Prosecution remains confident even after resting case vs Corona


MANILA, Philippines — The prosecution panel’s decision to rest its case after presenting three articles of impeachment to the Senate, acting as an impeachment court, was not sudden and was made unanimously by their team Monday afternoon, lead prosecutor Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas Jr. said on Tuesday.

He told reporters this during a press briefing after Day 25 of the trial, saying that even Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales were in on the decision.

“Originally Article 2 should have taken only two weeks but dragged on for a month because of the amount of evidence. Every night we met and this week we finally decided that we will terminate the presentation of evidence.”

There were even thoughts of resting the case as early as Article 2 “because of the mere strength of the article but we felt we have to present the complete story,” said Tupas.

But Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez’s announcement on Tuesday also prompted the prosecution’s decision, said Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo. He said that based on Marquez’s statement, the Supreme Court had as good as barricaded their justices and officers from being summoned or invited to the impeachment proceedings.

Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares on Monday invited Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to testify. He said that the statement reiterated the Supreme Court’s February 14 resolution barring its officers from testifying.

“Sinemento na ng Supreme Court [ang resolution nito] at kahit process servers at messengers nito ay hindi na maaaring tumestigo,” he told the media, adding that they did not see Sereno voluntarily testifying anytime soon and were no longer hopeful that she will show up. “It seems unfair to the defense and the senators if we keep on dragging the issue solely on the fact that we want her to appear. We never gave up on her but the process could not wait until she appears.”

“Hindi namin nagustuhan na nilagyan [ng Supreme Court] ng mahigpit na kulambo ang mga testigo at ebidensya… [ngunit] tinatanggap namin ang rulings ng impeachment court,” said Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tanada III.

The prosecution will formally rest its case on Wednesday after the defense panel finishes their cross examination of the last witness for Article 7. “Once that’s done we will be ready to rest our case. We feel strongly about articles 2, 3, and 7,” said Quimbo.

Tupas however explained that they could go back to Article 2 should the high tribunal issue a decision favoring the prosecution on Corona’s dollar accounts.

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  • tata_boy

    Tapusin na ang moro-morong ito at pag-usapan na lang ang article 2. With all the shortcomings ng prosecution, saludo pa rin ako sa kanila. they did an excellent job to bring out the truth about Corona’s SALN. Corona lied on his SALN. Sobra ang laki ng halaga ng mga ari-arian ng mga Corona na hindi nakasaad sa SALN. As of 12/31/2010, Corona has more or less 31 million pesos in PSBank and BPI which is not in the SALN. Ngayon, may lumutang na almost 37 million pesos na nasa pag-aari ni Corona since 2001 na di nakasaad sa SALN dahil it is in a liquid form. Ilalagay sa time deposit account ngunit the money is withdrawn before the year-end. Alam ni Corona kung paano lalaruin ang batas at ang zero balance na mga accounts ni Corona ang magpapatunay nito. Itigil na natin ang process na ito. Ipaubaya na lang natin kay Ms Kim Henares ang lahat at hayaan nating ipaliwanag ng mga Corona ang source of income nila. Malaki ang tiwala ko kay Ms Kim Henares, justice will be served thru her. Wala tayong maasahan sa senado, supreme court at sa mga inutil na taong pilit na ipinagtatanggol ang isang walanghiya, tulisan at kawatan. Juan dela Cruz, tama sana ang paniwala ko na naka-blindfold si lady justice. Panahon na para baguhin ang FCDA at bank secrecy law para di ito maging kalasag ng mga walanghiya, tulisan at kawatan. Kailangan mabusisi ang mga $$$ accounts ng mga tulisan. Puwede bang makita ang SALN nina Mirriam, Joker, Bongbong, Cuevas, Esguerra at ng mga mahistrado?

    • ceegonzaga

      Gusto kong maalis si TJ pero parang kulang ang prosection. Tsk… pag nagkataon sayang ang gastos.

  • RomyMacalintal

    Amount of falsified evidences and false witnesses

    • tonto_ka

      ikaw nakita mo ba ang detailed bank accounts? remember the bank manager already confirmed the correct amount…absent ka ata ng binanggit yun…

    • tonto_ka

      In last Wednesday’s hearing, PSBank
      President Pascual Garcia revealed that the five peso accounts of Corona as of
      Dec. 31, 2010 contained P19,728,555.39.

      Yesterday, the manager of the Bank
      of the Philippines Island, Ayala branch testified that as of Dec. 31, 2010, the
      balance of Corona’s checking account with them was P12,024,000.67.

      What has been revealed in the
      impeachment court was that as of Dec. 31, 2010, Corona had about P32 million in
      the bank.

      Corona stated in his statement of
      assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) for 2010 that he had only P3.5 million
      in cash and investments.

      The huge discrepancy is glaring
      proof of dishonesty.

      • ceegonzaga

        Naniniwala parin sya na malinis si TJ at karapatdapat paring maging CJ

  • RomyMacalintal

    The greatest [calamity] which could befall [us would be] submission to a government of unlimited powers -Thomas Jefferson

    Heil PNoy

    • ceegonzaga

      Coming from the mouth of a slave owner. But  hey, tama ka.

  • sugbu

    Manhid ang hindi nakakita o nalamang may isang coronang tinik na pinagpilit ang kanyang sarili kahit na may bahid ang kanyang budhi/pagkatao.Isang kawalanghiyaang ang hindi pagtanggap ni corona sa katotohanan sa kanyang mga pagkakamali at buklod naging ipokrito pa,na gamitin ang pananalampataya sa Dios upang magbalatkayo at linlangin ang karamihan sa atin.Magbantay tayong lahat,dahil sa ipinamalas ni corona ay kasing mapanganib sa isang ahas,na traidor na tutuklaw sa mga inosentes.Huwag nating hayaan manaig ang kasinungalingan ni corona !

