief justice to be subjected to this judgment.

How will the voting be done?

Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure on Impeachment Trials adopted by the Senate for the Corona impeachment states: “ The trial of all the articles of impeachment shall be completed before the Senators vote on the final question on whether or not the impeachment is sustained. On the final question whether the impeachment is sustained, the vote shall be taken on each article of impeachment separately; and if the impeachment shall not, upon any of the articles presented, be sustained by the votes of two-thirds of all the Members, a judgment of acquittal shall be entered; but if the person impeached in such articles of impeachment shall be convicted upon any of said articles by the votes of two-thirds of all the Members, the Senate shall proceed to pronounce judgment of conviction, and a certified copy of such judgment shall be deposited in the Office of the Secretary of the Senate.

“A motion to reconsider the vote by which any article of impeachment is sustained or rejected shall not be in order.”

There will be no motion for reconsideration.

I’m not a lawyer but I suppose once he is convicted, Corona would have to be removed not only from his post as chief justice but as justice of the Supreme Court.

Those who want to see him be punished further can file charges against him before the Ombudsman. Civil society groups like that of Harvey Keh would not have to rely on Mr or Ms Anonymous for evidence against Corona. The records of the impeachment trial would be a rich source of materials for cases they can file against him.

They can charge him with perjury and violation of Republic Act 6713, the law that establishes the code of conduct for public officials and employees. If they can prove that his wealth is ill-gotten, despite his declaration that all his money were earned honestly, they can file appropriate charges with the Ombudsman.

***

Romeo Solina wrote me to dispute Corona’s statement that they do not employ a house help.

I’m publishing this so that the Coronas can counter-dispute, if they want to.

Here’s what Corona said: “Simpleng buhay at tahanan lamang—hindi man kami gumagamit ng aircon sapagka’t napakadali po naming magkasakit sa lamig. Simpleng pagkain lamang ang kinakain namin sa bahay, at sa maniwala “po kayo at sa hindi, kami po ay walang katulong sa bahay.

At, iyan ang sinasabi kong katotohan sa inyo. Ganoon kasimple po ang aming pamumuhay na paminsan-minsan lamang na may dumadating na naglilinis ng aming bahay o nagplaplantsa ng aming damit. “

Here’s a portion of Solina’s letter: “We have a ‘katulong’ with us for several years now. We took her after she worked with the Coronas. That was when Corona was still working with then President Arroyo. She said she was supposed to work in the canteen being run by Mrs. Corona near a school in Vito Cruz, but had to stay in the residence of the Coronas. She committed a blunder – by spilling something on a guest and was berated by Corona himself – and she had to resign.

“When I heard Corona’s statement ‘wala kaming katulong’ (to impress the public that he lives simply) I asked Tess, our own katulong what the situation was several years ago. She said that while she was assigned to serve at the canteen, there were three maids for the household – a cook, a laundress, and a cleaner. All of them slept in the house, but were not allowed much free time.”

May 24, 2012 7:16 pm  Tags:   Posted in: Corona Impeachment, Justice, Malaya, Senate, Supreme Court

112 Responses

  1. Oblak - May 24, 2012 8:01 pm

    Ms. Ellen, I really really hope ma convict si Chief. Pero kapag binibilang ko kung aabot ng 16 ang boboto, 10 lang ang sigurado akong mag coconvict na senador.

    I am still surprised na in spite of what the Chief did last Tuesday, mayroon pa ring mga taga SC at judiciary na nababaluktot ang nangyari sa walkout at naniniwalang may sakit ang Chief.

  2. Lurker - May 24, 2012 8:04 pm

    Sure hope that you’re right, Ellen. And cases should be filed against him for corruption and unexplained wealth.

    He should not only do jail time, his ill-gotten assets should also be confiscated.

    Only then will people in power realize that they are accountable for misdeeds they commit.

  3. vonjovi2 - May 24, 2012 9:00 pm

    Ngayon a attend na naman siya sa senate para sa bagong drama. Ano na naman pakulo ang ilalabas nila kasama si Cuevas. Siguro ay parehong ma a heart attack itong dalawa. Puwede pala siyang tumistigo pa ulit eh bakit pumunta pa siya sa Hospital. Mga walang isip at tarantado at kapwa magnanakaw lang ang ma aawa sa kanya dito.

    Pag not Guilty ang hatol ni Miriam ay mag send tayong lahat ng sulat sa International Court na i recall at palitan si Miriam dahil di karapat dapat sa uupuan niya.
    Si Joker ay Joker talaga ito at di mapapag katiwalaan kahit kailan at panig sa mga magnanakaw sa Gobyerno..

  4. chijap - May 24, 2012 9:18 pm

    abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/05/24/12/corona-docs-rule-out-heart-attack

    Sarap naman. Medical City will accompany Corona.

    So no heart attack. Corona is now forced to get out of the hospital and face the court.

    I predict if crossed or spoken to by the senators he will say, he has the right to remain silent. Assuming pupunta pa rin.

    If that happens, there was only two possible reasons for this happening: Corona knows his run to the SC won’t work (nagtanong na sya sa mga boys and girls nya dun) or Cuevas insist he goes to the court knowing di malubha yung kaso talaga or he will no longer defend him nor do the closing anymore.

  5. J - May 24, 2012 9:21 pm

    I hope he is convicted, indeed. BTW, I know your sources have always been impeccable, but how do you rate the credibility of your source who said Palace has enough numbers? I’m curious (and I really want him convicted).

  6. vonjovi2 - May 24, 2012 9:30 pm

    Siguradong pag balik niya sa upuan sa senado ay iiyak na naman iyan para awaan ng mga gagong serators.

    Sabi ni Corona simpleng buhay lang kami at walang 82 na katulong sa bahay at 3 lang ang nag aasikaso. Binababoy nila ang pag proseso at niyuyurakan nila ang oag katao ko. – Eh kaya ka nga ka niyuyurakan at binababoy ay mukhang baboy ka kasi at di ka naman tao.

