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Court holiday declared to support Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona vs impeachment case

By on Dec 14, 2011 in Asia, Local, Politics Comments

Updated: December 14, 2011 3:30 p.m.

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Manila, Philippines – A so called ‘court holiday‘ has been declared in some trial courts in Manila and in some parts of the country on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, as a support to SC Chief Justice Renato Corona.

SC Chief Justice Renato Corona file photo
Image Credit: ANC video

According to local news that day, judges said that the suspension of court session may be affecting around 500 courts in Manila after court employees decided to support the troubled Chief Justice on his impeachment case.

This is after Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona was reported to give his speech in the afternoon about the ongoing impeachment case against him, which has been approved by the House last Monday, December 12.

Apparently, one of the courts that declared court holiday is Pasay Regional Trial Court, where the former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Benjamin Abalos Sr, who is now in jail at the Southern Police District (SPD), is being set to file a motion on his case.

“Most likely, the sessions this afternoon will be suspended as well,” Regional Trial Court Judges Association President Antonio Eugenio was quoted in an ANC interview, asking the public for understanding their action.

On the other hand, the Philippine government through Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda asked SC Chief Justice Renato Corona to order court employees to go back to their work.

“We call on Chief Justice Corona, should he deny that a court holiday has been declared, to order them back to work and let not slow to a grinding halt the wheels of justice.” Lacierda was quoted in a statement.

“The sudden declaration of a court holiday on December 14, 2011 is yet another example of how justice can be subverted to further the interest of one,” he added.

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