Corona told Palace reporter Mia Gonzalez his dad was a BIR official

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SC spokesman, however, said Corona’s parents had money

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Chief Justice Renato Corona could afford to own luxury properties like the Bellagio penthouse because he was  a man “not of ordinary means”, Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez said.

In one interview Marquez gave to ABS-CBN’ Umagang Kay Ganda last December, Marquez said:

Dapat nating isipin, hindi sa pagmamayabang, ang ating Punong Mahistrado buong buhay niya sa Ateneo nag-aaral yan. Hindi naman mura magpaaral sa Ateneo. Pagkatapos ng kanyang pag-aabogasya, nag-master’s pa yan sa Harvard, sa Boston. Aba e, hindi rin mura yun. Siguro naman, capable bumili ng condominium unit ang ating Punong Mahistrado. May kaya. Hindi ko sinasabing milyonaryo o bilyonaryo pero may kaya naman.

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I’ve always wondered why the camp of the Chief Justice, including Marquez, was quite sketchy with details about the pomp and circumstance of Corona’s parents. His biographical profile on the Supreme Court website merely states his father was a lawyer.

Early this year, I had the occasion to do a feature on Corona for the South China Morning Post (HK). Among those I interviewed was Marites Dañguilan Vitug who had written the book Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court.

She gave me a transcript of one of the primary sources she had used for her book. It was a lengthy interview conducted by a reporter for Newsbreak magazine with Corona in 2002, soon after he was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Marites allowed me to publish this wide-ranging interview on my blog but said I could not disclose the reporter‘s name. I am sure, though, that CJ Corona knows who the reporter is.

I am publishing the raw transcript of the interview in full because it shows CJ Corona at his most candid, and excited moment. It also shows his character.

And it sheds light on the following assertion made by his supporters, lawyers and himself that have a bearing on his ongoing impeachment trial.

UPDATE:

The reporter who interviewed CJ Corona at length and who made this raw transcript from her taped interview is Romina Gonzalez. She is better known in the industry under her byline  Mia Gonzalez.

I have just talked to Mia to ask her permission to identify her by name, and she agreed.

Mia, who now writes for Business Mirror newspaper, has been covering Malacañang Palace (and four of its occupants) since 1994 to this day. She told me that as part of her beat, she got to  interview  Corona when he was still the spokesman of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and when he was the Deputy Executive Secretary to President Fidel Ramos.

Mia has that rare distinction of being the only Filipino journalist ever to be nearly arrested by the police for the alleged crime of libel, right inside the presidential palace grounds. You can read about that here.

The libel suit was filed by one of the Palace occupants named Jose Miguel Arroyo. He has since dropped it.

 

The Corona camp asserts his parents were well-off

The Corona camp has always insisted that Corona could well afford all the alleged properties found in his name. They argued that he came from a well-off background and as proof, they pointed to his studies at the Ateneo and Harvard U.

I have numbered the questions asked of CJ Corona. There were 37 questions in all.

In his answer to Question No. 28, paragraph 3, Corona reveals his father was a career official in the Bureau of Internal Revenue. In his answer to Question No. 8, he reveals he was raised in a one-income household. His mother, although a summa cum laude graduate in accounting, never practiced her profession but stayed home taking care of her three sons.

In his answer to Question No. 34, paragraph 5, Corona discloses his parents did not spend for his Harvard education. He got a scholarship.

Corona says his  first SC nomination was considered a midnight appointment

Another thing the interview discloses is that Corona himself said he was initially nominated by President Fidel Ramos to the SC during the 1998 election period. But the Chief Justice then, Andres Narvasa, never even convened the Judicial Bar Council because he considered the nomination as a midnight appointment.

Corona’s narration of this epis0de can be found under Questions No. 30 and 31.

CJ Corona and Beth Mantoya, who notarized Cristina Corona’s Marikina property sale, worked together at SGV

Recall that when Demetrio Vicente bought Cristina Corona and her sister Miriam’s adjoining properties in Marikina in 1990, a certain Beth Mantoya notarized the Deeds of Sale. The prosecution found that Mantoya was never registered as a notary public, as required by law.

Corona’s lawyers did not deny this.

Since Vicente had never bothered to transfer the titles tohis name, the only documents he is holding would not have held up in court as proof as his ownership because Mantoya was not authorized to notarize.

In defense of Mantoya and the transaction, Cristina Corona sent a text message to reporters that said:

The notary public is Attorney Beth Mantoya who used to notarize the documents in [the accounting firm] SGV. When she resigned from SGV, she joined Romulo Mabanta Law Office which assigned her to Hong Kong for many years. She has since married a foreigner and last we heard she is now living in Switzerland with her husband.

What Cristina Corona did not tell reporters was that her husband Renato and Beth Mantoya both worked in the same SGV section at the same time. I did not know that they once worked there together when I wrote my piece – Part I: Corona listed Marikina lot in his SALN two years after sale to cousin.

All I knew was that Beth Mantoya was at SGV as a “tax attorney” until 1991 while Corona was once “a senior officer of SGV’s Tax and Corporate Counseling Group of the Tax Division. But I did not know whether they had worked together.

In CJ Corona’s 2002 interview with Newsbreak, he disclosed in answer to Question No. 17, that he was with SGV until he joined the Ramos government in 1992.

This means that he and Beth Mantoya had actually worked together. This therefore raises questions as to why Mantoya was chosen by the Corona couple to notarize the documents and why Renato Corona himself had stood and signed as a “witness” to the notarization, according to the testimony of Vicente the buyer during the impeachment trial.

Being her colleague, and possibly one of her bosses, Corona would have personal knowledge that Mantoya was not a registered notary public.

Corona made two other striking disclosures in the interview: He had a heart bypass in 1995 (Question No. 3).

And he said “I will not do anything that history will condemn me for (in answer to Question No. 37).”

Thank you, Chit and Baycas

Before I go on, I would like to thank two of the growing community of commenters on this website whom many now refer to as our Cyber Plaza Miranda.

Chit volunteered to type out the entire Newsbreak interview during the Holy Week break. She noted afterward:

It’s a very candid interview indeed! Especially that part that he was initially by-passed because of the prohibition period then… what an irony!!!

While Baycas was kind enough to insert in his busy schedule and proofread the material afterward to make sure nothing was missed. Baycas said:

It’s a good thing this will come out in order for people to be adequately informed. Let the readers weigh in on all available information.

Here is Renato Corona’s interview soon after becoming a member of the Supreme Court:

1. Reporter asks about Corona’s health

Corona: Okay.

2. Reporter asks about his 2001 surgery

Corona: Intestinal infection. Nadaan naman ng antibiotic.

3. Reporter asks – You never underwent major surgery?

Corona: 1995. Heart bypass. I used to smoke a lot, four packs a day. I was like a chimney. Grabe akong nagsigarilyo noon.

4. Reporter asks – What happened to your mustache?

Corona: Noong kay Ramos na. Kasi alam mo, it’s quite tedious. After a few days, iba-iba na ang length. You have to keep on trimming it to make it look nice. Otherwise, pag hindi mo inaalagaan ang mustache mo, parang marumi. Parang marusing. Kung may time ako noon, sa barbero ako nagpapa-trim but it takes a lot of time kaya inalis ko na lang. Kasi, the thicker the mustache, the more time you have to give it to make it look neat and nice. Pag hindi mo inalagaan nang ganon, mukha kang kontrabida, parang butangero. Parang not in keeping with your image as a member of the Cabinet.

5. Reporter asks – How long did you keep your mustache?

Corona: 11 years. 1986 to 1997.

6. Reporter asks – What kind of family did you have? What were your parents like?

Corona: You know, that is one of my favourite question. Kasi, I’m really proud of my family where all men lawyers. My father, his two brothers in that generation and in my generation, me and my two brothers. We don’t have any sisters, all boys. And then, my parents are a very good combination. My father was a gentle person beneath his firmness.

7. Reporter says – Like you

Corona: Hehe. Outwardly, my father was very strict. Kami nga, isang tingin lang sa amin, nanlilisik ng mata, it was enough na, matunaw ka. If you did something that he didn’t like or that was not right, talagang titingnan ka noon nang direstsong-diretso na nanlilisik ang mga mata. Ganoon lang, walang sasabihin but that was enough to strike terror in our hearts. But beneath that, he was a very gentle person.

My mother was the inverse. She was very gentle outwardly but very strong inside. We grew in that environment. It was a very religious, conservative family. We grew up in a very conservative circumstances where prayers and spirituality and academic excellence were a priority kaya I could remember na college pa kami, we prayed the angelus every afternoon and going to Mass on Sundays, basta 7am. ke puyat ka, ke hindi, nakatulog ka o hindi, basta 7 am, we had to attend the Mass at 7 am, whether you like it or not.

My parents were very particular about knowledge and learning. My father was a very wide reader. My mother graduated summa cum laude from accounting. CPA.

8. Reporter asks if Corona’s mother practiced her accounting profession

Corona: No, she got married. She took care of us. So that was our life. From the time we were in grade school in Ateneo, we were always honors. Middle child. Importante na after the grading period, meron kaming inuuwi na honor card.

9. Reporters asks – Who’s the brightest among the brothers.

Corona: My eldest brother. Two of us got into the cabinet. My older brother was Arturo, DOTC Secretary of Cory. He was one of the bar topnotchers. He was salutatorian and cum laude UP College of Law. Sa Ateneo, honors parati valedictorian, cum laude, yong ganoong tipo. I’m the second to reach Cabinet level.

10. Reporter asks – Who were your role models as you were growing up?

Corona: Our parents were our idols. There were lots of love in our family. May kasabihan nga sa Ateneo, huwag mong aawayin yong isa sa mga Corona boys kasi parating tatlo ang darating sa pag nagkahamunan, nag-away. Parating tatlo yong darating. You have to fight three of the brothers. Ruben, he’s the Vice-President of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. My older brother is retired from government in 1992.

11. Reporters asks – How did you inculcate your love for the law? Did you really want to become a lawyer?

Corona: Hindi kasi I started with Management Engineering in Ateneo and I guess, nakita namin sa Father namin. He was always reading law books. He continued to study even if he was already old. We saw him study and being a lawyer, at the dinner table, he would always discuss what was happening then. Current events dini-discuss namin, tapos i-explain niya. It all started with curiosity. What is this thing called law? People were always talking about it, my father encouraged it, and of course, my mother being a CPA, also took law courses in accounting that’s why she could follow the discussion.

12. Reporter asks if at the dinner table, all of them were encouraged to discuss it

Corona: Yes, everybody was required to give an opinion. Hindi ka puwedeng totorpe-torpe kaya somehow, you have to be quick on your feet. You have to think quickly because you know that you’re going to be asked next. But you know, that developed quick thinking on our part and also, I guess argumentative skills because you had to defend your position at the dinner table. Slowly, gradual development of our interest in the law. That helped us a lot. When we were in college in the Ateneo, we all became debaters. I was the champion of the college debating team. My brother was the captain of the debating team that won the NUSP grand national title. Even sa UP College of Law he was the champion debater there. Ruben and I, from Ateneo AB tuloy-tuloy na kami sa Ateneo College of Law sa Padre Faura..

13. Reporter asks – Why did you take up Management Engineering?

Corona: I was interested in engineering. I’ve always been good in math. Even now….. I guess if you’re good in math, you’re analytical kaya siguro nakakatulong din yon sa aking pagka-abogado, when I analyze the situations.

14. Reporter asks what were Corona’s most controversial cases when he was in private law practice

Corona: When I was in the bank, kasi yong litigation. I started as a litigator. I had to handle cases at the bank….. Non-payment, fraudulent transactions, fraudulent mortgages, violation of commercial laws, etc.

15. Reporter asks what was his first ambition

Corona: Well when I was young I thought I was going to be an engineer. Kasi maliit pa ako, I remember I could repair a transistor radio.

16. Reporter asks how old he was then when he repaired the radio

Corona: Eight. I could repair transistor radio. I could repair faucets. Ang tawag nga nila sa akin sa bahay, siraniko. Imbis na mekaniko, siraniko, kasi sabi nila, yung iba raw, sinisira ko. Pero I don’t recall anything na sinira ko. In fact, I always had a solution sa mga problema.

I remember yung plantsa namin noong araw, eight years old lang ako, nagawa ko yung plantsa. Hindi umiinit. Binuksan ko yung plantsa, tapos nakita ko na may misconnection sa loob. Kinabit ko. I was only eight. Napaandar ko.

Yung transistor radio ng Lola ko, napaandar ko yon, hindi nila mapaandar eh.

And I remember, yong piano, binuksan ko yung likod ng piano. I was 12. May portion na hindi umaandar. Binuksan ko yung likod. Natanggal pala yung kuwerdas. So nakabit ko. Napaandar ko. Yung tipong ganoon.

And I loved it. Pag may pinapagawa doon sa bahay namin, palagi akong nakatutok doon. I love it e. I love mechanical things. Electronic things, mga ganyan. Parang yung sa kotse. Alam ko yung mga problema na mechanical.

When I was driving my own car, ni minsan hindi ako itinirik. Because they were all well maintained.

17. Reporter asks – How did you get into public service?

Corona: In 1992, I was invited by President Ramos because I helped in the campaign. I was invited by President Ramos in joining Malacañang, initially, akala ko sandali lang ako diyan. I was with SGV at the time and I wasn’t sure what I would expect in the government service kasi nadidinig ko nga. Marami akong apprehensions, but I guess over time, I realized that there are rewards na hindi mo naman nakukuha sa private sector. I got to like it na, public service.

18. Reporter asks – What are the rewards?

Corona: I was lucky that my first government stint was Malacañang. When you’re a Malacañang official, isang tawag mo lang. For instance, merong emergency case na kailangang-kailangan ng operation. You can call the Heart Center and because you’re a Malacañang official, your’re really prioritized.

Tapos yung mga merong mga cases na illegal arrest. Isang tawag mo lang, you know, let’s say naniwala ka sa innocence ng tao na medyo hindi tama ang pag-aaresto sa kanya o wala namang kasalanan. They give due recognition to you as a Malacañang official. Hindi ka naman basta-basta you would just spring this guy from jail maski guilty siya. Hindi naman ganoon. Ine-evaluate ko rin naman kung sinong nilalapit ko.

Hindi naman ako politician. I’m not really a person who would help you right a wrong just because I want your vote. I’m not like that. I have no political ambitions. I look at the righteousness of the request. If it’s right and the person is innocent, I help out. That’s something you cannot do in the private sector. Kahit na sikat na abogado ka sa private sector, hindi mo magagawa ang ganyan.

19. Reporter asks – How has Malacañang prepared you for the Supreme Court?

Corona: First the experience in government administration. Alam mo, diyan sa Supreme Court, marami ring kaso diyan political law, constitutional law, administrative law. These are all branches of the law that deal with government service and the actuations of government. And I think having been in the bureaucracy especially in the highest echelons of government in Malacañang, I think I was able to acquire an insight into all these things which would prepare me to much wiser, much better decision-making ability.

20. Reporter asks – What are you bringing into the Supreme Court?

Corona: I’m particularly very proud of one thing. During the six years that I ran the Malacañang Legal Office, from 1992 to 1998 during the term of President Ramos, for the first time in the history of the Malacañang Legal Office, there was no backlog of cases and I’m very, very, very proud of that. Yung commendation sa akin ni President Ramos hangs proudly in my den. He acknowledged that fact that for the first time in the history of the MILO, there was no backlog.

Perennial yang backlog na yan but in my time there was no backlog. And I’m proud not only of the fact that there was no backlog. I was proud of the correctness of my decisions because of the thousands of decisions that were prepared and signed during those six years, about 300 were appealed to the Court of Appeals and or to the Supreme Court. It was a DAR case involving 300 plus hectares of land. Sumilao, Bukidnon. That was reversed on a technicality. They said the case was appealed to the Supreme Court out of time. The decision was already final.

That was my only reversal. I got 99.99 percent affirmation vote of all my decisions. Not only with the quickness and the promptness with which I dispensed the cases but also the correctness of my decisions. And that’s what I’m bringing to the Supreme Court, I think. The ability to work hard, work overtime, and the knowledge, the competence in handling various legal issues.

21. Reporter asks – What system did you use?

Corona: Put it diplomatically, I don’t want to acquire some measure of success by putting other people down. I think some of my predecessors were just waiting for the cases or for the drafts of decisions or whatever to be submitted to them by the lawyers.

Ako, I took a very proactive role in the management and handling of cases. Talagang sinusundan ko. I made a graph, a chart. I knew exactly when a case would come in, so I keep track of them. So I would talk to the lawyers individually. Sabi ko matagal na ang kasong yan. Can I have the draft in about two weeks. Tinututukan ko yan. Siguro either ninenerbiyos ang mga bata or yung mga matatandang abogado, medyo nahihiya naman sa akin. Imbis na masita sila, ginagawa na lang nila.

So I kept very close monitoring of when the case was assigned to a particular lawyer and when the draft was finished. Yung finalizing naman noon ng mga draft decisions na yon, pagpasok sa akin within one or two days, labas na yon, pirmado na yon kasi hindi ko pinatatagal. I remember the first five months of the Ramos administration, from July to November of 1993, I went to office everyday, Monday to Sunday.

