Corona’s conviction draws adverse reactions

May 29, 2012 10:38 pm 

ILOILO CITY, May 29 – The guilty verdict promulgated by the impeachment court against Chief Justice Renato Corona gained adverse reactions from people of all walks of life in the metropolis.

Through their social networking accounts, some netizens were gravely disappointed while others rejoiced over the decision of the senator-judges to convict Corona of betrayal of public trust and/or culpable violation of the constitution due to non-disclosure of his P180-million peso deposits.

“Senator-judges Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Bong Marcos explained it well why CJ should be acquitted. And I admire them, not only because it satisfied reason, but moral obligations as well,” posted Mayin de los Santos, desk editor of a local newspaper in her facebook account.

“Had the prosecution not railroaded the proceedings, just to advance their interest, the ‘guilty’ verdict could have been justified,” Santos said.

Tina Ilustre-Mayor, another mass media practitioner, remained indifferent about the impeachment. “…Wala man ko gapati nga tanan sila gapati sa ila ginapangwakal, (I don’t believe that all of them believed on what they were saying), it's more of a political convenience,” she said.

Mayor said she pitied Atty. Serafin Cuevas. “Not because he's old, but because grabe ang effort nya and there were times when I feared that he would become apoplectic but his brilliance and calm dazzled me…,” she said.

On the other hand, Geline Joy Samillano, a freshman law student from the University of San Agustin, said she did not regret supporting the campaign to acquit Corona through her facebook account.

“I know it's only through these things where I can show him and the defense team that I am for judicial independence and democracy,” she said.

After the removal of Corona, many netizens, including website developer Penzer Baterna hoped that President Benigno Aquino III will choose the best replacement.

Like Baterna, development communication student Rose Jane Quiatson remained optimistic that the conviction of Corona will bring change in the judicial system. (PNA) RMA/AJP/JANepomoceno/vlo

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