Senate ready for Corona impeachment trial


Posted at Jan 13 2012 08:20 PM | Updated as of Jan 14 2012 10:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate is ready to hold the historic impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.

On Monday, senators will have a regular session at 9 a.m.

The lawmakers will hold a caucus after about 2 hours. During that private meeting, they may discuss the prosecution's request to subpoena Corona and his family.

They may also take up the defense's petition to summon House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and other House lawmakers to explain how the impeachment complaint was approved.

The impeachment proceedings will begin at 2 in the afternoon.

Each side will be given 10 minutes to deliver an opening statement, laying out their primary arguments in the case.
Senators will then take up Corona's motion for a preliminary hearing.
The camp of the chief justice insists this is needed to determine if the impeachment complaint is defective.

They argue that lawmakers who signed the document were not able to read or fully understand the document.

If the senator-judges grant the petition for a preliminary hearing, the trial proper will be set aside and the defense team will be the first to present evidence and witnesses to prove that the impeachment complaint is defective.

If the senator-judges deny the petition, the impeachment court will proceed to the actual trial, wherein the prosecution will enumerate their evidence against Corona. - report from Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News; ANC