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‘5 or 10 or 20 or 45, Corona did not declare these assets’

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Spokespersons of the prosecution in the trial of impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona on Friday said the criticism directed at it for its failure to present proof of his purported 45 properties is not only undeserved but also missed the point of the impeachment.

“They claimed we have lost the case because we only presented 25 and not 45 [properties]. But whether it is 5 or 10 or 20 or 45, the point is he did not disclose and declare them for years. And why were these declared at very low values? It’s like he’s hiding something, like where did he get the money to pay for these?”  Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara said.

The lawmaker also said saying sorry would not cut it for Corona, who is expected to argue that his omissions in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) were not enough grounds for his ouster.

Apology acceptable if…

“[The apology] will be acceptable if he makes it voluntarily and before there was a full-blown trial,” Angara said. “Clearly, it will be a belated U-turn from previous pronouncements that he had declared all his properties in his SALNs, necessitated by the very clear showing of nondeclaration and underdeclaration [of] funds and assets that cannot be justified by his legitimate income. The omissions are too blatant and too deliberate to ignore.”

Angara likewise said Corona’s anticipated gambit to apologize for his shortcomings in his SALNs would constitute proof that the prosecution had done its work.

“His team would not have admitted to the deficiencies in the [documents] had we not pried out his SALNs and [income tax returns] during the trial,” Angara said.

Clear betrayal

Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III said it was “a clear betrayal of public trust because [Corona] swore to the authenticity of his SALNs.”

“He cannot even claim that it was ‘a lapse of judgment,’ like what GMA claimed in the heat of the ‘Hello Garci’ [election fraud] scandal,” Tañada said in reference to then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s (GMA) speech in 2005 where she apologized for talking to then Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, purportedly in an effort to pad and protect her votes.

“It did not work for GMA; the people did not believe her. It will also not work for her ‘midnight appointee,’” Tanada said.

Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo said allowing Corona to get away with concealing his properties for years would ultimately render SALNs worthless.

Purported bank accounts

“The filing of a SALN is not a ministerial duty. It is a serious measure required by the Constitution for the public to monitor whether a public officer is illegally accumulating wealth. The Supreme Court has time and again punished government employees for lying in their SALNs. If the court punished other government employees for lying in their SALN, why can’t we impose it on the Chief Justice?” Quimbo said, adding:

“The Chief Justice wants a double standard for himself.”

Quimbo also said the prosecution had pinpointed the bank accounts and transactions that it wanted to subpoena from PSBank and Bank of the Philippine Islands that would help in uncovering Corona’s purported hidden wealth.

He said the impeachment court being a superior court, the banks would have no choice but to drop their confidentiality agreements to comply with the subpoena.

Tarnished

But no matter how his impeachment trial turns out, Corona will emerge scarred, his name tarnished, and without any legal remedy to go after the 188 lawmakers who impeached him, according to defense spokesperson Tranquil Salvador III.

“The hard part about the Chief Justice’s situation is that they’re throwing the entire cabinet at him. But after all this, when he’s acquitted or found guilty, nothing… By then, his person has been destroyed, and he has no remedy. Can he sue the 188 for malicious prosecution? I don’t think so,” Salvador told reporters.

Asked if Corona could sue the lawmakers who had signed the impeachment complaint for libel, the lawyer laughed and said: “Let’s talk about that at a later time.”

Salvador and his fellow spokespersons, Rico Paolo Quicho and Karen Jimeno, faced the press to answer questions, particularly on the prosecution’s flip-flopping on earlier claims that Corona had 45 properties, at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School in Makati City.

“We are standing by the contents of [Corona’s] SALNs, and that these are accurate and exact,” Salvador said.

But Salvador refused to say how Corona could explain why he declared, for example, the Burgundy Plaza condominium unit owned by him and his wife in his 2003 SALN only six years after its purchase, and underdeclared it.

The spokesperson said the defense would answer all these, and other allegations by the prosecution, in its own presentation of witnesses and documents.

At Thursday’s hearing, Sen. Ralph Recto pointed out that a public officer who made an erroneous entry in his SALN would not be sanctioned if he made a correction in good faith under the rules of the Civil Service Commission.

At the same hearing, the prosecutors told the court that Corona declared the P3.4-million Burgundy unit only as P921,080 in his 2003 SALN, and did not declare the P450,000 parking slot at all.

Review

Quicho said Republic Act No. 6713, the law governing SALNs, provided for the creation of a committee by the Senate and the House to review the documents submitted by government officials and employees.

“Was there a committee formed to review the SALNs of government officials? Are there implementing guidelines? This is where the concern of some senator-judges comes in. If the basis for reviewing these SALNs is unclear, why should the Chief Justice be penalized for something that the law is not clear on?” Quicho said.

Jimeno said the matter should be seen in the context of whether there was compliance with the rules of compliance issued by the Supreme Court on disclosure. “They should study that, and not the error of the Chief Justice in filling out his SALN,” she said.

‘Stupidity too strong a word’

On the prosecution’s claim that it had presented evidence proving that Corona had 21 properties, instead of 45, Salvador said the defense would not file a case against the contending camp. But he challenged the prosecutors to be man enough to admit their mistake.

This, Quicho added, betrayed the hastiness with which the prosecution filed the articles of impeachment.

“Stupidity is too strong a word. This just goes to show that they had filed this hastily, without giving it much thought and verification,” he said.

Jimeno, for her part, said the matter should serve as a lesson to the media and the public not to accept any evidence presented by either panel hook, line and sinker.

Challenge

Quicho challenged Quimbo to join the trial and face chief defense counsel Serafin Cuevas if he was that “well-versed” with the facts of the case.

He was reacting to Quimbo’s reported claim that Cuevas was only representing “wealthy criminals.”

The defense said it was prepared to respond to any witness or document to be presented, or any manifestation to be filed by the prosecution.


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Tags: Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara , Chief Justice Renato Corona , Corona Impeachment , Corona prosecution team , Corona’s SALN , defense counsel Serafin Cuevas , Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo , Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III , Rep. Niel Tupas Jr.


  • tsugtsug

    if a person is not capable of completing his SALN acccurately and honestly, he/she is not capable to sit as a supreme court justice so much as chief justice.

    if a person is intentionally providing erroneous information in his SALN, he is not honest enough to be a supreme court justice so much as chief justice.

    • isalexus

      “Spokespersons of the prosecution in the trial of impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona on Friday said the criticism directed at it for its failure to present proof of his purported 45 properties is not only undeserved but also missed the point of the impeachment.”- JEEEEZ! The only people who aere missing the point here are the spinmeisters of the Prosecution!! The point is you people misinformed the people with your announcement of 45 properties!! You guys are no better than Corona!!

      • CheapJ

        Just let Corona’s defense team explain how the 21 properties were acquired. They have to be backed up with evidence that the funds used in purchasing these high-end properties came from legitimate source.

      • kawawang_bansa

        prior to the impeachment hearings, corona publicly spoke about each of the items in the 45-property list. he said he owns 5 of those in the list. when it is the defense’s turn, my expectation is for them/coronoa to prove what he said (ie, he owns only 5) and not 21-24, which the prosecutors now claim to be the number.

    • TGM_ERICK

      but the thing is how many of he congressmen have filed their SALN and a faithful one at that.

  • tsugtsug

    corona himself declared:  “a member of the judiciary who is found guilty of dishonesty should not only be dismissed from the service but also disbarred. No ifs, no buts.” EXCEPT CORONA HIMSELF.

  • GKid

    Guess What??? We have not heard from the defense witnesses and evidence yet. But the prosecution still has a hard time proving their case. The fact remains that they have admittedly LIED to the Public that Chief Justice Corona failed to disclose 45 ill gotten properties on his SALN. Now they have backtracked saying that he failed to disclose 24 properties including parking lots. Yet, they still don’t know which of the 24 properties the CJ owns and which of the 24 his other family members, daughters and in-laws, own.

    This is the reason why the “Burden of Proof” is always on the prosecutor/accuser and the accused is deemed “Innocent until PROVEN Guilty.” Hearsay cannot be the grounds for conviction in a Free Society. It’s time for the prosecution to release REAL evidence and stop their fishing expedition.

    I hope the prosecution supporters aren’t stupid enough to believe the prosecution claim that the Chief Justice might apologize for the 24 properties. Don’t be mislead because that is just wishful thinking on their part. Beautiful Atty. Jimeno is already showing part of the defense, the compliance rules of the SALN. If the prosecution is smart, they should read the instructions in filling a SALN before being embarrassed in the Court.

  • goldilock

    Term to be used should be fraud. De-defrauding is the same as stealing. It can mean much worst. Reality, you are stealing money from the government of the Philippines. Money laundering, probably tax evasion too. You want to make more without paying taxes to the government who is paying your salary. You converted money intended for the functions of the Philippine government to become your own income. How can the rest of its citizen observe the law when the one imposing the law, making the law and executing the law does not follow the law. Many find a way to convert Government money into their own savings deposit through many  schemes like you have a not for profit charity organization where you donate money in it but in reality, the charity organization deposit it back to many of your own bank account somewhere. This is new, buying imported scad when in reality there is plenty of scad in Philippine waters and you get commission or all of the money. Officials in the government who is practicing this scheme is detrimental to the country and should be kick out from working in the government.

  • ethicsingov

    Justices are expected to have unblemished integrity and to exercise the finest tact, discretion and due diligence in their lifestyle and practice of profession. The question of whether the charges against the SCJ are impeacheable or not should no longer be debated. Trivial it may be (or has become because the practice is rampant among public officials), there was a lapse in judgement in his lifestyle that cast doubt on his integrity as the Chief Supreme Court Justice.

    If by technicalities he is not impeached, he is publicly vindicated! But at the back of people’s minds, he has erred. Mr Corona should voluntarily let go of his position (or be willing to be demoted) to preserve the only hope of this country – Justice for All! Graft and corruption have badly damaged the reputation of the land and its people. It can’t move on to be its best because of the many forms of abuses, rampant misuse of public resources and tolerance to theft and ill-gotten wealth. Mr Corona could take the lead in restoring the respect and honor to himself, his family and the country by doing what is right. And, if he truly is God-fearing as publicized, he knows what is right. If he could humble himself and do what is right . . . many will follow him.

  • jamesgeorge

    The seeming nonchalant attitude of the Senators in omissions in CJ Corona’s SALN is a matter which is unusual and immoral! Why? Because all these senators are guilty of the same grave sin! Now, what is being poised and presented to the people is that, it’s alright to cover up your SALN, nothing to worry about, it’s a normal thing and let’s just make the corrections! I hate to accept it but we’re a malfunctioniong democracy, our system was ran over by names like Enrile, Santiago, Joker, Sotto,Lapid, Honasan etc… With senators like these, Do we really think we still got hope?

  • Garote

    If in the impeachment, the prosecutors are having difficulty proving their case, it’s because Enrile’s hand has been masterfully manipulating the impeachment hearing since the very beginning of the trial. He appears to be fair, but subtly he has been undermining the prosecutors’ evidence. He is slowly uncovering his mask and showing his bias for Corona. Enrile has made the impeachment trial akin to a criminal trial with his ruling.This alone has given Corona huge advantage. Because now the strict rules on criminal procedure will apply, allowing technicalities to come in and hide the truth, or if not, to delay the case. Now, the standard of proof is much higher, guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Compared to a political trial, which an impeachment case is, you could present all evidence and the judge-senators will just choose which to use and which not to use, as what happened in the Clinton’s impeachment. The evidence is only substantial evidence.

    Moreover, every time the law is clear on a certain point (which would not favor Corona), Enrile would try to obscure the settled issue by mouthing a lot of legal garbage to confuse the public. Like, questioning SEC’s authority to revoke and dissolve corporations, or the BIR authority to impose capital gain tax on shares of stocks. These are settled points of law as decided in litany of cases penned by the SC dating far back to the early `50s, and until the present. Another is forcing prosecutors to present a hostile witness whom Enrile ordered to be called, without the benefit of having the witness talk with the prosecutors before presenting him. Of course, the prosecutors were “sandbag” (a legal term for being tricked by a witness to call him as such, but when on stand he would testify in favor of the other side).

  • pinoyrocker

    The defense panel chose to focus on the prosecution’s earlier claim that Corona had 45 properties. This is nitpicking meant to divert attention from the real issue. I agree with the prosecution’s position that whether Corona has 45 or 21 or 10 properties, the fact remains that he misdeclared those assets in his SALNs. And that is enough proof that he was lying. Isn’t this clear enough to the senator-judges? Instead of dwelling on legal technicalities, the senators should focus on this basic fact in deciding Article 3. Corona’s lawyers say those were honest mistakes and that the law provides for a grace period to correct the SALN entries. Problem is Corona admits the misdeclaration only now that the matter was brought to public light.

  • WAJ

    The sitting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Corona) is not supposed to cheat, lie, fraud both vocally and in written form. Public trust is verbatim in the Philippine Constitution. Arguments pertains the 45 properties of Corona is useless in the trial and irrelevant. What is important is to tackle in Art 2 of the impeachment is to define the wrongful and willful submission of Coronas’ SALN directly a violation of Public Trust.

  • ortitzrl

    Even if it is only 24 out of the suppose 45 assets,it is already a ground for dishonesty and it is impeachable!The defence panel wants the rest of the 45 then it is even worst!The difence used this as a ploy to dishonor the prosecution. If you are a lawyer, you know that it’s enough grounds to prosicute corona !

    • kawawang_bansa

      prior to the impeachment hearings, corona publicly spoke about each of the items in the 45-property list. he said he owns 5 of those in the list. when it is the defense’s turn, my expectation is for them/coronoa to prove what he said (ie, he owns only 5) and not 21-24, which the prosecutors now claim to be the number.

  • herculubus

    When Umali offered the CSC Implementing Rules for stipulation and Cuevas readily admitted it, Umali said that “they are happy that the Defense admitted that the basic requirements for disclosure in the SALn are completeness, truthfulness and timeliness. The yellow bloggers were quick to point out that since Cuevas already admitted this, the Defense now is in a very precarious situation. Their momentary happiness was douse with cold water when Sen. Pimentel asked both parties that their legal authorities be explained in their respective Memorandum. This CSC Impleenting Rules raised in open court, prompted Cuevas to bare their theory of the case and revealed that the CSC Implementing Rules succeeding sections provide a remedy or corrective measures rather than a penalty. This why they are adopting the CSC Rules as their authority why undervaluation of assets in SALn is not an offense, much more an impeachable offense. But aside from this reality, they are presenting evidence to prove that indeed CJ Corona’s declarations in his SALn are complete, true, and timely declared. Sorry na lang ang Prosecution, yong exhibit nila mismo ginawang authority ng Defense without them being aware of it, in the first place.

    • jimiji

      and the yellow army refuses to see this…nagbubulag-bulagan. 

  • tadasolo

    corona supporters could well be in a surprise and will be disappointed that those
    senators who appear to question the prosecution to favor the defense are actually doing so in order to convince themselves that their “decision” to remove corona will be based on evidence and the public perception of those evidence presented. This trial is for public consumption and senators are political animals and will commit a political “suicide” to vote against what the public wishes. No amount of legal technicalities and good lawyering will benefit both sides if the public is not persuaded. A majority of our people have made a decision and have seen this trial as a representation of those who with enough clout and resources will “bend” the law to suit their purpose. This is a reality. The reality is the way we choose senators 12 at a time and the difference between Number one and 12 is not much and the difference between the magic number 12 and number 13 is less than 500, 000 votes. The senators are looking at this reality and cannot IGNORE THIS 800 POUND GORILLA behind them. Coronas supporters are salivating on points scored by the defense but corona is just one man one vote and appointed and will be a sacrificial “lamb” in this political game best practice by senators and congressmen and not a judge. The senators will be best serve to speed up this process and have caucus to get control of the proceedings and lean it towards completion. coronas ego will forever tarnish his reputation for making this decision to proceed and challenge the president and his political allies and left them no choice. The high stakes gamble taken by corona as a chief judge left no recourse for the political establishment. corona should have considered this by taking the high road and resigned to relieve the country of the burden of the impeachment which the country can ill afford and make us focus on all the immediate issues confronting the nation.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6LNAT5OAVCRVCYL2OOUXMBNTY4 Juan

    Even if the property is less than 10 for as long that they not being put in his SALN then Corona is already lying and when justice lied is bad for the Nation for everyone will follow just like what they did during GMA administration, When the head is corrupt the follower will be corrupt. If will be a precedence that it’s Ok to lie, so everybody will lie. . It’s time to get rid of lier in the system.

  • Tito_Ces

    That Corona is accused of not reporting all his property in his SALN is a foregone conclusion. The issue on the 45 properties is another. Now the prosecutors claim they were only 21 or 24 because they were unsure of the number. If that is the case why did they promote a lie? It stands to reason why even the pro-PNoy senator-judges did not appreciate what the prosec did and got a dressing down from them.

  • http://twitter.com/_jayxx1 Jay

    IBAGSAK ANG REHIMENG ABNOY-AQUINO!

    • scorpio15

      JAY pumunta ka do-on sa Malacanang at do-on mo sila pabagsakin at hindi dito sa dyaryo ka magpuputak kung talagang matapang ka!!!

  • scorpio15

    ISA man o isang milyon ang mga ari ari-an ay nagsinunggaling pa rin pag hindi ma-declare sa SALN kahit ISA man lang.

    Ang malaking tanong dito ay HONEST ba o DISHONEST si CJ Corona??? Kailangan pa bang pahaba-in ang impeachment? Sayang ang PERA ng BAYAN.

