Honasan hopes Aquino has ‘clear plan and vision’ after Corona case

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MANILA, Philippines—One of the senators who will decide on the fate of embattled Chief Justice Renato Corona sees no problem with President Benigno Aquino already considering a replacement even before the impeachment trial could start.

But Senator Gregorio Honasan warned the President, who has been criticized lately for allegedly showing dictatorial tendencies: “I hope he has a clear plan, where to bring all this in the long run.”

Honasan, who will sit with 22 other senators as judges in the impeachment court, said Aquino had the “prerogative” to draw up a short list of prospective chief justices to succeed Corona in the event he was ousted.

“How do you second-guess the President with all his prerogative, with all the public support behind him? That’s unassailable,” the senator told the Inquirer in a phone interview. “No one will be presumptuous to question him, including the timing and the wisdom of his decision.”

Aquino’s mouthpiece, Edwin Lacierda, on Tuesday said the President was looking for a chief justice with qualities similar to those of Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Sereno, one of Aquino’s three appointees to the 15-member Supreme Court, dissented to the issuance of a temporary restraining order against travel restrictions imposed on former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

At the time the TRO became available, no charges had yet been filed against Arroyo, but Justice Secretary Leila de Lima defied the Supreme Court order. The Commission on Elections soon filed an electoral sabotage case against Arroyo and Pasay Judge Jesus Mupas issued an arrest warrant in a few hours.

“Even if he looks for a replacement for Corona now, that’s none of our business in the Senate,” Honasan said.. “He has tremendous prerogative.”

But the senator said Aquino’s actions, including his Liberal Party’s initiative to impeach Corona at the House of Representatives, should all lead to concrete results “that would be good for the country.”

“With this initial step, which is a political one, hopefully the result will allow us to address the fundamental economic problems of the country,” he said. “We are all praying that he has a clear plan and vision.”

Honasan said he was looking at an “expeditious” impeachment trial. Senator Joker Arroyo said the whole process should be over in a month, while Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III’s timeframe is three months.

“We have to do this as expeditiously as possible, without sacrificing due process, so we can attend to other important problems of the country,” Honasan said.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7T2BPPGLG457K5BUPQBPOKDPA4 Marlon

    TAMA KA DYAN GRINGO!!!

    at kung tuluyang ngang magiging diktador itong si Panot, maaasahan ba kita Gringo at iyong mga RAM boys?

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    loud and clear col

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_32RJRLPOGF7XUGJ534CBKOCLCQ double cross

    you are right…SIR! sana nga po maintindihan din ninyo na tama ang ginawa ni president para sa kapakanan ng sanlibutan.PROMISE…bait na po kayo at sana wala nang kudeta!

  • richand3838

    The good senator is right.  If PNoy is truly a legitimate leader in the mold of former Prime Ministers Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore and Mahathir Mohammad of Malaysia he should have by now espoused the vision of where the country is going in the next six years on wards. But the way of what is happening now, he doesn’t belong to the class of these two great leaders in the ASEAN region.

    • miriamquiamco

      After one and a half years in office, eh wala pang vision, bakit naman magkakaroon agad pagkatapos ma-acquit si Corona, sana after this, the SC will still adhere to the constitution and not suck up to a mentally challenged resident of Malacang now.

      • zoom_lens

        Kasi andaming iniwang problema yang amo nyong si GMA, na kailangang ayusin muna (gaya nina Merci at Corona) kaya hindi maka-take-off ang economic plans. But why am I wasting my comments on you anyway?

  • EINSKAK

    PARANG ALAM NA NI SEN.G.HONASAN ANG OUT COME.NI PNOY>>><<<<<<<PATUNGONG DAANG DICTADOR……MAGANDANG WARNING SENATOR..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYESYEYLYF3SW2NJUF2YZNNLXE jefferson

    Grounds for Impeachment:
    1.) Betrayal of public trust due to subservience to Pampanga
    Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her presidency, from the
    time of his appointment as Supreme Court justice to his midnight
    appointment as Chief Justice;

    2.) Culpable violation of the Constitution
    for non-disclosure of the statement of assets, liabilities and net
    worth;

    3.) Undue closeness to Macapagal-Arroyo as shown by the
    appointment of the Chief Justice’s wife to a seat in the Bases
    Conversion and Development Authority;

    4.) Betrayal of public trust and
    culpable violation of the Constitution when he issued a status quo order
    ante that had suspended the hearings of the House justice committee on
    the impeachment case against former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez;

    5.)
    Voting on the cityhood cases and the creation of the province of
    Dinagat;

    6.) Creation of the ethics committee to look into the
    plagiarism case against SC Justice Mariano del Castillo, which resulted
    in clearing Del Castillo of any liability;

    7.) Temporary restraining
    order on the travel ban on Mrs. Arroyo;

    8.) Refusal to account for
    judicial development funds, special allowances and other court
    collections.

