Corona cries political persecution over DOJ filing of tax evasion case

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Renato C. Corona. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Former Chief Justice Renato Corona on Thursday said the filing of tax evasion case against him is part of political persecution after he was impeached by the Senate sitting as impeachment court.

He said the Department of Justice’s decision is already expected.

“Was there ever any doubt about the outcome of this charade,” Corona said in a statement to reporters after the Department of Justice approved the filing of P120.5 million tax evasion case against him.

“What fairness could I have expected from the DOJ whose head [Justice Secretary Leila] De Lima testified against me during my sham impeachment trial,” Corona said.

The DOJ, in its resolution, said there is probable cause to charge Corona before the Court of Tax Appeals.

Based on the BIR complaint, Corona did not declare all his assets in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Networth.

Aside from the bank deposits, he also did not declare two real properties he acquired during his stint in government: a condominium unit at the Columns, along Ayala Avenue that he bought for P3.6 million in 2004 and a property in Fort Bonifacio that he bought for P9.16 million in 2005.

After examining Corona’s bank records and compared it with his networth, Henares said they discovered a substantial disparity between the acquisition cost of the properties declared in his SALNs and the cost declared in the certificates authorizing registrations.

“My savings are the result of 45 years of diligent work in the private and public sectors. I do not have any tax liability to the government. I have never in all my life ever received even a single notice of deficiency assessment from the BIR,” he said.

“The contrived claims of the BIR will fall flat on its face because they are without legal, factual and moral basis, and are just part of the continuing political harassment and persecution that may have been incessantly inflicting on me. This, after the farmers’ angry dismay on the anniversary of the final and executor decision of the Supreme Court ordering the Aquino-Cojuangco family to distribute Hacienda Luisita,” Corona said.

The Corona court ruled in favor of the distribution of the Hacienda Luisita land to farmers. Hacienda Luisita is owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino III.

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  • ESCAPEfmALCATRAZ

    MAKA AWA EPEK KA NA NAMN….HAYS!

  • nice_boy

    Three years to go. Just wait.

    • Observer_din

      while waiting, he can ride a wheelchair and rent a suite at saint lukes, hehehe

  • noypisiTED

    If your have tax liabilities then answer for it. Wala ng political-political persecution. Lumang tugtugin na ‘yan.

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

      Ang hirap dito, acquited din pero by 2016.

      In fact, lahat ng ayaw ni PNoy could be charged with anything….fabricated or insinuated. Pero it will only serve as a nuisance suit which will end acquitted at the end of term.

      The effect? Well until 2016, let the presumption of guilt, thru charges fill the air.

      Whose going to side with any of them, may pending charge sila sa courte, dba?

      • Eddwardd

        tama..aasahan ko ung kasong iyan d makakatayo sa CTA…ok lng kung pangkaraniwang mamamayan madali lng ang conviction..hahaha

        eh si tito danding ni abnoy saan na ang tax eviction case at kay lucio tan??/

      • Observer_din

        panahon pa ni Gloria absuwelto na si Danding at Lucio tan, anong tax evation pa hinahanap mo, di ba si Thief Justice Corona ang nakaupo sa supreme court, baka pwede mo itanong sa kanya? malay natin doon din galing yung ibang kayamanan niya? hahahaha

      • Benigno the Turd

        Lucio Tans allies in the SC are actually from Davide’s faction. Ironically, the son now runs for Cebu governor.

      • Observer_din

        kaso ang ini-issue sa taas si PNOY daw ang nang-impluwensya, nakaupo na ba si PNOY noong mga panahon na yun? noon ngang ma-reverse ung sa FASAF (ba yun?) si corona nakaupo eh,

      • Benigno the Turd

        No reversal on the decision. As I understand the decision, it was a case of invalid composition of the SC division which issued the decision due to retirement of members and adjustment in the assigned justices.

      • marionics

        hindi mahalaga yang mga whether ma-convict o hindi o guilty o hindi. ang pinakamahalaga diyan ay ibalik yung mga hottsie na pamangkin ng misis ni corona para magtestigo para masuyud na naman ng mga mata natin ang katawan nila he he

      • Observer_din

        manyakol, hehehe

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

        ummm. ako po ang resident maniak. lol.

