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MANILA, Philippines–A member of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s defense team repeatedly apologized to senators on Monday over the alleged P100 million bribe offered to them by Malacanang.

“Humihingi (kami) ng dispensa kung hindi naging malinaw ang aming pahayag (We apologize if we’ve not made our statement clear)…There was no malice on the part of the defense,” said defense lawyer Jose Roy III, responding to queries of Senate Minority Leader Alan Cayetano.

Roy said it was not their intention to put malice when they said in a hastily called press conference Sunday that they received information from a source that Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa was phoning senators and dangling a P100 million to defy the Supreme Court decision against opening of dollar accounts allegedly owned by Corona.

“Again, we apologize…” said Roy, adding that the defense team maintains its high regard for the Senate and that they never questioned the institution or the senators’ integrity.

But Cayetano did not accept the apology, saying, “It’s easy to apologize but you can’t put the toothpaste back into the tube.”

Roy repeated his apology when Senator Pia Cayetano also stood up to denounce the allegation.

“On behalf of the defense panel, we apologize for any discomfort,” said the lawyer.

The issue was brought up at the resumption of the impeachment trial at around 3:00 in the afternoon when Senate Pro Tempore Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada took the floor to denounce the allegation of the defense team.

Estrada dared the defense team to identify its source, saying it’s a big insult to the senators and the institution.

“Hinahamon ko kayong lahat na pangalanan ang nag-paabot sa inyo ng kwentong ito (I dare you all to name the source of this tale)…You are fully accountable for attempting to besmirch the name of the institution…” he said.

Estrada vehemently denied receiving any call from Malacanang..


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  • ahabeek

    ano defense counsels… paliwanag ka pa… pinapainit nyo lang mga ulo ng mga senador para pag naglabas sila ng verdict in favor of the prosecution may buelta kayo… matatalino nga kayo.. pero di lahat pwede nyong lokohin…

  • yellow_brigade

    hahaha..ayan pabor pa naman sa depensa ang pagsang ayon ng mga senador sa TRO tapos kung sino-sino pang pinaniniwalaan ninyo..Hay naku dapat pala mag guest kayo sa the buzz or showbiz central tiyak maraming manonood sa inyo..kakahiya tong mga Harvard Graduates na mga lawyer natin..Hwag kasi maniwala kay Ket Tatad kasi may balak yang mang agaw ng atensiyon ngayon kasi tatakbong senador sa 2013..pustahan tayo..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PCOJ2EEWG2KLYY5QQNFQSGTTVI Juanita

    yan na nga ba ang problema sa depensa, puro ngawa. strategy nila yan na gumawa ng alingasngas para ma apektuhan ang deliberasyon tungkol sa tro. dapat sa mga iyan e i contempt para madala katulad ng ginawa sa abogado ni abalos. sorry lang ba ang katumbas ng ginawa nilang kabalastugan? sisirain nila ang pangalan ng pangulo ng bansa at ng buong senado tapos sorry lang ang pangtapat nila. CONTEMPT OF COURT ang kailangan sa iresponsableng mga yan.

    • hakudaten

      They should also do the same for the prosecutors who have a hand on “illegal documents”… just to be fair.

      Prosecutors: Ilabas si “Small Lady”
      Defense: Pangalan ang “source” ng 100M bribe.

      Zarzuela on both camps is in effect… it’s not amusing.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    ROY have to RESIGN too——This DEFENSE of Corona are POISONING this investigation to DISCREDIT the GOOD intention of the government—–
    APOLOGY is GOOD and CIVILIZE but to be RESPONSIBLE?  RESIGNATION is the BEST–

    After all this days of impeachment——–CORONA is LOOKING more a DISGRACE in the country——–His CORRUPT infected IMAGE make Pilipino SICK—

    Stop spending Pilipino taxpayers and OFWs blood money to SAVE a CORRUPT infected Corona———–
    REMOVE him from Post and Let the country MOVE forward—

  • ahabeek

    FCDU = haven of the thieves ,  I salute and commend the author of this law para maitago nila ang  mga tagong yaman na galing sa di maipaliwanag na source.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7T2BPPGLG457K5BUPQBPOKDPA4 Marlon

      nagbasa ka ba ng Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001???
       
      pwede buksan ang mga dollar account as long as may evidence ka na ang perang yan ay galing sa drugs, plunder at iba pa.
       
      may allegasyon ba o ebidensya ang prosekusyon na ang bank accounts ay galing sa criminal activity??? WALA
       
      hinde kasi sila nag-imbestiga bago nag-file ng impeachment complaint.
       
       

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

        Ito ang hinaing ng mga depensa sa simula palang ng kaso, pero anong magagawa nila kung ang resources ng gobyerno ay ibinigay ni Pnoy para lang makuha niya ang kanyang hacienda? Ang kakapal talaga ni Pnoy, ginagamit pa niya ang pera ng kaban ng bayan para mabawi niya ito at hindi na niya inisip kung ano ang mangyayari sa tatlong sangay ng gobyerno. Siya na siguro ang pinakamasarili at pinakatamad na presidente sa History ng Pilipinas. Magaling lang siya dahil sa ina niya. Pero ni kahit isang magandang proyekto, wala..puro satsat lang at papogi sa media.

