Miriam goes ballistic, says CJ not guilty

Posted at May 29 2012 03:55 PM | Updated as of May 30 2012 08:00 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Tuesday said Chief Justice Renato Corona is innocent of Article 2 of the impeachment complaint filed by the House of Representatives.

Santiago said the omission of Corona's $2.4 million and P80 million deposits in his SALN is not impeachable.

She said she found it reprehensible that the Anti-Money Laundering Council report was introduced as evidence in the trial. She said she felt insulted by the use of anonymous sources in producing evidence in the trial.

"Three times is too much. Are you for real, prosecution? In the Philippines, anything can be manufactured," she said.

She also noted many public officials use loopholes in the SALN law but are not impeached.

She added: "Daming loopholes ng SALN Law na yan, hindi kayo umimik."

She also said that if God would give her another life, she would investigate everyone in the House of Representatives and the Senate including herself.

At one point, she was interrupted by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile who asked her to wrap up. "I thought I was unlimited," she said.

Santiago is the second senator to vote for Corona's acquittal. The first is Sen. Joker Arroyo.

Three senators - Edgardo Angara, Alan Peter and Pia Cayetano - have voted for conviction.

Sixteen votes are needed to remove Corona from office; 8 votes are needed to prevent a conviction.