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IN HIS OPENING STATEMENT before the senate impeachment court, Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona declared he had not done anything or stolen any public funds that would warrant all the efforts of the Aquino administration to oust him from the Supreme Court.
Corona had asked presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile for the opportunity to make an opening statement just before defense counsels could begin the direct examination. After Enrile gave his assent, Corona then began to address both the senator-judges and the public.
“Ano ba ang kasalanan ko sa bayan? Wala akong pagkakasalang alam ko,” Corona said. “At iyan ang dahilan kung bakit ako ay buong luob na tumitindig dito na walang takot at nerbyos dahil sigurado ako wala akong kasalanan, wala akong katiwalian, at ako ay hindi nagnakaw sa gobyerno.”
“I will not drag my family dito sa impeachment na ito kung sa kalooban ko, may katiting na dahilan na nagdududa sa sarili ko,” he added. “Di ko itataya ang buong pamilya ko.”