Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Prominent rights advocate Katrina Legarda says charges vs Corona 'not impeachable' offenses

Lawyer Katrina Legarda in her interview with the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) as candidate for Supreme Court Chief Justice reportedly recounted how "morale of the courts plunged" and many judges and justices "were like lost sheep" following the the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona on offenses that she did not think were impeachable.
"What they brought up against Corona was not really an impeachable offense. The courts became scared that when they displease a higher authority, they will have problems in the future.."

The impeachment complaint against Corona was reportedly fast-tracked through the House of Representatives with no less than Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Racimo Belmonte, Jr recalling how "a 'furious' President Aquino wanted a 'fast' impeachment against Corona after he and seven other Arroyo appointees had issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) to block the travel ban against [former President Gloria] Arroyo".

Katrina Legarda is a prominent Filipino lawyer who specializes in family law, and is an advocate of the rights of women and children. She graduated from the University of Bristol, England (B.A Hons., History) in 1975, and obtained her degree in law from the University of the Philippines College of Law. She joined the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz Law offices (ACCRALAW) in 1981 and left a Partner in 1992.

She is Founding Chair of the Child Justice League, a foundation dedicated to providing free legal assistance to abused children and children in conflict with the law, and a founding member of the CASA/GAL- Philippines Foundation, Inc. She is a member of the Rotary Club and the Iota Tau Tau International Legal Sorority. She is the President of the U.P. Women Lawyers' Circle (an organization of women lawyers who are graduates of the University of the Philippines that provides free legal assistance to women and children, as well as funding a jail decongestion program for children in conflict with the law). Katrina was a member of the board of Museo Pambata (a museum for children in Manila), and is currently a faculty member of the Child Protection Unit Network, Inc. (CPU-Net). She is a member of the Research Committee of the Philippine Judicial Academy.

Under the auspices of the UNICEF, PLAN International, the British Embassy (Manila) and UNIFEM, she trains judges, prosecutors, social workers and police personnel around the country (as well as in Vientiane, Lao PDR, Goa, India and Lahore, Pakistan) on the investigation of crimes involving women and children.

She is presently a Professor in the College of Medicine of the University of the Philippines teaching Medical Jurisprudence and also a Professor in the College of Law of the [Pamantasan Ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), and Lyceum University, teaching Persons and Family Relations and Legal Writing. She is also a Professor in the College of Law of the University of the Philippines, teaching Persons and Family Relations.

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  1. Matthew Parkes25 July, 2012 23:35

    Of course, she cannot be Chief Justice because she has some qualifications. BS needs someone who is either dumber than he is or is a grovelling sycophant so he won't be intimidated. That's the problem with having a prissy little poofter as president.

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