Aquino: Corona verdict will be exclamation point of anticorruption drive


President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III believes the verdict of the Senate impeachment court on Chief Justice Renato Corona will be the “exclamation point” in his anticorruption reforms.

“It’s not Corona per se. It’s the whole system. If he gets acquitted, it’s a license I think for everybody to continue what they have been doing,” Mr. Aquino said.

Even so, he expressed optimism that the prosecution had a strong case to get a conviction from the senator-judges.

“Our premise is that our society is being damaged by abuses in the judiciary. The damage will continue as long as we continue to hold back on reforms,” the President said Monday night in an interview at the wake of Philippine Daily Inquirer publisher Isagani Yambot.

He said the paltry conviction rate of 14 percent and the six-year average time to adjudicate cases were among the ills plaguing the judiciary.

He cited two high-profile cases in which influential groups used the courts to bend the rules in their favor—that of Banco Filipino (which is demanding P25 billion in fresh infusion of funds from the central bank), and the one of Meridian Gaming, whose franchise to operate a jai-alai in the Cagayan province ecozone is under litigation.

“If you are able to (impeach) the Chief Justice, it sends the message to the rest of the judiciary that it’s not business as usual. That’s the ultimate objective. So if you prolong it, business remains as usual,” the President said.

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  • Mark

    Hoy gagong NoyNoy Aquino!

    May pa exclamation point ka pa diyan!

    Linisin mo muna sariling bakuran mo, tarantad0!

    Sinungaling kang, kulang kulang ka!

    Kinakanlung mo nga ang PacCor chairman.

    Tapos harap harapan kang nagsisinugaling sa taong bayan!

    Ang kapal mo talaga!

    Saan mo ba ito natutunan, sa nanay mong walang hiya din?

    • Jose

      Mark, Ang corruption ay lantarang pambabastos sa mga mamamayang Pilipino at ang pagmamagaling pa pag nahuli sa akto ay pagtataas ng middle finger sa madla na para bang sinasabing h*ndot ka.  Ang pag suporta sa kanila ay isa ring pambabastos, no wonder ang mga katulad mo ay talagang literally bastos din.

    • acaldejr

      I am just wondering how your parents brought you up!  Or ganyan din magsalita ang nanay at tatay mo?  You are pathetic!

      • manual47


    • Hey_Dudes

       PDI forum format just came on line and this resident Pnoy basher  just could not wait doing what he does best – exposing his brains full of wax.

  • unokritiko

    I admire administration path for reforms as in tuwid na daan ha hahantung sa walang patutunguhan!!!
    But I rather see this cohorts of this administration particularly malacanang boys to
    start and put more weight on economic reforms. Give people some jobs thru self sustainable

  • Xwcd Cxw

    talaga lang, ah! eh si naguiat, bakit pino-protektahan mo pa? 

    susuporatahan namin ang pagpapatanggal mo kay CJ kung kaya mong linisin ang bakuran mo. 

  • t c

    Ab-noynoy still doesn’t get it.  He don’t have a right to make this kind of comment because the trial is not over yet and no verdict was given yet.  And the truth to what he is saying is He (Ab-Noynoy) is the epitome of abuse in Government.  No President before him have abused the power of the Presidency the way he does.  He convicts people he perceived to be bad and cuddles people with blood on their hands like Trillanes, Lacson, Honasan, the NPA’s, Satur Ocampo, Joma Sison et al, who all have killed innocent people in pursuit of their own personal advancement.  The exclamation point will be your downfall Ab-Noynoy.

    • manual47

      There’s no logic to your comment…friend.  Think of Marcos if you’re saying there’s no president have abused the office of the president.  And of course, the Arroyos.  And those senators and people you mentioned, who do you think put them there in their positions.  The electoral……  But it does not mean they will use their power to abuse their positions.  They were put there to benefits the country and the filipinos and not themselves.  A good example of abuse of power is Corona.  I am not pre-judging Corona.  However, it was quite obvious how Corona was put on his position as C.J. by the former president.  It was to benefit the Arroyos…..don’t you think.   I have no parties affiliations and I am just giving  my opinion as I see and analyze it……. Yourself, you’re pre-judging Aquino yet you have not seeing the result of what he’s trying to accomplish..

      • belairskycrapper

        …. problem with filipinos they refused to see and digest the country,s foremost problems what triggered the most …. poverty and corruption …. decrease your
        children bearing and eliminate if not eradicate one at time corruption both in public and private sector, i suppossed the sunshine will be out of the horizon in a heartbeat. no any ill- feeling to any past or present govenrment high officials that has once run the phillipine admin, but pretty obvious, aquino is on the right
        track with the RH bill and to remove all termites to work out for a better philippines and no to toilet cleaner of the world … 

  • Xwcd Cxw

    naks naman ang PDI, parang may HALO si Pnoy sa Pic. 

    • Mark


      Parang may “halo” nga si ABnoy sa itaas na photo.

      Feeling Pedro Calungsod na rin ang hayop!

      Dati, feeling gwapo lang.

      Ngayon, feeling santo pa ang demonyo!

    • jimiji

      kaya lang tatlong halo na iba-iba ang direksyon. ano kayang ibig sabihin nito :-)

  • pave25

    So the argument is this:

    Our judiciary has a big problem of slow adjudication of cases because of 6 year backlog.

