For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Corona trial, this is what happened in a nutshell (with a quick history lesson to boot!).

Two days after Noynoy Aquino won the 2010 elections, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed Renato Corona as the 23rd Chief Justice of the Philippines. He was part of her suspicious midnight appointees. Corona was criticised for siding with Arroyo in cases filed against her and her administration. As a result, they looked closely into his accounts and accused him for failing to disclose his assets (government officials are required to do this).

He argued that his foreign currency deposits ($2.4 million) are exempt from this rule and that the pesos accounts (P80 million) belonged to relatives.

Twenty senators, including Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile, on Tuesday found Chief Justice Renato Corona guilty of Article 2 of the impeachment complaint filed against him pertaining to his failure to disclose to the public is statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.(Inquirer)

This was the first time a high-level Philippine official has been impeached and convicted.

Now let’s get to the outcry.

In general, people agreed that Corona was most probably corrupt to the bone. But read, most probably. There was no definite proof that he was in fact corrupt. There’s proof he lied about his accounts, but no proof as to where the money came from. There’s a clear distinction there.

Check out Cebu Daily News’ online poll.

Do you agree with the Senate’s decision to oust Chief Justice Renato Corona?

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