MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Supreme Court is holding a special en banc session Wednesday, May 30, following the impeachment court’s decision that removed Renato Corona as chief justice.
The SC justices have been on a break and were expected to resume work on June 19 yet.
But the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, on Tuesday, May 29, found Corona guilty of the charges filed against him by the House of Representatives, particularly betrayal of the public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution.
The decision rendered the position of chief justice immediately vacant.
Court insiders told Rappler that Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio called for the special session to be held Wednesday afternoon. All the 13 other justices are expected to attend the session, the same insiders said.
But it’s not clear what the agenda of the special session is.
It is likely, however, that the justices will tackle the effects of the decision of the impeachment court.
The Judicial and Bar Council is the body in charge of handling the selection process for the next chief justice.
Voting 20-3, the Senate declared Corona guilty of the impeachment charges lodged against him on Dec 12, 2012 by the House of Representatives. He was due to retire in 2018 yet. – Rappler.com