    Grounds for impeachment should only be based on legal and ethical issues and not on performance of the judge therefore, grounds 2 and 3 are only the possible grounds for impeachment of Corona since they dwell on legal and ethical issues.

    I would rather try to explain my side  why corona will be acquitted with grounds 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, those grounds that are related to the performance of the CJ or even to the whole SC.

    1. The appointment of the CJ, even it may be called a midnight appointment, is but legal as it is necessary. It might be Corona or anybody who, but that time, would be appointed as the CJ. This has been ratified by the SC considering the maters.
    1. The vote of the CJ is equal to single vote equal to one vote of any of the judges might either be by division, of 3 judge, or en banc, of all the judge.
    2. The vote of the majority is the decision in whole to the case, may it there be a dissenting opinion which is the minority.
    3. If erring in its decision on the above case is a ground for impeachment, may it be all the judges who have voted against on what the prosecutor know is right  be impeached.
    4. If the CA overturned the decision rendered by a trial judge, should the trial judge be removed? Or a CA decision was overruled by the SC, should the CA judge be impeached?

    Would appreciate if you share what you have in might. I might be blinded to some which maybe important to change my stand. Thanks

  • ztefertilizerscam

    CORONA IMPEACHMENT

    I

    RESPONDENT BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST  THROUGH HIS TRACK RECORD MARKED BY PARTIALITY AND SUBSERVIENCE  IN CASES INVOLVING THE ARROYO ADMINISTRATION FROM THE TIME OF HIS APPOINTMENT AS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE AND UNTIL HIS DUBIOUS APPOINTMENT AS A MIDNIGHT CHIEF JUSTICE TO THE PRESENT.

    II

    RESPONDENT COMMITTED CULPABLE VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION AND/OR BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST WHEN HE FAILED TO DISCLOSE TO THE PUBLIC HIS STATEMENT OF ASSETS, LIABILITIES, AND NET WORTH AS REQUIRED UNDER SEC. 17, ART. XI OF THE 1987 CONSTITUTION.

    III

    RESPONDENT COMMITTED CULPABLE VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST BY FAILING TO MEET AND OBSERVE THE STRINGENT STANDARDS UNDER ART. VIII, SECTION 7 (3) OF THE CONSTITUTION THAT PROVIDES THAT “[A] MEMBER OF THE JUDICIARY MUST BE A PERSON OF PROVEN COMPETENCE, INTEGRITY, PROBITY, AND INDEPENDENCE.”

    IV

    RESPONDENT BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST AND/OR COMMITTED CULPABLE VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION WHEN IT BLATANTLY DISREGARDED THE PRINCIPLE OF SEPARATION OF POWERS BY ISSUING A “STATUS QUO ANTE” ORDER AGAINST THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE CASE CONCERNING THE IMPEACHMENT OF THEN OMBUDSMAN MERCEDITAS NAVARRO-GUTIERREZ.
    V

    RESPONDENT COMMITTED CULPABLE VIOLATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION THROUGH WANTON ARBITRARINESS AND PARTIALITY IN CONSISTENTLY DISREGARDING THE PRINCIPLE OF RES JUDICATA AND IN DECIDING IN FAVOR OF GERRY-MANDERING IN THE CASES INVOLVING THE 16 NEWLY-CREATED CITIES, AND THE PROMOTION OF DINAGAT ISLAND INTO A PROVINCE.

    VI

    RESPONDENT BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST  BY ARROGATING UNTO HIMSELF, AND TO A COMMITTEE HE CREATED, THE AUTHORITY AND JURISDICTION TO IMPROPERLY INVESTIGATE A JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCULPATING HIM. SUCH AUTHORITY AND JURISDICTION IS PROPERLY REPOSED BY THE CONSTITUTION IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VIA IMPEACHMENT.

    VII

    RESPONDENT BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST THROUGH HIS PARTIALITY IN GRANTING A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER (TRO) IN FAVOR OF FORMER PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO AND HER HUSBAND JOSE MIGUEL ARROYO IN ORDER TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO ESCAPE PROSECUTION AND TO FRUSTRATE THE ENDS OF JUSTICE, AND IN DISTORTING THE SUPREME COURT DECISION ON THE EFFECTIVITY OF THE TRO IN VIEW OF A CLEAR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE CONDITIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT’S OWN TRO.

