2 senador absent sa impeachment proceeding

SINIMULAN na kanina ang pormal na pagbubukas ng impeachment trial laban kay Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, kung saan dalawang senador ang hindi nakadalo.

Hindi nagawang makadalo sa unang araw ng pagbubukas ng sesyon at bilang impeachment judge sina Senadora Miriam Defensor-Santiago dahil sa hypertension at Senadora Loren Legarda dahil sasailalim sa surgery ang ina nito na may colon cancer.

Kaya nang mag-attendance si Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile matapos umupo bilang impeachment court, 21 senador ang nakadalo na kinabibilangan nina Senate Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, Gringo Honasan, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Panfilo Lacson Francis “Kiko” Panglinan, Franklin Drilon, Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, Ralph Recto at Alan Peter Cayetano, Edgardo Angara, Joker Arroyo.

Gayundin sina Senators Lito Lapid, Ramon Revilla Jr., Antonio Trillanes IV, Pia Cayetano, Teofisto Guingona III, Sergio Osmeña, Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos, at Manny Villar.

Nagpakilala rin isa-isa ang 11-man prosecution team na binuo ni House Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr. bilang lead prosecutor samantalang si Cavite Representative Joseph Emilio Abaya naman ang magmamando sa prosecution team.

Kabilang din ang iba pang miyembro ng prosecution team na sina Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo C. Fariñas, Akbayan Rep. Arlene J. Bag-ao, CIBAC Rep. Sherwin N. Tugna, Cavite Rep. Elpidio F. Barzaga, Jr., Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali, Northern Samar Rep. Raul Daza, Pangasinan Rep. Marlyn L. Primicias-Agabas, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri J. Colmenares at Isabela Rep. Giorgidi B. Aggabao.

Samantalang ang defense team ni Corona ay kinabibilangan nina dating Supreme Court Justice Serafin Cuevas; Ramon Esguerra, Jacinto Jimenez and Tranquil Salvador of Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc and De Los Angeles law offices; German Lichauco III, Dennis Manalo and Noel Lazaroo f Siguion Reyna Montecillo and Ongsiako law offices; Jose Roy III, former dean of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila’s Law School; Joel Bodegon, managing partner ng Bodegon Estorninos Guerzon Borje & Gozos law offices; Rico Paolo Quicho, partner in Quicho and Angeles law offices; at Karen Jimeno, cum laude graduate from the UP College of Law.

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