THE Presidential Palace expressed Friday its condolences to the family of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, who died of cardiac arrest early this morning. He was 67.
“We extend our condolences to the bereaved family of the late CJ Renato Corona and join them in fervent prayers for his eternal repose,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said in a statement.
On its Facebook account, the National Transformation Council (NTC) said: “It is with deep sorrow that [we]announce the demise of Council member Chief Justice Renato C. Corona. At 1:48 a.m. today, April 29, 2016, Chief Justice Corona succumbed to cardiac arrest.”
The NTC, which has described itself as “collegial body” driven by a common sentiment, added, “Please pray for the eternal repose of his soul as he joins his Creator.”
Corona served in various capacities. He was in the Cabinet of Presidents Fidel V. Ramos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo before being appointed to the bench as associate justice and, eventually, chief justice of the Supreme Court.
Corona was impeached by the House of Representatives on Dec. 12, 2011 for failing to disclose certain bank deposits in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).
On May 29, 2012, the Senate, voting 20-3, found Corona guilty. As a result, he was removed from public office and given a perpetual ban from holding public office.
After the impeachment trial, Corona lived a life away from the public eye until his untimely death.
Born on Oct. 15, 1948, Corona is survived by his wife, the former Cristina Roco, and three children. CATHERINE S. VALENTE