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‘Bribe’ may void Corona impeachment

San Beda College Graduate School of Law Dean Father Rangilio Aquino

After a thorough and in-depth analysis, it could lead to a possible showdown between the Supreme Court and Senate as the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona lingers after it was revealed that Senators were allegedly ‘bribed’ by the Aquino administration to impeach the former Chief Justice.

This was the analysis of Father Rangilio Aquino, Dean of Graduate School of Law of the San Beda College. Just like what former Chief Justice and Corona predecessor Renato Puno had voiced out, the alleged bribery would void or “nullify” the impeachment.

Last month, Senator Jinggoy Estrada detonated his “expose” that the administration distributed P50 million to Senators that will vote to convict Corona. The money came from the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and was converted to Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the Senators.

Even Congressmen had their share by receiving P10 million to P15 million of additional PDAF.

The Palace and Budget Secretary Butch Abad did not deny this but defended the move that it was an “incentive.”

Aquino said that it’s clearly stated in the jurisprudence that the controversial ruling may be declared “null” or void.

The law expert said that it would boil down to a dog fight between the SC and Senate if the high court insists the jurisprudence while the Senate stands firm with its decision to impeach Corona.

Aquino also said that Corona’s Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) is not enough basis to impeach the former Chief Justice.

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