Corona’s last stand is witness stand

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Chief Justice Renato Corona. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The defense at the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona plans to present the magistrate himself as its last witness.

Corona’s counsels have decided on the tack despite the concern that the Chief Justice could become a sitting duck when he finally faces his accusers and all 23 senator-judges in the televised proceedings.

Defense counsels Tranquil Salvador and Karen Jimeno on Friday acknowledged this possibility, considering that the impeachment rules prohibit lawyers from raising objections to questions propounded by senator-judges, no matter how off-field.

For this reason, Salvador, a seasoned litigator, prefers that prosecutors—particularly the congressmen—cross-examine the Chief Justice themselves. For most of their presentation of evidence, House prosecutors had relied on private counsels assisting them.

Salvador noted that House prosecutors had been demanding that Corona spoke for himself in his defense. Particularly insistent were chief House prosecutor Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. and Rep. Miro Quimbo, who speaks for the prosecution but is not part of the legal team.

188 congressmen

“It would be best if they would ask the questions because it would appear during interviews that they know the facts of the case,” Salvador said in a press conference in Manila. “They are the complainants here and they swore to represent the 188 congressmen (who signed the impeachment complaint).”

Under the rules, objections are allowed only when raised against questions coming from either defense or prosecution lawyers. Counsels are barred from arguing with senator-judges, many of whom are not lawyers.

Basic concerns

“That was one of our basic concerns before, that we know we cannot control the range of questions (by senator-judges),” said Salvador. “We have to be prepared and the Chief Justice should not be prepared only mentally, but also physically.”

Jimeno admitted that defense lawyers “can’t do anything about the questions of the senator-judges.”

As in a sporting event, Corona would go through a “difficult preparation” before he took the stand, said Salvador. He surmised that senators’ questions could go beyond his client’s stint with the Supreme Court.

Salvador declined to elaborate on Corona’s preparation, but made it clear that the defense would not seek any accommodation from the impeachment court. He said doing so could only provoke accusations that Corona was “afraid.”

10 more witnesses

“He comes to court just as a witness, as a lawyer, as a chief justice, knowing his rights,” the counsel said. “Yes, we can invoke that right and we respect the institution of the Senate.”

Salvador said Corona could decline to respond to certain questions, especially those unrelated to the impeachment case. “The judges would have to make their own conclusions why he didn’t want to answer,” he said.

Salvador said the defense still had some 10 witnesses, including Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and four complainants who alleged that Corona had a stash of $10 million in bank deposits.

But two of the complainants, former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros and civil society leader Harvey Keh, appeared to have backtracked on the allegation after they were subpoenaed by the Senate.

“When you sign something, you attest to the truthfulness contained therein and what is alleged therein,” said Salvador, referring to the complainants.

Keh had claimed he had received copies of alleged Corona bank transactions from an anonymous source. He later gave copies to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, presiding officer of the impeachment court.

Jimeno said Corona should not be prejudged especially when he had yet to take the stand.

No communication

“To render impartial judgment, you have to listen to all sides of the story. You need to be open to what the accused would say as a witness. We hope there would be no prejudgments,” she said.

Salvador said the defense had yet to get in touch with the Ombudsman, who had also been subpoenaed by the Senate. He said it was possible that there would be no communication with Morales until she took the stand next week.

Salvador said it would be the court that would declare her as a hostile witness. Until then, he said, the Ombudsman would be considered an ordinary witness, meaning the defense would be bound by her testimony.

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  • ed celis

    “Corona would go through a “difficult preparation” before he took the stand, said Salvador.”————
    Talagang mahihirapan client ninyo at pati na kayo sa preparation para ang MALI ay mapa TAMA. Its hard to play a role of a LIAR….You don’t need to prepare to tell the TRUTH….
    At bakit matatakot ka kung sino ang magtatanong? Kung wala kang tinatago kahit sino puwede mong sagutin. Galing talaga ninyong mga Liars I mean Lawyers manloko…

    • isalexus

      But it is also hard to tell the truth to people who refuses or just can’t accept the truth because it is contrary to their own agenda!

      • aristeosj

        ….and it also lies heavily on the credibility of the one supposedly ‘telling the truth’.if that person who is supposed to tell the truth has a history of telling lies,twisting facts,or a co-conspirators in hiding the truth then that person will have a very difficult time convincing other people to believe his own version of the truth!

      • filipinaskoh

        Nobody can’t resist the TRUTH, unless it’s a lie concealed as truth. The TRUTH has the power to unlock.

    • steven0214

      that’s true, you don’t need any preparations if you are true with your words. I remembered my son’s case in claiming sole custody for his 2 kids ( 2 & 4 yrs old) here in the US because they were abused by the mom’s boyfriend. We did not do any preparations, we just told my grandkids to tell the truth & won the case. That’s what I like with US laws, no palakasan & machination and nobody is above the law!!!!!

  • FernandoBusi

    I don’t think the CJ will be taking the stand until Tuesday or Wednesday. Since prosecutors plan to expose their hostile witnesses first. Hmm i guess I can afford to do other stuff before then. Abangan susunod na kabanata ….

    I will miss this soap opera when its done but the country has to move on and look at external issues already.

  • ed celis

    We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
    Abraham Lincoln
    Corona and the Arroyo’s Justices of the Supreme Court, his pro-bono Defenders and the Senator Judges of the same kind, are the PERVERTS….  

    • isalexus

      It is also a perversion of truth- when political agenda shades the true color of truth!

      • pangitbudhiko

        I think that is a very good observation

      • filipinaskoh

        You can never shade the true color of truth. The TRUTH Hurts because it pierce deep down the bone marrow . You cannot pervert the truth, Perverted truth is not truth at all, it is actually a lie.

        A perverted truth is when using Technicalities of the law to dodge and divert the truth.
        A shaded truth is when you portrayed yourself as honest but the words coming out of your mouth are all lies.

    • pangitbudhiko

      you really  think so, just asking please elaborate

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MIQDQTQUTZG2IKF73OODCLQMPY R

    “former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros and civil society leader Harvey Keh, appeared to have backtracked on the allegation after they were subpoenaed by the Senate”

    Interesting!  Is the Ombudsman also backtracking ????

    • justomontevedio

      Don’t take that Hook, Line & Sinker. It came from Tranquilino, which might not be accurate. He is a seasoned propagandist, and based on previous press releases, he gave statements that are mostly exaggerated and skewed, designed to promote their cause. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKMASTZ6ILTZXOG42337ZESS4I ray

      di daw kilala kung saan nanggaling ang sobre…..baka nga naman nanggaling kay tranquilino yan …haha….sana totoong ebidensya yan…kung di tatawagin ko na kayong mga gutom sa EBEDENSYA..KAHIT ANOANO NA LANG PINAPATULAN

    • FernandoBusi

      nah shes come up with a very nice twist … yung source daw ng Ombudsman was media reports … which suggests there is nothing there kasi if there were something the ombudsman would know since she has the power to look at accounts through AMLA.

  • ernie rivera

    So yan ngayon ilabas na ninyo ang inyong ebedensya . All on the table na . Ngayon natin malalaman na kung sino ang nagyayabang.I hope all will see it on a open eye. Now this people who say that C.J. Corona have like this or like that have proof or their refutation will go down the drain. I hope there  is no more small lady .

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKMASTZ6ILTZXOG42337ZESS4I ray

      SANA NGA MAIPAKITA NILA ANG TOTOONG EBIDENSYA PARA MAPANIWALA ANG MAMAMAYAN KUNDI,,,,, WALA NA SILANG REPUTASYONG MATITIRA….. TINGIN KO NA SA KANILA AY MUKHANG kabayo na…sabagay malaking pera yan kapag nagwagi sila 

    • FernandoBusi

      unfortunately in the philippines you don’t need proof. All you need is media and power.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Zahl/1670371040 Steven Zahl

    Show yer $$$$$ Corona

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CTVYVTFG5A7L54C4Q6WYG3PU6U Alex

    Corona is like Mayweather.  He says one thing and would demand more excuses as Pacquiao continuous to  accept his no-ending demands.  The defense team is like the Mayweather Team, who would echo his stand and twist facts, to muddle the situation even more.  After three years, Mayweather is still citing inane excuses to avoid Pacquiao. However, the similarities end there.  Corona has an edge, he can get any resolution from the courts.  Floyd, on the other hand may have the press but he is still headed for jail. Be that as it may, the fact is both guys can no longer differentiate reality from fantasy.   

  • tagasampaloc

    It would be revelation time comes Monday. To all Corona supporters: instead of diverting the issues to distract the people, it would be best that you all help him to lift him up in the bar of public opinion since the BGEI testimony didn’t help him at all but sunk him further.
    You all can help by explaining the source of his money to buy expensive condo, having$/Peso accounts disproportionate to income, machination of the BGEI auction approved by the SEC, and the non-compliance in filling up the SALN from 2003 to 2010, it was only in 2011 that SALN complied.Those are the issues and we are going to stick to that.
    It is really as simple as explaining the above hehehe  

  • mariaanda

    As chief justice, Corona is presumed to be the most knowledgeable in law in the Philippines. So what is his defense team scared of? Isn’t Corona supposed to be the smartest lawyer and justice of the land? If Corona can’t defend himself, why the heck did Gloria put him there?

    • FernandoBusi

      Problem is they cannot object to questions by senator judges ,,, so if Drilon suddenly asks so did you masturbate your self silly last saturday he would have to answer truthfully. And if the point is to embarrass someone because you don’t have credible evidence this can the way of doing it. Thats the problem with the current impeachment rules. Dapat cguro gawin tulad nung time ni Erap yung rules where the floor is open for debate no matter who’s talking.

      • filipinaskoh

        The senators are not as stupid as you are. The senators will definitely be asking questions that are relevant to the impeachment complaint. They are senators, not some kind of Dumb”tambay sa kanto”

      • FernandoBusi

        I think you meant crass, I do not think of myself as stupid as for senators being stupid I present the case of Scarborough do you know why its a problem now? If you don’t I suggest you research the journals of the Senate.

  • Gina_Cole

    Napaka daming excuses at condisyones ang gustong mangyari para kay TJ. Tranquilo at Jimeno huwag niyo ng turuan ang IC alam nila ang kanilang ginagawa. Huwag niyo naman maliitin ang mga senators.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESOLZFVKAWYGCVFPVUANFVV4W4 Efren

    There is no reason to expect much from complainants Bello, Keh, Hontiveros; they only provided the leads, not the evidence – –  What needs to be scrutinized carefully will be the evidence to be presented by Omb Morales and CJ Corona ! Sino ang maglalabas at sino ang magtatago ?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y2YTSOYZAEH4AA52BAKVKIGOKY albert127

      the best evidence is the (allegedly) dollar account in the name of corona. only if corona will allow the court to have the details of the account(s) in question, the truth will be known. … technically, the truth is locked behind the curtains of the bank secrecy law and the cj only have the key.

      • FernandoBusi

        The ombudman can check through AMLA she doesnt need a court order. Which is why i am surprised that now she is saying her source for the 10M is media reports. Kasi kung meron tulaga she could have used her powers to investigate to determine the truth of this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y2YTSOYZAEH4AA52BAKVKIGOKY albert127

    “To render impartial judgment, you have to listen to all sides of the story. You need to be open to what the accused would say as a witness. We hope there would be no prejudgments,” 
    —- and the survey says……

  • anak_mahirap50

    To TJ Corona, please explain in details how Carla, your genius daughter, became the new owner of BGEI? Do you believe your wife and daughter did the right thing?
    Yun lang po?

    • JJF724

      One more question:  How come all the money of BGEI ends up in your “RENATO CORONA” bank account?????

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/5IWAARHMCGR4EYINTPSATBTJDQ bert

        Because the defense claimed that BGEI is now 90% owned by their daughter Carla who happened to be the SOLE bidder “KUNO” when it was garnished by the court, in order for the elder Jose Basa III ( already dead at the time of the promulgation ) to pay the P500,000.00 when he lost a case vs Cristina Corona…for a measly sum of P28,000.00..and after all these legal maneuverings, lo and behold..the BGEI ended up with the Coronas! OMG, only in the Philippines.

      • anak_mahirap50

         … in a few hours, the P34.7M belongs to BASA, boom- transferred to Carla’s check account , and then to TJ Corona check account!

        TJ Corona said, “that money in my check account does not belong to me, its belong to Carla! Hiniram ko lang- pambili ng expensive condo!”

        Can we trust Corona, then?

        LOKOHIN MO ANG LELONG MONG PAN   NOT- SORRY ABB NOT!

      • anak_mahirap50

         Now the SC employee association is supporting Corona, for what? Sa pagkuha ng Pera ng BGEI! Wow iba na talaga ang moral value ng mag Pilpino!

  • Hey_Dudes

    Why should he be a sitting duck if all that he will be telling the court is the truth nothing but the whole truth?  It is when you try telling lies deodorized as the fervent gospel truth to fool everyone, one not only become a sitting duck but a roasted duck in the end! I bet these last 3 days of Kwebas et al giving this bvvasstard eskambag crash lesson in how to make a lie becomes truth will expose this guy once and for all.

    • FernandoBusi

      I mentioned this somewhere below:

      Problem is they cannot object to questions by senator judges ,,, so if Drilon suddenly asks so did you masturbate your self silly last saturday he would have to answer truthfully. And if the point is to embarrass someone because you don’t have credible evidence this can the way of doing it. Thats the problem with the current impeachment rules. Dapat cguro gawin tulad nung time ni Erap yung rules where the floor is open for debate no matter who’s talking.

  • quirinomayer

    “As in a sporting event, Corona would go through a “difficult preparation” before he took the stand, said Salvador. He surmised that senators’ questions could go beyond his client’s stint with the Supreme Court.”

    When a witness intends to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, there is no need to rehearse. The opposing lawyers can turn him upside down and like a cat thrown up into the air whichever way, the witness would always land on his feet. The revelation that this witness who is supposed to be one of the top lawyers in the country is going through “a difficult preparation” with the help of his  a battery of lawyers is  the umpteenth admission that Corona is guilty and does not have any intention whatsoever to tell the truth but only to try and
    keep the truth hidden during his testimony. 

    But when the sporting event unfolds and he faces the court and the prosecutors on his own next week, all that preparation will be for naught because he will be bombarded with questions, which, if he answers whatever way, will only bury him deeper into the hole. The prosecution may not by any match to the defense in litigation savvy but they got enough skills to break Corona down and force the truth out of him. Corona would try to run but he could not hide. It will get to the point when he will lose his composure and  like a fish, will be caught by his own mouth. The lying top magistrate of the land will become one pathetic
    sight when he takes the witness stand next week and it will not be because of anything anybody has done but because he is guilty as charged. Period.

    • FernandoBusi

      actually there is … the language used the manner of speaking this will all have to be considered. A nervous person who is telling the truth can still look and sound as if their lying, One way of beating a lie detector test is by confusing its readings which can be made a myriad of ways. 

      • filipinaskoh

        No matter how nervous you are the truth will still come out. Every first time witness who sits in the witness stand is always nervous, but the truth always comes out.

      • FernandoBusi

        you must have very limited knowledge of physiology. 

  • PutingAgila

    Last stand for Corona is to succumb to the thunderous cry for him to testify. But like a trapped dirty rat cowering in a corner, there’s is the possibility for him to develop an “acute illness” requiring medical attention by “specialists abroad.” This is a disease that has infected high ranking government officials charged with corruption and dishonesty. Defense counsel Salvador is honest into admitting “we have to be prepared and the Chief justice should not be prepared only mentally, but also physically.” Of course if this happens, it is a strong message for everyone to contemplate but a desperate man clings to desperate measure no matter how obviously irregular or shameless.

  • quirinomayer

    ““He comes to court just as a witness, as a lawyer, as a chief justice, knowing his rights,” the counsel said. “Yes, we can invoke that right and we respect the institution of the Senate.”
    Salvador said Corona could decline to respond to certain questions, especially those unrelated to the impeachment case. “The judges would have to make their own conclusions why he didn’t want to answer,” he said.”

    Corona could refuse to answer at his own risk.  That’s for sure. His silence when asked questions  would only serve as the last nails on his coffin because his inability to answer questions will make his guilt only more apparent. Let’s say he keeps silent when asked asked the following question – what do you think happens? “MR. CHIEF JUSTICE, WERE YOU AWARE THAT YOUR WIFE SUBMITTED THE INFORMATION THAT HIS UNCLE JOSE MA BASA WAS DEAD TO ONE COURT  BUT WITHHELD IT FROM ANOTHER COURT JUST SO THE JUDGEMENT BY THE LATTER COURT AGAINST HIS DEAD UNCLE WOULD BE EXECUTED?”

    • Gina_Cole

       BTW it appears that nuns will be coming to attend the impeachment trial and one of them will be sister Flory!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y74B6RY5N37I5JG2KAFGKGFPFA F**kinMO

    Non declaration of statement of assets and liabilities already constitutes guilt in as much as unexplained wealth, What is there did Mr. justice did not understand?  

  • Luthmar

    Tranquil wishes that only the prosecutors should question Corona?  Ano ka sinuswerte?  Is it because the prosecutors have been judged as weak?  Or, are you afraid that your
    client will face the barrage of questions from Drillon, Osmena, etc.  But, you have nothing to
    worry about, Tranquil.  There is always Miriam who will rescue him.

    • filipinaskoh

      Because the prosecutors are not seasoned lawyers. Litigation is not very common to them, they are more in law making. It would be difficult for them to twist and loop the question to purge the truth.

  • Ceazar

    Corona’s last stand??? Mr. Reporter Christian Esguerra, may galit ka rin ba kay Chip Jastis Corona? Bakit mo sasabihing “last stand”, ang phrase na ito ay associated with “CUSTER’S LAST STAND” kung saan si General Custer and his company of soldiers were all massacred by their Indian enemies. Are you implying that Corona will also be massacred when he faces the impeachment court?

    Hindi siguro mangyayari iyon. Nandiyan si Brenda at Senile-tor Joker para proteksyunin siya. And he can always invoke his right against self-incrimination or lie his way out of any hole he finds himself or twist the facts in his favor. Corona is first and foremost a lawyer and we all know what kind of organisms lawyers are. At saka nag pala si CJ Corona ay isang banal na tao, tumutulo pa ang mga luha kapag nagsisimba at compared pa niya ang sarili niya kay Jesus Christ in their suffering.

    SO CJ CORONA, CAN WE HEAR THE TRUTH FROM YOU ?

  • ztefertilizerscam5

    34 million-28 thousand= pamilya corona magnanakaw

    • Gina_Cole

       Would be interesting if Sis Flory’s  virtual presence would be granted. A TV network can set up remote coverage in Tagaytay and transmits the TV coverage live to the senate’s impeachment court. People are curious of the body language of the CJ when the BGEI questions would be raised..

  • butumo

    Justice Corona’s decision to take the stand is most admirable–but this is probably prompted by his lawyers bungling his defense by presenting unreliable witnesses who only succeeded in
    showing their ineptitude, making themselves like ‘stoogies”, which in a way they are.

    Here are some questions that the Senator Judges shouldn’t ask:

    1.  Justice Corona, do you have and/or maintain another family, here or anywhere else?

    2. Do you suffer from gout or arthritis, judging from the way you walk?

    3. Do you  feel anything when Mrs.Corona kisses you in public?

    4. Will you admit that you have lost confidence in your lawyers, particularly Atty Cuevas,
        who comes  throughly prepared with his objections, but mostly to show off on his legal
        expertise?

    5. Do you believe that Sen.Miriam Santiago has a secret crush on you–the way she
        splashes her saliva in defending you, directly or under the illusion that she is God’s
        gift to jurisprudence?

    6. For what purpose did you get a loan from your wife’s Company, whose existence is
       now being questioned by her own relatives, the Basas?

    7. If, by takng the stand and able to answer all questions equitably, you are acquitted,
        and the trial of GMA and the first Gentleman begins under your watch–do you honestly
        believe the public will ever trust your decisions again?

    The justice should be treated with utmost courtesy, even as he starts to be irritated.
    Atty. Cuevas should refrain from objecting and let the Justice answer the question in
    his own evasive  way.  Neither should the Prosection.  If it turns out to be a free for all between the
    prosecution and defense–let them make a spectacle of themselves, like they have
    been  doing for the entire duration of the trial.

    I am completely enthused waiting for Mondays proceedings!

  • wanadelacruz

    magiging vigilant lang tayo come monday.  kung may mga bungling tactics ang mga prosecution team, mas nakakabahala ang dirty tactics ng depensa.  can’t help smelling something fishy…

  • boyboy9797

     Now that CJ Corona will face his accusers we hope that all the issues against to him will be laid to rest once and for all.  These impeachment is too much it should end immediately because were just wasting time, money and effort since it is just a part of Cojuangco vengeance and pressure for hacienda luisita decision.  Even GMA suffered the same because she is the one who  signed and approved the said hacienda land distribution.  I know and i believe all these lies shall come to end so long as the Spirit of God is still on earth and the Evil Spirit will surely not win any battle.

  • linoca

    Patagalin sana pag GISA  kay corona sa witness stand. After two sessions,  makapal pa rin kaya mukha  ni Corona, pamilya at depense lawyers ??? Parusa……

  • tsugtsug

    don’t keep your hopes so high……… can’t expect sincerity from people who have displayed patterns of dishonesty. so, i won’t be surprised should the defense come out with the news that corona would not be able to attend the hearing because all of a sudden he got sick. hehehe, surprise, surprise………

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    “”When you sign something, you attest to the truthfulness contained therein and what is alleged therein,” said Salvador, referring to the complainants.”

    Yes, Mr. Salvador, we know that Mr. Corona merely affixed his right thumb mark on his SALNs. But isn’t it the law that that is equivalent to signing? The law being mindful that some people are illiterate?

  • FernandoBusi

    I think at this point the none declaration would be moot .. the defense will be claiming it was held in trust. Ang tanong dyan how many other lawyers out there have more monies than they make because they hold this in trust. The trouble here is the CJ did not even include that infor that the monies were there held in trust. Unfortunately for the prosecution this error could be corrected. 

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      “Ang tanong dyan how many other lawyers out there have more monies than they make because they hold this in trust.”

      I’m sure they’re out there.

      I’m sure its not illegal.

      “The trouble here is the CJ did not even include that infor that the monies were there held in trust”

      Include it where? SALN?  Is it required to indicate money not yours in the SALN? I do not think so.  But if is required, imagine the problem it would create. Let me give you an example. According to CJC has n assets and 10M USD in trust for his clients, who, as clients shall remain confidential, since you have nothing against said clients. Mas complicated, dba.

      “Unfortunately for the prosecution this error could be corrected. ”

      hmmmm.

      • FernandoBusi

        Actually depends on the accountant but I think most would make it an entry sa liabilities column just like banks would put depositors money in their liabilities column. The confidentiality of client attorney relationship is not violated here coz it won’t be stated in the SALN just to whom these would be due. 

  • filipinaskoh

    If  Corona is Innocent, why he has to go through difficult preparations? Why be worried with the clarificatory questions toss against him?  If you are telling the truth no matter how they will question you, you will and you will arrive at the same point.

    The truth always prevail and no matter how you suppress it, it will find its way out. This is what the defense are so afraid of. You can never hide the truth, you may conceal it but still it will reveal itself.

  • parekoy

    “When you sign something, you attest to the truthfulness contained
    therein and what is alleged therein,” said Salvador, referring to the
    complainants…

    IN THE SAME WAY, CORONA must have attested to the truthfulness of what he has declared in his SALN..but for several years he kept on filing defective SALN…It clearly reflected the flaws on CORONA’S character..that it doesn’t really bother him to put in the line his integrity and position  in exchange for the riches of this world….He personifies a person just driven by greed..

  • filipinaskoh

    Keh and Hontiveros didn’t backtrack their allegations, it may appeared that way. Because first and foremost the documents they are holding are not verified. But it doesn’t mean it does not have any substance at all. It wasn’t verified because there is no way to verify it. The RA 6426 and the Sc TRO barred them from verifying the documents they have. That’s the reason why Keh sent it to the Senate. It is the Ombudsman who can verify the documents because she is the only one who has the authority to do so..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BNTTI4OOQRZFKOPDDMHI26JLII roy

    “When you sign something, you attest to the truthfulness contained
    therein and what is alleged therein,” said Salvador, referring to the
    complainants.

    There you are again atty tranquililing..You better tell that to your client… I believe he did affixed his signature/thumbmark in his SALN, right???

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    sana nga, punto por punto, hindi luto ng luto.

    and he will be ding this while sitting down.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TPMG67K5EVSJ7IIEORTG3QBW7I bernabep

    Ano ba iyan. Bakit hindi pasasagutin ng defense si CJ Corona kung wala sa articles? Iyong $10m wala naman iyon sa articles, bakit ipinatatawag nila si Ombudsman? Parang hindi yata pinag iisipan ng maigi ng defense ang kaso ni CJ Corona. Kasi pag nag witness si Ombudsman ang tatalakayin doon ay $10m at unexplained wealth. Paano na makakalabas diyan si CJ Corona dahil lahat ng bank deposits niya(peso o dollar) ay wala sa kanyang SALN, ibig sabihin ill-gotten wealth iyon, kasi napakahirap niya maexplain iyon. Ang maniniwala lang siguro sa kanya ay ang sarili niya at defense lawyers. Hindi na siya makaka invoke ng TRO sa dollar accounts niya dahil pwede naman siya mag utos na buksan iyon. Mag resign na lang siya para matigil na ang kahihiyan sa bansa natin.

    • Handiong

      Hindi lang siya mismo at defense lawyers ang maniniwala kay Corona. Andyan si EdgarEdgar, Benjie, UpholdRuleofLaw, etc.

  • tonto_ka

    “When you sign something, you attest to the truthfulness contained therein and what is alleged therein,” said Salvador.
    Tranquilizer Salvador aka LIAR Salvador lasing ka ba when you made those statements above? Sa wakas ang inamin na rin ni DECEIVER SALVADOR “When you sign something, you attest to the truthfulness contained therein and what is alleged therein,” said Salvador.

  • JosephNess

    what are they afraid of the senator judges who will interrogate the CJ, if he will stand truthful to whatever questions the senators will ask ?…unless, he’s got something to hide, then, it will be different…he will really feel uneasy and convicted by his conscience…just be truthful and don’t hide, especially, on technicalities, it has not worked or help him at all, instead, it ruined his credibility…

  • walaKA

    THE END IS NEAR..

  • Handiong

    The way Atty. Salvador talks, it looks like we will be in for more of the same – technicalities and dodging of issues.

    “Salvador said Corona could decline to respond to certain questions, especially those unrelated to the impeachment case.”

    So far, everything that has been dealt with in the trial, including the BGEI transactions, is related to the impeachment case. 

    Granting that a question is asked that is unrelated to the impeachment case, why would Corona not respond if he has nothing to hide, if he has not done anything wrong, if he is beyond reproach and morally fit to continue to be the Chief Justice?

    And here’s an interesting statement:

    “He (Atty. Salvador) surmised that senators’ questions could go beyond his client’s stint with the Supreme Court.”

    Is he referring to questions about BGEI? But, for me personally, BGEI (which is relevant to the impeachment case because of Corona’s supposed P11 million cash advance) is the litmus test of Corona’s true character and moral fabric. Nay, the litmus test of the entire Corona family’s character and moral fabric. 

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