"Hindi naman beauty contest ito," says Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile about Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment t

Journal Online reports that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile says he has "observed that the prosecution and defense panels as well as some concerned groups were trying to ’appeal to the emotion of the public’ by hiring supposed legal consultants who regularly ’analyze’ the proceedings (of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial) in radio and television interviews."

Journal Online reports that Senator Juan Ponce Enrile says he has "observed that the prosecution and defense panels as well as some concerned groups were trying to ’appeal to the emotion of the public’ by hiring supposed legal consultants who regularly ’analyze’ the proceedings (of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial) in radio and television interviews."

The report quoted Enrile, who, in a radio interview, said, "Hindi naman beauty contest ito. Hindi kami kikiling kahit kanino. Kung ikaw ay referree, ikaw ay patas. Nasa gitna. Kung beauty contest ito, may preference (This is not a beauty contest. We (senators) aren’t on anyone’s side. If you’re the referee, you have to be fair. You’re neutral. If this were a beauty contest, then you’d be allowed to have a preference)."

Enrile pointed out thatthe practice of having so-called legal consultants weigh in on the impeachment trial would distort the public’s perception.

 

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