    • victorts

      Ang mabigat ay baka ang mga dishonest ay yong mga 188 congressmen na nag-aakusa ng dishonesty kay Corona.  Puwede bang ilathala din nila sa mga pahayagan ang kani-nakilang SALN?  At puwede pati si Pnoy nang malaman natin kung magkano ang share niya sa Hacienda Luisita?  Puwede rin bang isa-publiko nila kung paano nila ginasta iyong kani-kaniyang pork barrel?  Baka para silang si Acosta na nasuspinde ng 90 araw sa paggastos ng hindi tama ng kaniyang pork barrel noong kongresista pa siya. 

      Maglalakad ako ng paluhod sa simbahan kapag walang nagsisinungaling sa mga iyan at walang nangurakot sa pera ng bayan. 

      • scorpio15

        Victorts hindi naman pueding sabay sabayin ang mga ito a huwag mo ng gamitin ang simbahan. Lahat na activities merong nararapat na schedule.
        At alam mo naman na lahat sila ay sinunggaling kaya hindi ka na maglalakad paluhod kahit sa-ang mang sulok ng Pinas kaya malakas ang lo-ob mo magsabi ng ganyan.
        Nakapunta ka na ba ng Negros at alam mo kung ga-ano kalawak ang mga lupa-in ng mga Arroyo??? Ar marami pa sa Pinas na merong malalawak na pag-aari ng mga lupa-in katulad sa Mindanao.

      • victorts

        Kaya malakas ang loob ko na mangako dahil wala pa akong nalalaman na congressman na malinis at hindi nagpayaman habang nasa puwesto.  Ito pa kayang 188 na ito na nakadikit at nakakapit ng mahigpit sa nagpapakawala ng pera ng bayan na si Pnoy?

        Alam kong mayaman ang mga Arroyo (Ilonggo rin ako) at kung dapat parusahan si Gloria o si Mike, wala akong tutol at sasaya pa ako.  Pero hindi dapat isakripisyo ang judicial branch ng gobyerno para ipakulong ang mga Arroyo.  Ang alam nga ng lahat ay ang hustisya ay pabor sa mayayaman.  Lalo pang mawawala ang tiwala ng mga tao sa justice system ng bansa sa nangyaring impeachment na ito.  Kasabay nito ay ang pagkamatay ng demokrasya.

      • batchmatters

        I agree with you, but they are not the ones being impeached. Dapat ay one at a time lang muna hanggang maubos natin ang mga kurakot sa gobyerno. Unahin natin yang impeachment ni CJ Corona para tanggalin kung talagang dishonest siya tungkol sa mga properties nila. Otherwise, retain him. And then afterwards, you may file a case against your own congressman, governor, mayor or even bgy captain to force their compliance on filing their SALNs timely, accurately, and honestly and or hold them accountable for their own wrongdoings.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RNI3LJEKGSPHOU7LHXHX22MS5Q james

    eh bakit ba kailangang laging sa media iharap ang mga ebidensya…? patunayan nyo kasi sa impeachment court – wag sa media…

  • http://twitter.com/jonting Johnny Ting

    Corona publicly stated he only owned 5 of the 45 properties yet it turns out he owns 24 and not 5 – guilty

    • batchmatters

      Sadly, ang nakikita ng mga senador na kagaya ni Chiz Escudero at Jinggoy Estrada ay yung pagsisinungaling kuno ng prosecution at hindi ni CJ Corona. From their line of reasoning, these senators are making it too obvious how they intend to treat dishonesty and illicit wealth among other issues if ever they succeed in becoming president someday. But heaven forbid, for even now their hides are already showing!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U6I5Z47EK5YM3VCD3GXEPJB3CU cutie boy

    naaamoy ko na pagkapanalo ni corona……. naaamoy ko na rin baho ng mga prosecutors lalo na ng amo nilang abnoy……

  • huey_4ph

    Let us not deviate the issue here, honesty and integrity of a man in the highest position of the judiciary. It is clear and simple Corona omitted, dishonest, with wilfull intent not to disclose his wealth ( illgotten or not) . He is guilty in Art. 2 and the people are already have the conclusion that he is guilty. The senators know the issue already and they can not disagree the people who voted them. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKIKXLTZATX3UJQM2OE4PED2UE Shinigami

      The intent of not to disclose is yet to be proven. The defense is still about to present their side.

    • asantoni

      Anak ng huey, there you go again….Is this a hearing /trial to get the truth or blackmailing the senator judge because the people will not vote for them? Where is your sense of fairness if you have one? I know the answer, if it does not go your way its unfair. What a waste of time.

  • billygunn23

    todas si topas at kimbo! gigisahin sa sariling mantika! cge magpakalat pa kayo ng mga basurang balita! hahahaha

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JCL35WMZXXA2B6BWKKPIPJOOZQ berlie

    I think the prosecution panel should forget about article 2 of the impeachment.  Admit it or not, they obviuosly failed miserably here. Tupas admitted during last Thursday hearing that the 45 titles mentioned include even those that were already sold! Also, they denied presenting it in the media but it’s on record that they did! They relied to much on the SALN issue, to the point of resorting into a fishing expedition.  They must move on to other (7) articles to present their case, that is if they really have “damning” evidences/proofs to show. Baka puro hangin lang din?…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKIKXLTZATX3UJQM2OE4PED2UE Shinigami

    That’s what happens when people judge too quickly. I wish these yellow mob can learn to listen. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKIKXLTZATX3UJQM2OE4PED2UE Shinigami

    In the 21-24 properties, 6 are parking lots. others are under the name of his family. It could be possible that he only has 5 of them. We will just have to wait for the defense to air their side.

  • Barak_O

    ano ang pagkatao ni renato?

    karapat-dapat ba siyang manatili bilang punong mahestrado?

    hindi

  • huey_4ph

    The yellow mob that this Corona guys have been harping are just Filipino people who are already disgusted with people like Corona. We can not anymore accept high official who hides himself under the shield of his power. That yeloow as they think have risen up to change and wipe those men and that Corona exemplify that man . Whatever tupas and his men have proven in the court we are glad and admired them for the courage and resiliency to stand and be firm before the defense team only defense is legal technicalities. The 45 or not properties is not an issue here, the issue here is the honestry of man we have trusted to be the CJ. For how can a man is honest enough to tell the people that he did not accumulate wealth while in the position when he is afraid to reveal his SALN. By accepting the position, he waived his right for confendiality. He is subject for people’s scruitiny and if he is not honest as it appeared then he has no right to stay in that position even for a single minute. More so, his relatives by affinity will attest to his moral character on how his uprightness is measured. Take a look and research of the deliberations in the JBC before he was appointed in the SC. You will find out as I found out from reading newspaper stories how a realtive will debunk his moral cahracter. So please, from the start, there had been question about his charcter but becuase of Arroyo( the root cause of all ) we have him in the judiciary. The saga of Basa and Quidote family and the Corona is like a story in the telenovela. The family feud is unfolding before the nation and how Karma works iin its ironoc way. If Corona and his wife were able to benefit the family corporation ( Cristina became 90% owned the corporatio as Tribune reported) to the prejudice of the other heirs by sheer legalities, courtesy of her husband but we can not afford to give Corona that success by sheer legla techneacalities. . For those corona admirers please read the previous Tribune’s news report ( 2001)and there arrive your conclusion. Sad to say, Senators Pangilinan and Cayetano( as Congreeeman) deliberated approved his nomination to the SC in 2001. Now, I am alos thirsty of information relative to the 34m the city of Manila is given to Cristina for the sole property of the corporation is only 1,00 sq. meter. In that case, it is sold for 34,000 pesos for every sq. meters in 2001 comparing to 70,000 pesos per sq.m of the Bellagion condo in 2008. Since the defense team has open a can of worms, might as well the journalist by way of investigative journalism dig deeper on why the City paid such big amount of a land without building. Let the worms crawl for the nation to see and contemplate.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U6I5Z47EK5YM3VCD3GXEPJB3CU cutie boy

    ang pagsisinungaling ng mga prosecutors at malinaw na panlilinlang sa publiko ang tunay na betrayal of public trust….. idiot prosecutors…..

  • tadasolo

    corona supporters could well be in a surprise and will be disappointed that those
    senators who appear to question the prosecution to favor the defense are actually doing so in order to convince themselves that their “decision” to remove corona will be based on evidence and the public perception of those evidence presented. This trial is for public consumption and senators are political animals and will commit a political “suicide” to vote against what the public wishes. No amount of legal technicalities and good lawyering will benefit both sides if the public is not persuaded. A majority of our people have made a decision and have seen this trial as a representation of those who with enough clout and resources will “bend” the law to suit their purpose. This is a reality. The reality is the way we choose senators 12 at a time and the difference between Number one and 12 is not much and the difference between the magic number 12 and number 13 is less than 500, 000 votes. The senators are looking at this reality and cannot IGNORE THIS 800 POUND GORILLA behind them. Coronas supporters are salivating on points scored by the defense but corona is just one man one vote and appointed and will be a sacrificial “lamb” in this political game best practice by senators and congressmen and not a judge. The senators will be best serve to speed up this process and have caucus to get control of the proceedings and lean it towards completion. coronas ego will forever tarnish his reputation for making this decision to proceed and challenge the president and his political allies and left them no choice. The high stakes gamble taken by corona as a chief judge left no recourse for the political establishment. corona should have considered this by taking the high road and resigned to relieve the country of the burden of the impeachment which the country can ill afford and make us focus on all the immediate issues confronting the nation.     

  • basilionisisa

    quite right and true, ‘mistakes’ in SALN or Income Tax Returns for several years in succession is ‘intentional’ omission and equates to dishonesty and is tantamount to corruption. I hope the prosecution improves and includes this logic in their summation. I hope that they prepare ‘technical’ objections, as well, for the Defense’s evidences when their time comes.

  • simon777

    kakandidato raw tong sina tupas (kamusta na kaso ng tatay nito sa ombudsman?), tanada, quimbo (may kaso ito kasama ang mga opisyal ng globe asiatic?) at angara sa senado. tandaan ang mga ito pagdating ng halalan, mga sinungaling huling huli na. 

    ang puno’t dulo lang nito talaga, pera-hacienda luisita, laban ng mga aping magsasaka at
    mayamang nagsasamantala, pero tahimik itong sina baraquel,casino, bello tungkol dito. kawawa talaga mga magsasaka, nagpapagamit sa mga lider kunong mga ito. namantikan lang
    ang nguso nag-iba na tono.

    • batchmatters

      pusta piso mo tamang barko! mas mananalo itong mga ito kaysa mga kandidato mo.

  • simplengmamayan

    Ksi nman cguro 4-5 properties ang kay Corona not 45.. hehe..joke joke joke

  • herculubus

    Tadasolo anf huey_4ph: The problem with your “hot air” that the “people” will rise up should CJ Corona is acquitted is that, it is at it is, purely hot air. It was already proven when noynoy announced his very controversial “terror alert” which no people believed. Look at the senate impeachment trial, initially the yellows feasted and were too eager to hear Tupas’ bombs but now, it is proven to be a dud. Kaya marami ng bakanteng upuan sa senado, hiyang hiya na ang mga yellow sa pinagagawa ng Prosecution. But maybe there will be a token of demonstration or parliament of the street, but only a token, if rumors are true that Dinky Soliman and the Black and White movement are organizing “Plan B.” Pero por dyos por santo wag naman nilang gamitin yon CCT funds, maawa naman kayo sa mga pulubi.  

    • huey_4ph

      I am not writing about rising up in the street. There is no such thing as yellow group. the yellow is just a color of statement  and it is not for Pnoy or cory or anybody else. Deep  in our hearts and mind, we know the truth and I am sure you know the truth. The Filipinos are proven very patient, it took twenty years or more to go in the street to oust Marcos. In Arroyo’s case, in the people’s heart and mind, they are wishing Arroyo to be punished for her destroying the country’s moral foundation and the moment she was arrested , it was a joy to behold. We are hoping for another joy when Corona will be removed and punished like his Arroyo. To sum all, we are just simple Filipinos wanting to get rid of men who abused their power just like Corona.

    • tadasolo

      You seem to associate me with your method your are well verse with. As I have indicated elections is what determines the faith of those will vote on the impeachment trial. I do not propose any extra- judicial means. People have a right to express their grievances peacefully but I believe in elections to clear the “Hot Air” you mentioned

  • KennonKid

    One is sufficent enough to bare the false pretense of the CJ and has therefore satisfied one of the impeachment articles.

    My question is for the senator-judges, which is, Was it right to assume that just one article where the CJ would be found culpable and contrite, is ample enough for an impeachment vote?

    ( Does a suspect need to kill more than one individual to be charged with murder? )

    • billygunn23

      sorry but your analogy is way out of line…

      • sk2tk

         hahaha…you are being FUNNY right?! hahaha..if his ANALOGY is way out of line..boy, you need to go back to SLEEP…hahaha..

      • http://twitter.com/bdelfiero Benjie

        Were you in comma all these years?

      • billygunn23

        no, i was in period! lol

      • KennonKid

        And so am I. Which brings me to ask you.

        If there’s no impropriety, why is Cuevas yelling objection up to the roof?

    • billygunn23

      it’s called protecting his client’s interest. you know very well how the media works when it comes to little details–they tend to sensationalize everything. take for example the alleged 45 properties. had the defense just sat on their backs and did nothing, the truth would not have come out and corona would have been branded greedyb for amassing asuch number of properties. you know better than that.

      • KennonKid

        True the media does that. But before the start of the impeachment court, Corona himself repeated again and again in public on several occasions,that he will face all the accusations. Now with the way the defense is raising objections, the defense was neither facing the allegations nor trying to extricate the CJ from the charges.

        Preventing testimonies and evidences would never exonerate him and in fact, is just demonstrating the CJ’s guilt. We all can agree that Cuevas can easily water out any substance out of an evidence, if there’s any, during cross examination. So why employ the trick of fright?

      • KennonKid

         True the media does that. But before the start of the impeachment court,
        Corona himself repeated again and again in public on several
        occasions,that he will face all the accusations. Now with the way the
        defense is raising objections, the defense was neither facing the
        allegations nor trying to extricate the CJ from the charges.

        Preventing
        testimonies and evidences would never exonerate him and in fact, is
        just demonstrating the CJ’s guilt. We all can agree that Cuevas can
        easily water out any substance out of an evidence, if there’s any,
        during cross examination. So why employ the trick of fright?

  • Rocky6076

    Tupas is lying straight face, without a blink of an eye is just one proof that he himself starts to believe all his lies (he needs a psychiatrist) and the funniest thing is the entire prosecutors team, the yellow mobs and the yellow medias are jamming with him.The Senate should stop this trial and declare it a mistrial they are only wasting time,people are not amused anymore.

    • sk2tk

       really? then call the SENATE and tell them to STOP the impeachment…You dared dream…

  • NE5560TOR

    CJ Corona is a supreme Court Justice. More is expected from him. The SALN has columns for acquisition cost. It is precisely there because it is a required information.  Corona is a lawyer and there is no other logical reason why he did not provide the information. One need not be intelligent to understand why. It was plain and simple an act of concealment on his part to cover up for his property. Is the Filipino deserving to have a dishonest chief Justice?

  • sk2tk

    If you are being charged of MURDER with multiple COUNTS, and it was later found out that YOU HAD KILLED only ONE, Does this make you an INNOCENT?!? SPEAK for your self MORON…

    • batchmatters

      no name calling please. let us not stoop to the level of those who do.

  • sk2tk

    and daming supporters ng mga  KURAKOT dito…dami siguro relatives or politician dito..hahaha..TITI NYO MAY KUKO!!!

  • justbethankfull

    The problem here is that senators-judges are no willing to convict him, so it doesn’t matter what evidence and how much. These senators have no courage to do what is right because they will look hypocrites since they all are guilty of something that is not honorable.

    I hope the people will see that the these senators are proctecting the status quo, the corrupt system of our government.

  • NE5560TOR

    Even on the matter of the properties in Marikina which is registered in the name of the wife. It is absurd for a person not to transfer the properties in his name. I can surmise that either the deed of absolute sale was just made or if was really made 22 years ago it was a fictitious one. These are clearly concealment acts. On the matter of the bellagio condo. Megaworld is a big time developer. Do you believe that they will sell a defective unit without rectifying it. What good does it serve them to sell a defective unit? Is it not logical that if you are a big time developer you will not compromise the integrity of a 38 floor condominium to another person. You will necessary correct the defect rather than leave it to another one to do it. This witness is lying under oath. It was a discount given to CJ in consideration of his position not necessary for future favor but certainly in consideration of his position. For all you know, discounts were also given to the senator judges

  • sk2tk

    The Senators are SOWING for the THIEF JUSTICE….and after the IMPEACHMENT…it’s REAPING time…same old same old…what a SHAME..

  • DurangoJoe

    Obvioulsy, the defense is making a mountain out of a molehill about the 45 declared properties of CJ Corona. Whether 5 or 45 properties is irrelevant as long as the crime has been committed. Now the senator -judges want to forgive and forget what Corona committed from what Ralph Recto said:” that a public officer who made an erroneous entry in his SALN wnould not be sanctioned if he made a correctional in good faith under the rules of the Civil Service Commission.” The problem is there was no correction at all and deliberately undervalued his properties and some properties were completely missing in SALN for several years. THE LAW SHOULD APPLY TO EVERYBODY WHETHER RICH OR POOR; WHETHER A CHIEF JUSTICE OR A JANITOR. For example, a former Quezon city revenue regional director Antonio Montemayor who died last year shortly after the Supreme Court dismissed him for not including a car as an asset in his SALN. Another example, is that another regional director of revenue was suspended by the Ombudsman for inadvertently excluding in his SALN the insignificant share of stocks of his wife in a realty firm. So why are they going to treat Corona differently? If the punishment has already been applied to several citizens of the country then Corona should face the same punishment- no ifs and buts.

