Monday, June 18, 2018
  • share this

Resignation rumors re-surface after Corona opts to testify

/ 09:22 PM May 09, 2012

Chief Justice Renato Corona. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Congressmen could not resist to speculate a day after lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona told the Senate impeachment court that the chief magistrate has decided to testify in his trial.

“I have heard some speculation to that effect that the defense may be laying the groundwork for a resignation and although it is possible, it looks unlikely at this point,” said Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara.

Isabela Representative Giorgidi Aggabao  said it was possible, albeit remote, that Corona would resign after presumably clearing his name.


“My guess is, after the witnesses have testified, all of whom, parenthetically,  will be testifying based merely on hearsay knowledge, CJ will declare there is no clear and convincing evidence about the $10 million account and then resign for the good of the country. I don’t think he will testify,” said Aggabao in a text message.

Angara said the prosecution was also looking at the possibility that the defense’s  decision to allow Corona to testify was meant to “buy them time” for their plan to seek the Supreme Court’s intervention and question the move of the Ombudsman’s action to investigate allegations that the Chief Justice has been keeping $10 million dollars in the banks. Angara noted that Corona’s appearance was premised on other witnesses, such as Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, appearing before him.

“But for now, these ideas are speculative. What is important is for our side to prepare for the witnesses to be called next week particularly the CJ and the Ombudsman,” said Angara.

Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: chief justice, Dollar accounts, Giorgidi Aggabao, House of Representatives, Impeachment, Juan Edgardo Angara, Judiciary, liabilities and networth, News, Office of the Ombudsman, Renato Corona, Senate impeachment court, statement of assets, Supreme Court
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2018 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.