Judgment day for Philippines’ chief justice

29-May-2012 Intellasia | AFP | 7:36 AM Print This Post

Philippine senators are set to vote Tuesday on whether to sack the nation’s top judge after a historic trial over alleged corruption which saw him accused of hiding millions of dollars in assets.

The first Philippine Supreme Court chief justice to stand trial, Renato Corona is accused of blocking graft-tainted ex-president Gloria Arroyo’s prosecution.

He is also accused of lacking integrity and amassing a fortune way above the limits of his salary – including $2.4 million in US dollar accounts – as required by the constitution.

If the 63-year-old is found guilty on any one of the three charges, he could be removed from his post, although the senate has said he could also be censured, fined or suspended.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona at his impeachment trial at the Senate in Manila on May 25. Philippine senators are set to vote Tuesday on whether to sack the nation's top judge after a historic trial over alleged corruption which saw him accused of hiding millions of dollars in assets. (AFP)

President Benigno Aquino sees removing the chief justice as a crucial step to cleaning up the government.

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