Saturday, February 4, 2012

Chief Justice Renato Corona on Trial

Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is on the impeachment trial as respondent to a number of so-called impeachable offenses, namely (source - Inquirer News): Article 1. Partiality in cases involving the Arroyo administration, Article 2. Failure to disclose statement of assets, liabilities and net worth, Article 3. Failure to observe stringent standards of competence, integrity, probity and independence, Article 4. Disregard of the principle of separation of powers by issuing a status quo ante order against the House of Representatives in the case concerning the impeachment of then Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, Article 5. Arbitrariness and partiality in cases related to the creation of 16 new cities and promotion of Dinagat Island into a province, Article 6. Arrogating unto himself the authority to investigate an erring member of the Supreme Court to exculpate him, Article 7. Partiality in granting a temporary restraining order in favor of the Arroyo couple, and Article 8. Failure and refusal to account for the Judiciary Development Fund and Special Allowance for the Judiciary collections.

We hope the trial proceedings will soon end for there are other urgent concerns that need the attention of the government.