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May 8 Senate impeachment court record

May 8 Senate impeachment court record

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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012
1
Republic of the Philippines
Senate
Record of the Senate
Sitting As An Impeachment Court
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Pasay City 
AT 2:10
 
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 RenatoC. Corona of the Supreme Court is hereby called to order.We shall be led in prayer by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.
Senator Marcos
. Let us all put ourselves in the presence of the Lord.Almighty God and Father, we come to You today to thank You for the manifold blessingsthat You have granted our nation, a nation that must remain united despite the growing voicesof discord.As we resume our work today, may we ask for Your continued guidance and mercy.May we, the Senator-Judges, be fair and decisive in our actions. Remind us of ourresponsibility and accountability to the people. Give us the wisdom to make decisions that willstrengthen and inspire our nation.Touch the hearts of all here before You now. Heal the wounds of division and conflict,and open all our hearts and minds to find and to listen to the truth.Above all, Dear God, we pray for the Philippines. Clear the minds of all from confusionand anxiety so that we may clearly see what is reality, and what is not. In these trying times,cause our leaders and our people to strengthen their faith in God and in country. And maythe Holy Spirit always give us hope in these trying times, as we pray all these in the mightyName of Jesus.Amen.
 
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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012
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*Arrived after the roll call**On official mission
The Presiding Officer.
The Secretary will now please call the roll of senators.The Secretary,
reading:
Senator Edgardo J. Angara...............................................................PresentSenator Joker P. Arroyo...................................................................Present*Senator Alan Peter “Compañero” S. Cayetano.................................Absent**Senator Pia S. Cayetano...................................................................Present*Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago....................................................PresentSenator Franklin M. Drilon................................................................PresentSenator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada.......................................................PresentSenator Francis G. Escudero.............................................................PresentSenator Teofisto L. Guingona III.......................................................AbsentSenator Gregorio B. Honasan............................................................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 “Bong” Revilla Jr......................................................PresentSenator Vicente C. Sotto III.............................................................PresentSenator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV...........................................PresentSenator Manny Villar.........................................................................Absent**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 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 May 7, 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 May 7, 2012
 Journal
of the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court is hereby approved.The Secretary will now please call the case before the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court.
 
TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012
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The Clerk of Court.
Case No. 002-2011, In the Matter of the Impeachment Trial of Hon. Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.
The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, may we ask the parties and/or their respective Counsel to entertheir appearances.
The Presiding Officer.
For the Prosecution.
Representative Tupas.
Good afternoon, Mr. President.For the House of Representatives Prosecution panel, same appearance. We are ready, YourHonor.
The Presiding Officer.
Noted.For the Defense.
Mr. Cuevas.
For the Defense, Your Honor, the same appearance. We are also ready.
The Presiding Officer.
Noted.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President.
The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Before the business for the day, may we recognize Sen. Edgardo J. Angara.
The Presiding Officer.
The gentleman from Aurora has the floor.
Senator Angara.
Thank you very much, Mr. President.Mr. President, late yesterday afternoon, when we had a break in the session, I was handed a copyof a motion seeking my inhibition. I read it very carefully and I wanted to stand up even then to replypoint by point to the false allegations contained in that motion. But unfortunately, we did not go throughwith the trial because the Defense was unprepared.But now, Mr. President, at the first occasion, I woke up this morning seeing the motion almostbannered by every newspaper and listened to the radio also bannering the story. It eclipsed, Mr.President, the family thrill at seeing my grandson, Edgardo Angara, seven years old, winning a tennistournament at the Rizal Coliseum. So, I would like you to read the
Philippine Star 
Sports, “Angarapull thru in First Gen opener.”Well, Mr. President, I am not an athlete, but to me, this is a source of thrill because my grandson,the son of Congressman Sonny Angara, is only seven years old and yet he joined a 10-year-and-undercompetition. So, that is for the athletic skill of the Angaras.Mr. President, when we were convened as an Impeachment Court, we did not expect, we did notseek this role. It was mandated by the Constitution that we shall sit as Senator-Judges, and therefore,it is a constitutional task assigned to us, Mr. President, and I consider it as a constitutional duty on mypart to act as a judge, and no argument, no persuasion can convince me that I should inhibit becausethis is a duty I will not abdicate.Mr. President, I did not have a hand in choosing Sonny Angara, my son, to be a spokespersonfor the House of Representatives. The two Houses are quite separate and distinct, coequal, we honor

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