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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Gogs
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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.

Jaime Gayoso
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You’re right Gogs! …and methink before our nation can continue to move on, we must first try to solve our gigantic problem of “dumb voters”!!! They are practically the ones directing our destiny…!!

James PangKatipunan
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Sad thing about Hacienda Luisita is this: The Conjuancos has retained the control of the Hacienda by fooling the farmers to form cooperatives/partnerships.

Corona’s sacrifices just got lost… No thanks to the sitting SC Chief Justice who doesn’t even know how to count and couldn’t understand the meaning of “natural born” such that former natural -born who gave up their citizen has to undergo naturalization to become citizen again … indicating that he’s no longer a citizen by being a “natural born” but through the said naturalization process, entonces … NATURALIZED … no longer natural-born.

GogsFan
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love u, ilda

RF Garcia
Guest

Thank you Ilda for expressing what many of us feel about Enrile’s Kangaroo court. Is it true that the senator-judges graduated from Australia? That is the only country where they have kangaroos. I did not know Harvard offers a course on Kangaroo Court 101.

Kunibert Solibieda
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compliment for you !!!

angelito c. bernardo
Guest

everything is under the bridge now…. isa lang po akong by-stander o tambay sa kanto… pero ang alam ko, sa isang demokrasya, it is the majority’s decision that prevails… dapat marunong mag-accept ang minority; otherwise, bakit pa tayo mag demokrasya, e di communism nalang – nang pwedeng masunod ang minority… at dun sa statement na hindi marunong “makisayaw” si corona sa pulitiko kaya sya hinatulan ng guilty, hindi ko po tanggap un…. i believe he “danced” with GMA for a long time…time….

Juju
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It was a political backfire because he awarded the Hacienda Luisita to the farmers. Remember Kris Aquino saying, “Inagaw nila lahat sa amin.” Aquino administration wanted to control the judiciary and they succeeded. CJ was the last man standing against them. All senator judges who cast guilty verdict were bribed.

Ash
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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

jan
Guest

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

aaaaa
Guest

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.

aaaaa
Guest

Not that Corona and Arroyo did indeed break the law, mind you.

Lord Chimera
Guest

And you know what’s even worse the King in Yellow doing those things you mentioned and yet the adoring public thinks that he is doing the right thing for the them and the nation. Scary…..

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

Not surprisingly, some of the people I know say this: “whether the senators are guilty of the same crime or not, that’s not the point. The point is Corona’s answer was such an insult to the intelligence, and such a dishonesty.” When I asked if non-declaration of assets is an impeachable offense, they couldn’t answer, but they insist that Corona just has to go.

Until Pinoys learn to fix systems instead of blame people and scream for blood, the same pang-uuto will happen over and over.

Ash
Guest

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?

Apo Kalips
Guest

Soon. December 21, 2012.

Crissy Name
Guest

End of the world? Aaaawwww!!!

BlueStreak
Guest

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.

jong
Guest

POOR POLITICIANS!

jcc
Guest
So folks, do you think other cultures/societies have better goings in them? here is an email i received from a friend.. Depressed? Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel, “Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land.” Nearly 75 years ago, (when Welfare was introduced) Roosevelt said, “Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land.” Today, the Government has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of Camels and mortgaged the Promised Land!… Read more »
benign0
Admin
Lol! My heart would bleed for Canadians if it weren’t for the rather lame way you generalise about how supposedly wretched their existence is on the basis of the sob story about some loser who was driven to call the Suicide Hot Line. Then again you are an attorney (with a small “a”). So I can’t really expect you to see the error in inferring your melodramatic conclusion about a country of 34 million on the basis of a survey consisting of only one sample. Keep on trying though. There is also a mathematical principle that states that given an… Read more »
jcc
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yes, benign0, sometimes i see it in you — must have sored your fingers already banging your keyboard. 🙂 — but i see that shakespearean sparks in your write-ups. 🙂

benign0
Admin

Nah. The fact that you claim to see “shakespearean sparks” in my “write ups” simply further highlights your consistent inability to separate true insight from the drivel you seem to consistently latch on to. Tough luck “attorney”. 😀

jcc
Guest

nah, you seem to wallow in dishing out insult but could not take one.. 🙂

benign0
Admin

Cite specific examples of where I insult anyone, plez.

jcc
Guest

nah benign0 – all you have to do is read your articles and that of ilda. if you think you have not produced a lot of hot air it could be that you imbide it already as fresh air. tough culture..

