Defense urges prosecution to ‘play by the rules’


MANILA, Philippines – “Play by the rules,” a lawyer for Chief Justice Renato Corona said Wednesday after questions were raised on the authenticity of the documents presented by the prosecution on Corona’s dollar accounts.

Annabelle Tiongson, Philippine Savings Bank (PS Bank) Katipunan branch manager, testified on Monday that the documents attached by the prosecution in its supplemental request for subpoena were “fake”.

“It is a timely reminder to both parties to remain abiding to our oath as lawyers and officers of the court that we should not foist any falsehood upon the court, wittingly or recklessly,” former Justice Undersecretary Ramon Esguerra said in a text message.

“In a manner of speaking, we must play by the rules of the game on the basis of what is true, fair and just,” Esguerra said.

The photocopy of the PS Bank documents in the name of Corona that were allegedly handed to Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali had come under question after both PS Bank president Pascual Garcia III and PS Bank Tiongson testified that it had not come from their bank.

Umali said the document was handed to him by a “small lady” while he was at the Senate secretariat. However, no “small lady” was seen on CCTV. Tiongson, in her testimony before the Impeachment court, said the document was different from what they have in their possession.

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  • Xwcd Cxw

    how can we convict corona if the trial is not fair? 
    finding the “truth” should also come with a fair trial and use of legal and correct methods and evidence. 

    isnt it bad taste to lie in order to get evidence to convict the CJ? is this how cheap our country has become? 

  • Lloyd

    Drilon, Pangilinan are both aspiring fo Senate Presidency should inhibit on the imp. proceedings along with Allan Cayetano, Osmena and Guingona as they are acting like a lawyer of the prosecutors. So better inhibit themselves and let them sit on the prosecutor’s side.Sobrang sipsip tong mga ito ky Pinoy. Wag naman po sanang masyadong GARAPAL.

    • nico fopalan

      miriam, enrile et al should inhibit too, they are acting like lawyers for defense.

      • lebabski

        with all due respect, Enrile is probably the most impartial senator judge sitting at the impeachment court. We should be thankful that he’s the one presiding over this court and is doing his best to be impartial and neutral. As for Miriam, at least she has legal basis to back up her tirades against the prosecution, unlike Drilon, etc who would readily defy the law and rules just to elicit information that would help the prosecution

  • ahabeek

    “Play by the Rules”????????? If I knew  that there is huge amount deposited in the banks whether peso or dollar accounts, how could i present these evidences to the impeachment court by mere of information only? by simple request, do prosecutors can get/ask bank accounts to a certain bank  to provide with them all banks accounts of CJ? I can’t understand this especially if it tackles bank secrecy law.. I’m confused about the situation on how the prosecutions can obtain these bank accounts of CJ CORONA if we apply “Play by the Rules” as defense counsel wish.

  • Pedro_Gil

    The defense wants the prosecution to conduct diversionary tactics, forum shopping and prevent the truth to come out making inuendos.  The Filipinos know the truth 
    already.  Its about time that the good senator judges put their vote.  

    • Dan Angelo Friginal

      Do you really know the truth? haha. Listen to BOTH SIDES . :)

      • Pedro_Gil

        Yes indeed.  You dont need to finish the proceeding. Its just plain logic and arithmetic.

  • saintleonardo

    Supreme Court decision for sale in foreign currency only contact thief justice.

  • 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

  • saintleonardo

    The document was genuine because PSBank could not produce the original.

  • Guest

    ” Defense urges prosecution to ‘play by the rules’ ”

    On the other hand,

    1. Did the defense played by the rule when it raised the motion to quash the appearance of PSBank exec, when it knew too well the testimony will involve peso account only?

    2. Did the defense played by the rule when it conducted press conference outside the court implying the senator-judges are on the take of 100million peso bribe each, while professing they respect the impeachment court??

    3. Did the defense played by the rule when it requested ruling from the friendly Supreme Court to stop the impeachment trial, while professing they respect the impeachment court?

  • saintleonardo

    Crazy Miriam and Joker the fool were afraid of the truth. Crazy Miriam son ended his life than to be with her mother. Joker the billionaire courtesy of little fake president ill gotten wealth. This 2 won because of dagdag bawas.

  • saintleonardo

    Crazy Miriam and Joker the fool were afraid of the truth. Crazy Miriam
    son ended his life than to be with her mother. Joker the billionaire
    courtesy of little fake president ill gotten wealth. This 2 won because
    of dagdag bawas.

