MANILA, Philippines - Supporters of Chief Justice Renato Corona and his defense team have put up his very own website: www.acquitCJ.com, which serves as a repository of data about Corona and his battle for acquittal and vindication amid his ongoing impeachment trial before the Senate Impeachment Court.
Timed to coincide with the resumption of the Chief Justice's trial on Monday, the website boasts of Corona's story, aptly dubbed "The Road to the Supreme Court" -- from his pre-Law school days, life in Law school, his days at Harvard, years he spent serving in the executive department, and finally, his appointment to the judiciary as associate justice and its 23rd chief justice.
The site is also replete with a walk through of the impeachment trial via highlights from the defense's point of view, official news releases from the defense team since Day 1, and Corona's 79-page answer to the Articles of Impeachment lodged by members of the House of Representatives.
Corona's media interviews are also posted on the site, as well as the manifestos of support for the chief magistrate from the following:
Philippine Constitutional Association,
Philippine Judges Association,
Philippine Women Judges Association,
Integrated Bar of the Philippines,
Philippine Bar Association,
National Union of People's Lawyers,
Ateneo Law Alumni Association, Inc.,
Judiciary Employees Association (Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, Sandiganbayan),
Supreme Court Assemble of Lawyer-Employees, Inc., Philippine Association of Court Employees,
First Level Clerks of Court Association of the Philippines, Judiciary Association of Clerks of the Philippines,
Sheriffs Confederation of the Philippines, Inc.,
The Bar Tribune,
United Groups for the Advancement of Truth,
Philippine Guardians Brotherhood, Inc.,
Jose Rizal Memorial State University, among others.
In a text message to ABS-CBN News, the people behind the site said it also serves as a tribute to Chief Justice Corona and his family.
"As advocates of the Rule of Law and Judicial Independence, we offer this website as an expression of our gratitude to Chief Justice Renato C. Corona and his family who have taken this whole episode with courage, dignity and honor... as a show of our strong solidarity and firm belief that the Chief Justice must be acquitted from all the baseless and trumped up charges leveled against him," they said.
There will be more additions to the website, Corona's supporters vowed.