Impeachment Trial of CJ Corona Begins at Senate

January 16, 2012

The trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona began today at the Senate, with the Senators acting as an impeachment court. There were several key developments in today’s hearing, to wit:

  • Corona’s motion for a preliminary hearing was denied.
  • The motion to cite the prosecution team for contempt was dismissed due to lack of standing by the movant.
  • The prosecution gave their opening statement, through Rep. Niel Tupas, calling Corona a “loyal servant of GMA” and showing the properties he allegedly obtained. He also declared Corona, due to his misdeeds, unfit to remain Chief Justice.
  • The defense gave their opening statement, through Atty. Eduardo de los Angeles, by reiterating that the Chief Justice does not own 45 real estate properties as alleged by impeachment prosecutors and that President Aquino is antagonistic to the Supreme Court because of its ruling in the Hacienda Luisita case.
  • Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile advised both parties to exercise some “degree of caution” in exposing evidence outside of the impeachment court.
  • The lawyers for both parties entered their appearances.

Chief Justice Corona was present at the hearing, together with his wife and Court Administrator Midas Marquez. It is expected that the impeachment trial will last anywhere from 1 to 6 months. The prosecution has stated that they will begin presenting their witness by tomorrow.

One Response to “Impeachment Trial of CJ Corona Begins at Senate”

  1. From his own mouth:
    CJ Corona’s guidelines in the use of SALNs & ITRs to prove ill-gotten wealth
    January 24, 2012 • 290 Comments

    Read his formula for computing corruption
    My exclusive
    By Raïssa Robles
    Prosecutors in the impeachment trial might not know they have a document they can refer to when they present ITRs and SALNs as evidence. It’s a document written by someone who happens to be named Renato C. Corona.
    The document is Chief Justice Corona’s landmark decision on July 15, 2003 turning over the Marcoses’ loot stashed in Swiss banks to the Philippine government.
    In that document, CJ Corona made some interesting points:
     He said the burden of proof lies with the person being accused of having amassed such wealth.
     He also said the court should disregard technicalities thrown by the defendant’s side.
     And he said it was enough to compare a respondent’s SALNs (Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth) and ITRs (Income Tax Return) with the wealth in question to determine the latter’s illegal origin. If disclosed income and assets were far less than the questioned wealth, then the latter is ill-gotten.

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