Talagang yung Misis ko noon, galit na galit na sa akin. And I would stay in the office from 8 am to late at night. Talagang tinapos ko ‘yon. Alam mo noong pumasok kami ng June 1992, there were about 700 cases. Halos nandoon na sa ceiling yung tambak-tambak na kaso sa kuwarto ko noon. In fact I have pictures. It took me five months, walang bakasyon. Then after that, mabilis na, tinututukan ko na para hindi na magbaback-log ulit.

22. Reporter asks – May nakaaway kayo sa Malacañang?

Corona: Hindi nakabangga, nagkasamaan kami ng loob. Si Ruben Torres. Magkaibigan naman kami ni RT. May bata siya doon. Sa OES [NOTE: Ofdfice of the Executive Secretary]. Intriga nang intriga. Parati akong iniintriga. I think he wanted to be DES [NOTE: Deputy Executive Secretary]. At first, they spoke, Torres told him what he heard and he explained his side. Then they would become friends again. Basta, hindi niya na ako tinawagan.

Later on, I found out nagalit daw siya sa akin. He called Torres to ask what he had against him, but Torres insisted on what he heard. Sa tono niya, parang naniniwala siya. Sinabi ko lang sa kanya, bakit hindi puwedeng katulad noon na tinatawagan mo ako? E kasi sabi niya, ganyan, ganyan. From the time he resigned in 1997, I haven’t seen him until now.

23. Reporter asks what his approach was and whether he was very conciliatory

Corona: I’m very frank but very tactful. Di ba tinatawagan mo naman ako noon? Sana tinawagan mo na lang ako. Ako pa ang lumapit sa kanya. Hindi naman ako palaaway.

24. Reporter asks – Paano kayo magalit? Hindi ba noong puyat kayo. Rare ba yon?

Corona: Hehehe. Kasi wala akong tulog noon tapos nagsasalita ako, Sir, Sir! Yon lang naman. Actually, hindi naman ako nagalit noon. Nabigla lang ako. I can count with my five fingers the number of times na nagalit ako.

25. Reporter asks – What makes you angry?

Corona: Hindi galit. Yung kinakainis. Even doon sa intriga, hindi ako nagagalit e. hindi ako pikon. Yung kinaiinis, yung sources of irritation, pet peeves, yung pagkaburara. Naiinis ako sa taong burara. Tapos naiinis ako sa taong late. Yung hindi marunong tumupad sa usapan. Yung may usapan na tayo tapos biglang papalitan. Ayoko nang ganoon.

Sa kin kung hindo mo puwedeng sundin yung usapan natin, sabihin mo sa akin. Wag yung basta hindi mo gagawin. Yung nagbitaw ka ng salita tapos sisirain mo. Kasi ako basta ako nagbitaw ng salita ko, come hell or high water, paninindigan ko yan.

Mahirap akong papangakuin pero pag nangako ako, talagang you can rely on it. Mga ganoon. Not to the point that I confront them; hindi ako confrontational. Kahit na burara, naiinis lang ako sa loob ko. I won’t even say it. You won’t even see me na sumimangot.

26. Reporter asks – How do you deal with stress?

Corona: I love movies and I love old music, ‘yung tinatawag na senti Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Tony Bennett, Frankie Lane. Si Diomedes Maturan, gustong-gusto ko yon. And I love kundiman. Sylvia La torre, Ric Manrique. I have a very wide collection of CDs.

I remember when the Admin Bldg. in Malacañang was burned in 1995, nasunog yong CD collections ko. Years ko inaccumulate yon. I lost many things during that fire but I really grieved for the loss of my CDs and cassette tapes. Talagang dinamdam ko yan. Nandoon lahat.

Kasi gusto ko the whole day may tumutugtug na music. Talagang dinamdam ko ang pagkawala. But I was able to build up my library again.

27. Reporter asks for his favorite movie

Corona: A Beautiful Mind. I watched it three times.

28. Reporter asks – When you were taking up law, did you ever think that you would get into the SC?

Corona: (Rubs eyebrows.) I’ll give you an anecdote. During my first semester in law school, my professor happened to be also the Dean of the Ateneo Law School, former CA presiding Justice Arturo Diaz. He was Solicitor General and then later on, CA Presiding Justice of President Quirino.

He was our Dean, at the same time, he was handling some subjects and I was in his class. He was a lawyer of the old school. “Yung nagroll ang mga ‘R’. Napakastrikto. Terror. Tapos yong father niya, Justice Anacleto Diaz na pinatay ng Hapon.

Anyway, Justice Diaz, I remember one afternoon I got into an argument with him. There was a raging constitutional issue then, first semester. This was outside the classroom. Freshmen, first year law, first semester. Tumabi ako sa kanya sa bangko. He taught my father and my father-in-law. Vicente Roco, Jr., father-in-law. Father ko, Juan Corona, he was in the BIR; career siya sa BIR when he retired.

We got into an argument and he was holding a certain position about that constitutional issue. Tapos sabi ko: Sir, I beg to disagree with you. I think it should be seen this way. Tapos, isang oras kaming nag-a-argue. Talagang hindi ako tumiklop sa kanya. Ang tagal. It was only cut short by the bell. Classes were going to begin. But before he stood up, he said ‘Young man’, I can clearly remember what he said, ‘Young man, with that force of reasoning’, he said, ‘someday you will sit in the Supreme Court.” Nag self-fulfilling prophecy siya. I never forgot that. And then I, dreaming… Justice of the Supreme Court. I really said, someday I would like to be in the Supreme Court.

29. Reporter asks – Nagulat kayo?

Corona: To me, it was the highest compliment. CA Presiding Justice told a first year law student that someday he will sit in the Supreme Court. After that, I became very close to him. Malakas na ako sa kanya.

30. Reporter asks how many times he was nominated to the Supreme Court

Corona: Twice. The first time I was nominated was in 1998 but the JBC did not meet. Narvasa did not convene it.

31.Reporter asks why Chief Justice Narvasa did not convene the Judicial Bar Council to weigh his appointment to the SC

Corona: According to him, it was already within the prohibited period before elections. No appointments in the government or the judiciary could be made. Narvasa invoked that, that’s why he did not convene the JBC. They did not publish the names anymore.

The President himself was the one rooting for me. It was just Narvasa who refused to convene the JBC.

That slot wasn’t filled during the time of Ramos. Estrada won, and that slot, that slot – was later on filled in by Erap – which I was seeking. And you know who he appointed there, Pardo, the Comelec Chairman. And then later on, just an interesting sidelight, ironically, it was Pardo who nominated me to this slot which I now got. Parang umiikot. There’s some rhythm to it.

32. Reporter asks how his parents and family reacted to his appointment ot the SC

Corona: My parents are dead already. My father died in 1979, in a vehicular accident and my mother died 1995 of cancer.

33. Reporter asks – What would they have said?

Corona: I’m sure they would have been very happy because (blinking tears) I got married in first year law – (at) 22. And my father was very angry not because they did not like my wife. As a matter of fact, my parents-in-law were their friends. But my father wanted me to finish law first before I get married. And here I was, right after college, I wanted to get married already. Three years ko na ring girlfriend.

34. Reporter asks for the name of his wife

Corona: Hayaan mo na yon. Hahaha. I want to keep my family’s privacy.

So my father was very angry. He was angry at me and he was also getting angry at my mother because it was okay with her, if I wanted to get married. And I remember my father telling my mother: ‘If you allow him to get married, he will never finish law.’

His dream was for all of us to be lawyers. Which actually happened. So I told my father, I promise you I will become a lawyer. Don’t be afraid that I won’t finish it.

So on my graduation day in 1974, if you’re married, the hood, by tradition, you give it to your wife, your wife puts on your hood. If you’re not married, it was your mother who put on the hood. But during my graduation, I spoke with my wife and my mother. I will give the honor to Papa. When my name was called, I gave the hood to my father and I said, ‘Papa, the honor belongs to you. I kept my promise to you. I finished law.’

For the first time, I saw my father cry. Batangueno yon, macho. He doesn’t show any emotion. Very strict ang decorum niya. I hugged him.

After eight years, I went to Harvard. I was able to get a scholarship. When I graduated from Harvard, I became teary-eyed also because by that time my father had already gone, he passed away. And I remembered him when I got my diploma.

Kinakausap ko siya in my mind: Kinakatakot niyo na hindi ako makakatapos ng law. Hindi lang ako nakatapos ng law, pumasa ako ng bar with flying honors at nakarating pa ako sa Harvard. I’m emotional when it concerns family. We’re very, very close.

35. Reporter asks why his family has remained unnamed

Corona: I want to shield from the public eye. Everybody wanted to interview me and my family. Sa TV, they wanted to feature my family, but it was actually my family who wanted it.

Suffice it to say that I have two daughters, they’re both physical therapists.

The only boy in between is a graduate of psychology. Very tall and very good looking. Taller than me.

My daughter is giving birth. I’m looking forward to be a grandfather and to be called Lolo. I saw this in my father, in my parents.

Fear in God. Takot ako sa Diyos. At the same time, katulad nga nitong sa Supreme Court, maraming mga umiintriga.

I never asked God to have me appointed or my appointment. Ang dasal ko sa Diyos is I leave it all to you. Whatever you want, because you see what’s good for me, I’m leaving it up entirely to you. So yon ang dasal ko.

Number 2, I think I’m basically kind and forgiving person. I’m not quick to anger and I think I have more patience than most people. That’s why I think I have few enemies.

Of course there are people who don’t like me. People who don’t like me are not necessarily my enemies. They probably they don’t like me because of something I said or something I did. There might have been some difference in opinion but it’s not necessarily because they’re my enemy.

I’m a very good friend. I stand by my friends. Yung mga kaibigan ko sa Ateneo Grade school when we were in short pants, up to now are still my friends. I don’t have too many friends in the sense that I’m a politician, any Tom, Dick and Harry, kaibigan ko, hindi ganoon e.

I don’t have too many friends but my friends are friends whom I sincerely treasure and take care of. And I stand by them come hell or high water.

I believe that a person should not stagnate intellectually. One has to keep on learning and reading and studying and acquiring knowledge all the time. Kaya if you’ll notice up to now, I’m still studying. I never stopped studying. I’m always enrolled in some course or another whether degree or non-degree.

I love books, aside from CDs and cassettes.

I like reading history. I’m a historical buff. That’s why I enjoy it a lot when I’m in the States, meron doong History Channel. Hindi na ako umaalis sa History Channel na yon. Even here, my whole library at home, 80 percent are history books.

In fact after my doctorate in civil law, I plan to take a PhD in history, siguro sa Ateneo or UST, or wherever. Ilang units na lang ang kailangan ko diyan.

By next March 2003. I’m doing my dissertation already. By next semester, ipe-present ko na yon. Yung mga classmates ko sa UST, ang babata. Yung mga kumukuha ng Master of Laws (ask me) bakit kayo nag-aaral pa? Nasa Cabinet na kayo. It’s because of my drive for academic excellence. A person should not stop learning. Dapat may pinag-aaralan ka, dapat meron kang binabasa.

What I read I pass on to my children. Kaya my children, they’re very intelligent also. While they were growing up, ginagawa ko rin sa kanila, when they were still at home, kasi they’re not at home anymore. Parating may discussion, unlike noong panahon namin, panay law ang dini-discuss. They like to listen to the capture of Gen. Aguinaldo, the Presidents of the Philippines, what are the traits of Quezon, programs of Quirino. They really like that. Axis and Allied, the Marshall Plan for Europe.

I really like lecturing. I was a professor for 17 years. I love teaching. I think I have a way of telling stories. Development of the CPP-NPA from the time it started in the 1930s. We don’t talk about just anything. We talk about more intelligent things, about the present state of affairs of the Philippines. LRT, plan of Quirino, mass transit system in the 1950s. Quirino was a very good economist.

36. Reporter asks Corona to comment on criticisms about his appointment

Corona: Those are just intrigues. Meron silang mga manok nila. Siguro may sari-sarili silang iniisponsor na kandidato. So since they think that ako yong frontrunner because I happened to be in Malacañang, crab mentality.

37. Reporter asks for his message to his critics and those who don’t believe in him

Corona: That’s their opinion, so I can’t say they’re wrong. That is their belief so who am I to say they’re wrong and I’m right, if that’s their view. It’s valid in the sense that who am I to refute it if that’s what they think of me. But I think my track record speaks for itself. And those saying that Corona is politically biased, I think that’s a little too sweeping a statement. Ni wala pa silang nakikita sa akin, binabatikos na ako ng politically biased.

Who are they naman to guess what my future actions will be? May takot naman ako sa Diyos at may konsensiya na sinusunod. Siguro naman they should give me that leeway, enough leeway to prove to all and sundry that I’m not politically biased. Because more than any political consideration now, there is a higher interest of the country to think of. I always feel very strongly that decisions of the Supreme Court have far-reaching implications for the country and for future generations. I’m aware of that.

Being a person who is very conscious of history, I will not do anything that history will condemn me for. And my guide will strictly be God’s law and my conscience. To the political opposition, rest assured, I will always do what is right and I will not be swayed by any alleged political loyalties. Dahil naniniwala ako sa pananagutan ng bawat tao.

Ayokong dumating ang panahon na ako’y may pagbabayaran o at my deathbed, binabagabag ako ng konsensiya ko because I did not do what is right and I went against my conscience. I did something, something unfair or inequitable to a person.

I’ve tried to shield them (family) from this. I don’t want them to be put in a spot na lalapit yung mga kaibigan nila sa kanila, hindi nila mapagbigyan. Actually, that’s the only reason. Nakita mo naman, angelic face ang mga anak ko. They’re wholesome kids.

We got married early. Kaya parang friends lang kami. 24 when he had first kid. When I was in law school, ako lang yata ang may anak sa klase. So siya ang mascot. Every Saturday, pupunta sila, maaga ang dismissal, kasama ng wife ko susunduin ako, kasama ang yaya, ang cute cute ng baby ko, pinagkakaguluhan. She will become a mother herself.

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  1. 237
    bfginus says:

    pwede pake-check ang sinabi ni renato corona? tutoo ba naman kaya na summa cum laude yong mother niya. sanay kasing magsinungaling ang kapalmuks na yan.

  2. 236
    andrew lim says:

    Guys,

    Read former CJ Panganiban’s column in today’s Inquirer. For him, the evidence is already prima facie vs Corona. It’s an unequivocal stand for his conviction!

    http://opinion.inquirer.net/28187/prima-facie-case#disqus_thread

    • 236.1
      johnny Lin says:

      Corona prostituted the position of chief justice dragging along the denigration of the entire supreme court.

      Ex justice Panganiban was speaking both as a legal expert opinion writer and a former chief justice. His heart rides with his dignified past position while his mind dictates him to be legally fair in interpreting the law. Coincidentally both his conclusions reached to the same final analysis.

      Having read many opinions including other lawyers or former justices expressing their ideas or evaluations on the impeachment, his article was the first, in my observation, to kpoint out that the SC TRO on Corona dollar accounts was only applicable to the Senate and Prosecution but not to the Defense, thus in effect they have an obligation, especially Corona, to answer the public, the Impeachment Court or the Ombudsman to give an answer in case Corona is asked in court to open his dollar accounts.

      We are now enlightened why Defense refuses Corona to testify. putting him in the position to revealthe dollar accounts would be devastating to the Defense. On the other hand if Corona will petition the SC to release another TRO in his behalf preventing the revelation of his dollar accounts, the SC justices become accomplices to hiding any ill gotten wealth he has accumulated and that could become the trigger point for the Executive and Legislative branches in declaring the Judiciary branch as harbinger or protector of potential criminal acts of corruption and bribery.

      Yung mga dating justices namayroon pang katiting na budhing natitira sa puso at isipan nila, dapat din magpahayag sa kanilang opinion tungkol sa $10 million na binibintang kay Corona. Kung wala o kakaunti ang perang naipon na pwedeng ipaliwanag dapat sabihin ni Corona. Pero kung meron malaking halaga kahit $1million lang dapat ipaliwanag din ni Corona paano niya naipon ang ganun halaga.

      Importante ipaliwanag niya kahit isa o sampung milyun dolyar ang pinaguusapan. Hindi numero ang mahalaga kundi yung pinanggalingan ng nalikom na yaman. Sa pagpapaliwanag niya binibigyan niya ng respeto ang lahat ng dati o kasalukuyan justices of the SC. Kapag pinasa-isang tabi lamang niya, ginawad niya sa mga justices na sila ay guilty din ng posibleng pangungurakot.

      Ganyan katindi ang pinalabas na hamon ni Ombudsman Carpio Morales dahil dati rin siyang Associate Justice at pinoprotektahan niya ang respeto, integridad at dignidad ng bawat isang naging hustisya ng Korte Suprema at sampalataya sa Institusyon.

      Ganyan lang kasimple, Ginoong Corona he he he.

  3. 235
    Chavydada says:

    A BIR TAX EXPERT TO TESTIFY FOR CJ

    There is a reported plan by the camp of CJ Corona to present a tax expert for his defense when the Senate resumes its impeachment trial on Monday.

    They said the witness is a former BIR official and a tax lecturer with extensive knowledge on taxation. CJ’s lawyers reportedly sought the expert in view of the interpretation of CJ’s SALN, but it was not immediately known how the expert witness will explain the said SALN.

    FORMER PRESIDENTS’ SALN BASED ON ACQUISITION COST

    When the SALN was introduced by then Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, it was always based on cost.

