Prosecution claims Corona voted in favor of Arroyo in 80% of cases



MANILA, Philippines—Chief Justice Renato Corona has allegedly voted in favor of former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in more than 80 percent of cases filed against her in court, a member of the prosecution team claimed on Thursday.

On Day 23 of the impeachment trial of Corona, Northern Samar Representative Raul Daza, a member of the prosecution team, told the Senate that Corona voted in favor of Arroyo in more than 80 percent of 31 cases filed against her.

“Doon po sa aming kaalaman, sa research na ginawa ng aming pangkat ay lumalabas po na may menos mga 31 (Based on our research, it appears that there are 31 (cases filed against Arroyo),” Daza said, responding to queries of Senate Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada.

“At ang percentage kung hindi po ako nagkakamali ay pumapabor po ng mahigit 80 percent, ang individual vote ng Chief Justice (And the percentage, if I am not mistaken, was that more than 80 percent was the individual vote of the Chief Justice),” he said.

This alleged “partiality and subservience in cases involving the Arroyo administration from the time he (Corona) was appointed as associate justice to the time of his midnight appointment as Chief Justice’ was contained under Article 1 of the impeachment complaint filed against the Chief Justice.

But Daza said the prosecution team has yet to discuss whether or not to present Article 1 before the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court.

So far, the prosecutors have presented Article 2, 3 and 7 of eight articles in the complaint.

“Pag-uusapan pa po namin yan. Wala pa po kaming kapasiyahan tungkol sa bagay na iyan (We will talk about that. We don’t have a decision yet on that matter),” he said.

Estrada wondered why the prosecution had to separate Article 1 from Article 7 when both were identical.

Article 7 of the complaint also accused Corona of “partiality” in granting a temporary retraining order in favor of Arroyo and her husband, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo “in order to give them an opportunity to escape prosecution…”

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  • sigena

    gusto kasi ni abnoy in favor sa kanya si corona 100%

  • Judas

    OWS!!!! 31 cases you are very f O O Lish…baka wala pa sa sampu….45 nga eh na properties di nyo napatunayan….its very exagerated itong mga prosecution  to impress us their
     F O O Lisness…kahit na 31 ang pinaburan ni chief Justice only 1 vote for him so where is that impartiality…kayo mga Prosecution magpakita kayo ng MABIGAT NA EBIDENSYA TO CONVINCE not only the SENATE JUGDE kc cguradong may impartiality na jan… pupusta aq … article II.  9 – 14 ang vote in favor of CHIEF JUSTICE..article III. 5 – 18 ang vote in favor of CHIEF JUSTICE article VII. 4 – 19 in favor of CHIEF JUSTICE…
    Article II ..9 who voted yes. status: the big amount of money in the bank..
    ANGARA impartial
    CAYETANO C. impartial
    DRILLON impartial
    TRILLANES impartial
    LACSON gumaganti lang
    LAPID no comment basta bumoto lang
    OSMENA impartial

     Article III. 5 who voted yes. status. galit sila kay CGMA
    ANGARA impartial
    CAYETANO P. impartial
    DRILLON impartial
    TRILLANES impartial
    OSMENA impartial

    Article VII.  who voted yes..gustong mabigyan ng 100 MILLION in their pocket
    ANGARA impartial
    DRILLON impartial
    OSMENA impartial
    TRILLANES impartial

    thats may impression about the impeachment trial…

  • Mark

    Dapat kasi, 100% in favor kay NoyNoy.

    Ayan tuloy, na impeach.

  • Brando

    What do you want the CJ to do? To vote in favor of you all the time… 100%? And you want Carpio and Sereno to remain voting in favor of you all the time…100%?

    Ambot sa inyo a! Naboang na kamo!

  • pnoygoingdownthedrain

    80% today, it was 100% last December!!!

    This will be like the prosecution’s list of properties: from 45 to 8 (5 units plus 3 parking spaces!!!)

    In another study by an independent group, it was far less than 40%!!!

    Prosecution like to get kill by the Senators and Cuevas… Tupas’ bunch are liars and buffoons!

  • dipakosigurado

    Dalhin nyo sa court si Sereno…para dito siya magsalita…hindi sa Malacanang…this I would like to see! She will surely destroy herself if she does…if she doesn’t then that’s a tacit admission that all she said were unfounded…true to her mind maybe…because it’s her perceptions, only!

  • EdgarEdgar

    Slowly but surely, the prosecution is losing its case. Not even the yellow senators can do anything to prevent it from happening. 

  • Edwin

    even that is 100% in favor of GMA ay hindi siya ang may hawak ng desisyon ng kalahatan..

  • pepengkabayo

    Prosecution claims Corona voted in favor of Arroyo in 80% of cases….

    Kaso na pala pag 80% vote in favor of Arroyo.
    Dalawa lang naman yan eh…True or False. If I favor GMA, that is Freedom of Choice.
    Granting for the sake of argument na 80% in favor of GMA, hindi naman ibig sabihin panalo yong 80% na kaso, siyempre ang majority ang nanalo.
    Bumababa na ang kalidad ng mga abogado lalo na ang prosecution. At itong si Daza, tumanda ng paurong.

    On the other hand, if Corona voted 80% of Arroyo’s case, where is she now.
    Si GMA ang fruit of the crime, Hayon, parang IBONG NASA HAWLA HINDI MAKALIPAD.
    RES IPSA LOQUITOR….let the thing speaks for itself and decide,

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