Yesterday, the Senate acting as an Impeachment Court decides to convict the Chief Justice Renato Corona on the Article II of the Articles of Impeachment that is the culpable violation of the constitution.
The voting was unsurprisingly overwhelming with 20 senators voted for conviction and only 3 senators voted for acquittal in the person of Joker Arroyo, Bongbong Marcos, and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
I was not surprised with the verdict against the Chief Justice even though the evidences shows otherwise as most senators voted according to their political survival in the next elections in 2013 as they had to appease the overwhelming public sentiment for conviction of the Chief Justice or just they simply hate the one who appoints the Chief Justice, the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Those who voted for acquittal are those who follow the flow of presenting the evidences throughout the trial, does not have any political aspirations past-2013, or simply hate the current President Noynoy Aquino.
Realistically speaking according to my analysis when I watched the trial on TV, some of the senators like Chiz Escudero, Juan Ponce Enrile, Gringo Honasan, Manny Villar, or Jinggoy Estrada could have been voted for Chief Justice’s acquittal if not for their future political aspirations this coming 2013 elections. I think also that these 5 senators voted for conviction for simply pragmatic purposes of bolstering their political survival not just by themselves but by their heirs in political arena and also to avoid public backlash in a short-run.
The conclusion of the impeachment trial of Renato Corona is not the end of the history of systematic corruption and impunity of our country as the present administration have to address the root cause of that systematic corruption and impunity in the government workplace by revising the flawed and bureaucratic-prone 1987 constitution.
By reducing the capability of the government of indirectly stealing money of the public like high tax rates, massive red tape, massive bureaucracy, massive government intervention in economic decision making of the people, politician and elite’s encroachment in judicial decision making, and electoral fraud, for sure our country would have an economic and political renaissance and the people would be totally free from political intervention in a long-run.