MANILA, Philippines – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV found Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution for failing to truthfully declare his wealth in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).
Trillanes said Corona’s interpretation of the Foreign Currency Deposit Act (RA 6426) as a prescription to the disclosure of dollar deposits was “erroneous, self-serving and an afterthought.”
Trillanes said also based his decision on the Anti-Money Laundering Council (ALMC) documents presented to the court, which showed “a steady stream of deposits” to Corona’s accounts.
He added that a Corona conviction "signifies that transparency and accountability takes precedence over technicalities."
Trillanes was the 21st senator-judge to vote. As of posting, 17 guilty votes have been casted against the chief justice.
Only 16 votes are needed to remove Corona from office; 8 votes are needed to prevent a conviction.