    The same policy was adopted by Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos when he signed PD 417 declaring that the value of assets shall be based on the historical, or acquisition cost and not on the fair market value.

    http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/358795/tax-expert-to-testify-for-cj

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/257220/news/nation/palace

  4. 234
    Rene-Ipil says:

    I like what Senator Honasan said recently.

    “The chief justice is the only one who can respond to the issues and questions lingering in the minds not only of the senator-judges, but the general public,’’ Honasan said by phone. “More than the senator-judges, he owes the Filipinos an explanation. We are only extensions of the will of the people.’’

    See the link below.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/188197/senators-expect-corona-to-testify-at-trial’s-resumption

    Truly, the senators are mere agents of the people who elected them.  As such , these senators must do what the people wish.  And the people overwhelmingly want to remove Corona as chief justice.

    Onward OPM!!

  5. 233
    baycas says:

    Crowns of flowers, thorns for Sr. Flor Maria Basa

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/187747/crowns-of-flowers-thorns-for-sr-flor-maria-basa

    …a Ma. Ceres P. Doyo first article of two parts.

    • 233.1
      Kabalyero01 says:

      @baycas

      latest from Maritess Vitug today!.

      http://www.rappler.com/thought-leaders/4836-the-$10-million-dollar-game-changer

      salient points raised:

      1. “But it is within the power of the Ombudsman to ask government agencies for information on public officials she is investigating. This is where the secretive Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) comes in. Carpio-Morales, our sources tell us, based the information on the “mind-boggling” dollar deposits of the chief justice from AMLC data.”

      2. “These millions of dollars are not in one bank account. We learned that they are spread out and apparently also in overseas accounts. Furthermore, the $10 million represents total transactions during a certain period, we gathered, and not bank balances. The Ombudsman’s Office had to do a “forensic audit” to arrive at this figure.”

      3. “For impeachable officers, the Ombudsman is required to submit her findings to Congress, which should initiate impeachment proceedings. But, in this case, with the impeachment trial already in full swing, the prosecution can present the results of the Ombudsman’s investigation as evidence.

      4. “Here’s where we expect the defense to do what it does well: block this damning evidence against their client. They may go to the Supreme Court and pray for a TRO against the Ombudsman. After all, they were able to get a TRO that prevented PSBank from disclosing Corona’s dollar account/s, one of which had an opening balance of $700,000, as a PSBank document showed.”
      ——————————–

      Defense team will definitely plug all the holes to keep the Prosecution team from
      using the Ombudsman’s “forensic audit” of said mind boggling USD accounts of Corona. Will the Senate tribunal make history by compelling the CJ to come to the witness stand and cut short the proceedings by putting at bay all the remaining 10 witnesses of the
      defense?

      Corona knows when he should throw the towel into the ring and all his team can do
      is to adopt more virulent squid tactics and delaying techniques to further confuse
      the public.

      My hunches tells me> it is time to occupy Padre Faura and bodily move Corona and his
      minions.

      Sobra na ito kapag hindi pa mag explain si Corona voluntarily sa harap ng senate
      tribunal.

    • 233.2
      Sam says:

      Speaking of Sister Flory,

      I’ve asked a teller of a bank with regards to checks with “IN TRUST OF”. The teller informed that the person who will in-cash of such instrument, should be authorized by the trustee.

      example: the check is payable to the account of Mrs Corona in trust of BGEI. Mrs. Corona should be authorized by BGEI before she can cash out the check. I’m not so sure if the said authorization should be sign by the corporate secretary.

      if this is right, I wonder how and who signed the authorization?

  6. 232
    teri says:

    Subscribing

  7. 231
    Sam says:

    I just read this on Inquirer
    ———————————

    Forfeiture case vs Corona possible, says UE Law dean

    Not only can Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales investigate impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona, she can also use her findings to initiate forfeiture proceedings against his assets if the probe into his financial affairs turns up questionable wealth, according to University of the East Law Dean Amado Valdez.
    And with evidence of questionable wealth, Valdez said, the Ombudsman can bring criminal charges against Corona once he is out of office.
    Valdez said a forfeiture case could be initiated against Corona even if he was undergoing an impeachment trial. Corona cannot invoke immunity because forfeiture is a civil case, Valdez said.

    “Even before you go to the criminal court, nothing will prevent the Ombudsman from initiating seizure proceedings. The subject matter [in the forfeiture case] is wealth, not the person,” Valdez said in a phone interview Thursday.

    Forfeiture proceeding
    “A forfeiture proceeding could be independent. It could stand on its own,” he added.
    Acting on complaints submitted to her office, Morales ordered Corona on April 20 to explain in writing how he managed to have millions in peso and US-dollar accounts in the bank despite his modest government salary.

    She told Corona in her order that she had information that the foreign-currency accounts in his name had deposits amounting to $10 million.

    Corona denied having $10 million in the bank. Through his lawyer, Ramon Esguerra, Corona said the Ombudsman had no jurisdiction over the Chief Justice.

    Morales countered that the Ombudsman Act empowers her to investigate complaints against all government officials.

    Valdez said the Ombudsman’s findings could be used to press criminal charges against an impeachable official, once that official is out of office, in the antigraft court Sandiganbayan.
    Corona’s impeachment trial in the Senate resumes next Monday.

    The question of his foreign-currency bank deposits hangs pending resolution by the Supreme Court of a petition against an investigation that the Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) has brought against the Senate impeachment court.

  8. 230
    Sam says:

    Bad news for us
    ———————
    Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo quietly slipped out of the country early Thursday morning.
    Arroyo left for Japan via Hong Kong on board Cathay Pacific flight CX 904 which departed at 6:20 a.m.

    His embarkation card indicated that his tinal destination was Narita International Airport in Japan and he is billeted at Imperial Hotel.
    ———————

  9. 229
    Sam says:

    On ABS-CBN
    ——————–

    Drilon said … Corona to again seek the help of his colleagues in the Supreme Court to stop Carpio-Morales from investigating the alleged $10 million accounts.

  10. 228
    johnny lin says:

    Latest News:
    Supreme Court justices ban disclosure of their SALs based on 1989 SC resolution

    This is the REAL Constitutional Crisis!

    SALN Disclosure is a Constitutional mandate. Justices since 1989 have been violating the Constitutional provision uner RA 6713.

    The people or Congress must amend the Constitution to prevent SC justices to issue their own resolutions in total disregard of Constitutional laws.

    Otherwise we are a nation of Mafia SC justices. All they have promulgated are resolutions protecting themselves from being investigated from crimes of ill gotten wealth and corruption.

    These are their resolutions:
    1. Prevent disclosures of their SALN for investigation
    2. Prevent release of Foreign Account Deposits to prevent investigation of possible acceptance of bribery and amassing ill gotten wealth.

    These two resolutions are covered by Constitutional law allowing the Ombudsman to investigate yet, for their selfish interest they decided to cover up their PROBABLE criminal deeds. Their resolutions do not cover the public officials of the other two branches of government, Executive and Legislative.

    We now have a separate government of JUDICIAL ANARCHY. The SC is maintaining a current 200 man strong military armed forces not affiliated with the Philippine Armed Forces. there are plans to increase their number to 5000 strong to protect the SC from mob force.

    There is no other recourse to the people except to CHANGE the current inequitable status quo into something more fair, equal and justifiable to all government officials.

    REMOVE AND REPLACE ALL SC JUSTICES WHO WILL ABIDE BY THE CONSTITUTION.

    • 228.1
      Sam says:

      @Johnny Lin

      I’m not sure, but I think all the Judges even in the lower courts do not disclose their SALN

      • 228.1.1
        johnny Lin says:

        @Sam

        The point is Judiciary does not have the authority to contradict “What is written in the Constitution”. SC justices could rule on the unconstitutionaity of the SALN law but they could not promulgate resolutions that will benefit solely the public officials under the Judiciary. In effect their Resolution violates another Constitutional law of Equal Rights.

        An error violating another law add insult to injury. We do not have to be lawyers to understand equal protection under the law.

        At the moment the SC justices are raping the Constitution.

        “Evil men flourish when honest people pretend to be blind”

        The Sovereign people will not progress until they suppress the evil ways of people they put trust on their government.

        Otherwise everything we discuss in OPM, people in street debate, news publications and columnist pontificate and the government promugate will amount to nothing until other forces like pressuring the public to demand and Executive using the military accountability from the Judiciary is enforced. The SC justices will not learn their lesson while being tolerated to act as a coleegial body as crime syndicate.

        Tianamen did not succeed because the Chinese stayed home. Sacrifices were made and their cause was heard. Arab Spring did not come forth without people having the voices heard publicly. Sacrifices were made.

        The new traitors of Philippine Republic are wearing robes. The best way to prevent chaos is cut the head of the raging poisonous serpent.

        We have to learn our lesson from history. Remember the year 2012, the Mayans said will be the end of the World. To the Philippines, it is the emergence of the Anarchist Judiciary until it is suppressed immediately. Mark it.

        • 228.1.1.1
          johnny Lin says:

          @Sam

          Sorry for inadvertent posting of the draft above, middle paragraph did not make sense.

          The point is Judiciary does not have the authority to contradict “What is written in the Constitution”. SC justices could rule on the unconstitutionaity of the SALN law but they could not promulgate resolutions that will benefit solely the public officials under the Judiciary. In effect their Resolution violates another Constitutional law of Equal Rights.

          An error violating another law adds insult to injury. We do not have to be lawyers to understand equal protection under the law.

          At the moment the SC justices are raping the Constitution.

          “Evil men flourish when honest people pretend to be blind”

          The Sovereign people will not progress until they suppress the abuses of people they put trust on their government.

          Otherwise everything we discuss in OPM, street debate by common people, news publications and columnist pontifications, and the government promuLgations of good governance will amount to nothing until other forces like pressures from the the public and the Executive using its military power to demand accountability from the Judiciary are supplanted. Without this action, SC justices will not learn their
          lesson from their evil decisions of being tolerated to act as collegial body for their crime syndicate.

          Tianamen did not succeed because the Chinese stayed home. Sacrifices were made and their cause was heard. Arab Spring did not come forth without people having their voices heard publicly. Sacrifices were made.

          The new traitors of Philippine Republic are wearing robes. The best way to prevent
          chaos is cut the head of the raging poisonous serpent.

          We have to learn our lesson from history. Remember the year 2012, the Mayans said will be the end of the World. To the Philippines, it is the emergence of the Anarchist Judiciary until it is suppressed immediately. Mark it.

          • 228.1.1.1.1
            Mel says:

            @Johnny Lin, thumbs up.

            Being one, not much can be done. But with many of like minded Filipinos – we can make a big difference.

            Malaking tulong ang Raïssa Robles dot com to inform and educate the ‘masa’.

            2013 National Elections is a year away. Any practical suggestions as to who and how to support Senatorial candidates who embodies the genuine sentiments and aspirations of the Philippines?

    • 228.2
      Victin luz says:

      @Johnny

      Mali naman kasi si Narvasa dyan SALN at sinundan pa ni Davide ng kanyang interpretation ng FISCAL AUTONOMY sa saligang batas naloko na. When people questioned their adversed decisions, sasabihin nlia, one vote lang sila , nobody cares anymore.

      It’s about time to call the people to exercise an EXTRA CONSTITUTIONAL means to REMOVE those Justices if ever CORONA will be acquitted and if convicted , to continue further to other monumental cases decided by SC which are Prejudicial to the people like the PAL case. Kitang kita ang lagayan at kamalian wala naman tayong malinaw na hakbang. Hayan lumaban na ang PRESIDENTE natin ano ang ginagawa ng ibang may makapangyarihan sa atin , GATONG , and then telling WE ARE BEHIND YOU. Ayaw sa FRONT sayang ang boto nang mga ISMARTE sa pera Kung NASA kabilang bakod sila.

    • 228.3
      Rene-Ipil says:

      Johnny Lin @228

      The supreme court should be reorganized. 

      This is doable by means of a constituent assembly and a plebiscite or referendum, which scheme is, I think, acceptable to the great majority of the people.  This is to avoid such alternatives as people power or a revolutionary government.

      Onward OPM!!

      • 228.3.1
        Victin luz says:

        TAMA ka dyan Rene, marginalized natin kaunti ang SC ng kanilang power to review and decide cases. sobra sa absolute ang ginagawa ng SC ni corona. Special ang treatment pag sila ang involve .

      • 228.3.2
        Rene-Ipil says:

        Rene-Ipil@228.3

        Johnny Lin is right when he said that the supreme court (SC) justices have been flagrantly violating the constitutional mandate to disclose their SALNs.  Johnny also demanded that all SC Justices be removed and replaced.

        If the SC justices could break the constitution with impunity and render the overwhelming number of the Filipino people helpless, why can’t our duly elected president  bend our constitution by temporarily  closing the supreme court, suspend its operation and submit the matter of reorganizing the SC immediately to the people by way of a referendum.

        I believe that  President Aquino should act decisively now to prevent further destruction of the judiciary and stop “judicial anarchy”.

        Onward OPM!!

    • 228.4
      Kabalyero01 says:

      @JL, Sam and friends,

      Update:

      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/186999/forfeiture-case-vs-corona-possible-says-ue-law-dean

      “Valdez said

      -a forfeiture case could be initiated against Corona even if he was undergoing an impeachment trial. Corona cannot invoke immunity because forfeiture is a civil case.

      -“Even before you go to the criminal court, nothing will prevent the Ombudsman from initiating seizure proceedings. The subject matter [in the forfeiture case] is wealth, not the person,”
      ——————————————————————–

      I just hope Ombusman C. C. Morales should initiate immediate “forfeiture
      proceedings” without being push to the wall by Senator MDS pronouncement.

      15th Congress should realize that the people are tired and sick of this SALN cover-up
      and do something to clip the wings of the judicial anarchy going on with our SC.

      These magistrates cannot be above the law lest sacred cows wearing robes as a shield
      of their own excesses.

      thanks for the input JL and Sam.

  11. 227
    Belissima says:

    I re typed a part of Jarius Bondoc’s article from The Philstar:

    The $2,858,977.22 consists of seven alleged dealings in Philippine Savings Bank-Katipunan branch, near Corona’s Quezon City residence. Six, totaling $2,387,298.76, are deposits and credit memos; one, for $471,678.46, is an outward remittance. The supposed details:

    Account # Transaction Date Nature US $ Amount

    1. 141019349 08-05-2008 Deposit $ 764,344.78
    2. 141019678 10-06-2008 Deposit 455,210.07
    3. 191000373 10-31-2008 Deposit 768,733.96
    4. 141019678 07-06-2009 Credit Memo 9,280.70
    5. 141022046 12-23-2009 Credit Memo 254,729.25
    6. 1024292 07-27-2011 Credit Memo 135,000.00

    SUB TOTAL ———————— $ 2,387,298.76

    7. 12-15-2009 Outward Remittance $ 471,678.46

    TOTAL ——————————— $ 2,858,977.22

    A “deposit” is in cash or check; “credit memo” can be proceeds from a remittance, time deposit or interest, or a transfer from another account. “Outward remittance” is a payment made from the depositor’s account. The $2,387,298.76 is worth P100,755,944.16 (in today’s $1:P42.205). The $471,678.46 was P22,023.610.65 (in September 2008’s $1:P46.692).

    In asking Corona to reply, the Ombudsman cited three complaints for undeclared assets. Reportedly it had gathered details of Corona’s peso and dollar deposits in various banks, using the waiver at the back of his annual sworn Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. The waiver authorizes the Ombudsman to obtain records of an official’s wealth.

    Publicized at the start of Corona’s impeachment trial were five of his purported dollar accounts in PSBank. Supposedly leaked by a “small woman” to a congressman-prosecutor, one document detailed an account number 08919100037-3, with opening balance of $700,000 in October 2008 (P33,617,500 at $1:$48.025).

    • 227.1
      Sam says:

      @Belissima

      I wonder how will CJ react to that?

      • 227.1.1
        maddog says:

        buy more “dirt-cheap” condos?

      • 227.1.2
        jorge bernas says:

        @ Sam, @ Bellisima

        You wonder how will thief justice nato corona react on that? Well T.J. will just say that he will revail it in due time & that due time is next week 2nd week of march 2012. pero hindi rin nagawa magsisinungaling na naman si thief justice nato corona.

        Kasama ang mga tiwaling at TUTAng justices nang stupid court, TRO ang katapat diyan… Akala ko pa naman ay maaasahan natin itong mga matalinong justices nang stupid court pero sila pa yata ang siyang protector/nagtatanggol nang mga magnanakaw/sinungaling/mandaraya at mang-aapi sa ating lipunan. Silang mga matalinong justices nang stupid court ay talamak na nakikinabang sa kaban nang bayan?

        Silang mga matatalinong justices nang stupid court ang siyang lantarang sumusuway sa ating saligang batas at ginagawang tama ang mali kong pabor sa pansariling kaginhawaan at pakinabang?

        Nakakahiya at Nakakadiri na kayong mga justices na TUTA at midnight appointees ni fake president Pandak… Mahiya kayo sa mga balat ninyo at sa mga anak ninyo na pinapakain ninyo nang galing sa Nakaw/Kasamaan.

    • 227.2
      johnny Lin says:

      Look at the reply of the Corona and defense lawyers.
      They do not dispute the dollar deposits except the total amount, the authority and timing of the Ombudsman

      If we amend the charges that CJ has $10million deposit plus minus $5 million for accruacy, they will not dispute the amount anymore. They will just bedevil the Ombudsman.

