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Corona Guilty: Senators Say the Darnest Things
It's like the end of an era here
by Mikey Agulto | May 29, 2012
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The final verdict is out: after months of allegations and 44 days of public trial, the Senate committee has ruled that Renato Corona is Chief Justice no more. Forced into trial for charges of culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal and public trust, and graft and corruption, Corona became the first Chief Justice and the third public official to be impeached by the House of Representatives in the country's history.

Said ruling must be credited to our Senate officials, who voted for the conviction of Corona, 20 (guilty) to 3 (not guilty). To mark the end of one of the biggest political controversies in history, we re-align some of the significant sound bites made by our Philippine senators, from Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile's "culpa" remarks to the reminiscing moments of Senate Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, during this whole ordeal.

“The overarching policy issue in this episode is whether the conviction or acquittal of Corona would be good for our country. To resolve this, I intend to use political acceptability as the sole criterion to evaluate the projected outcomes of either decision.”
- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, on insisting that the trial’s verdict should benefit the country

“What is distressing is no longer the endless impeachment trial to remove the Chief Justice that the President is supporting, but the uninterrupted exchanges of scathing and harsh words uttered with complete abandon outside the Senate proceedings by no less than the head of the executive branch and the head of judicial branch of government.”
- Senator Joker Arroyo, on Corona and P-Noy’s verbal banters in the midst of the impeachment case

"We don't see how the Senate impeachment court would acquit the Chief Justice. We don't see any reason why he should be acquitted."
- Senator Edgardo Angara, on deciding against Corona's acquittal

“I think they dug their own graves. I did not see the point in presenting the sheriff, who to my mind was lying and was covering up things. These to me are indications that he was lying.”
- Senator Franklin Drilon, on Corona lawyers presenting a court sheriff to deliver a testimony

“The defense and prosecution will show off their trial skills. And the senators will want to impress their national constituencies that they deserve to be reelected in 2013. This is going to be an action-filled traffic stopper. Everyone will stop traffic and go back home. Even the barrio people will go to the poblacion to watch it on TV. This will be a moneymaker for TV, and I dread the many commercials. It will be like an international boxing championship.”
- Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, on Corona’s decision to testify before the Senate impeachment court

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