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Full Text of the Reply of CJ Corona to the Impeachment Complaint

Full Text of the Reply of CJ Corona to the Impeachment Complaint

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Full text of the reply of Chief Justice Corona to the impeachment complaint
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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 OF THEPHILIPPINES.
 
Case No. 002-2011REPRESENTATIVES NIELC. TUPAS, JR., JOSEPHEMILIO A. ABAYA,LORENZO R. TAÑADA III,REYNALDO V. UMALI, ARLENE J. BAG-AO (othercomplainants comprising atleast one third (1/3) of the totalMembers of the House orRepresentatives as are indicatedbelow.)
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 ANSWER [TO VERIFIED COMPLAINT FOR IMPEACHMENT, 12 DECEMBER 2011]
Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, through his undersignedcounsel, most respectfully states:
PREFATORY STATEMENT
The sin of Pontius Pilate is not that he exercised his  powers, but that he abandoned his judgment, washed his hands and let the angry mob have its way.
1. Impeachment, for Chief Justice Renato C. Corona (“CJCorona”), came like a thief in the night. Even as he stands beforethis Tribunal to defend himself, his greatest fear is the danger thatlady justice herself must face.2. In
blitzkrieg 
fashion, 188 Members of the House of Representatives signed the Articles of Impeachment, causing theimmediate transmission of the complaint to the Senate. Almostinstantly, some Members the of House resigned from the majority coalition, amidst complaints of undue haste in the filing of the
 
sign on being offered tangible rewards, even if denied the opportunity to read the Articles of Impeachment and examine the evidenceagainst CJ Corona.3. The nation remains in a state of bewilderment, stunned tosee that the members of the House of Representatives were able tocome together on such short notice, to decisively act on a matter thatthey had no knowledge of the week before! To this day, the public’sproverbial mind is muddled with questions about the fate of the so-called priority bills long covered with mildew and buried in cobwebs. While the swift impeachment action of the House of Representativeis nothing short of miraculous, it also has the distinction of being thesingle most destructive legislative act heretofore seen.4. A fair assessment of the prevailing political climate willsupport the contention that the filing of the Articles of Impeachment was the handiwork of the Liberal Party alone. Surely, one cannotignore the inexplicable readiness of the Members of the House toinstantly agree to sign the Articles of Impeachment. Without mucheffort one reaches the inevitable conclusion that President Benino

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