    • NE5560TOR

      More so if you are a justice of the supreme court. It should be strictly construed against him. For how can you expect others to be honest and truthful when the CJ who is the highest official in the judiciary is not and who use machinations to conceal his property. Do you believe that there was really a loan? It was nothing but a machination and self serving design.

  • goldilock

    Cbsnews. World bank wants refund from the Supreme Court of the Philippines for misusing funds. It also says financial statements “can no longer be relied upon”. This means, Supreme court of the Philippines cannot be trusted.  $  199,900.00 ineligible expenditures uncovered. The World Bank says the one running your Supreme Court is corrupt or your Supreme court can no longer be relied upon.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5ND4SQCSC6MMBEJ4ZX3IVBBYI jongie m

      The World Bank approved that loan in 2003, according to the same report.  I believe the government should look into the Supreme Court management from that year to present to verify the truth, and not to the present management alone.

  • pinoy_abno

    Prosecutors puro putak sa media…pagdating sa korte..tameme!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5ND4SQCSC6MMBEJ4ZX3IVBBYI jongie m

    In my opinion: If the government will be consistent in removing/impeaching all government officials who are “reported” or “alleged” to violate the anti-graft law, we can should expect most positions in the congress and senate will be vacant, and mass layoffs in other government posts. :-)
    History shows (since the time of Cory) that the government have never been successful in recovering ill gotten wealths. So rather than wasting so much time and money on chasing corrupt officials of the past, why not change the system and structure of our government, that can prevent anyone from being corrupt. (Example: Rather than paying a traffic police to catch jaywalkers, why not build a fence that will discourage and prevent a pedestrian from crossing the road?)

    The government should focus their time and resource more on increasing economic growth to provide more jobs and feed our hungry fellow citizens and not on self-serving politics. 

    • goldilock

      Fire all corrupt. It is the right way, if you want loans from the world bank and loans from other countries. It does not matter, this corrupt people can give the loan themselves as imaginary loan and charges the Philippines for it (double profit to themselves, tripple really since Philippines is employing them). It is how to convert the loan money (imaginary or real) and go away with it with flying colors for being the one who proposes the loan for projects or feed the hungry. You can see this in their SALN. It will show a sudden jump of income from a thousand to multi-millions. Probably all of them won a lottery after a year in government post. 10 to 20  percent commission on all projects? They become the project manager, they become the administrator, secretary and treasurer and they get commissions? All jobs for the approval and how the funds is use falls on one person or given to the next of kin, best friends. More hire all friends and relatives and charge the Philippines. Ghost employees? Transparency and real accounting posted on the web will stop this corrupt practices. Citizens can audit it themselves and see if funds for any project is put in the project.

  • huey_4ph

    How Corona and Midas shame us.

  • huey_4ph

    The yellow mob that this Corona guys have been harping are just Filipino people who are already disgusted with people like Corona. We cannot anymore accept high official who hides himself under the shield of his power. That yellow as they think have risen up to change and wipe those men and that Corona exemplify that man . Whatever Tupas and his men have proven in the court we are glad and admired them for the courage and resiliency to stand and be firm before the defense team only defense is legal technicalities. The 45 or not properties is not an issue here, the issue here is the honesty of man we have trusted to be the CJ. For how can a man be honest enough to tell the people that he did not accumulate wealth while in the position when he is afraid to reveal his SALN. By accepting the position, he waived his right for confidentiality. He is subject for people’s scrutiny and if he is not honest as it appeared then he has no right to stay in that position even for a single minute. More so, his relatives by affinity will attest to his moral character on how his uprightness is measured. Take a look and research of the deliberations in the JBC before he was appointed in the SC. You will find out, as I found out from reading newspaper stories how a relative will debunk his moral character. So please, from the start, there had been question about his character but because of Arroyo (the root cause of all ) we have him in the judiciary. The saga of Basa and Quidote family and the Corona is like a story in the telenovela. The family feud is unfolding before the nation and how Karma works in its ironic way. If Corona and his wife were able to benefit the family corporation ( Cristina became 90% owned the corporation as Tribune reported) to the prejudice of the other heirs by sheer legalities, courtesy of her husband but we can not afford to give Corona that success by sheer legal technicalities. . For those corona admirers please read the previous Tribune’s news report ( 2001)and there arrive your conclusion. Sad to say, Senators Pangilinan and Cayetano( as Congressman) deliberated approved his nomination to the SC in 2001. Now, I am also thirsty of information relative to the 34m the city of Manila is given to Cristina for the sole property of the corporation is only 1,00 sq. meter. In that case, it is sold for 34,000 pesos for every sq. meters in 2001 comparing to 70,000 pesos per sq.m of the Bellagion condo in 2008. Since the defense team has open a can of worms, might as well the journalist by way of investigative journalism dig deeper on why the City paid such big amount of a land without building. Let the worms crawl for the nation to see and contemplate

    • amado antero

      Relative warned JBC in 2001: Corona could bring “disrepute” to SC
      January 31, 2012 · 322 Comments
       My exclusiveBy Raïssa RoblesWhen Renato Corona was nominated for a vacant seat in the Supreme Court back in 2001, an uncle of his wife Cristina personally wrote the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) to oppose his nomination in order “to save the SC from discredit and disrepute.”Jose Maria Basa III warned that Corona “will not be capable of rendering fair and just decisions as he has not exhibited such character” in connection with his actions regarding Basa-Guidote Enterprises, the corporation jointly owned by the Cristina Corona’s parents and the latter’s relatives  like Basa.President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came to the defense of Corona, who was then her Malacanang Chief-of-Staff.Arroyo’s spokesman Rigoberto Tiglao was quoted by the Manila Bulletin as telling reporters in a September 2001 news briefing:“The President is fully confident on the moral integrity of Corona. He would not be a Cabinet member much less a Cabinet member in Malacanang as Chief of Staff if the President did not have full trust on his integrity,” he said.
      Arroyo’s spokesperson brushed aside the complaint of Jose Ma. Basa III, who accused Corona of being morally unqualified to occupy the judiciary position.
      “We don’t think a complaint of a single person should overshadow everything Corona has done in his career and on his professionalism,” he said.The JBC likewise disregarded Basa’s letter and unanimously approved Corona’s nomination in 2002, even placing Corona first on the JBC list of nominees.Today, 11 years later, two members of that same 2001 Judicial Bar Council that vetted Corona are sitting as senator-judges in his impeachment trial. They are Senator Francis Pangilinan and Senator Allan Peter Cayetano (who then represented the House in the JBC.)I contacted the offices of both senator-judges to get their reaction.Senator Pangilinan told me:As a senator-judge I cannot make a comment on this matter.There was no official reaction from Senator Cayetano’s office.The JBC then had disregarded Basa’s letter because its members believed what Renato Corona said in his own defense. Corona told Malacañang Palace reporters it was a smear campaign from the camp of the newly-ousted President Joseph Estrada.Corona also said he had nothing at all to do with his wife’s financial affairs. The Manila Bulletin and Philippine Star both carried his statements.Philippine Star’s Malacañang Palace reporter Marichu Villanueva quoted Corona as saying he had always distanced himself from any doings of Basa-Guidote Enterprises. Marichu wrote:“From the very beginning, I have purposely stayed away from the financial and material affairs of my in-laws,” Corona said in a prepared statement.
      “This private case (involving Basa and his niece Cristina Corona) is a family dispute over inheritance within their family and I do not even know how this came about. For Mr. Basa to accuse me now of meddling in this inheritance case is unfair, baseless and un-Christian,” Corona said.Perhaps, the giant TV networks or PTV4 may still have a footage of Corona’s press con on file.Two years after Corona told Marichu and other reporters that “From the very beginning, I have purposely stayed away from the financial and material affairs of my in-laws,” he obtained an P11 million “cash advance” from Basa-Guidote Enterprises.Corona declared this in his 2003  Statement of Assets, Liabilitieis and Net Worth (SALN) as a sitting Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He was sworn into office by President Arroyo on April 9, 2002.

  • amado antero

    Corona’s “not intentional” mistakes in his SALNs
    February 3, 2012 · 55 Comments
     By Raïssa RoblesChief Justice Renato Corona’s lawyers would like the public to believe that the under declarations and omissions in his SALNs (Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) are all “not intentional”.What the lawyers aren’t saying is that CJ Corona was a tax and corporate lawyer who once worked for two banks and for SGV & Company, the country’s largest auditing firm.And that one of his areas of specialization when he took up a Master of Laws degree in Harvard University was the regulation of corporate and financial institutions.Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas, Corona’s lead counsel, however made no mention of all that when he argued last Thursday (Feb 2) that:To us, it’s our humble opinion your honor that if there may have been discrepancies, inaccuracies, incompleteness…(in his SALNs) these can be remedied after a review of the SALN is made. If it’s not intentional your honor, no criminal liability nor administrative liability is incurred by the filing official. The law of the matter is very clear.Cuevas unwittingly provides the key to convicting Corona when he said – “If it’s not intentional…”Using Cuevas’ arguments, this means that if CJ Corona intentionally made omissions and misdeclarations in his SALN, then he has both criminal and administrative liability.Cuevas would like the public to believe that in financial matters, CJ Corona is somewhat bumbling. What does he know about filling up SALNs accurately.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

      and corona used to work at Tax Division of SGV & Co….which he PhD tax doctoring.

  • amado antero

    CJ Corona underscored the importance of maintaining the people’s trust in the judiciary and ensuring it’s not tainted by corruption “whether real or perceived.”
    He said:
    The fact remains that at the heart of our sovereign mandate is the people’s trust in the courts. The people’s trust, however, is not confined to physical infrastructure. Improving human infrastructure is essential in maintaining integrity which in the final analysis gives us the right to judge. Hence, corruption in the judiciary, whether real or perceived, is particularly insidious and reprehensible. A corrupt judiciary is totally unacceptable as it severely handicaps the legal and institutional mechanism designed to curb abuses in government. As such we shall continuously cleanse the court’s ranks by strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and raising it to the highest level possible. I believe that a member of the judiciary who is found guilty of dishonesty should not only be dismissed from the service but also disbarred. No ifs, no buts.

  • noypisiTED

    All these chitchats about having this or
    that boosted the prosecution or defense’s side do not matter anymore. What’s
    paramount is that Chief Justice Corona was already adjudged guilty by the prying
    eyes of public opinion. Of course this opinion was bolstered by the public’s
    negative perception of Corona way before he was impeached by the House of
    Representatives. There could not anymore be stronger proof than the naked bias
    shown by Corona in favor of Mrs. Gloria Arroyo when she almost got away to
    freedom courtesy of the highly questionable TRO issued by the High Tribunal,
    and not to mention the misdeclaration on his SALNs which are little by little
    being unearthed and the other serious charges as contained in the other
    articles of impeachment. The defense is making an Everest out of a molehill on
    the testimony of that skinhead Hernandez of Megaworld. But in the end it would
    amount to nothing. Well, as the days and weeks pass by we’re beginning to get
    bored watching the impeachment trial and seeing the octogenarian Justice Cuevas
    pout and sneer at the House’s Prosecution Team as it fumbles and bungles on the
    floor of the Senate. We just have to bear and grin it since the trial is the
    best evidence that ours is a nation of laws and not of beasts. At any rate, the
    nation, as shown in the soon to be released opinion surveys, even before the
    trial has made any stride, has already made its verdict on CJ Corona – that
    he’s guilty.

    • deltamike

       but to the thinking and rational public, the court hearing speaks of itself. all this sarsuela boils down to the tantrum of the king the palace because of HLI. kindly explain how in the world that 188 congressmen voted for the impeachment if they were not either threatened or paid… hmm. esep esep.

      with regard to public opinion, it is my strong belief that this is the handy work of carandang’s miscomm group, the sws and false asia (both affiliated by penoy in the king in the palace) and care of ABIAS CBN.

  • sk2tk

    Corona have touched the lives of a LOT OF SENATORS, by siding to them ( about LEGAL matters ) either DIRECTLY or INDIRECTLY..And now, it’s PAYBACK time…this is why the THIEF JUSTICE is so confident about this IMPEACHMENT… He knows and still remembers what he SOWED…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

      I don’t know how Corona can reward Cuevas for the latter’s awesome skill in the court.  If Corona is acquitted which is very likely, he has Cuevas only to thank for.

    • Pinoy_Reich

      Yes sir, some of these senators see their own selves being fried in public just like CJ Corona. They’re just playing bored but actually some of them are already stiff scared with this trial, they should be if they have skeletons hanging in their closets.

  • amado antero

    One of the root causes of impunity in our country is the lack of JUSTICE.

  • server.171

    ang hirap sa mga prosecutor sa media naglalabas ng detalye at sama ng loob . pagdating sa korte hindi nila mapaliwanag sa mga judges kung impeachable ba yung ginawa ni CJ . pinapaikot ikot lang tayo ng mga prosecutor

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    The basic legal question is…is it a high crime?  Failure to disclose is not a high crime.  It can be corrected and amended as long as there’s no malicious intent.  The prosecution must prove it was malicious and intentional. 

    • amado antero

      Corona’s “not intentional” mistakes in his SALNs
      February 3, 2012 · 56 Comments
       By Raïssa RoblesChief Justice Renato Corona’s lawyers would like the public to believe that the under declarations and omissions in his SALNs (Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) are all “not intentional”.What the lawyers aren’t saying is that CJ Corona was a tax and corporate lawyer who once worked for two banks and for SGV & Company, the country’s largest auditing firm.And that one of his areas of specialization when he took up a Master of Laws degree in Harvard University was the regulation of corporate and financial institutions.Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas, Corona’s lead counsel, however made no mention of all that when he argued last Thursday (Feb 2) that:To us, it’s our humble opinion your honor that if there may have been discrepancies, inaccuracies, incompleteness…(in his SALNs) these can be remedied after a review of the SALN is made. If it’s not intentional your honor, no criminal liability nor administrative liability is incurred by the filing official. The law of the matter is very clear.Cuevas unwittingly provides the key to convicting Corona when he said – “If it’s not intentional…”Using Cuevas’ arguments, this means that if CJ Corona intentionally made omissions and misdeclarations in his SALN, then he has both criminal and administrative liability.Cuevas would like the public to believe that in financial matters, CJ Corona is somewhat bumbling. What does he know about filling up SALNs accurately.

    • sk2tk

      No malicious content? I beg do DISAGREE… He’s been LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH
      for so MANY CONSECUTIVE YEARS by not TRUTHFULLY DECLARING EVERYTHING IN
      HIS SALN, not ONCE, but CONSECUTIVE TIMES…THAT PROOF IS MORE THAN ENOUGH…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5ND4SQCSC6MMBEJ4ZX3IVBBYI jongie m

    May I suggest that we review the terminologies from the dictionary cited below first, before we make any comment about this any subject matter. :-)

    A.  Opinion – In general, an opinion is a subjective belief, and is the result of emotion or interpretation of facts. 
    B.  Assumption -Something taken for granted or accepted as true without proof; a supposition: a valid assumption.
    C.  Presumption – Acceptance or belief based on reasonable evidence; assumption or supposition.
    D.  Judgement – the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event.
    E.  Prejudgement – a conclusion reached before the evidence is available.

    So, are we really just citing a personal opinion or what? I suggest we all be logical.

    • sk2tk

      What?! this is a public FORUM, what do you expect? Your question is IRRELEVANT…OBJECTION SUSTAINED…wahahaha….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5ND4SQCSC6MMBEJ4ZX3IVBBYI jongie m

        In my opinion, public forums are shared by human beings.  Human beings are logical beings. :-)

        As we all know, Logic allows us to evaluate the arguments of others. When we understand how arguments are supposed to be constructed and also how they shouldn’t be constructed, we will find all sorts of bad arguments out here in a public forum. We may even be surprised to find out how many people are swayed by bad arguments.

      • sk2tk

         and that is PRESUMPTION i believe?! (“,)..I used to have such ENTHUSIASM… but as you go a long, you learn a lot of things, and most of them are disappointing…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5ND4SQCSC6MMBEJ4ZX3IVBBYI jongie m

        Not a presumption, but just a humble opinion of an ordinary citizen.

  • http://profiles.google.com/aroemeyen Boyet Gargantiel

    I agree with most of the commentators.  CJ Corona will not be convicted because a
    number of Senator-jurors are predisposed not to convict him, even if evidences will
    show he is.  They want to “raise the bar”
    of judgment higher than the level of betrayal of public trust that they
    themselves have breached at some time in their careers and were able to get
    away with these.   We have one senator who was willing to fake a
    terrorist attack to justify the imposition of martial law.  This is betrayal of public trust. Another was
    involved in a jueteng scandal, another in the C-5 extension project scandal.  Two did not believe in the justice system and
    chose to be in the “wanted” list than face the charges against them in court.  One has more attendance at movie shooting
    sessions than in  Senate sessions.  These are all betrayals of public trust.  Then add the bipolar bigots.  Indeed, if we let this Corona case off, it
    will only show that we all made a mistake in choosing senators who are unfit to
    decide fairly and wisely on cases involving standards of moral and honest
    public service.

    • tadasolo

      The blessing of this impeachment trial whatever is the outcome the next election will determine whether we as a society will vote wisely

  • amado_guerero

    As Chief Justice he is held against the highest stanrdard…now may lusot ba sya? Wala…clearly he betrayed the public trust when did not declared honestly his SALN…case close!!! Guilty with preponderance of evidence….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS5VTWT6OCAHW64HDDGYQJ4KE4 Edmund

      yan ay sa tingin mo..

