Integrated Bar of the Philippines to issue daily updates on impeachment trial


MANILA, Philippines—A team of volunteer lawyers will issue daily updates at the end of each hearing during the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, according to Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) president Roan Libarios.

The team will be led by Beatrix Rose Angeles, Patricia Ann Progalidad and former Sandiganbayan Justice Raoul Victorino, Libarios told reporters on Friday. He said four other IBP members would join the team.

The daily updates are part of the IBP’s Impeachment Watch, which is for the benefit of the group’s members and which “aims to monitor and coordinate the proceedings of the impeachment to monitor their effect on the judicial system.”

Libarios said the team would also brief the public, through the media, on the proceedings.

“This is an initiative of the IBP to help make the trial at the Senate fair. We will send people to observe [whether] the proceedings are in accordance with fair play and the rules. Our focus will be the fairness of the process at the Senate,” he said, adding:

“We want to inform the public what’s happening … We want a fair and credible trial. What we want is a credible outcome.”

The IBP earlier assailed the House of Representatives for impeaching Corona. It said the articles of impeachment were hurriedly adopted, with the lawmakers not given enough time to study the complaints against the Chief Justice.

Libarios said the IBP adopted its “initial stand” on Corona’s impeachment “as part of its job as advocate of the rule of law.”

“When we saw what happened at the House, we just pointed out the defects,” he said.

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  • justbethankfull


  • cutie boy

    kaysa naman sa updates na ibibigay ng channel 2 at inquirer….. mga bayaran ni pnoy……

  • Jim De Garman

    IBP updates…thanks but no thanks..a disgrace lawyers and supporters of corona..we have all the means to get updates from other sources.

  • 1mainstream2

    IBP has no credibility. who cares about their press releases.

  • barako22

    nakakatulong ba sa pagsugpo ng corruption ang daily update ng IBP?

  • Hfxwst

    I would prefer updates by a professional unbiased non catholic journalist rather than lawyers.

  • JonTalbein

    How can IBP say that they are not bias when they followed Midas Marquez call for a “court holiday” in support of CJ corona? Hindi pa nga nasimulan ang trial, wala pang evidence na pinakita at that time nagdeclare na agad kayo ng support. 

    Akala ko ba ang isang judge ay dapat “impartial” sa isang kaso?

    They violated the very principles they are trying to protect, the symbol of lady justice herself. 

    So in my opinion the current IBP is a joke, and by throwing their support they lost their credibility. For IBP lady justice is not blindfolded anymore bagkus dilat pa yung dalawang mata.

    Hindi na sila objective bagkus subjective na sila

  • indiosbravos2002

    Obviously, IBP will just publish their own pro Corona version of the trial. What gives?

    • Alfonso D

      There’s no harm in publishing pro Corona version as long as there is no malice attached to it and it is the truth not half truth. Unlike the prosecutors who are crying foul about SALN only to find out that they themselves are guilty of the same crime. Giving the public disinformation regarding 45 Corona owned properties which Corona readily agreed to give it to them for free if they can prove their allegation. What does that tell you? It only means their allegations were just purely for demolition purposes. Unfortunately a lot of people fall with that kind of trick. One senator even declared he will base his decision on popularity vote not on the merits of the evidence. this not a fight between Nora and Vilma.

  • summum

    There is still few people left with sanity and that is the IBP… 

  • Tabatsoy

    I think this daily update is self-serving.  They have already declared their bias in favor of Corona right from the start as pronounced by Libarios. 

    Well, as they intend, this daily update is to “monitor the effect on the judicial system for the benefit of their members”, and therefore it is not for the public.

    However, the public will watch whether it will be fair in presenting both sides, although I already have my reservation that it will be a slant towards Corona.  I hope I am wrong.

  • Jose Camano

    A corrupt IBP trying to protect another corrupt institution, the SCORP. 

  • Jose Camano

    IBP’s  translation of “fair trial” is “acquittal.”

    Prosecution’s translation of “fair trial” is “conviction.

    See, there is not meeting of the minds there!

  • asarin

    A fair ‘pro-Corona’ daily impeachment report? Yeah, we are a gullible mass that you can just fool! But no, thank you! Just feed each other with your rotten reporting! We just don’t need you to interpret, analyze or condense anything for us! We know how you will attempt to manipulate our thinking. 

  • clarencelinares


  • laguar

    This should raise the hackles of  De Quiros who abominates lawyers and the law.

  • Jonald

    The statistics are there for all to see.  NEDA from its website provides the quarterly and full year GDP figures from the 80’s up to 2011.  The GDP numbers from 2001 to 2010 were to my surprised strong.  Most impressive was the GDP numbers from 2006 to 2010 at 5.4, 7.2, 1.1 and 7.6 respectively.  The 1.1 being recorded in 2009 right after the Global Financial Crisis in 2008.   So right now the 9-month GDP number is running at 3.6% and if this number fall below 4%, the FY GDP for 2011 would be the slowest since 2001 where the PHL GDP was recorded at 3.2%.  Note that 2001 was when Erap was ousted.  So based on performance, Noynoy is about to achieve the worst economic performance of the PHL in over a decade

  • boyjolog

    The IBP was surprised at the speed of the impeachment complaint,yet they were mum at the haste of the issuance of the TRO for GMA!The SC did not even bother to hear first the argument of its co equal branch in government.

  • Benjamin

    walang maniniwala sainyo,,,babaluktutin lang ninyo ang batas sa sarile ninyong interpretasyon,,,manonood na lang ang mga mamamayan ,,,hinde tanga ang mga pilipino para maniwala sa mga paliwanag nyong mga abogadong alipores ni corona,,,may sarile kaming  pang-unawa ,,kung ano ang makikita namin yun ang paniniwalaan namin,,,,

  • Rightthingtodo

    Libarios et al do not be too presumptuous about yourselves…the ordinary Juan dela Cruz knows what is right and wrong…and I bet, his  standard of justice and fairness is better and higher than yours and many of us. Why? Because he is not corrupt.  Let the people decide for themselves what is right and wrong.  They do not need presumptuous lawyers especially those who have the propensity to engage in double talk just to justify their position.  And sad to accept, but many lawyers are just like that.

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