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SC Chief Justice Renato Corona impeachment: Senators take oath for impeachment trial on January 16, 2012

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

Manila, Philippines – Local senators took oath on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, as preparation of the impeachment trial of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona next year.

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As noted at local news that day, the Senate convened in the late afternoon as an impeachment court that will try Chief Justice Renato Corona, who made a speech earlier in front of the Supreme Court building.

Corona, 63, who was appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) on May 12, 2010, two days after the election and a month before her term expired, said that he will not resign and will face the impeachment trial.

Apparently, Corona accused President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (PNoy) of transforming himself into a dictator and noted that the president wanted to control the Supreme Court by replacing him with his own choice.

Meanwhile, the senators, led by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, wore red robes while taking their oath and vowed to be impartial on the Chief Justice Renato Corona impeachment trial, which will start on January 16, 2012 at 2 p.m. (local time)

“I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and the laws of the Philippines, so help me God.” The senators said all at the same time, repeating after Senator Enrile and raising their right hand.

The Senate also ordered Corona to reply on the allegations against him within 10 days after receiving a copy of the formal complaint, which is the first impeachment trial for a Supreme Court Chief Justice.

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