  • amado antero

    CJ Corona underscored the importance of maintaining the people’s trust in the judiciary and ensuring it’s not tainted by corruption “whether real or perceived.”
    He said:
    The fact remains that at the heart of our sovereign mandate is the people’s trust in the courts. The people’s trust, however, is not confined to physical infrastructure. Improving human infrastructure is essential in maintaining integrity which in the final analysis gives us the right to judge. Hence, corruption in the judiciary, whether real or perceived, is particularly insidious and reprehensible. A corrupt judiciary is totally unacceptable as it severely handicaps the legal and institutional mechanism designed to curb abuses in government. As such we shall continuously cleanse the court’s ranks by strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and raising it to the highest level possible. I believe that a member of the judiciary who is found guilty of dishonesty should not only be dismissed from the service but also disbarred. No ifs, no buts.

  • amado antero

    CJ Corona underscored the importance of maintaining the people’s trust in the judiciary and ensuring it’s not tainted by corruption “whether real or perceived.”
    He said:
    The fact remains that at the heart of our sovereign mandate is the people’s trust in the courts. The people’s trust, however, is not confined to physical infrastructure. Improving human infrastructure is essential in maintaining integrity which in the final analysis gives us the right to judge. Hence, corruption in the judiciary, whether real or perceived, is particularly insidious and reprehensible. A corrupt judiciary is totally unacceptable as it severely handicaps the legal and institutional mechanism designed to curb abuses in government. As such we shall continuously cleanse the court’s ranks by strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and raising it to the highest level possible. I believe that a member of the judiciary who is found guilty of dishonesty should not only be dismissed from the service but also disbarred. No ifs, no buts.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

      Tumpak,..ang sabi ko sa post ko noon..na pag nag issue ng TRO si corona,ma i impeached talaga siya at ang publiko na naghihintay lang talaga kung sino ang mag initiate ay susuportahan ng opinion ng publiko (may mga panawagan/postings ng corona impeachment na nahahayag)…Ngayon,kung ibaliwala ng Senado ang opinion ng nakakarami at hindi maalis si corona,malamang,mas lalong frustrated ang mga tao at ilagay na lang sa kanilang mga kamay ang Hustisya(biruin mo ba naman na kung sino ang SCJ ay siya pa ang pasimuno,ano pa ang silbi ng batas).Pati sa gobyerno ay mawawalan din ng tiwala ang mga taong bayan kung hindi maasahan na protektahan ang karapatan ng bawat isa.Marami ang mawawalan ng pag asa ng isang magandang kinabukasan ng bawat isa at ng bansa.Sa ganang akin,,,Itigil na sana ang pakapalan ng mukha ! at suportahan natin ang mga gumagawa ng kabutihan or nag iisip ng mabuti para sa lahat !

  • amado antero

    CJ Corona’s SALNs only declared his wife was in government post in 2007
    January 19, 2012 · 438 Comments
     By Raïssa RoblesExamining for the first time the official disclosures of Chief Justice Renato Corona regarding his worldly wealth, I am reminded of this bible verse from Luke, Chapter 16, verse 10:If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.Honesty is one attribute most expected of a government official, especially the chief magistrate. Honesty is enshrined in Philippine law – Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for public officials and employeesThe bible verse rose to mind when I realized what was NOT contained in CJ Corona’s Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) – aside from the gross understatement of his assets that other journalists have written about.In CJ Corona’s SALN filed for 2002 – the year he was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court – he never disclosed the fact that his wife was also appointed that same year by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to sit in the board of a government-owned and controlled corporation, the John Hay Management Corporation.For the next five years – from 2003 up to 2006 – Cristina Corona sat on that board. And yet Associate Justice Corona’s SALNs for those years never disclosed that fact.This was only declared starting 2007 onward.But the public only learned that the associate justice’s wife was also a government official in mid-2010 when this was raised as a reason for blocking Corona’s nomination  to the post of Chief Justice. Critics then pointed out that John Hay had pending labor cases in court and that placed the wanna-be chief justice in a conflict of interest situation.At that time, it was Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez who told the public that Mrs Corona was appointed by then President Arroyo to the John Hay board in 2002. She was appointed Chairman of the same board in 2007.In fact Marquez said Mrs Corona had long been employed by John Hay since the 1990s.It was only in 2007 that Associate Justice Corona started disclosing the fact that his wife was in government, too, when she became quite controversial.  You can examine all his SALNs by first downloading them from here.Some readers would probably say – so what? It’s not a crime not to disclose THAT.Unfortunately, under Philippine law, it is. The Philippine Constitution states in Article XI, Section 17:A public officer or employee shall, upon assumption of office and as often thereafter as may be required by law, submit a declaration under oath of his assets, liabilities, and net worth. In the case of the President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Cabinet, the Congress, the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Commissions and other constitutional offices, and officers of the armed forces with general or flag rank, the declaration shall be disclosed to the public in the manner provided by law.The law on SALN is in Section 8 of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethics for all those in government:SECTION 8. Statements and Disclosure. — Public officials and employees have an obligation to accomplish and submit declarations under oath of, and the public has the right to know, their assets, liabilities, net worth and financial and business interests including those of their spouses and of unmarried children under eighteen (18) years of age living in their households.(A) Statements of Assets and Liabilities and Financial Disclosure. — All public officials and employees, except those who serve in an honorary capacity, laborers and casual or temporary workers, shall file under oath their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth and a Disclosure of Business Interests and Financial Connections and those of their spouses and unmarried children under eighteen (18) years of age living in their households.(B) Identification and disclosure of relatives. — It shall be the duty of every public official or employee to identify and disclose, to the best of his knowledge and information, his relatives in the Government in the form, manner and frequency prescribed by the Civil Service Commission.

  • amado antero

    CJ Corona was asked the same question in his SALNs for 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. He also wrote N/A – which I would surmise means “Not Applicable”. All those years he never bothered to disclose a very material fact – his own wife was in government, too. He disclosed his brother and cousin, though.
    Should CJ Corona be exempted from following RA 6713?
    This enabling law states in particular the following penalties for violating Section 8 or the filing of the SALN:
    Violations of Sections 7, 8 or 9 of this Act shall be punishable with imprisonment not exceeding five (5) years, or a fine not exceeding five thousand pesos (P5,000), or both, and, in the discretion of the court of competent jurisdiction, disqualification to hold public office.
    I don’t know if this is covered under the current impeachment trial.
    What I know is that shortly after CJ Corona assumed the post of Chief Justice, he delivered a speech at the Hotel Intercon on June 24, 2010 before the Manila Overseas Press Club headed by Tony Lopez. [Full disclosure - Tony Lopez and I used to write once for the same news magazine, Asiaweek.]
    CJ Corona’s speech – which I downloaded from the Supreme Court website – is entitled “the Role of the Press in Advancing Judicial Reform.”
    In this speech, CJ Corona said:
    A corrupt judiciary is totally unacceptable as it severely handicaps the legal and institutional mechanism designed to curb abuses in government. As such we shall continuously cleanse the court’s ranks by strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and raising it to the highest level possible. I believe that a member of the judiciary who is found guilty of dishonesty should not only be dismissed from the service but also disbarred. No ifs, no buts.

  • wawa2172

    I guess CJ Corona case on SALN is not impeachable. Why? Because if it is then all the congressmen like Tupas, Angara, Quimbo, Tañada, Bragaza among others must resign from their positions as I am sure that they have not filed their net worth truthfully. It can also be said of Noy, whose net worth jump magically from 8M as a neophyte congressman to 55M currently. Even the CSC admitted that almost all government employees with high position including those in the congress and the executive are taking the filing of SALN for granted. I am not defending Corona but SALN is almost a useless document unless someone hate somebody and want’s to pin him down. Look at the SALN of GMA and sons, Imelda and children, Angara and son, Estrada and Jayvee, Belmonte and children, Soliman, Purisima, etc. I am sure that the government is like a big drum full of blown up worms and this is obvious from the lifestyles of full time politicians. I ask my dad, an outstanding public school teacher to show me a copy of his SALN and it put a smile in my face when his net worth is almost negative…he has lot of liabilities as a result of his loans from GSIS (Consolidated, Policy and Emergency), Pag-Ibig, Multi-purpose Cooperative and he added..etc ( that includes utang from friends and my Lolo). He said “porlon” na lang ang hindi nya nautangan but I reminded him of his St. Peter Life plan that he forgot to include in his SALN and he could only shake his head on me..and said matangal kaya ako sa pag tuturo nito and I could only have a good laugh. Anyway, the lawmakers and the CSC should sit down together to draft a law on how to effectively determine the net worth of the person. Marami yata sa mga congressmen are using fictitious name to hide their properties and wealth. It’s more fun in the Philippines, isang SALN lang ang na bibigyan nang pansin dahil galit si Pnoy sa kanya. Let us admit, the impeachment is a political issue that will never have an impact on the economy, employment and the life of the poor Filipino people.Thanks about the SALN issue anyway, I got to see my Dad’s net worth, I told him that I would help him pay his loans that made what I am today,

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

      When you don’t have your own convictions,then you cannot pull the weight on your side ! So,do you believe that a person who can cast the first stone exist ? Each and everyone of us has its own lies,it can be minor or criminal/immoral but what had corona committed is beyond human decent or intolerable, granting that his profession is entrusted to be of the highest moral ascendancy.

      • wawa2172

        You said “but what had corona committed is beyond human decent or intolerable,
        granting that his profession is entrusted to be of the highest moral
        ascendancy”. Sorry  but all government employee must have such core values, Honesty. It must be embedded to all men and women in the the bureaucracy and there must be no exception from the the President of the country to the janitors. All of them must sign there SALN truthfully. Corona has no monopolyof the so called highest moral ascendancy. It is not OK for Noy, GMA, Marcoses, Angara, Belmonte et al to have magical SALN which started from a millions to multi-millions as full time politicians. This people are not Pangilinan of SMART, Dante Ang of SMC or the Ayalas. They are politicians and its their full time day job. How much do Noy and et al earn as politicians? Ganon ba talaga kabilis yumaman ang mga ito sa puwesto.  

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

        try to support your arguments….

      • wawa2172

        no need…a perfectly filled up SALN? Not in this country…Corona’s SALN is being verified because he is an enemy of the LORD of the Palace. GMA, Noy, Binay, Estrada, Angara, Tupas, Belmonte etc..together with their multi-millionaire politician children have amassed so much wealth and were accumulated as full time politician…I rest my case..

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

        good for corona to be the Primus…to be the litmus test of SALN..latest version ! simple lang naman ,kung gusto ni corona yumaman,Di mag businessman or practicing lawyer na lang at Huwag siyang magtrabaho sa gobyerno ! Or mag OFW,,kapitbahay ko at mga igan,may mga condo na !

  • irinashyk

    To the senator-judges simply focus on the case at hand.  Don’t reflect on CJ’s situation even if it parallels that of yours, as this impeachment trial concerns only CJ and not your being.  Go through the motion and judge squarely (as if you’re pure and pristine)…you owe it to your country and fellowmen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    Quote: “Stupidity is too strong a word. This just goes to show that they had
    filed this hastily, without giving it much thought and verification”.

    AMEN.

    • sk2tk

      sometimes our actions are just needed by the situation..there are always two sides of the story…both of them must be weighed before making any assumptions…

      LET IT BE…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

      you’re entitled to your belief…..but I just hope that you posses a very good criterion.

  • Twobeers

    It appears that this attempt to railroad a good man is not going as planned so far. I wonder when they are going to try and pull that rascally wabbit out of their arses.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

      Just don’t disappear when the dust settled ….or conveniently change your users name when the Big Shame is upon your door !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSKCE75F6HCCY3TJXD7F57VSXE Fernando Busi

    Hay nako controversial na naman title nyo i wonder magkano na kinikita ng PDI sa impeachment trial na to … go go go

  • johnllander

    INQUIRER’S SURVEY ON CORONA IS PADDED!
     
    Two days ago the trend was 71%-29% among 7,000 respondents in favor of conviction of corona in a survey run by PDI  starting middle of January. And now, just after two days, it is 38%-62% and the number of respondents rose abruptly to 13,000 and only those in favor of corona’s acquittal rose.

    What an improbable change and only the crooked people can do that.  Even in survey these people would like to manipulate people’s sentiments, it is not surprising that these people deals with dishonesty in the government just how corona exemplified how dishonesty he is being an instrument of justice.

  • maylah1969

    The check for P34.7 million was reportedly paid to Cristina Corona “in trust for BGEI.” a. Trust business – any activity resulting from a trustor-trustee relationship (trusteeship) involving the appointment of a trustee by a trustor for the administration, holding, management of funds and/or properties of the trustor by the trustee for the use, benefit or advantage of the trustor or of others called beneficiaries.Subject check as submitted by the defense is the vehicle to finance their real estate acquisitions, problem is, the assets acquired were in the personal name of the Coronas not BGEI. In doing so, BGEI must report the transfer as income to the Coronas because this is neither inheritance nor in exchange for same value of services or assets. From the time the money was accessed, aside from the P11million reported as a loan, the balance of P23.7million was not reported at all in both SALN and ITR.The Basas cried foul, saying they were not informed of the proposal to sell the land.  A bitter family dispute over inheritance and property has divided the Basa family for over 2 decades. And a central character in this long-running and painful conflict is Cristina Basa Roco, wife of Chief Justice Renato CoronaThe 4 Basa siblings — Jose, Asuncion, Mario, and Sister Conception — have passed away without seeing a glimmer of any settlement. Sister Flor, the only surviving Basa sibling, is now 90 years old. 

  • MonMayuga

    SC AFFIRMS TAX CONVICTION OF MULTILEVEL MARKETER (Inquirer, Feb. 4, 2012)

    The news item said that the Supreme Court affirmed the conviction of Gloria Kintanar who as been charged with non-filing of her income tax returns in the years 2000 and 2001. 

    Is there a different set of justice for an ordinary Filipino citizen like Gloria Kintanar and for a powerful one like CJ Corona?

    Corona’s failure to include some of his properties in his Statement os Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) is in our view, tantamount to non-filing of tax for those not included in said document and thus amounted to a clear betrayal of public trust.

    He cannot be above the law simply because he heads the branch of government which job is to interpret the law.

    Whatever they argue Corona in his conscience knows that he is hiding something and it is big, very big.

  • virgoyap

    The prosecutions are convincingly very good in front of the media but why do you seem to stagger during the trial. Com’n prosecutors be convincingly very good also in the trial. We the people are keenly watching to what is happening from the outside.

  • Joon Famoso

    THEY CANT HARDLY BE TRUSTED….DISHONEST PAG DATING SA PERA ang mga yan….

  • amado antero

    Corona’s “not intentional” mistakes in his SALNs
    February 3, 2012 · 84 Comments
     By Raïssa RoblesChief Justice Renato Corona’s lawyers would like the public to believe that the under declarations and omissions in his SALNs (Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) are all “not intentional”.What the lawyers aren’t saying is that CJ Corona was a tax and corporate lawyer who once worked for two banks and for SGV & Company, the country’s largest auditing firm.And that one of his areas of specialization when he took up a Master of Laws degree in Harvard University was the regulation of corporate and financial institutions.Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas, Corona’s lead counsel, however made no mention of all that when he argued last Thursday (Feb 2) that:To us, it’s our humble opinion your honor that if there may have been discrepancies, inaccuracies, incompleteness…(in his SALNs) these can be remedied after a review of the SALN is made. If it’s not intentional your honor, no criminal liability nor administrative liability is incurred by the filing official. The law of the matter is very clear.Cuevas unwittingly provides the key to convicting Corona when he said – “If it’s not intentional…”Using Cuevas’ arguments, this means that if CJ Corona intentionally made omissions and misdeclarations in his SALN, then he has both criminal and administrative liability.Cuevas would like the public to believe that in financial matters, CJ Corona is somewhat bumbling. What does he know about filling up SALNs accurately.

    • sephgabriel

      you stilll beliece with raissa the” hearsay” “2nd hand info”  blogger ? She cannot even depend what she writes in the impeachment court?  Check before believing the writers. Long time anti Corona , supreme court bloggers.

  • amado antero

    Shortly after being sworn in by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Chief Justice two years ago, CJ Corona gave a much-applauded speech before the Manila Overseas Press Club. In that speech, which isdownloadable from the Supreme Court website, he said –
    I used to write on tax and commercial law issues in my column “Tax Corner” in the Manila Chronicle many years back.
    On the Supreme Court website, you can also read a short profile of CJ Corona. It discloses that he has an MBA from Ateneo de Manila University and a Master of Laws from Harvard.
    And that he worked in the finance sector: First as a lawyer for the Development Bank of the Philippines. Second as senior vice-president and general counsel of the Commercial Bank of Manila. Then as a senior officer of the Tax and Corporate Counseling Group of the Tax Division of Sycip Gorres and Velayo (SGV & Co).

  • amado antero

    From this kind of background, one can safely assume that CJ Corona knows what the word “cash advance” means. He knows all about and can distinguish the assessed value, fair market value and the acquisition cost of real properties. He knows all about the life and death of corporations.
    In fact, the proof of his knowledge on these subjects stare us right in the face. He was the ponente or the magistrate who penned that very thorough ruling on why the Marcos wealth was both ill-gotten and unexplained.
    That particular ruling demonstrated CJ Corona’s absolute mastery of the SALN and income tax returns (ITRs).
    In the same speech before the MOPC, CJ Corona elaborated on the significance of ponencias like his ruling on the Marcoses’ stolen billions. He said:
    The written ponencias of justices, who are described by Dean Eugene Rostrow as “inevitable teachers in a vital national seminar,” breathe life into the principles behind our legal system. The Supreme Court is the final interpreter of the meaning and intent of the Constitution. As a great educational institution, it explains the bases in law, and in fact, of its decisions.

