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CJ Corona leaves Senate session hall during impeachment trial, to submit waiver but on “one condition”

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 left the Senate session hall on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, after saying that he will submit his signed waiver only if all the 188 complainants (congressmen) and Senator Franklin Drilon will submit theirs.

Supreme Court CJ Renato Corona, sitting on
a wheelchair during his impeachment trial

Image Credit: ANC video

As shown in live broadcast by ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) that day, CJ Corona was seen walking out from the witness stand after speaking for about three hours on the 40th day of his own impeachment trial; and defended himself against all charges thrown to him.

CJ Corona, who arrived at the Senate at around 1:20 p.m. (local time) that day with his wife Cristina, was later seen sitting on a wheelchair back in the session hall, and Atty. Ramon Esguerra of the defense team said his client suffered from low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.

Later, defense counsel Serafin Cuevas, who apologized for what happened, requested Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile that his client be allowed to rest for the meantime and will be back once his health is not being compromised.

Nevertheless, Senator Enrile stressed out that CJ Corona, who reportedly did not take his lunch that day, should return tomorrow, Wednesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. (local time) and will be cross-examined, after he waived his right to the secrecy in his peso and dollar accounts.

Apparently, he referred Republic Act 6426 and 1405, and later authorized the BIR, SEC, AMLC, and LRA to look into his bank accounts and other assets as well and put his signature on it, but noted that he will only submit his waiver only if all the 188 congressmen and Senator Franklin Drilon will submit their own waivers. He later asked himself to be excused and left the session hall without being discharged.

During his lengthy speech, CJ Corona categorically denied accusations that he has 45 properties and said that he invested money only in foreign exchange, and insisted that he has only five properties and all of them were declared in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

In addition, the 63-year old SC Chief Justice also denied the claim of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, using the AMLC report, that he has 82 bank accounts amounting from $10 million to $12 million, and said he only has 4 dollar accounts which he started in the late 60s.

Meanwhile, Senator Enrile warned the camp of CJ Corona that the Supreme Court Chief Justice will be judged based on the current evidences against him and his earlier statements will be stricken out, if he will not appear on the impeachment court tomorrow, Wednesday, May 23.

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