Corona dies of cardiac arrest

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Honoring a  former Chief Justice  The Philippine flag flies at half-mast outside the Supreme Court in Manila on Friday in a tribute to former Chief Justice  Renato Corona, who passed away on the same day. He was 67.  PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

Honoring a former Chief Justice
The Philippine flag flies at half-mast outside the Supreme Court in Manila on Friday in a tribute to former Chief Justice Renato Corona, who passed away on the same day. He was 67. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

Marcos Jr. describes the High Court’s ex-chief a ‘victim of selective justice’

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Former Chief Justice Renato Corona passed away after succumbing to cardiac arrest at the Medical City Hospital in Pasig City (Metro Manila) at 1:48 a.m. on Friday. He was a few months short of his 68th birthday.

He was diabetic, his lawyer said earlier in the day.

Amid the outpouring of public condolences, Senator and vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday said he was a victim of “selective justice.”

Speaking from Daet City, Camarines Norte, during a campaign rally, Marcos told reporters, “It is always sad to note the passing of a man like Chief Justice Renato Corona to whom a great injustice was visited and it is unfortunate that at the time of his death he was still under this cloud that remained above him since the impeachment trial.”

“He was clearly a [victim]of selective justice,” he said.

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Corona

Corona was impeached in 2011 , the first year of the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

He was the first Chief Justice to be impeached for not declaring all of his assets in his statement of assets liabilities and net worth (SALN).

The Supreme Court under the helm of Corona ruled with finality that Hacienda Luisita should be distributed to its farmer workers.

The hacienda, a vast sugar estate in Tarlac province, north of Manila, owned by the President’s family.

Marcos said his prayer is that Corona’s passing will finally bring peace to the former Chief Justice.

“My family and I extend our deepest condolences to his wife, their children and the rest of his family,” he said.

Together with Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Sen. Joker Arroyo (who has since died), Marcos voted against the conviction of Corona at the impeachment trial.

Malacanang also on Friday expressed its condolences to the Corona family.

“We extend our condolences to the bereaved family of the late CJ [Chief Justice] Renato Corona and join them in fervent prayers for his eternal repose,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said in a statement.

Some senators who voted to impeach Corona have also expressed their condolences to his family.

Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada said he recognizes Corona’s many years of government service particularly in the judiciary.

“I wish to personally extend my condolences to the family of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona on his sudden demise. We recognize his many years of service to the government, especially in the Philippine judiciary. I pray for peace and the eternal repose of his soul,” added Estrada, who is detained for his alleged involvement in the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd, in a text message said, “We mourn the passing of a man of law whose true place in history is too early to say.”

Impeached for SALN failure

Corona became the 23rd Chief Justice of the Philippines on May 12, 2010 after being appointed by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on April 9, 2002 as associate justice.

He served in the Arroyo Cabinets and earlier in that of then-President Fidel V. Ramos.

He was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 12, 2011 for failing to disclose certain bank deposits in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth or SALN.

On May 29, 2012, the Senate, voting 20-3, found Corona guilty.

As a result, he was removed from public office.

After the impeachment trial, Corona lived a life away from the public eye until his death.
Corona is survived by his wife, the former Cristina Roco, and their three children.

Born on October 15, 1948, Corona graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1970 and obtained his doctorate in civil law from the University of Santo Tomas as summa cum laude and class valedictorian in 1982.

His wake will be held at the Heritage Memorial Park in Taguig City (Metro Manila) and public viewing will start on Saturday.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has ordered that the Philippine flag at the SC and all courts nationwide be flown at half-mast as a sign of mourning.

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15 Comments

  1. Marcos defending Corona… why am i not surprised. White collar Crooks. Birds of the same feather.. it takes one to know one…

  2. It is because of money bribed by these half crack mad president. those greedy senators who receive money from Pnoy will be meted by KARMA including this President. You cannot bring your money 6 ft below the ground….

  3. Edwin S. Ragos on

    The expression of condolences from Malacanang and the senators who voted for Corona’s impeachment is the highest degree of hipocrisy. Tama na sobra na. Huminto na kayo sa pagpapa pogi and acting as f you are good Christians.

    Tumahimk na Lang kayo and leave the mourning to the,Corona family.

  4. Bonifacio Bangayan Claudio on

    Let MDS & BBM speak on his funeral; also read whatever comments had the late Joker Arroyo said about the CJ Impeachment Trial… ONLY IF IT IS BEFITTING…

    Remember when CJ Corona had a fit of attack during the trial & he was whisked away for proper treatment by his minders? CJ Corona in wheelchair was forcibly brought back to the session hall; luckily CJ’s medicines took effect for him to be able to withstand being subjected to the trial’s torment — his composure very visibly showed his being in pain for being so badly ill & indisposed for the continuation of the trial… Replay that video part and it will surely break your heart but to the bravado of the judges & JPE except for the three of them — Joker Arroyo, MDS, & BBM … EAT YOUR HEART OUT!!!

  5. Ang sunod na matitigok ay si PeeWee at 21 DAP bribed Senators na nga impeach kay Corona. Mamatay din silang lahat. Pero ang 21 guilty Senators ay forever DAP bribed creatures that convict Corona.

  6. Former Chief Justice Corona succumbed to an early death because the progression of his illness was aggravated by the heartbreaking tragedy heaped upon him by the Abnoy in Malacanang. His immune system was severely destroyed by his unmitigated stress due to the vengeance of the incompetent pseudo-president who will be bowing out in a few weeks. But the “karma ” over Corona’s death will forever haunt the vindictive abnoy.

  7. Emilio Aginaldo on

    RIP To the CJ who wants the Hacienda to distributed to farmers, i hope the Senators who were bought by the millions will RETURN THE MONEY for convicting him of unimpeachable crime, they should ask their conscience if they contributed to his death and i do think they did, including the cursed Haciendero…..

  8. Gising Bayan on

    Selected justice and dysfunctional governance started during martial law me….. Worst the punitive murder and plunder is allowed.

  9. he was impeached upon the instigation of nobody else the president aquino.the decision to give the farmers to own the land at hacienda luisity did everything bad for him.he followed the dictum of the law and together of the majority of the SC at that time put aside personal favors to rule against land the presidents kin were holding until to the very end of his death.he died a frustraded man isolated to himself.all friends and colleagues abondoned him to fight the cause for himself.dying will give you peace and its our creator to judge ultimately wether you did the right decision or not.may your soul rest in peace!!!!!!

    • CJ Corona is a symbol of selective justice in this country. His fate was sealed when he refused to obey the haciendero on persecuting GMA and fairly distribute H. Luisita. He died without getting justice and his honor back.