MANILA, Philippines -- ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs' live coverage of the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona during its 40th day reached more Filipinos around the world, as it dominated TV viewership and local Internet buzz on Tuesday.
During Day 40 of Corona's impeachment trial, when the chief magistrate historically took the witness stand, ABS-CBN's live coverage of the proceedings had the biggest viewership with a national TV rating of 11.3%, ahead of TV5's (3.3%) and GMA News TV’s (3.0%), based on data from Kantar Media.
ABS-CBN's official hashtag for the coverage, #CJonTrial, on the same day also became a number 1 global trending topic on micro-blogging site Twitter, highlighting an unprecedented level of community engagement in the trial via social media.
Aside from viewing via free television shows through ABS-CBN and Studio 23, Filipinos were also able to catch the proceedings on cable TV via DZMM TeleRadyo and ANC, on the radio via DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, and through online live-streaming via abs-cbnNEWS.com.
During the 40th day of his impeachment trial, Chief Justice Renato Corona agreed to reveal all details of his bank accounts with the condition that Senator-judge Franklin Drilon and the lawmakers who voted to impeach him do the same.
Corona then suddenly stood up and left the witness stand after ending his opening statement, prompting Senate Presidnet Juan Ponce-Enrile to order security to padlock the Senate exit gates.
This, even as Corona's vehicle was seen parked outside the Senate building exit waiting for the chief justice.
Corona later returned on a wheelchair, with his chief legal counsel Serafin Cuevas explaining that his client had suddenly experienced low blood sugar or hypoglycemia -- his reason for leaving the Senate chamber without proper procedure.
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