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Feb 27 Senate impeachment court record

Feb 27 Senate impeachment court record

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
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AT 2:17 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 Justice of the Supreme Court Renato C. Corona is hereby called to order.We shall be led in prayer by Sen. Joker Arroyo.
Senator Arroyo.
Heavenly Father, as this Impeachment Trial rolls on its seventh week, with everyevidence presented and every position argued by both sides, we pray that our minds—the Prosecution,the Defense and the Senate—remain unencumbered, our bodies unexhausted and our spirit unweary.May the gift of the good Lord be sent upon us so that this Impeachment Trial will reach its rightful endtowards peace, justice and the unity of our nation achieved.These we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Presiding Officer.
Amen.The Secretary will now please call the roll of Senator-Judges.
The Secretary,
 
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:Senator Edgardo J. Angara...............................................................PresentSenator Joker P. Arroyo...................................................................PresentSenator Alan Peter “Compañero” S. Cayetano.................................Present*Senator Pia S. Cayetano...................................................................Present*Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago....................................................Present
Republic of the Philippines
Senate
Record of the Senate
Sitting As An Impeachment Court
Monday, February 27, 2012
Pasay City 
______________
*Arrived after the roll call
 
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
______________
*Arrived after the roll call**On sick leave
Senator Franklin M. Drilon................................................................PresentSenator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada.......................................................PresentSenator Francis G. Escudero.............................................................PresentSenator Teofisto L. Guingona III.......................................................PresentSenator Gregorio B. Honasan II........................................................PresentSenator Panfilo M. Lacson................................................................PresentSenator Manuel “LitoM. 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........................................................Present*Senator Ralph G. Recto....................................................................Absent**Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr......................................................PresentSenator Vicente C. Sotto III.............................................................PresentSenator Antonio “SonnyF. Trillanes IV...........................................PresentSenator Manny Villar.........................................................................Present*The Senate President.........................................................................Present
The Presiding Officer.
There being 17 Senator-Judges present, the Presiding Officer declaresthe 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 will now 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 23, 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 23,2012
 Journal
of the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court is hereby approved.Calling for the Impeachment Case. The Secretary will now please call the case.
The Secretary.
Case No. 002-2011, in the Matter of Impeachment Trial of Honorable Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.
The Presiding Officer.
Appearances.The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
For the Prosecution.
 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
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Representative Fariñas.
Good afternoon, Mr. President and the Honorable Members of theSenate sitting in Impeachment, same appearances for the Prosecution.
The Presiding Officer.
Noted.Defense.
Mr. Cuevas.
For the Defense, Your Honor, the same appearance.
The Presiding Officer.
Noted.The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, before the Business for the Day, there is a pending motion fromSenator Trillanes for the service of written interrogatories on Supreme Court Associate Justice MariaLourdes Sereno. The issues were discussed earlier during the caucus so may we ask the SenatePresident to make the ruling.
The Presiding Officer.
The motion of the gentleman from Caloocan and Bicol to use the remedyof written interrogatories to get the testimony of the Honorable Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of theSupreme Court has been withdrawn.The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, last Thursday we received a letter from the Supreme CourtClerk of Court requesting that Mr. Eric Borlongan and Mr. Christopher Dollente be excusedfrom testifying as they will be asked to testify on cases which are pending before the Supreme Court.We agreed that this will be also taken up in the caucus. I believe we have discussed it fully inthe caucus, Mr. President.
The Presiding Officer.
The Chair has instructed the Clerk of this Court to take this up directlywith the Clerk of Court of the Supreme Court so that we will not take any action that may affect thecheck and balance and separation of powers in the government.So ordered.
Senator Sotto.
Thank you.
The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader.
Representative Colmenares.
Mr. Presiding Officer.
 Magandang hapon po
, Mr. PresidingOfficer.
The Presiding Officer.
Gentleman of the Prosecution.
Representative Colmenares.
Thank you.May we be allowed to make a short manifestation?
The Presiding Officer.
Please, go ahead.
Representative Colmenares.
Thank you, Sir.Last week 
 po
, February 20, Monday,
 pumunta po dito dalawang (2)
regular front officers
ngKorte Suprema
upon the subpoena of the Senate President for them to appear here and everydaythereafter until discharged.
 Dumating po si
Mr. Borlongan
at si
Mr. Dollente.

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