House lawmakers react to CJ conviction

May 29, 2012 10:38 pm 

MANILA, May 29 — Some members of the House of Representatives sounded elated the emotive impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, which resulted in his conviction, was over.

House Asst. Majority Leader Karlo Alexei Nograles hopes the conviction by the Senate, as impeachment court, of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona will formally close the issue.

In a statement, Nograles, who represents Davao City, said: "It is finally over. History has been made with the first-ever impeachment process completed up to its final conclusion.

"I hope the decision of the Senate impeachment court will put a closure to this chapter.

"Now, it is time to move on and move forward as a nation, and put this impeachment trial behind us, taking with us the lessons that should be learned from this event."

He added: "This impeachment trial demonstrated the vibrancy of our democracy and reminds us about the hard and unimpeachable fact about public service — that power and position are all temporary and borrowed from the people.

"In the end, we all serve at the pleasure of the Filipino (people). I just hope and pray that after this, our country will be united once again by the single objective of rebuilding our nation in accordance with the will of our people."

Western Samar Rep. Mel Senen Sarmiento himself said the verdict "brought back the lost honor that our forebears built with their blood and tears."

He said: "Let this day be written in history as a victory for all Filipinos, a victory for equality among all citizens — no one is above the law.

"The impeachment process only demonstrated that our democracy is on solid grounds. It is for all Filipinos, especially those who have less in life and those who are weak.

"The majesty of the law should always reign in all levels of society and no one could use the law at the expense of justice and the people’s will."

Another member of the House of Representatives, Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Trenas, said "today is a victory for the people, a triumph of justice."

He added: "This day will mark the true beginning of reforms in our justice system where each person is equal before the law.

"This day should ignite our people’s confidence in our judicial system, that our constitutional democracy is indeed alive and strong.

"Let us not allow ourselves to remain immersed in the quagmire of disunity and mistrust of our judicial system. This is what democracy is all about."

On the other hand, Ang Kasangga party-list Rep. Teodorico Haresco urged all Filipinos to unite and work together in the national effort to build a better and stronger nation following the verdict.

"Indeed, it was a painful but necessary process in our country's road to reformation and political maturity of a young (107-year-old) archipelagic country at that," he said.

He added: "All the things that happened during the impeachment trial were part of God processes… of trials before triumphs.

"And this is our watershed that should definitely strengthen our democratic system.

Cebu Rep. Gabriel Luis Quisumbing, for his part, congratulated the Senate on its landmark decision in the 43-day impeachment trial.

He said: "I am happy with the decision of the senator-judges and feel that justice has been done.

"Indeed, the overwhelming majority vote in favor of conviction is a strong statement for all public officials, especially those in high government offices, to comply with the standards our Constitution sets for public accountability.

"The Filipino people deserve nothing less."

He added: "It was not an easy process, but our senator-judges…should be commended for the final outcome of this case." (PNA)

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