Renato Corona Trial Verdict: Guilty Under 2nd Article of Impeachment

Renato Corona Trial Verdict: Guilty Under 2nd Article of Impeachment

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Renato Corona Trial Verdict Guilty Under 2nd Article Impeachment

For the first time in Philippine history, a public official was convicted guilty in an article of impeachment given him.

Renato Corona, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines was given the guilty verdict by the Senate under the 2nd Article of Impeachment: “Failed to disclose to the public his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth as required under the constitution.”

Corona was the third official, after President Joseph Estrada on 2000 and Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez earlier on 2011, to be impeached by the House of Representatives but Estrada’s trial as cut short by Edsa II while Gutierrez resigned prior to the trial.

Of the eight Articles of Impeachment against CJ Corona, only the 2nd, 3rd and 7th articles were considered. Two-thirds of the vote for any of them is required for conviction.

On May 29, 2012, twenty of the 23 Senators voted for the guilty charge under Article II, thus reaching the two-thirds vote.

The Senate decided not to pursue voting on the last two articles.

In accordance with the constitution, Corona was removed from office, thus completing an impeachment trial for the first time in its history.

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