How the senator-judges cast their votes in the Corona impeachment trial

May 29, 2012 10:38 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, May 29 -– Following is how the senator-judges cast their votes in Article II of the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato C. Corona:

Senator Edgardo Angara: "Willful, deliberate omission a culpable violation of Constitution. Law never intended to be convenient excuse to conceal assets. (guilty).";

Senator Joker Arroyo: "I can't imagine removing a Chief Justice on account of Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN). This is not justice, certainly not law. It is only naked power. Impeachment is a political process, not political assassination. What started in the House is not an impeachment. (not guilty).";

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano: "Di ko matanggap na P80 million na hindi dineklara ay ipapaliwanag lang sa kwento na walang nasubmit na dokumento. (guilty).";

Senator Pia Cayetano: "This is all the more difficult for me because I took my oath before this man. This is not a purely legal process. (guilty).";

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago: "Did the defendant's omission in declaring his peso, dollar accounts an impeachable offense? No. We must come clean and give meaning to the constitutional requirement that we declare all our assets. (not guilty).";

Senator Franklin Drilon: "How can the Chief Justice claim good faith in twisted interpretation of law? Chief Justice must be held to a higher standard. (guilty).";

Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero: "Di ko masasang-ayunan ang posisyon ng Chief Justice Corona. Ang binabawal ng Foreign Currency Deposit Unit law ay bangko, hindi depositor. (guilty).";

Senator Jinggoy Estrada: "This trial is a historic redemption of our justice system. This same process failed for my own father. Today, I join the nation in healing the wounds inflicted by this trial. In my eyes he's guilty. (guilty).";

Senator Teofisto Guingona III: "Ang aking boto ay para sa kasagraduhan ng saligang batas. We must renew our respect for sanctity of the Constitution. Ang nasasakdal na punong mahistrado ng Korte Suprema ay hindi na po nararapat sa katungkulan. (guilty).";

Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan: "Since trial began, I have been looking for reason to acquit Corona based on compassion. This trial is not about personalities, emotion, partisan politics but whether highest magistrate is fit for the job. I vote to ask Corona to step down. (guilty).";

Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson: "An error of judgment is unacceptable in this trial because it is final and irreversible. I find it hard to believe Corona's testimony, that he does not understand accounting. (guilty)."

Senator Manuelito "Lito" Lapid: "Wala po akong dalang speech dito. Dedesisyunan ko ang chief justice bilang isang high school graduate mula sa probinsya ng Pampanga. Awang-awa ako kay chief justice. Akala ko totoo ang sinasabi niya. Hindi pala. Mas pinaniniwalaan ko pa si Congressman Fariñas na nag-Powerpoint presentation. (guilty).";

Senator Loren Legarda: "Public officials earn public trust, which is not simply an administrative entitlement but earned through transparency. (guilty).";

Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr.: "Granting, therefore, that the Chief Justice violated the SALN law, this certainly does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. We may be faulted for erring on the side of conservatism. But what we are doing is redefining the relationship between branches of government, and when such great affairs of state are uncertain, the resulting instability puts every Filipino’s future in limbo. This is an important, delicate, momentous event and because of that we should tread very lightly. We must be very, very careful and very, very fair in making this decision because what we do today will reverberate throughout our social and political history affecting generations beyond ours. (not guilty)."

Senator Serge "Sonny" Osmena III: "Justice must not be merely done but also seen to be done. We must tell people that justice is applied equally. (guilty).";

Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan: "Based on evidence, there was systematic concealment of Corona's assets. Siya na po ang nagsabi na kung ang isang huwes ay nagsisinungaling ay hindi nararapat manatili sa pwesto. Sa kanya na po nanggaling ang hatol. (guilty)."

Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III: "There is evidence on record Corona did not declare millions of dollars. Arguments don't persuade me. (guilty)."

Senator Raplh Recto: "In an impeachment complaint, lenth is not strength. The way evidence was produced left a bad taste in the mouth. (guilty).";

Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr.: "Corona has the responsibility to be the epitome of a public servant with the highest ethical standards. Ang panunungkulan ni chief justice ay dapat walang bahid ni katiting dahil sa mandato ng kanyang katungkulan, kahalagahan ng posisyon. I prayed hard for divine providence and guidance. (guilty).";

Senate Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III: "I vote to convict Corona on Article II. (guilty)."

Senator Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV: "A conviction signifies that we have considerably raised the standards for a Chief Justice of our Supreme Court. He must not only possess vast legal knowledge and wisdom necessary to interpret the law according to its spirit and intent. But, more importantly, he must have unquestionable moral integrity and strength of character to render him impervious to corruption and political pressure as he administers justice for our country and people. (guilty).";

Senator Manuel "Manny" Villar: "I recall that I was a victim of vilification campaign during the presidential campaign, just like Corona. Bagaman ako'y bumoto ng guilty, naniniwala po ako na mabuting tao si Chief Justice Corona, subalit, sa Foreign Currency Deposit Act (FCDA) nagkamali siya dito at dapat pantay-pantay ang implementasyon ng batas dito. (guilty).";

Senate President and Impeachment Court Presiding Officer Juan Ponce Enrile: "If we agree with Chief Justice Corona that he is correct in not disclosing, can we expect SALNs (Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth) to be more accurate and true? I don't think so. I believe it is our duty to resolve the dilemma of the law. To render a just verdict is a sacred duty that I have taken on myself, that I have sworn to perform. With full trust that the Almighty will see us through, I vote to hold Chief Justice Corona guilty." (PNA) DCT/PTR

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