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Feb 29 Senate impeachment court record

Feb 29 Senate impeachment court record

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012
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AT 2:16 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. Pia S. Cayetano.
Senator Cayetano (P).
Let us put ourselves in the presence of the Lord. We offer up this prayerthrough a poem which is entitled “
True Justice
”:
“Enthroned upon the mighty truth, Within the confines of the laws,True Justice seeth not the man, But only hears his cause.Unconscious of his creed or race, She cannot see but only weighs;For Justice with unbandaged eyes, Would be oppression in disguise.”
This is a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar.Our God and Father in heaven, as we go through the difficult and sometimes painful process of finding out the truth in relation to the issues at hand, we humbly ask for the gift of extraordinary wisdomto enable us to distinguish between conflicting issues and claims, to do what is right by Your standardsand by the standards of our laws, always remaining faithful to the oath we took as Senator-Judges.We would also like to say a special prayer for the bar examinees. May those who successfullypassed the Bar exam be true vanguards of the law.And this we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Republic of the Philippines
Senate
Record of the Senate
Sitting As An Impeachment Court
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Pasay City 
 
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012
______________
*Arrived after the roll call
The Presiding Officer.
Amen.The Secretary will now call the roll of Senators.
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....................................................PresentSenator Franklin M. Drilon................................................................PresentSenator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada.......................................................PresentSenator Francis G. Escudero.............................................................PresentSenator Teofisto L. Guingona III.......................................................AbsentSenator 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...........................................................PresentSenator Francis N. Pangilinan............................................................PresentSenator Aquilino L. Pimentel III........................................................PresentSenator Ralph G. Recto....................................................................Present*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.
With 20 Senator-Judges present, the Presiding Officer declares thepresence of a quorum.The Sergeant-at-Arms is directed to make the proclamation.
Senator Sotto.
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 28, 2012
 Journal
of the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court and consider the same as approved.
The Presiding Officer.
Any objection?
[Silence]
There being none, the February 28, 2012
 Journal
of the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court is hereby approved.Please call the case, Madam Clerk of Court.
 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012
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The Secretary.
Case No. 002-2011, in the Matter of Impeachment Trial of Honorable Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.
The Presiding Officer.
Okay. Appearances.The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
For the Prosecution, Mr. President.
Representative Primicias-Agabas.
Good afternoon, Your Honors.For the Prosecution Panel of the House of Representatives, same appearance. And we are ready,Your Honors.
Senator Sotto.
For the Defense.
The Presiding Officer.
Noted.Defense.
Mr. Cuevas.
For the Defense, Your Honor, the same appearance. We are ready also.
The Presiding Officer.
Noted.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President.
The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Yes, Mr. President, thank you.Before the Business of the Day yesterday, the Minority Leader was asking for the floor. So maywe recognize the Minority Leader, Sen. Alan Cayetano, Mr. President.
The Presiding Officer.
The gentleman from Taguig.
Senator Cayetano (A).
 Magandang hapon
, Mr. President.
The Presiding Officer.
Minority Floor Leader.
Senator Cayetano (A).
Mr. President, yesterday when Congressman Neri Colmenares broughtup certain topics, I asked to be recognized today because I did some research dwelling on theimmunities of Supreme Court Justices because of this
 In
 
 Re: Raul Gonzales
which practically statesthat, a member of the Philippine Bar—that it is a qualification to become a Justice that you have to bea member of the Philippine Bar and you cannot file a disbarment case during the incumbency of a Justicenor can you file a criminal case before the Sandiganbayan of any offense which carries with it theremoval from office. Meaning, the only way to address issues of transparency and accountability toJustices is through an Impeachment Court.The President has an immunity from suit for his term of six years only but since the Justices retireat the age of 70 years old, they basically have a much longer time of immunity, in effect, because of what some people term “procedural immunity.” And I see the point of this. You cannot see a situationwherein a Supreme Court Justice is being tried before the Sandiganbayan and then the appeal will bebefore the Supreme Court and, at the same time, they pass a resolution. And to be fair to the SupremeCourt, it was the previous members that basically made it very difficult, if not almost impossible, foranyone to get a copy of the SALN.

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