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Final Reply for Corona Impeachment

Final Reply for Corona Impeachment

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Published by: Sun.Star Philippine news on Jan 02, 2012
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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINESCONGRESS OF THE PHILIPPINES
SENATESITTING AS THE IMPEACHMENT COURTIN THE MATTER OF THEIMPEACHMENT OFRENATO C. CORONA ASCHIEF JUSTICE OF THESUPREME COURT OF THEPHILIPPINES,REPRESENTATIVES NIELC. TUPAS, JR., JOSEPHEMILIO A. ABAYA,LORENZO R. TAÑADA, III,REYNALDO V. UMALI,ARLENE J. BAG-AO (othercomplainants comprisingone third (1/3) of thetotal Members of theHouse oRepresentatives as areindicated below.)
CASE NO. 002-2011
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REPLY (To the Answer Dated 21 December 2011)
 The HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, through itsPROSECUTORS, in reply to respondent’s
 Answer [To Verified 
 
Complaint For Impeachment]
dated 21 December 2011,
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respectfully states:
On Respondent’s “Prefatory Statement”
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In his Answer, respondent Chief Justice Renato Corona(“Corona) equates his impeachment to an assault on theindependence of the Judiciary
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and an attack on the rule of lawand the Constitution.
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He posits that his impeachment is nothingbut a scheme instigated by President Benigno Aquino III and hisLiberal Party so he can “subjugate the Supreme Court” and “havea friendly, even compliant, Supreme Court.
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Incredibly, andinconsistently, Corona even insinuates that Justice Carpio and hisformer law firm are also behind the alleged scheme to ensuretheir “re-emergence into power.”
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 1.1. With such claims and allegations in his Answer,Corona manifests his lack of respect for the constitutionalprocess of impeachment, his refusal to be held accountablefor his actions, and his utter contempt for the will of thesovereign people and their craving for justice andaccountability. It is apparent that Corona ignores basicConstitutional principles. This impeachment is not thehandiwork of President Aquino, the Liberal Party and, muchless, Justice Carpio and his ex-partners. The ImpeachmentComplaint was filed, and shall be prosecuted, by the
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A copy of the Answer was received by the House of Representatives on 26 December 2011.
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Answer, page 9.
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Answer, page 9.
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Answer, page 4.
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Answer, page 9.
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sovereign Filipino people, acting through their directlyelected representatives in Congress.
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Corona’s claim that his impeachment threatens theindependence of the Judiciary is grandiose and sham. Corona isnot the Judiciary and the Articles of Impeachment are leveledagainst him and him alone. This impeachment aims to removehim from office and free the Supreme Court from the influence of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA), former FirstGentleman Miguel Arroyo (FG), and their cabal. His removal willnot weaken the Supreme Court nor the Judiciary. Rather, it willstrengthen and invigorate the institution by ousting GMA’s singlebiggest coddler in the Supreme Court, thereby restoring thepeople’s faith in it.
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Corona appears oblivious to the fact that even longbefore this impeachment process began, the people had alreadylost their faith and trust in him, and perhaps the Supreme Courtunder his leadership. They lost faith after witnessing how he andhis supporters in the Supreme Court went out of their way to helpGMA and FG in their attempt to flee and escape from the reach of  justice, through a hastily and outrageously issued TemporaryRestraining Order (TRO). They lost faith when the Supreme Courtthwarted Congressefforts to render former OmbudsmanMerceditas Gutierrez accountable for her misdeeds in office. Theylost faith after Corona accepted a midnight appoint from GMA,throwing away long-settled precedents and all sense of 
delicadeza
. They lost faith after the Supreme Court rendered astream of decisions obviously biased in favor of GMA andintended to frustrate all attempts to hold her accountable. Theylost faith after the Supreme Court blatantly flip-flopped in itssupposedly final decisions, and set aside a final judgment based
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