Former Chief Justice Renato Corona passes away due to cardiac arrest

He was the first Philippine chief magistrate ousted through impeachment.

Renato Corona


( Former Chief Justice Renato Corona, the first chief magistrate to be removed from office in the Philippines through impeachment, has died at the age of 67.


Corona passed away at 1:48 AM today, April 29 according to a statement from the Supreme Court's Public Information Office.


"The Philippine flag in all courts and the Supreme Court colors will be flown at half staff starting today. His remains will lie in state at The Heritage Park starting April 30," said the statement.


Corona was the Supreme Court's 23rd Chief Justice, serving from April 9, 2002 to May 12, 2012. Prior to his appointment to the judiciary, Corona served as former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Chief of Staff and Presidential Legal Counsel.


On May 29, 2012, the Senate voted 20 to three to convict Corona, finding him guilty of Article 2 of the impeachment complaint filed against him. It pertained to his failure to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth to the public.


Photo from GMA News

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