29 Apr Former Chief Justice Renato Corona Dies at 67
On the morning of April 29, 2016, Ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona dies at 67 due to cardiac arrest.
“It is with deep sorrow that the National Transformation Council announces the demise of Council member Chief Justice Renato C. Corona. At 1:48 am today, April 29, 2016, Chief Justice Corona succumbed to cardiac arrest. Please pray for the eternal repose of his soul as he joins his Creator,” posted by The National Transformation Council on their Facebook page.
Corona was the 23rd Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He is an Ateneo faithful, having his grade school there until his law school.
He was assistant secretary for legal affairs for the former President Fidel V. Ramos. Also, he was designated as Supreme Court justice from 2002 until 2012.
From the ousting of former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, he was appointed as chief of staff by the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on January 20, 2001, the last day of the People Power II.
Upon the retirement of Chief Justice Reynato Puno and just before Arroyo ended her term as the Philippine President, Corona has been appointed as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a designation that has been considered by most as a midnight appointment.
Way back then when Benigno Aquino III was just a senator, he accused Arroyo about the appointment as an illegal move, considering the election appointment ban that is effective that time.
Aquino drove the process of the impeachment of Corona on 2011 and May of the year after that, Corona failed to submit his true assets, which made him guilty of betraying the public trust. While the verdict is passed, Corona is in the Medical City in Pasig after his blood sugar went down.
Tax evasion charges were then filed against Corona and his family. The impeachment of Corona is the first legitimate action of the Aquino government in fighting against corruption.
On the other hand, Corona is praised by his followers and supporters as a good leader, kind, and a great family man.
In his death, Corona left his wife Cristina Basa Roco and their 3 children.