Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. received high approval from internet followers despite his supposed unpopular stance to defend the independence of the judiciary by voting former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona ‘not guilty’ with respect to Article 2 for his failure to disclose his true Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth.
In a recent survey made by the abs-cbnnews.com, the web portal of television giant ABS-CBN, some 1,300 internet citizen followers voted ‘like’ for Senator Marcos, next only to Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago who got 1,500, and by Senator Joker Arroyo for 1,100.
The survey was conducted in an effort to get the pulse and opinion of the public on the decision rendered by the 23 senator-judges of the impeachment court.
The three were the only senators who cast their ‘not guilty’ verdict to Corona. Senator Marcos was the third senator who rendered his judgment to acquit the former Chief Justice.
On the other hand, the top five of the 20 senators who voted guilty against Corona were Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile who received 281 “like” votes, followed by Manuel Lapid, 265; Alan Peter Cayetano, 254, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, 216; and Edgardo Angara, 214.
In a speech before he cast his vote, Senator Marcos explained that he based his decision on the arguments and evidences presented throughout the trial wherein crucial issues were emerged from ‘outside the original ambit of the impeachment complaint.’
Citing that his decision may not be popular, he noted that “when the furor has died down and this political storm has subsided, I know - that like the lady Justice – we shall find solace in the fact that this decision, though maybe not popular, was fair, impartial and just.”
Senator Marcos noted that before the start of the impeachment proceedings, “he took an oath to do impartial justice according to the Constitution and the laws of the Philippines” and, like lady justice, he is bound to do so without fear or favor.
“The lady justice wears a blindfold for a reason. She is to render judgment based on law and evidence, without regard to the circumstances and personalities of the parties involved --- however controversial they may be. She is to dispense justice without fear or favor," he emphasized.
He also said that he carefully studied all angles in making his decision because the result of the impeachment “will reverberate throughout our social and political history affecting generations beyond ours.