  • RonnieV

    Now the prosecutors realized that their impeachment articles goes no where as they admitted the discrepancies in the drafting of the impeachment complaints. They are very slow to realize their weak complaints and their lousy alibis. Their evidence that has been gathered only upon by the subpoena issued by the impeachment court. Their baseless accusations are now plaguing on them. Before they said they had a very strong case, they accused Corona of having 45 properties but has so far showed only 24, they said they had 100 witnesses but so far less than 20 appears at the trial.  

  • coladu

    Now, it is time for the Prosecution to also present their SALNs.

  • RonnieV

    Now the latest news, Tupas vehemently denied of knowing Tiongson the PS bank manager when ask during the trial, but now pictures of both of them attending as wedding sponsors circulating in the interenet. Tupas and Tiongson equally committed perjury or lying under oath. But Quimbo their spokes person quick to cover up Typas by saying that as a politician, referring to Tupas, could naturally can not remember all the persons he met especially in a wedding since as a politician it’s normal to attend several weddings! Hu! In the first place, Tiongson came from the same place with Tupas, Ilo-ilo, second the brother of Tupas who rans for governor was in tandem with Tiongson’s cousin, from these facts alone one cannot say they don’t know each other and have never meet, WTF! an outright lie. 
    Now my suspicion is getting closer to reality, that the source of the leak on Corona’s US account is no other than an inside job and this point directly to Tiongson who has the direct access of the highly confidential bank records. It could be that Tiongson gave the orignal form and the photocopy of Corona’s accounts and perhaps somebody from a member of the prosecution or anybody upon the command of any of the prosecution member filled up the original form with superimposed photocopied of the Corona’s bank account, as it could be understood from the explanation made by the PS bank President. The errors could be deliberately done so as to appear that the documents could not come from the bank. This is only speculation, but we will surely come to know this.

    • Shinigami

       They lies are really visible and yet they take Juan de la Cruz to be as dumb to fall for it.

  • billygunn23

    para yatang nahawa na ang prosecution sa kanilang idolo. sabi ni Penoy: Hearsay evidence is valid under political dimension. Tsismosa pala tong presidente natin a! Ngayon naman ang prosecution ay magrerest ng kanilang case at sasabihin that they are very confident despite several setbacks since the start of the trial! kakatakot naman klaseng mga tao na ‘to baka mamaya akala nila student council lang ang nira-run nila! lol

  • cliff_castillo

    I thinking resting the case vs Corona is a good decision to hasten the conclusion of the trial.  Corona then will be forced to present his defense.  Let us see what they can do.  For me the analogy about resting the case after only 3 articles have been taken up is:  If you believe you have proven that the robber stole 3 billion pesos, would it still make a difference to still insist on proving that he stole 5 billion more?  It is enough to convict the robber for stealing 3 billion.  If the judge will not convict him, you can be sure the judge will also not convict him even if you proved he stole 5 billion more. 

    So let us wait for Corona’s defense.  He had been bragging that he can explain everything that the prosecution had presented.  Let us see…

  • Truthheretostay

    Ang Batangueno eh hindi duwag gaya ni Corona! Ang una at huli na Supreme Court witness ay ang clerk of court Atty Tiongson.Mula noon kahit basurero sa Supreme Court eh ayaw ng payagan nitong Midas Marquez! Talagang sinarhan talaga ni Corona,kabaliktaran ng mga pinagsasabi nito noong una.

  • Benjamin



    finally the clowns of prosecution team had discontinue other articles of impeachment its a waste of time and our tax money for this worthless trial, to me the prosecution team was badly demoralized and shamed to the bone of their ego by almost 2 weeks of tirades, insult of their intelligence (which if they have any on that empty head), to the point of telling them of how dumb and ignorant of the laws, and finally which really destroy the very name of what they represent (the tongressmen and tongresswomen) how they are vilified in front of the media (serve them right) hahaha they could have continue the other articles of impeachment but how they are lectured, shouted and dress down by the senator judges day by day that could be the breaking point  deciding not to continue this shaming on public. its not the lack of evidence but the shamed in front of media that made them stop.

  • BAKIT2011

    PNOY sinungaling!


    First time in my life to know that sc security guards or drivers are entitled to judicial privilege communication. Jejeje. Funny. Are these people justices also, or judges at the least?

  • Benjamin


    • sawyer padilla

       mag intay ka lang ..

  • sacrebleau

    THE LACK OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY of the Supreme Court is shocking! I am reminded of the same lack of transparency and accountability of the Arroyo gov’t.

    This is totally unacceptable to the tax-paying public!

  • EdgarEdgar

    Prosecution confident even after resting case vs Corona?

    Of course.  With perks Tupas and family are getting, who wouldn’t be confident.  So with the rest of the gang.

  • residentevil26

    Anong strong case pinagsasabi niyo, malinaw na mahina mga ebidensiya niyo, mga tarantado!  Sinayang niyo lang ang mga milyones ng gobyerno sa pagiging tsismosos niyo.  Ilang milyon na ang natanggap niyo bilang mga prosekusyon?  

  • Pinay61

    This best idea so far from the prosecution team is to rest their case. It is embarrassing to watch inept and incompetent Congressmen on television almost every day. Cong. Gonzales should start campaigning for another impeachment trial next year. It does not matter to them that they are wasting people’s money. They never cared about the Filipino people anyway. All they care about is their political alliances, positions and pork barrels. 

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