    10 bagay na matuturing Baboy ang turing sa iyo dahil:
    1) Baboy ka dahil katulad ka ng kaibigan mong Si Fat Mike
    2) Baboy ka dahil kahit alam mo na illigal ang pag upo sa puwesto.
    3) Baboy ka dahil tinanggap mo ang binigay na puwesto.
    4) Baboy ka dahil lahat ng kaso ng Arroyo ay pinag tatanggol mo
    5) Baboy ka dahil nag kamkam ka ng ibang kayamanan
    6) Baboy ka dahil sa di mo paliwanag ang biglang yaman mo
    7) Baboy ka dahil sa masyadong ma drama at mayabang kaya mo lang ay iyung patay na di makakapag salita.
    8) Baboy ka dahil kapit tuko ka sa puwesto na illigal sa pag lagay sa iyo
    9) Baboy ka dahil sa lahat ng sinasabi mo ay walang katotohanan
    10) Baboy ka dahil talagang “BABOY KA”.

  7. Ellen - May 24, 2012 9:40 pm

    J, can’t tell you my sources. You understand, of course.

    Aquino won’t allow acquittal because it would be a slap on his face. He has been moving heaven and earth, making tradeoffs, which I feel defeat the purpose of his much touted reform agenda (but that’s another column later) for the vote to convict Corona. I was told he got what he wanted.

  8. J - May 24, 2012 9:49 pm

    Yes, you can’t name of course. But is it A1? :)

    I agree, the political cost of this impeachment project was enormous for the President. I still believe his operators didn’t really think this through; they thought Corona would do a Merci.

  9. manuelbuencamino - May 24, 2012 9:55 pm

    Ellen,

    Corona will be acquitted. Sana mali ako but the guardians of corruption are legion.

    Talamak ang mga alagad ng korapsyon at lilitaw ang mga iyan pag boto nila next week. Hindi sila kukulangin ng magagandang dahilan kung bakit sila ay for acquittal. At hindi din sila kukulangin ng palakpak mula sa kanilang mga ka-uri sa media, sa mga simbahan, at iba pang sektor na tumaba sa korapsyon.

    Korek ka na slap on the face of Aquino ang acquittal. Talagang gusto ng mga guardians of corruption na ipakita sa buung bayan na hindi sila madaling itumba.

  10. J - May 24, 2012 10:02 pm

    Mukang magro-rosaryo ako kung kina-kailangan para ipag-dasal na sana ay mali ka, MB. LOL.

  11. saxnviolins - May 24, 2012 10:13 pm

    The long rambling statement confirms what I suspected all along – that Corona has no litigation experience. He did what Cuevas was accusing the prosecution of doing; Corona brought in matters not germane to the complaint – the Basas, wala kaming katulong, etc. This leads me to believe that Cuevas did not know the substance of the speech; definitely not the length of it.

    The belief is bolstered by the fact that Cuevas kept insisting on the rule that one can only cross on matters taken up in the direct examination. Cuevas probably planned to limit his direct, to focus only on the complaint.

    He would probably not have asked about the amount, because the defense seems to be, that the only issue is non-disclosure; and whether or not it comes within what is impeachable. Corona seems to have picked that up when he said perjury is not impeachable.

    Cuevas will still probably insist that the cross, if any, be limited to Cuevas’s direct. Drilon will counter stating that the narrative forms part of the record, and Corona’s volunteering the info “opened the door” for cross, as American jurisprudence states. Enrile would probably rule against Cuevas.

    Would I conduct a cross? No.

    Professor Tadiar used to say, if the direct does not hurt you, it is better to rise triumphantly and say, “No cross, Your Honor.” Or, “Considering the substance of the testimony, Your Honor, we believe there is no need to conduct a cross-examination.”

    What about Corona’s denials? They are bare denials, which carry less weight than the documents presented by Carpio-Morales. Again, as Professor Tadiar used to say, “it is better to leave the inconsistencies in the record, and point them out in your memorandum, than to do a cross.” Badgering the defendant until he admits he was lying is so Hollywood. That only happens in the movies, like the scene of Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men”. If you badger the witness, it gives him the chance to explain, and the weight of the inconsistencies is watered down.

    As to conviction. If the issue is limited to the complaint, and the legal definition of what is a culpable violation and /or betrayal of public trust, shorn of all the theatrics of all sides (Corona, Miriam, the media, the bloggers), the fight is still on. To me, it is not a slam dunk.

    People here keep talking about moral fitness (a la Jake Macasaet), etc. But the Constitution limits the bases for removal to what is stated in the Constitution. So the moral fitness etc. must be wedged into the definition of betrayal of public trust.

    There will be Senators who will not swayed by the non-sequiturs – the drama, the hoo-hah, the opinions (whether erudite, silly, or angry). Enrile is one of them. I think he really is into this – his role as judge (presiding officer, not just voting senator). He has handled this trial better than some RTC judges I appeared before. He could have done exceptionally well on the bench. Too bad he chose politics.

    The other lawyer-senators, I really cannot say. I don’t know how many of them have litigation experience. I know the Noted One has little to none. Besides his vote is already committed.

    Pia Cayetano’s questions indicate the intent to analyze the legal issues.

    Chiz? Too little participation. I cannot say.

    Joker? Many believe he is in the bag for Corona. But I believe Joker (UP Law 52) will be like his contemporary, Enrile (UP Law 53). Joker will focus on the legal issue.

    Drilon? Must you ask?

  12. Amba - May 24, 2012 10:32 pm

    Miriam to Corona:

    Papaano namin maluluto itong kaso mo kung hindi ka magpapagisa? Bumalik ka na rito sa Biernes, CJ.

