8:53 pm | by Sen. Francis Escudero
While I do not approve of the manner and way which the House of Representatives initiated, proceeded and handled this impeachment, when they filed the complaint for impeachment before the Senate, the House, in the exercise of its wisdom, determined that non-declaration in one’s SALN is an impeachable offense.
8:51 pm | by Sen. Franklin Drilon
The Constitution commands the Respondent Chief Justice to file an accurate and complete SALN. This requirement is not a mere formality, as it goes into the heart of Respondent’s moral fitness to hold public office.
8:49 pm | by Sen. Gregorio Honasan
Based on compassion, based on the basic precept that a man is innocent until proven guilty beyond any reasonable doubt, and based on my own personal experience, I know what it is like to have my family maligned and to be deprived of due process.
8:47 pm | by Sen. Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III
Impeachment is a constitutional administrative proceeding. When there is sufficient, credible evidence to prove constitutionally-recognized ground for filing impeachment, then the impeached high government official must be removed from office.
8:45 pm | Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV
My verdict is guilty. And this is my explanation.
Based on the evidence and admissions, Chief Justice Renato Corona had at least 80 million pesos and 2.4 million dollars which he did not disclose in his SALN.
8:43 pm | by Sen. Francis Pangilinan
Hindi dineklara ni Ginoong Corona ang daang milyong piso at dolyar na account. Hindi niya idineklara taon-taon ang mga milyon-milyong pisong pag-aari ng mga condo units.
8:07 pm | by Sen. Lito Lapid
On a day of long-winded, emotional speeches, Sen. Lito Lapid, a high school graduate who gained fame - and a political career - as a box office king, apologized to the Chief Justice before voting to convict him. It was, his fellow senators said, a poignant moment in a historic trial. Here is a transcript of Lapid's speech.
8:02 pm | Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr.
I stand here today at a historic moment when we render judgment not to an ordinary citizen, but to the highest official of our co-equal branch in government, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
7:56 pm | by Sen. Vicente Sotto III
I have come across Supreme Court decisions whereby lower court judges have been deprived of all their benefits for simple infractions of law or missteps in judicial conduct.
7:33 pm | Karl John C. Reyes, InterAksyon.com
More than half of 23 members of the Senate, sitting as the impeachment court, would have voted for the acquittal of Chief Justice Renato Corona on Articles 3 and 7, if the voting had continued, interviews with individual senators showed.
6:55 pm | by Sen. Sergio Osmeña
In striving to arrive at our decision today, we narrowed our concerns into four: 1. Did Chief Justice Renato Corona violate the Constitution? 2. Did he do it knowingly and willingly? 3. Was the violation of such gravity as to warrant his impeachment? 4. Has Justice Corona betrayed the public trust?
6:47 pm | by Sen. Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr
The lady justice wears a blindfold for a reason. She is to render judgment based on law and evidence, without regard to the circumstances and personalities of the parties involved--however controversial they may be.
6:41 pm | by Sen. Teofisto Guingona III
Mr. President, if there is one thing that our nation would have learned in this impeachment process, it is this: that we must renew our respect for and protect the sanctity and the primacy of the Constitution of our Republic.
6:36 pm | by Sen. Loren Legarda
Hindi po madaling humusga ng kapwa lalo na kapag ang nasasakdal ay ang punong mahistrado. Mahirap pong humusga sapagkatl tayo ay tao lamang. Ngunit ito po ay sagradong tungkulin na ating dapat gawin.
6:22 pm | by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
In the entire course of this impeachment trial, I have faced many difficult challenges to my own and the Court’s collective wisdom, our sense of justice and fairness, the delicate balancing act we must perform to ensure that we do not stray from the strictures of the Constitution, the law, and our rules.
6:18 pm | by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago
The Constitution provides that in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall be presumed innocent, until the contrary is proved. The burden of proof is on the prosecution. How much proof is necessary?
6:12 pm | SENATOR JOKER ARROYO
I will not discuss what the prosecution and the defense had already argued in their closing arguments. Mr. President, esteemed colleagues. The impeachment is a political process, no a political assassination.
6:05 pm | Sen. Pia Cayetano
Today, we face a difficult task of deciding whether the man who holds the highest position in the Supreme Court has committed acts tantamount to betrayal of public trust that would warrant his removal from office. It is all the more difficult for me because I took my oath before this man.
5:55 pm | InterAksyon.com
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, presiding officer of the impeachment court that tried Chief Justice Renato Corona, voted to convict him on Article of Impeachment II, for culpabale violation of the Constitution and betrayal of the public trust.
5:53 pm | by Sen. Ralph Recto
I base my decision on facts presented in this court and not on opinions aired outside of it. On testimonies of witnesses and not on theories of wives. On the arguments of lawyers and not on analyses of their spokesmen. On submitted evidence and not on anonymous leaks. And aboveall on the figures of official documents and not the numbers on recent polls because as a judge my duty is to choose what is right and not what is popular.
5:11 pm | InterAksyon.com
(UPDATE - 7:40 p.m.) The Senate sitting as impeachment court made history on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, convicting Chief Justice Renato Corona for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution by failing to fully declare his wealth in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.
4:58 pm | Abigail Kwok, InterAksyon.com
(UPDATE - 5:09 p.m.) Senator Antonio Trillanes IV finds Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty on Article of Impeachment No. 2 for failing to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.
4:33 pm | InterAksyon.com
Senator-judge Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel III voted to acquit Chief Justice Renato Corona on Article II as the impeachment court rendered a verdict on Day 44 of the historic trial.
4:19 pm | InterAksyon.com
Senator-judge Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. voted to acquit Chief Justice Renato Corona on Article II as the impeachment court rendered a verdict on Day 44 of the historic trial.
4:11 pm | Abigail Kwok, InterAksyon.com
(UPDATE - 4:35 p.m.) Senator Sergio Osmena III finds Chief Justice Corona guilty on Article of Impeachment No. 2 for failing to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.
3:55 pm | Abigail Kwok, InterAksyon.com
(UPDATE - 4:30 p.m.) Senator Manuel 'Lito' Lapid finds Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty on Article of Impeachment No. 2 for failing to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.
3:24 pm | InterAksyon.com
Senator-judge Francis Escudero on Tuesday voted to find Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty of violating Article 2 of the Articles of Impeachment, even as he praised the chief justice for issuing a confidentiality waiver to disclose all his bank accounts.
3:07 pm | InterAksyon.com
MANILA, Philippines - Senator-judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago voted to acquit Chief Justice Renato Corona on Article II, in connection with failure to truthfully disclose his SALN, as the impeachment court rendered a verdict on Day 44 of the historic trial.
2:39 pm | Abigail Kwok, InterAksyon.com
(UPDATE 3 - 4:12 p.m.) Senate Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano votes Chief Justice Renato Corona 'guilty with the penalty of removal from office' on Article of Impeachment No. 2.
2:25 pm | InterAksyon.com
(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 countryâs top magistrate guilty of not disclosing all his wealth in violation of Article 2 of the Articles of Impeachment.