Rep. Umali stands by his ‘small lady’ and Corona’s photocopied bank document



Rep. Reynaldo Umali

MANILA, Philippines — Amidst inquiries into the veracity of the leaked foreign deposit account allegedly owned by impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona, prosecutor Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali on Tuesday stressed that he was sticking to his story of a “small lady” approaching him and handing over the photocopied document.

“I have no proof but my word as an officer of the court. I have reason to believe that this is authentic considering that the information contained therein have been testified to as existing in the bank records,” he told reporters before the resumption of the trial. “Hindi ko itataya ang lisensya at reputasyon ko para sa bagay na yan [I will not stake my license and reputation for something like that]. I will stand by my story.”

He added that he was being candid when he told the impeachment court that he could not pinpoint the particular area where the “small lady” approached him for the bank record. But he maintained, “It must have been here [Senate], I was on my way to Midas Hotel [at the time].”

Umali however said that it was not up to him to convince the impeachment court that his story was true, explaining “I need not convince the court because this is a side issue and this has nothing to do with the impeachment of Chief Justice Corona.”

“If there is law violated I am willing to face whatever investigation, proceedings there will be.”

Commenting on closed circuit television (CCTV) footage obtained by the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, which indicated that no “small lady” handed Umali identification and specimen signature cards of the chief magistrate, the Oriental Mindoro representative said that he wanted to see the said footage “to refresh [his] memory.”

“I don’t know if this building is fully wired, fully covered by CCTV.”

Umali responded to questions on the tendency of bank officials to tell the court that the said document was fake, telling reporters that the witnesses have not proven that the bank record was indeed so. “You know, the best evidence is the document of the bank itself but I have reasons to believe that the document was a photocopy of an authentic document.”

He said that he understood why the bank officials were telling the senator-judges that the document was fake, saying that they were afraid of being held liable for the “leaked” document.

He brazenly added, “I think some people are lying or are being made to lie if only to protect their own skin. On the one hand they are saying that it is fake but they are not confirming that they have reviewed and compared it with the original.”

“We are saying these are not illegally acquired [and were] given by an anonymous person. There will be a forum that will determine the truthfulness of the story.”

Umali also challenged Corona to present his bank records to the impeachment court, citing the chief magistrate’s statement that he would face the complaint lodged against him.

“He said he would face [the complaint] but what is he doing now?”

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  • boymanok

    hala, may multo na yata sa senate…hindi daw nakita sa CCTV yung small lady na nag-abot ng dokumento pero sabi ni umali meron daw talaga …hmmm baka white lady na yan ah! takot ako…he he he

  • quirinomayer

    ““If there is law violated I am willing to face whatever investigation, proceedings there will be.””

    Aws totoo yan? Wala bang atrasan yan, Congressman? Baka naman hihingika ng TRO sa korte para di matuloy ang paglilitis kontra sa iyo kagaya ng kilala natin dyan?

  • AbdullahZahir

    Lokohan to!!!

  • Mark

    Lokohan na.

    This has been the trademark of NoyNoy’s inept administration.


  • Night

    “I don’t know if this building is fully wired, fully covered by CCTV.”
    mag sisinungaling ka ulet sasabihin mo sa ibang area na walang CCTV…. U L O L mo!!!

  • godsofgamblers

    kaya nga hindi siya ( umali ) makita kahapon ng mga reporters habang sinasabi ni sotto na walang nakitang small lady sa cctv. kasi hinahanap niya ang small lady, kaso hindi niya rin makita sa sobrang small ng lady. kaya hindi rin nakita sa cctv.. sobrang small as in small…

  • Slowconcern

    Lukohin mo lelang mo. Pinag mayabang mo pa ang pag sisinungaling mo ha. buti hindi ka nasuka sa harap harapan mong pag sinungaling buti hindi ka tinamaan ng kidlat. Buti pa sinabi mo na ginawa molang iyon parang isang pain na makakuha pa ng mas malaking evidence.

  • a1phantom

    Senator Estrada saw the original and compared it to the ones that the prosecution provided..and Estrada confirmed that they are different. 

  • Melmina

    Oh mali si Umali…it’s a big lady pala kasi nasa veterans na nga pala small lady…eh bakit wala sa cctv…oh mali ulit very small lady pala…hindi niyo nga nakita sa cctv kasi very small talaga…hihihi

  • iraya

    congressman umali as former deputy commissioner of the bureau of customs does not deserve to be the prosecutor, he has no moral ascendancy…he is not mr. clean.

    • summum

      he is no saint but has already in the communion of saints courtesy of St. Noynoy the Immaculate…

  • Justice_Justice

    Umali lies again and again…

    Why he cannot remember the face of the lady?Why he cannot remember where exactly the little lady gave him the envelop?Why he cannot remember the FAKED document was compared with original at the Trial?But the PS Bank representatives are both lying… to save their skin!!!Umali should just swallow all.  And Tupas also is liable to that Circus move.