Trosp
Guest

Now this dud is here again lecturing us on something that he is supposed to be the only one who is privy with it.

Jeez, luckily, he didn’t use some of his newly discovered word (such as his “disconjunctive” TM) to impress us ordinary folks.

Ang kapal talaga!

Benjamin
Guest
“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 »
Whatnonsense
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@ 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
Guest

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

Fishball
Guest

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.

Der Fuhrer
Guest

@Nutzi Fishball

Put a sock in it kiddo! Your name calling is ludicrous. You are really a trying hard attention nymphomaniac. Here is something for you to read. The truth shall set you free! This will really give you satisfaction…

http://www.malaya.com.ph/index.php/opinion/5550-coronas-apotheosis

domo
Guest

Oh no maggot. YOU and your precious president can’t move on because you numbnuts are still resorting to blame games and hate speeches to your enemies only to make yourself feel better. Do me a favor ignoramus. Go make your own planet if you want an enemy-free environment.

Oh and fact kris aquino: I’m always sticking my duterte finger on your billboard ads every time I see them.

Anonymous
Guest

@Retard FishCRAP

Tsk,tsk,tsk is that all you can say you maggot?

From the start of the trial, all it ever accomplished was proving that this government is very very vindictive not to mention very HYPOCRITICAL.

You really should stop snorting cocaine, it’s really not good for your pathetically pitiful brain.

Der Fuhrer
Guest
Teabag Deluxe
Guest

More like huffing rugby. I don’t thinks someone like him can afford cocaine.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Yeah right, and it was successful because the 20 senators voted for favor and that’s it. And what truth? Truth based on feelings? That truth is nothing but based on hearsays and conspiracy theories and it should never be counted as such.

Honestly, you can’t even answer the author’s questions. You just get it by the biased media, shizznit.

Fishball
Guest

Nope, the truth was knew by the senate and the people through the trial

Daido Katsumi
Guest

So are you telling me that we should accept questionable sources and hearsays as truth. I believe more in an absolute truth but the truth that you knew is based on what you feel.

So what truth are you talking about? Deleting your comments is the best since you’re here just to TROLL and nothing. Deal with it.:)

Anonymous
Guest

What truth?
The truth that the 20 senators sold their souls to the yellow devil?
The truth that your pitiful pathetic pea brained president has done NOTHING in his years as a senator?
Or the truth that you just don’t have any day job so you just stay at home trolling like a bum.

juliancarax
Guest

@fishball: how can somebody clean someone else’ backyard if they can’t clean theirs?? if the senate and the “people” are advocates of truth.. why is it that the controversy surrounding Lito Lapid was left to thin air?? it is so funny that JPE said that among the senators it was Lito who was his favorite because be spoke using his “heart”… with these issues facing the now praised high school graduate senator, do still believe that those sitting in the impeachment court are vanguards of truth?

Felipe
Guest
Hindi naman napatunayan na nag nakaw si Corona. Eh yun lang dollar account na ipinagkatiwala sa kanya ng mag-anak nya ang pinag-initan lang nila. Wala naman syang magagawa dun. Di nya pwedeng sabihin kanya yun kung ipinagkatiwala lang sa kanya—idadahilan lang ng mga anti-Corona na ninakaw o inaako lang niya pag sinabi niyang kanya, dahil mixed account yun na di pa lang napag-paparte-parte. Corona’s success in arriving at a truly just decision in favor of the trodden farmers in the long unsettled HL case, during his watch as CJ has already proven him to be better than most of his… Read more »
Fishball
Guest

Corona is being investigated by BIR for tax evasion and the Ombudsman for ill gotten wealth so theres still hope to catch his crimes

Daido Katsumi
Guest

And then suddenly, the BIR and the Ombudsman will do the same thing as the prosecution did: fishing for evidences even if it means on breaking the rules.

