16 Jan '12, 3am

Philippines chief justice faces impeachment trial

Philippines chief justice faces impeachment trial

MANILA: A historic impeachment trial of the Philippines' top judge began Monday in one of President Benigno Aquino's boldest yet most divisive moves to tackle the nation's pervasive corruption. Members of the 23-person Senate sat as judges to determine whether Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona should be removed from his post and become the highest-profile scalp yet in Aquino's anti-graft crusade. "We cannot expect Corona to be a sterling example of good governance," presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told AFP just before the start of the trial, which is expected to take months. "Removing him would be a vital cog in the president's fight against corruption." Aquino won a landslide election victory in 2010 largely on a platform to end the corruption which has plagued the Philippines for decades and which he says got worse under the decade-long reign of his predece...

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