Corona impeachment bid cost House of Representatives P5.8M


Chief Justice Renato Corona

The prosecution of Chief Justice Renato Corona in the Senate impeachment court for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution has cost the House of Representatives P5.8 million in litigation and other incidental expenses.

An Waray Representative Florencio Noel, chairman of the House committee on accounts, said that of the amount, P4,432,739 had been liquidated while P1.38 million still had to be accounted for.

The expenses were about P800,000 more than the P5 million earlier approved by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. Belmonte based the approved budget on the 2000 expenses incurred by the House during the impeachment trial of then President Joseph Estrada.

Noel said the Speaker had also allotted a P5-million budget for the prosecution of then impeached Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez who later opted to resign.

The party-list lawmaker said that half of the expenses during Corona’s trial was spent on food for members of the prosecution, their private counsels and staff, the House impeachment secretariat, media people and guests.

The rest were spent on office supplies, reimbursements for gas, and rental of equipment.

Noel said the budget for the Corona trial was justified since the hearings  ran for five months while the Estrada trial only lasted two months.

Noel said a final disbursement report would be released to the media after it shall have been submitted to the Speaker.

Noel expressed the hope that the amount and the time spent by the House to prosecute Corona would yield a good result, referring to the Chief Justice’s conviction.

“I hope it’s worth it,” he said.

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  • Concur_Dissent

    This amount rounds up to $26,000.00 per month.  This is therefore just a drop in a bucket considering general house cleaning for dirt and vermins in government… Hopefully tuition fee + experience din yan para kela cong tupas para matutung maigi kung pano mag impeach effectively….

    • KenKhoy

      /// qu ot e///Tupas, dad tried to fix graft case in Ombudsman, lawyer claimsBy Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN NewsPosted at 03/09/2011 10:35 PM | Updated as of 03/09/2011 10:35 PM

      MANILA, Philippines – House Committee on Justice chairman Niel Tupas Jr. tried to use the impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez to clear his father in a graft case, a lawyer claimed on Wednesday, twisting an earlier allegation made by the congressman.
      Atty. Salvador Panelo, spokesman of Gutierrez, said Tupas, his father former Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas Sr., and their relative met with Overall Deputy Ombudsman (ODO) Orlando Casimiro at the Office of the Ombudsman last June 16, 2010.
      Panelo said the visit took place weeks before the 2 impeachment complaints against Gutierrez were filed at the House justice committee. The first complaint was filed in July and the other one was filed in August.
      After the initial meeting, Panelo said a certain Atty. Joem Ruello from the office of the Iloilo congressman paid another visit at the Ombudsman last January 11, 2011.
      Panelo claimed that Tupas was probably asking for a favor in connection with the pending graft cases that his father is facing before the Office of the Ombudsman.
      When the favor was not granted, the impeachment proceedings pushed through, the lawyer added.
      “This goes to show na hindi totoong kami ang may vendetta. Sila ang nagpunta kay ODO Casimiro at nag-lobby. Evidence niya na pinag-usapan nga nila ‘yung impeachment ni Casimiro kundi salita lang niya. Hindi siya napagbigyan,” Panelo said.
      To prove his claim, Panelo presented to ABS-CBN News a logbook that shows the supposed visits.
      Tupas had claimed that Casimiro went to his office last September 2010, after the House justice committee declared that the impeachment complaints are sufficient in substance and in form.
      The congressman said Casimiro offered to dismiss the former governor’s graft case if he would “go slow” on the impeachment proceedings against Gutierrez.
      Tupas said the visit was witnessed by his staff at the House of Representatives.
      Panelo, meanwhile, questioned the vote on probable cause made Tuesday by the House justice committee.
      He was surprised when the committee found probable cause against the complaints when 4 of those complaints were included in the 1st impeachment complaint that was dismissed in the 14th Congress.
      “Four of them were also the grounds used in the impeachment complaint filed during the 14th Congress. Ito iyong Euro generals, Mega Pacific, fertilizer fund scam and NBN-ZTE deal. How did they find probable cause now when noon bumoto sila na walang probable cause. Pulitika lang talaga ito,” Panelo added.
      He believes that President Benigno Aquino III’s marching orders to his partymates influenced the outcome of the voting on Tuesday.
      He said the same order may also influence the plenary voting, but he doubts if they will have an overwhelming majority vote. 
      He revealed that based on his conversations with Liberal Party (LP) congressmen, a lot of them are not in favor of impeaching the Ombudsman.
      “Sabi ng kaibigan ko, it was a fellowship lunch, napag-usapan lang ‘yun impeachment then may nakarinig na marami sa kanila ang in favor of the Ombudsman, bigla tuloy silang binigyan ng trabaho sa plenary,” Panelo said.
      He said that some of the LP congressmen are planning not to participate in the plenary voting. 
      “Yung iba sa kanila na may prinsipyo, nagbabalak na hindi nalang sumipot sa plenary. Sick call na lang daw sila. Let’s see,” Panelo said.
      Even if not all LP congressmen will vote in favor of the impeachment, there is still a big possibility the 94 votes would be delivered.
      Panelo claimed that this is because 117 congressmen, who have pending cases with the Ombudsman, stand to benefit if Gutierrez is impeached

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      • EfimacoVelasquez

        Nakaka-lungkot isipin na, ang CORRUPTION ay di pa rin maalis-alis sa atin lipunan dahil sa mga ito. Sila mismo ang sumisira sa sistema na dapat ay nasa “MATUWID NA DAAN” na …. tsk tsk tsk … Kawawang Juan …

  • Joey

    5.8 M pesos is nothing compared to the more than 80 M pesos corona acquired as ill-gotten wealth and then failed to declare honestly in his SALN

  • JJF724

    We need to spend more and tried all corrupt officials…  Billions is going to be saved.  And most of all, Services will improve!  But most of all SC justices that is unfair should go…  We have to do something about it…  we’re being oppress by our own judges.