  13. cocoy - May 24, 2012 11:39 pm

    The loyalty of these legislatures maging sa kongress man o Senate ay sa Pork Barrel.Magmatigas ka hawak ng pangulo ang budget at sa discretion niya kung saan niya gusto i divert. Kapag Kongressman ka at wala kang Pork gutom ang nasasakupan mo,next election taob ka.In Politics kailangan mamulitika ka para magtagal sa pagiging politicians.

    Nakakahalata na nga si Corona na tagilid siya sa pangulo kaya si Hacienderong pangulo ang binanatan niya para paawa effect sa tao. Sa madlang pipol ang mensahi niya, kunyari ito ang gusto ng taong bayan. sino ululin niya? Ang gusto ng madlang pipol ay maalis siya. out of 10 dalawa ang kakamapi niya siguro pero majority ang gustong matangal siya. Siguro ang sa loob niya sa mga Senator judge ” Who Yo, I go!” pagkatapus niyang mag litanya.

  14. cocoy - May 24, 2012 11:40 pm

    Anong ebidens ang pinag uusapan dito. Impeachment ay political.

  15. vic - May 25, 2012 12:00 am

    A 2/3 vote to convict is very hard to secure…if it is 50% + 1 I would say it is in the Bag…Granting that the Presiding Judge will go for Conviction, then he may be able to carry three doubting Thomases, but what if he is for Acquittal?

    I do believe that the process of removing the member of the Judiciary and that of the SC is flawed and soo time consuming…||This process was borrowed from the US and is not suitable for the Phl settings…It is about time that a very careful study and evaluation of what best will work will be considered and adapted in the country…something unique,made and fitted for the country. until now we still doing more updating what is the best process that will work for us here too…even one in place seems to work, not everyone happy with it…no Justice of the SC been recommended for Removal as yet…the final process is the majority vote of the members of the house…(50% + 1)

  16. olan - May 25, 2012 12:00 am

    Ellen – May 24, 2012 9:40 pm

    J, can’t tell you my sources. You understand, of course.

    Aquino won’t allow acquittal because it would be a slap on his face. He has been moving heaven and earth, making tradeoffs, which I feel defeat the purpose of his much touted reform agenda (but that’s another column later) for the vote to convict Corona. I was told he got what he wanted.

    Are implying that the Enrile led impeachment trial is a sham or what you have is tsismis? Just curious?

  17. cocoy - May 25, 2012 12:02 am

    Baka may pasabog na naman si Corona pagbalik niya sa Senado mamaya.

    ” Your Honor! I will resign my post as Chief Justice of the Philippines due to deteriorating health condition”

  18. cocoy - May 25, 2012 12:12 am

    Ganito lang iyan

    Una ano ang pakinabang ng mga Senator Judge kung i acquit nila si Corona? awanin pay dahil wala pa silang kaso na i apela sa sala niya sa Supreme Court.

    Pangalawa mas takot sila kay Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio Morales dahil malakas ang kapangyarihan niya na mag prosecute ng mga tiwali sa Gobyerno.

    Pangatlo, kailangan nila ang PORK galing sa Malacanang.
    Pang apat ano ang pulso ng taong bayan dito.. Majority for conviction ni Corona. Markado sila sa taong bayan pagdating ng halalan kung ano ang magiging hatol nila.

  19. Oblak - May 25, 2012 12:14 am

    #17 Re: Pasabog – Sa palagay ko malayo na mag reresign si Chief. Hinding hindi papayag si Mrs. Corona nyan. But I agree sa iyo sa # 14 at sa sinabi dati ni Trillanes kung paano sya boboto.

  20. Amba - May 25, 2012 1:46 am

    #18 “Majority for conviction ni Corona. Markado sila sa taong bayan pagdating ng halalan kung ano ang magiging hatol nila.”

    Ito sana ang gusto nating mangyari na may accountability ang politiko sa taumbayan, pero mahirap mangyari yan dahil maraming masyadong mahirap at kung papipiliin kung pera para sa kumukulambreng sikmura o principle, sa pera na.

  21. Jojo - May 25, 2012 2:32 am

    Amba #20 tama ka. madalas kong mabasa ang sinabi mo sa mga ibang website. kahit na sa Phil Star blogers na sa tatlong lata ng sardinas at apat na kilong bigas ay ayos na si mayor sa election. kaya kahit you multiply the effort of Pnoy to ten times ay mahihirapan siya na tumino ang Pinas. Ang mga suporters na naka pula ni Corona halos lahat sila ay tuma-tanggap ng lagay. kaya ayaw nilang ma convict si Cororna. Dahil alam nila na tapos ang maliligayang araw nila.

  22. baycas2 - May 25, 2012 2:37 am

    Headline ngayon:

    “Pumirma ka ng waiver: Sabi ng mga doktor kay Corona”

    Subheading:

    “Pipirma ako kung 188+1 ang sasama sa akin na medical staff n’yo: Hamon ni Corona sa mga doktor”

    Headline bukas:

    “Corona: Magre-resign ako kung si Noynoy ay magre-resign din!”

    Subheading:

    “Corona: Kung di pumayag, magre-resign ako kung ia-appoint si Judd Roy na kapalit ko”

  23. baycas2 - May 25, 2012 2:48 am

    Noong Martes, sa overacting natuluyang ma-ICU. Obserbasyon lang naman…

    Mag-ingat ang defense sa overacting ni Corona mamaya. Life-threatening ang kondisyon niya baka lalo siyang magkasakit at matuluyang ma-ICU muli.

    Hahaba ang termino ng OIC o Acting Chief Justice sa Supreme Court.

    Siyanga pala…di ba sabi dati kaya puede ang midnight appointment dahil hindi puede ang OIC o Acting Chief Justice?

  24. Mike - May 25, 2012 3:20 am

    Totoo kaya ito o kuryente lang? :P

    CJ payag buksan ang bank account nang walang kundisyon?