Oh yeah, the current Ombudsman is PNoy’s lackey so maybe they will be cited for contempt.

Anonymous
Guest

Sorry Pitiful Worm, TROLL HARDER

It was never proven in the impeachment court that corona has ill gotten wealth.

Enrile himself said it.
Maybe you didn’t hear it or your ears are just full of yellow crap.

Felipe
Guest

@Fishball

Pinagiinitan lang si Corona dahil dun sa desisyon sa HL.

Si Tupas meron itinatago. Yan ang dapat imbestigahan. Ayaw mag sign ng waiver, pati na rin yan si Drilon.

Yang si Lapid, nabisto pa ata sa customs kalokohan ng mga iyan.

Nakikinabang ka lang sa mga kalokohan ng administrasyon. Ayaw mo pang aminin.

FallenAngel
Member
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
Guest
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. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/06/06/12/ph-envoy-corrects-saln-gets-confirmed http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/260818/news/nation/ca-oks-appointment-of-phl-envoy-to-syria-2-others In this light, can the “crime” of SALN “non-declaration” be rightly regarded as an impeachable offense? The Impeachment Court, of course,… Read more »
itchyBB
Guest

The verdict for Corona needs to be overturned. It is only right, according to the TRUE doctrine of “Daang Matuwid”. I am not referring to the perverted version of BS Aquino.

Trosp
Guest
As an addition – “TEDITORIAL THE WORLD TONIGHT By Teddy Locsin Jr. 29 May 2012 The Answer Is No …Today was not the day of decision. But the day the decision would be announced. LIKE IN A BICAMERAL CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, FOR ALL THE HASTE OF THIS IMPEACHMENT, IT MUST HAVE BEEN DISCUSSED BEFORE IT WAS FILED. The decision of the Senate Impeachment Court, making up a law as the trial went along, and then convicting for it, is the bill of attainder of which Enrile warned. THIS WAS NOT IMPEACHMENT AS A POLITICAL PROCESS BUT A POLITICAL ASSASSINATION, MASQUERADING AS… Read more »
Hyden Toro
Guest

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
Member
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 »
domo
Guest

Another black propaganda. Troll harder maggot.

Baby Tan
Guest

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

Gogs
Member
BS Aquino though not an actor was endorsed by many in the show biz community. He had no substance whatsoever yet inspired a fanatical following. I really believe that since everything came so easy for him , he felt even more entitled to do what he wants. He ignores the protocol of the system because as far as he is concerned he is the system. Voting this imbecile who took advantage of sympathy directed toward his dead mother is beyond my comprehension. Not sure why that inspires people. But that is the culture we are in so we deserve that… Read more »
Amir Al Bahr
Guest

I think he has an actor in him too. He’s trying to act smart whenever he opens his mouth to say something. He’s good at acting like a spoiled brat whenever things don’t go his way.

Gogs
Member

Point taken. He high jacked the artista culture which is critical in this electorate. Thanks to that bastion of patriotism the Lopez family.

James Black
Guest

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
Guest

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!

Gogs
Member

You are entitled to your views of course. You are also entitled to use multiple id s that don’t come close to portraying your character.

aaaaa
Guest

God, do you have anything better to do?

Anonymous
Guest

You are clearly not a Christian if that is the way your corrupted mind goes.

DaSuperSoldier
Guest

Maybe your username should be ‘Hypocritical Values’ because you are clearly missing the point after all. You are totally blinded of what the media tells you. Heck, even God is disappointed on what you’re doing.

Trosp
Guest

@ Christian Value

It should be moral clarity and not moral superiority.

Baka mamya, isa ka lang na nagmamalinis…

BTW, impeachment is a political exercise if you’re not stupid enough to know it.

It’s a number game.

domo
Guest

With that name and dumb post of yours, you are now proving yourself from what Miriam Defensor Santiago said on her acquittal reason.

Der Fuhrer
Guest

@Nutzi Values

You seem to have real Nazi values. Haas Corona? Your hatred for Corona and his family shows. He was convicted of a crime against the Filipino people? Please quote specifically the impeachment article that he was convicted of a crime against the Filipino people.