Corona appearance in Senate ‘immaterial’, lawmakers say
More News from Karen Boncocan
MANILA, Philippines — Chief Justice Renato Corona’s possible appearance on Friday at the Senate impeachment court can no longer save him, lawmakers said.
Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares deemed the chief magistrate’s appearance as “immaterial” after senator-judges heard Corona’s three-hour speech.
He said that even that could not make a dent on the prosecution team’s case.
“His statement was just a general denial with no amount of evidence to back it up.”
He and another Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casino saw Corona’s appearance before the impeachment tribunal as an attempt to appease the senator-judges which would no longer affect their case.
It was the defense panel’s way of trying to “salvage the situation and again try to draw sympathy or divert the issue,” said Casino.
“Corona and his defense team may have realized that his walkout last Tuesday was a tactical error that may cost him a conviction. But the people and the senator-judges can see through these antics.”
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