Not the end of the world for Corona yet, says Pangasinan judge

May 29, 2012 10:38 pm 

DAGUPAN CITY, May 29 — A Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge in Pangasinan said it is not the end of the world yet for Chief Justice Renato Corona who was convicted Tuesday by the Senate impeachment court by a vote of 20-3.

RTC Judge Ulysses Butuyan of Branch 51 in Tayug town, texted the following immediately after the impeachment court rendered its judgment: "Be glad that it's not the end of the world yet."

Butuyan, president of the Pangasinan Judges Association, watched the televised impeachment proceedings at the justice hall in Tayug.

He must have accepted the decision calmly but further sent a text message: "But when our nation will ever mature is still far from sight."

Percival Dalusong, a businessman, from Dagupan, said the 20-3 verdict against Corona is very resounding and should be enough warning to officials in the government to shape up and perform according to the standards in public service.

It is also a fair warning to local officials who might have enriched themselves through illegal means, he added.

Jaime Pascual of Tayug believes it was Chief Justice Corona himself who caused his downfall when he admitted his undeclared 2.4 million U. S. dollar deposit and his P80 million co-mingled deposit which he did not declare in his SALN.

He said Corona's personal appearance in court twice did him more damage than good. (PNA) DCT/LAM/LVM

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