Speech of Senator Vicente Sotto III explaining his verdict on Chief Justice Renato Corona, May 29, 2012

Speech of Senator Vicente Sotto III:
Explaining his verdict on Chief Justice Renato Corona

[Delivered on May 29, 2012]

Mr. President, Article II of the Articles of Impeachment states that respondent committed culpable violation of the Constitution and/or betrayed the public trust when he failed to disclose to the public his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.

I have come across Supreme Court decisions whereby lower court judges have been dismissed and deprived of all their benefits for simple infractions of law or mis-steps injudicial conduct.

Question: Should the same strict measures ought to be applied to the members of the Supreme Court? The answer depends on who you ask. So, I put that aside. Let us put that aside.

After 43 days, this trial has been heard by the people. The Constitution mandates that the Senate try impeachment cases. Ang taumbayan ay naghahalal ng mga senador mula sa iba’t-ibang propesyon at estado ng lipunan upang sila ay katawanin at bumigkas ng kanilang saloobin.

Ang tunay na hukom sa paglilitis na ito ay ang taumbayan. Nadinig nila ang dalawang panig. Tulad namin, hindi lahat sila abogado. Ngunit ang kapangyarihan ng demokrasya ay nasa kanilang mga kamay.

In my conscience, Mr. President, I have heard their decision. And for them, I vote guilty.