Philippine Chief Justice is Ousted

The Philippine Senate, with an overwhelming 20-3 vote to impeach Chief Justice Renato Corona, has handed President Benigno S. Aquino the biggest victory of his presidential reign, which began in July of 2010. Corona, removed on charges he had failed to declare $2.4 million in foreign currency deposits, is the first public official ever to be ousted by an impeachment court. His ouster from the 15-member court, while ostensibly a legislative act, nonetheless was engineered by Aquino and it puts the president one step closer to bringing down his chief target, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whom he has vowed to bring to justice.

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