House prosecutors to launch social media campaign

by Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jan 23 2012 09:28 PM | Updated as of Jan 24 2012 09:42 PM

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Defense panel spokesperson Atty. Karen Jimeno and prosecution panel spokesperson Rep. Romero “Miro” Quimbo

MANILA, Philippines - House prosecutors plan to launch a social media campaign to inform the public on latest developments in the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, a lawmaker said Monday.

Rep. Miro Quimbo told ANC's Talkback that they are "getting left behind" by the defense panel in social media.

"It's one part we haven't reckoned," he said.

"We haven't been able to carry out a campaign on social media," Quimbo added. "We have to work on it in the next few weeks."

Quimbo and Rep. Erin Tañada serve as prosecution panel spokespersons.

"My task is to communicate what is happening dahil baka hindi maintindihan ng mamamayan ano nangyayari," Tañada said.

"It's important to show this is not a rivalry of best lawyers in town but that the impeachment trial is every Filipino's concern," Quimbo said.

A spokesperson of the defense panel, Atty. Tranquil Salvador III, echoed Tañada's statement regarding their roles in the impeachment trial.

"My role is to inform, educate Filipinos, maipaliwanag ang [impeachment trial] not just based on parts of what they hear," Salvador said.

"One concern was how will ordinary people understand me.(Nagta-Tagalog ako) para magpaliwanag," he added.

Atty. Karen Jimeno, another defense panel spokesperson, said their roles can enhance public participation. "They have to understand procedures, what laws apply and to be watchdogs."

"The message here is someone inexperienced as me can be part of the impeachment trial, that you don't have to be that good to participate," Jimeno said.

Quimbo said he personally knows Corona and his wife "but when it comes to accountability, we cast aside all personal ties."

Salvador, meanwhile, said he accepted his job as defense panel spokesperson because he believes that Corona deserves due process.

Tañada said it's important for spokespersons of the prosecution and defense panels to remain credible or they will just be ignored.