12 December 2011
Last updated at 18:36 GMT
Philippines chief justice impeached by congress
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Congress in the Philippines has voted to impeach the country's Chief Justice Renato Corona for allegedly betraying public trust.
He will be put on trial before the Philippine Senate next year.
Mr Corona has been accused of showing bias towards the country's former president, Gloria Arroyo, who originally appointed him and is now facing charges of electoral fraud.
The chief justice denies violating the constitution.
In the impeachment vote, 188 of the 284 members of the House of Representatives backed the resolution to put Mr Corona on trial.
In addition to the breach of trust allegation he is also accused of failing to disclose all his assets and of "undue closeness" to Mrs Arroyo.
If found guilty he is likely to be forced from office.
Mr Corona's appointment by Mrs Arroyo was controversial from the start.
It happened weeks before she left office in June 2010 and was immediately questioned by her successor, current President Benigno Aquino.
Gloria Arroyo was stopped as she tried to leave the country in November Mr Aquino has since accused the chief judge of repaying his appointment by trying to block efforts to investigate corruption allegations against Mrs Arroyo.
The former president was arrested in November after being charged with rigging Senate elections in 2007, a claim she strongly denies.
The Supreme Court - under Mr Corona - had lifted a travel ban on Mrs Arroyo after which she tried to leave the country with her husband, saying she needed medical treatment.
She was pictured in a wheelchair at Manila airport trying to fly out, but the government ignored the court order and stopped her from leaving.
The impeachment motion passed on Monday said Mr Corona had "betrayed public trust through his partiality" by issuing a court order allowing Mrs Arroyo "an opportunity to escape prosecution and to frustrate the ends of justice".
Mrs Arroyo has a large team of lawyers fighting the allegations against her, which she says are politically motivated.
The former president has become the main target of her successor's campaign to eliminate corruption in the Philippines.
However, the BBC's Kate McGeown in Manila says President Aquino's current strategy could be dangerous, because it pitches the country's executive against its judiciary.
เพราะบางประเทศ อำนาจตุลาการ ใครแตะไม่ได้ ทำให้ดุลย์ระหว่าง "สามก้อนเส้า" ไม่สมดุลย์
หมายเหตุ : "สามก้อนเส้า" คือ ก้อนหินสามก้อนที่เราเอาไว้รองหม้อในการต้มน้ำ เวลาเดินป่า หรือ ตามไร่-นา
ประเทศเปรียบเสมือน "หม้อ" ที่ตั้งอยู่บนก้อนเส้า หากทั้งสามก้อนขนาดเท่าๆ กันหม้อก็จะมั่นคง แต่หากทั้งสามก้อนไม่เท่ากัน มีเล็ก มีใหญ่ หรือใหญ่มาก ก็จะทำให้หม้อคว่ำได้ง่ายๆ