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/05/24/12/cj-ready-unconditional-opening-bank-accounts

    Abangan sa American Idol, este Corona impeachment mamaya! :D

  25. Amba - May 25, 2012 4:00 am

    Ref #21. Kaya nga, harinawa malinawagan, datapwat malayong mangyari, itong mga senator/judges na may tinatago ring kayamanan na di naman mabubuking kung rerendahan nila ang kanilang pagka-ganid na sundin ang kabutihang kunsensya, kung mayroon man, at sagipin ang ating bayan sa walang pag-asang kapahamakan kung palayain si Corona.

  26. bayonic - May 25, 2012 4:55 am

    #23. if he really care about the Judiciary, shouldn’t he resign now that his health has become”fragile” ?

  27. parasabayan - May 25, 2012 5:23 am

    Expect a Corona that is on a wheel chair, frail, and will not answer any question coz his blood pressure will shoot up. Kaya and banat ni Cuevas ay “my client can not answer coz can’t you see he is physically not able to”.

    Kung madrama noong isang araw, mas ma-drama pa ang Friday hearing! Di ba sa mga tele-serye eh may mga namamatay pa towards the end (huwag naman sana). Ano kaya ang susunod na mangyayari sa isa sa mga alipores ni pandak? May nagpakamatay na, ngayon naman eh threatened heart attack. Ano naman kaya ang susunod na kabanata.

  28. parasabayan - May 25, 2012 5:25 am

    Baka naman nagkamali yung nagsabing magsa-sign ng waiver si Corona. Yung waiver na willing siyang pirmahan ay yung waiver sa hospital at hindi yung waiver to open up his bank accounts.

  29. chijap - May 25, 2012 8:09 am

    #24 @mike, ano yung call in number for the votes to open?

  30. langhab - May 25, 2012 9:07 am

    Atty1 [direct]: mr. witness, can you spell hypoglycemia?

    witness: yes i can, your honor.

    Atty1: your witness.

    Atty2 [cross]: mr. witness, will you spell hypoglycemia?

    witness: yes your honor, i will.

    Atty2 [cross]: if you please mr. witness, could you spell hypoglycemia to the court?

    witness: of course your honor, i could.

    Atty2: your honor, the witness is uncooperative. no more questions.

    judge: i caution the witness to answer the questions properly or face contempt. do you understand?

    witness: i do, your honor. i do.

    Atty1 [redirect]: now mr witness, would you spell hypoglycemia?

    witness: i promise your honor, i really would.

  31. Phil Cruz - May 25, 2012 9:57 am

    The Corona camp is up to their old tricks again. I don’t think the shyster will come to court. But if he does, he will somehow feign sickness again or invoke another legal technicality that will again for the umpteenth time delay the trial.

    And if the Impeachment Court does not allow him such, he will cry Mistrial. Then run to his 8 buddies in the SC and cook up a case and cause a constitutional crisis again.

    As I have said before, this is one un-elected midnight appointee making donkeys out of the 23 elected senators and making jackasses of the members of the law profession.

    The man is unfit. Unfit to the bone.

  32. saxnviolins - May 25, 2012 9:58 am

    Conviction or acquittal, a verdict will be good for the country. It supports institution building; in this case, the institution that is clothed with power to decide the impeachment is allowed to do its job.

    It will help the institution if the decision is accepted by all quarters. No review by the Supreme Court, in the case of a conviction, and no tantrums or the much ballyhooed people power from Noy, if the verdict is an acquittal.

    Pabayaan na lang sa mga opinion-makers and bloggers ang Wednesday morning quarterbacking after the verdict, as part of Freedom of Speech.

    Maybe that is why Enrile wants a verdict by Monday, or Tuesday, latest; after the oral argument. That way, wala nang possibility of a TRO from the Supreme Court. You cannot TRO a done decision. Besides, I doubt if the matter will be calendared by the Acting, and Chief Justice in Waiting.

    Conviction or acquittal, there is a clear winner. Manong Johnny. Hats off for a job well done Sir.

    Runner-up award to Tito Sotto, for being an able wingman to the Presiding Officer.

    Pro or anti-conviction man ang mga law deans, they will have to thank Justice Cuevas for the increased enrollment next school year.

    There is no truth to the rumor that Niel Tupaz’ falsetto will replace Robin Gibb in a duet with Barry Gibb.

  33. xman - May 25, 2012 10:07 am

    MANILA, Philippines?Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Ma. Ana Consuelo ?Jamby? Madrigal and Olongapo city councilor JC De Los Reyes pledged Tuesday to waive their rights under the Bank Secrecy Law to open their accounts to the public if elected president.

    Appearing at the Second Integrity and Human Rights Conference at Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Aquino said he would do so to prove his sincerity in fighting corruption.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view/20100223-254901/3-presidential-bets-to-waive-rights-to-bank-secrecy

  34. xman - May 25, 2012 10:11 am

    Noong nangangampanya si Pnoy para sa pagka presidente ay sabi nya ay mag sa sign sya ng WAIVER para patunayan sa madlang pipol na para patunayan nya na sincere sya “matuwid na daan” nya na kung walang kurap ay walang mahirap, yon ang sabi nya.

    Bakit ngayong pekeng presidente na sya ay ayaw nyang mag sign ng WAIVER. Sinungaling talaga kayong mga yellow.

  35. Amba - May 25, 2012 10:28 am

    Ref #32. For me, acquittal is not good for the country. Acquittal means another round of impeachement as the Ombudsman had indicated. Continued distractions for this fragile administration. More encouragement for the corrupt. Furthermore, Corona continues to patronize Gloria and eventually will let her go.

    “Conviction or acquittal, there is a clear winner. Manong Johnny.” And who is the clear loser – The pinoy people. Or more appropriately, if Corona is acquitted, the pinoy people are losers!

