Chief Justice Corona needs 7 votes to acquit, 16 votes to convict – Sen. Enrile

December 13, 2011

Chief Justice Renato needs seven votes in his favor from 22 senator-judges to be acquitted by the Impeachment Court, which will be convened this afternoon.

Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile said that with the election of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago to the International Criminal Court, the number of senators goes down from 23 to 22, depending on when she assumes her post – before or during the trial proper.

Seven positive votes ang kailangan ni Corona para ma-acquit siya. Kung full 24, kailangan niya 9. Kung 23, 8 (Corona needs seven votes to acquit. If full 24, he needs nine. If 23, eight), Sen. Enrile said.

At present, there are 23 members of the Upper Chamber lead by Enrile in the majority bloc with President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano; and Senators Edgardo Angara. Joker Arroyo, Pia Cayetano, Defensor-Santiago, Francis Escudero, Teofisto Guingona III, Gregorio Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Loren Legarda, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Sergio Osmena III, Francis Pangilinan, Aquilino Pimentel III, Ralph Recto, Ramon Revilla Jr., Antonio Trillanes IV, and Manuel B. Villar.

With the election of Sen. Santiago, magiging 22 na lang kami, Sen. Enrile said.

Under Article 11, Section 6, the Accountability of Public Officers said that No person shall be convicted (by the Impeachment Court) without the concurrence of the two-thirds of all the Members of the Senate.

Only 16. Kailangan 16 ang boto (Sixteen is needed) to convict. Even if we are only 20, even if we are only 17. Kailangan pa rin ang 16, Enrile explained.

Yung 16, pag nabawasan ang number ng senador, boto yun sa respondent. Meron ng bakante na isa, boto na yun sa respondent. Merong nababawasan, magiging 22 kami, yung dalawa, boto sa respondent yun (If the number of senators go down, it will be a vote for the respondent. We already have one vacant seat, that’s a vote for the respondent. We will be further reduced to 22, so those two votes will be for the respondent),” he further explained.

Sen. Escudero to push Senate recognition of FPJ as ’04 poll victor

December 13, 2011

Senator Francis Escudero said Wednesday he will push for the chamber’s recognition of the late Fernando Poe Jr. as the winner of the 2004 presidential elections if an inquiry proves the movie star did win the controversial contest against then incumbent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, News5 reported.

“It will be a resolution finding that there was massive cheating in the 2004 elections and recognizing that FPJ won that election,” Escudero said, his statement coinciding with the seventh death anniversary of Poe.

The Senate is conducting an inquiry into the alleged fraud that accompanied the 2004 and 2007 elections.

In 2004, Poe lost to Arroyo by about a million votes in a poll she has been accused of rigging to ensure her victory. The charges were bolstered when purported wiretaps of phone conversations between Arroyo and former election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, in which they appear to discuss how to manipulate the election results, were made public.

Poe’s daughter, Grace Poe Llamanzares, who chairs the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, said she hoped President Benigno Aquino III grants her father some form of recognition as the “real winner” of the 2004 elections.

Llamanzares and Poe’s widow, actress Susan Roces, were joined at the commemoration of his death at the Manila North Cemetery by former President Joseph Estrada and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Estrada, himself also an action star, and Poe were bosom buddies.

Angelica Panganiban describes Kris Aquino as a very loyal friend

December 12, 2011

Third-time Best Comedy Actress winner Angelica Panganiban was initially recognized in the field of comedy with her incredible impersonation of Queen of All Media Kris Aquino. But she never expected that they’d be good friends as they worked together for the first time in Star Cinema’s official Metro Manila Film Fest entry, Segunda Mano.  “Super tight [na kami]. Nakakatuwa. Sabi ko nga, ang sarap ng feeling na nakilala mo siya bilang tao, hindi yung bilang Kris Aquino na kapatid ng presidente [ng Pilipinas], anak ng isang hero, [at] hindi lang yung Kris na sikat na sikat,” she said in her live interview with The Buzz, Sunday, December 11.

Asked what she loves most about Kris, Angelica shared that she really felt the actress-host’s sincerity and concern towards her. “Kaibigan talaga siya. Ang loyal niya. Tsaka kapag nagkwento siya ang dami niyang opinyon. Siguro more on ate [yung tingin ko sa kanya]. Nilu-look up ko siya bilang matandang kapatid kasi ganon siya mag-advice. Tapos sobra siyang strict. Tsini-check niya kung, ‘nakapagpa-foot spa ka na?’ Umaabot na kami sa ganon.”

