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Feb 9 Senate impeachment court record

Feb 9 Senate impeachment court record

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012
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AT 2:07 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. Sergio R. Osmeña III.Senator Osmeña.Our Father in heaven, we acknowledge You are the source of all wisdom and knowledge.We beseech You to continue to bestow upon us much wisdom and discernment in thisImpeachment proceeding, that we might render a righteous and just decision that willstrengthen our institutions, our democracy, and our nation.May You grant us the guidance and the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.May we be blessed with courage, fortitude, and determination in arriving at a judgment thatwill be fair and just.We thank You for the assurance that if we ask anything in accordance with Your will, Youwill listen to and grant our petitions.We pray all these in the Name of Your Son Jesus, Your Mother Mary,Amen.
Republic of the Philippines
Senate
Record of the Senate
Sitting As An Impeachment Court
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Pasay City 
 
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012
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*
Arrived after the roll call**On sick leave
The Presiding Officer
. The Secretary will please call the roll.The Secretary,
reading:
Senator Edgardo J. Angara..............................................................PresentSenator Joker P. Arroyo..................................................................Present*Senator Alan Peter
Compañero
S. Cayetano..................................PresentSenator Pia S. Cayetano..................................................................PresentSenator Miriam Defensor Santiago...................................................Absent**Senator Franklin M. Drilon...............................................................PresentSenator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada......................................................PresentSenator Francis Joseph G. Escudero................................................PresentSenator Teofisto “TG” L. Guingona III............................................PresentSenator Gregorio B. Honasan...........................................................PresentSenator Panfilo M. Lacson...............................................................PresentSenator Manuel “Lito” M. Lapid......................................................PresentSenator Loren Legarda.....................................................................PresentSenator Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr......................................................Present*Senator Sergio R. Osmeña III..........................................................PresentSenator Francis N. Pangilinan...........................................................PresentSenator Aquilino L. Pimentel III.......................................................Present*Senator Ralph G. Recto...................................................................PresentSenator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.....................................................PresentSenator Vicente C. Sotto III............................................................PresentSenator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV..........................................Present*Senator Manny Villar........................................................................Present*The President....................................................................................Present
The Presiding Officer
. With 17 Senator-Judges present, the Presiding Officer declares thepresence 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.
The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, I move that we dispense with the reading of the February 8, 2012
 Journal
of the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court and consider the same as approved.
The Presiding Officer.
Is there any objection?
[Silence]
There being none, the February 8, 2012
 Journal
of the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court is hereby approved.The Secretary will please call the case before the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court.
 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2012
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The Secretary
. Case No. 002-2011, In the Matter of the Impeachment Trial of Hon. Chief Justice Renator C. Corona.
The Presiding Officer
. Appearances.
Representative Tupas
. Good afternoon, Your Honor, Mr. President. For the House of Representatives Prosecution panel, same appearances.
The Presiding Officer
. Noted. The Defense.
Mr. Cuevas
. For the Defense, Your Honor, the same appearance.
The Presiding Officer
. Noted.The Floor Leader is recognized.
Senator Sotto
. Mr. President, before we call on the Prosecution for the continuation of theirpresentation of evidence, I would like to make of record that in compliance with the directive of theCourt, Mr. Pascual M. Garcia, president of the Philippine Savings Bank, with the assistance of counsel,submitted at noon today his compliance and explanation as to why he did not and cannot disclose anyinformation that pertains to the foreign currency deposits. So, Mr. President, I move that we take thisup in caucus on Monday at 11:00 a.m.
The Presiding Officer
. Is there any objection?
[Silence]
The Chair hears none, the motion isapproved.
Senator Sotto
. May we now call on the Prosecution for the continuation of their presentation of evidence.
Mr. Cuevas
. If Your Honor, please, may we be allowed to make a short manifestation.
The Presiding Officer
. The Defense Counsel is recognized.
Mr. Cuevas
. Thank you, Your Honor. In yesterday’s proceedings, it will be noted that there wasa statement coming from one of the Member-Judges of this honorable Impeachment Court that,allegedly, in the hierarchy of governmental authorities, Your Honor, this Impeachment Court is higherthan the Supreme Court, because allegedly, it is a constitutional body.Now, I did not rise in protest of that manifestation because I know my limitations as Counsel forthe respondent here. But we can hardly agree, much less concur, with the said pronouncement becauseit is not based on any jurisprudence, nor any provision in the Constitution, nor any law on the matter,Your Honor. So much so that it runs counter with the dictum laid down by the honorable SupremeCourt in the case of 
Francisco et al. v. House of Representatives
, Your Honor. May I be allowedto quote the particular portion, Your Honor.Senator Pimentel urges this Court to exercise judicial restraint on the ground that theSenate, sitting as an Impeachment Court, has the sole power to try and decide all cases of impeachment. Again, this Court reiterates that the power of judicial review includes the powerof review over justiciable issues in Impeachment proceedings.I fully agree with this, Your Honor. This pronouncement had never been the subject of anymodification, much less reversal nor any withdraw....
The Presiding Officer.
Let us allow the Counsel to finish.

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