Yahoo! poll: Majority sees conviction for Corona

The Senate has yet to render judgment on the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona, but a majority of Yahoo! users see it ending in conviction.

According to an online poll from May 25 to May 28, 62 percent (59, 488) of 96,501 respondents believe Corona will be convicted. Of those who voted on the poll, 28,884 said they believe Corona will be acquitted while 8,129 declined to speculate on how the trial will end.

Another poll asking users to rate Corona's testimony before the Senate impeachment court last week, got 120,736 votes. A majority of voters on that poll--87,596 or 73 percent--said Corona "was unconvincing." A smaller number, 23,358 or 19 percent, said they "believe (Corona's) statements" while eight percent said they didn't care. That poll ran from May 23 to May 26.

Both the prosecution and defense panels gave their closing arguments on the case Monday, capping a trial that began in mid-January. Senators are expected to hand down a verdict on Tuesday and will be given two minutes each to explain their votes if they want to.

Corona is facing three articles of impeachment and needs eight votes for an acquittal. The prosecution, meanwhile, needs 16 votes to secure a conviction. If Corona is convicted on even just one article of impeachment, he will be removed from office.

Twitter users also weighed in on the closing arguments of each side. Tony La Viña, dean of the Ateneo School of Government said: "Now that closing arguments are truly finally over, I say again that this was a better day for the defense than for the prosecution."

He said, however, that "Senators who decides to convict need only to look at evidence, particularly testimony of Corona & ask 'do I believe him'?"

Another Twitter user, Cocoy Dayao, predicted: "Marcos, Arroyo, Santiago, will vote no (acquit). hehe. Drilon, Pangilinan, TG3, Trillianes will vote yes (convict)."

Dean Jorge Bocobo, who has been critical of Corona, meanwhile said: "If the Senator-Judges got JPE's interpellation of Cuevas we can expect a unanimous or overwhelming vote of guilty."

Twitter user Acquit CJ, associated with the Acquit CJ website, meanwhile said "Enrile smells like kangaroo," referring to a kangaroo, or biased, court.

Another poll, asking users to rate Corona's testimony before the Senate impeachment court last week, got 120,736 votes. A majority of voters on that poll--87,596 or 73 percent--said Corona "was unconvincing." A smaller number, 23,358 or 19 percent, said they "believe (Corona's) statements" while eight percent said they didn't care.

Both the prosecution and defense panels gave their closing arguments on the case Monday, capping a trial that began in mid-January. Senators are expected to hand down a verdict on Tuesday and will be given two minutes each to explain their votes if they want to.

Corona is facing three articles of impeachment and needs eight votes for an acquittal. The prosecution, meanwhile, needs 16 votes to secure a conviction. If Corona is convicted on even just one article of impeachment, he will be removed from office.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

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