Palace aide defends QC lawmaker’s caper


MANILA, Philippines—A Palace aide on Friday said Quezon City Rep. Jorge Banal’s meeting with Philippine Savings Bank branch manager Anabelle Tiongson shows the House prosecution panel’s resolve to prove Chief Justice Renato Corona’s guilt in his impeachment trial.

“It shows that the whole prosecution team is working hard to pursue their case. Whatever effect that may have on the proceedings will be determined by the senators,” said Abigail Valte, a spokesperson of President Aquino.

On Thursday, Banal told the Senate impeachment court that he talked to Tiongson in an attempt to verify Corona’s bank records, an alleged photocopy of which, he claimed, was left by an unidentified person at the gate of his residence in a subdivision in Quezon City.

He said Tiongson denied his request and asked him where he got the document.

Banal was summoned to the impeachment trial to explain his side shortly after Tiongson revealed that he approached her at the PSBank Katipunan branch in Quezon City last Jan. 31 seeking her assistance on verifying the supposed photocopy of the Chief Justice’s bank document.

Tiongson said Banal told her that he would reveal the source of the document if she cooperated. She said did not accommodate the lawmaker’s request.

“I’m sorry if I caused any problem. I just wanted to help our team,” Banal told the impeachment court.

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  • Shinigami

    here we go again..Malacañang speaking in chime with the prosecution panel..tsk tsk tsk..Hindi ko na alam kung ano talaga ang mga proyekto ni Pnoy..parang si Corona ang kanilang top priority.

  • Simon Ybarramendia

    “It shows that the whole prosecution team is working hard to pursue their case.” Ganito na ba kawalang kahihiyan at ka desperado ang palasyo?

  • BacolodBoy

     Pursuing what madame valte? we have yet to know the plan of this President Pnoy for the vast majority…the poor have been crying out!!!

  • BacolodBoy

    The problem is systemic…so how do you resolve this ms. Valte? we do not hear any thing good for the public other than pursuing CJ Corona by all means illegal…….what sort of honesty or values are you trying to spread?

    come and tell the truth ms. Big Lady!!!

  • Nald_Ap

    Ms. Abigail valte requested the owners of this site to remove the comment portion or at least moderate the same.  She claims that the paid hacks (us) of Corona unduly show a one sided view of the process.  This, according to her, is contrary to what majority of the country feels about the entire process. 

  • Justice_Justice

    Wow!!!  The Palace supports CRIMINAL activities!!!!

    Getting banking documents without authorization is a CRIMINAL offense!!!  And a Congressman doing that CRIMINAL activity is supported by the Palace…

    Incredible… banana republic stuff!  No sorry to bananas, this is lemon republic stuff.

  • Jon

    Wawa naman si Bolet, aping api ang dating.
    Kailangan tuloy ipagtanggol ni Baltik.
    Alam kasi nila na makukulong si Bolet dahil sa mga pandarambong niya.  

  • Apolinario

    I am not pro Corona. I wish only for the truth to come out. Pero hindi rin ako sangayon sa mga baluktot na pamamaraan ng paghahanap ng ebidensya. Gusto ko tuwid na daan. Ibinabandera natin ang tuwid na daan pero yung mga nagbabandera baluktot naman ang pamamaraan, aba ipwera nyo na ako dyan. Binibilog nyo ba kami? Tuwid na landas ba o bulastog na pamamaraan?

  • EdgarEdgar

    Palace aide rationalizes administration operative Congressman Banal’s criminal act:

    Media:  I understand Banal’s an advocate of literacy and reading.  But why did he steal?
    Valte:    He merely accepted a document of questionable origin.  That’s not stealing.
    Media:  Well, if you want to argue semantics, then what do you call it?
    Valte:    For it to fall on his lap, it must be some divine yellow intervention.  After all, he’s Banal.

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