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Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona. Pic: AP.

‘I’ll leave quietly’, says ousted Philippines judge

By Mon, Jun 04, 2012 12:59PM UTC Comments Off Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The ousted Philippine chief justice indicated Sunday that he won’t challenge his removal after being convicted in a politically-charged impeachment trial of failing to declare $2.4 million in his bank account. Renato Corona’s dismissal last week marked the first time in Philippine history a chief magistrate had been impeached. Corona said...

Top Philippine judge fired for not declaring $2.4m

By Wed, May 30, 2012 6:36AM UTC Comments Off Renato Corona. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Senators fired the Philippines’ Supreme Court chief justice Tuesday for failing to declare $2.4 million in bank accounts in a politically colored trial that has reinvigorated President Benigno Aquino III’s campaign to clean up the government. Chief Justice Renato Corona was appointed by Aquino’s predecessor, who is under hospital arrest in...

Philippines: Chief Justice Corona says he didn’t declare $2.4m

By Fri, May 25, 2012 6:27PM UTC Comments Off Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court has testified at his impeachment trial that he did not violate any laws when he failed to declare $2.4 million in bank accounts. Renato Corona invoked the bank privacy law that protects foreign deposits from disclosure. Several senators and prosecutors who want Corona...

Philippine Chief Justice Corona denies charges, blames Aquino

By Tue, May 22, 2012 5:10PM UTC Comments Off Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. Pic: AP.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The head of the Philippine Supreme Court has denied charges that he stole from the country’s coffers and accuses President Benigno Aquino III of conspiring to remove him from office. Chief Justice Renato Corona testified Tuesday in his impeachment trial that has become the main focus of Aquino’s anti-corruption effort. The...

Philippines: Is Hacienda Luisita no more?

By Wed, Apr 25, 2012 9:22AM UTC Comments Off President Corazon Aquino, right, discusses some points with Agrarian Reform Secretary Philip Juico, left, pictured in January 1988 before signing an agreement placing her family-owned 6,000 hectare (15,067-acre) Hacienda Luisita sugar plantation under land reform. Pic: AP.

One of the vestiges of the country’s feudal past is finally coming to an end.  Or is it really? On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled with finality to award the vast tracts of land owned by the Cojuangco side of the family of President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aqujino III to their tenants and farm workers, more...

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