Congress asks SC to junk Corona petition to stop impeach trial


MANILA, Philippines – Congress has asked the Supreme Court to junk the petition of Chief Justice Renato Corona seeking to stop the impeachment proceeding against him and the presentation of evidence pertaining to his bank deposits, according to a statement issued by the Prosecution.

The Senate and the House of Representatives said they filed their comments “without submitting themselves to the jurisdiction of the Honorable Supreme Court and without conceding the constitutional and exclusive power of the House to initiate all cases of impeachment and of Senate to try and decide all cases of impeachment,” it said.

The two houses of Congress also moved for the dismissal of six other petitions questioning the constitutionality of the Articles of Impeachment, as well as the petition of Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) to enjoin the Senate from compelling its representative to testify and to bring documents related to the chief magistrate’s foreign currency accounts.

The prosecution said that the petitions filed against them were “purely political in character which may be decided or resolved only by the Senate and the House.”

Both chambers, which was represented by the Office of the Solicitor General, said in their consolidated comments that the impeachment process was not considered in the Constitution of 1987 as subject to judicial review, according to the prosecution.

The prosecution cited two cases– Francisco v. The House of Representatives and Guttierez v. The House of Representatives – that were lodged before the Supreme Court, saying, “Despite its expanded certiorari jurisdiction, it cannot take cognizance of purely political questions.”

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  • actnow

    Purely political questions were stricken out by the framers of the 1987 Const. to avoid any of abuse of powers by the executive and giving such expanded review to SC. However, the framers did not foresee that certain Corona will arise and made this expanded his secret weapon for it gives him to become the untouchable( Bernas will testify for that) Therefore, just like in 1986, we have had the revoutionary governmetn to change to 1973, then we will have the const. ammendent or referendum/plebiscite to modify this expanded review powers but for now Corona is acting like Marcos, abosulute power is upon his hands and pure political questions is out of issue. Corona will use this power to his advantage.

  • tata_boy

    With all the shortcomings ng prosecution, saludo pa rin ako sa kanila. they did an excellent job to bring out the truth about Corona’s SALN. Corona lied on his SALN. Sobra ang laki ng halaga ng mga ari-arian ng mga Corona na hindi nakasaad sa SALN. As of 12/31/2010, Corona has more or less 31 million pesos in PSBank and BPI which is not in the SALN. Ngayon, may lumutang na almost 37 million pesos na nasa pag-aari ni Corona since 2001 na di nakasaad sa SALN dahil it is in a liquid form. Ilalagay sa time deposit account ngunit the money is withdrawn before the year-end. Alam ni Corona kung paano lalaruin ang batas at ang zero balance na mga accounts ni Corona ang magpapatunay nito. Ipaubaya na lang natin kay Ms Kim Henares ang lahat at hayaan nating ipaliwanag ng mga Corona ang source of income nila. Malaki ang tiwala ko kay Ms Kim Henares, justice will be served thru her. Wala tayong maasahan sa senado, supreme court at sa mga inutil na taong pilit na ipinagtatanggol ang isang gahaman, walanghiya, tulisan at kawatan. Juan dela Cruz, tama sana ang paniwala ko na naka-blindfold si lady justice. Panahon na para baguhin ang FCDA at bank secrecy law para di ito maging kalasag ng mga walanghiya. Kailangan mabusisi ang $$$ accounts ng mga walanghiya, tulisan at kawatan. I am looking beyond the impeachment case, I am talking about the tax evasion at graft and corruption na haharapin ni Corona pag sina Ms Kim Henares na at si Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales ang pag-uusapan.

  • Lucky Luciano

    Corona petition to stop impeach trial? Wow, that’s like Elvis refusing to play the guitar!

    What happened to his “IN DUE TIME”?

    The withdrawal of the 5 articles ruined defense team’s time frame to cover up, I mean to prepare the evidences.

  • quirinomayer

    The loyalists of Corona and Gloria are scoffing that there are only a few groups and individuals who would respond to call for People Power in the event Corona is acquitted. They point with glee to the lean crowd during the 26th EDSA anniversary celebration. But let the Supreme Court issue a TRO against the impeachment trial specially now that the time for Corona to explain all the discrepancies in his SALN and his actual bank deposits has come and for sure, the blood pressure of many Filipinos will shoot up like the blood pressure of Miriam every she sees or hears the prosecution.  I have not been to EDSA 1 nor EDSA 2 due to the distance from my province but I will get myself counted at Taft the moment the Supreme Court makes the supreme error of brazenly protecting the guilty Corona.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Engineer Cuevas to the most honorable court…….this pleading is irrelevant, immaterial and out of order!

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