In the aftermath of Chief Justice Corona’s impeachment, Steven Rood and Carolyn Mercado have penned their thoughts on the prospects for judicial reform for the Asia Foundation’s blog. It’s a compact summary of prior reforms and will certainly make many hearken back to the Davide era.
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The Philippine Senate voted 20-3 to convict Corona. Turns out the vote wasn’t even particularly close. Moreover, 2 out of the 3 senators who voted to acquit were either Marcos or Arroyo relatives. Here’s an article summarizing the vote. I’ll write more once the fallout is clear.
And if you were confused about the complex accusations against Corona, here is an article summarizing the legal case.
More polls from the Philippines. According to Pulse Asia, 58% of respondents disapproved of Chief Justice Corona’s job performance, while only 14% approved. Moreover, just 11% trust him. Moreover, both numbers dropped precipitously from November 2011, when the impeachment case against the chief justice began.
While Filipinos are notoriously cynical when it comes to politicians, it’s worth comparing those numbers to President Aquino’s, who received a 70% performance rating. Given these numbers, I just don’t see politically how the chief justice can survive. Senators in the Philippines are elected on a national basis, so I’m sure they’ll take note of these numbers when they vote on the impeachment case in the next few weeks.
I’ve included a convenient table below summarizing the survey results (click to enlarge):
We know the Senate is expected to vote on the impeachment of Chief Justice Corona fairly soon. Moreover, some lawmakers are now claiming that Corona’s omission of assets in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth constitutes a per se impeachable offense. The most definitive statements seem to be coming from the House, so they’re not necessarily dispositive of the views of them majority of senators. Nonetheless, the trial thus far hasn’t given Corona’s defenders much to work with.
Perhaps more importantly it seems Filipinos themselves are finding their own conclusions about the trial. According to a recent survey, 58% will accept any Senate decision regarding the outcome of the case. Around half of respondents viewed the chief justice as guilty, while 43% remain uncertain. Based on Manila’s distaste for Arroyo, I suspect Manila residents are more likely than not to consider Corona guilty, so if he is convicted we probably won’t see any attempts to launch a People’s Power movement against the administration. However, if Corona is acquitted, I wouldn’t be surprised if Philippine politics gets a bit more contentious.
The impeachment trial against Chief Justice Corona is almost reaching a conclusion. The Comparative Constitutions Blog has a great article summarizing recent developments in the trial. The authors seem a bit skeptical that the Senate will convict, but either way we should get an answer before Easter.