  • amado antero

    CJ Corona underscored the importance of maintaining the people’s trust in the judiciary and ensuring it’s not tainted by corruption “whether real or perceived.”
    He said:
    The fact remains that at the heart of our sovereign mandate is the people’s trust in the courts. The people’s trust, however, is not confined to physical infrastructure. Improving human infrastructure is essential in maintaining integrity which in the final analysis gives us the right to judge. Hence, corruption in the judiciary, whether real or perceived, is particularly insidious and reprehensible. A corrupt judiciary is totally unacceptable as it severely handicaps the legal and institutional mechanism designed to curb abuses in government. As such we shall continuously cleanse the court’s ranks by strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and raising it to the highest level possible. I believe that a member of the judiciary who is found guilty of dishonesty should not only be dismissed from the service but also disbarred. No ifs, no buts.

  • amado antero

    From his own mouth: CJ Corona’s guidelines in the use of SALNs & ITRs to prove ill-gotten wealth
    January 24, 2012 · 312 Comments
     Read his formula for computing corruptionMy exclusiveBy Raïssa RoblesProsecutors in the impeachment trial might not know they have a document they can refer to when they present ITRs and SALNs  as evidence. It’s a document written by someone who happens to be named Renato C. Corona.The document is Chief Justice Corona’s landmark decision on  July 15, 2003 turning over the Marcoses’ loot stashed in Swiss banks to the Philippine government.In that document, CJ Corona made some interesting points:He said the burden of proof lies with the person being accused of having amassed such wealth.
    He also said the court should disregard technicalities thrown by the defendant’s side.
    And he said it was enough to compare a respondent’s SALNs  (Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) and ITRs  (Income Tax Return) with the wealth in question to determine the latter’s illegal origin. If disclosed income and assets were far less than the questioned wealth, then the latter is ill-gotten.CJ Corona showed how to connect the dots using the SALN  and the ITR in his ruling entitled Republic of the Philippines vs. the Sandiganbayan and Ferdinand Marcos, as represented by his heirs: his wife Imelda and their children Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., Governor Imee Marcos, and Irene Marcos-Araneta.Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona wrote how to compute for corruption in his landmark decision on the Marcoses’ ill gotten wealth case. In this 2011 photo, CJ Corona sits beside Senator Bongbong MarcosIn his very exhaustive ruling on this civil forfeiture case, CJ Corona concretely showed:How to use SALNs  and ITRs  to compute for the total assets of the respondent
    Then how to determine the amount of alleged ill-gotten wealth in comparison to the defendant’s total assetsAbout the three things that struck me about CJ Corona’s ruling that could prove relevant to his ongoing impeachment trial:First, CJ Corona had this to say about technicalities that simply delayed the trial. He wrote:A litigation is not a game of technicalities in which one, more deeply schooled and skilled in the subtle art of movement and position, entraps and destroys the other. It is rather a contest in which each contending party fully and fairly lays before the court the facts in issue and then, brushing aside as wholly trivial and indecisive all imperfections of form and technicalities of procedure, asks that justice be done upon the merits. Lawsuits, unlike duels, are not to be won by a rapier’s thrust.

  • amado antero

    Relative warned JBC in 2001: Corona could bring “disrepute” to SC
    January 31, 2012 · 336 Comments
     My exclusiveBy Raïssa RoblesWhen Renato Corona was nominated for a vacant seat in the Supreme Court back in 2001, an uncle of his wife Cristina personally wrote the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) to oppose his nomination in order “to save the SC from discredit and disrepute.”Jose Maria Basa III warned that Corona “will not be capable of rendering fair and just decisions as he has not exhibited such character” in connection with his actions regarding Basa-Guidote Enterprises, the corporation jointly owned by the Cristina Corona’s parents and the latter’s relatives  like Basa.President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came to the defense of Corona, who was then her Malacanang Chief-of-Staff.Arroyo’s spokesman Rigoberto Tiglao was quoted by the Manila Bulletin as telling reporters in a September 2001 news briefing:“The President is fully confident on the moral integrity of Corona. He would not be a Cabinet member much less a Cabinet member in Malacanang as Chief of Staff if the President did not have full trust on his integrity,” he said.
    Arroyo’s spokesperson brushed aside the complaint of Jose Ma. Basa III, who accused Corona of being morally unqualified to occupy the judiciary position.
    “We don’t think a complaint of a single person should overshadow everything Corona has done in his career and on his professionalism,” he said.The JBC likewise disregarded Basa’s letter and unanimously approved Corona’s nomination in 2002, even placing Corona first on the JBC list of nominees.Today, 11 years later, two members of that same 2001 Judicial Bar Council that vetted Corona are sitting as senator-judges in his impeachment trial. They are Senator Francis Pangilinan and Senator Allan Peter Cayetano (who then represented the House in the JBC.)I contacted the offices of both senator-judges to get their reaction.Senator Pangilinan told me:As a senator-judge I cannot make a comment on this matter.There was no official reaction from Senator Cayetano’s office.The JBC then had disregarded Basa’s letter because its members believed what Renato Corona said in his own defense. Corona told Malacañang Palace reporters it was a smear campaign from the camp of the newly-ousted President Joseph Estrada.Corona also said he had nothing at all to do with his wife’s financial affairs. The Manila Bulletin and Philippine Star both carried his statements.Philippine Star’s Malacañang Palace reporter Marichu Villanueva quoted Corona as saying he had always distanced himself from any doings of Basa-Guidote Enterprises. Marichu wrote:“From the very beginning, I have purposely stayed away from the financial and material affairs of my in-laws,” Corona said in a prepared statement.
    “This private case (involving Basa and his niece Cristina Corona) is a family dispute over inheritance within their family and I do not even know how this came about. For Mr. Basa to accuse me now of meddling in this inheritance case is unfair, baseless and un-Christian,” Corona said.Perhaps, the giant TV networks or PTV4 may still have a footage of Corona’s press con on file.Two years after Corona told Marichu and other reporters that “From the very beginning, I have purposely stayed away from the financial and material affairs of my in-laws,” he obtained an P11 million “cash advance” from Basa-Guidote Enterprises.

  • dead_pixel

    They claimed we have lost the case because we only presented 25 and not 45 [properties]…
    SA KAYABANGAN NINYONG PINAGMAMALAKI SA BUONG MEDIA BAGO PAMAN NAGSIMULA ANG TRIAL NA MAY 45 PROPERTIES KAYONG EBEDENSYA!

    NGAYON? WALA NAMAN!

    MAGHANAP KAYO NG IBANG CAREER!
    ANG B0B0 NINYO!

    • sk2tk

       If you are being charged of MURDER with multiple COUNTS, and it was
      later found out that YOU HAD KILLED only ONE, Does this make you an
      INNOCENT?!? SPEAK for your self MORON…

      • dead_pixel

        @sk2tk
        The worst, if you are convicted of murder and there was no dead body found nor missing person. In actually, the murder happened because it was only pinned based on the invented accusations by the murderous yellow boss with the support of the idiot-mob!

        Now speak for yourself you MORON!

      • sk2tk

         haha..i pity you boy…you talk too much with no sense..you are blinded by your DORKY beliefs…MATULOG KA NA!!! IMBECILE..at hgiit sa lahat..BUGOK!! bwahaha TITI MO MAY KUKO!!! bwahahaha

      • sk2tk

        in the first place, how can you be CONVICTED of MURDER if the body is not FOUND?!? Are you thinking? I think you open up your BIG MOUTH before your SMALL TINY brain starts working…GO BACK TO YOUR CAGE…bwahahahaha

      • dead_pixel

        @sk2tk
        wala pa ngang bangkay, hinatulan na kaagad ng murder.
        thats the pseudo impeachment is all about.

        say, ang daming bangkay sa minasaker na hacienda pero walang nakulong na cojuangco-aquino.
        thats how influential people rules.

        dahil wala kanang tamang arguments, anu2 nalang ang sinasabi ng basura mong bunga-nga.
        katulad ka ng mga inutil na procesutors, magaling sa presscon, walang binatbat sa trial! PWE!

        at this point, just continue licking the wounds of your retarded boss!

      • sk2tk

        haha..matulog ka naaaaaaa….hahaha…walang laman ang utak mo…wala….hahaha…BUNGOL!!! hahahaa..ikaw ang walang saysay kausap…walang sustansya ang utak mo..hahaha..kaya matulog ka na lng..mamatay ka sa galit…hahahaha

      • dead_pixel

        retards die soon!

      • sk2tk

         after you…hahaha..hinde ka pa namatay nung bata ka…hahaha…INUTIL ka…bwahahaha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VMERKZVWPJ4YRSJSEQGEWHIRTE SadBloke

        Even if you killed only one, but was charged and convicted for killing 2, that is grave injustice…

      • sk2tk

         now i can see how BOBO you are talga…without the body, there is no CRIME!!! go back to sleep…hahaha…sa sarili mong bibig lumalabas ang KABOBOHAN MO!!! puro ka dada..WALA NAMAN LAMAN UTAK MO!!! bwahahaha

  • dongBarako

    (Part of the Speech delivered by Chief Justice
    Renato C. Corona at the MOPC Judiciary Night, 7:00 p.m., 24 June 2010,
    Intercontinental Hotel.)

    “The fact remains that at the heart of our sovereign mandate is the
    people’s trust in the courts. The people’s trust, however, is not
    confined to physical infrastructure. Improving human infrastructure is
    essential in maintaining integrity which in the final analysis gives us
    the right to judge. Hence, corruption in the judiciary, whether real or
    perceived, is particularly insidious and reprehensible. A corrupt
    judiciary is totally unacceptable as it severely handicaps the legal and
    institutional mechanism designed to curb abuses in government.
     ..As such we shall continuously cleanse the court’s ranks by
    strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and raising it to the highest level possible.
    I believe that a member of the judiciary who is found guilty of
    dishonesty should not only be dismissed from the service but also
    disbarred.
    No ifs, no buts.”

    – CJ Renato Corona.

    • huey_4ph

      There he goes, so he decided his fate now, he being dishonest should be removed and disbarred perpetually, no ifs, no buts.. Corona can not hide from the ” I am sorry” of hs Arroyo nor he can say ” Can I correct it as the civil Service regulations directive” In so doing it, we are just fools of making laws and regulations and give this person an exemption. Besides, he is the one who provided that standards, let him suffer his standards, although it was made as a lip service and for show.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBO3E3FOIA3AYAMXYMIUV4FDUM edwin

    Personally Mr Corona you know that we know that you have ammased without any explanation a lot of properties and money. If you will be acquitted by this impeachment, you are still in the eyes of so many filipinos that you are guilty. If I were you, you make the stand and prove to us that all of you are saying that you disclosed all your assets, liablitties and network are true. where did you get all the monies in buying those properties. That is the only thing that the people want you to prove and hear.

    • GKid

      Really?? Even the prosecution does not know what you are claiming. They admitted that they LIED to the public about the 45 properties now they have back tracked to 24 properties.  They don’t even know which properties the CJ actually owns or which properties his daughters and even in-laws own from the list that they presented to the public.

      This is the reason why the “BURDEN OF PROOF” is always on the Prosecution/accuser and accused is “Deemed Innocent Until PROVEN Guilty.” The Prosecution LIED to the public and they have a hard time proving their case. Hearsay and False Evidence cannot be grounds for conviction in a free society. 

      Also, We haven’t even heard from the Defense witnesses and evidence yet! So in time the Defense might answer your lingering questions. But I have a feeling you and Prosecution will not be satisfied with the answers, since you’ve already convicted the CJ without any REAL proof.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQBHSHS22G65Z6V5Z64XBRCIZQ simon

    the Jesus teaching of cast the first stone is not applicable to CORONA,,, because CORONA  has a self righteous heart,, while the woman in the bible has a repentant heart (silent and not fighting). well in fact Jesus pardon/acquitted or pronounce not guilty the repentant woman,,, but reminders to all ,,even you are pardon by God because you repent of your sin,,, you are not exempted from the worldly payment of your sin. whatever you sow you will reap is also applicable.

    CORONA mahilig sa libre, palusot, free ride, hindi nagbabayad tamang buwis,,,matagal nang mayroon ganitong tao, daan daang taon na ang nakailipas, binanggit na ni Jesus iyan,,, gusto nila,, sa kanila lahat,,, magingat sa ganitong tao. puro palusot.

    • GKid

      It’s sad that you’re using the Lord’s name in vain in the political vendetta against the Chief Justice. Jesus died on the cross as an innocent man, after a sham trail. This act teaches us that he was willing to die then turn his back on his beliefs. That truly innocent men will rather die than confess to sins that they never committed.

      Regardless of our beliefs, only God has the right to judge and knows what is in the heart of the CJ. So, unless you are a prophet please do not claim to know that Jesus’s teachings don’t apply to the CJ. 

      The impeachment is a political process not religious. Lets keep religion out of this discussions. If you have any REAL evidence to convict the CJ please give them to the Prosecution, they need all the help that they can even with nearly 60 “private prosecutors”.

    • backstroke

      Are you not the ultimate SELF RIGHTEOUS???

  • glycerlean

    mga u l o l at bobo na congressman na ayaw tanggapin ang pagka tanga nila!

  • saintleonardo

    Congratulation to the congressman you have a very good average 21 out of 45 you have doen your work. only one of the 45 is enough to show that the thief justice is guilty. The thief justice have perfect score out of 10 SALN’s all were incomplete and under declare. It is a position of trust and as can be seen he is a liar, tax evader, a thief and corrupt. All the cases that was decided during his incumbency were now contestable. This might be the other reason why many pro bono lawyer for him because they won all their cases under his watch. Just asking??? for the sake of truth.

    • backstroke

      When confronted with the release of the alleged 45 properties to the public…the response is blatant denial…no courage…no balls…no honor…and they are worthy of your “Congratulation”! You’re right, just one is enough, if it can be proven…of this late… not one is good enough…the urgency of 100 WITNESSES!!!

  • saintleonardo

    Thief justice patron saint is Judas Iscariot. He betray his master Jesus Christ while the thief justice betray his master the Filipino people. He enriched himself by taking donations (lagay), etc, and evading tax

    • zbone

      For you to bring the name of Jesus Christ into this discussion is not only idiotic but shows that your fanaticism to this yellow mob-rule have no bounds.  You people have really lost your sense of logic.

    • GKid

      And the President is Pontius Pilate, while you’re part of the Yellow Mob trying to crucify a man without any SOLID evidence.

      Everybody should really stop trying to bring religion into the Impeachment regardless of your opinion in the subject. All sides are praying to the same God, but only God truly knows what is in the hearts and minds of the people involved in the Impeachment. Besides, this is a political process, it has nothing to do with religion.

    • backstroke

      You are saying Judas Iscariot is a Saint…and you are also a Saint…no wonder you practice and profess similar doctrine…BETRAYAL!!!

  • aSwedishguy

    To file false SALN  are a criminal offense and punishable up to 5 years prison.

    Corona´s defense did say “he is allowed to correct” that is a wrong statement !!!  They  misinterpreted the law and this did SC  stating in one case ruled by corona´s SC
    Read SC ruling on G.R. No. 176058               March 23, 2011

    “”In no way did the
    law say that a public officer clearly violating R.A. 6713 must first be
    notified of any concealed or false information in his SALN and allowed
    to correct the same before he is administratively charged.”

    • JosephNess

      aswedishguy…enlightening…dito mahina ang mga prosecutor sa pagkuha ng mga jurisprudence to support and justify their arguments…and also slow to defend their stand unlike cuevas who talked unceasingly like a parrot…they should also be fast in rebutting cuevas…they’re all lawyers…and lawyers are trained to talk lenghtily…and fast… 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

        right bro,that’s how lawyers degraded/stagnated themselves….another onus to the CSCJ ! corona has a very convenient alibi..”Eh kasi, Fake naman talaga ako “…SOB !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

    @wawa2172@ you can only mention the arroyos as the worst perpetrator !…Marcoses,SALN still did not exist and Angara and Belmonte belongs to the decent category ! The corona issue must have a Divine intervention,as a CSCJ(though fake one), will be the Primus of example that a public (paid by people’s taxes)workers must not take for granted his employer and must moderate his greed.Kabastusan at kahambugan ang pinagagawa ni corona !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6LVAN7WBZHVKDAY7A65MB4V34I Rolando

    Quimbo’s statement that Corona is only representing or lawyering for wealthy criminals is a smack in the face of Senator Estrada. Quimbo should be sensitive in his pronouncements or else another vote will be lost from the prosecution’s tally.

  • aSwedishguy

    Correct.. they can not let cuevas command the court room like he do,,

    Again read the R.A. 6713, it is easy to understand as that you are entitle to change whatever are wrong in your SALN,,but it is only referring  to “correct filing”

    I did look for any other ruling for the same issue and find one were SC did say exact the same thing,,,,with Corona as CJ that is… hehehe

  • aSwedishguy

    “I guess CJ Corona case on SALN is not impeachable. Why?”

    Wrong,,it is highly impeachable bcs it is a criminal offense of the higher scale up to 5 years prison.