Instead of being pressured with their upcoming movie, Angelica related that shooting Segunda Mano with Kris was more of a bonding time for them. “Masaya, para kaming ‘di nagwo-work. Tsikahan lang kami ng tsikahan. Hindi ko nga naramdaman na gumawa kami ng movie. Para lang kaming nag-hangout.” She added that Kris was very disciplined though when it comes to work. As it is, the Queen of All Media is known for being punctual and a stickler for time. “Masaya kasi ayaw niyang napupuyat. So ang bilis bilis ng work namin. Kapag 12 midnight na, [magaaya na siya] ‘Tara na… Dali na gusto ko na umuwi.’ So happy ako, sabi ko, ‘Oo nga…’”

As for Angelica, she admitted that she has few girl friends and is very loyal to the people close to her as well. “Konti lang yung mga friends ko na babae. Kung hindi babae o kaya babaeng bakla. Kasi boyish ako siguro talaga. Minsan naaartehan ako sa mga babae, masyadong pa-sweet. Gusto ko masaya lang, chill lang.”

Although Angelica often gets caught up with intrigues, many of her friends like John Prats, Pokwang and Melai Cantiveros can attest to the goodness of her heart. To which she simply replied, “Siguro kasi hindi ako madamot sa kaibigan. Kung anong nararamdaman ko gusto ko nararamdaman nila. Gusto ko kung anong happiness at blessing na meron ako, gusto ko pare-parehas kaming meron para sabay-sabay yung happiness.”

Together with Kris Aquino and Dingdong Dantes, catch Angelica Panganiban on Segunda Mano, showing in theaters on December 25.

Angel Locsin wishes ex-BF Luis Manzano well in his love-life

December 12, 2011

Angel Locsin received another trophy from the Anak TV Seal Awards this year, being a consistent awardee from the highly-respected award-giving body since 2006. More than the trophy, the actress takes pride in knowing that being an awardee of Anak TV translates to being an inspiration to the youth. “I think may nagagawa naman kaming okay sa career namin, so maraming maraming salamat talaga sa Anak TV Awards and I hope marami pang ma-inspire na mga kagaya naming artista na tumulong sa kapwa,” Angel said at the awarding ceremony.

Coincidentally, her ex-boyfriend Luis Manzano also won an award and Angel received the trophy on Luis’s behalf, after the actress was teased by the other Kapamilya awardees. “Wala kasi siya dito ngayon and dahil ako ang nakita nilang lahat para tumanggap ng award, so tinanggap ko naman. Nag-thank you na rin ako para sa kanya,” the actress explained after the program.

When asked if she wishes Luis well in his new relationship with actress Jennylyn Mercado, Angel replied, “Yes, I think so.”  She also added that they are both happy, referring to her own relationship with football star Phil Younghusband.

Meanwhile, as for the coming holidays, the actress said that she will spend quality time with her family. “Kasama ko ang pamilya ko sa Pasko, hindi ko alam kung matutuloy ang bakasyon namin after Christmas pero sana para meron kaming bakasyon,” she related.

She continued that although she is now shooting for a movie with John Lloyd Cruz, she has already asked permission for a short leave so she can catch up with her family during the Christmas break. “Inayos naman namin ang schedule namin kasi Christmas time is family time. Siyempre ayoko namang i-sacrifice ang family ko because of my schedule. Ayokong ma-sacrifice ‘yung happiness nila, ‘yung gusto nilang gawin so naka-block off na ‘yon.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona impeached

December 12, 2011

he House of Representatives on Monday night approved the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona for alleged graft and corruption, culpable violation of the Constitution, and betrayal of public trust.

In a matter of hours, 188 of 284 congressmen signed the verified complaint against Corona, which allows it to be transmitted directly to the Senate without undergoing House committee deliberations.

Under House rules, an impeachment complaint has to be approved by one-third of all House members—in this case, 95 lawmakers—for it to be transmitted straight to the Senate for trial.

Corona is widely associated with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is currently facing electoral sabotage charges in connection with alleged irregularities in the 2007 elections.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales said the House will transmit the impeachment complaint to the Senate on Tuesday, four days before the start of its Christmas recess.

Deputy Speaker Arnulfo Fuentebella, who presided over the plenary session, proceeded to order the House secretary-general to transmit the complaint to the Senate despite opposition from House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman, who was questioning the swift action on the case.

Lagman had earlier described the impeachment complaint as the “mother of all blackmails.”

Swift action

The 57-page impeachment complaint was formally approved by the chamber just hours after the House majority discussed the grounds for Corona’s ouster in a caucus.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said majority lawmakers decided to impeach Corona on their own and not because of any orders from President Benigno Aquino III, who has been questioning the chief magistrate’s impartiality.