      Whether it is $2 or 3 or 5 or 10 million dollars, the question remains the same.

      Where did Corona get the million dollars. Explain them. They refused to do it by diverting the issue.

      An honest man will defend his integrity and honesty by revealing the inaccuracy of the amount with supporting documents rather than subverting the issue.

      Defense lawyers are claiming that the truthfulness of the issue has nothing to do with the integrity of Ombudsman Morales. They are making this claim as an excuse because they know Morales got her facts from data of Anti Money Launderin Council.

      Everyone who has knowledge of International Anti Money Laundering law knows that each transaction from PEP with FCD accounts has a dossier of all the transactions on his bank accounts. Corona and Defense lawyers are attacking the Ombudsman by deliberately appealing to the ignorant public. Poor lawyers, they not only lose their credibility as bright legal minds, they are becoming stupid puppets of Corona.

      I would not recommend Corona lawyers to be hired by anyone because they are dumb lawyers. Only individuals and corporations with criminal initent would engage them because they allow themselves to lie for profit. Their brilliancy reduced to protecting criminals

      He he he

      • 227.2.1
        Thinking Out Loud says:

        On the contrary, I highly recommend the Corona lawyers to those who want to win their cases, kahit pa guilty sila. These lawyers are very bright (when the price is right). Pera lang po ang katapat nila. Or…., come to think of it, pera nga lang ba ang katapat nila? What drives these lawyers to do all these things for Corona? Sa mga lawyers po sa forum na ito, what will make a lawyer successful in its truest sense? Is it to defend a case, no matter what?

        Nagtatanong lang po because i am starting to feel that your profession is one of the vilest professions of all. Do ethics and morality still come at play?

        Pasintabi po sa mga honest lawyers who I believe still exist. I know marami-rami pa rin po kayo. But what we see now does not reflect that.

        • 227.2.1.1
          • 227.2.1.1.1
            Elena Lemi says:

            @maddog

            There are plenty. Let’s start with the fiscal then to MTC, RTC, CA & last is SC. Do you know why
            that investors shun the PI? It’s because the problem is with our judiciary system. During the early
            90’s there were so many investors who came in. What happened? All or most of those investors was appalled with our judiciary. Why? When a case is about foreigner, they asked money from their lawyer. I had been a witness to that. So what will happen to us if we don’t chip off the head first so others will follow the rightful way? We will be doom!
            Our present gov’t wants a clean judiciary that is why we have this impeachment trial. Hindi pera pera lang dapat justice has to prevail!

      • 227.2.2
        sam says:

        @Johnny

        kaya nga CJ said “I don’t have $10M” kasi its more than $10M

      • 227.2.3
        JiroArturo says:

        @Johnny Lin
        How can the Senators/Judges render a fair judgment on Corona if they themselves have dollar accounts undeclared on their SALN?

        • 227.2.3.1
          Elena Lemi says:

          @JIroArturo

          Don’t be naive about this. All I can say is it’s cleaning up for our gov’t. Let’s just say
          at least at present we got a president who started.
          Next step is to amend our existing constitution that is obsolete. With what is going on
          in the Scarborough Shoal don’t you think we the people should take our stand? This
          time we ought to voice out. If needed we want a referendum about it. The only problem
          is how we convince the masa who are prone to vote buying. This will be the biggest
          predicament for all of us.

        • 227.2.3.2
          johnny Lin says:

          @jiroArturo

          Kaya nga ico-convict nila si CJ!

          “Ang magnanakaw galit sa kapwa magnanakaw”, Old adage, true to form.

          He he he

  12. 226
    Sam says:

    From Inquirer
    ———————
    No Corona reply for Ombudsman

    Chief Justice Renato Corona’s lawyers won’t say if the country’s embattled top jurist will comply with the order issued by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on April 20 directing him to explain his alleged $10 million in bank deposits.

    “The public will just have to wait on the action to be taken by the Chief Justice, if any,” said defense lawyer and spokesperson Tranquil Salvador III.
    ———————————-

    Atty Salvador still insist that the Ombusman has no jurisdiction over CJ.

    Republic Act No. 6770
    Section 13. Mandate. — The Ombudsman and his Deputies, as protectors of the people, shall act promptly on complaints filed in any form or manner against officers or employees of the Government, or of ANY subdivision, agency or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or controlled corporations, and enforce their administrative, civil and criminal liability in every case where the evidence warrants in order to promote efficient service by the Government to the people.

    Section 22. Investigatory Power. — The Office of the Ombudsman shall have the power to investigate any serious misconduct in office allegedly committed by officials removable by impeachment, for the purpose of filing a verified complaint for impeachment, if warranted.

  13. 225
    Rene-Ipil says:

    Corona had seven transactions in six dollar accounts with the Philippine Savings Bank  in 2008, 2009 and 2011 involving 2.8M US Dollars.  See the link below.

    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?publicationSubCategoryId=64&articleId=802738

    On February 9, 2012, Pascual Garcia, President of Philippine Savings Bank testified in the Corona trial in the senate.  

    “THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  Lastly, Account No. 089-191000373, does that account exist in your record?

    MR. GARCIA.  Yes, Your Honor.”

    Dollar account number 191000373 is among those listed in Jarius Bondoc’s article.

    Onward OPM!!

    • 225.1
      Rene-Ipil says:

      Jake Macasaet has a similar article in Abante.  Please see link below.

      http://www.abante.com.ph/issue/may0212/op_am.htm

      Onward OPM!!

    • 225.2
      Sam says:

      if truly that the account or no such dollar account, therefore no need to ask for a TRO. diba?

      • 225.2.1
        Elena Lemi says:

        @Sam

        The ombudsman & BIR can look into TJ’s accounts due to the waiver he signed in his SALN. With the help of course from AMLA.

      • 225.2.2
        maddog says:

        as presiding officer of the ic, enrile was remiss when he did not lead the ic to challenge the tro.

        • 225.2.2.1
          JiroArturo says:

          @maddog
          Hindi mapapakatiwalaan si Enrile. Papanig iyan kahit kanino basta lang meron paginabang sa tao. Tuso gaya ng matsing.

        • 225.2.2.2
          Victin luz says:

          Pweding ganyan ang nangyari may negligence si Enrile. . Pero I think The senate Pres. Just only moves his feet one step backward To move three steps forward. From the start he knows that there are other ways to open those dollar accounts ” kagaya nga ng Ombudsman ” and the senate is the SOLE judge of an impeachment case . What he did ” para sa akin ha” ok let the senate respect the TRO but a WARNIING to CORONA and the 7 justices aligned with corona NEVER to decide about JURISDICTION of the case against the SENATE.

          PINAGBIGYAN SILA pero WAG NYO SYANG SUBUKAN

          • 225.2.2.2.1
            Victin luz says:

            @mad dog@jiro

            Ha ha lahat ng ating hinala ay may katotohanan so we will wait for the votation and CONVICTION MGA pare. Pero the three of us and etc. Are really HAPPY sa paglabas ng detailed dollar accounts ni CORONA at sana ilabas nadin ni Mr. Bondoc ang ibang accounts sa ibang banko.

            Gusto nating marinig ngayon ang very PROUD na si ATTY Esguerra. ATTY Salvador, ATTY Roy, ATTY Kimeno BA, ano na naman kasinungalingan ang sasabihin nila sa MASA.

            • JiroArturo says:

              @Victin luz
              Hindi na ako makahintay. Atat na atat na akong marinig ang depensia. Baka sasabihin hindi admissible dahil galing sa “poisonous tree”. O baka maglalabas na naman ang SC ng TRO para hindi lumabas ang ebidensiya ni Bondoc. Yon unang TRO hanggang ngayon temporary pa rin. I-nix-tend lang hanggang June 26. Dapat noon pa hindi na ni-respeto ang unang TRO ni Enrile.

              • Victin luz says:

                @jiro,

                Ha ha sinong bang hindi jiro, ako din inip na inip na at inis na inis sa kasinungalingan ng MGA DEFENSE lawyer ni Corona. They are TWISTING everything sa technical term CRISSCROSSING the Right of Way of the river ” kahit saan tumumbuk at kahit sino matamaan o malunod basta sila makapag bigay ng argumento kahit KASINUNGALINGAN ” nakakainis talaga.

          • 225.2.2.2.2
            maddog says:

            being cunning and having good intentions doesn’t really go hand in hand.

            • maddog says:

              especially when you read about his past.

              • Victin luz says:

                @mad dog

                He has to show his good intention this time , because he doesn’t want his son Jackie to miss the magic 12 in the SENATE. Remember because of his good performance in the IMPEACHMENT proceedings, Jackie landed #5 in that latest SWS survey to be elected as senator. I presumed that the elder ENRILE will not do away his good intention this time and besides ” matanda na rin sya” and it will be his LEGACY.

              • Victin luz says:

                I am very young then when I started reading newspapers, at the age of 11yrs. Old . Sport page Lang noong una hanngang natotong magbasa ng front page. Yes the past, about a young son of high govt. Official. shooting a judge and others, The Pelaez ambushed at Banaue st. QC , the Coco Levy funds and etc. And lately the PORT IRENE bully’s and mafias. I even witnessed a fight between Jackie and Boy Aspiras ( then town mayor of La union ) at Baguio Pines Hotel in Baguio City. But time changes things only memories of the past remains intact.

  14. 224
    Rene-Ipil says:

    Corona had seven transactions in six dollar accounts with the Philippine Savings Bank  in 2008, 2009 and 2011 involving 2.8M US Dollars.  See the link below.

    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?publicationSubCategoryId=64&articleId=802738

    Onward OPM!!

    • 224.1
      Rene-Ipil says:

      On February 9, 2012, Pascual Garcia, President of Philippine Savings Bank testified in the Corona trial in the senate.  

      “THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  Lastly, Account No. 089-191000373, does that account exist in your record?

      MR. GARCIA.  Yes, Your Honor.”

      Dollar account number 191000373 is among those listed in Jarius Bondoc’s article.

      Onward OPM!!

      • 224.1.1
        Victin luz says:

        @Rene

        It could be before the continuation of impeachment trial of Corona on Monday, Mr. Bondoc will post the other dollar accounts deposited in various banks totaling to less than 8m$. Baka you know mr. Bondoc Rene , tell him for TRANSPARENCY ilabas na lahat .

  15. 223
    Springwoodman says:

    Read supposed details of Corona’s PS Bank dollars:

    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?publicationSubCategoryId=64&articleId=802738

  16. 222
    duquemarino says:

    @raissa @CPMers

    Nagiging katawa-tawa na si Corona at ang defense panel with this latest item on the Corona trial, “Defense: Corona handled Ombudsman order on his own”
    http://www.rappler.com/nation/special-coverage/corona-trial/4501-defense-didn-t-know-about-ombudsman-order

    One time, the defense made a late Sunday evening presscon about the 100 million peso pay-off, then a media round of Corona interviews, tsk tsk tsk.

    Mukhang “hilong talilong” na nga ang Rena “Tuko” Rona, or like a headless chicken running around. O baka naman strategy pa rin nya to make it appear that he is still in control of the situation at ang kanyang defense panel ay incompetent, irrelevant, immaterial na rin.

    Ano say mo Mr. Denial “Crowned Crown”?

    • 222.1
      Mel says:

      Ombudswoman Carpio-Morales can suspend any gov’t official, including Chief Justice Renato Corona.

      If the Senate Impeachment fails or acquits R Corona, can the Ombudsman make true her stance that is not applicable an impeachment?

      Pioneering is such a difficult trendsetting risk to step into where no one has dared to venture. ‘Palace says Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over CJ, but…’ – Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

      Ombudswoman Carpio-Morales has thrown in another dimension to go after a seating Chief Justice, with a given deadline to reply.

      In a text message to ABS-CBN News, Carpio-Morales cited section 22 of Republic Act 6770, or the Ombudsman Act, which empowers her office to investigate any impeachable official of the government.

      She said that under the law, the Ombudsman can even suspend the impeachable officer pending an investigation.

      Chief Justice Renato Corona insisted, however, that the Ombudsman does not have authority to investigate his office.

      He branded the Office of the Ombudsman’s investigation into his alleged dollar and peso accounts as part of the Aquino administration’s “retaliatory moves” following the Supreme Court’s (SC) landmark decision to distribute Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita to farm workers.

      READ the rest at ABS-CBN News.

      Source: Henry Omaga Diaz, ABS-CBN News
      Posted at 04/30/2012 5:12 PM | Updated as of 04/30/2012 6:26 PM

      • 222.1.1
        Mel says:

        erratum

        ‘…that is not applicable for an impeachment?’

      • 222.1.2
        concerned citizen says:

        “Chief Justice Renato Corona insisted, however, that the Ombudsman does not have authority to investigate his office.”

        The TJ is correct in these, but the Ombudsman is investigating the TJ and NOT the Supreme Court Office what the TJ called his (own) office !

    • 222.2
      Mel says:

      Senator Santiago ‘favored a deferment of the Ombudsman’s preliminary investigation.’

      Ombudsman can probe Corona, says Santiago

      The senator said that although the Office of the Ombudsman had the power to investigate Corona, a preliminary investigation by the Ombudsman would “complicate matters because there would be two separate investigations concerning the same subject matter.”

      “I would think that is unfortunate at this time because he’s being asked to fight a battle on two fronts,” Santiago said.

      But she added that she favored a deferment of the Ombudsman’s preliminary investigation.

      “Let him first defend himself [in the Senate],” Santiago said. “If he is found guilty, then he would be the subject of [a criminal] investigation, where the Ombudsman could come in since the Ombudsman is like our fiscal or prosecutor,” she said.

      No jurisdiction
      For Corona’s lawyer Esguerra, Morales’ order is nothing but a piece of paper.
      In a text message to the Inquirer Sunday, Esguerra said there was no reason for the Chief Justice to comply with the Ombudsman’s order.

      He said the Office of the Ombudsman had no jurisdiction over an impeachable public official like the Chief Justice.

      “The Chief Justice is still holding his position and any legal action … will have to await the verdict in the … impeachment [trial in the Senate],” Esguerra said.
      He said the action of Morales could be intended as preparation “for another impeachment complaint,” a hint that the defense is expecting the Senate to acquit Corona.

      Said Esguerra: “If I relate it to the law, Republic Act 6770 and the Constitution, the detractors of the Chief Justice are already laying the groundwork for another impeachment complaint. That is where the investigation by the Ombudsman is headed.”

      He said Morales’ order “cannot be for forfeiture of alleged unexplained wealth under Republic Act No. 1379.”

      “As stated, the route of the investigation is another impeachment in the future based on alleged ill-gotten wealth that has been barred in the current one,” Esguerra said.

      READ the rest of the report at newsinfo.inquirer dot net

      Source: ‘Ombudsman can probe Corona, says Santiago’
      By Marlon Ramos, Michael Lim Ubac, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 12:49 am | Monday, April 30th, 2012

      • 222.2.1
        Victin luz says:

        Yes, it’s true Ombudsman Investigation will only complicate matters especially to the defense and the smooth flow of Impeachment Trial of Corona. But Meriam knows fully well that what really complicates the trial is the defense deliberate and willful attempt in hiding the dollar accounts of Corona in conivance with the SC’s. TRO and some of the Senators – Jururs. I believe CARPIO MORSLES giiven that power ,well proceed with the investigation, for an speedy trial and an early conviction of CORONA.

      • 222.2.2
        idde says:

        Straddling the fence is what Trapos do best.

        I’m sorry madame senator. You have no credibility, at least where I am concerned. Your previous statements and stands betray your ultimate objective. And this objective is not consistent with our search for good governance.

      • 222.2.3
        Lim A. Hong says:

        The Ombuds(wo)man is investigating ill gotten wealth which was thrown out by the senate seating as an impeachment court when the prosecution was presenting their case on article 2, insisting that ill gotten wealth is part and parcel of the whole. I believe Mariam was absent so many times in the early hearings.

        • 222.2.3.1
          Mel says:

          Ombudsman can present CJ dollar deposits: Angara

          MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Edgardo Angara on Monday said the Office of the Ombudsman can present its findings on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s alleged $10 million in foreign currency accounts.

          Speaking to ANC’s Headstart, Angara said the Ombudsman has the right to conduct a fact-finding inquiry into Corona’s dollar deposits. He said the Ombudsman can secure an original copy of Corona’s dollar accounts despite a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court.

          “Its findings are officially acceptable as evidence in any judicial, as well as administrative bodies…and basic presumption of irregularity. That’s why i said its just fair that we provide the defense an opportunity to rebut whatever findings that the ombudsman will forward to the impeachment court,’ he said.

          He added: “There’s a presumption that if you don’t rebut it, it’s true.”

          Corona has thumbed down calls for him to explain his alleged $10-million bank deposits before the impeachment trial that resumes today.

          After meeting with his lawyers, Corona issued a denial and instead said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales should explain why she initiated an investigation on an allegation not supported by evidence.

          “I don’t own any such $10-million deposit. It simply does not exist,” Corona told The STAR.

          Corona, however, called on the Senate to invite Ombudsman Morales to the trial should the House prosecutors raise this new allegation at the resumption of hearings.

