Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Impeachment and Warrant of Arrest

Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona


Impeachment is a formal process in which an appointed or elected government official is accused of unlawful activity with the purpose of removing such official from his/her post and imposing other punishment.

The impeachment of former President Joseph E. Estrada was one of the most popular impeachment proceedings in Philippine history. Although the process was not completed, he was removed from office through EDSA People's Power Revolution and was in detention until he was pardoned by his predecessor, former President-in-Question Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Now, the ball is rolling on the midnight appointee and Arroyo's protege Chief Justice Renato Corona. During the administration coalition caucus held at the EDSA Shangrila Hotel in Mandaluyong City today, President Noynoy Aquino said that CJ Corona had "hampered several moves of his administration to reform the government and fulfill its promise to the people to hold accountable those who have erred during the past administration." PNoy mentioned the dumping of the Truth Commission by CJ Corona which was the President's first Executive Order. He also recalled the issuance of Corona's status quo ante order, banning the House of the Representative to continue the process of impeaching former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

It was also note taking that the public dismay of PNoy of CJ Corona was first aired during the justice summit last Monday, December 5, 2011. In this conference, PNoy humiliated Chief Justice Corona by citing his midnight appointment by then PGMA and his infamous decisions on Malacanang moves on reforms.

As in the lodging of electoral sabotage case against PGMA and the subsequent issuance of warrant of arrest to the former lady leader, the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona yesterday at the House was swift. It only took less than 45 minutes to get the signatures of 188 representatives, more than the required 1/3 of what was needed to proceed the impeachment to the Senate. Today, December 13, 2011, the impeachment complaint was handed over to the Senate.

Ex-Comelec Chief Benjamin Abalos

Also on this day, the anticipated warrant of arrest of former Comelec chairman Benjamin Abalos was issued by the Pasay Regional Trial Court , five days after an electoral sabotage case was filed there. Abalos voluntarily surrendered to the authorities today, the same act he did last week. However, his lawyers are already in the process of filing a motion for house arrest. Abalos is expected to be detained at the Southern Police District.

Pasay RTC Judge Jesus Mupas

Last week, Judge Jesus Mupas issued the warrants of arrest against Lillian Suan-Radam, Yogie Matirizar and Capt. Peter Reyes of the Intelligence Service of the AFP. Radam and Martirizar told DOJ that Abalos ordered them to rig the results of the 2007 senatorial elections.

The congressmen who favored the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona are as follows:


1.      Tupas, Niel Jr.
2.      Umali, Reynaldo
3.      Abaya, Joseph Emilio
4.      Del Rosario, Antonio
5.      Bag-ao, Arlene
6.      Teodoro, Marcelino
7.      Castelo, Winston
8.      Arago, Maria Evita
9.      Golez, Roilo
10.     Lacson-Noel, Josephine Veronique
11.     Cerilles, Aurora
12.     Calixto-Rubiano, Emi
13.     Bello, Walden
14.     Hataman-Salliman, Jim
15.     Catamco, Nancy
16.     Lanete, Scott Davies
17.     Valencia, Rodolfo
18.     Noel, Florencio
19.     Mendoza, Mark
20.     Gatchalian, Rex



