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Chief Justice Renato Corona's Reply to Impeachment Complaint

Chief Justice Renato Corona's Reply to Impeachment Complaint

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Chief Justice Renato Corona's Reply to Impeachment Complaint
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Published by: Sun.Star Philippine news on Dec 26, 2011
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Republic of the Philippines
Congress
of the Philippines
Senate
SITTING AS THE IMPEACHMENT COURTIN THE MATTER OF THEIMPEACHMENT OFRENATO C. CORONA ASCHIEF JUSTICE OF THESUPREME COURT OFTHE PHILIPPINES.Case No. 002-2011REPRESENTATIVES NIELC. TUPAS, JR., JOSEPHEMILIO A. ABAYA,LORENZO R. TAÑADAIII, REYNALDO V.UMALI, ARLENE J. BAG-AO (other complainantscomprising at least onethird (1/3) of the totalMembers of the Houseor Representatives asare indicated below.)
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ANSWER[TO VERIFIED COMPLAINT FORIMPEACHMENT, 12 DECEMBER 2011]
Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, through hisundersigned counsel, most respectfully states:
PREFATORY STATEMENT
The sin of Pontius Pilate is not that heexercised his powers, but that heabandoned his judgment, washed hishands and let the angry mob have itsway.
1.Impeachment, for Chief Justice Renato C. Corona(“CJ Corona”), came like a thief in the night. Even as hestands before this Tribunal to defend himself, his greatestfear is the danger that lady justice herself must face.2.In
blitzkrieg
fashion, 188 Members of the House
 
of Representatives signed the Articles of Impeachment,causing the immediate transmission of the complaint tothe Senate. Almost instantly, some Members the of Houseresigned from the majority coalition, amidst complaints of undue haste in the filing of the Articles of Impeachment.It appears that Members were expected to sign on beingoffered tangible rewards, even if denied the opportunityto read the Articles of Impeachment and examine theevidence against CJ Corona.3.The nation remains in a state of bewilderment,stunned to see that the members of the House oRepresentatives were able to come together on suchshort notice, to decisively act on a matter that they hadno knowledge of the week before! To this day, the public’sproverbial mind is muddled with questions about the fateof the so-called priority bills long covered with mildew

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