Renato C. Corona (born October 15, 1948) is the 23rd and current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed to the Court on April 9, 2002 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. On May 12, 2010, two days after the 2010 elections and a month before Arroyo’s term expired, Corona was appointed the 23rd Chief Justice of the Philippines, succeeding Reynato Puno who had reached the mandatory age of retirement.
Chief Justice Renato Corona’s fate now hangs on 23 senators, who sit as judges in the impeachment trial of Corona that started on January 16, 2012 and ended on Monday, May 28, 2012.
After holding trials for 43 days, the Senate, acting as an impeachment court, is ready to give its verdict at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.
At least sixteen votes or two-thirds of the total membership of the Senate are needed to convict the Chief Justice while only eight votes to acquit him.
So the lingering question in millions of Filipinos here and abroad, for not declaring his $2.4 million and P80 million “co-mingled” funds in his SALN, is Corona going to be removed from office?