    The Law are very clear that file a false SALN are a criminal offense and especially Corona have no excuse to not comply with that law,,he should and he know,,he himself have stated in his own ruling what are right and wrong

    • sigena

      mas marunong ka pa sa lawyer. mag presenta ka doon

  • INQ_reader

    The condescending attitude of defense lawyers such as Salvador will not increase their adherents.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ZVFIE272VCYKITRNNYFB3VSPI chris

      neither is lying straight faced like cong tupas and quimbo going to earn them sympathy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q4AJ2ABRC3HOXRGP46IGOXZUV4 Arnold

    Ang hayagang pagbibintang kay CJ sa paglalatag ng mga gawa-gawang ebidensya sa media ay bumabalik na sa prosecution at lalo ng nadudungisan ang kanilang kredibilidad.  Lalong lumala ang panig nila dahil sa pagtanggi ng presiding officer na maglabas ng subpoena para sa bank accounts ni CJ dahil hindi naman pwede talaga ayon sa batas magsisilayasan ang mga investor pag nagkataon.

    Ang pinakakahiya-hiya ay ang pag-amin ng prosekyuson na sila ay walang kakayahan na patunayan na si CJ ay may 45 bilang na ari-arian.  Malaking dagok ito sa kanila hindi lang sa kanilang hanay kundi maging sa gobyernong ito at lalo na sa kanilang career.  Mantakin natin na puro hinabi na kasinungalingan at kabalintunaan lang ang kanilang pahayag bago ang proceedings na ito.  Naaatim nila na magpalayas ng taong walang kasalanan at ginagamit pa ang Diyos sa kanilang maitim na hangarin, grabe naman ang mga taong ito.

    Hindi kataka-taka na sa mga susunod na mga araw ay maging desperado na ang mga taong ito at lalong mga kasinungalingan pa ang ipahayag nila wag naman sana dahil kung magkaganun hindi sila mananaig hangga’t nariyan ang ating magigiting na senator-judges sa pangunguna ni Manong Johnny.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O4MDZR3SLTCYBA24RLMQO52H7U Avtar Singh

      @arnold…….ano ka ba…???? Maghintay ka….Pruweba na sa 24 properties binabaliktad pa din ng depensa….inconsistencies are transparent inililigtas pa din ng mga senador-judges at depensa….kawawa talaga ang taong-bayan sa mga corrupt na iyan…Occupy SC is looming…..hope na hindi mangyari. GOD’s will.

  • goldilock

    Will they bring up the World Bank report that the Supreme Court of the Philippines is misusing loan funds? Will this border treason or money laundering? This is the Supreme Court of the Philippines and World Bank deemed it as untrustworthy/dishonest.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

      pag inipit ang bayag ni Midas…segurado corona ang tonong lalabas !

  • dongBarako

    (Part of the Speech delivered by Chief Justice
    Renato C. Corona at the MOPC Judiciary Night, 7:00 p.m., 24 June 2010,
    Intercontinental Hotel.)

    “The fact remains that at the heart of our sovereign mandate is the
    people’s trust in the courts. The people’s trust, however, is not
    confined to physical infrastructure. Improving human infrastructure is
    essential in maintaining integrity which in the final analysis gives us
    the right to judge. Hence, corruption in the judiciary, whether real or
    perceived, is particularly insidious and reprehensible. A corrupt
    judiciary is totally unacceptable as it severely handicaps the legal and
    institutional mechanism designed to curb abuses in government.
     ..As such we shall continuously cleanse the court’s ranks by
    strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and raising it to the highest level possible.
    I believe that a member of the judiciary who is found guilty of
    dishonesty should not only be dismissed from the service but also
    disbarred. No ifs, no buts.”

    – CJ Renato Corona.

    • rsanr

      sa madali’t sabi ay matagal nang niluto at ginisa ni corona ang sarili niya sa mantikang galing sa sarili niyang bibig, dapat mag-resign na lang siya….kahiya-hiya na ang hudikatura natin sa buong mundo, ginagawa na tayong laughing stock sa buong mundo damay pati mga mararangal nating ofw’s,,,,gising na bayan ko……ibangon na ang dangal nang bayan natin at tulungan natin ang ating adminstrasyon ngayon na linisin ang hudikature, ang unang hakbang…sibakin si corona!!!!!!!!

    • JustWords811

      magandang isama ito sa summation ng prosecution o kaya ibigay ito kay cuevas at sa mga tagapagtanggol ni corona. then we can see how nicely corona’s allies are able to twist words. sana may magcompile ng iba pang wise words of corona.

  • aSwedishguy

     if he actually did fail to file a correct SALN he is fried,,he have no excuse what so ever,,he is the “LAW” for god sake,,the impeachment do not need to go further then this single offense

  • jericxx

    Twisting the facts outside of the court because they cant twist it inside.

  • backstroke

    The spokespersons of the prosecution when facing the media appear to have everything to pin down CJ Corona… when they flaunted to the public the supposedly 45 properties of CJ…they claimed they can prove this…and now, they deny they did released it to the media…only shows the truth that they have nothing at all to convict the respondent. All the hysterics they create in the trial by publicity came to naught in the Impeachment trial itself…what a SHAME!!!

    • patawad

      Exactly!  your keyboard exactly typed my words.

  • End_of_GMAs_Reign

    A Chief Justice of the Philippines don’t know how to fill-up a simple form???  Are you kidding me???

    Basically, what many Senators and the defense lawyers were trying to imply to the public is that the incomplete filing of SALN is not punishable by law, it is just a mere form that can be corrected anytime that the filer would like to do so in his/her most convenient time!

    Many Senators who are conniving with the defense are twisting the truth of the importance why there is a need to file a complete SALN in the first place?  They forgot to mention that the Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Networth becomes a basis for inquiries and probes on graft and corruption charges filed against public officials as it is considered a public document!  Also, the primary use of the information on the SALN form is to exhibit transparency and accountability in public office.

    And since the majority of the Senators have successfully blocked Article 2.4 which will link Corona’s SALN to his ill-gotten wealth (because of a misleading title) then the truth was again deprived from the public. 

    The Senate accepted the Articles of Impeachment as is but in this early stage they’ve amended it by disallowing Article 2.4.  Ironically, Juan Ponce Enrile prohibited the amendment to be done in the senate, the prosecution isn’t allowed to make any corrections unless they send it back to the congress (delaying tactic) however the senate listened from the defense to block Article 2.4 thus literally amending it!

    • aSwedishguy

       hehe,,did you read SC/CJ own wording regards fail comply SALN?

      Read SC ruling on G.R. No. 176058               March 23, 2011

      This is what they say exactly::

      “”In no way did the law say that a public officer clearly violating R.A. 6713 must first be
      notified of any concealed or false information in his SALN and allowed
      to correct the same before he is administratively charged.”

    • DurangoJoe

      The defense and the Senator-judges are in bed together to make sure Corona will not be found guilty. The impeachment trial is a sham!

    • Pepito Manaloto

       ang husay mo pre… baka pwede mo palitan si Tsupas? baka kaya mong patunayan sa senado…hindi na nila kasi kaya eh…

  • kaloykoy

    45 or 21 or 10 properties ni Cororna, kahit alin doon ang tamang figure, lahat yo ay galing sa nakaw na pera  ng bayan.Kung nagkamali man ang prosecution dahil hindi 45 ang properties na ninakaw at dapat pala ay 10 lang,magnanakaw pa rin si Corona.

  • Malik62

    What a lame reasoning.  So lame that they even employed the falacy of argumentum ad populum by sighting GMA to cover up for their inefficiencies and stupidity.  Cong. Tanada is supposed to be a lawyer, yet in spite of the fact that the SC then headed by CJ Puno already affirmed the appointment of CJ Corona, still called CJ Corona a midnight appointee.

    As the impeachment trial lingers the prosecution team is weaving the rope  longer to hang themselves.

  • kaloykoy

    Ang galing ng strategy ng defense lawyers ni Corona.Dahil daw hindi naman 45 properties at imbes ay 10 or 15 or 20 properties lang ang na-ipresenta ng prosecution na hindi maipaliwanag na pag-aari ni Corona,hindi na raw magnanakaw si Corona.Kahit na 5 or 10 or 15 properties yan na pag-aari ni Corona,yan ay hindi kayang bilhin ni Corona sa kanyang legal na income from his government salary,kaya malamang yan ay galing sa nakaw na pera ng bayan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ZVFIE272VCYKITRNNYFB3VSPI chris

      kaloykoy….. baka gusto mo naman basahin muna ang CV ni cj corona bago maghusga….. 60++ na edad nyan….. 20 years sya sa government service….. so 40+ years old sya pumasok sa gobyerno…. ano ang trabaho nya bago pumasok sa gobyerno?

      • Paranaque City

        Tama Chris– abogado dati, private lawyers get millions in bonuses, lalo na pag partners. 

  • aSwedishguy

    The problem are that the prosecution running in to many directions instead concentrating on the parts were they are strong

     

  • JosephNess

    45, 21, 10, 5 or whatever number anyone put there will not change the truth that the SALN of the CJ were full of inconsistencies…and the discovered properties already presented in court need to be explained in what manner were these properties acquired…this must be the issue that the defense need to explain…not the issue of the 45 properties released from the LRA…

    • a1phantom

      one should look if there is criminal intent…..Corona, as far as he is concerned, believes that what he put in there is true…..the zonal value that he put in there is true….the properties that he put in there is true.

      • JosephNess

        really??? he’s a lawyer, don’t you know that ? lawyers do magical interpretations of the law….

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

        crime means an act or omission punishable by law;corona willfully omitted some entries on his SALN and SALN was made into law with corresponding punitive acts.Ergo; corona is a criminal !

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBMSE2D7JNHLIIJWLEMLNOJXNQ Ranulfo

        magaling lang yan mga  prosecutors sa labas na ng korte,pero sa loob wala namang sinabi,,narinig mo naba ang pahayag ng depensa tungkol dito?hintayin mo muna ,huwag padalosdalos,,antayin mo sa panahon na sila naman ang magpahayag..huwag ka munang huhusga

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VY25ZOHU3FJFFX6CYSH5W4AX3I sugbu

        Let’s see if Hernandez of Megaworld can produce certain documents requested by Senator Osmena….

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_46H3IYYJB73LCABPKWOE4TMBWM daniel

        yha its all true after all the madyik

    • Paranaque City

      here you go again, josephness, umarya ka na naman. maghintay ka lang, b*b* lang ang nag-aasume sa mga bagay na ganito

      • JosephNess

        kaya!!! paranaquecity ?…open your eyes wake up man, you’ve been sleeping too long eh!!

  • Percy Reyes

    Lawyers as professionals are “sui generis” (unique; a class of its own), they can twist, distort, complicate, muddle, confuse, define/redefine, disorient, baffle ANYTHING JUST TO DEFEND THEIR CLIENTS. Observe all the spokesmen and counsels! 

    • a1phantom

      The prosecutors are lawyers too…which represents some of the best lawyers in the congress as well in the private sector…the only difference is that they dont have any solid evidence not do they have a case that has any basis at all.

      • Percy Reyes

        Please note that I said: “Observe all the spokesmen and counsels!”. I mean ALL, prosecution and defense. The merits, evidence, etc. are of no moment.

  • patawad

    Kainis naman mga iba dito.  Napanood ninyo ba ng buo ang impeachment hearings, o binabasa at pinpanood ninyo lamang ang mga biased media? Ang base ng opinion ninyo ay mali. Lumalabas sa inyo garbage,  kasi garbage din ang nakukuha ninyo. Yan ang garbage in, garbage out. Kung hindi kumpleto ang pagsubaybay ninyo, wag na muna kayo mag comment.

    Ang kasinungalingan ni CJ tungkol sa SALN ay hindi pa napapatunayan, samantalang ang pagsisinungaling ni Tupas sa korte, na under oath siya,  ay tunay at kitang kita ng lahat sa tv. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GM34K3VEVOJ2CKWHOJUHNZAFBY dipakosigurado

      kasi puro ABSCBN pinapanood nila…hehehe

  • billygunn23

    zzzzz

  • billygunn23

    sowe

  • batchmatters

    Halatang halatang contrived o pwersado ang excuse ng CJ defence team na wala raw na malinaw na basehang itinakda ang Senado o anumang komiteng binuo nito kung kaya hindi daw dapat parusahan si CJ Corona sa pagmisdeclare and underclare ng maraming assets sa kanyang SALN. Aba`y ang gusto pa pala nilang palabasin ay kasalanan ito lahat ng mga senador- at sino naman kaya ang mabobola nila? Okay lang kung isa o dalawang beses lang ginawa, o na-delay ng 1 o 3 taon, o libong piso lang. Pero ang lumalabas ay may pattern talaga ng consistency ang pagdoktor ng SALN ni CJ Corona para maitago ang kanyang mga hindi maipaliwanag na mga ari arian. Masyado namang ginagawang bobo ng defence team ang mga Pilipino!

    • a1phantom

      Batvhmatters:  Paki-specify nga kung ano yung evidence na nang doktor si Corona ng kanyang SALN

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_46H3IYYJB73LCABPKWOE4TMBWM daniel

        galing sa ST.LUKE DAMI DON DOCTOR..tamo si glueria don din nag padoctor..kaya hinde kaagad inilabas yung SALN nag madyik muna tapos so many months yun na doctor..pati pag bigay ng SALN sa senado na doctor din ayaw ibigay ng pinalalabas na may nag TXT MAY GO SIGNAL NA DAW pinahirapan pa si atty vidal

      • a1phantom

        prosecution should then give evidence that it has been doctored….Noynoy has already been using taxpayers money to get Corona convicted…he is using all the resources of the government…..he needs to doctor the evidence to get Corona convicted

      • DurangoJoe

        Hindi lang doktor-ed,  surgical removal pa. Yung properties ni Corona from 2003 to 2009 from 4 properties to 8 properties ang value ay P14, 059,080( walang change according to Corona sa kanyang declaration ng SALN.) Pero maski magbobote alam na ang value ng properties ay tumataas. Ang actual value ng kanyang properties in 2009 ay P39, 566, 965. Asan ang kanyang honesty ay a CJ? Surgical removal ng properties kasi yung property sa Loyola heights, The Columns (2 units), at Bonifacio Ridge sa Taguig ay hindi declared sa SALN.
        Gawain ba ng Chief Justice ang magtago ng properties to avoid taxes?

      • Pepito Manaloto

        ang husay mo pre… baka pwede mo palitan si Tsupas? baka kaya mong patunayan sa senado…hindi na nila kasi kaya eh…

      • Paranaque City

        Gawain ba ng matinong tao na makinig sa side ng mga sinungaling na nagpresent ng case, na di naghintay kung ano ang sagot ng depensa? Galing ng logic mo, magharap ka sa impeachment ng magbobote na alam ang sinasabing alam mo :D

      • DurangoJoe

        Nagbabasa kaba nag ebidensiya? Galing lahat yan sa SALN ni Corona. From 2003 to 2009, yung properties tumaas from 4 to 8 properties pero ang declaration nya is the same – P14,059,080 million. Yung magbobote kung nagbenta ka sa kanya ng 4 na bote at 5 cents each = 20 cents. Pero kung 8 bote bibigyan ka nya ng 40 cents. Si Corona, pag nagbinta ka ng 4 na bote, bibigyan ka nya ng 20 cents. Kung nagbinta ka sa kanya ng 8
        bote, bibigyan ka nya ng 20 cents pa rin. Hindi ba crook sya?

  • DurangoJoe

    The prosecution team should go after Corona for tax fraud or tax evasion. His SALN and ITRs all have the tell-tale signs of the high crime. Tax evasion will definitely get this big slimy and slippery
    fish to jail. Even the two old men, Cuevas and Enrile will not save his butt. If they got Al Capone with tax evasion then the same mouse trap should work on Corona.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3ZVFIE272VCYKITRNNYFB3VSPI chris

      dont worry, this monday, BIR kim henares will be subjected to cross examination…. this will be interesting to watch

    • Pepito Manaloto

      ang husay mo pre… baka pwede mo palitan si Tsupas? baka kaya mong patunayan sa senado…hindi na nila kasi kaya eh…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSPQ2FGKFZ4HSKTOZTFBAN5UXM Edgar

    Jinggoy:  Bakit mo pinagkakalat na you have a case on 45 properties?  Wala naman pala.
    Tupas:    You honor, we may not have 45, but it will be 24.  It’s still 24 and 24 is more than 1.
    Jinggoy:  I know.  24 is of course more than 1.  But why did you have to exaggerate?
    Tupas:    Your honor, I hope we are not debating math here.  This is about the truth and justice.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O4MDZR3SLTCYBA24RLMQO52H7U Avtar Singh

      @yahoo-OSPQ2FGKFZ4HSKTOZTFBAN5UXM:disqus …tama nga naman…chief justice nagkaroon ng 24 properties…..ang bilis naman…..eh, mataas pa ang suweldo ko sa cj na iyan….pero nahihirapan akong magbayad ng 3 properties ko (2 megaworld and 1 at the fort)….not because of 5/6 OK…

      • Paranaque City

        Tarant*do talaga ang bata mo, Avtar. Alam mo rin bang dapat sa mukha rin ni Tupas binabalandra ang tanong about truth and justice, dahil tatay niya, may graft and corruption charges din.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXILLWZZ23R6SP6C4DHGKLXNSE Michael

    kawawang prosecution team, especially Kimbo who’s like a mad dog talking nonsense. ang sense ko, bahagi lang sila ng smokescreen ni pnoy sa kapalpakan niya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXILLWZZ23R6SP6C4DHGKLXNSE Michael

    Kitang kita ang mukha ng nagsisinungaling, mukha ni tupas…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JXILLWZZ23R6SP6C4DHGKLXNSE Michael

    huling huli si tupas e, humihirit pa. kapal talaga ng mukha, sila ni barzaga. pauwiin na ang mga yan.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O4MDZR3SLTCYBA24RLMQO52H7U Avtar Singh

      @yahoo-JXILLWZZ23R6SP6C4DHGKLXNSE:disqus …..hindi siya nagsisinungaling…..mahusay mang-inis si cuevas….iyan ang hirap sa mga tagapagligtas ng mandarambong….Minsan tuloy naiisip ko sana mangyari ang Occupy SC para mahinto ang corruption ng mga dwarfina and the legion of thieves.

