Fireworks await Corona’s acquittal

Posted at 05/29/12 1:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court employees have prepared fireworks to anticipate what they are hoping to be a favorable decision for their boss, Chief Justice Renato Corona, whose fate is to be decided at the conclusion of his impeachment trial on Tuesday.

SC Employees Association President Jojo Guerrero said fireworks will flash over the Supreme Court in Padre Faura if Corona gets acquitted.

The House prosecution panel needs at least 16 votes from senator-judges to have Corona ousted from his position. Only 8 votes are needed for acquittal.

Some court employees are gathered at the Supreme Court, where a giant screen was set up for employees, who are waiting for the decision of the impeachment court.

Security tight in Senate

Over at the Senate, at least 400 policemen from the Manila Police District (MPD) were deployed to ensure the security of those attending the final day of the country’s historic impeachment trial.

MPD spokesperson Edwin Margarejo said the policemen deployed include investigating and arresting officers, crowd dispersal management units and personnel from the Special Reaction Unit.

Margarejo said the police were deployed to prevent any criminal or terrorist elements from taking advantage of the situation. – report from Noel Alamar, dzMM