Photo wall shows impeachment 'victory'

The House of Representatives has mounted a collage of photos highlighting the 15th Congress' historic impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Prominently displayed in the South Wing of Batasang Pambansa in time for President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address, the "impeachment wall" includes images of the prosecution and defense panels, the senator-judges and the key witnesses of the Corona trial.

An image of Aquino, who publicly expressed his support for the impeachment process, is also part of the collage.

Senators, congressmen and their parties posed for photos before the display, even after they visited a photo booth at the lobby.

One such legislator was House Committee on Justice Chairman Niel Tupas, who told Yahoo! Southeast Asia that the impeachment wall "emphasizes the role of Congress in ensuring check-and-balance."

"It sends a strong signal to all public officials that ultimately, the power lies with the people, exercised by their representatives," Tupas said.

The House with 188 signatures from its members impeached Corona earlier this year. On May 29, the Senate sitting as an impeachment court found Corona guilty of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.

With Corona's impeachment, the top post in the judiciary remains vacant, with the Constitution giving Aquino until August to appoint a new chief justice.

The Judicial and Bar Council, which will submit a short list of candidates to Aquino, is set to start public interviews for 22 chief justice nominess next week.

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