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Big name lawyers are lining up and offering their services for free to defend Chief Justice Renato Corona in the impeachment trial at the Senate early next year.
Supreme Court (SC) Administrator Midas Marquez said that the lawyers who will form the defense team for Corona is still being finalized.
"I'm also very pleasantly surprised because there are so many big name lawyers offering their services to the Chief Justice for free," Marquez said in a television interview.
Also yesterday, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) issued a statement expressing their opposition to Corona's impeachment.
"The impeachment has placed on trial not only the Chief Justice but the entire Supreme Court. The grounds invoked to impeach the Chief Justice refer to collegial decisions of the Supreme Court involving interpretations of law in actual disputes elevated for review," the IBP said in a statement.
It said that in all of the cases cited in the impeachment complaint, Corona merely concurred with the majority or minority opinion and was not the ponente.