Impeachment Trial of Chief Justice Corona LIVE: All is set for the biggest political clash of 2012 as the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines is already doing their last minute check for the Impeachment Trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
The senators will serve as the judges on what is described as way to do check and balances between the three branches of government.
Chief Justice Renato Corona Impeached of Lower House.
In just a couple of hours, Chief Justice Corona was impeached by 188 lawmakers from the House of Representatives which gave the complaint the go signal for transmittal to the Senate.
Corona was impeached for the alleged acts of graft and corruption, betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution.
The whole impeachment process was seen however as also a big political act by President Noynoy Aquino and all his allies to oust the Chief Justice seen as a big stumbling block of prosecuting former President Gloria Arroyo.
Now Representative, Arroyo is under hospital arrest for electoral sabotage, and lately cases of graft and corruption were also filed against her by the Ombudsman at the Sandiganbayan.
Renato Corona is seen by many and of the present administration as a protector of the former president who appointed him to the top judicial position despite the ban on midnight appointments. His alleged voting record in the Supreme Court favoring the Arroyos was also cited as a clear indication that the magistrate will never render fair acts and decisions in favor of the government and its crusade against corruption.
Corona is will also be prosecuted for his alleged unexplained wealth. Lawmakers also said that he failed to disclose his SALN or Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth.
Grounds of Impeachment Against Chief Justice Corona.
Below are the grounds/summary of impeachment cited by the prosecutors from the House of Representatives HERE.
Corona as of this writing reportedly has 25 private lawyers on his side to defend him. On the other hand, the house prosecution panel hired one private lawyer to help them out during the trial in the person of Atty. Mario Bautista. Bautista is the same lawyer who helped the house prosecution panel during the impeachment trial of former president Joseph Estrada.
Impeachment Trial of Chief Justice Corona will start on January 16, Monday.
According to the Senate, the impeachment trial will start with quickly settling first all the motions filed and then will proceed to the opening statements of each camp. Each camp will given 10 minutes for their opening statements.
Live coverage of the impeachment trial of Renato Corona will aired by local news networks like ABS-CBN, GMA NewsTV and of the government station NBN4.
Live streaming of the impeachment trial may be available via IwantTV and ANC.
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