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

        Agree sir, Agree!

        whooo hooo hoo hoo!

        At sana ang mag represent sa kanila kung may trial si babe Karen.

        I can just imagine the court with tight dresses and sultry bedroom voice arguing about…i forget or for that matter care, just as i can see those babes.

        hehehe

  • Javaman

    Now its written in the Philippine history, the first chief justice impeached by the impeachment court and to be convicted for a felony of not declaring the true assets and net worth. Your a shame to your fathers’ surname.

  • pfckulapu_parin

    Magdusa ka!!!
    Palusot at paawa effect King…

  • farmerpo

    Atatago na naman sa St Lukes’. PBA na lang. May precedent na.

  • RyanE

    Hmm.. another tag could be attached to his name.. the first midnight-appointee CJ, the first impeached CJ, and now the first CJ to be convicted for tax evasion.. tsk3.. this is what he got for being an Arroyo protege..

    • Observer_din

      ayus, puro the first, siya pala si Renato Corona I (the 1st), hehehe

  • lolong.buwaya

    hehehe explain na lang kung saan galing ang yaman at bakit wala sa SALN.. aba kung wala kang tinago o dinaya eh .. dapat pasalamat ka pa at bibigyan ka ng panahon para mag explain….. kakatuwa political persecution daw.. hehehehehehe waaaaaaaaa

  • calixto909

    wHAT PERSECUTION? FIGHT IT AT THE PROPER COURT IF TRULY YOU’RE INNOCENT. TAX EVASION CASE ISN’T A POLITICAL ISSUE BUT A CRIMINAL ACT SO FACE IT AT THE PROPER COURT AND IF YOU HAVE WON THEN CALL IT A POLITICAL PERSECUTION

  • indiosbravos2002

    Still trying to come clean. KAPAL!

  • juan_luisjr

    Persecution? You should have expected this charge against you ex CJ and it is not persecution. US$ 2.4 million in cash plus another P 80 million cash and so many first class condos and you were a public servant throughout most of your life. Kung nag resign ka sa umpisa baka nakalusot ka pa ! Too late and so face the music.

  • indiosbravos2002

    The fact that the representives of the Filipino nation (Congress and Senate) have already judged his guilt only means that this is no political persecution. This is justice for the nation and a victory for anti-corruption Losing his job is judt the beginning.

  • hopeless_na

    wheelchair at st. lukes lang katapat nyan… hehehe

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    Bagay lang sayo na kasuhan ka at ibilanggo kasama ng amo mo’ng si GMA. Isama nyo na rin si Kupal Abalos at ng iba pa nilang kasama sa pangungurakot… Eto dapat mga klaseng tao ang pinapatay ng mga NPA eh mga salot sa lipunan sila.

  • Mr Moonlight

    savngs of 45 years of diligent effort? youre telling us that a tender young age of 5 years old ? How old are you by the way? whether you are being persecuted or not, the impeachment tirial found you GUILTY? You deserves the worst. You happened to be the chief justice of supreme court appointed by a liar, cheater ex president GMA

  • Cubano

    The usual excuse: political persecution. Bakit? Di naman siya kandidato.

    • patukar

      Impeachment court! political court kahit sinong simpleng mamayan kapag napagtripan ng kasalukayang administration nasupetsahan kumikiling sa dating administration political persecution convicted by publicity katulad ni Palparan pag nahuli siya walang bail. Ang iminulat ng cultong yellow zombie sila ang monopoly of righteousness above than the creator.

      • Observer_din

        magrally ka, isama mo mga kakampi mo dito,suportahan mo si Corona sa nararanasan niya ngayon , tingnan natin kung sino magmumukhang tanga dahil walang maniniwala na hindi kurakot yang ex “THIEF JUSTICE” mo.

      • patukar

        Masyado ka naman fanatico! Pang komentaryo lang baka ikaw mahilig mag tie a yellow ribbon nasa sayo un kahit talian mo ;pati leeg mo ng yellow ribon at mag bitin patiwarik nasa sayo un!

