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CJ Corona Impeachment Trial: SC Chief Justice Renato Corona faces Senate hearing, denies all accusations

By on May 22, 2012 in Asia, Local, Politics Comments

Update: May 23, 2012 5:45 p.m.

Read CJ Corona still in hospital, given deadline to return on Senate impeachment trial court until Friday, May 25

Manila, PhilippinesSupreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona faced the senator-judges on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, on the 40th day of his own impeachment trial; and defended himself against all charges being thrown to him.



Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona,
speaking during his impeachment trial

Image Credit: ANC video

As shown in live broadcast by ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) that day, CJ Corona and his wife Cristina arrived at the Senate at about 1:20 p.m. (local time) and said that his conscience is clear, and that none of his family’s assets and earnings were stolen from public coffers.

On his opening speech, CJ Renato Corona spoke in Tagalog (Filipino language) and repeatedly countered the allegations of the administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino (PNoy), after the Supreme Court‘s ruling to distribute the Hacienda Luisita to farmer-beneficiaries.

“Bakit po ba ganito na lang ang galit sa akin ng administrasyong Aquino? Ano ba ang kasalanan ko sa kanya? Ano ba ang kasalanan ko sa bayan?” CJ Corona said in his speech, noting that he never engaged himself in any corruption case and that he never stole money.

(Why is the Aquino administration very mad at me? What have I done wrong to him? What have I done wrong to the country?)

At one point, CJ Corona read the letter of his daughter Carla, who allegedly bought 90% the shares of Basa Guidote Enterprises Inc. (BGEI), which sold a lot to the Manila city government in 2001 for P34 million, for only P28,000; with the Basa family seen in the gallery during his speech.

Later, he denied accusations that he has 45 properties and invested money only in foreign exchange, noting that he has been a diabetic since 1986; and insisted that he has only five properties and all of them were declared in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

He also categorically contradicted allegations of having 82 bank accounts amounting from $10 million to $12 million, as claimed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales earlier in the impeachment trial, using the AMLC report, and used the same Power Point presentation.

The Supreme Court Chief Justice said that the information from the AMLC report came from a ‘polluted source’ and is not an authenticated report, explaining later that most of the accounts were already closed and that he has only four dollar accounts which he started in the late 60s.

Nevertheless, the 63-year old SC Chief Justice emphasized that he will submit his waiver provided that all the 188 complainants and Senator Franklin Drilon, will submit their own their waivers, and asked himself to be excused and left the witness stand without being discharged; with the crowd heard booing aloud.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile warned the audience in the session hall as CJ Corona exited the trial venue, and ordered defense counsel Serafin Cuevas to summon him back, and the session went on temporary recess.

Moments later, CJ Corona returned to the Senate session hall but sitting on a wheelchair, and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile granted the request of defense counsel Serafin Cuevas that his client will return tomorrow, Wednesday, May 23 and will be cross-examined.

Related Post: CJ Corona admits having $2.4 million and P80 million in dollar and peso bank accounts (Video)



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