Monday, May 28, 2012

How Will the Senator Judges of the Corona Trial Vote?

After months of trial, the decision whether Chief Justice Renato Corona will be acquitted or convicted will finally be known tomorrow.

While public opinion stayed to the "guilty" verdict until the very end, it will ultimately be the senator-judges who will decide if Corona goes free or not.

We don't want to fully predict how the senator judges will vote, but instead, we've grouped the 23 members of the present Senate below according to their political standings.

It should be noted that 16 votes are needed to convict and if it will be solely based on getting the sentiment of the public, which means those seeking re-election will be the only ones who will convict, then we predict that Corona will be acquitted.

Senators who will seek re-election in 2013: Gregorio Honasan, Antonio Trillanes IV, Chiz Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Loren Legarda and Koko Pimentel III.

Senators who will "graduate" from the Senate position in 2013: Panfilo Lacson, Edgardo Angara, Manny Villar, Kiko Pangilinan and Joker Arroyo.

Senators who will seek re-election in 206: Ralph Recto, Frank Drilon, Tito Sotto, Bongbong Marcos, Teofisto Guingona III and Sergio OsmeƱa III.

Senators who will "graduate" from the Senate position in 2016: Juan Ponce Enrile, Pia Cayetano, Lito Lapid, Miriam Santiago, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr.

Find out tomorrow how the senator-judges will actually vote, and likewise hear each of them explain their decision individually in two-minute speeches as agreed by them after they've cast their votes.