      • Observer_din

        fanatico kanino? ikaw sino naman ang idolo mo? wag mo sabihing neutral ka, eh puro batikos kayo maski me magandang resulta di nyo pa din nakikita.
        baka mauna ka pa magbigti sa akin sa sobrang frustration dahil di ninyo makitang bumababa ang tiwala ng tao ke PNOY.
        sana lang wag kang atakehin sa puso sa sama ng loob, hehehe

      • patukar

        Tatanong pa kung kanino fanatico obvious naman at pano di mabitikos ang idol mo siya lang naman ang kasalukyang president by accident.

  • tarikan

    I have never in all my life ever received even a single notice of deficiency assessment from the BIR,” ex-Cj Corona said. Kasi hindi pa nadidiskubre yong mga properties mo at bank accounts na kamanghamangha. Mahilig ka kasi sa discount: 40 % discount sa mga condos, discount sa PhD, travel discounts, etc. Sa BIR wala kang discount hahaha!

  • tagasugod

    Pinaikutan nyo kasi ang batas. Alam mo naman na midnight appointment yun, tinanggap mo pa, dahil, naging gahaman ka rin sa pwesto. Na impeached ka tuloy.Ganyan nga. Naghangad ka ng kagitna sang salop ang nawala.

    • rinom

      wala naman sumusunod sa batas, ang batas ay palaging huli.

    • Benigno the Turd

      Speaking of midnight appointments, what about the current COMELEC Commissioners?

  • nes911

    Kung may kasalanan, dapat kasuhan. At kung mapatunayan, dapat ikulong. Pag nakulong, dapat pagdusahan at pagsisihan ang nagawang kabulastugan sa bayan. Walang political persecution dito dahil na impeached na siya ng congreso fair and square.

    • patukar

      Naimpeached si Corona fair and square from political court? He was impeached because of the SALN most politician voted for the personal agenda para sa coming electrion. Kung nagkataon na kakandidato si Mariam baka bumuto rin pabor sa impeachment.

  • Lucio V. Liwanag

    Payback time for all things you have done to our country…..

    • Benigno the Turd

      Like what? Declare Hacienda Luisita in favor of its farmers? Can you point to one Supreme Court decision he wrote that does not pass scrutiny? Condemn him to proven deeds, not on recycled allegations.

  • pcosmachine

    ONE WORD: KARMA

  • Observer_din

    Mabenta na naman ang wheelchair ngayon, at pati Saint Lukes kikita na naman .. hehehe

  • richard ortega

    hanggang ngayon sinungaling pa rin ang thief justice dapat ikaw at ang amo mong pandak ang mailipat sa city jail.

    • rinom

      man is a slave to whom he obey, CORONA UTTERS LIES because he is a slave of ——

  • rinom

    alangan naman sinungaling ang biblia,,, Matthew 17;24-27. talagang hindi bumabayad ng buwis ang mga hari at mga nak ng hari. when Peter was ask by the tax collector,, do your master (Jesus) pay taxes? yes, he is, Peter answered. at home, Jesus ask peter,, to where does the king get tax, from their children or from the people? Peter replied, from the people. Jesus ask again, so the children are exempted?

  • Hey_Dudes

    Why not be a man for once in your life Mr. Crown and pay up what you owed in taxes? GMA is no longer in power to give you permanent extension on when you want to pay so why not open up your check book and get it done once and for all? In the end, it will be more cheaper than paying lawyers to get you out of your fix. Pay what you owe in taxes now.

  • Goodluck Jonathan

    He fells persecuted, but how about during their time of Gloria’s glory?
    Be unable to remember.

  • disqusted0fu

    This serves a double purpose for Pnoy. One is for revenge because of the distribution of Hacienda Luisita which has yet to happen, by the way. And two is to have a “big fish” for his much trumpeted anti corruption drive since he can’t have other big fish because most of them are his KKKs.

  • राजकमल किराम

    …God is with you Chief Justice Corona..Darating ang panahon na ang umuusig sa iyo ay parurusahan at magdurusa ng walang hanggan. God bless you.

  • nano

    The question here does Corona had Tax liabilities ? If he dont declared all his assets so he dont pay also the correct amount of tax. So let the court decide .

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