      • Paranaque City

        Hindi nagsisinungaling? Si Tupas ang nagbandera ng listahan ng 45 properties sa media, pero dineny niya sa impeachment court. Alam mo ba na mga bata ni Pinoy sa Customs ay may tong every Friday? Alam mo bang tatanggalin ang BI commissioner para lang mailagay ang bata na naman niya kase di sila makapagnakaw ng maayos? Sa NBI din, inalis kase may iba na namang bata sina De Lima? Alam mo bang pinsan ni Sison si Brillantes at De Lima, at maghaharian ang mga kumunista na pumapatay ng sundalo at inosenteng mamayan dahil kay NoyNoy? Tsk. Avtar, pangalan mo pa lang, di ka naman Pinoy, kaya tumahimik ka na lang. Mga kalahi mo ang numero unong nagpapahirap sa mga tao sa Pinas, alam mo ba yun?

  • athenapallas

    if he gets acquited based solely on technicalities, many people will lose faith in our justice system, people might even revolt on the streets. ganun na lang ba porke alam nilang paikut-ikutin at manipulahin ang batas ay abswelto na? Corona lied and he is also a midnight appointee by Gloria whom he tried to help escape from her criminal doings. we’ll forever be third world, we’ll forever be poor and our country will forever wallow in the mire of misery. payaman ng payaman ang mga mandarambong na debaters sa gobyerno habang pagutom ng pagutom ang kawawang mahihirap.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GM34K3VEVOJ2CKWHOJUHNZAFBY dipakosigurado

      nakikinig ka ba…walang ebidensya..puro hinala at suspetsa lang….wait for
      the defense’s explanation…wag masyado maniwala sa ABSCBN>>>>

    • Pepito Manaloto

        ang husay mo pre… baka pwede mo palitan si Tsupas? baka kaya mong patunayan sa senado…hindi na nila kasi kaya eh…

    • Paranaque City

      Kung hindi gagamitin ang technicalities, para ano pa at may rules of law tayo? At napatunayan na bang may kasalanan si Corona? May unaccounted for ba sa budget ng Supreme Court? May lumabas bang tumestigo na nagbayad sila sa mga Coronas para manalo ang kaso nila, hence the alleged ill-gotten wealth? Athenapallas, naturingang ginamit mo pa ang pangalan ng Greek goddess of wisdom and justice, mukhang wala ka nun. Bukas mo ang mga mata mong mga galamay ni Pnoy sa BIR, Customs at Immigration ang dahilan ng panghihirap ng mga Pinoy, hindi ang korte suprema

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_46H3IYYJB73LCABPKWOE4TMBWM daniel

    ang hirap ninyong makita ang katotohanan..kaya hanggan ngayon IDOL NINYO PA RIN MGA MANGUNGULIMBAT..

  • truth_1210

    dito sila magaling sa media…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CW4XB3MF72Z62A5ILAVPC7OWA Neiner Brit

      totoo. habang tumatagal ang trial, lalo nagmumukang tanga ang prosecution dahil hindi sila makaporma sa impeachment court. dinadaan na lang sa mga “expose” na exaggerated naman pala o talagang kasinungalingan.

  • http://www.crocphotos.com/ Catman John

    The vile pig faced Corona responded to claims of inaccurate SALN filings saying, “Come On, do you think I’m stupid…?”. Not stupid, but evil, but he sure does think the Filipino People are stupid, and knows for sure that people who support him are. 

    • Pepito Manaloto

        ang husay mo pre… baka pwede mo palitan si Tsupas? baka kaya mong patunayan sa senado…hindi na nila kasi kaya eh…

      • DurangoJoe

         Hehehe. Para kang yung parrot sa pet shop. Paulit ulit ang sinasabi. You very funny.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VUBFBIYFAJOPPP4FP3CKBJ4M6A SOre loser

    Once again, I am NOT pro-Corona, but the prosecutor side lost that argument. The prosecutor should just forget that day, lick their wounds, and fight another day. Don’t dwell on the past—that’s done, you’re only digging you own hole deeper and deeper! For now, present new points of argument and see if you can win then. But first, give me time to buy some pop-corn so I can watch the beating to continue.

  • dikoy321

    SC’s clerk of court, Vidal (Corona too?) was unwilling to voluntarily submit the SALNs. Now we know what Corona hid in there!  Really it’s not important if 5 or 10, not 45 properties were exposed.  Corona lied under oath! For a Chief Justice, that’s important! The defense blocked disclosure of Corona’s peso & dollar accounts.  Didn’t Corona say he has nothing to hide? Why hide the truth?  Is it because the truth will expose Corona’s corrupt & evil ways?  If Corona were honest, his SALNs should have been accurate! If Corona were not lying about “nothing to hide”, he could have willingly submitted his bank accounts!  Corona even claimed to have paid his property acquisitions thru installment/s, paying a P9.0Million property within 30 days!  He can fool his mom, but not the country!  Such a lying Chief Justice is not what this country needs!  Out with Corona!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GM34K3VEVOJ2CKWHOJUHNZAFBY dipakosigurado

      masyado ka namang mainipin, eh…wait ka muna for the defense’s time to explain…masyado ka kasi naniniwala sa ABSCBN…hehehe, in case you did not see it, or hear it at the trial, mayaman pala sila Mrs. Corona, isang check lang P34M agad…
      nagbenta pa ng 2 lote, isang P18M, isang P11M…ano pa duda mo sa capacity to pay…
      then may anak pa at manugang sa America, syempre may dollar account! Haaay,
      may panahon ka pa, lumabas ka lang sa iyong yellow bubble!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O4MDZR3SLTCYBA24RLMQO52H7U Avtar Singh

        @dipakosigurado….eh bakit inabuso ng misis niya ang John Hay at nagtrabaho pa….sorry ….bulag ka pa din hanggang ngayon…and one more thing …why did he (cj) signed and sworn to that midnight appointment? Dude ! Wake Up….

      • Paranaque City

        Sigurado kang inabuso? :D Kasi nakigamit ng room sa Manor? Kung ang pinagpuputok mo ng butse ay ang paggamit ni Corona ng privileges ng asawa niya, dude, wake up and smell Pnoy’s halitosis. Sa PAL nga puedeng mag commuter pass ang mga next of kin ng piloto, sa hotel pa kaya? Tsk :D

    • Pepito Manaloto

        ang husay mo pre… baka pwede mo palitan si Tsupas? baka kaya mong patunayan sa senado…hindi na nila kasi kaya eh…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSPQ2FGKFZ4HSKTOZTFBAN5UXM Edgar

    TV Patrol of Channel 2 aired a segment to explain and justify why Tupas is Tupas and why he must be loved and protected:

    Poor little Tupas, they should have just left him in peace to graze the green pastures where he came from.  Instead, they forcibly plucked him out of his natural habitat and made him perform impossible circus acts.  In the courtroom of the absurd, where artificial decorum and archaic speech are the mediums of exchange, poor little Tupas could only protest in bleats . . . bleat . . . bleat . . . bleat.  Love him or hate him, let’s return him to the wild where he belongs.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GM34K3VEVOJ2CKWHOJUHNZAFBY dipakosigurado

    Article 2  of the verified complaint:  “Failure to disclose parking slots”.

    Article 3 of the verified complaint:  “Failure to prove Article 2″.

    Nyahahahahahahhahaah! Give it up already…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O4MDZR3SLTCYBA24RLMQO52H7U Avtar Singh

      @yahoo-GM34K3VEVOJ2CKWHOJUHNZAFBY:disqus …..Parking lots are part of your assets….I have and I rent it out and I am making income…(money- legal) and I am paying tax for it…

      • Paranaque City

        Sure, parking lots are part of assets, like yours, but are these BIG assets just like what prosecution flaunted on December. Jeez, you’re missing the point.

      • maxbeep1

        impeachable or impeachable offense? if not impeachble, why waste senate’s time?

      • kokopimentel

        It is you who’s missing the point!
        What ever your angle is, and the people like you who are practically praising Corona for being dishonest, if not saying he’s not guilty because 21 lamang pala at hindi 45 ang ebidensya nyo laban kay Corona!

        Chief Justice appointed in the middle of the night!
        Chief Justice with so so honesty!

        The guy doesn’t really have genuine quality of tact and candor befitting the position he’s is holding!

        If you’re all getting something for flooding messages here to depend your CJ Corona, then it’s good you’re getting a little change for your efforts.

        If not, what a shame!

        But alas, unless  all of you Corona crusader are related to CJ so so honest Corona, then i guess it’s totally all different mater!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GM34K3VEVOJ2CKWHOJUHNZAFBY dipakosigurado

    sa simula ng kapalpakan, lack of preparation lang…
    after 3 weeks of more kapalpakan…kasinungalingan naman…
    after nabuking….tuloy pa din sa kasinungalingan nila…talagang katangahan na…
    pag di pa rin tumigil mga ito…kakapalan na!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O4MDZR3SLTCYBA24RLMQO52H7U Avtar Singh

    End_of_GMAs_ReignCollapse
    A Chief Justice of the Philippines don’t know how to fill-up a simple form???  Are you kidding me???Basically, what many Senators and the defense lawyers were trying to imply to the public is that theincomplete filing of SALN is not punishable by law, it is just a mere form that can be corrected anytime that the filer would like to do so in his/her most convenient time!Many Senators who are conniving with the defense are twisting the truth of the importance why there is a need to file a complete SALN in the first place?  They forgot to mention that the Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Networth becomes a basis for inquiries and probes on graft and corruption charges filed against public officials as it is considered a public document!  Also, the primary use of the information on the SALN form is to exhibit transparency and accountability in public office.And since the majority of the Senators have successfully blocked Article 2.4 which will link Corona’s SALN to his ill-gotten wealth (because of a misleading title) then the truth was again deprived from the public. The Senate accepted the Articles of Impeachment as is but in this early stage they’ve amended it by disallowing Article 2.4.  Ironically, Juan Ponce Enrile prohibited the amendment to be done in the senate, the prosecution isn’t allowed to make any corrections unless they send it back to the congress (delaying tactic) however the senate listened from the defense to block Article 2.4 thus literally amending it!
    hehe,,did you read SC/CJ own wording regards fail comply SALN?Read SC ruling on G.R. No. 176058               March 23, 2011This is what they say exactly::””In no way did the law say that a public officer clearly violating R.A. 6713 must first be notified of any concealed or false information in his SALN and allowed to correct the same before he is administratively charged.” 
    (Part of the Speech delivered by Chief JusticeRenato C. Corona at the MOPC Judiciary Night, 7:00 p.m., 24 June 2010, Intercontinental Hotel.)”The fact remains that at the heart of our sovereign mandate is the people’s trust in the courts. The people’s trust, however, is not confined to physical infrastructure. Improving human infrastructure is essential in maintaining integrity which in the final analysis gives us the right to judge. Hence, corruption in the judiciary, whether real or perceived, is particularly insidious and reprehensible. A corrupt judiciary is totally unacceptable as it severely handicaps the legal andinstitutional mechanism designed to curb abuses in government. ..As such we shall continuously cleanse the court’s ranks by strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and raising it to the highest level possible.I believe that a member of the judiciary who is found guilty of dishonesty should not only be dismissed from the service but also disbarred. No ifs, no buts.” – CJ Renato Corona. 

    • DurangoJoe

      Thanks Mr. Singh. From Corona’s speech, the punishment for dishonesty is coming from the horse’s mouth. So according to the Chief Justice dishonesty is enough to remove  him from office and also disbarred. So why is Enrile asking for high crime to remove Corona?

      • maxbeep1

        pnoy’s admin is the one the needs to be ended. Kawawa ang taong bayan sa administrasyon ni pnoy, lala na pag natuloy ang pagbabayad ng gobierno ng 10 billion pesos sa mga cojuagco/aquino para sa hacienda luisita. or even worst mabalik ang hacienda luisita sa mg aquino-cojuangco.

      • DurangoJoe

         Hindi lang siguro P10 billion ang ibibigay sa Cojuangcos. Pero kasalanan ni Corona at Supreme Court yan kasi sya ang nag-approve para iredistribute yung mga lupa ng HLI sa mga magsasaka. 

      • maxbeep1

        dapat naman idistribute ang hacienda sa mga magsasaka dahil nasa agreement iyan, di bah? long long due na. corona and the other justices made their decisions based on the contract. how could anyone violate that contract? see the you tube video: aquino-cojuangco: facts that they don’t want you to know

  • wbar

    sa media inilabas ng prosecution ang …”40+ na properties”…galing sa listahang inilabas ng isang agency ng gobyerno….sa media din itinanggi noon ni Corona na wala syang ganoong karaming ari-arian..sabi pa nya e baka daw pati yung mga kanselado na e nakalista pa…so sa senado dapat di na nila ungkatin pa kung 45 man o 21 ang properties na mai-presenta ng prosecution…ang mahalaga e sa senado din dapat pagtalunan kung anuman ang i-presenta ng prosecution…at dapat mapatunayan na lamang ng magkabilang panig ang kanya-kanyang position…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

    Just let Corona’s defense team explain how the 21 properties were acquired. They have to be backed up with evidence that the funds used in purchasing these high-end properties came from legitimate source. but we forgot the defense may use again technicalities if falls in the 2.4 complaint ill gotten wealth…no choice. Not a high crime as senator judges quotes…

  • asarin

    How can a liar be a Chief Justice? How can a man with a doctorate degree from UST (unless the university is dispensing it for a fee or favor) not able to fill up his SALN be a Chief Justice? How is he going to judge on big cases that require moral uprightness? 

    • patawad

      Ang definitely proven liar ay si Tupas at ang 3 stooges na spokesmen. Si Corona hindi pa po, dahil hindi pa tapos trial.

      • asarin

        GUILTY AS CHARGED na si CORONA  ng harangin nya ang kanyang SALN sa umpisa pa lang ng impeachment trial! lalo na ng makita ko ang laman ng SALN! sabi nya wala syang itinatago bakit pinaharang pa nya ito at nagkaroon pa ng drama sa Trial? sabi nya, 5 lang daw properties nya pero bakit ang dami pala! maski 6 lang at hindi 45, GUILTY na sya! pero bakit nya kailangan magkaroon ng napakaraming bahay? dapat simple lang ang pamumuhay ng isang Chief Justice. di ba ganid sya? at saan nya kukunin ang perang pambili ng mga bahay na ito kung kakapiranggot lang ang kita nya! dapat sapat ng kaligayahan ang pwesto nya na pinagsisilbihan ang mga taong bayan! pumasok na yata sa utak nya ang pagkagahaman. yun ang nakakasira sa tao minsan! sayang sya!

      • hustlergalore

        kala ko ba innocent until proven guilty kaya si corona “hindi pa po”, pero yung tupas at 3 stooges na spokesman “definitely proven liar” pero hindi naman sila nahaharap sa isang trial. LOL ano ba talaga?

  • asarin

    Dapat nag’sorry’ na si Corona sa mga omissions at mga pagkakamali nyasa SALN bago pa man nagsimula ang impeachment trial kung talagang ‘sincere’ o ‘honest’ syang tao! KUng magso’sorry’ sya ngayon, it will be too little, too late’ hindi sya karapatdapat maging Chief Justice!`maski nga kahera sa maliit na ‘grocery store’ hindi sya nararapat, kasi mangungupit sya ng benta na hindi naman sa kanya!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7IGQYIPU6AFTVRJ742XT2X44M4 Jef

    kahit isa lang sa 45 properties kung nakaw CRIME parin na hindi katanggap tanggap sa lipunan…being a CJ 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R6Q4QNRAE4WD4XNF4DHQVZGI6Q Andrew

    Tupas is corrupt, his father is corrupt,  and his wife is legal counsel for Hacienda Luisita, thereby suggesting a different motive for this case.

    The current govt wants to control the SC for their own purposes.

    It’s better to retain one opposing vote in the SC than to let the current administration control it, which would be total corruption of power.

    Kung gusto niyong matanggal ang corruption, mauubos ang mga Congressmen sa Pilipinas, kasama na ang maraming Senador.. Mas marami pa ngang unexplained wealth si Drilon kay Corona.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W44AO2O5RIKG2EUWWZNUSOYVOY james

      Unahin muna sina GMA at Corona…saka na isunod ang iba kahiy walang matira sa Tongreso…

      • Psalm90

        okay ang reply mo bro, unahim muna si Corona at GMA, wala namang problema kung sino pa ang isusunod, basta corrupt, panagutin, let us have some cleansing in the government and justice for the Filipino people, okay ba mga kababayan!

    • hustlergalore

      in other words, from you, corona is also guilty.

      kaya lang dapat huli daw muna si corona sa pila.

      LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZUPZ2UE2SCF3R2ENPO4L7XZW34 willie luna

    I would not want my country’s Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to have a tarnished record of having had a lapse in judgement in filling up his SALN. If you had a lapse in judgement in an exam in a school or board examination for would be lawyers, you failed yourself to practice law. All Corona did was fail to respect the law he was supposed to uphold and serve fairly to the citizens of the Philippines. A flunky Chief Justice can’t continue to serve in the Supreme Court.

    • Psalm90

      Tama ka bro.  Eh yun ngang doctor na tarnished ang reputation, we will not go to him for consultation or treatment, much less an operation, same with someone for the position of a chief justice na di man marunong, actually marunong pero dishonest mag file ng SALN, how can we allow him to continue in office.