          “Why doesn’t the Ombudsman instead explain how she came up with that incredible, fantastic and mind-boggling amount?” he said.

          The Chief Justice also said he sees no need for him to face the Senate sitting as an impeachment court.

          “How can anyone be made to explain something that does not exist?” he asked critics who are urging him to explain the alleged hidden wealth during the trial.

          Angara to CJ: Expect fairness

          Angara said he expects the impeachment proceedings to be shorter and more focused after the defense team announced that they only have 10 witnesses left to present.

          He assured the Chief Justice of fairness even though his son, Rep. Sonny Angara, is a spokesperson of the House prosecution team.

          “He can expect fairness in all aspects from me… cause the reason, as you may have noticed, I’m not standing up and making commentaries is precisely out of respect for the perception that I must act in strict neutrality, the cold neutrality of a judge,” he said.

          “I’m trying to do that. I’m trying to act on this issue even-handedly, with objectivity and fairness to the Chief Justice and I recognize that right and responsibility on my part,” he said.

          “So I don’t think the issue of father and son would color my judgment,” he added. With a report from Philippine Star.

          SOURCE: ABS-CBNnews.com, Posted at 05/07/2012 12:31 PM | Updated as of 05/07/2012 6:46 PM

  17. 221
    CoronaSALN says:

    Tomorrow is the last day of filing of SALN.. filing is different than disclosing.. and clearly.. TJ Corona has no intention of disclosing it, corrected or not.. even ordinary Filipinos will surely believe that he is hiding something (er.. many things.. ) and only shows his real character – a COZENER!!!

  18. 220
    Bellissima says:

    These are the facts:

    1.) February 17, 2012 – Hontiveros, Keh, Gorres et al filed a case at the Ombudsman against the THIEF JUSTICE.

    2.) April 20, 2012 – The Ombudsman asked THE THIEF JUSTICE to explain the charges against him (the $10 Million dollar account)

    3.) April 23, 2012 – THE THIEF JUSTICE received the formal letter from the Ombudsman to explain, within 72 hrs., how he amassed the $10 million in his account.

    4.) April 24, 2012 – Hacienda Luisita ruling was handed down by the SC.

    5.) April 25, 2012 – THE THIEF JUSTICE announced that the President, or the Palace, will definitely RETALIATE against him for the ruling on the HLI case.

    It’s clear from the sequence of events that THE THIEF JUSTICE had already received the Ombudsman’s demand or order to explain his $10 million account prior to issuing the ruling in the HLI case, and in fact was issuing an extremely punitive ruling in retaliation for the investigation of his own dollar accounts. His prediction of retaliation by the Palace is actually a deflection or distraction from his own retaliatory actions.

    • 220.1
      baycas says:

      March 18, 2012 – Vera Files reported through abs-cbn news online:

      Ombudsman asks AMLC for Corona’s bank records
      By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files
      Posted at 03/18/2012 9:06 PM | Updated as of 03/19/2012 10:24 AM

      March 19, 2012 – Ellen Tordesillas blogged the same article

      With the network of moles in the Executive branch of government Corona bragged about during his media blitz he already knew what’s coming to him even before it’s publicized.

      And the Mole of Asia is none other than gloria and her minions (especially Merci’s sleepers at the Office of the Ombudsman).

      Corona used the HLI case to glorify himself to become the CAR (champion of agrarian reform) as PDI reported it last April 25, 2012. Neat, huh?

    • 220.2
      Springwoodman says:

      Learned 3: You can fool some of the people some of the time…
      Not Learned 3: …but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time – especially not CPMers!

  19. 219
    andrew lim says:

    THE OMBUDSMAN HAD BASIS FOR ASKING ABOUT THE $10M in CORONA’s ACCOUNTS

    When Corona submitted, signed and filed his SALN, the last paragraph authorizes the Ombudsman to obtain and secure documents and information about the filer.

    Essentially a waiver, this authorizes the Ombudsman to get from the Anti-Money Laundering Council information on Corona’s dollar accounts.

    This is how they got dollar account info on those corrupt generals- Ligot and Garcia, without running into trouble with the secrecy on foreign currency deposits law.

    Corona should just open the accounts and testify to finish this. Otherwise, there will be too many questions left unanswered.

    And an acquittal based on technicalities and legalities will not clear him at all.

    • 219.1
      Sam says:

      MDS said over dzbb radio interview

      “Sa ngayon, magko-complicate lang sa impeachment trial itong parang preliminary investigation ng Ombudsman dahil hindi na malaman ng publiko kung ano ba ang ebidensya para sa aling kaso,”
      ——————————————————–

      teka lang MDS, kala ko ba this is not a trial by the public? … paano kaya magiging magulo?

      • 219.1.1
        Elena Lemi says:

        @Sam

        Siya lang ang naguguluhan di mga Pinoy dahil pag inacquit ng senado si TJ mananagot sila sa taong bayan.

    • 219.2
      pelang says:

      question: can the SC en banc issue a TRO regarding the 10M dollar account? or has the Ombudsman the sole power to have it opened for scrutiny which no TRO can be issued against?

      • 219.2.1
        roy roger says:

        IMO. the Ombudsman is not covered by the TRO re opening of dollar deposits, because the thief Justice has given the ombudsman authorization to look into his assets, which include dollar deposits.

        If I’m not mistaken, the bank secrecy act does not prohibit the opening of dollar deposits if there is a written authorization from the depositor.

  20. 218
  21. 217
    Mel says:

    Corona asked: Explain $10M bank accounts

    Aside from his peso accounts and real estate properties, impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona allegedly has at least $10 million in bank accounts that the Ombudsman is now asking him to explain.

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, acting on several complaints filed with her office, asked Corona to explain in writing within 72 hours how he acquired several peso and dollar accounts, allegedly “grossly disproportionate” to his salary, in different banks.
    The order was dated April 20 and served on Corona on April 23.

    “This office finds that there is reasonable ground to proceed further with the conduct of an inquiry vis-à-vis the charges that you, during your incumbency as a public officer, accumulated wealth that is purportedly grossly disproportionate to your salary and other lawful income,” Morales said in the April 20 order, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer.

    In addition, Morales said in the letter that she had received information that “there are several bank accounts in PSBank and several other banks in your (Corona’s) name, including those denominated in US dollars the aggregate value of which amounts to at least US$10,000,000.”

    Through his lawyer, Ramon Esguerra, Corona responded with a terse four-point reply: (1) I do not own 10M. It simply does not exist. (2) It’s part of the black propaganda and mind-conditioning preparatory to the resumption of trial on May 7. (3) No different from the phoney LRA [Land Registration Authority] list, phoney US property list, phoney surveys, phoney letters to the Inquirer editor, etc., etc. (4) The Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over the Chief Justice.

    Three complaints
    Invoking her powers under Republic Act No. 6770, which defines the powers and functions of the Office of the Ombudsman, Morales asked the Chief Justice to reply in writing to the complaints and to the information concerning his alleged accounts in several banks.
    Morales cited three complaints filed against Corona before her office for violation of antigraft laws, invoking the Ombudsman’s power to investigate impeachable officers for serious misconduct, including violations of RA 9194, or the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001.

    “They claim that you do not have the means to acquire properties in substantial amounts, supposedly considering your ‘indicated net worth, modest means and salary as a Chief Justice,’” the Ombudsman said in her letter to Corona.

    Complainants Ruperto Aleroza, Gibby Gorres, Harvey Keh, Risa Hontiveros and Albert Concepcion sought to have Corona investigated for allegedly amassing “real and personal properties in significant amounts” and not declaring them in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) as required by law.

    In a complaint dated Feb. 17, the complainants cited 10 pieces of real property which were presented by the House prosecution in Corona’s impeachment trial at the Senate. These include supposedly “posh” units at the Bellagio, Spanish Bay, The Columns, One Burgundy Plaza condominium developments and houses in the La Vista and Ayala Heights gated communities.

    The complainants also cited Corona’s alleged 10 peso accounts and two dollar accounts at Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) and five peso accounts with Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

    A second complaint was filed on March 1 by party-list member Walden Bello (Akbayan), Earnest Francis Calayag, Moses Mikael SD Albiento and Tristan Diane Brioso Zinampan.
    They claimed that Corona underdeclared the values of his real properties in his SALN and did not declare his property in La Vista, Quezon City, and in McKinley Hills, Taguig.
    They claimed that the “actual value of his personal properties in the amount of P31,752,623.00 exceeded the declared value in his SALN by P27,252,623.09.”

    “According to complainants, the real and personal properties supposedly owned by you and your family are manifestly out of proportion to your salary as public officer, as well as other lawful income, during your respective tenures as associate justice and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,” the Ombudsman said.

    A third complaint dated March 28 was filed by Emmanuel Tiu Santos who said Corona had unexplained wealth consisting of P24.6 million in five accounts at PSBank and P12 million with BPI.

    Santos, citing reports published in the Inquirer, pointed out that Corona also withdrew P32.6 million on the day he was impeached.

    Trial resumes May 7

    READ THE REST AT Philippine Daily Inquirer, By Juliet Labog-Javellana
    1:25 am | Sunday, April 29th, 2012

    • 217.1
      concerned citizen says:

      There is more on Rappler.com,explaining by documents how the Ombudsman was able to retrieve such information

      • 217.1.1
      • 217.1.2
        Bellissima says:

        These are the facts:

        1.) February 17, 2012 – Hontiveros, Keh, Gorres et al filed a case at the Ombudsman against the THIEF JUSTICE.
        2.) April 20, 2012 – The Ombudsman asked THE THIEF JUSTICE to explain the charges against him (the $10 Million dollar account)
        3.) April 23, 2012 – THE THIEF JUSTICE received the formal letter from the Ombudsman to explain, within 72 hrs., how he amassed the $10 million in his account.
        4.) April 24, 2012 – Hacienda Luisita ruling was handed down by the SC.
        5.) April 25, 2012 – THE THIEF JUSTICE announced that the President, or the Palace, will definitely RETALIATE against him for the ruling on the HLI case.

        It’s clear from the sequence of events that THE THIEF JUSTICE had already received the Ombudsman’s demand or order to explain his $10 million account prior to issuing the ruling in the HLI case, and in fact was issuing an extremely punitive ruling in retaliation for the investigation of his own dollar accounts. His prediction of retaliation by the Palace is actually a deflection or distraction from his own retaliatory actions.

        • 217.1.2.1
          Elena Lemi says:

          @Bellisima

          With the sequences you mentioned, I remembered what @Wehh commented before na “nakaganti si TJ kay Pnoy”. So I presume the ruling of the SC on HLI was a retaliation of the thief.

    • 217.2
      Springwoodman says:

      Lessons Learned/Not Learned

      Learned 1: Isang tawag lang…
      Not Learned 1: You do not fight Malacanang…

      Learned 2: I know the law…
      Not Learned 2: The law will trip you up…

      • 217.2.1
        Rene-Ipil says:

        Springwoodman @217.2

        Lesson:  Do not fight malacanang.

        Another lesson: Never underestimate your enemy.

        The manner Corona talks about Pnoy, he has no respect for the latter’s ability.  Corona also misjudged Pnoy’s character.

        According to a columnist who almost correctly predicted all the turn of events during Pnoy’s run for the presidency in 2010, Pnoy is intelligence and security savvy.  Meaning that he has already the necessary information – evaluated, classified and processed into intelligence – when he started lambasting Corona.

        I am sure that as the president and commander-in-chief, Pnoy has the mind boggling capability to acquire reliable information about anybody if he chose to have it.  In intelligence parlance it would be in a “need to know basis”.

        But of course any man, whether the president or the chief justice, has his limitations.  And it seems that Corona does know his limitations.

        Onward OPM!

    • 217.3
      maddog says:

      if corona was able to amass this much alleged ill-gotten wealth, what about former ombudsman gutierrez? makes one wonder.

      • 217.3.1
        jocko 7874 says:

        Amassing wealth by itself is not all that bad to me. But what really is, are the donors who keep on prying your halls of justice, and your government offices ready to heap piles and piles of piso on these officials to make decisions the “way of the piso”.

        These “donors” are not small street vendors, but are from the mega corporations and “elite” families like PAL, Mega World etc. two of whom have been proven to have “taken care” of CJ. If this practice does not stop, turning the corner on corruption will never happen.

        Me thinks, that right now there must be more then a few who are “sweating” in their pants, hoping that the CJ will never reveal the names of donors as to how he has amassed and acquired all his ill-gotten wealth.

        But therein lies the rub….for he can loose every centavo he or his family has acquired, but still have that “ACE” up his sleeve….that information.. that will allow him to go back and ask for more to keep his “mouth shut” and not reveal where it all came from and especially the “reason it was given”….for if that information came to light…gosh can you imagine.how many cases that would entail…and the reversals that may happen? Be very hard to think of the repercussions that would be echoed in your halls of justice because of one “greedy” man and his cohorts. (lawyers would have a field day huh)

        I cannot imagine that his attitude would ever change, the information in his head will always make him “secure”, no matter how many bad decisions goes against him and how the public will remembers and preceive him. He wins in the end…. hopefully it is just a very small battle with the war to be decided by you people in here.. and all the contributors who made this info known, and to other blogs, and to Ms Raissa…especially for her quality and impartial reporting.. and to her mom and dad.. who raised her with morals and scruples.. surely they are so very proud of her… as they should be…and to all you others here and world wide, of Filipino blood running in your veins….with the exception of the trolls of course he he he…but hopefully they will see the “light’ some day…

        Let’s see what happens and if the office of Ombudsman does do something about it?

        Hawaiians have a word for this movement “Imua”.

    • 217.4
      Mel says:

      How did the Office of the Ombudsman get around the bank secrecy law, which expressly states that no foreign currency deposits may be examined without the “written permission of the depositor?”

      It’s simple. Corona has given the Office of the Ombudsman the permission.

      Waiver

      The Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) is not only a document that requires public officials to declare their assets. It is also a waiver allowing the Office of the Ombudsman to verify declarations by the same public officials.

      At the back of the form, a paragraph on top of a filer’s signature reads:

      WAIVER: SALN documents also act as waivers allowing the Ombudsman to verify assets declared by public officials

      “I hereby authorize the Ombudsman or his duly representative to obtain and secure from all appropriate government agencies, including the Bureau of Internal Revenue, such documents that may show my assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests, and financial connections to include those of my spouse and unmarried children below 18 years of age living with me in my household covering past years to include the year I first assumed office in government.”

      When we asked Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales about the issue in a recent press conference, she explained: “The provision is such that the filer of the SALN authorizes the Ombudsman to determine the assets of the filer in agencies including the BIR.”

      Source: How Ombudsman got access to CJ’s dollars, by CARMELA FONBUENA, http://www.rappler.com
      Posted on 04/29/2012 6:59 AM | Updated 04/29/2012 10:03 AM

      Imagine, before the Easter/Lenten break of the Senate Impeachment on R Corona, almost everyone was grappling how and where to get around the R Corona’s Supreme Court’s iTRO on his foreign currency accounts, notably at PSBank.

      The answer is, and was just right under the sniffing noses of people. Holy $hit.

      Has any one missed which one of the SALNs were signed for the waiver? Which SALN form format/layout (document) VERSION did the Honorable Ombudswoman used?

      Reviewing the old articles of Raïssa since last year, I don’t recall seeing (maybe I’m wrong) that waiver to that effect. Or probably in some of the hundreds of comments posted – there must have been one.

      TIMING? Wherewithal, the Bellagio Condo Units were just the Tip of the Iceburg!

      NGAYON, ang malaking tanong.
      Will the Senate Presiding Officer (JPE) allow or request the Ombudsman to shed light on her ‘discoveries’ in reference to Article II of the Impeachment?

      As for R Corona’s public politicize rebuttal? He’ll cry wolf that it is another gov’t persecution. He’ll be mastering for another concocted script to belie the Ombudsman’s findings.

    • 217.5
      Johnny lin says:

      @Mel
      At last, the greatest secret has been put out in the open.

      If you remember in December 2011, upon the release of the impeachment charges, even before the trial started, we had lengthy discussions with many commenters including our good natured friend, a lawyer, sorry, I forgot his handle. In that I was adamant on pressing two points. The first point was Article II of the 8 charges has the most claw to convict. The second point was my answer to one poster that the big surprise would be the revelation of ill gotten wealth in foreign deposit accounts of Corona that would aghast everybody on the mindboggling amount.

      When the trial started it was in Raissa blog that Anti Money Laundering Law topic came up into our discussion long before other newspapers picked up the topic because of the testimony of PSB president and their TRO petition with the SC. I posted then that the real reason of PSB position was not about following the FCD law but their public exposure on the investigation by AML unit of unreported dollar accounts of certain depositors which PSB violated by unreporting.

      All those points are now dots connected by the Ombudsman revelation. Fortunately, before the trial ended the constant insinuations on the enormous dollar deposits of Corona were vindicated. The trolls and the skeptics could no longer accused our discussion as hearsay.
      Our sources were more than reliable, not only on the AML involvement with the dollar accounts of Corona but also the inter connection between Tatad, Maceda, Corona and Binay.

      Somebody is really watching the back of PNoy

      He he he!

      • 217.5.1
        Mel says:

        @Johnny Lin

        You wrote, ‘…we had lengthy discussions with many commenters including our good natured friend, a lawyer, sorry, I forgot his handle.’