    VIII

    RESPONDENT BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST AND/OR COMMITTED GRAFT AND CORRUPTION WHEN HE FAILED AND REFUSED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE JUDICIARY DEVELOPMENT FUND (JDF) AND SPECIAL ALLOWANCE FOR THE JUDICIARY (SAJ) COLLECTIONS.

  • ztefertilizerscam

    Former Fake Pres. Arroyo , corruption and many 

    more..

    1. NBN ZTE Scandal

    2. Millions of bribe money to Congressmen and Governors 

    (October 2007)

    3. Cheating in 2004 Elections (HELLO GARCI)

    4. Joc Joc Bolante Case (Fertilizer Scam, P728 Million)

    5. JOSE PIDAL Bank Account (Unexplained Wealth, P200 

    Million)

    6. NANI PEREZ Power Plant Deal ($2 Million)

    7. Use of Road User’s Tax for Campaigning

    8. Billion Peso Macapagal Boulevard (Overprice of P532 

    Million)

    9. Juetengate? (Illegal Numbers game kickbacks)

    10. Extra Judicial Killings

    11. Arroyo Moneys in Germany (Exposed by Senator Cayetano)

    12. General GARCIA and Other Military Men

    13. Billion Peso Poll Automation contract to(Mega Pacific) 

    (P1.3 Billion)

    14. Northrail Project($503 Million)

    15.  Maguindanao Results of 2007 Elections (ZUBIRI, BEDOL)

    16.  NAIA-3

    17.  Venable Contract (Norberto Gonzales)

    18.  Swine Scam (Exposed by? Atty. Harry Roque

    19. GLORIA Arroyo son hidden assets in united states

    20. EURO GENERAL’S

    21. CALAMITY FUND SCANDAL.

    22.  C-5 road controversy — Senator Manuel Villar

    23.P550-million worth of funds from the Overseas Workers’ 

    Welfare Administration (OWWA).

    24. P780-million LWUA funds-PROSPERO PICHAY

    25. BISHOPS’s SUV-Gloria Birthday gift

    26. Arroyo linked in P325M lotto intelligence fund

    27. Arroyo got P200M in kickbacks from govt projects-Zaldy 

    Ampatuan 

    28. P200.41 billion or $4.6 billion in Malampaya royalties 

    from 2002 to May this year.

    29.LACSON ACCUSED FG MIKE ARROYO OF SELLING 3  REFURBISHED 

    HELICOPTERS TO PNP AT P105 MILLION EACH

    30. 600,000 metric tons of Rotten rice imported from 

    India.Kishore Hemlani, an Indian trader allegedly close to 

    Arroyo, reportedly bagged the P9.5 billion contract for 

    the rice importation. 

    31. DATO ARROYO wife bought the condo unit for $570,000, 

         70-square-meter one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit (Unit 

    No. 533) at the luxury high-rise, full-service Gramercy 

    Towers located at 1177 California St. in upscale downtown 

    San 
    Francisco.

    32.- P50-million bribe to FG for the president’s veto of 

    two franchise bills

    33. The additional funding led to a 41-percent spike in  

    advertising expenses, from P76.129 million in 2008 to 

    P107.420 million in 2009, which went mostly to ads for 

    Arroyo’s achievements.

    34. The report said the PIA received from the Department 

    of Budget and Management a notice of cash allocations 

    amounting to P344.789 million, even though only P222.488 
    million was appropriated for it under the national budget.

    35.- Denial of pork barrel funds to Malacanang’s political 

     enemies

    36.- Praises for Jovito Palparan, alleged mastermind of 

    extra judicial killings of militants

    37.- Removal of govt bodyguards for former pres and Arroyo 

     critic, Cory Aquino

    38.- Appointment of manicurist as a member of the board of 

     Pag-Ibig

    39. Appointment of gardener as deputy of the Luneta Park  

    Administration.

    40. MIDNIGHT APPOINTMENT of an Arroyo,RENATO CORONA, as SC 

    Chief Justice

          200+ other illegal midnight appointments

    41.- MIKEY ARROYO’s undeclared properties in California

    42.- Pardon of controversial convicted criminals like 

    Ninoy’s murderers

    43.- EO 464; requiring Cabinet members to seek 

    presidential clearance before testifying in Congress 

    hearings

    44.- Promise (on Rizal Day) to not run for the presidency 

    in 2004

    45.- “Vote Buying” by giving away Philhealth cards

    46.- Taxpayers’ money for her giant billboards and and 

    PCSO tv campaign ads[/b]

    47- Appointment of Ben Abalos, a staunch GMA ally, as 

    COMELEC chair

    48.- Mikey Arroyo’s importation of 32 thoroughbred horses 

    from Australia worth P384 million.