  • pepengkabayo

    ‘5 or 10 or 20 or 45, Corona did not declare these assets’ prosecution said….

    First, this Prosecution team said that Corona did not file his SALN.
         They were proven wrong as CJ filed yearly.
    Second, Prosecution said that Corona has 45 properties.
         Again, proven wrong when only 21 was listed in LRA and they blamed the LRA.
    Third, Prosecution accused CJ of accepting discount and unethical
         Again, Proven wrong, not special discount but reduced price as damaged condo
    Fourth, Prosecution again said that Corona got 11M on dead corp.
         Again, Proven wrong that dissolved corp.can still transact business.
    And now Prosecution said that it does not matter whether 5 10 20 45 properties as it is impeachable for undervalue declaration in SALN.
         Again, Proven wrong that SALN could be corrected either inadvertently undervalued or typo error.

    What more explanation can we get from these 3 Stooges of the House Prosecution Spokesmen.

    • batang_san_nicolas

      yan ang argumento ng isang utak kabayo!  sana ay matauhan ka at kung hindi ay ka-awa-awa ka naman,

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W44AO2O5RIKG2EUWWZNUSOYVOY james

      guilty!!!

    • patawad

      The three stooges of their spokesmen thought they can hoodwink the people.  Mga paporma lang akala nila pwede sila senator.  Haha nabuyangyang sa public ang kanilang pagiging liars at obob.  Ayaw pa tumigil hangang sa ngayon putak ng putak eh wala ng maniniwala sa kanila.

      Isa pang kasinungalingan, dinedelay daw ng prosec ang proceedings sabi ni liar Qimbo, sa nakikita ko sila ang cause ng delay.  Sa dami ba naman ng uhhhhhhhh, ahhhhhh at dahhhhh, for instance, eh di sila ang cause.

    • maxbeep1

      still fishing or hoping for evidence, because they have nothing to lose.there ought to be a law penalizing for wrongfull accusation especially for high officials.

  • athenapallas

    thing is, with the advent of technology and social networking, it is now easier to express people’s intolerance for graft and corruption in our government, and easily expose the scumbags who steal from the country’s vault. if there are records of Corona’s declared and undeclared riches, paid and unpaid taxes, the undeclared and the unpaid will surely stick to people’s minds and it will spread like a wild fire. they owe the people the truth and if they keep hiding the truth, wait until they get judged by the PEOPLE. 

    wait and see: there will be revolt…on the streets. people are already exasperated with all the corruption happening around. and after Corona, they should also go after all the congress persons and senators. wait a sec, they are all corrupt! who’s gonna do the catching?  

    • maxbeep1

      Ang impeachment na ito ay walang kinalalaman sa interest ng taong bayan, away ito ng mga oligarko sa mga pansariling interest nila, kaya laging talo ang taong bayan.

      • athenapallas

        really? kung wala itong kinalaman sa interes ng taong bayan bakit talo ang taong bayan? at dahil talo ang taong bayan, kawawa ang taong bayan, entonces, malaki ang kinalaman nito sa taong bayan. gets mo?

      • http://twitter.com/enerinuj enerinuj

        ungas ka talaga ano???? kunsabagay ganun talaga ang mga arroyo at corona walang pakialam sa taong bayan kaya nga sila NAGNANAKAW EH KASI SARILI LANG NILA ANG INIISIP NILA….MGA KAWATAN

  • oraman

    palusot pa ang mga tamad at sinungaling na congressmen…kung inbes ba na minadali ang impeachment e nagkaroon muna kayo ng hearings sa commitee level at nagkaroon ng debate sa plenary e di sana naihanda nyo muna ang mga ebidensiya at testgo nyo….

    • patawad

      Double standard ang mga tongressmen.  Nuon kay Gloria, sabi nila walang substance ang charges, samantalang kay Corona ay speed lightning ang nangyari hindi nila kinonsidera ang substance.  Wala namang laman charges nila, panay dutdot lang ni master Penoy.

    • maxbeep1

      oo nga, pati oras ng senado nasasayang dahil sa pagmamadali at vindictiveness ni Pnoy/congressmen

  • Tower555

    This legal technicality is where the defense heavily rely on having their client’s case dismissed. The Prosecution has failed to support the original 45 properties they used as a major basis for impeachment. With only 25 properties that they can muster as evidence, the Prosecution have weakened their case to the point that the Senate will be obligated to dismiss the impeachment case. The Defense will now argue that the other alleged accusations are not enough to warrant an impeachment and that the Prosecution has erred by inflating, if not fabricating, the numbers of properties to justify an impeachment case against the CJ. If the Senate High Court complies with the motion of the Defense to dismiss the case, they will be doing this within the framework of the Constitution.  It is clear that the CJ’s legal advisors are 5 steps ahead. The CJ heed his Advisors not to step down. Truly, the seasoned Defence team can annihilate the Prosecution team without effort. Truly a game for the Masters….tsk tsk.

  • aSwedishguy

    Following are FACTS:

    Did Corona enter a buyers agreement with Megaworld Globus Asia as a Justice in SC:YES

    Did Megaworld Globus Asia appear in past court cases ruled by SC: YES

    Did Megaworld Globus Asia have pending court cases most likely end up in SC: YES

    Do Megaworld Globus Asia possible end up in future court cases in SC: YES, and they did

    Should Corona be fully aware of this conflict of interest and should he know the Section7,8, 9 in  R.A. 6713: YES

    The best way to handle conflicts of interests is to avoid them entirely

  • batang_san_nicolas

    this is long from being over…please do not under-estimate the power of the Filipino people!

    • maxbeep1

      power of filipino people? which filipino people?

    • zbone

      Power of the Filipino people or did you mean the fanaticism of the yellow mob?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2OP2LT3I25EAKRYERSQ43I22I Joseph Anthony V

    Dapat pati mga congressmen isabay na ring imbestigahan…parepareho lang na mga kurakot ang mga yan….

  • w4d

    For all intents and purposes, let’s just say that Corona made honest mistakes in filing his SALNs and behaved like a regular shopper would by taking the discounted condo unit. It is still him and his judgement call that put himself in this precarious position. This is somehow scary considering that his decision is most often final in nature; the flawed judgement call will come back to bite us as a nation.

    The defense can justify the mistakes all they want but Corona has to be held to a higher standard. Those discrepancies were inexcusable for a man who is suppose to execute the law.  

    • patawad

      susme

      • w4d

        patawad po.

    • maxbeep1

      your perception has to be applied both ways, not only to corona but also to Pnoy and others

      • w4d

        I have no problem with your post because I really do not see it as the person but more of the action and the position of responsibility of who is involved. Trust me, I don’t have any favorites, and I only want to see the country become corrupt-free, which is impossible as you can see, when the smartest and riches people are playing us as fools.

  • maxbeep1

    there ought to have a law penalizing wrongful accusation so as to avoid fishing expedition for evidence

  • asarin

    para sa akin, sa umpisa pa lang nang harangin ni corona ang SALN nya, sya ay GUILTY AS CHARGED!

  • 4kingdaddy

    no wonder the freedom of information will never become a law…penoy doesn’t want it pass, so do kris aquino; the senators, from enrile to senile santiago, congressmen who made 70 million a year who now owns multi cars and properties, governors down to barangay chairmen, and rich people who had been deceiving the government of their income so they would not pay their actual taxes…except for those who worked their butts and taxes are taken off their salaries, THE REST COULD BE CONSIDERED CORRUPT…and maybe some of the bloggers here could be a part of it…..

  • joeldcndcn

    CORRECT, THE “BETRAYAL OF PUBLIC TRUST” PROVISION DON’T NEED 2 OR 3, 45 PROPERTIES, IT HAD TO BE PROVEN THAT THERE WAS FRAUD & DECEPTION BY THE THIEF JUSTICE IN HIS ACT IN THE “SALN”, BINGO, HE IS GUILTY OF THE “BETRAYAL” WHICH MOST “IDIOTS” THINK WILL SAVE THIEF CORONA, HA,  HA,  HA! THE SENATORS-JUDGES CANNOT CONVICT THIEF CORONA, IT IS THE PROVISION IN THE CONSTITUTION THAT WILL CONVICT HIM OF “BETRAYAL OF PUBLIC TRUST”, LET THOSE SENATORS-JUDGES DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO,  THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT DEPEND ON THEM, AND THE TRUTH WILL FIND THEM OUT, HE,HE, HE! THE TRIAL IS OVER & FINISHED! only idiots will argue of those public documents presented! its time to shout stop, its finished!

  • dongBarako

    There was a criminal intent when CJ Corona filed/declared (or filled up) his SALN.

    He knows very well the SALN, he knows the items to be filled up but he chose not to.
    He’s obviously wanted to hide some his assets.
    It cannot be a lapse of judgment for a Harvard graduate because he served as a counsel in 2 govt banks and a senior officer of the Tax Division of  SGV & Co.

    • Russell Ariola

      Halata naman eh. Akala kasi nya eh siya lang ang nakakaintindi.

  • ExpatSteve

    The rules allow that the SALN “may be corrected at any time”. So what does that tell you about the politicians?

    • hustlergalore

      ang laking black hole ng “at any time” a

      kaya lang. do they really make corrections? LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22PRRPV4XKOOIC5TBS2ZLT7PZQ Tirador Ngbuwaya

    Ayaw ng depensa kasama na yung matandang abogado nya  na ipakita sa taong bayan ang mga bank accounts ni Corona. . Bakit po? May itinatago bang hidden wealth si Corona ?

  • freda filipina

    Nakikita mo na ang kahihinatnan ng impeachment court dahil sa kapalpakan ni Tupas at et.
    Palitan nyo na Pnoy kung gusto manalo kayo.

  • maricelCDC

    Si Tupas talaga, walang katupas-tupas..ester kakupas-kupas..lagi na lang nalelektyuran ng mga
    senators. Nagmumukha tuloy siyang engot.

  • Mcoscoluela

    Bago lumubog ang prosecution team,sipain at palitan na si Niel Tupas!Paging Liber Party!

  • Den_Sejuco

    Sa dami ng kinurakot ni CJ Corona, dapat nasa kulungan na yan ngayon 

  • sacrebleau

    Renato Corona described Estrada supporters in EDSA 3 as: “walang mga ngipin”— “walang salawal” and “mababaho.” This was the time when the “little” girl turned Malacanang into a fortress with electrified fence and 50 cal machine guns.

    Years later Corona said: “Ill-gotten wealth’: I’m not stupid, I am Chief Justice. . . . . .”

    Then he submitted a fake SALN.

  • Nephele

    Yabang kasi noong una ni Tupas, Quimbo, Angara at Tanada, 45 daw ang properties ni Corona
    na undeclared sa SALN nito. Pero wala namang silang ebidensiya..Nakakahiya talaga.

  • Fredo_Pamplino

    Mahirap dito kay Tupas, pinabili lang ng suka ng nanay niya, nag-abogado na. Nagtapos nga ng
    law, hindi naman naintindihan kung ano napag-aralan niya.

  • LMadarang

    Sa bahay na lang lagi si Sen Miriam, mas ok ang trial pag wala siya!

  • kalabosoka

    Wag iboto ang mga pro-Corona senators at congressmen sa 2013 elections. Pabigat lang sila sa bayan.

    • backstroke

      iboto ang PALPAK NA PROSECUTION AT YUNG MGA 188 NA TUTA!!!

  • enterme_fromBhind

    Sana ma-impeach na rin sina Niel Tupas, Sonny Angara at Miro Quimbo dahil sa pagsisinungaling tungkol sa 45 properties ni Corona.

  • EKmanubag

    Natatalo ang impeachment case laban kay Renato Corona dahil sa kabobohan ni Neil Tupas. Palitan na yan bago mahawa ibang prosecutors.

  • Willy_REV

    Eto pa ang mahirap, dinideny nina Tupas na hindi rila nag-release ng documents re: 45
    properties sa media. Denial King si Tupas Kupas.

  • goldilock

    You have to reshuffle the entire Supreme Court from the top down to personnel rank and file. World bank deemed it untrustworthy and dishonest. Fire responsible officials who approved funds with no receipt or have no idea where the funds went. Officials in that institution should be held accountable and should resign. Save Philippines view as having graduates with high professional  standard and work ethics. Foreign companies will not trust any Philippine graduates instead they will be viewed as having low standards. These low standards can be viewed on current public officials running the country who is corrupt. Expose wrongdoing of fellow politicians and correct it. These are pressing matters that require immediate attention. Set your standards high.

    • backstroke

      When there is sufficient proof we have to do what is just and right but if we are basing our judgement to less convincing, then we are at fault ourselves. Never was there an utterance of untrustworthy and dishonest in that report…unless you are trying to make it appear that way.

      • goldilock

        Can no longer be relied upon. Untrustworthy. Not reliable. Undependable. Irresponsible. Dishonest.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

      who will re-shuffle? the president? wala siyang authority. read the constitution..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MZOKC6X7Q52Z4E5VLYNB7GF72Y Kaloy

    The Senate-impeachment Court blocked article 2.4, ill-gotten wealth, in agreeing with Corona’s defense panel.

    At this stage we are confused here who is under impeachment trial here? Is it Corona or the prosecution?

    Why mislead the public that Corona will be acquitted because  the prosecution didn’t do their job as well as the topnoched and highly paid defense lawyers of Coroona?

    They said that the prosecution unable to prove the alleged 45 properties of Corona. Didn’t corona lied because he said his properties were only 5 but the actually presented with tct’s were actually 24?

    How can someone define injustice.

    Why acquit a liar.?

    • a1phantom

      The problem is that Prosecution and Noynoy have been lying……Corona has only 5 properties (inclusive of parking lots) and they have all been mentioned by Corona….the value that he used were zonal values….if we are to follow the rule about SALN strictly…then one would also have to follow a clause in the rule that the SALN can be corrected if found that it is incorrect or incomplete….so if we are to follow the law strictly is to notify Corona that he didnt put the fair market value of his properties and that he needs to fill that up also……if he disregarded that notification, then a more severe penalty should be imposed.

      This should also be a warning to Noynoy who also has a lot of discrepancies in his SALN 

      • vestrevistal

        if the prosecution and pnoy is the problem, so is the WORLD BANK, di bah? UGOK!

  • rosamistika16

    khit 5 lng ang asset ni corona kung hindi nga eto idini-declare sa SALN nya, yun ang point. at dhil yun ay ginawa nya ng ilang beses therefore that constitute dishonesty and connotes malicious intent. And for a Chief Justice to do that is a shame that it reaches to a point of betraying public trust.

    bkit parang lumalabas na porke hindi naipakita ng prosekusyon na 45 ang asset ni corona ay lumalabas na ang may kasalanan p ngyon ay sila?? it doesn’t mean that because of that corona is already out of question and that he might be acquitted for his misconduct.

    saan papunta ang bansa natin? hello Garci, kamusta na po ang bansa natin?? Philippines is a laughing stock in other countries, baka hindi nyo po alam yan!!!

  • concernedpinay

    What is an impeachable offense? If the discrepancy/ lie/non-disclosure (whatever you call it) in Corona’s SALN is an impeachable offense then I would like to see the SALN of the Congressmen in the prosecution team. I bet that almost all of them should be impeached too if this act is considered an impeachable offense. This will open a can of worms for all government employees and politicians and I hope that the stupid/inept/bungling/lying (however you call them) prosecution team realize this!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    if its 5, then the CJ did not do anything wrong since he already declared 5. Palpak na naman at di nag-iisip.

  • gregandymar

    Dito natin makikita kung bakit si Cuevas, et al., ay kinukuha ng mga mapeperang akusado, kasi napapaikot nila mga huwes, maski mga senador, na ang itim ay oobra maging puti. Ang simpleng tanong dito sa impeachment ni Corona ay sinungaling ba siya? Mapapagkatiwalaan ba siya? Nagnakaw ba siya sa kaban ng bayan? Niloko ba niya ang bayan?  

    • http://twitter.com/ernestonoel1 hopelovefaith

      The questions you stated are all nagging to be answered.  How can we trust a man to be the judge of the issues of our nations if he engages in dishonest behaviors?  That position should be held by someone who has a very high integrity not by someone who cannot even declare and honest SALN.

       

  • cliff_castillo

    As long as there were undeclared assets, whether they are 3, 5, 10 or more and the assets are worth millions, Corona is guilty in misreporting his SALN under oath.  Can he claim he overlooked properties worth millions?  No right thinking person will believe him.  To those supporting Corona, do you really want persons like Corona to occupy high positions in the government?

  • Bobbie_mae

    What is the rationale for requiring gov’t officials to file their Statement of Assets and Liabilities annually? I think that the purpose is to be able to assess whether the gov’t official is accumulating more assets than he can reasonably justify with his income from gov’t. Let us not forget what the main issue is , and that is whether CJ Corona filed his SALN truthfully and accurately. The defense will always try to cloud this issue by raising all sorts of objections and throwing doubt on the integrity of others.( It is not prosecutors, or the senate, or congress or the president  that is being investigated here). Being the Chief Justice, Corona is expected to not only uphold the law, but to follow it to the letter. He is not above the law. I think this is the other point that will be tested in this impeachment trial. I dont think there can be one law for the justices of the supreme court and another law for all other gov’t personnel. What excuse can he possibly have for not filing his SALN truthfully and accurately? He is knowledgeable in the law, and he knows what the purpose of the SALN is. If Corona is allowed to amend his SALN , then all other gov’t officials have to be given the same latitude. Then we should not ask gov’t officials to fill out their SALN, and we should all stop complaining about the graft and corruption in government.



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