    • billygunn23

      how come you were named after a saint when you seem to be all knowing. You could have been the almighty himself with your words…

    • jongie m

      Kaibigan, huwag naman na sana nating idamay ang pagiging ina at pagkawala ng kanyang anak sa usapin na ito.  Wala iyong kinalaman.  Di natin nanaisin na mawalan ng isang anak sa ano mang dahilan at paraan. God Bless You.

  • joboni96

    whose rules
    criminal court?

    mukhang gusto ng depensang
    makulong si corona
    as a criminal
    if proven guilty

    impeachment court yan
    after the truth
    different rules

    • billygunn23

      rules on evidence. read between the lines!

      • joboni96

        sa criminal court yan
        where you can put the accused
        to death

        sa impeachment court
        removal from office laang

        get the truth
        the best way you can

  • Justice_Justice

    The LIARS, Tupas Umali and their Juvenile Team, will be caught in their Lies!  

    The Original and the Faked bank documents have different bank accounts… which make the Fake One a FAKED.Their “fixing” of the Fake bank document will get uncovered and they will face another Court, the ones for unlawful practice from lawyers… and go to jail!

  • Jon

    Intindihin nyo naman sina Tupas and company.
    Noong nakaraan, sinubukan nilang mag-presenta ng ebidensya, kaso palpak talaga.
    So ngayon, sumusubok silang gumawa na lang ng ebidensya at baka pumasa.
    Para sa Prosecution, walang masamang tinapay kaya tira lang ng tira, legal man o hindi.

  • 2rey3

    The prosecution need not attach the reproduced copy of CJ Corona’s bank account but they submitted it with the written manifestation that they are not sure as to authenticity but just the same they submitted it together with the enumeration of CJ Corona’s bank accounts to the Impeachment Court. Then the Senate thru Senate President issued the subpoena for the said accounts which were eventually proven in existence and their entries correct. 

    How come the defense is dealing on it and if it has to deal with it, why not confront the Senate President as he has already declared in open session that the buck stops with him as far as the issuance of the subpoena is concerned for those said bank accounts as he does not want to be a party to the concealment of documents which may contain information of wrongdoing?

  • quirinomayer

    The math of the defense is as follows: P31M = P3.5M.

    For so long as the prosecution does not harp on this math and does not present more evidence that Corona doctored his SALN,  it is playing by the rules. Everything that the prosecution does to find the truth about the secret accounts of Corona are violative  of the rules.

    • billygunn23

      even if the amount is trillion dolars, if the source of such evidence is illegal, it will not have any bearing in the promulgation of judgment. know that silly.

      • quirinomayer

        So you are admitting that’s what the defense is trying to say: P31M is equal to P3.5M? Read my post again. It’s not what’s admissible and not admissible evidence but the fear of the defense of anything the prosecution presents pertaining to the bank deposits of your idol.

        Unluckily for you, the public does not give a hoot about which is admissible and which is not. All they know now is that what the defense is trying to make them believe is unacceptable: P31M is equal to P3.5M.

        And don’t silly people who get more votes than you do because doing that is silly.

      • seve rino

        di ko ma gets billy, pakiulit.


    Sorry for the misprint of the title, below is the correct version!


    • seve rino

      Thank you for the correction.

  • parefrank

    to Justice_Justice

    The prosecution knows that the most important matter is to condition the public mind. And so they bring even wrong “evidence” to the media which then “forget” to make the same headlines when it comes out wrong. And then, the conviction is “wanted by the public” and real facts are not so important anywore.

  • RonnieV

    This leakage must be investigated as it is a very serious offense. It should include 1. Cong Umali, 2. Cong Tupas 3. Tiongson 4. Lacierda.They should be investigated not in the senate but in the real courts. Lacierda’s earlier pronouncement that the document is not fake and he also said that the account numbers of Corona are so accurate as testified by Tiongson, Of course it’s accurate because there was a leak prior to Tiongson’s testimony. Lacierda’s pronouncement simply indicates that he has knowledge on this leakage if not one of the accomplices. To this we could ponder how much million does it cost to leak this information or document?

  • seve rino

    Prosecutors vs Defense. Defense won by unanimous decision.
    Small Lady vs Defense. Small Lady won by TKO.

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