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Aquino to air side on Corona's conviction

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III is expected to issue a statement Wednesday in relation to the Senate's conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The President will hold a press conference in Malacañang after his engagement in Zambales for the Philippine Merchant Marine Academy (PMMA) graduation rites.

With a vote of 20-3, the Senate found Corona guilty of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution for not truthfully disclosing his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.

Corona earlier blamed Aquino for his ouster saying that the Chief Executive would use all his powers to remove him and ruin his reputation.

The former Chief Justice insisted that he is innocent of all accusations against him and he is merely a "victim of bad politics."

Aquino is the staunchest critic of Corona as he described the chief magistrate as "stumbling block" to the reforms of the administration.

Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Ronald Llamas, who was accused by Corona of influencing the President, welcomed the conviction of the chief magistrate.

"We can now accelerate reforms of d judiciary. We can now accelerate our anti-corruption campaign. The Chief Justice was judged by his own words," he said in a text message.

Asked if he will accept challenge to sign waiver on bank accounts, he answered, "of course, anytime."

Presidential Communications Operations Office Sonny Coloma also made a comment saying "our senator-judges have done our people proud. Their decision to convict the Chief Justice strengthens our democratic institutions and gives new life to the spirit of the Edsa People Power revolution: the spirit of transparency and accountability, the spirit of stepping up to our civic responsibilities. On your second query, I believe that the waiver I have made in my SALN is sufficient." (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)
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