  • Edwin


  • iraya

    Congressman Umali is not Mr. Clean. He was a former Deputy Comissioner of Customs where his noriety was a common knowledge. Thanks to Run After the Smugglers (RATS) where he dispplayed his corrupt ways. He does not deserve to be a prosecutor. He has no moral ascendancy. 

  • summum

    OH-MALI SI UMALI manlilinlang sa mga madlang madaling malilinlang…

  • Nald_Ap

    Atty Umali, you are a cheat and a liar!  The end does not justify the means, especially that you are a lawyer.  You should be disbarred.  

  • mmm choco

    oh ayan nasan ang yellow army nyo??  Liar!!!

  • mmm choco

     it is not a secret that Noynoy did resort to bribing senators and congressmen a few months back for them to pass the bill on the postponement of the elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) giving the President the power to appoint the ARMM officials. The bribe of additional pork barrel was two-fold for the House: A yes vote for the House to impeach then sitting Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez and a yes vote for the passage of the ARMM law. For the senators, there was also the bribe of the additional pork barrel, which was virtually confirmed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who said — and this is on record — that there was a P30 million or so, taken from the road tax funds given to the senators.
    Lacson was even quoted as having said that he can now give his constituents in Cavite better roads.
    Today, he says that he is one senator “who has consistently refused his P200-million pork barrel allocation year after year,” and that he “categorically declare(s) that which the defense team said about the P100-million offer to the senator-judges is pure rubbish and nothing more.”
    Rubbish, when he had earlier virtually admitted that senators were given P30 million more from the road tax at time of the Senate vote for the ARMM?
    Rubbish, when it is much too clear that congressmen were offered the early release of their P70-million pork barrel or its withholding, in exchange for the 188 congressmen coming up with an impeachment complaint against the Chief Justice?

  • Lucky Luciano

    Bagay yang picture mo diyan, dapat nilagyan ng quote na “Joke joke joke”.

    Hay, Umali.

    Tama, disbarred na dapat yan, parang hindi lawyer.

  • Vincent Hernandez

    Tawang buwaya! Mukha pa lang kaduda duda na…

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  • chamber25

    How can you not know where you were handed an envelope that was handed to you just a few days ago, the problem here is that he is scared to be specific cause he is not sure where the cctv cameras are located at the senate. 

  • a1phantom

    He needs to stick to his lie otherwise prisinto ang abot niya…..however, he might be pardoned if he points to the real mastermind of all these deceipts…point to Malacanang.

  • Jon

    He brazenly added, “I think some people are lying or are being made to lie if only to protect their own skin.

    Ano kamo Umali?
    Yun pang mga taga bangko ngayon ang nagsisinungaling pala?
    Iba ka rin ano?
    Huling huli na ang katarantaduhan ninyo, may gana ka pang magturo ng iba.
    Sabagy, lalo lang yan nagpapatunay na pakawala lang kayo ni Pwehnoy.

  • Rex

    Itong si Cong. Umali ginagawang tanga ang mga tao. C’mon Congressman, don’t make a fool of yourself and don’t insult the intelligence of the Filipinos. Don’t give those palusot, hindi yan kakagatin. Your a lawyer remember?

  • gisingpinas

    Uso na pala ngayon pag binigyan ka ng envelop, di ka mag say thank you, di ka na mag asked ng ano ito?, di ka n magtnong ng name ng nagbigay, di na ka mag tanong kung para saan yang envelop at di ka na magtanong kung sino nagpabigay?basta na lang tanggap ng tanggap(sanay kasi).e paano kung bomba laman ng envelop patay kang damulag ka.

    • Leo

      sanay na kasi sya na kumuha ng envelop lalo pag may mga project

  • Francis81

    Hulaan niyo mga Opips kung sinong kamukhang komedyante ni Umali?

    • Mark

      Edgar Mortiz ng Bad Bananas!

  • Malik62

    To the Prosecution Panel, please use your coconuts, in case you have any, and be more creative in writing scripts. I suggest you seek help from Kris Aquino to write your scripts.

  • simon

    if we will follow the bank secrecy law,,, all the SENATORS will end their term or will die w/o knowing the truth. ang nakakabusit dito,,iyong mga senators na gusto ipatupad batas gusto nila makita original. how they can compel the prosecutors to show the original when they themselves say we must follow the law? for me it is enough to know that the banks accounts are there. then go the next article. the impeachment court is not sandigan bayan.

  • Leo

    This is what you get  when you don’t look for CCTV overhead before you make your well crafted story.are you willing to go to lie detector test HONORABLE CONGRESSMAN REYNALDO UMALI just asking if u have the balls! be a man dude not a pig “,)

  • Leo

    Cong. Umali also challenged Corona to present his bank records to the impeachment court:are you also willing to present your bank record HONORABLE CONGRESSMAN UMALI so we will believe you that your a honest elected official who really saying the truth!!!.   

  • arthurtyson8

    Napaka walang utak naman nitong si Umali. Akala mu tangang kamukha mu and defense? “Small Lady” my foot. 

  • neverwint3r

    lol this umali obviously thinks all pinoys are stupid. it’s becoming clear those documents were only acquired through illegal means. and it looks like estrada has the goods on tupas

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