    If one believes the polls, a majority of those surveyed thinks/believes Corona a crook. Now how can the country benefit from having a crooked chief justice?

  36. Joe America - May 25, 2012 10:29 am

    I rather think this is a test of the Senate, and Philippine democracy, at this point. Mr. Aquino has his head and heart in the right place, striving for a better, more transparent, less corrupt government. The Senate will show in blazing colors, not just to the world, but the watching international community, whether they prefer legalistic renderings and the status quo (corruption) or competency in the highest judicial post in the land.

  37. Phil Cruz - May 25, 2012 10:29 am

    The man has been mentally and emotionally cracking up and has become obviously deranged. The next we will see is him jacking up more feigned mental and physical incapabilities to escape justice.

    One man with the help of legal contortionists have created all these legal comical barriers and our legal institutions just can’t seem to do anything about it!

    This is justice? This is our legal system? It’s a joke.

    It’s been 5 months!

  38. Joe America - May 25, 2012 10:30 am

    erratum, “. . .not just to the Philippines, but . . .”

  39. saxnviolins - May 25, 2012 10:42 am

    Yung dalawang Chief, parehong conditional.

    The Chief Justice offered a conditional waiver.

    The Chief Executive says, tatanggapin ko ang hatol kung panalo ako. Kung hindi, mag-pe-people power ako.

    We ratified the Constitution that the President’s mother’s commission wrote. That Constitution says the Senate decides.

    Cory obeyed the Constitution when she respected the decision of the Senate to kick out the US bases, although she supported their retention.

    Cory was mature in her 50′s. This guy, he’s a petulant brat.

  40. Phil Cruz - May 25, 2012 10:45 am

    Our justice system is a joke. Why?

    Just look at how Corona was being treated. Why was he allowed to do that monologue? That soliloquy? Just because he is a Supreme Court Chief Justice?

    Why were the prosecutors and the witnesses against Corona allowed to be screamed at and shrieked at and insulted in court by Miriam? She is allowed just because she is a senator? Why did not any senator or the IBP call her attention? This is fairness? This is our rules of court and our code of behavior for lawyers and judges?

    And..again..this robed hood is making donkeys and jackasses of senators. It’s been 5 months. Gads!

  41. Amba - May 25, 2012 11:06 am

    Sabi petulant daw ako dahil sinasabi ko ang nasa isip ko at hindi patago ang galaw ko: Walanghiya talaga itong si Renato Corona. Pagka na-acquit ito, sasali ako demo!

  42. xman - May 25, 2012 11:08 am

    Bago pa magsalita si Corona sa impeachment court ang karamihang ng mga senador ay may desisyon na sila kung ano ang boto nila. Kaya ke mag walk out si Corona o hindi ay hindi magbabago ang boto nila.

    Yong mga hindi siguradong senador sa boto nila na ang tawag sa kanila ay swing voters, ay yon ang final votes na mag de decide kung conviction o acquittal.

    Ngayon kung nasaktan ang ego ng swing voters e convicted si Corona pero kung hindi at rules of evidence ang pinairal nila ay acquittal ang boto nila.

  43. Phil Cruz - May 25, 2012 11:27 am

    And now Cuevas has again threatened the senators. He is threatening more legal action against the Impeachment Court..ala TRO. He is going to the Supreme Court and call for a mistrial?

    And the senators are going to make donkeys and jackasses of themselves again? They’re going to listen to Joker Arroyo and Miriam again? They will quiver before the SC again?

    If they do, this whole thing of bringing this trial to the Senate was a big joke.

    Our legal and judicial system was given a chance to work but it is failing miserably.

    Perhaps another EDSA would be better, faster.

  44. Amba - May 25, 2012 11:33 am

    I suspect that Cuevas and Co. are in Gloria’s payroll with intructions to do whatever it takes to get Corona off the hook. Corona in the SC is Gloria’s salvation.

  45. triggerman925 - May 25, 2012 11:43 am

    Ngayon pa lang mananghalian na si corona. Madali lang magpa-deliver dyan sa Med city. Sige pakainin nyo ng sisig at taba ng talangka para may excuse na namn kayo

  46. chijap - May 25, 2012 12:04 pm

    @triggerman925, irreccommend mo kay Corona yung Tapa King (tapa queen lang iorder nya). :)

  47. Phil Cruz - May 25, 2012 12:33 pm

    Is Miriam coming back to to the trial this afternoon?

    The day after Corona walked out, there were only 22 senators present for the trial. One absent. Guess who?

  48. triggerman925 - May 25, 2012 12:47 pm

    chijap: baka bitin sa kanya kung tapa queen lang :)

    Phil: I’m also curious. Looks like she’s avoiding the media – she very well knows that she will ask what her take is regarding corona’s alleged walkout. Iwas pusoy muna

  49. triggerman925 - May 25, 2012 12:55 pm

    ooops correction (again!): “….she will be asked…..”

    OT: How do i edit my posts(s)? Submit button lang ang meron kasi…..

  50. Perfas - May 25, 2012 1:16 pm

    Corona come out clean and prove to the people that you were a good public servant. As career
    service professional who came up to the ladders of government positions until becoming a Chief
    Justice, it is encompassing upon you to uphold your integrity as a man of goodwill lucky enough
    to had been given great but rare opportunities to serve the Filipino people in the most honorable
    way. Yours being one of the highest position in the land commensurably demands high integrity and
    probity as required by moral, legal and ethical standards of your professional career as a lawyer
    and as a honorable and highly respectable government official.

  51. chijap - May 25, 2012 1:27 pm

    Naka Barong Tagalog daw si Corona.

    Sana may magtanong magkano ang pagtahi nya. (wait baka daw irrelevant, but since Corona said he live a simple life, covered yung question as rebuttal diba?)

