Some Senators who found Corona guilty committed worse crimes than what he was accused of

Filipinos won’t be able to move on from the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona for a while. First, some are still on high alert keeping tabs on the petitioning of President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III along with the rest of the public servants who haven’t done so to finally sign a waiver to open all their savings accounts to public scrutiny. It’s only fair, since they convicted Corona on that basis. Second, there are reports indicating that a five-page petition was filed before the Supreme Court questioning the legality of the whole impeachment process particularly the guilty verdict that was handed out by the impeachment court.

Whew! Call it post-partum depression on some people’s part but I guess political pundits like us will never run out of things to write about when Filipino politicians are involved. For sure, the impeachment trial will forever haunt Filipinos because of the gross violations on the Constitution committed by the prosecution and the way the Senator Judges merely turned a blind eye to these. It is another dark chapter in our Philippine history. Anti-Corona supporters might even claim that pro-Corona supporters simply can’t move on.

I guess you can blame that on the prosecution for screwing things up to begin with by filing the hastily- and badly-written impeachment complaint and defying the law in the manner with which they presented illegally-obtained evidence against Corona almost from the very start. Furthermore, the brunt of the blame for the fiasco should be on the Senator Judges, most especially the presiding officer of the court for tolerating these violations. On that note, the impeachment court should have been/be charged for grave abuse of power.

Anyone who ever watched the television series Law and Order would know that a case that has been tainted with dubious evidence would be thrown out by any rational trial judge faster than the speed with which Senator Panfilo Lacson ran from the law in 2010 when he was allegedly implicated in the murder of publicist Bubby Dacer and the latter’s driver.

Most crime shows from First World countries show how, at times, investigators and public prosecutors can often be at loggerheads with one another on a case even before the charges can be filed in court. In many cases, the prosecutor may object to how the investigators gathered their evidence. It has been said that some members of law enforcement agencies like the police and other government investigators do dodgy work or take shortcuts on purpose. In some instances, they might even plant evidence just to speed up the process of securing an arrest warrant to bring in a suspect. When something is found to be amiss, a sharp prosecutor with foresight would warn the investigators that they cannot proceed with filing the charges because it would just get thrown out by the judge eventually. Sometimes it gets thrown out for lack of probable cause or for the simple reason that the investigation did not go through the proper procedure.

Even if a case makes it to court, a rational judge – a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice – would apply the law with impartiality and equally to both prosecutor and defendant. Unfortunately, this was not the case during the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. In fact, the Senators who acted as “judges” could not apply impartiality during the course of the proceedings even if they tried because they are encumbered by major personal conflicts of interest.

Such notable conflicts of interest include, as reportedly pointed out by petitioners, former Assemblyman Homobono Adaza and lawyer Alan Paguia, the way several senator-judges “behaved like judges-prosecutors,” including Senators Franklin Drilon, Pia Cayetano, Kiko Pangilinan, Edgardo Angara, Aquilino Pimentel III, Jinggoy Estrada, Panfilo Lacson, Chiz Escudero, Teofisto Guingona III, and Serge Osmeña — all of whom voted to convict Corona. It is no secret that these senators are all allied with President Benigno Simeo “BS” Aquino. To quote the petitioners:

“They behaved… to the point of badgering witnesses, just so the points which could not be achieved by the House prosecutors could be obtained,” the petitioners said.

The two petitioners said these senators should have inhibited from the impeachment case because “by their conduct, they have shown bias, prejudice, partiality and lack of independence in Corona’s case.”

What is most interesting to note, something which actually went under most of our radars, is the fact that Senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada were directly related to some Congressmen who signed the impeachment complaints against Corona. Cagayan Representative Jack Enrile is the first and only son of Presiding Officer Senator Enrile while San Juan Representative Joseph Victor Ejercito is the brother of Estrada. Of course let us not forget to mention again that there is also the father-and-son relationship of Senator Edgardo Angara and prosecution spokesman, Aurora Representative Sonny Angara.

A fair trial followed by a fair hangin’

Only those lacking in critical analysis would think that Corona wasn’t, for lack of a better word, screwed from the very start. In retrospect, it is apparent that the House of Representative and the Senate just went through the motions of the six-month impeachment procedure just so they wouldn’t be accused of not giving Corona some kind of process. It was a process, yeah; a process with all roads that led to how and where they wanted it to end — a conviction. There is also a Filipino term that can accurately describe what happened to Corona’s impeachment. It’s called “luto“. The reported gathering of six Senator-Judges at a dinner hosted by Sen. Loren Legarda the weekend before the closing arguments were made on Monday is a clue supporting the possibility there was a lack of independent analysis on the part of the judges when they came up with their individual verdicts.

Ironically, some sectors of Philippine society consider these Senators as heroes for convicting Corona; never mind that there was nothing heroic about what they did. It’s not like Corona was found guilty of plunder like former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, the father of Senator Jinggoy. Corona is not even a convicted mutineer like Senator Antonio Trillanes who won a Senate seat while he was in jail for the crime of rebellion. Corona wasn’t even a repeat offender like Senator Gringo Honasan who led a series of coup d’etat against former President Cory Aquino during her term and who managed to escape while incarcerated. Corona did not even fake his own assassination attempt the way Senator Enrile did in 1972. His act was said to have been used by then President Ferdinand Marcos to justify declaring Martial law. Senator Enrile was also a suspected co-conspirator in the election cheating done in the 1986 “snap elections”, which was said to have robbed then candidate, Cory of the election.

These genuine criminals were easily “pardoned” for what they did and are now in power. It’s a shame that these Senators even made Corona look like a monster after they convicted him for the perceived error in his SALN entries even though their crimes vastly dwarf Corona’s “crime”. Unfortunately, such is the fate of someone who does not know how to be a politician.


