The Corona Trial: So What Did You Learn?

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The Corona Trial: So What Did You Learn?

Take this quiz on the Corona Impeachment Trial prepared by Tony La Viña, Dean of the Ateneo School of Government.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Former Chief Justice Corona justified the non-declaration of his dollar deposits in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) by saying that under the Foreign Currency Denominated Act or R.A. 6426 said dollar deposits are absolutely confidential.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Article II of the impeachment complaint charges former Chief Justice Corona of betrayal of public trust for having committed culpable violation of the constitution and/or betrayed the public trust when he failed to disclose to the public his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth as required under sec. 17, Art. XI of the 1987 Constitution.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    Betrayal of public trust as a ground for impeachment means willful and intentional violation of the Constitution and not violation committed unintentionally or involuntarily or in good faith or thru an honest mistake of judgment.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Under section 8 of RA no. 6713 or The Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” only the assets, liabilities, net worth and financial and business interests of public officials and employees have to be disclosed to the public.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    Among the senator-judges who voted in the impeachment trial, five (5) of them voted to acquit former Chief Justice Corona namely: senator-judges Santiago, Arroyo, Escudero, Lapid and Marcos.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The verdict in an impeachment trial is subject to judicial review by the Supreme Court.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    Among the five (5) articles in the impeachment complaint that the prosecution withdrew for presentation of evidence is article V which alleges that respondent Corona committed culpable violation of the constitution through wanton arbitrariness and partiality in consistently disregarding the principle of res judicata and in deciding in favor of gerry-mandering in the cases involving the 16 newly-created cities, and the promotion of Dinagat island into a province.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    While testifying respondent Chief Justice Corona left the court before he could be discharged because, according to his defense lawyers, he was suffering from hypoglycemia.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    Before he finally signed an unconditional waiver to the impeachment court allowing authorities to publicly release details of his peso and dollar accounts, the Chief Justice first signed a waiver to be submitted on the condition that at least a majority of the 188 complainants and Senator-judge Escudero first sign their own waivers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    The defense argued that while the Columns Unit was registered in the name of the Corona spouses, the Chief Justice was under no obligation to declare it in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Networth (SALN) because there was no formal acceptance of delivery of the condo unit from property developer Ayala Corp. to the Corona couple.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    _____________ is the family-owned corporation which figured prominently during the impeachment trial, the control of which has been the subject of a long drawn court dispute between Mrs. Cristina Corona and her relatives.
  • 12. 
    Article 7 of the impeachment complaint alleges partiality in granting a ______________ in favor of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel Arroyo in order to give them an opportunity to escape prosecution and to frustrate the ends of justice.
  • 13. 
    Private Prosecutor Vitaliano Aguirre is the private prosecutor who was cited in ________ for disrespecting the impeachment court when he covered his ears while Santiago was scolding the prosecution panel.
  • 14. 
    Prosecution witness ________________testified that respondent Chief Justice Corona had influenced the court in allowing the temporary restraining order relieving the prohibition of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to leave the country.
  • 15. 
    Using the dissenting opinion by ____________________Secretary de Lima said that Chief Justice Corona corrected the draft of the decision, and instructed Supreme Court spokesperson Midas Marquez to mislead the public by stating that the restraining order was still in effect even if Arroyo was not able to abide by it.
  • 16. 
    Ombudsman Carpio-Morales testified that, upon her request, she received a report from the ____________________ supposedly containing information concerning the dollar transactions of respondent Chief Justice Corona.
  • 17. 
    By virtue of a long standing rule, practice and tradition of the Supreme Court the _________________will serve as acting Chief Justice in case that the Chief Justice is removed, becomes incapacitated or is not in the country.
  • 18. 
    The ________________ is the constitutionally created body tasked to recommend appointees for vacancies that may arise in the composition of the Supreme Court and other lower courts.
  • 19. 
    In his testimony Chief Justice Corona justified his nondisclosure in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Networth (SALN) of his peso accounts because these were supposed to be ___________ funds.
  • 20. 
    Article XI, Section 1 of the 1987 Constitution stipulates: “Public office is a____________. Public officers and employees must, at all times, be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency; act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.”
  • 21. 
    Which body is tasked to try and decide all impeachment cases?
    • A. 

      The House of Representatives sitting as an impeachment court

    • B. 

      The Senate sitting as an impeachment court

    • C. 

      The Supreme Court sitting en banc

    • D. 

      The Civil Service Commission

  • 22. 
    How did Senator Santiago characterize the nature of impeachment proceedings?
    • A. 

      A criminal prosecution

    • B. 

      Quasi-political and quasi-judicial

    • C. 

      Strictly political in nature

    • D. 

      Administrative proceedings

  • 23. 
    How many times may impeachment proceedings be initiated against the same official in 1 year?
    • A. 

      Twice

    • B. 

      Once

    • C. 

      Thrice

    • D. 

      As many as there are complainants

  • 24. 
    What was the reason why the defense counsel sought the disqualification of Senator-judge Franklin Drilon from the impeachment trial?
    • A. 

      Because he was not qualified to sit as senator-judge

    • B. 

      Because he was accused of open partiality or bias towards the prosecution

    • C. 

      Because of conflict of interest

    • D. 

      Because he was accused of not observing the Rules of Impeachment

  • 25. 
    Other than Chief Justice Renato Corona which other high ranking official of the Philippines was impeached?
    • A. 

      Ombudsman Aniano Desierto

    • B. 

      Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

    • C. 

      Former President Joseph E. Estrada

    • D. 

      Former Chief Justice Hilaro Davide