“Hindi ito utos, but definitely, he [Aquino] is in favor of it. We can say that he had been talking about this but it is really our own doing but with his full support,” he said.

The impeachment came on the same day Corona, at a flag ceremony at the Supreme Court, bared an alleged plan to oust him from office “by any means fair or foul.” However, Corona vowed not to leave his post. His tenure ends in 2018.

Corona’s ‘offenses’

Arroyo had appointed Corona to the high court in April 2002. A few days after the May 2010 presidential elections that Aquino won handily, and barely a month before she left office, Arroyo appointed Corona as chief justice, setting the stage for the high court’s conflict with the executive branch.

Corona once served as Mrs. Arroyo’s spokesman and chief of staff when the latter was still vice president. When Mrs. Arroyo was catapulted to the presidency in 2001, Corona then assumed various posts — presidential chief of staff, presidential spokesperson, and acting executive secretary.

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Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona impeached

ANDREO C. CALONZO, GMA News December 12, 2011 7:42pm
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The House of Representatives on Monday night approved the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona for alleged graft and corruption, culpable violation of the Constitution, and betrayal of public trust.

In a matter of hours, 188 of 284 congressmen signed the verified complaint against Corona, which allows it to be transmitted directly to the Senate without undergoing House committee deliberations.

Swift Action: How the House impeached Corona in a day

2:30 p.m. – Members of the majority coalition gathered inside the Andaya Hall of the House of Representatives for a caucus. At the start of the meeting, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. gave his opening statement. Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales explained the House leadership’s stand on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment. Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. gave a presentation on the articles of impeachment.

4 p.m. – House majority members begin exiting the Andaya Hall. Deputy Speaker Jesus Crispin Remulla said members of the majority were asked to voluntarily sign the impeachment complaint against Corona. Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño divulged that Corona is being impeached based on three offenses: betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption and culpable violation of the Constitution.

4:40 p.m. – House majority ends caucus. Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., House justice panel chair, enumerates articles of impeachment to the media, and revealed that more than 100 lawmakers have already signed the complaint. ACT Teachers’ party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said congressmen lined up to sign the impeachment complaint. Read more

Under House rules, an impeachment complaint has to be approved by one-third of all House members—in this case, 95 lawmakers—for it to be transmitted straight to the Senate for trial.

Corona is widely associated with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is currently facing electoral sabotage charges in connection with alleged irregularities in the 2007 elections.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales said the House will transmit the impeachment complaint to the Senate on Tuesday, four days before the start of its Christmas recess.

Deputy Speaker Arnulfo Fuentebella, who presided over the plenary session, proceeded to order the House secretary-general to transmit the complaint to the Senate despite opposition from House Minority Leader Edcel Lagman, who was questioning the swift action on the case.

Lagman had earlier described the impeachment complaint as the “mother of all blackmails.”

Swift action

The 57-page impeachment complaint was formally approved by the chamber just hours after the House majority discussed the grounds for Corona’s ouster in a caucus.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said majority lawmakers decided to impeach Corona on their own and not because of any orders from President Benigno Aquino III, who has been questioning the chief magistrate’s impartiality.

“Hindi ito utos, but definitely, he [Aquino] is in favor of it. We can say that he had been talking about this but it is really our own doing but with his full support,” he said.

The impeachment came on the same day Corona, at a flag ceremony at the Supreme Court, bared an alleged plan to oust him from office “by any means fair or foul.” However, Corona vowed not to leave his post. His tenure ends in 2018.

Corona’s ‘offenses’

Arroyo had appointed Corona to the high court in April 2002. A few days after the May 2010 presidential elections that Aquino won handily, and barely a month before she left office, Arroyo appointed Corona as chief justice, setting the stage for the high court’s conflict with the executive branch.

Corona once served as Mrs. Arroyo’s spokesman and chief of staff when the latter was still vice president. When Mrs. Arroyo was catapulted to the presidency in 2001, Corona then assumed various posts — presidential chief of staff, presidential spokesperson, and acting executive secretary.

