SWS survey shows overwhelming support for Corona’s impeachment — Prosecution

March 29, 2012 10:24 pm 

By Jose Cielito M. Reganit

MANILA, March 29 -– Members of the House prosecution panel on Thursday said that the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that most Filipinos were one with the House of Representatives in its determination to remove Chief Justice Renato Corona for culpable violation of the Constitution, graft and corruption, and betrayal of public trust.

Panel spokespersons said the prosecution felt elated and gratified by the survey showing that 53 percent, or more than half of the population, were satisfied with the lower chamber’s decision to impeach Corona and that 73 percent preferred a “guilty” verdict for the top magistrate.

Marikina Rep. Romero “Miro” Quimbo said the latest survey results once again affirmed that the pieces of evidence presented by the House prosecution were overwhelming and clearly understood by the people to earn their approval for a guilty verdict.

“The people cannot be misled; no amount of deception or obstruction can muddle the real question that this trial set out to answer — Does Renato Corona deserve to be chief justice? Does he still have the trust of the public? The Filipino people have answered, and the response is a resounding ‘no’ according to surveys,” Quimbo said.

Likewise, the prosecution’s chief spokesman said that results of several surveys conducted so far have shown that the people are interested in the impeachment proceedings.

“One of the significant aspects shown by the different surveys is that the impeachment trial is not just confined within the halls of the Senate.

"Most of the people are interested and involved with the proceedings because every Filipino had a stake with the outcome,” Quimbo said.

For his part, Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said the results were a growing indication of the people’s growing support for the top magistrate’s impeachment.

He noted that the SWS survey pertaining to Corona’s guilt were even higher than that of Pulse Asia.

The Pulse Asia survey showed 47 percent of the respondents found him guilty with 43 percent undecided, whereas in the SWS survey, an overwhelming 73 percent found Corona guilty while 25 percent said not guilty.

“It is now very clear that this is an issue between the chief justice and the people. They know that he stands apart from the entire judiciary. This is about Renato Corona’s character, and his alone,” Angara said.

He likewise took note of the fact that 73 percent of the respondents believed in the importance of Corona testifying in the trial.

“The chief justice should realize that his refusal to testify has only bred more mistrust. Mr. Corona should heed the call of the people take the witness stand himself and reveal all his hidden accounts,” Angara said.

The SWS survey, conducted from March 10 to 13, showed that 53 percent were satisfied with the decision of 188 congressmen to impeach Corona, versus the 17 percent who were not, for a “good” net rating of +36. The SWS said satisfaction was “good” in all areas and demographic groups.

The same survey also found that 73 percent of respondents preferred a “guilty” verdict and 25 percent wanted a “not guilty” decision at this stage of the trial.

Seventy-three percent of those polled by SWS believed it was important for Corona to testify in the Senate impeachment court while 26 percent said otherwise.

Prior to the polls by Pulse Asia and SWS, various universities have also conducted their own surveys, with majority of college students saying Corona was unfit to remain as Chief Justice. (PNA)



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