  • simon

    it is better to spend money rather than to have a fake CJ who knows only one thing,,, to protect GMA at all cost.

  • tarikan

    It costs P5.8M for the House of Reps. to pursue the Corona impeachment? Pabayaran kay Corona once he is convicted barya lang sa kanya yan haha.

  • EfimacoVelasquez

    Ha ! Pati ba naman pagkain nyo eh kinuha nyo pa sa “KABAN NG BAYAN” …. kung sa sarili nyong pera kukunin yan eh siguradong baka di kayo maka P100,000 man lang …. Yan ang hirap sa inyo, porke’t di nyo pera todo gastos kyo …… antayin ko ang kopya i-audit ko, pagbutihin nyo ang pagdoktor ha ….

    • Guest

      Pati ba naman pagkain nyo eh kinuha nyo pa sa “KABAN NG BAYAN”
      Oo nga, pati yung suweldo nila at lahat ng operating expenses ng gobiyerno bat naman sa kaban ng bayan kinukuha? Di ba dapat personal yan?

  • Karabkatab

    5.8 million pesos, Congress expenses pa lang yan.  Idadag mo pa ang expenses ng Senado at ng Supreme Court.  Sadyang magastos talaga ang pag uusig at paghahanap ng katotohanan.  Dapat, hindi mauwi sa wala itong impeachment exercise na ito. Sana magpahayag din ang Senado at SC sa kanilang mga gastosin. (Yung bullet proof sub-urban ni CJ at Php 12/day, for 60   days now amounts to PhP 720k, plus other expenses…)

  • GlenMJacob

    Yes, Democracy is expensive, slow, messy…. but it is still the best form of government.

    “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”
    – John F. Kennedy.

  • Austin

    Talagang Ganyan magasto,, pero mas magastos kung maraming corrupt sa bayan.

  • gardy_versozi

    rental of equipment? media people and guests?

  • kilabot

    and what do they have to show for it? nothing! defective case. waste of people’s time and money. belmonte and congs, just sign waiver and people will decide what to do with you. pronto!

  • Steve

    ang laki nyang 5.8M na nagastos. parang napakahirap hanapin ng katarungan at katotohanan dito sa atin. sa mga inilatag na ebidensya, sana naman maging matalino ang senado…para naman di sayang ang lahat ng ito. Convict CORONA!

  • GlenMJacob

    I believe the Filipino people have learned many things from this case. I’ll mention some of them.

    1. That the government is serious in its campain to get rid of corruption. Let’s start with the “hoodloms in robes”, then will go to the next….. your choice but, the people need to sustain the effort by electing the right politicians this coming election and the next President and the Politicians after that.

    2. The people have learned there is hope to Democracy in the Philippines. – rather than just “people power”, things can be done thru the process as stated in the constitution. The people will have more confidence in the constitution.

    3. The people now knows the process how to complain and how powerfull is the Ombudsman.

    4. The case shows the Philippines is maturing politically.

    5. This also open the peoples mind on how bad some of our laws are and therefore, needs amendments likewise, create laws to strengthen transparency in the government.

    • Wadav

      basta pag may nakita tau na kawatan ng bayan..dapat isumbong kaagad s OMB pra di pamarisan ng iba.. it’s about time to get rid of these pests in our midst… sobra n tong mga to.. tau kayod ng kayod ng marangal cla nagpapasarap s pera ng bayan!!

  • Benedicto

    We need to know the 189 politicians to wave and open their banks accounts too.   for transparency as they claimed ….. 


    PABAYARAN lahat yan kay CORONA CORAQUOT matapos konpiskahin ang lahat ng ninakaw nya sa kaban ng bayan, pati lahat ng kinita nya sa lagay dahil sa pwesto nya (wala akong binabanggit na Webb, ha), bago ipinid sa kulungan ng mga LAWLESS.


    COMPARATIVELY, mas may utaque si Merci dahil nag-resign siya kaagad sa natitiyak nyang GUILTY verdict.  Si Boy Faura, kahit tutukan ng 9MM sa sentido, di pa rin bibigay dahil ilang pang daang milyon, kundi bilyon, ang kikitain nya sa paggamit ng pwesto nya.  Sayang nga din naman ang opportunity.

  • Pepe Alas

    Sana sa mğa mahihirap na lang napuntá  yung millones na yan.

  • Conching

    lacson for acquital… dahil sa dacier kurbeto case… breda for acquital din dahil brain damage eh! 

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