SENATOR-JUDGE Ferdinand Marcos Jr voted to acquit Chief Justice Renato Corona, saying that in the end the Bill of Rights must reign supreme over everything.
Marcos argued that barring any real proof that Corona had acted with malice, he “must be presumed to have acted in good faith.”
“Not all omissions amount to dishonesty,” Marcos added.
Marcos said that the Constitution intended impeachment to be a weapon against officials who commit culpable violations of the constitution and betrayal of the public trust. Culpable violation, Marcos said, means wilfull and intentional violation of the Constitution, and betrayal of the public trust was meant to be a catchall for “all acts violative” that “render the officer unfit.”
“This does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense,” he said.