Lito Lapid, picha pie trend worldwide

by Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at May 29 2012 05:11 PM | Updated as of May 30 2012 11:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) -- Senator Lito Lapid became a global top trending topic on social media site Twitter because of his speech explaining his guilty verdict on impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona on Tuesday afternoon.

"Picha pie," a phrase he used in his speech describing how Corona tried to explain his assets, was the second global trending topic.

Leon Guerrero and Julio Valiente, movie characters that Lapid played in movies, were also among the top trending topics on Twitter.

ABS-CBNNews.com's social media hashtag, #CJontrial, also returned to the list of the global trending topics after hitting the top spot a few days earlier.

It also trended top in the Philippines during the peak of Twitter discussions when a conviction ruling gain momentum.

A total of 24,626 people were in the ABS-CBNNews.com's live chat at one moment on Tuesday.

In his speech, Lapid admitted that he only finished high school and represented the poor and unlearned sector of society in casting his vote on Corona's trial.

"Bilang high school graduate, anong sasabihin ko na hindi marunong mag-Ingles, hindi maalam sa batas? Ano kayang magiging desisyon?" he asked.

"Purihin po natin ang depensa. Napakagaling nila, siguro sa mga nakakaintindi ng abugasya," he said.

"Nakinig rin po ako sa prosekusyon, sa mga ebidensyang ihinarap dito," he added.

Lapid said he was convinced of Corona's guilt on Article 2 of the impeachment complaint, based on Rep. Rudy Fariñas' presentation Monday.

"Malinaw na malinaw na si CJ ay lumabag sa batas," he said.

"'Di po ako pwedeng magsalita tungkol sa republic act, dahil di ako marunong dito. Ginagamit ko lang ay ang aking konsensya," Lapid said.

"[Compared to Chief Justice Corona,] mas pinaniwalaan ko pa si Congressman Fariñas ng siya ay nagpresinta dito ng PowerPoint," he added.

"Pasensya na po, ang hatol ko sa inyo, guilty," Lapid said.