1. Undue compliance to GMA
- SC ruling Mega-Pacific contract canceled for not undergoing public bidding (JRC disagreed)
- SC ruling Dismissed petition to disqualify Fernando Poe JR. (JRC disagreed)
- SC ruling Dismissed the case for failing to comply with constitutional requirements of conducting a people’s initiative (JRC disagreed)
- SC proclamation is partly legal and partly constitutional, party unconstitutional (JRC sided with Justice Tinga)
- SC: Neri not liable for contempt for not appearing in senate hearings on NBN-ZTE deal which was linked to Arroyo and her spouse, because his testimony is covered by executive privilege (JRC agreed)
2. Non-Disclosure of assets
Undisclosed property at the Fort: It has been reported that respondent has among others is a 300 sq. meter apartment in a posh Mega World Property development at the Fort Taguig area
3. Wife’s government post
Undue closeness to Macapagal Arroyo as shown by the appointment of the Chief Justice’s wife to a seat in the bases conversion and development authority (BCDA).
Judges shall not allow family, social, or other relationships to influence judicial conduct or judgment. The prestige of judicial office shall not be used or lent to advance the private interests of others, nor convey or permit others to convey impressions that they are in a special position to influence the judge.
4. Suspended hearing for OMG
Betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution when he issued a status quo order ante that had suspended the hearings of the House justice committee on the impeachment case against previous ombudsman Merceditas gutierrez
5. Voting on cityhood cases and the creation of the province of Dinagat
6. Improper investigation
Creation of the ethics committee to look into the plagiarism case against SC justice Mariano del Castillo which resulted in clearing Del Castillo of any liability
Plagiarism was committed by Associate Justice Del Castillo with a case concerning the Philippine Government’s claims to the Japanese Government regarding rape and abuse of the Filipino Comfort women during WW2
In a move to protect Justice Castillo, JRC formed an Ethics Committee that decided if Castillo Was guilty of the allegations. This is a violation of the Constitution because only the House of Representatives has the authority to make impeachable officers accountable.
7. TRO on GMA’s travel ban
A TRO is an injuction. A form of court order that requires either side of an ongoing case to do or refrain from doing certain acts
In the case of GMA, the DOJ issued a hold departure order to the Arroyo couple with relation toseveral criminal charges against them, to which the SC granted the arroyo couple a TRO to be able to leave the country.
The consolidation of two petition in one – The SC excessively extended the benefit of GMA’s health needs to her spouse though merging their separate request for a TRO into one.
Inconsistencies and questions of urgency and sincerity with GMA’s request to leave the Philippines
“It seems incongruous for petitioner who has asked the department of justice and this court to look with humanitarian concern on her precarious state of health. To attend these meeting and conferences at the risk of worsening her physical condition”
8. Vagueness on funds
Refusal to account for judicial development funds, special allowances and other court collections
Aside from the provision under the National Budget, the Supreme Court has a separate independent source of income through collecting docket fees from litigant filing
The Special allowance for the judiciary and the basic legal fees are part of a trust fund, the judicial development fund(JDF)
The JDF is used to increase the subsidies of the employees of the judiciary to safeguard their independence in their leadership of justice and is also used for acquisitions, operations and maintenance of office equipment and facilities.
JRC allegedly failed and withheld the status of the JDF funds and SAJ collections to the Department of Treasury, amounting to P5.38 Billion
Violation of the policy of transparency, accountability and good governance.
Source: A Primer on Chief Justice Corona’s Impeachment Case (http://spacelab.2720.tv/infographics/Corona/)