        @Saxnvoilins, nawala na sa radar. Busy siguro…

        Yeah, you’re spot on máte.

        I hope the others would find time to read the Raïssa Robles’ articles as far back as late November to early December, including the comments.

        Its good reading.

      • 217.5.2
        JiroArturo says:

        @Johnny Lin

        Wala bang prosecution power ang AMLC? Diba sila dapat ang nag request kay Corona na magpaliwanag siya sa mga dollar deposits niya. O hindi alam ng AMLC ang dollar deposits dahil ang PSB hindi nag re-report sa AMLC? Meron naman silang periodic examination diba? O nagbubulagan lang ang AMLC?
        Meron bang ebidensiya talaga ang Ombudsman sa $10M ni Corona?

        • 217.5.2.1
          baycas says:

          http://www.amlc.gov.ph/amlc.html

          Functions:

          – Requires and receives covered or suspicious transaction reports from covered institutions (banks and all other institutions and their subsidiaries and affiliates supervised or regulated by BSP; insurance companies and all other institutions supervised or regulated by the IC; and securities dealers and other entities supervised or regulated by the SEC);

          – Issues orders addressed to the appropriate Supervising Authority (the BSP, IC or SEC) or the covered institution to determine the true identity of the owner of any monetary instrument/property subject of a covered or suspicious transaction report or request for assistance from a foreign State, or believed by the AMLC, on the basis of substantial evidence, to be representing, involving, or related to the proceeds of an unlawful activity;

          – Institutes civil forfeiture proceedings and all other remedial proceedings through the Office of the Solicitor General;

          – Causes the filing of complaints with the Department of Justice or the Ombudsman for the prosecution of money laundering offenses;

          – Investigates suspicious transactions and covered transactions deemed suspicious after an investigation by AMLC, money laundering activities, and other violations of the AMLA;

          – Applies before the Court of Appeals, ex parte, for the freezing of any monetary instrument/property alleged to be proceeds of any unlawful activity as defined in the AMLA;

          – Implements such measures as may be necessary and justified to counteract money laundering;

          – Receives and takes action in respect of any request for assistance from foreign states in their own anti-money laundering operations;

          – Develops educational programs on the pernicious effects of money laundering, the methods and techniques used in money laundering, the viable means of preventing money laundering and the effective ways of prosecuting and punishing offenders;

          – Enlists the assistance of any branch, department, bureau, office, agency or instrumentality of the government, including government-owned and –controlled corporations in undertaking any and all anti-money laundering operations, which may include the use of its personnel, facilities and resources for the more resolute prevention, detection and investigation of money laundering offenses and prosecution of offenders;

          – Imposes administrative sanctions for the violation of laws, rules, regulations and orders and resolutions issued pursuant thereto; and

          – Examines or inquires into bank deposits/investments upon order of any competent court in cases of violation of the AMLA, when it has been established that there is probable cause that the deposits/investments are related to an unlawful activity. No court order, however, is necessary in cases involving kidnapping for ransom; narcotics offenses; and hijacking, destructive arson and murder, including those perpetrated by terrorists against non-combatant persons and similar targets.

          To ensure compliance with AMLA, the BSP may inquire into or examine any deposit or investment with any banking institution or non-bank financial institution when the examination is made in the course of a periodic or special examination in accordance with the rules of examination of the BSP.

        • 217.5.2.2
          johnny Lin says:

          AMLC does not have prosecutory power but it could freeze any criminally suspicious bank accounts anytime and request the owner to give written explanation, except in the Philippines where a court order is needed, the reason Philippines AmL unit is under regulatory probation.

          They could give secret information if they want to proper authorities and further investigation could be instituted like what Ombudsman did.

          Ombudsman inquiry was constitutionally legal based on SALN signature of Corona. Whatever his lawyers are saying about the authority of Ombudsman on investigating his dollar accounts is all baloney. The lawyers dont mind looking stupid to knowledgeable people like OPMers, all they care is release to the press their unfounded alibis.

          Defense lawyers will no longer present the original SGV forensic accountant as their witness, which they promised before the trial recess.

          The accountant withdrew from the case. He asked the lawyers why Corona was lying to them. They said they could not pry him to reveal all his secrets. He told them they are inutile for tolerating him since Corona should have been treated like any of their regular clients and argument ensued. The accountant was so pissed off for wasting his time and lying to him for enticing him to try defending a crook with false documents.

          He he he

          • 217.5.2.2.1
            JiroArturo says:

            @johnny Lin
            How did you find out the forensic accountant will not testify anymore? Wala naman akong nababasang kahit na katiting na balita na ayaw ng tumistigo yan accountant na yan. Baka pwedeng kunin hostile witness ng prosecution. Naging circus na tuloy ang trial. Salamat sa info Johnny.

        • 217.5.2.3
          Victin luz says:

          @jiro Ganito kasi ang court procedure dyan.

          1. File a verified complaint against Corona. Done 3 x by Miss Hontiveros and etc. 2. Ombudsman power to prosecute and INVESTIGATE govt. Employees incluing
          Corona. During the process of invistigation, they go to AMSLA. 3. AMSLA- power to examine the dollar accounts of Corona, after Ombudsman
          findings of probable cause- during impeachment hearing dollar accounts of
          Corona comes out and the waiver of Corona SALN for Ombudsman to
          Investigate further and now they go to AMSLA.
          4. AMSLA complied with the order of Ombudsman, kaya lumabas na ang
          detalyadong dollar deposits sa PSB. I believe other banks too, may hawak na
          ang Ombudsman.
          5. Ombudsman can issue suspension order to Corona ( preventive) while they are
          Investigating Corona for a possible impeachment trial again next year.
          6. Ombudsman following this kind of procedure , was to prepare Hon. Morales
          to go to the witness stand and divulge everything about money laundered by
          Corona pag maramdaman nang mamayan thru PINOY na we can not get the
          2/3 vote to convict Corona.
          7. Ombudsman has also power to order AMSLA to freeze the dollar and peso.
          deposit ni Corona. Palagay ko JIRO wala nang kawala si CORONA. With those
          surveys favoring conviction and this dollar deposits opened to public. GULO
          pag di nila e convict si Corona.

          • 217.5.2.3.1
            Victin luz says:

            Jiro,

            pasensya na na researched ko. Your question must have been better explained by lawyers of CPM er’s , maybe they are too busy. For your information i am not a lawyer but a beautician after retirement with the Govt.. Siguro kagaya mo ako na kaya sumama dito ay both to contribute our litlle knowledge to our environment and to learn more of everything to our co-bloggers, nevertheless you can count on my researched .

    • 217.6
  22. 216
    Kabalyero01 says:

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/184339/corona-asked-explain-10m-bank-accounts#disqus_thread

    what is “phony” here is the way Coronas’ defense team parroting like typical trapo
    politicians defending the indefensible.

    “…… Corona responded with a terse four-point reply: (1) I do not own 10M. It simply does not exist. (2) It’s part of the black propaganda and mind-conditioning preparatory to the resumption of trial on May 7. (3) No different from the phoney LRA [Land Registration Authority] list, phoney US property list, phoney surveys, phoney letters to the Inquirer editor, etc., etc. (4) The Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over the Chief Justice.”

    • 216.1
      pelang says:

      he can not claim he doesn’t own 10M nor it doesn’t exist. otherwise, why did he promise to show his dollar account “in time”? that means, he does have a dollar account, whether it’s 10M dollars or empty now, he has to show it. from that, the movement of the contents of his passbook could be traced to end somewhere (transferred to another account or withdrawn thru Manager’s Checks- which is traceable. 10 Million dollars will be too bulky if withdrawn cash).

    • 216.2
      Rene-Ipil says:

      Kabalyero @216

      In regard to the $10M, Corona said “I do not own 10M. It simply does not exist.”

      I think he is telling the truth this time.  It would be a lie if he said “I did not own 10M.  It simply did not exist.” Corona has mastered the art of telling lies by telling the truth.  So I remember his cousin Demetrio Vicente from Marikina.

      @136  I posted on April 21, 2012:

      “No dollars would be declared in the 2011 SALN because nothing of it is left as of December 31, 2011.”

      Again, remember what Corona said before.  “I am not stupid.” That may be true before but not anymore.

      Onward OPM!!

  23. 215
    Vibora says:

    Latest news from PDI.
    By: Juliet Labog-Javellana

    OMBUDSMAN’S ORDER:
    Corona asked: Explain $10M bank accounts

    “Aside from his peso accounts and real estate properties, impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona allegedly has at least $10 million in bank accounts that the Ombudsman is now asking him to explain.
    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, acting on several complaints filed with her office, asked Corona to explain in writing within 72 hours how he acquired several peso and dollar accounts, allegedly “grossly disproportionate” to his salary, in different banks.
    The order was dated April 20 and served on Corona on April 23.
    “This office finds that there is reasonable ground to proceed further with the conduct of an inquiry vis-à-vis the charges that you, during your incumbency as a public officer, accumulated wealth that is purportedly grossly disproportionate to your salary and other lawful income,” Morales said in the April 20 order, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer.
    In addition, Morales said in the letter that she had received information that “there are several bank accounts in PSBank and several other banks in your (Corona’s) name, including those denominated in US dollars the aggregate value of which amounts to at least US$10,000,000.”

    Sabi nga ni Ted Faillon, “mind boggling”
    Link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/184339/corona-asked-explain-10m-bank-accounts

  24. 214

    209.1 RE: chit navarro says: April 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Wow! Ms Raissa this IS GREAT as a lecture piece or a case study for graduate school analysis by State Univs and Colleges which teach and grant degrees in Agriculture. We know this is right under our nose of indifference but the nail needs hammer to make it sink into our brains.

    This guy or lady should be invited to speak to faculty and students fora and symposia all over the country. Invite ALSO speakers from those who all their lives fight as part of their livelihood for the welfare of our farmers.

    This piece is one jewel of Plaza Miranda’s shinning armor of FACTS.

    In those forums and symposia, TO PRSENT THE MYOPIC (este proper interpretation) SIDE OF THE LAW Johnny Lin must be invited to speak also.

    209 re: Johnny lin says: April 27, 2012 at 7:41 am

    “After SC final decision on HLI, let us face the facts:
    The price tag is 1989 price for the land. Who will pay the Cojuancos? The government, meaning the taxpayers. Who will pay back the government? The awarded farmer?”

  25. 213
    Mel says:

    Ombudsman reminds gov’t execs, employees of SALN deadline Monday

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales reminds government officials and employees that the deadline to filing their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) is on or before April 30.

    Morales also reminded officials and employees to accomplish their SALN truthfully.
    “It is high time that we instill the perspective of not just filing the SALN but of accomplishing the same with honesty by correctly and completely abiding with the requirements of the law,” the Ombudsman said.

    Source: By Tetch Torres, INQUIRER.net 5:09 pm | Friday, April 27th, 2012

    ——
    Defense wants Corona to keep 2011 SALN secret

    • 213.1
      Elena Lemi says:

      @Mel

      So where is the transparency there? The thief should know that he is being impeached at present. Lalo na mga defense. Di nila tayo maisahan babantayin natin yan!

      • 213.1.1
        Mel says:

        @Elena

        My 2 cents on this debacle where men of law admonished their client, a man who sits as Chief of Justice, supposedly of honesty, integrity, credibility and apolitical in the dispense of justice – in & out of the chamber.

        The Judiciary’s Code of Conduct is as good as recycled toilet paper.

        See 210.1

        • 213.1.1.1
          Elena Lemi says:

          @Mel

          I agree with you specially the recycled toilet paper of the Code of Conduct in the Judiciary.
          Now, it’s about the $10M dollars that the Ombudsman had unearthed. I don’t think this time around, the TJ can evade it. Another is the Senate as jurist/judges. Am really waiting for the continuation of the impeachment trial.

          • 213.1.1.1.1
            Mel says:

            May 7, 2012, resumption of the Corona Senate Impeachment.

            Ombudsman can present CJ dollar deposits: Angara

            MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Edgardo Angara on Monday said the Office of the Ombudsman can present its findings on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s alleged $10 million in foreign currency accounts.

            Speaking to ANC’s Headstart, Angara said the Ombudsman has the right to conduct a fact-finding inquiry into Corona’s dollar deposits. He said the Ombudsman can secure an original copy of Corona’s dollar accounts despite a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court.

            “Its findings are officially acceptable as evidence in any judicial, as well as administrative bodies…and basic presumption of irregularity. That’s why i said its just fair that we provide the defense an opportunity to rebut whatever findings that the ombudsman will forward to the impeachment court,’ he said.

            He added: “There’s a presumption that if you don’t rebut it, it’s true.”

            Corona has thumbed down calls for him to explain his alleged $10-million bank deposits before the impeachment trial that resumes today.

            After meeting with his lawyers, Corona issued a denial and instead said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales should explain why she initiated an investigation on an allegation not supported by evidence.

            “I don’t own any such $10-million deposit. It simply does not exist,” Corona told The STAR.

            Corona, however, called on the Senate to invite Ombudsman Morales to the trial should the House prosecutors raise this new allegation at the resumption of hearings.

            “Why doesn’t the Ombudsman instead explain how she came up with that incredible, fantastic and mind-boggling amount?” he said.

            The Chief Justice also said he sees no need for him to face the Senate sitting as an impeachment court.

            “How can anyone be made to explain something that does not exist?” he asked critics who are urging him to explain the alleged hidden wealth during the trial.

            Angara to CJ: Expect fairness

            Angara said he expects the impeachment proceedings to be shorter and more focused after the defense team announced that they only have 10 witnesses left to present.

            He assured the Chief Justice of fairness even though his son, Rep. Sonny Angara, is a spokesperson of the House prosecution team.

            “He can expect fairness in all aspects from me… cause the reason, as you may have noticed, I’m not standing up and making commentaries is precisely out of respect for the perception that I must act in strict neutrality, the cold neutrality of a judge,” he said.

            “I’m trying to do that. I’m trying to act on this issue even-handedly, with objectivity and fairness to the Chief Justice and I recognize that right and responsibility on my part,” he said.

            “So I don’t think the issue of father and son would color my judgment,” he added. With a report from Philippine Star.

            SOURCE: ABS-CBNnews.com, Posted at 05/07/2012 12:31 PM | Updated as of 05/07/2012 6:46 PM

          • 213.1.1.1.2
            Mel says:

            ANOTHER FOREIGN CURRENCY ACCOUNTs OF R CORONA?

            Corona also has euro accounts, says civic group

            They’re just bank summaries, says defense lawyer Ramon Esguerra

            MANILA, Philippines – One of the petitioners before the Office of the Ombudsman who sought a probe into Chief Justice Renato Corona’s bank accounts alleged he has documents to prove the chief magistrate has at least US$2 million in several accounts in seven banks.

            Civil society group “Kaya Natin” convenor Harvey Keh showed ABS-CBN News purported bank statement summaries which show Corona’s alleged dollar accounts as well as euro accounts.

            He said he got the documents from someone he does not know.

            Keh said he has already submitted the documents to the office of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, hoping that these can still be admitted as evidence in the ongoing impeachment trial.

            One of the bank accounts show a beginning balance of $379,500.00 in January 2011. “The amount should have at least appeared in his [Corona’s] 2010 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth,” Keh said.

            He said the supposed dollar accounts were never disclosed in Corona’s Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth.

            He noticed that “there were heavy withdrawals” from the accounts each amounting to $150,000, $250,000 and $300,000 in December 2011, when Corona was impeached by 188 members of the House of Representatives.

            Keh also said he received “evidence” allegedly pertaining to euro accounts of Corona.

            He also obtained the names of some of the individuals who allegedly deposited money in Corona’s bank accounts, but Keh chose not to name them.

            Keh claimed one of the individuals is a local government official who has a pending case before the Supreme Court.

            Another individual who allegedly deposited money in Corona’s dollar account is close to a high-ranking government official.

            Keh is one of the petitioners in three cases lodged against Corona before the Office of the Ombudsman.

            Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales earlier directed Corona to explain a total of $10 million deposited in several banks.

            “This office finds that there is reasonable ground to proceed further with the conduct of an inquiry vis-à-vis the charges that you, during your incumbency as a public officer, accumulated wealth that is purportedly grossly disproportionate to your salary and other lawful income,” she said.

            Sought for comment, defense lawyer Ramon Esguerra said the impeachment court should not accept Keh’s documents since these are only bank summaries.

            “I’ve seen them, they’re just summaries of alleged bank documents,” he said.

            He also said Keh is a polluted source and counted him as one of Corona’s critics.

            Keh said he is hoping that the banks named in his documents provide supporting details.

            He said this development is another reason why Corona should explain his bank deposits, he said.

            SOURCE: by Henry Omaga Diaz, ABS-CBN News, Posted at 05/07/2012 9:14 PM | Updated as of 05/07/2012 9:14 PM

  26. 212
    Thinking Out Loud says:

    Has anyone read this article written a year ago by a certain Joseph Santolan? Your comments please on his allegations about the HLI issue.