  • antonioluna

    bukambibig nyo kasi na mga bobo ang mga nasa prosecutor buti na nga lang at mga aanga anga sila sa sistema ng litigation dahil hindi pa man sila nagtatrabaho ng husto kusa ng lumalabas ang mga baho ni cheap dog thief justice,  ISA LANG ANG MALINAW BAKIT HINDI HAYAANG ILABAS ANG DOLLART ACCOUNTS? dahil ito ay mga nakaw, dahil kahit anong gawing aritmetic ni cheap dog hindi nya maipapaliwanag na legal nyang nakamal ang kanyang mga dolyares.

  • jaydeetee1

    HINDI NATIN DAPAT TAWARAN ANG KAKAYAHAN NG MGA DEFENSE LAWYERS, THEY ARE JUST CONSISTENT WITH THEIR TACTICS.
    UNA, YUNG KAY CUEVAS,NG MABUKONG MAY AUDIO TAPE INTERVIEW, ATRAS ITO.
    NGAYON ,PA -PRESS CON NA MAY SUHULAN,NG TANUNGIN APOLOGY ANG IBINIGAY.
    JUST LIKE THE BIG BOSS OF THIEF JUSTICE CORONARROYO, ATE GLUE, PAG NASUKOL NA AT WALANG MATATAKBUHAN ,ANO ANG GAGAWIN ? JUST SAY “I AM SORRY !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LLPTRPFUTYJXKI3KJS4B2UO4LI Jim De Garman

    defense are just ignorant..when a cracked has sustained the very purpose of their allegations they’ve come to asked for an apology.

    they realizes the dictum of their alibi were not fruitful… a line that conceive among others “hindi daw naging malinaw ang kanilang pahayag” meaning still with their mind these allegations, they didn’t fully admit to the impeachment court that they are fully aware with their short comings which is pure lies beyond their nose.

  • dagohoy620

    What we’re witnessing in this so-called historic impeachment trial are a bunch of lying defense lawyers and an equally lying defendant.  They really deserve one another!

    We’re also witnessing 13 senators who had “mamons” for balls! 

    So, from now on, what is to stop the Corona team from seeking the help of the Arroyo Supreme Court EACH and EVERY TIME something bad happens to their case?  The Answer?  The very same scenario will be repeated time and time again like this:

    First, the Arroyo Supreme Court will vote 8-5 to issue a TRO in favor of the Corona Team.

    Next, the Senator-Judges with their “mamon-balls” will vote 13-10 to “respect the Arroyo Court’s TRO!

    The result: A big Moro-Moro lang pala ito!

    The EFFECT?  Who knows? Maybe people massing in the streets in the hundreds in the first two hours, then swelling into thousands once the text brigade starts working and reaching the masses!

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

      And what do you call of your beloved Pnoy and his persecutors?

  • donvitoandolini

    New lawyer’s gossip magazine coming out soon. Editor-in-chief, Cuevas. Assistants, Esguerra and Salvador. Cover girl, Jimeno. Publisher, Corona.Magazine title, Hear(We)Say.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HUE7BZXUJ7I5AFIBEPSIBONAHA Alfred A

    By NOT calling the defense lawyer in contempt is a sign that indeed their allegation is TRUE. So after all the bravado to save their faces, the senators let the issue die without punishing the defense lawyers since they all knew that it did happened… Obvious ba???

    • http://jaoromero.com/ Jao Romero

      dapat nga na-cite in contempt. senate should have ordered the defense to substantiate their allegation or else be cited for contempt if they fail to prove their allegation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

    Ibalik si President Fidel Ramos sa Malacanang, mukhang walang mangyayari sa Aquino administration, puro kaguluhan at pag pangaway ang ginagawa.

    • samarutan

      Ibalik si GMA kamo. Para walang impeachment si Corona. At walang maiibubunyag na kalokohan at panggagatas sa kaban ng bayan. Ibalik na rin si  Mercedita Gutierres as Ombudsman! Buhayin na rin si Iggy Boy. Nyahaha!

  • http://fables.boxpinoy.com/ Lucky Luciano

    Sus, wag na magsorry, alam na naman namin yan kagabi pa namin pinagtatawanan and pini-predict yung mga mangyayari diyan.

