Monday, November 28, 2011

Solon stresses Corona's 'untarnished' pro-Arroyo record

A senator highlighted Chief Justice Renato Corona's “untarnished” record of voting in favor of former president, now Pampanga representative Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in all the cases filed against her.
"The current score is 19-0. Chief Justice Renato Corona consistently voted in favor of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in all 19 cases brought before the Supreme Court," Senator Franklin Drilon said in a statement Monday.
"He never voted against her," he added.
Drilon has also reiterated his appeal for Corona to inhibit himself from deliberations on the cases involving Arroyo to dispel doubts on the Supreme Court's impartiality and objectivity.
"All his decisions are all for Gloria. His own record shows that he favors Arroyo. Even if Chief Justice Corona's votes in the 19 cases are based on merit, what is important here is how people perceive him," he said.
Among Drilon’s list of the 19 cases he released to media is the SC decision stopping the Aquino administration from revoking the appointment of Arroyo’s alleged midnight appointees, one of whom was Corona.

Another controversial case on the list is SC's ruling declaring President Benigno Aquino III's order creating the Truth Commission unconstitutional.

The senator said that Corona's voluntary inhibition would "go a long way in maintaining the credibility of the Supreme Court especially in cases involving Arroyo."

Corona once served as chief of staff and spokesman of Arroyo when she was vice president.

Drilon earlier claimed that Corona's history with Arroyo has created perceptions that the SC was biased in favor of the former president.

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