Corona withdraws retirement appeal

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FORMER Chief Justice Renato Corona has withdrawn his plea for the release of his retirement benefits from the Supreme Court.

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In their summer session in Baguio City, the SC en banc granted the request of Corona to withdraw the release of his retirement pay.

Corona wrote a letter to the high court, dated April 7, 2014, which saying he is no longer pursuing his claim for the benefits so as not to put the SC justices, his former colleagues, in a tight situation in deciding his case.

However, the former chief justice stressed that this move was “without prejudice to whatever action I may henceforth take.”

In his earlier plea before the SC, Corona believed that it was his right to receive his retirement benefits because it was clear that an impeachment conviction was limited only to removal from office.

As such, accessory penalties are not included, he said, such as forfeiture of retirement benefits. In addition, the decision of the Senate Impeachment Court does not include the forfeiture of his retirement benefits.

Corona was convicted via a 20-3 vote by the Senate impeachment court for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution for his misdeclaration of his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth from 2001 to 2010.

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