  52. Robert - May 25, 2012 1:37 pm

    @#30 langhab, pare ko, sa script na ginawa mo ay asar na asar na ako, :), lalo na akong maaasar kapag ganun talaga ang gagawin ng depensa mamaya. Huwag sana.

  53. MPRivera - May 25, 2012 1:46 pm

    #30 & 49: in dyutaym na naman?

    #48: nakabarong tagalog? handang handa na talaga kaya pumirma ng waiver na walang pananagutan ang medical city sakaling meron mangyari sa kanyang mas grabe pa (eeeeww!) kesa noong isang araw na inaasahan ng buong sambayanan?

    magkano patahi? never mind – reimbursed na ‘yan.

  54. MPRivera - May 25, 2012 2:08 pm

    “……….“Binababoy nila ang proseso ng Saligang Batas para yurakan ang aking mga karapatan,” he said…..”

    gago! ikaw ang bumababoy sa saligang batas at sinasalaula ang aming karapatang malaman KUNG magkano ang nahuthot mo mula sa kaban ng bayan na ipinagkaloob sa iyo ng katulad mo’y balasubas sa kapangyarihan.

    renato corona, kami ay marunong gumalang kung ang isang tao o opisyal ng gobyerno ay karapatdapat igalang unang una kung iginagalang ang aming karapatan at kapangyarihan bilang mamamayang kadluan ng lahat ng pinapangibabaw na batas na kinakatawan ng institusyong iyong pinamumunuan sa kabila ng kabastusang pagkakatalaga sa iyo bilang punong mahistrado. isang hakbang upang magkaroon ng tagasalag sa anumang ihahaing kaso laban sa iyong tagatangkilik na mang-aagaw, mandaraya, sinungaling at magnanakaw na tinatawag ang sariling presidente subalit hindi kailanman hinalal ng nakararaming pilipino.

    isa kang batik sa lahing batanggenyo. katulad ka rin ng iyong mga kaliga katulad nina hernando perez, eduardo ermita, leandro mendoza, ralph recto at iba pang nakakahiyang amining batanggenyong mas pinapangibabaw ang pagkagahaman sa salapi at kapangyarihan sa pagbubulagbulagan sa mga katiwalian ng nagdaang administrasyong iyong pinagtatakpan at patuloy na ipinagsasanggalang.

    kung may kahihiyan ka at iginagalang ang dangal ng iyong namayapa ng mga magulang ay magiging matapang ka upang aminin ang lahat ng iyong nagawang pagkakamali habang nanunungkulan at walang pasubaling tatanggapin ang kaukulang hatol.

    magpakalalaki ka at huwag magtago sa ilalim ng saya ng iyong asawa. lalo’t higit ay huwag kang mandamay ng mga walang kinalaman sa iyong kinakaharap na kaso lalo na ‘yung matagal nang nananahimik na patay!

  55. MPRivera - May 25, 2012 2:24 pm

    ganito ba ang hitsura ng maysakit?

    ‘yung mga empleyado ng korte supremang sumugod sa senado upang suportahan ang kanilang punong mahistrado, magkano kaya bayad sa kanila este, nag-file ba sila ng leave of absence?

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/200283/corona-arrives-at-senate-2

  56. MPRivera - May 25, 2012 3:49 pm

    ano, close open?

    nilalaro lamang ang buong sangkapinuyan ng taong ito!

    nagpapauto naman ang mga senador na equally corrupt ng kanilang ginigisang punong mahistradong nagpuputong ng koronang tinik at sumasakal sa ating mga pilipino.

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/05/25/12/corona-submits-unconditional-waiver

  57. MPRivera - May 25, 2012 3:54 pm

    base sa link sa itaas, mukhang masisilat ang prediksyon mong conviction, ellen.

    gayundin ang pagsablay ng iyong source(s).

    halimbawang ma-acquit si corona, maaasahan pa kaya ang ating justice system?

  58. Lurker - May 25, 2012 4:07 pm

    I never realized that Corona is so inarticulate both in English and Filipino. His answers to the senator’s questions carried no weight, no wit nor wisdom. ;-)

  59. Aurore de Breizh - May 25, 2012 5:17 pm

    My view from abroad? The impeachment trial of Chief Justice Corona has been a good democratic showcase but it has also left an indellible corrupted mark on our political system and on our justice system entailing the risk that the rest of the free world will not find it easy to believe that they can fully trust our political and justice systems again — at least not for a long time.

    Even if he is acquitted, Mr Corona must resign. This impeachment trial, rightly or wrongly, has exposed some of the dirtiest laundries from his professional and personal domains. The chief justice of a nation’s supreme court cannot preside over the highest court of the land with a record such as his and remain credible in the eyes of the nation and the world. There is no other recourse but for Mr Corona to leave, hoping that his departure will save the Supreme Court — and the justice system, from further indignity.

    Perception may not be everything but it plays an important part in how many of the official quarters in the rest of the free world decide whether to trust us or not.

  60. Aurore de Breizh - May 25, 2012 5:19 pm

    Magno,

    Talaga itong si Gloria, lahat ng mga bandidong Batangueno ginamit niya.

  61. TonGuE-tWisTeD - May 25, 2012 7:00 pm

    Sayang nakapila na pala si AT4 sa mga Senador na magtatanong, kaya lang inabot na naman ng walkout (with permission) part 2.

    Marami siyang nakalistang itatanong sana kaso wala nang pagkakataon. Pero meron siyang iniwang oo-nga-ano moment sa akin.

    Sabi ni AT4 walng silbi yung waiver ni Corona, isa lamang daw pakitang-tao o good-for-nothing show. Baket? Diba eto sabi ng mga fans ni Corona, dapat na rin pumirma yung 188+1 dahil patunayan nilang wala rin silang tinatago?

