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Supporters of private prosecutor Vitaliano Aguirre wear shirts featuring his face and cover their ears during a rally outside the Senate, which was discussing the penalty for the lawyer over the incident with Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (inset) last week.  (Photos by Manny Marcelo)



Sen. Lito Lapid is flanked by his wife Marissa and their son Mark in an undated photo.



This man was among hundreds of people injured as Filipinos ushered in the New Year.  (AFP/Getty Images)

Embattled Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona waves to the crowd, mostly lawyers and judges, shortly after addressing them in a rally at the Supreme Court in Manila on Dec. 14. Corona has warned that President Benigno Aquino III’s moves to oust him could lead to a dictatorship, and vowed to defend himself in an impeachment trial come January 2012.  (AP photo/Bullit Marquez)



Justices of the Philippine Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Renato Corona (center), prepare to hear oral arguments during an en banc session on Nov. 29, to decide on the constitutionality of the joint Department of Justice (DOJ)-Commission on Elections (Comelec) panel created to investigate alleged electoral fraud committed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  (AP photo/Bullit Marquez)

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