An overwhelming majority of Senators, 20-3, voted for the removal of Corona from office, most of them noting that the top magistrate no longer deserves his post. This makes Corona the first government official to be convicted by an impeachment court.
Senators Joker Arroyo, Miriam Santiago, Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., meanwhile voted for Corona's acquittal.
Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, having tried Chief Justice
Renato Corona, upon three articles of impeachment charged against him by
the House of Representatives, by a guilty vote of 20 senators, has
found him guilty of the charge under Article II.
be it adjudged that Renato Corona, is hereby convicted of the charge
against him in Article II of the Articles of impeachment, so ordered,"
Enrile also said as he explained his vote, "there is deliberate act of excluding substantial assets."
is not justice, political or legal. Certainly not the law..it is only
naked power, as it was in 1972," however said Arroyo as he defended his
Each senator was given two minutes to explain their votes
while as presiding officer, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile was last
Corona was impeached by the House of Representatives in December after 188 congressmen signed the impeachment complaint.
From the original eight, the prosecution team reduced its complaint to three articles of impeachment.