    Hirit ni Trillanes, ano pa’ng makukuha mo sa mga manager ng bangko, ultimo si Morales ang nagsabi, sinarado na ang mga account na yun sa loob ng halos sampung taon. Anong makukuha mo’ng etalye sa bangko sa isang account na sarado na? Ganyan din ang nangyari kay Cayetano noon, wala ng obligasyon ang bangkong magbigay ng impormasyon sa isang saradong account.

    Mas mabuti raw kung inipon ni Corona yung mga transaction slips at bankbooks niya saka iharap sa Senado. Ebidensya niya laban sa ebidensya ni Morales.

    Kung salita lang niya ang sinasabing ebidensya, mahina.

  62. TonGuE-tWisTeD - May 25, 2012 7:09 pm

    Eto ang matinding side story.

    Yung GMC Suburban na sinakyan ni Corona nung Martes, peke ang plaka! Nagtext na ako sa LTO, ang tagal ng autorespond.

    Inaabangan na ng Highway Patrol Group yung convoy ni Corona sa Medical City para kumpiskahin yung Suburban. Ayon sa isang complainant na Mr. Gozum ng Cebu, nanonood daw siya sa TV nung Martes nang makita niya yung Van ni Corona na merong plate number kapareho nung Mitsubishi L300FB pickup na pag-aari ng kumpanya niya – Nutri Farm yata yun.

    Naaalala ba ninyo nung nainvolve ang pulis noong panahon ni Erap para kumpiskahin yung wang-wang ni Chavit? Doon nagsimula ang pagbagsak ni Erap.

  63. koko - May 25, 2012 7:20 pm

    What bothers me is the statement before of Ernesto Maceda that the acquittal of the Thief Justice is good for Binay’s presidential ambitions (sounds like that) That’s why it’s interesting to watch how Jinggoy and other UNA wannabe would vote come judgement day.Of course that just me…

  64. saxnviolins - May 25, 2012 7:58 pm

    Sa hinaba-haba ng procession, doon din babagsak sa legal issue – whether or not the facts admitted (failure to disclose) is a culpable violation of the Constitution, or a betrayal of public trust, or both.

    Noon pa lang, akala ko Cuevas would file a demurrer to evidence. But the showbiz Corona wanted to talk.

    Drilon seems to agree, stating that the issue is the non-disclosure. Enrile implies the same, by stating that the dollar amounts are immaterial.

    Commentator Dean Pangalangan is of the same view, in his latest article.

    Yang theatrics, immaterial yan for the verdict, if the senator will decide like a true judge or juror. Even ordinary people who sit as jurors in the US, Hongkong or other jury sytem countries have the maturity to look only at the issues – the charge, and whether or not the charge has been proven.

    Kung talagang nakapiring si Lady Justice, walang saysay ang theatrics, bastos man o maginoo ang nasasakdal. The charge and the evidence is all that matter in the decision-making.

  65. TonGuE-tWisTeD - May 25, 2012 8:13 pm

    #32 – sax, I am totally in agreement. Except for the last one, which I partially disagree. Tupaz is arranging a concert with either D’ Boyfriends or VST and Co.

    #55 – Lurker: I never realized that Corona is so inarticulate both in English and Filipino. His answers to the senator’s questions carried no weight, no wit nor wisdom. Similar to sax’s #11 comment that Corona has no litigation experience. I, too have the same observation. Corona, as a law professional is overrated. Maybe, incompetent and unfit to remain as Chief Magistrate. As Trillanes said earlier, and repeated by many panelists in the covering networks, his interpretation of the Fundamental Law is not only self serving, but dangerous.

    #56 – AdB, exactly what my colleagues in business from around the world are complaining. They spend hard money just to penetrate the Phil market and when they start doing actual business, local courts will always find ways to stop and they find out locals have taken over their projects. Since that practice has been outlawed by CJs Panganiban/Puno, they still face the same problems with the executive and the SC.

    To this date, the Germans’ Fraport have not received their pay for NAIA-3, Takenaka still has huge receivables for NAIA-1, the Belgians’ dredging project in Laguna Bay was stopped, the Koreans’ interconnection of North and South Rail is in danger of cancellation, the French’s rural lighting, and so on. Now the unemployment rate is unprecedented.

    The corruption has to stop, not just shift from one Dept. to another.

    #54 Magno, kelan ba nasilat si Ellen sa prediksyon niya? Naniniwala ako, mas mataas pa sa 16-7 ang conviction.

    Wala pa rin akong natatandaang rekord kung saan sumablay ako sa prediksyon ko dito.

  66. saxnviolins - May 25, 2012 8:15 pm

    Now if one will convict or acquit Corona, one should also be ready to convict or acquit another individual on the same set of facts – non-disclosure, without regard to the amounts. After all, yan lang naman ang issue charged, and therefore to be decided on.

    So here is a set of similar facts. A judicial official, not only fails to disclose, but refuses to submit his SALN, because he says he already did so upon assumption of office. Now the fellow is not known to be a Marcos crony, nor is there a perception, unlike Corona, that this judge is kurakot. The fellow is “a judge of repute of a court of first instance”, as described by CJ Fernando.

    So were this judge a Supreme Court judge, will the senators convict or acquit him? The facts are similar to Corona’s but for the valuation of the assets, which Enrile and Drilon say is immaterial. Worse, unlike Corona, the judge refused to submit a SALN, after his first.

    Who is this hypothetical guy?

    RTC Judge Jesus P. Morfe, in the famous case of Morfe v. Mutuc.

    http://www.lawphil.net/judjuris/juri1968/jan1968/gr_l-20387_1968.html

    Judge Morfe worked with the luminaries.

    1. He first appeared before the Supreme Court in August 1935, with Claro M. Recto, in case of Matias Sales v. Director of Lands (G.R. No. L-41901).

    2. He next appeared in the case of Sebastiana Rodriguez v. Irinea Caoibes (G.R. No. 34147), along with Claro M Recto, and the Sumulong, Lavides and Sumulong law firm; they faced Ramon Diokno (later appointed Supreme Court justice).

