Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona brought about the reconciliation of the Basas and the Coronas. Out of the 23 senators, twenty voted guilty, convicting and removing the Chief Justice out of office. One might conclude that all's well that end well. But neither the Supreme Court nor the former Chief Justice are over the hump.
Replacing Corona as Chief Justice is Maria Lourdes Sereno. Her appointment by President Noynoy Aquino has raised some controversy. She has been criticized in her first speech at the Supreme Court for invoking that it was God's will that made her Chief Justice. There are also concerns that she will not get the cooperation of the other Associate Justices as well as questions obout her psychological tests.
The former Chief Justice, on the other hand, is in more beating. The BIR and the Department of Justice are filing tax evasion charges against Renato Corona, his daughter Carla and son-in-law Constantino.