    49.Former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo used 2 choppers 16 

    times, son Mikey 69

    50.PNoy: PAGCOR spent P1 BILLION on coffee

    51.Jose Miguel Arroyo owned helicopters’
    all Robinson R44 Raven Is with Series Nos. 1370 to 1374
    A total of $1,423,025 was paid to Lionair for the five 

    helicopters.

    52.Pagcor ‘pabaon’ to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: P345M

    53.The godmother’s ties to the Pinedas(Jueteng lord)

    54. Glorietta 2 and Batasan bombings

        The Glorietta 2 bombing happened during the height of 

    the bribery case which took place in Malacañang.

    55. Misuse of Balikatan funds Navy Lt. Nancy Gadian 

    revealed an alleged malversation of funds in 2007

    56. Solon: Charge Gloria Arroyo for taking P98-M from 

    PNoy’s social fund

    57. 50 MILLION PABAON GENERALS

        Former Armed Forces chiefs of staff Narciso Abaya, 

    Dionisio Santiago, Generoso Senga, Hermogenes Esperon, and 

    Alexander Yano,chiefs of staff – Angelo Reyes, Diomedio  

    Villanueva, and Roy Cimatu and MANY MORE..

    58.Colmenares: GMA had P488 billion in ‘pork.

    59. P1 BILLION down the drain in Arroyo-era jatropha 

    project—DOST chief 
    60.Fishers push plunder rap vs Arroyo in purchase of ice machines( overpriced at P455 million in 2009.)
    61.$225-million overprice of Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC), 
    62.Ongpin “front” for former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo in a P660-million loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)…
    63.sale of the old Iloilo airport for P1.2 billion to Megaworld Corp. in 2007

  • zugz

    Tama  Mr Honasan pero sana dinerotso mo na si abmoy . ilabas na nya yung “Clear Plan and Vision” at hindi yung puro dak dak lang.

  • reynaldo quijada

    Lacierda should have been more circumspect in divulging that information. What was his motive with that information  message and to whom is he directing it? If I were a Senator, I will surely be slighted with that improper announcement. It will even boomerang on PNoy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XMBNVCCLR4MQQEAT7PEFAGJRVE NestorC

    How about you Honasan? do you have a clear plan and vision for 2013?

  • zoom_lens

    ““[E]ven if he looks for a replacement for Corona now, that’s none of our business in the Senate,” Honasan said.. “He has tremendous prerogative.”…”

    Ey yun naman pala eh. Ano pang sinasatsat nito?

  • missaya

    NAKAKAHIYA … ANG ISANG SENADOR NALALABOAN PA KUNG SAAN PAPUNTA ANG BANSA… AFTER 18MONTHS WALA PA BANG DIREKSYON ????

  • BudzD

    i thought after taking oath as judges our senators are supposed to avoid issuing public statements related to the forthcoming impeachment trial?

    your honor? what the heck kind of honor in that sense if this very simple requirement of ethics they, like joker the other day and now honasan can’t observed?     

    just like cj corona himself when he tolerated himself to be at the level of politicians on the day of his rhetorical against the president? as a magistrate who is supposed to be deaf & mute (or unreachable for any comments) of any political or otherwise issues which will somehow could influence clues to the public on what their decisions will be? but it was actually no surprise for those who can recall that right after his appointment as chief justice he was all over the metropolitan radio & tv stations for interviews!

    so, how can you expect corona to be fair & impartial on his decisions to the pending petitions at the supreme court with something to do with his patron? isn’t it it is only appropriate for him to go on leave as chief justice if not resign –if indeed some delicadeza still resides in him?

    just the same for all the senators should be more circumspect in public statements such this one while the impeachment trial is not over. else they must know the option to inhibit from the trial for the sake of fair process & delicadeza too!

    lastly, sen honosan what’s your point in issuing this statement if at the end you’ll simply say the president has tremendous prerogative? i don’t expect it considering you as a top pmaer and former high ranking military officer.  but having said that, i hope too the president has indeed a clear plan unlike your proven multiple failed military adventurism!

  • rsanr

    Ang pulso nang bayan ay ang maski sino mang nakaupong presidente ngayon na para talaga sa magandang kapakanan nang sambayanang Pilipino ang pakay, at nagkataon namang si President Noynoy iyon, ay buong pusong susuportahan.

    At ganuon din ang mangyayari sa mga susunod na halalan na ang siguradong panalo ay yuong mga kandidato na ang tunay na layunin ay para sa kapakanan nang ating Inang Bayan, gising na ang sambayanang Pilipino!

