28 May 2012

CJ Corona Verdict: How the Senators Voted

Almost half a year of a sometimes intriguing, sometimes fascinating and sometimes downright monotonous impeachment trial ended this afternoon with the Philippine Senate voting to impeach or acquit Chief Justice Renato Corona of charges filed against him in the House of Representatives last December.

It had been generally believed as the impeachment trial went along that the impeachment vote would subsequently come down to a crucial vote on Article II, which focused on his alleged failure to accurately disclose his assets, liabilities and net worth in the SALN.

The Article reads as follows: “Respondent committed culpable violation of the Constitution and/or betrayed the public trust when he failed to disclose to the public his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth as required under Sec. 17, Art. XI of the 1987 Constitution.”

Sixteen votes were required to impeach the Chief Justice. With the summations by both the prosecution delivered yesterday, the Senators had overnight to do final discernment before casting their votes.

With all Senators having cast their votes after more than three hours, there were 20 who voted for conviction and 3 who voted for acquittal. This was how the Senator Judges voted:

Guilty:
Edgardo Angara
Alan Peter Cayetano
Pia Cayetano
Franklin Drilon
Francis Escudero
Jinggoy Estrada
Teofisto Guingona III
Gregorio Honasan Jr.
Panfilo Lacson
Manuel Lapid
Loren Legarda
Sergio OsmeƱa III
Francis Pangilinan
Aquilino Pimentel III
Ralph Recto
Ramon Revilla Jr.
Vicente Sotto III
Antonio Trillanes IV
Manny Villar
Juan Ponce Enrile

Not Guilty:
Joker Arroyo
Miriam Defensor-Santiago
Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Your thoughts on the verdict? Post them using the Comments Box at the bottom of this post.

[Postscript: Applause please for Senator Trillanes for stating his verdict first before delivering his speech. For the record, voting on Articles III and VII was dispensed with.]








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