21.     Gonzales, Aurelio Jr.
22.     Ferrer, Jeffrey
23.     Fuentes, Daisy
24.     Yu, Victor
25.     Rodriguez, Isidro Jr.
26.     Angping, Zenaida
27.     Espina, Rogelio
28.     Ramos, Deogracias Jr.
29.     Cortuna, Julieta
30.     Zamora-Apsay, Maria Carmen
31.     Garay, Florencio
32.     Mercado, Roger
33.     Roman, Herminia
34.     Garin, Janette
35.     Gonzales, Neptali II
36.     De Venecia, Gina
37.     Cojuangco, Enrique
38.     Herrera-Dy, Bernadette
39.     Loong, Tupay
40.     Bernos, Ma. Jocelyn
41.     Sahidulla, Nur-ana
42.     Balindong, Pangalian
43.     Guanlao, Agapito
44.     Garcia Albano, Mylene
45.     Arenas, Ma. Rachel
46.     Cojuangco, Kimi
47.     Yap, Susan
48.     Go, Ana Cristina
49.     Alvarez, Antonio
50.     Tomawis, Acmad
51.     Ungab, Isidro
52.     Go, Arnulfo
53.     Magsaysay, Eulogio
54.     Sacdalan, Jesus
55.     Malapitan, Oscar
56.     Sakaluran, Raden
57.     Alvarez, Mercedes
58.     Benitez, Alfred
59.     Ferriol, Abigail Faye
60.     Treñas, Jerry
61.     Sarmiento, Mel Senen
62.     Joson, Josefina
63.     Fuentebella, Arnulfo
64.     Lapus, Jesi
65.     Olivarez, Edwin
66.     Gomez, Lucy
67.     Lopez, Carlo
68.     Mendoza, Joselito
69.     Cerafica, Arnel
70.     Climaco, Maria Isabelle
71.     Robes, Arturo
72.     Relampagos, Rene
73.     Apacible, Tomas
74.     Miraflores, Florencio
75.     Haresco, Teodorico
76.     Fortuno, Salvio
77.     Paras, Jesus
78.     Agyao, Manuel
79.     Acop, Romeo
80.     San Luis, Edgar
81.     Maliksi, Erineo
82.     Loyola, Roy
83.     Palmones, Angelo
84.     Almonte, Jorge
85.     Javier, Paolo
86.     Ocampos, Loreto Leo
87.     Lico, Isidro
88.     Celeste, Jesus
89.     Ping-ay, Jose
90.     Singson, Ryan Luis
91.     Payuyo, Ponciano
92.     Belmonte, Vicente
93.     Bulut-Begtang, Eleanor
94.     Cosalan, Ronald
95.     Collantes, Nelson
96.     Quimbo, Romero
97.     Vergara, Bernardo
98.     Gonzalez, Fernando
99.     Arquiza, Godofredo
100.    Lagdameo, Antonio
101.    Ferrer, Antonio
102.    Quisumbing, Gabriel
103.    Asilo, Benjamin
104.    Alfonso, Baby Aline
105.    Arnaiz, George
106.    Ting, Randolph
107.    Teves, Henry
108.    Daza, Raul
109.    Violago, Joseph
110.    Villarica, Linabelle Ruth
111.    Chipeco, Justin
112.    Batocabe, Rodel
113.    Garbin, Alfredo Jr.
114.    Limkaichong, Jocelyn
115.    Madrona, Eleandro
116.    Sarmiento, Cesar
117.    Kho, David
118.    Ortega, Francisco Emmanuel III
119.    Montejo, Neil
120.    Estrella, Robert
121.    Garcia, Albert
122.    Aggabao, Giorgidi
123.    Abayon, Daryl Grace
124.    Puno, Roberto
125.    Barzaga, Elpidio
126.    Eriguel, Eufranio
127.    Velarde, Mariano Michael
128.    Tieng, Irwin
129.    Piamonte, Mariano Jr.
130.    Pancho, Pedro
131.    Plaza, Maria Valentina
132.    Salvacion, Andres
133.    Emano, Yevgeny
134.    Dayanghirang, Nelson
135.    Mendoza, Raymond
136.    Biron, Ferjenel
137.    Enverga, Mark
138.    Cabaluna, Salvador III
139.    Mercado, Homer
140.    Zubiri, Jose III
141.    Antonio, Patricio
142.    Cua, Dakila
143.    Velasco, Lord Allan Jay
144.    Acharon, Pedro Jr.
145.    Evardone, Ben
146.    Abad, Henedina
147.    De Jesus, Emerenciana
148.    Palatino, Raymond
149.    Tinio, Antonio
150.    Briones, Nicanor
151.    Colmenares, Neri Javier
152.    Casiño, Teodoro
153.    Cajayon, Mary Mitzi
154.    Lopez, Carol Jayne
155.    Banal, Jorge
156.    Alcala, Irvin
157.    Benaldo, Benjo
158.    Cabilao Yambao, Jonathan
159.    Tañada, Lorenzo III
160.    Unabio, Peter
161.    Paez, Cresente
162.    Bataoil, Leopoldo
163.    Bagatsing, Amado
164.    Ledesma, Julio
165.    Sema, Bai Sandra
166.    Amatong, Rommel
167.    Garin, Sharon
168.    Crisologo, Vincent
169.    Umali, Czarina
170.    Dy, Napoleon
171.    Rivera, Michael
172.    Belmonte, Feliciano
173.    Nava, Joaquin Carlos
174.    Ejercito, Joseph Victor
175.    Jaafar, Nur
176.    Primicias-Agabas, Marlyn
177.    Del Mar, Rachel
178.    Ponce Enrile, Juan Jr.
179.    Golez, Anthony
180.    Mariano, Rafael
181.    Unico, Renato Jr.
182.    Bonoan, Trisha
183.    Bautista, Franklin
184.    Salimbangon, Benhur
185.    Durano, Ramon VI
186.    Cruz-Gonzales, Cinchona
187.    Tugna, Sherwin
188.    Angara, Juan Edgardo (signed the complaint but said he abstained
because his father, Senator Edgardo Angara, will be a judge in the
impeachment court)

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