SC junks petitions vs Corona impeachment trial

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2012 02:15 PM | Updated as of Oct 12 2012 10:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) has junked the petitions questioning the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona by the House of Representatives (HOR) and the subsequent trial conducted by the Senate.

In a 3-page en banc resolution, the high court ruled that the constitutional issues raised in the separate petitions filed by Danilo Lihaylihay, Atty. Vladimir Cabigao, Atty. Vicente Millora, Atty. Oliver Lozano of the Lawyers League for a Better Phiippines, Rev. Bernardo Magno, former Assemblyman Homobono Adaza and Atty. Allan Paguia and Herman Laurel and Rodolfo Salandanan should no longer be passed upon since they have been rendered moot.

"Indeed, the recent turn of events, including the appointment of a new chief justice [Maria Lourdes Sereno], has rendered the petitions before us moot. Wherefore, we dismiss the consolidated petitions on the ground of mootness," the resolution read.

Corona was convicted on May 29 by the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court; the high court noted that he accepted the verdict and vacated his office. Sereno was appointed chief magistrate by President Benigno Aquino III on August 24.

The petitions argued the complaint was not verified by the overwhelming majority of the complainants; the House of Representatives committed grave abuse of discretion by transmitting the complaint to the Senate; and the Senate committed grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack of jurisdiction by accepting the Articles of Impeachment and giving it due course.

Last July, the high court junked the petition filed by Corona himself on the same ground of mootness.