    Impeach Corona…

    This will solve the judicary problem

    Can someone explain this to me?  Please connect the dots..

  • Mark


    Parang may “halo” nga si ABnoy sa itaas na photo.

    Feeling Pedro Calungsod na rin ang hayop!

    Dati, feeling gwapo lang.

    Ngayon, feeling santo na rin ang demonyo!

    • rosamistika16

      iniisip ko kung ano ang relasyon mo kay PNoy at sobra ang galit mo…

      a. ikaw mismo c corona
      b. ikaw c FG
      c. ikaw c GMA
      d. ikaw ay anak o asawa ni corona
      e. ikaw ay anak ni dating FG/GMA
      f. ikaw ay isang numero ring korap na malapit na ring isunod ni PNoy sa kanyang anti-corruption campaign.
      g. ikaw ay taong hindi pinagbigyan ni PNoy sa iyong personal na kahilingan.

      be discreet naman!

      • VNTuko

        Tama ka!

  • Michael Corpuz

    AQUINO: Corona verdict will be exclamation point of my DICTATORIAL GOVERNMENT!

    Noynoy, you are in for a rude awakening! Corona will be acquitted! Kiss your Hacienda Luisita goodbye!!

  • Alajero

    …it’s useless to comment…re Mr. Aquino’s comment….because it sounds more like a recording…same old…same old…
    …he seems to connect everything to “reform”…. PSG …reform….typhoon sendong….reform…earthquake victims….reform….aurora quezon…reform….Corona …reform….
    …so simple…just label everything….REFORM…

  • mijacogeo

    sawsaw na naman.
    Hindi na ba napapagod ang Presidenteng ito sa kakasawsaw niya?
    Even if they remove Corona from office based on the strongest allegation which is Article 2, it will be based on illegally obtained evidence. Convicting people on the allegations and on the court of the streets is one thing, getting a conviction in a “judicial” court is another.
    Moreover, regardless of the conviction, the economy which is the President’s main concern is performing marginally, Increase in employment is insignificant. The increase in cost of energy is posed to negate what minimal gains we have had in the recent past. Hunger among the marginalized has not significantly reduced. How does the removal of the Chief Justice equate with the termination of Hunger?
    Personally, I wish the President start acting more “presidential.” Sino ba ang bumubulong sa tenga ng Presidente–si Kris?
    Kung matanggal man si Corona, what next? The rest of the GMA appointees? Iisaisahan ba ang mga justices? And after he gets ALL of the Supreme Court, who’s going to be next? The Senate?

  • kawawang_bansa

    ang comment ko na lang….mabuti binalik ang disqus…OT, pasensya na…

  • esjnapigkit

    “Our premise is that our society is being damaged by abuses in the
    judiciary. The damage will continue as long as we continue to hold back
    on reforms.”

    That is your premise Mr. President, but many thinks that it’s all about hacienda Luisita, first you failed to get a reversal and the Supreme Court finally decided to award the land to the farmer beneficiaries and pay HLI 120M.

    Now it will take a new set of Justices to reverse that decision and while you are waiting to do that, what you want now is the implementation of the opinion of AJ Sereno to pay HLI 10B of the taxpayers money!

    Mr. President, please do not insult the intelligence of the Filipino people!

    • VNTuko

      hahaha… nonsense

  • Bert

    I think this title has been more apt: Corona verdict will be exclamation point of HACIENDA LUISITA drive

  • oracle888

    The conviction of CJ Corona shall be a milestone for President Aquino and his Administration’s anti-corruption movement.

    The Senate-judges of the Impeachment Court should decide it carefully whether they want to stand by the right side of the modern Filipino history, or be left in the wrong side with guilt for the rest of their life.

    • jimiji

      who decides on what is wrong and what is right? what may be wrong to you is right to others and what may be right to you is wrong to others. let’s respect whatever the decision of the impeachment court will be. they have their own opinions and ideas on the matter. and whatever decision that comes out it’s because of the people who voted them into this position. let’s learn from the previous impeachment. the popular notion that time was that the senators, as well as others, who were for estrada were on the wrong side. but were they really? 

  • jimiji

    take care of the periods and commas first before you concentrate on the exclamation point. there is no such a drive as anticorruption here in this administration. what they have are anticorona and antigma drives.

    • mikerocky


  • RomyMacalintal

    Heil Pnoy!

  • mikerocky

    Boom ya! Let the Chief Justice receive what he deserves!

  • James T.

    Title should be read as:


    …………….I see what you did there. :)

  • filipinosense

    Ano ba yan Mr. President, statements are so illogical. You want to use Corona’s impeachment to set an example but what if he’s not guilty? Dapat wala ng asahan na pagbabago?

    Please stop using people as pawns, you’ve always had a flavor of the month or of the year – mga taong sisihin mo at babatikusin mo para hindi mapag-usapan ang mga pagkukulang at kamalian mo.
    You’re saying that it’s not Corona per se but that statement is contrary to your actions.  

  • walaKA

    The problem with some senator-judges, they are afraid of loosing the “block-voting” capability of INC which has been lobbying to assure of CJ’s acquittal. It is not about principle anymore for these guys..Purely FEAR.

  • kulkat8

    It is a ground for an appeal if the senator judges will convict Corona based on those  illegally obtained evidences.  And where will   the defense file the appeal,the SC?  It is gonna be more fun in PH. 

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