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/phil-j07.shtml

    Thanks

  27. 211
    Balikbayan says:

    @CPM:
    In response to some mention of Binay in previous blogs here:
    After Binay announced his run for Presidency, I held my nose tight.
    I have no axe to grind, but what I have read about Binay is that he has unexplained wealth (millions of dollars?); he thinks dynastically (wife temporarily replaced him as Mayor, son installed despite Binay’s promises to a loyal deputy, daughter to Congress, another to run as Senator); he chooses Marcos lackeys (Maceda, Tatad), Erap boys (two Erap boys to Senate, yuck!), Enrile son (wasn’t he a known bully, spoiled brat and womanizer among his cohorts?) election cheat (Zubiri) for his Senatorial slate.
    CPM, following Binay, it is not too early to start thinking about a list of good candidates for President. With our collective knowledge and wisdom, perhaps we can have some influence on who will be the next President. Or at least, we can stop another thief from becoming President.

    • 211.1
      Rene-Ipil says:

      @balikbayan @211

      In addition, an article in Rappler says that Binay lobbied for the 
      plea bargain of General Garcia.  See link below:

      http://www.rappler.com/nation/4227-binay-lobbied-for-general-charged-with-plunder

      • 211.1.1
        priscila sereno -reyes says:

        @Rene-ipil,di ko maisip kung ano layunin ni Binay bilang president,bakit iyong mga kampon ni GMA ay ipinagtatangol niya,e mayaman na naman siya .mga buhay pa e nabubulok na ang kaluluwa .

        • 211.1.1.1
          Rene-Ipil says:

          Priscila @211

          Bakit nga ba si Binay ay gusto pang mag-presidente eh pagkayaman-yaman na niya?

          Una: Para maprotektahan ang ilegal na yaman nya.
          Ikalawa: Para madagdagan pa ang yaman nya.
          Ikatlo:  Para ipakita Sa lahat – kalaban o kampi – na Hindi Lang siya mayaman,  pinakamakapangyarihan pa. 

          One must know his limitation.  It appears that Binay does not.

          Onward OPM!!

      • 211.1.2
        baycas says:

        Re: rappler.com/nation/4227-binay-urged-aquino-to-consider-garcia-plea-bargain

        The weakness of the case against Garcia is the reason as can be read from Binay’s memo to PNoy.

        Baka makalusot na naman gaya ng mga perjury cases (Note: Military SALN flaw):

        abs-cbnnews.com/nation/06/18/09/ex-afp-comptroller-acquitted-again

    • 211.2
      Thinking Out Loud says:

      Agree. It is never too early to scrutinize and expose these wannabe’s. It is about time that we Filipinos learn how to choose our public servants (i refuse to call them leaders for now). Nakakalungkot nga lang isipin na marami pa rin talaga tayong mga kababayan ang bumuboto ayon sa kung sino ang sikat, kung sino ang napapanood sa TV, whether good or bad publicity. haaay, much worse, most of these people eh yung mga hindi nagbabayad ng buwis, mga pabigat sa lipunan. kawawa ang mga middle class sa Philippines. kandakuba ka sa pagta-trabaho, magbabayad ng malaking buwis, na dapat ay pantustos sa mga proyekto na mag-aangat lalo na sa mga lower class (social justice daw eh), pero ibubulsa lang ng mga iniuupo ng mga lower class din. what an irony.

  28. 210
    Sam says:

    Just read that Corona’s defense team wants to keep CJ’s 2011 SALN secret.

    Question, pwede bang nila gawin yan?

    • 210.1
      Mel says:

      Defense wants Corona to keep 2011 SALN secret

      Lawyers yet to decide if Coronas will take witness stand

      MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Renato Corona’s defense team on Thursday said he should not publicly disclose his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) for 2011.

      They believe that doing so will go against a Supreme Court resolution that disallows justices from disclosing their SALNs.

      Lawyers Tranquil Salvador, Rico Quicho, and Karen Jimeno said Corona is not consulting them on what he should put in his new SALN.

      All government officials and employees are required to submit their 2011 SALN on or before April 30.

      Meanwhile, Corona’s lawyers said they intend to finish with their presentation of evidence within 12 days to 3 weeks after trial resumes on May 7.

      However, they believe this may not be possible because some factors — such as the interrogation of the prosecution and senator-judges’ grilling – are beyond their control.

      Corona’s defense team said they have at least 10 remaining witnesses.

      But until now, they still haven’t decided if they will put either the Chief Justice or his wife on the witness stand.

      They said they still don’t see any need to do so, claiming the prosecution has failed to present strong evidence to prove that Corona has committed an impeachable offense and should therefore be convicted.

      Former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza will go back to the witness stand on May 7, the first day of the second round of the impeachment trial.

      Source: by Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News
      Posted at 04/26/2012 9:41 PM | Updated as of 04/26/2012 9:43 PM

      • 210.1.1
        Thinking Out Loud says:

        Knowing how wicked they are, they will surely find a way to twist the law to be able to do it. But the question is “Why hide it?” That in itself is a proof that there is something going on. They are making fools out of us. Kagigil.

        • 210.1.1.1
          Mel says:

          This is one example where ‘lawyers’ are complicit to and tolerate irresponsible wrong doings of magistrate(s).

          The person indicted is not any ordinary gov’t employee. The Chief, the highest magistrate of the land. And here, low-life officers of the court cow-tow for what are obviously unlawful (‘sins’) not only to their profession, but to the law of the land.

          Just the same, they skirt behind their legalese, mumbo-jumbo that the Chief is but only human, and that he is allowed to keep it secret, or better still – to correct his omissions to his heart’s content.

          Part of the job? Where do you draw the line? When you openly and publicly tolerate your client’s unlawful conduct to avoid a ‘guilty’ charge for Article II impeachment complaint.

    • 210.2
      • 210.2.1
        kabayan2020 says:

        itong si Thief Justice at Defense team pinagloloko lang tayo. hahaha! Ilang weeks na silang nakapahinga, till now d pa sila makapag decide kung haharap nga sa witness stand ang mag asawang kurakot!
        MGA DEFENSE LAWYERS, HINDI BA KAYO NAHIHIYA SA MGA PINAGSASABI NYO? parang mga kindergarden ang tingin nyo sa mga tao. LOL!

    • 210.3
      maddog says:

      hopefully someone will find a way. by not challenging the tro against the opening of $ accounts, the ic will now have some difficulty because the sc is now emboldened.

      how can the ic be so stupid to allow the tro against opening the $ accounts when that tro i
      was decided by friends and enemies, which guarantees no impartiality, of the chief justice?

  29. 209
    Johnny lin says:

    After SC final decision on HLI, let us face the facts:

    The price tag is 1989 price for the land. Who will pay the Cojuancos? The government, meaning the taxpayers. Who will pay back the government? The awarded farmer?

    Each farmer will be awarded a piece of land probably at least one hectare per farmer? How would he pay back the government from his income from a measly hectare of land to till?

    If the farmer decides to sell, how long shall he hold on to the land before selling? Could the land be converted to residential lot on selling or remains to be an agricultural land? How much will the farmer is allowed to sell the land, at 1989 price for how long or 2012 price immediately?

    If the farmer is allowed by the government immediately at 2012 price because the government bank wants it money back repaid immediately, would that be subject to another litigation or w the SC decision fair to the Cojuangcos.

    The SC decision brought more questions to the government and more problems to the farmers on repayaing the lots unless they think they dont have to repay the government.

    When GMA awarded ancestral lands and mountain settlers to Aetas in Pampanga, the stipulation was the awardee could not sell the lot for at least 10 years. The difference the GMA awarded lots were residential pieces compared to the HLI.

    Does the end justify the means?

    • 209.1
      chit navarro says:

      No, not at all. Owning a piece of property through land reform is not a solution to the economic marginalization of farmers tilling the land. Tell me, which land reformed property have made farmers rich? I have been a witness to a thousand-hectare area in Nueva Ecija subjected to land reform. The government distributed the lands to the farmers; paid the owner part in cash and part in bonds with 10-year/20-year maturity. Hindi pa naibibigay ang mga titulo ng lupa, naisanla na ng mga farmer-beneficiaries ang kanilang share: proceeds ng sanla, pinambili ng TV, tricylcle, radio at nagpagawa ng bahay. Wala nang pera para pambili ng seedlings, fertilizers, pambayad ng traktora para mag-araro at dahil may TV at radyo na sila, may kaunting porch, tamad na rin magtrabaho. Yong tricycle na inutang nila, hindi na mahulugan. Nong natauhan sila, they started to become farmers again but the usurious interest on their loans eat up their share of the property – until they were thrown out of their farms and went back to the old man, begging his kindness to re-settle them in the portion of the property not subjected to land reform. Nasaan na yong mga miyembro ng UNION & their lawyers who poisoned their minds to agitate for land reform? Siyempre, nawala na dahil nakuha na nila yong legal fees & shares nila in millions…. And we are talking here of ricelands where you can have 3 harvest seasons in a year.

      That’s what will happen to HLI tenants. Ngayon pa lang, marami nang nagsasabi na yong mga totoong tenant-tillers are not among the list submitted to DAR as beneficiaries. The only people who will profit from this are the militant groups & their lawyers. The tenant-tillers will have worse fate than now.

      Tell me, how can you cultivate a one-hectare sugarland and make money out of it? It takes 14 months for sugar cane to be cultivated until it reaches the mill. At the mill, you are given a quedan for your share in the sugar content of your sugarcane. Then you bring this to the bank for the cash equivalent, minus allt he fess that the bank can think of. No bank will give you a loan for a 1-hectare property planted to sugarcane. I have been there – I managed a 5,000 hectare property in Cagayan for sugar cane – at the start, the landowners were so “glorious” because the bank would release sugar crop loans so easily – they started travelling, buy newer cars, trucks, etc. – but when reality set in, sugar content is not as expected, and the banks started to squeeze & foreclose, well… wala na rin. And sugarcane is the hardest plant to cultivate because it is very dependent on the weather… not just on water but alson on sunshine. And sugarland can not be converted into riceland because of its soil content…. it’s far different. I don’t know if one can plant onions or garlics or veggies… but I doubt.

      That’s why it’s no wonder that the tenant-tillers opted for stock distribution in the three referendums that were conducted by NGO’s. They were just being practical. As it is, they farm the land, they get paid and they get shares in the profits, if any. Wala silang sakit ng ulo as to where to get the money for cultivation, fertilizers & transport to the mill. It’s a loooong and lengthy process for sugarcane farming – far more tedious and laborious than ricefarming.

      As you said, @JohnnyLin – it brought more problems to the farmers UNLES THEY THINK THEY DON’T HAVE TO REPAY THE GOVERNMENT: a very important clause that I am sure is not properly explained to the farmer-beneficiaries. In the earlier land reform programs, beneficiaries thought all the while that the land they are getting is FREE….

      • 209.1.1

        RE: chit navarro says: April 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

        Wow! Ms Raissa this IS GREAT as a lecture piece or a case study for graduate school analysis by State Univs and Colleges which teach and grant degrees in Agriculture.

        This guy should be invited to speak to faculty and students fora and symposia all over the country. Invite ALSO speakers from those who all their lives fight as part of their livelihood for the welfare of our farmers.

        This piece is one jewel IN Plaza Miranda’s shinning armor.

    • 209.2
      Rene-Ipil says:

      @johnny, chit @209

      The job of the government does not end in the distribution of land to the agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB).  It has the duty and responsibility, through DAR, DA, Land Bank and other government agencies to make sure that the land becomes productive and profitable by providing the necessary support in terms of organization, financing, technology, equipment, facilities, transportation and other infrastructuresto attain the desired objectives of agrarian reform.

      Many say that in the past decades the government was a failure in implementing it’s agrarian reform programs. I agree.  The main reason was simply the lack of funds to support the ARBs after land distribution.

      Now, there is less corruption in government; more revenues are collected; transactions and expenditures are transparent; more funds are available; and the people are participating to promote good governance.

      If we could have good leaders beyond the present regime, there is every reason for the ARBs to succeed and prosper, and become productive members of the society.

      As to the specific problems attendant to the HLI ARBs, I think it would be the best if they were organized as a cooperative and given full support in all aspects by the government.  This should be done by the government to provide a model of a successful land reform  project if only to show its foes and allies the way to “daang matuwid”.

      Onward OPM.

  30. 208
    Cha says:

    @yvonne

    I agree. These recent developments have once again shown us the true nature of this man.

    He is a dangerously devious pretender who now paints himself as the champion of the poor. A modern  day Robinhood who has taken from the rich hacenderos to give to the poor farmer. Never mind that the same so called “supreme” court of his also just recently slammed the door on the coconut farmers’ claim to the coco levy funds usurped by the even richer Danding Cojuangco; who to those in the know, is by far one of the most powerful man in our country, politically and otherwise.

    Does anyone else suspect something sinister in the timing of the handing down of these two SC decisions ? The obviously unpopular one came just a few days into the impeachment court recess, time enough for it to influence the thinking of those beholden to Boss Danding. And time enough for its negative impact to fade away and be replaced by this other more benevolent image of a “hero of agrarian reform”. (my foot!)

    To further milk this most “supreme” of all interventions, Corona is now predicting a retaliation from President Aquino; such that he emerges as a mere victim of a “vindictive” Pnoy should the impeachment court’s decision not be favorable to him. Some kind of storyteller he is, huh?

    Someone better take back the narrative from this narcissistic con-man. We need another Sister Flory or another Tampa, Florida to stop him on his tracks and expose him again for the lying fraudster he actually is. 

    I pray that Raissa has another scoop on him soon. Pretty please…

    • 208.1
      Rene-Ipil says:

      @cha, Yvonne 

      I am truly happy that the government will pay Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) the 1989 valuation.  

      In effect, the government does not have to allocate about 5B to pay HLI and wait for 30 years to recover same from the former beneficiaries, if they ever pay.  Imagine what 5B can do in terms of schools, hospitals, roads and other infrastructures built.   A portion of the 5B may also be used to help the farmer beneficiaries in making their farms more productive and their harvest more marketable to earn more profits.  This can be done by providing better technology, appropriate post harvest facilities and good market conditions to the farmers.

      But the result does not always justify the means used.  The HLI decision is clearly a subterfuge to preempt any move by Pnoy to campaign for Corona’s ejectment as chief justice, whether by conviction in the senate or through people power.

      • 208.1.1
        Elena Lemi says:

        @Rene-Ipil

        I will think differently. Why? After the distribution kaya ba ng mga farmers na mag plant & pay the gov’t whatever the amount na bigay ng DAR? I am not a haciendero but will think as a businessman. Sige bigay ko price at hand pag di nag survive ang farmers sino ang lalapitan nila? Dapat ang pagiisip natin pang matagalan hindi now lang. Sino ang nag rally? Taga Hacienda Luisita ba lahat? It’s a big NO! Better scrutinize before commenting because babalik sa atin.

        • 208.1.1.1
          pelang says:

          what do you think the poor farmers would do to the land that would be distributed to them? they don’t have the means to even till it for lack of maschineries, seedlings, fertilizers irrigation sytem etc. then, mangungutang pa sila pambayad sa lupa na natanggap nila gaano man ka-mura, ang isang hectare ay 10,000 sq.meters. ipagbibili nila ‘yon sa malaking halaga, bibilhin sa kanila ng mga ma-kwarta (maaari din pamilya ng mga Cojuangco uli, who knows?). which defeats the reason why the DENR wanted to distribute the lands to the farmers in the first place, so that they can till the land, grow food on it, sell their own products themselves, in short be their own masters. how many farmers are involved? how much land are each farmer entitled to? kaya bang i-manage ang isang pamilya ang isa o 2 hektarya, wala man lang maschine, walang ready market for their produce? Sana tangkalikin sila ng mga groceries, supermarkets natin. pag hindi, mabubulok lang ang mga produce nila lalo na’t marami silang farmers na magkukumpetensiya. tapos, ano? hindi sila makakabayad ng inutang nilang mga binhi, fertilizers, at saka siguro maschineries, working animals like carabaos. in the end, magkakautang pa sila, babawiin sa kanila ang lupain nila ng bankong pinagkautangan nila, and they’ll end up poorer than before.

          • 208.1.1.1.1
            raissa says:

            That’s what the DAR is supposed to do. Help out.

          • 208.1.1.1.2
            Rene-Ipil says:

            @pelang

            Thank you for taking time to explain the possible aftermath of land distribution to farmer beneficiaries.

            @elena lemi

            Rest assured I’ll further hone my knowledge about agrarian reform. Let me just say that I thought (rightly or wrongly) that I have learned enough about the subject from my study of the agrarian reform law, it’s various rules and regulations, pertinent operation manuals, relevant supreme court cases and DAR legal opinions, and my personal interactions with DAR officials, Register of Deeds, and farmer beneficiaries themselves, and personal observation for quite a time of the status of parcels of land awarded to farmers.

            May be I could help if you ask me specific question on specific problem on agrarian reform.  In that way, I will be forced to review and further study the matter.  And I also learn in the process.  So thank you for your time.

            Onward OPM!!

    • 208.2
      Victin luz says:

      @cha

      1. Sister Flory must take the witness stand so as her neice and courtesy of the senators- jurors.
      2. @Yvonne is right, their must be a way to indict Carina and Carla in US and it should be fast , better if before may 6.
      3. Other properties of Corona must come out, in Batangas, Baguio , Tagaytay and other key Location in the Philippines like Puerto Princesa City to be used in a righteous propaganda against Coronas Supreme Court’s monumental decisions favoring the ” masa”.
      4. Vigilant to the would be inducement of pro corona media between VP Binay and PINOY. 5. CPM must be cautious and not directly HIT senators – jurors. 6.PINOY must be MAGNANIMOUS in accepting the decision of Hacienda Luisita.