    Mabuhay ang Bagong Pilipinas!   

  • nes0624

    Senator Honasan has matured into a statesman. I know he will answer the call to curb the excesses of Benigno Simeon Aquino

    • carlorocci

      Matured? Stateman?  pweee….

  • tristan mendoza

    “We are all praying that he has a clear plan and vision.”
    Call on Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Yaweh, and Vishnu to work together and endow the President with a semblance of a plan for the Philippines.
    Caught up with his megalomania and arrogance, he, to date, remains clueless as to how to run this country effectively and purposefully.
    For if he fails to find his way after this, the only recourse left will be to lay a wreath and light candles for the demise of this country.   

  • imnotstupid

    Mr. Honasan should understand that President Aquino aim is to rid the governemtn of corrupt people which i think was his objective also with his unsuccessful attempt to change the state of the governemnt once…Anything for the welfare of the country needs your help Sen. Honasan, so i hope you will have a clear conscience to help the President putting the people first than your party…

  • carlorocci

    Itong Senador na ito ang isa sa mgaa nagpahirap sa bayan noon siya ay nasa militar pa…Maski hanggang ngayon parin na nasa politika na siya pahirap pa rin sa bayan…….

    Mga walang silbi sa bayan…..Pare-pareho kayong mga politiko pang sariling interes lang ang nasa isip…Mga bwesit kayo….

  • maypakialamako

    e di ba clear plan at vision ni honasan noon na maghirap ang pilipinas?! kapal ng mukha ni honasan na kafederasyon din ni lacson!

  • Marcial Rizal

    Enrile-san,  Estrada-san , Hona-san.  You very rocky peepor you rob your country very much.
    This is how the Japanese ambassador will address our senators.

  • Paking

    “We have to do this as expeditiously as possible.” Wow! Para bang nagtra-trabaho talaga si Gringo. Kung expeditious umaksyon ang senado, bakit hanggang ngayon naghihirap tayo? Ang sabihin mo, expeditious ang pagkuha ninyo sa “Pork Barrel” at sasang-ayon ako sa ‘yo.

  • Marcial Rizal

    1971 Matatag

    Sen. Gregorio HonasanSen. Panfilo LacsonVice Adm. Ariston Delos Reyes
    – Vice Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, AFP; Vice Commander, PN;
    the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, J5, GHQ; and Chief of Naval Staff,
    Headquarters, PNDir. Victor Batac, PNP – Director of Logistics, PNPCol. Eduardo “Red” Kapunan, PAFAchiless A. AlmarioP/Dir. Gen. Edgardo Aglipay, PNP – PNP ChiefLt. Gen. Romeo Dominguez, CG NOLCOMM/Gen. Reynaldo Alcasid, CG 5IDCol. Jodi R olivares, pafC/Supt. Renato S. Paredes. PNP- Director TMG

    This Mistah graduated in 1971.   In September 1972 Martial Law was declared. 
    Where was this mistah then?    From 1972 to 1986  what  was he doing?   Where is he?
    Was he with  Ex defense sec. Enrile?  

  • dante76e

    PNOY IS NOT LOOKING FOR ANYBODY ELSE. PALABAS LANG. SI CARPIO OF SIGMA RHO FRATERNITY IS THE NEXT CHIEF JUSTICE! MORE POWER TO THE FIRM!

  • boywoodbridge

    I just hope senator honasan will rise and not succumb to pressure by this stupid president

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T6YOSLK74SEBOC3SNZE6NPPJWM ted

    did this flambouyant razzle dazzle ex military man gringo honasan has clear plan and vision when he repeatedly tried to overthrow the government of cory aquino who had solid support from the masses? what record can he speak of being a lawmaker,,, ask the antipolo residents how and when gringo acquired hundreds of hectares of land?

  • BatangSingapore

    matalinhaga ang binitawan salita ni Senator Honasan.  parang nakababa ang salawal ng Abnoy na Presidente na maaktuhan ng senador.

    :))

  • albert13

    the ultimate and most honorable sacrifice that honasan can offer to the country is to commit “harakiri”. 

  • Josef Paul

    Honasan, wala kang karapatang magsalita about vision and clear plan. Ikaw nga matapos mong pangakuan ang mga RAM-SFP members ng ginahawa ng buhay tinakbuhan mo na sila. Yung iba nagtaxi driver na lang sa TAI (Toyota Alabang Incorporated) at Hyatt Taxi na pag-aari ni Enrile. Wala ng maniniwala sayo. Kay Gloria nga na dati mong binabangga tumiklop ka at naging kaalyado mo na siya matapos nyang padilaan ang kanyang TINGEL. Nakakahiya ka!

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