    “hindi literally, wahahahahahahah”

    Kahit ano pa maging result ng voting sa TRO nayan, alam na namin:

    GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY

  • kuya_koy

    Hindi nakapagtataka na may mga Pilipino na ang umaalma at pumapanig sa kampo ni Corona. Sila kasi ang mga maaapektuhan at kasalukuyan nagdudusa sa matuwid na daan nais ipatupad ng kasalukuyan gobyerno. Wala ng tongpats, wala ng delihensya. Magiging parehas na ang laban. Mabuhay ang tunay at madangal na Pilipino!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Taga-ilaya-Mandin/100003283447940 Taga-ilaya Mandin

      Yan ang mapait na katotohanan kabayan. Kinakasangkapan ng mga ‘magagaling’ nating mga abugado at mambabatas..at ibang mga kababayan.. ang mga ‘loopholes’ ng ating batas para maitago ang katotohanan sa pangambang sila mismo ay maapektuhan ng hangarin ng kasalukuyang administrasyon na magkaroon ng parehas na laban sa mga transaksyon sa gobyerno. 

      Ituloy ang laban!!..NO TO CORRUPTION !!!

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    smelling desperation

    surrender na defense team
    para mag resign na si corona

    give attention to
    u.s. recolonization

  • tonto_ka

    “Yesterday, we received very reliable information that Executive Secretary Paquito ‘Jojo’ Ochoa, acting in behalf of President Benigno Aquino III, was personally contacting and phoning senator-judges to persuade or pressure them to defy a temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court  in favor of Philippine Savings Bank,” according to a statement read by lawyer Dennis Manalo.
    “We condemn in the strongest terms the efforts of the President to undermine the constitutional process that he himself initiated.”
    “Humihingi (kami) ng dispensa kung hindi naging malinaw ang aming pahayag (We apologize if we’ve not made our statement clear)…There was no malice on the part of the defense,” said defense lawyer Jose Roy III.
    How come there is no malice as a matter of fact the defense already issued MALIGNANT STATEMENTS against the senator-judges.

  • THELITTLEGIRL

    I think this bombay lawyer Jose Roy III should be punished by the senate. 100M for each senators? Insulto ito sa senado.

    • Pedro_Gil

      Pabalikin na lang sa pinanggalingan iyan. Kung sakaling napawalang sala ang nasasakdal, libre ang mga depensa pero kung nadesisiyonan nang may sala, siguradong disbarred ang mga ito sa hiling ng taong bayan. Gumagawa ng tsismis at paninirang puri ng mga huwes ng impeachment court. Puro kabalastugan at hindi totoo. Kailangang ibigay ang pangalan ng nagbigay ng impormasyon. Anong say mo Kit Tatad?

  • Aris Kalayaan

    The P100m bribe story is but a gimmick by the defense to divert the attention of the public away from the evidences.  It’s obvious that they just copied Bautista-Horn’s “Put the little girl to sleep” story.

  • 2rey3

    Next time the prosecution might be tempted to claim that a reliable source has informed them that CGMA in support of Chief Justice is offering 200 million to the Senators to dismiss the impeachment complaint against the CJ IF THE DEFENSE TEAM WILL NOT BE PUNISHED SEVERELY FOR BESMIRCHING THE IMPEACHMENT COURT IRREPERABLY.

  • Morskie52

    They should be cited for contempt and be disbarred if found guilty of insulting the senate and for rumor mongering. If they have proof, bring it on.

  • orly8000dizo

    E di sisihin ninyo iyong nagsulat ng artikulong iyan. Napaka simpleng tingnan ninyo at tanungin amg nagsulat kung saan at sino ang nagsbi na isulat niya. Siempre ayaw ng defense team dahil iyon ay kanilang pakana na dungisan ang korte ng senado. Iyan ba ay idea ni Cuevas? Cuevas, nakakahiya ka!!

  • orly8000dizo

    Siya nga pala mga defense lawyer, sabihin ninyo sa kliyente ninyong si Corona na ang PAL ay for sale na. Sabihin ninyo na bilhin na at kayang-kayang bayaran kahit na cash at baka may discount pa!!!.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AE4JR5GIAJKWHCNLX7ZBT2XY3E Patriot

    mga kbbayan buksan ang mga mata at isipan sa gngawa nila mghingi lng sorry ok n…start from GMA “hello garci”, kay cuevas now buong defense team SORRY lang…kawawa tlga c p-noy kaya lng nila pagalawin sa knilang palad….kawawang juan tsk3x.

  • Pedro_Gil

    Looks like a misinformation campaign. A strategy to divert the public’s attention from the real issue at hand. Who was a senator and formerly marcos’ effective misinformation secretary?  On whose side is he on?  Review his previous actions in the proceedings even if he is not directly involved in it (confronting a senator).  As the late Abraham Lincoln said, ”You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”. Filipinos beware.

  • crawler73

    it’s plain and simple “strategy” that back fired. HERESAY is not admissible in a court of law.

  • reneboy726

    that apology must be equivalent to 500 millions pesos penalty……anong klaseng impeachment court ito it is like a dog that only bark BUT DOESN’T BITE.

  • http://profiles.google.com/odredd Dredd Ofalexandria

    Di ba pede ma contempt yan? btw mali spelling “heresay”..hehe okay lang wala naman exam to.



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