MANILA, Philippines - House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II on Monday said Chief Justice Renato Corona may no longer be able to count on the Supreme Court for relief should he be convicted by the Senate impeachment court.
"Practical side lang ano, in the event na ma-convict si Chief Justice, sabi nila plano nila pero ang tanong diyan, kapag na-convict siya, judgement niyan is removal," he said.
"Hindi ko lang alam kung may matatapang na matitirang mga justices na kakampi pa sa kaniya. Iyun lang. Iyun na lang ang hintayin natin. Kung may mga matatapang pa na, kasi ang kakailanganin niya at the very least is a restraining order para mapatigil yung judgment. Dun pa lang, ako’y nangangamba na baka at that time wala ng kakampi si chief justice na mga kasama niya dun," Gonzales added.
Deputy lead prosecutor Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas urged Corona to respect and accept the Senate's verdict, whatever it maybe.
This, after Corona’s lawyers indicated that an appeal to the High Court is an option.
"Eh right niya iyon if he rejects. Right niya to reject and it is also a right to reject his rejection. Di ba? Wala. Eh di nasa denial stage yan. Puro siya denial eh. Puro palusot. Tapos na. Kasi nung nakalusot siya as chief justice akala niya, puwede lang lusot ng lusot eh. Hindi naman pwede. Magmamakaawa kami sa Supreme Court na huwag na dahil gusto naming magpahinga na," Fariñas said.
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte said, "I think the chief justice has also stated that he would accept the judgment of the Senate. So let us just rely on his statement rather than the well, siya, I’d rather believe what he said."
Chief prosecutor Niel Tupas, meanwhile, criticized the defense. "Inamin niya na meron silang plano pero kami naman di ba sinasabi namin first day pa lang kung hindi favorable sa iyo tapos pupunta sa iyong home court. Nasaan doon yung good faith on the part of the respondent?"