    3. In December 1949, Morfe appeared with Claro M. Recto (justice), Manuel C. Briones (justice), Jesus P. Barrera (justice) , and Antonio Araneta, in the case of Nacionalista Party v. Comelec (G.R. No. L-3521)

    So, were Judge Jesus P. Morfe on the dock, will the senators vote to convict or acquit?

    Is Lady Justice weighing the scale? Or looking at the respondent?

  67. Lurker - May 25, 2012 8:30 pm

    Anybody who’d believe Corona’s explanation re his wealth/SALN is stupefyingly naive. He expects us to take everything he says as the Gospel truth and thinks we are ignoramuses.

    He was so obviously counting on getting the sympathy of the court, as well as the people watching TV. Hope the senators would not be fooled by his display of false humility and are able to discern the truth.

    What a LIAR!

  68. Aurore de Breizh - May 25, 2012 10:06 pm

    Tongue,

    Spot on ka sa lahat mong na-mention na cases. Example lang ito ha: most people working in big international companies I meet and who would normally not balk at penetrating the Philippine market, especially at a time when no less than Voltz Gazmin said that AFP will be shopping for hardware, are not excited at all, but not at all, about dealing with Pinas unless they see there is hard cash on the table.

    Why? Not so much because they know Pinas is an unreliable “partner” but in great part because of the really bad press Pinas is getting here. This SC chief justice impeachment trial exacerbated what is already poor Pinas image. Imagine the chief justice is accused directly of brazen corruption? The feeling is if the sacrosanct position is corrupt or can be corrupted, nowhere else to go if things go wrong.

    Speaking of defence, the only Western country it seems that is prepared to go full blast and deal with Pinas on enormous hardware deals is Italy hehehehe — but sorry to say that Italy itself does not enjoy great reputation in the EU. It is as corrupt, and perhaps more than Pinas and hugely unreliable.

  69. Aurore de Breizh - May 25, 2012 10:08 pm

    By the way, Ellen, Pinas must be absolutely careful about dealing with Italian defence companies especially if Pinas is thinking of entering into JVs and long term payment contracts; it is said that the only “banks” that are lending, and possibly an entity in Italy that has a hold on most international Italian companies, including in the defence sector, is the MAFIA…

    PS: I was offered a job by one of the largest Italian companies that absolutely wanted to do business with Pinas recently but I turned it down. I do not and will not trust the Italians when it comes to business.

  70. TonGuE-tWisTeD - May 25, 2012 10:53 pm

    re #63: NA receive ko na rin yung response ng LTO. eto:

    I checked with the LTO’s 2600 autoresponder service (text LTO VEHICLE ZEE868 to 2600) And I got this reply, albeit late:

    6:05 pm Fri, May 25
    From: 2600

    Plate no: zee868/
    Make: mitsubishi/
    Model: L300 u vehiicle/
    Year: 2006/
    Color: aspen white/
    Registered last 08/04/2011, has no LTO apprehension, has no LTO alarm.
    P2.50/text .x01

    Peke nga yung plaka ng Suburban!

  71. J - May 25, 2012 11:28 pm

    AdB,

    Wait, so does that mean Italy is the country PNoy mentioned when he said he’s buying planes from a third country?

    Italy sells fighter planes? I thought all they sell are those OV thingies that are practically flying coffins?

    I was hoping PNoy would be buying Gipens from Sweden.

  72. Aurore de Breizh - May 26, 2012 12:40 am

    Hi J!

    Well, he has mentionned buying from Italy a lot in the many news clippings I’ve been reading.

    Actually, could be that Italy offers are attractive, ie., cheaper.

    I think Voltz Gazmin just may have good contacts in Italy and so procurement may be easier than if the AFP had to deal with other defence companies in the West. And perhaps time is of the essence given the problems with China… I think Gazmin was serving Pres Cory Aquino in PSG chief capacity when Cory approved the purchase of those dreadful Aermacchi attack trainer aircraft from Italy (aka “The Widow Maker”) so he may find it easier to get Italians to supply hardware that the country needs than the other Western EU industrialists who are actually playing “coy”.

    But truth is I feel sorry for the AFP if they buy and contract with Italian defence industrialists. Italy has serious problems and the one country in the EU whose defence industry is really in total disarray.

    The rest of the EU western countries from whom serious hardware and excellent technology can be purchased are not too excited to deal with Pinas unless cash payment is laid on the table. The Philippines, sad to say, has a very sorry reputation for corruption and is considered extremely unreliable to deal with.

    (Ironically, it is the same sordid reputation that Italian defence industrialists “enjoy” in the EU and in NATO :-( )

  73. Aurore de Breizh - May 26, 2012 12:42 am

    Seriously, there are defence companies in Italy that may fold soon.

  74. Aurore de Breizh - May 26, 2012 12:43 am

    J,

    Forget Grippen…Too expensive. Way too expensive. Pinas will not be able to afford. Besides, you will have “waiting” problems. I recommend F-16.

  75. joeseg - May 26, 2012 12:44 am

    Kaabang abang ang closing oral arguments at isa sa ibig kong marinig sa panig ng Prosecution sa kanilang argumento na dapat ma-convict si Corona:

    I am the Chief Justice of the Republic of the Philippines. I wish to be excused.

    Sundin natin ang kanyang kagustuhan. He’s excused.

  76. Aurore de Breizh - May 26, 2012 1:13 am

    Arrogante naman yang chief justice on trial na yan…

  77. MPRivera - May 26, 2012 12:16 pm

    anna,

    babawiin ko na ‘yung aking pagiging taga-sa-atin dahil sa mga bastos na bayarang tuta ni gloria, lalo na ‘yang renato corona na ‘yan.

    kapag may nagtanong sa akin kung ako’y taga saan, ang isasagot ko na la’ang ay taga doon ako sa amin.

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