The Philippine Senate convicts the Chief Justice, Renato C. Corona. The Senators voted 20 to convict while Senators Arroyo, Santiago and Marcos voted to Acquit. The Senate closes the Impeachment Trial of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The Palace issued a statement. The Deputy Presidential Spokesperson delivered statement on the conviction of Renato C. Corona:
This afternoon, 20 Senators voted to convict Mr. Renato C. Corona on Article II of the Articles of Impeachment. Our democratic institutions have been strengthened and have been proven to work.
Mr. Corona is merely the public face of the things that ail our justice system. Let us never forget that those who come to court, be they rich or poor, must do so in the expectation of receiving impartial justice from those who uphold both the spirit and the letter of the law. The verdict of the Senate is a step forward in terms of restoring public confidence in our courts, and trust in the members of the judiciary.