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Reprimand a possibility?, Miriam wants to know By Angie M. Rosales and Fernan J. Angeles 05/29/2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Reprimand a possibility?, Miriam wants to know

By Angie M. Rosales and Fernan J. Angeles 05/29/2012

A Senator judge wanted members of the impeachment court to settle among themselves the possibility of embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona being meted with a much “lower” penalty other than removal from his post if a conviction on one of the remaining three impeachment charges are meted on Corona in today’s verdict.

“The Constitution provides that ‘judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than, shall not extend further than, removal from office and disqualification to hold office under the
Republic of the Philippines.’ Thus the Senate to impose a letter of penalty, like censure, reprimand, fine, suspension from office or the like. My question is, in case of conviction, how should the penalty be determined. I humbly present this question both to the presiding officer and to our colleagues, not necessarily to be answered immediately, but to be disposed of at the discretion of this court,” Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said in open court, on the eve of the so-called “promulgation” of the impeachment case of Corona..... MORE

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