16 votes needed to convict Corona cast
The online news portal of TV5
MANILA, Philippines -- The 16 votes of senator-judges needed for a verdict of conviction on Chief Justice Renato Corona has been reached, with Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. casting the 16th vote of “guilty” nearly three hours after the impeachment court began Day 44.
Just before 5 p.m, Revilla, the 19th in the line of 23 senators to be called to explain his vote, cast the guilty verdict on Article II, giving the prosecution the minimum 16 votes needed to convict the chief magistrate.
Three senators have so far voted to acquit: Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
The following senators -- Vicente Sotto III, Antonio Trillanes IV, Manuel Villar and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile -- still had to cast their votes as of posting, but with the 16 guilty votes having been mustered so far, this means Corona has been convicted by the court.
He will face removal from office and perpetual disqualification from public service.