MANILA, Philippines – Dismissed Chief Justice Renato Corona said on Wednesday, September 25, that he feels vindicated after Sen Jinggoy Estrada blasted Senate President Franklin Drilon for using discretionary funds to influence the impeachment proceedings against him.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos sa bindikasyon na ibinigay niya sa akin sa araw na ito,” Corona said in a statement released to the media. He said he was not surprised by Estrada’s revelations, adding many people were already aware of this. “Hindi ako nagulat sa rebelasyon ni Sen Estrada sapagka’t kinompirma lamang niya ang alam namin at ng marami sa ating mga kababayan.”
In an hour-long privilege speech on Wednesday, Estrada said Drilon, as Senate finance committee chairman in 2012, facilitated the release of P50 million to each senator in exchange for Corona’s conviction. Twenty out of 23 senators, including Estrada himself, voted to convict the then Chief Justice in an impeachment trial last year.
Corona said Estrada’s claim shows that his removal as Chief Justice is unconstitutional and that the charges hurled against him during the impeachment were all lies. – Rappler.com