MANILA, Philippines – The prosecution said Tuesday that they have not yet seen any evidence presented by the defense that would require them to present a rebuttal.
“Thus far, we have not seen any evidence presented by the defense that requires rebuttal,” Marikina Representative Romero Quimbo told reporters in a press briefing Tuesday.
He said they were looking at two parameters that would warrant rebuttal: first, if there was important evidence presented by the defense that was damaging to their case, and second, if there was enough time to present rebuttal evidence.
For example if there were 10 witnesses for the rebuttal, “but if it will only needlessly prolong the process,” then they will not present rebuttal anymore, Quimbo said.
The non-appearance of Chief Justice Renato Corona in his trial would be to the adavntage of the prosecution, Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara said.
“We think that if he does not appear, they would be practically giving up their case,” Quimbo said.
“It would become very hard to acquit him if he does not appear,” he added.
The prosecution said that the defense has been presenting witnesses on peripheral issues and has been calling on them to present the Chief Justice himself.
Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada said Monday in an interview that it would be best if Corona would testify “to answer everything.”