Defense bows to court decision; to block prosecution’s offer of evidence
Lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona on Tuesday said they respected the decision of the Senate impeachment court to deny their motion to exclude Corona’s bank records as evidence in his impeachment trial, but they would block the prosecution’s offer of evidence.
Tranquil Salvador III, one of the defense panel’s spokespersons, said the Senate decision covered only the defense motion to suppress evidence and not the prosecution’s formal offer of evidence.
“We have yet to file our objection to the formal offer of evidence. We will file it (Wednesday) and the (Senate) will have to resolve it by Thursday,” Salvador said in a mobile phone interview.
Asked if they would appeal the Senate’s ruling, he said: “We are still considering our options. But for now, we will just file our objection and reiterate the reasons why the bank records (should not) be admitted by the court.”
He said the defense panel would oppose the inclusion of Corona’s bank records as evidence because “its offer was misleading” since the documents were supposedly presented by the prosecution panel in support of its allegation in Paragraph 2.4 of the second article of impeachment.
Salvador said Paragraph 2.4, which accused Corona of amassing ill-gotten wealth, had been stricken from the records by the Senate as part of the impeachment complaint.
“(The bank documents) were introduced in connection with the ill-gotten wealth allegation. But that is no longer a reason (for impeachment),” he said.
“Second, the source is questionable. It violates the exclusionary (provision of the rules of evidence),” the lawyer added.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94