MANILA, Philippines – Sen Manuel “Lito” Lapid voted “guilty” on Tuesday, May 29, making the count of senator-judges voting for conviction 10 as of posting time.
Representing and speaking for non-lawyers and the masa who do not know how to speak in English, Lapid said in the vernacular that Corona clearly violated the law. “Hindi ako nagmamarunong, ginagamit ko lang ang aking konsyensya,” Lapid said.
“Akala ko totoo ang sinasabi niya hindi pala,” Lapid said, after being convinced by the clear presentation made by prosecution counsel Rodolfo Fariñas.
He apologized for his decision, considering that he took his oath as senator before Chief Justice Renato Corona. “Pasensya na po, ang hatol ko sa inyo ay guilty.”
In the past
In a rare occasion, Lapid granted an interview in February, calling on Corona to testify. He said the defense should respond to the allegations against Corona, “Kung ako nga, ibabato ko pa sa kanila ang bank book ko eh, ‘O ayan, meron o wala?!’” (If it were me, I would throw my bank book at them and say, ‘There, is the money there or not?’)
Under his questioning, the prosecution admitted that it intended to establish that Corona has unexplained wealth, a charge stricken out of the impeachment complaint.
Lapid is a member of President Arroyo’s Lakas-CMD. – Rappler.com
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