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Feb 8 Senate impeachment court record

Feb 8 Senate impeachment court record

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
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At 2:14 P.M., THE PRESIDING OFFICER, SENATE PRESIDENT JUAN PONCE ENRILE,CALLED THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO C.CORONA TO ORDER.
The Presiding Officer.
The continuation of the Impeachment Trial of the Hon. Chief JusticeRenato C. Corona of the Supreme Court is hereby called to order.We shall be led in prayer by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Romualdez Marcos Jr.
Senator Marcos.
Let us put ourselves in the presence of the Lord.Heavenly Father, we come to You once more with bowed heads. We beseech You tobless us in the difficult and trying work that lies before us in the days and weeks ahead.As we search for the path of righteousness, shine the light of Your wisdom and fairness toalways guide us. Stay our hand that in our zeal to do Your work, we do not fall upon theinnocent and unprotected of our citizens. And when this work is done, bind up the woundsit will have wrenched into the fabric of our society and heal the scars that we will have left.That we might emerge from this painful process once again a united people working togetherfor the common good.We pray that You always keep in Your benevolent grace our beloved country and herpeople. This, dear Lord, is our most fervent prayer.In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Presiding Officer.
Amen.The Secretary will now please call the roll of Senators.
Republic of the Philippines
Senate
Record of the Senate
Sitting As An Impeachment Court
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Pasay City 
 
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
______________
 
*
Arrived after the roll call**On sick leave
The Secretary,
reading
:Senator Edgardo J. Angara...............................................................PresentSenator Joker P. Arroyo...................................................................PresentSenator Alan Peter “Compañero” S. Cayetano.................................PresentSenator Pia S. Cayetano...................................................................PresentSenator Miriam Defensor-Santiago....................................................Absent**Senator Franklin M. Drilon................................................................PresentSenator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada.......................................................PresentSenator Francis J.G. Escudero..........................................................PresentSenator Teofisto L. Guingona III.......................................................PresentSenator Gregorio B. Honasan II........................................................PresentSenator Panfilo M. Lacson................................................................PresentSenator Manuel “Lito” M. Lapid.......................................................PresentSenator Loren Legarda......................................................................PresentSenator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr...................................PresentSenator Sergio R. Osmeña III...........................................................Present*Senator Francis N. Pangilinan............................................................PresentSenator Aquilino L. Pimentel III........................................................PresentSenator Ralph G. Recto....................................................................PresentSenator Ramon “BongRevilla Jr......................................................PresentSenator Vicente C. Sotto III.............................................................PresentSenator Antonio “SonnyF. Trillanes IV...........................................PresentSenator Manny Villar.........................................................................PresentThe President.....................................................................................Present
The Presiding Officer.
With 21 Senator-Judges present in the Chamber, the Presiding Officerdeclares the presence of a quorum.The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, may I ask the Sergeant-at-Arms to make the proclamation.
The Presiding Officer.
The Sergeant-at-Arms is directed to make the proclamation.
The Sergeant-at-Arms.
All persons are commanded to keep silent under pain of penalty whilethe Senate is sitting in trial on the Articles of Impeachment against Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President.
The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Senator Guingona is seeking the floor, Mr. President.
The Presiding Officer.
The Senator from Bukidnon, Senator Guingona.
Senator Guingona.
Thank you, Mr. President.
 Magandang hapon sa lahat. Para po maintindihan ng mga kababayan natin, marami pongmga kababayan natin ngayon ang nangangamba at kasama na nga ako doon. Nangangamba
 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
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na magkakaroon po daw ng
constitutional crisis.
 Ngayon po ay may
pending petition
sa KorteSuprema na pigilan ang paglabas ng
subpoena
mula sa
Impeachment Court
na may kaugnayansa
bank deposits
ng nasasakdal. Ngayon pong hapong ito, meron akong tatlong mahalagang punto.
First, the impeachment process is the people’s way of making public officials accountable. Thepeople, through the Constitution, reposed this power on Congress. Therefore, the Senate as anImpeachment Court is independent.Second, since the Impeachment Court is independent and a class of its own, the Supreme Courtcannot and should not impose this body. Because at this point, we are not a coequal branch of government. We are coequal if we are exercising legislative functions. But at this point,
mgakababayan ko
, we are not legislating. We are exercising a specific special judicial function and that issitting as an Impeachment Court.
Sana po makita ng Korte Suprema ang puntong iyon
.
Pangatlo po
, the Senate as an Impeachment Court has the sole power to try and decide caseson impeachment.
Uulitin ko po ang dati kong sinabi. Nandito po kami hindi lamang bilangSenador, nandito po kami bilang
Senator-Judges. We are here to hear a case and to pass judgmenton the accused.
Pero, mga kababayan, may tiwala pa rin ako sa Korte Suprema na alam nitoang tamang dapat gawin at alam ko tutulungan tayo ng Korte Suprema sa paghahanap ngkatotohanan. Maraming salamat po.
The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Thank you, Mr. President.Mr. President, I move to defer the approval of the
 Journal
of February 7, 2012 for a later time,Mr. President.
The Presiding Officer.
Is there any objection? What is the pleasure of the lady Senator fromTaguig?
Senator Cayetano (P).
Mr. President, I just have a comment to make on the
 Journal
.Mr. President, in our
 Journal
of yesterday, a copy of which we were furnished, there is a statementby Representative Fariñas and I would like to quote from the records:
“Kaya ang Kongreso ponagsasama po tayo. Magkasama po tayo dito, hindi po tayo magkakaaway. Ang kalaban ponatin ay iyong Respondente dahil pinapanagot po natin siya.” Iyan po ang
records
natin at importante pong malaman ho nating lahat na araw-arawsinusulat po natin ang kasaysayan ng ating bayan. Kaya po palagay ko importanteng ilagay kodin sa
record
na hindi po tayo sama-sama; kanya-kanya po tayong tungkulin. Ang
Prosecutor
ay
prosecutor,
ang
Defense
ay ang
defense
at kami pong mga Senador ay mga huwes.
So
liwanagin po natin kasi marami ho akong natanggap na tanong na mga nakapanood kung magkakasama po ang
Prosecutors
at ang Senado. Hindi po, magkakaiba ho ang atingtungkulin dito.
So
nililiwanag ko po iyan dahil po balang araw babasahin po itong
records
naito at importanteng malaman ng tao na may kanya-kanya tayong hiwa-hiwalay na tungkulin.Salamat po.
The Presiding Officer.
Thank you.

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