Senate will be fair in Corona trial – Enrile

Posted at 12/13/11 4:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile assured the public the Senate will be fair in the trial against Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Senators will sit as judges in the trial.

"I assure you that we will be fair and just in hearing the impeachment [articles]," said Enrile before the end of his speech at the Public Attorney’s Office event in Manila Hotel on Tuesday.

This is the first time that a Chief Justice will be tried before the halls of the Senate.

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. was also impeached by the House of Representatives, but the articles of impeachment were never transmitted to the Senate. The Supreme Court then invalidated the proceedings because these were based on a second complaint against Davide in one year. – from a report by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News