In the impeachment complaint, Corona is being accused of the following wrongdoings:

  • partiality and subservience in cases involving the Arroyo administration;
  • failure to disclose to the public his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN);
  • issuance of flip-flopping decisions in final and executory cases;
  • issuance of the “status quo ante” order against the House of Representatives in the case concerning the impeachment of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez;
  • decision in favor of gerrymandering in the cases involving 16 newly-created cities, and the promotion of Dinagat Island into a province;
  • granting temporary restraining order in favor of former President Arroyo; and
  • failure and refusal to account for the Judicial Development Fund (JDF) and special allowance for the judiciary collections

Ties with Arroyo

Several civil society leaders led by former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros have called for Corona’s inhibition from cases involving Mrs. Arroyo. They specifically asked him to inhibit from the petitions of Mrs. Arroyo, her husband former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, and former Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos questioning the legality of the government panel that conducted a preliminary investigation of alleged fraud during the 2007 elections.
Mrs. Arroyo is currently under hospital arrest at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center for the electoral sabotage case the Commission on Elections filed against her. She has repeatedly denied the accusation.

PNoy vs Corona

Since he became President, Aquino has never fully recognized Corona’s legitimacy as the Supreme Court chief justice due to the circumstances of his appointment. Aquino said this was a violation of a constitutional ban on so-called “midnight appointments” by an outgoing leader.

Aquino’s allies have said Mrs. Arroyo planted Corona in the Supreme Court as part of her efforts to protect herself from future criminal prosecutions.

How the House of Representative impeached CJ Corona in a day

December 12, 2011

2:30 p.m. – Members of the majority coalition gathered inside the Andaya Hall of the House of Representatives for a caucus. At the start of the meeting, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. gave his opening statement. Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales explained the House leadership’s stand on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment. Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. gave a presentation on the articles of impeachment.

4 p.m. – House majority members begin exiting the Andaya Hall. Deputy Speaker Jesus Crispin Remulla said members of the majority were asked to voluntarily sign the impeachment complaint against Corona. Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño divulged that Corona is being impeached based on three offenses: betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption and culpable violation of the Constitution.

4:40 p.m. – House majority ends caucus. Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., House justice panel chair, enumerates articles of impeachment to the media, and revealed that more than 100 lawmakers have already signed the complaint. ACT Teachers’ party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said congressmen lined up to sign the impeachment complaint.

5 p.m. – House Minority Edcel Lagman criticizes majority’s move to impeach Corona, describing it as “the mother of all blackmails.” He claimed that lawmakers who signed the complaint were threatened that their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” will be withdrawn if they will not approve Corona’s ouster.

5:10 p.m. – Belmonte, Gonzales and Tupas hold a press conference to explain how the House majority decided to send the impeachment complaint against Corona straight to the Senate for trial. At the end of the briefing, more than 160 lawmakers have already signed the complaint. House Secretary General Marilyn Baura-Yap also begins verifying the signatures on the complaint.

6 p.m.— Deputy Minority Leader Danilo Suarez warns of the “bad design” of the Aquino administration to remove its oppositors from government posts. He said Corona is being pressured to step down from his post, similar to what happened to former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, who quit her post days before she was scheduled to face a Senate trial.

7:16 p.m. – Copies of the impeachment complaint were released to the media.

7:30 p.m. – At the House plenary, Gonzales moves to endorse the impeachment complaint, which was signed by a total of 188 congressmen, to the House secretary-general. Deputy Speaker Arnulfo Fuentebella, who was presiding over the session, ordered the House secretary-general to transmit the complaint to the Senate despite opposition from the House minority.

Let Gloria Arroyo trial begin – solons

December 10, 2011

WITH the transfer of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC), militant lawmakers said they are expecting the cases filed against her to start rolling.

Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano and Bayan Muna Reps. Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares have appealed to the government to stop giving Arroyo special treatment while being detained in the VMMC.

Arroyo, now Pampanga representative, was charged with electoral sabotage in connection with the cheating during 2007 mid-term elections.

Mariano said the prosecution must proceed immediately not just on the electoral sabotage case but also on the plunder cases filed by different groups.

The solon also wanted Arroyo to be investigated on the alleged funneling of P391.9 million funds from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and the P728-million fertilizer fund scam.

He added that the beleaguered Pampanga representative is highly accountable for numerous crimes against Filipinos, particularly grave human rights abuses during her administration.

Casiño and Colmenares said that the government should stop giving special treatment to the former President as they expressed objection to the hospital arrest.

Casiño said Arroyo should be detained in prison cells just like the ordinary prisoners who until now are languishing in jail.

Earlier, Malacañang brushed aside any delay in the transfer of Mrs. Arroyo from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig to Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also slammed former President Arroyo’s snipes at President Benigno C. Aquino III of alleged “demagoguery” and black propaganda against her.

There is no prejudgment, Valte said as she assured Mrs. Arroyo that she will have her day in court.

For her part, Mrs. Arroyo still believes that the rule of the law will prevail and that her Creator would exonerate her from all the suits lodged against her by the Aquino administration.

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