Chief Justice Renato Corona walked out of the impeachment trial yesterday, May 22, immediately after delivering his statement before the court. While Corona had asked to be excused, he stepped out of the session hall before the court could act on his request. Corona was scheduled to be cross-examined by the prosecution panel after his statement. Corona’s actions angered presiding judge Juan Ponce Enrile, saying, “If you are going to disrespect this court, this court will do a decision on this case right now.” The prosecution panel believes the walkout was premeditated in order to avoid cross-examination.
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