Palace distances self from oust Corona calls

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 12 2011 03:15 PM | Updated as of Dec 13 2011 03:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Monday distanced itself from a reported move to impeach Chief Justice Renato Corona.

In a press conference, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace "is not privy to the discussions of the Liberal Party in the House."

"Until the President says something, that will be an independent move on the part of the Liberal Party,” she insisted.

Majority lawmakers are now readying the impeachment complaint against Corona. It is expected to be filed within the day.

In a draft copy obtained by abs-cbnNEWS.com, lawmakers cited eight grounds for the impeachment of Corona.

On Sunday, Supreme Court spokesperson and Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said political forces are out to destabilize the Supreme Court by “[fomenting] public distrust and resentment towards [it],”

In exchange for “ruthless political objectives,” some quarters are out even at the risk of sacrificing the country’s constitutional stability, he has said.

In an article entitled “Unyielding Allegiance to the Constitution,” Marquez said “reports show that Malacanang officials have confirmed a plot to destabilize the Supreme Court and oust [Chief Justice Renato Corona].”

He said reports show that lawmakers may amend its own rules in order to hasten the impeachment process against Corona by “going straight to the plenary, and thereafter transmitting the articles of impeachment immediately to the Senate.”

Marquez described the efforts as “very unsettling” and seeks to malign the independence of the judiciary. – from a report by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News