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Do as I say not do as I have done. And these clowns voted in by the Filipino people despite all those crimes being disclosed. No wonder we have a slacker as a president. No discrimination exercised by our voters. Not sure exactly why I am supposed to be proud to be pinoy. If that is the best we can come up with.


love u, ilda


we are all hypocrites
we are selfish and
we are twisted bastards.

we who cares for no one but ourselves
we are liars
we are cheaters

we are the true pinoy! and the pnoy way


the media know the senators involved in illegal jueteng, protection of BoC fixers, illegal importers – especially in cagayan de oro (clue) etc, so they should do their job rather than taking hush money.
the breadth and depth of their deceit and hypocricy could only happen in a 3rd world country


The thing I fear about this is even though it’s clear that anyone in the government supporting PNoy has broken the law more than Corona and Arroyo, it’s highly possible for them to get away with it for years to come, possibly by the time the masses realize they’ve been had all these years.

Assuming they are even capable of realizing they’ve been had.


Sometimes i’d like to cower in fear, for what is happening to our country. We have been raped for so many times, we no longer know what is right or wrong.

I blame it to our forefathers who were to busy being ignorant.

I blame it to ourselves who refuse to accept and learn new things.

we deserve what sh1t we have now.

maybe we need to really fall down so we can stand up. Can we speed things up?


This is how it goes I presume, yet I will not bow my hope down, I will not cower and hide, I will fight even if it is considered by some irrelevant and may GRP and the sensible topics posted in it slowly open the mind of the average Pinoy and become a Filipino that understood what the heck is wrong in this country. God bless.



“It’s not like Corona was found guilty of plunder like former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, the father of Senator Jinggoy.” “Senator Enrile was also a suspected co-conspirator…” “His act was said to have been used by…” I don’t think its too fair for people’s characters to be judged by suspicions of criminality and the mistakes or actions of their relatives, exactly what kind of happened to former Chief Justice Corona (US properties of his daughters, “suspicions of ill-gotten wealth” in article 2). Also, to be fair, it should also be noted that not only the judges who voted for conviction… Read more »

@ Ilda

“Furthermore, the brunt of the blame for the fiasco should be on the Senator Judges, most especially the presiding officer of the court for tolerating these violations. On that note, the impeachment court should have been/be charged for grave abuse of power.”

I suggest you review your several previous articles and your corresponding posts and probably make an article on the conflicting views you have immortalized.

Der Fuhrer

Lady Ilda… Thank you so much for revealing the truth!


You pro Coronas cant move on. The impeachment trial
is a political process using
quasi-judicial methods. The goal of the trial was to uncover the truth about
Corona’s fitness as chief justice, and the trial is successful in doing that.

Ilda, Aside from luto, don’t we also use another word in Filipino to describe a fixed outcome? – benta. And that’s just it; how many of those who voted to convict Corona sold their verdicts for either money, or votes, or a favor? I am sick and tired of people who think that the impeachment trial uniqueness is an excuse for violation of constitutional rights and unscrupulous practice to be rampant. I can’t even understand some people I know in the legal community who were convinced that Corona just had to go. Never mind that there was no conclusive evidence… Read more »
Domingo Arong
But what “crime” did Corona commit? And even if it was deemed a “crime,” was it an “impeachable offense”? A similar “crime” of “non-declaration” in his SALNs for several years now was admitted by Syrian Ambassador-designate Nestor Padalhin; for, like Corona, the Ambassador had similarly failed to include information concerning real property he owns in Seattle, Washington. Today’s news reports (May 6th), however, indicate that the Commission on Appointments has confirmed Padalhin’s appointment–the failure to disclose notwithstanding. In this light, can the “crime” of SALN “non-declaration” be rightly regarded as an impeachable offense? The Impeachment Court, of course,… Read more »
Hyden Toro

We will always have this kind of Justice, if our Judiciary is controlled by Politicians. And is not independent. Judges and Justices owes their positions and loyalties to Politicians, who appoint them. These Politicians who will be in power. Will use these Judges and Justices, as a Controlling Tool, to get even, with their political enemies. Only an independent Judiciary can remove this problem…It is like the Civil Rights issues in American South, and in South Africa. We shall overcome…

Hector Gamboa
To be fair, although the reasons for the Corona conviction were dubious and flawed, one positive thing to look at is that perhaps the Philippines has taken a little step to maturity. What I mean with this is that instead of doing another EDSA, the Filipino people rather waited for the completion of the impeachment trial. The next step the Filipino people need to take is to learn critical analysis and to learn the rules (of court/evidence/procedure) instead of acting merely as sheep following everything that the jaundiced media tells them. Bill Clinton used his power and position to take… Read more »

Another black propaganda. Troll harder maggot.

Baby Tan

This is life in the Philippines,…We have to accept that those in power always rule our country though it hurts us….Long live the Trapos…we should learn from the impeachment of CJ not to vote for political clans, actresses/actors, fake heroes like Honasan and Trillanes and etc….Please let us help our country move on

James Black

As always great article Ilda telling it how it is. It was noticeable that especially in the early days that the prosecution was constantly feeding the media with information and discussing it in a manner that is not permitted. The President himself was going against the rules almost daily at one point. Yet not once was it remarked upon by the Judges apart from Miriam of course. There was an scary silence and it was deliberately overlooked. Looking back i guess it was a sign of what was to come.

Christian Values

Corona was convicted of a crime against the Filipino people. He and his family should rot in jail for that. That is justice. Whatever alleged crimes senator-judges are accused of, before or even at present, doesn’t in anyway excuse this evil thing called a Corona of the crime committed. No, ifs and buts!