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MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE, 4 p.m.) The first to vote on the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, Senator-judge Edgardo Angara on Tuesday found the country’s top magistrate guilty of not disclosing all his wealth in violation of Article 2 of the Articles of Impeachment.
Angara said he is not convinced by the defense’s objection that the chief justice’s bank accounts and other documents presented by the prosecution were obtained illegally.
“The defense’s main objection doesn’t sound acceptable, it rings hollow to me since the chief justice himself admitted to the existence of these accounts and more than that the amounts they held not to mention the fact that information of these were provided for by witnesses presented by the defense panel themselves,” he said.
Angara said that the Supreme Court “no less has said ‘no position exacts a greater demand on moral righteousness and uprightness of an individual than the chief in the judiciary.’”
The Senate sitting as an impeachment court initially voted on Article 2 which refers to the filing of the statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.