JUDGES SAY CJ’S OWN TESTIMONY LED TO GUILTY VERDICT
The Senate impeachment court, in a vote of 20-3, convicted Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust owing to his failure to disclose all properties and other possessions in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALn) to end four months of a politically-charged process.
An overwhelming majority of senator-judges, including the presiding officer, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, delivered the guilty verdict that automatically stripped Corona of his position as chief magistrate.
The prosecution panel, however, cannot lay claim to have convincingly won its case as it was Corona’s testimony that led most of the senator-judges to rule in favor of conviction and not the pieces of evidence presented by the prosecution panel that is led by allies of President Aquino in the House of Representatives..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune