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Corona in stable condition, says son


Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. INQUIRER file photo

MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Renato Corona is now in “stable” condition, his son, Francis, told Radyo Inquirer on Thursday.

“Thank you, he (Corona) is getting better. He is stable already,” Francis said in a text message.

Corona’s son did not answer back, however, when asked if his father will appear on Friday’s resumption of his impeachment trial at the Senate as announced by the chief defense counsel, former Supreme Court Justice Serafin Cuevas.

The Senate acting as an impeachment court gave Corona until Friday to return to the witness stand and for his defense team to present other evidence before it renders a verdict on Tuesday.

But senators could not say whether or not the Senate is willing to move its own self-imposed deadline for oral arguments on Monday and judgment on Tuesday even if Corona appears Friday just to comply with the ultimatum given to him.

“Any other motions or requests by the parties that may lead to further delay may no longer accommodated by the court. It is therefore farfetched that we will move the scheduled arguments on Monday,” Senator Francis Pangilinan said even before Cuevas announced that Corona will appear on Friday.

“Besides, the Chief Justice has already manifested the resting of the case for the defense if the waiver he requested will not be obtained. The prosecution on the other hand has said they will waive (their right to cross examine Corona) if no further direct examination is made. All parties therefore have signified their intention to terminate the proceedings,” he said.

“There is no reason therefore to delay the case any further to meet our self-imposed deadline,’ Pangilinan added,

But when told about Cuevas’ statement, Pangilinan insisted the Senate deadline, saying they can hold a hearing, if necessary, even on Saturday.

If Corona would indeed appear on Friday, Senator Panfilo Lacson said the Senate has to decide whether to grant any extension of the trial.

“They issue conflicting statements. They are not in sync, “ Lacson said, referring to statements made by Corona’s lawyers.

“I think he will reappear just to comply with the Friday ultimatum from the court. What the court has to decide if that happens is whether or not an extension will be granted on the scheduled Monday final arguments and the verdict on Tuesday,” the senator added.

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Tags: Corona Impeachment , corruption , Ill-gotten wealth , Juan Ponce Enrile , Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales , Senate , Serafin Cuevas , Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona

  • ofwme2807

    he is ok stable see…ang lakas lakas ng kalabaw na yan lahat ay palabas lang at acting yun pero pwede na rin kung sana matuluyan o kaya maging gulay na ok na yun…we are not heartless people we simply want justice….he was given due process that is enough… 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MAWUWHN2MPQVI72246ZETNCQIY joseph

     set your status to: “no signature, no vote”, if you want more transparency from your politician.

    No matter what happens at the end of this trial it is time for Philippine politician to come clean. Removing one man might mean much to the cuajuacos, but removing corruption mean a great deal more to all Filipinos.

    Take a stand that matters.

  • w4d


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2CUVK7UBTUTKTGD35WSJHDCUE ernie

    HEADLINE : ‘Corona in stable condition’ says son.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2CUVK7UBTUTKTGD35WSJHDCUE ernie

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  • reyAragon

    Presenting Corona this Friday on the witness stand despite his “frail” health would provide Cuevas and Co. a good excuse to justify to the SC that Corona was not given due process citing grave abuse of discretion, this and that law, especially when he receives a guilty verdict. For how can you convict a man who can’t even defend himself in court on account of his precarious health condition, Cuevas would argue. He is even incoherent as you can see, your Honor, he would add. Well, you already know how it is with Cuevas. He will cite any jurisprudence for as long as it will serve his purpose. And he would be unstoppable in any court except the IC.

    Errors of judgment, simple or grave abuse of discretion, etc. the IC’s decision is unappealable, not subject to review, so I’ve heard. Indeed, it is. The IC is mandated by the Constitution as “the sole power which can try and decide all cases of impeachment.” So why then it heeded the SC’s TRO? Accommodation? Avoidance of a collision of wills? Why all the vacillation on the part of the IC? Does this mean the IC’s power is not really that absolute? Does it have exceptions? Cuevas and Corona’s allies in the SC can certainly argue on this.

    The IC should be firm in its decision specifically when it renders a guilty verdict next week. Any attempt by Corona’s allies in the SC to undermine its decision should be considered an affront if not a mockery of our Constitution.

    And any waver, any hesitation on this decision by the IC is an open invitation for trouble.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Take care CJ. You are the hope of this nation. The last man standing against yellow dictatorship.

    • damatannapo

      last man standing for GMA whose regime abused us Filipinos

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2CUVK7UBTUTKTGD35WSJHDCUE ernie

      last man standing ?? maybe you mean , last man sitting in a wheelchair !


      • EdgarEdgar

        but they’re one and the same. repent, for the second coming of The Crown will be the judgement day of you and your masters.

  • boshog

    watch it may sarsuela na naman yang si Corona.  hypoglyceia, heart attack that’s bull crap.  what’s next hemorroid in his brain maybe.. 

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