      • 208.2.1
        JiroArturo says:

        @Victin luz

        On what ground could you indict Charina or Carla? Not declaring they have properties in the Philippines? Has anyone seen their tax returns (Form 1040)?

    • 208.3
      Yvonne says:

      @Cha

      My recollection is that President Aquino had a small minority stake in Hacienda Luisita and that he completely divested himself of that property when he became President. Thus the Supreme Court decision on HLI has no financial bearing on the President.

      Therefore, for CJ Corona to come out with an unsolicted comment emphatically stating that he expects “for sure” a retaliation from Malacanang is a clear indication of his continuing devious ploy to politicize the Supreme Court and, by extension, of the judiciary

      We should not allow him to divert the public’s attention from his impeachment trial. We should continue to ask, until we get the answers:

      When will Corona open his dollar bank accounts as he repeatedly promised to do?

      Where are his proofs that Carla and Charina are the rightful owners of the properties that the prosecutors are attributing to him?

      Where are his proofs that Carla and Charina have the financial capacity on their own to purchase those properties?

      Why does CJ Corona need a mailing address in the U.S.?

      Why did CJ Corona select the 1401 Bayshore property as his mailing address, when he could have selected Carla or Charina’s mailing adress?

      Is CJ Corona aware that a Limited Liability Company (LLC) linked to a Bayshore address was organized in early January of this year, whose purpose is for “any and all lawful business”?

      Is CJ Corona aware that a CEO of a company engaged in quarrying business in Batangas is also linked to the LLC?

      I’m not saying that CJ Corona is linked to either the LLC, or to the quarrying business in Batangas. I’m not suggesting that either. I’m only asking, please explain the circumstances of your selecting the 1401 Bayshore address so that inquiring minds will know the truth and not draw any wrong conclusion.

      These are legitimate questions to ask of a public official – especially of someone in a high position of public trust.

    • 208.4
      Yvonne says:

      @Cha

      My recollection is that President Aquino had a small minority stake in Hacienda Luisita and that he completely divested himself of that property when he became President. Thus the Supreme Court decision on HLI has no financial bearing on the President.

      Therefore, for CJ Corona to come out with an unsolicted comment emphatically stating that he expects “for sure” a retaliation from Malacanang is a clear indication of his continuing devious ploy to politicize the Supreme Court and, by extension, of the judiciary

      We should not allow him to divert the public’s attention from his impeachment trial.

  31. 207
    David says:

    My gosh, Thief Justice Corona’s Inferior Court out did themselves. You can not divide a large portion of land in half and expect it to work. How are you going to divide it into 6,000 plus pieces and expect it to work. Say goodbye to Hacienda Luisita and a large volume of sugar of sugar production. WELL DONE INFERIOR COURT! and the rest of you assistant Thief Justices for doing what you do best, creating chaos in your own self interest and that of your brain dead leader.

  32. 206
    Yvonne says:

    CORONA EXPECTS PALACE TO RETALIATE AFTER LUISITA RULING

    Chief Justice Renato Corona feels that the Aquino administration will retaliate after the high court issued its final ruling to distribute the land in Hacienda Luisita to farmer-beneficiaries.

    In a text message to reporters, Corona answered “sigurado [I’m sure]” that the administration of President Benigno Aquino III will get back at him.

    The above is excepted from ABS-CBN news:

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/04/25/12/corona-expects-palace-retaliate-after-luisita-ruling

    The Supreme Court decision on HLI will stand even if Corona inhibited himself from the case; his vote was not a decisive factor. So why is Corona saying that the Palace will retaliate against him?

    It is either Corona is strongly politicing the Supreme Court, or he is unwittingly admitting that he is exerting influence over the other Supreme Court justices.

    Either way, Corona is showing his true color, and it’s telling us what klnd of Chief Justice he is.

    • 206.1
      Johnny lin says:

      @Yvonne
      Agree with you 100%% that Corona’srefusal to inhibit and his allies votes against Lusita is not only suspect but tainted to the highest degree.

      Their majority vote upon the instigation of Corona implied by his own text message without provocation was to spite the President and blame him if Corona is convicted as an act of vengeance. That was the only possible conclusion relayed by Corona text message to media.

      He could have kept his mouth shut but he could not resist to be in the limelight, much different from any previous CJ in the Philippines or anywhere in the world. He has attained another stripes to his Guiness book of World Records awards and inclusion in Ripley’s Believe it or Not journals.

      Undoubtedly, this HI was the proof that the SC is for hire, this vote was personal on the part Corona and his cohorts.

      IF CORONA DID NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH TOO SOON, the decision could be praised as fair to the farmers.

      This vote was also a message to those with pending cases in SC that there is a magic 8 Mafia in the SC. Luisita ruling was also Good advertisement also for Corona lawyers.

      God bless Philippine justice. “Blessed are the rich, poor are poorer in court”

      It came directly from the horse mouth without provocation. The more the people should be vigilant with impeachment decision. Upon conviction and the SC justices decide to intervene we should urge all Filipinos to storm the Supreme Court.

      • 206.1.1
        Rene-Ipil says:

        @johnny Lin 

        Better if a plebiscite or referendum would be conducted to authorize the president to reorganize the supreme court. The referendum would be the voice of the people in effecting a constitutional amendment.

        Onward OPM!!

        • 206.1.1.1
          Johnny lin says:

          @Rene-Ipil

          Selective Constitutional changes, yes to referendum or 2/3 Congressional mandate but immediate replacement of Mafia SC justices needs sovereignty, that is We the People.

          Cutting the head sooner deters a vicious animal from harming anyone anymore.

          • 206.1.1.1.1
            Rene-Ipil says:

            @Johnny Lin

            Agree. Agree. Cut the head soonest.

            My assessment of the people’s pulse is that if the senate did not convict Corona, the sovereign Filipino people would oust the whole Arroyo court.

            So, the Arroyo 8 should better lift the dollar TRO and stop meddling with the senate.

            Tama Na.  Sobra Na.

    • 206.2
      Sam says:

      @Yvonne

      Like what I’ve posted below … his objective was obviously of vendetta, and he applauded himself..

      • 206.2.1
        Yvonne says:

        @Sam

        Well, here is a message to CJ Corona:

        If we cannot get justice in our country we will not hesitate to take the fight in the U.S. You involved Carla and Charina in your impeachment trial by arguing that they are the owners of properties that the prosecutors are pointing to be yours. That being the case, it will be open season for Carla and Charina in the U.S. We will use the very same argument and evidence that you are using in the impeachment trial to connect them to those properties in the Philippines, and we will find out if those properties are rightfully declared for U.S. taxation purposes.

        And since Miriam’s name was also mentioned during the hearing, we will also look into her properties for US taxation purpose.

        • 206.2.1.1
          techburns says:

          @yvonne hinay hinay lang… while I agree that we should look into the childrens wealth too, I don’t think they are stupid to break US laws. Who knows, Charina might have declared the Mckinley property now and just paid interest for late declaration.

          I understand your emotions but, if you are planning on something, don’t post it here as if they can’t read it.

          wag po sanang masamain ang comment ko. Kasi sa tingin ko wala na tayong scoop na makukuha sa kanila dahil alam na nila na maraming matang nakatingin.

          • 206.2.1.1.1
            Yvonne says:

            @techburns

            Your sobering comment is well taken.

            • Balikbayan says:

              @techburns and @yvonne:
              If Charina filed the correct taxes in the U.S., she would be in deeper trouble. Her prior returns must show the interest & dividends of her bank accounts (which will indicate the amount of cash she had prior to the McKinley investment) and equities she may have sold in order to pay for McKinley.
              Assuming that she could not have raised the capital by herself (Salgado did not participate here, recall), a forensic analysis by the U.S. authorities, at PR’s request will show that money laundered from someone else paid for this transaction.

              • jorgebernas says:

                SA GINAWA NI THIEF JUSTICE NATO CORONA NA DINAMAY MGA KAWAWANG MGA ANAK SA MGA ANOMALYA NIYA. SIYA NA MISMO ANG SISISIHIN NANG MGA ANAK AT NANG SUPREME COURT DAHIL NILABAS NI THIEF JUSTICE NATO CORONA MGA BAHO NANG STUPID COURT NA KARAMIHAN AY TUTA NI PANDAK AT CORONA….KAYONG MGA ASO NI PANDAK AT CORONA MALAPIT NA KAYONG HATULAN KAYA SANA MAGBAGO NA KAYO AT HUWAG MAGPABILI SA KINANG NANG PERA PARA HINDI KAYONG 8 JUSTICES MAG MUKHANG PERA… MAKAKARMA DIN KAYO….

        • 206.2.1.2
          scg II says:

          my 3 daughters are all Physical Therapists. My eldest is a PT for 22 years. Married with 2 sons. Yes she has a nice house and expensive vehicles, but she got no savings of more $100 thousand. She works as a home care therapist.. She earns twice as much of a PT in the hospital. My second is a PT who is married to an American who is an IRS auditor. She has a beautiful house and expensive cars too. and my 3rd is a home care PT who has no $100 T savings. So who will believe that Charina sent 15M pesos to Corona for a house in McKinley?.

      • 206.2.2
        AngLagay says:

        Well… what can we expect to a “SNAKE EYES” like him? Filipino will be better off without that 8 mafia in the supreme court. About time to impeach or kick them all.

    • 206.3
      sam says:

      @Yvonne

      this is the reply to CJ posted at ABS-CBN website
      ————————————————————–
      A Palace spokeswoman on Thursday reminded Chief Justice Renato Corona about his promise to open his dollar accounts in his impeachment trial.

      In a text message, Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the country has not forgotten Corona’s promise to open his dollar accounts despite the chief magistrate’s efforts to skirt the issue.

      “Kahit ipagpatuloy pa ni Ginoong Corona ang kanyang pagpupumilit na ilihis ang mga isyu palayo sa kanyang paglilitis, hindi pa rin makakalimutan ng mga nagmamasid ang kanyang pangakong buksan ang kanyang dollar accounts. Nagiintay pa rin ang taumbayan,” she said.

  33. 205
    Rico Gloria says:

    This is a litmus test for Cyber Plaza Miranda.

    As I mentioned in my earlier comments in this article (#182), we have been against the Chief Justice, but I supposed not for the personalities concerned but for the principles we have been fighting for.

    The CJ has been the current representation of what is wrong in our government esp judiciary and we are strongly against that. Not the person itself, I hope.

    When I read the PDI today about the SC decision on HLI valuation, I was stunned with the value discrepancy 1989 values pegged HL at P196M against the 2004 valuation of almost P5B.

    That is huge money. And surprisingly, Sereno voted against the majority.

    Now the question remains more relevant considering what was at stake. More than P4B in money made by that singular decision.

    If we are to remain steadfast to the very principles that we are fighting for against corruption in our judiciary. I believe we should also turn now to a more watchful eye to the events that are beginning to emerge on the current government.

    I still believe that P-Noy has been true to his words by far. But what is at stake now is more critical than ever. We do not want P-Noy to fail esp that his family, relatives, Danding Cojuanco, etc are of course putting pressure on him now with regard to this issue.

    It is but ignorant of us if we completely ignore what is at stake here. I am not saying there is something wrong with his intentions to clean up the judiciary what I am saying is that he is in a very critical situation right now.

    If Ms. Robles can do some investigative work with regard to certain issues surrounding HL that wud be wonderful.

    All I am saying and I have been consistent with this is that we are fighting for principles here. Shared principles. Not over personalities. Although sometimes we get carried away, I know.

    So if we are against corruption in any form. Be it in Arroyo form or Corona, we are also against corruption if it takes the form of Cojuangco or Aquino.

    Bottomline:watchful eye.

    • 205.1
      baycas says:

      For the record:

      MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Voting 14-0, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 24, reiterated its ruling ordering the total distribution of Hacienda Luisita to about 6,000 farmer-beneficiaries.

      In a separate voting, the SC also stood pat on an earlier ruling that the Hacienda Luisita Inc (HLI) should be compensated based on a 1989 valuation of the land. Eight justices voted in favor of the majority decision on the valuation issue, while 6 dissented.

      Those who voted in favor of the 1989 valuation were Chief Justice Renato Corona and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Jr., Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Arturo Brion, Roberto Abad, Martin Villarama, Jr., Jose Perez, and Jose Mendoza.

      The 6 justices who voted to refer the land valuation for just compensation to HLI to a special agrarian court were Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano Del Castillo, and President Benigno Aquino III’s 3 appointees: Maria Lourdes Sereno, Bienvenido Reyes, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

      Justice Antonio Carpio inhibited himself from the case because the former firm he belonged to represents a bank that purchased a portion of the hacienda.

      http://www.rappler.com/nation/4280-draft-sc-on-hacienda-luisita

      Related link is Sereno’s lone dissent on the valuation:

      http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2011/november2011/171101_sereno.htm

      —–

      I requested Ma’am Raissa to post her SCMP news article on this issue for everyone to read and possibly comment on.

  34. 204
    langkawas says:

    CJ sings banana potato song ~ watch please!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=x0PcHS1bhQ0

    ~

  35. 203
    Balikbayan says:

    @CPM:
    In the U.S., you don’t need volumes of personal documentary evidence and scores of witnesses to arrest a fraudster and thief. Lifestyle checks and personal bank accounts can be ordered even by a small city mayor. (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/small-illinois-town-comptroller-accused-stealing-millions-200808914.html).
    Yesterday, lawmakers in Mexico called on authorities to investigate the bribery allegations of Walmart executives. (http://news.yahoo.com/u-lawmakers-launch-wal-mart-bribery-investigation-190247403–finance.html).
    Perhaps our lawmakers can ask U.S. authorities to investigate Rene, Cristina and Charina for money-laundering and improper U.S. taxes allegations.

    • 203.1
      manny says:

      @Fellow Balikbayan,
      Thanks for the above links, I hope our local media pick up those stories. In PH , its
      often the mayors , local LGU officials doing the corrupt practices because they see their
      own governors, representatives, senators up to the president of the country doing the same thing but could hide it better from the public.
      Our own laws on money laundering has lots of loop holes and since many in the judiciary are corrupt, lawyers used it to their advantage thus no one is punished.
      So what do we do about it ? .. Educate more people of this cancer like what CPMs and OPMs are doing in this forum. Spread the word to your relatives, friends here and abroad. Start writing letters/ emails to the newspaper editors, even to the staff of all elected officials esp senator-judeges.
      On the Corona’s matter I believe US authorities are doing their share however
      those findings only good if our own authorities do something about it. Though its in the US interest to get portion of those hidden wealth in form of taxes , that it needed badly.
      Btw, in San Diego , CA a very popular , a war hero, politically connected US congressman is in jail for several years now because of corruption.
      To my fellow Balibayans ( who are back ) for years we’re blessed, we benefited from an open government, where fairness practiced, where an ordinary person even a Basurero can own his own home DO tangible things to shared those blessings.

  36. 202

    On TOPIC PERHAPS MORALE BOOSTER

    Ms Raissa and her Plaza Miranda contributors will not claim due credit BUT for the thousands of readers and commenters, the first two paragraphs OF this early NEWS contain the details of Plaza Miranda’s “mental strength and collective wisdom” the gist which probably shaped and determined the survey results. More power to CYBERWORLD’S PM.
    —————————
    More bad news for Corona in SWS poll
    Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:46 am | Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/181583/more-bad-news-for-corona-in-sws-poll

    Most adult Filipinos last month believed that Chief Justice Renato Corona kept hidden wealth, that he intended to help former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to flee the country and that he accepted special favors in office, a survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS) found.

    The survey also found that more than 46 percent believed that people power should be used to force Corona to step down should the Senate impeachment court decide to acquit him.

    • 202.1

      SURVEY RESULTS RE-STATED IN ANOTHER WAY when percent becomes number of people or warm bodies:
      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/181583/more-bad-news-for-corona-in-sws-poll

      “ A total of 1,200 (100%) respondents nationwide were shown cards with statements related to the impeachment trial. They were asked to rate each statement whether they “strongly agree,” “somewhat agree,” “undecided,” “somewhat disagree” or “strongly disagree.”

      The survey found that 756 people out 1,200 (63%) agreed on the statement, “Chief Justice Corona has hidden wealth based on the undeclared money and assets in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.”
      144 (12%) out of 1,200 disagreed, while 288 (24%) were undecided.
      SWS data showed that majorities 660 to 924 (55% to 77%) out of 1,200 respondents in all areas and socioeconomic groups believed the hidden wealth charge against Corona, with the percentage highest in Metro Manila (77 percent) and among the ABC class (69 percent).

      To the statement that Corona “intended to help former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband to flee the country and elude the charges that she is facing,” 696 people out of 1,200 (58%) agreed. 204 (17%) of 1,200 respondents disagreed while 276 (23%) were undecided.

      The majority of the respondents in all areas and socioeconomic classes agreed on the statement. It was 70 percent in Metro Manila and 73 percent in class ABC.
      The survey also asked the respondents whether they agreed that Corona “accepted special favors like discounts in the condominium and plane tickets.” 684 people of 1,200 (57%) agreed, 168 (14%) disagreed and 338 people (28%) were undecided.
      Agreement on this statement was highest in Metro Manila (69 percent) and class ABC (76 percent).

      Forty-six percent (or 552 respondents) agreed on the statement, “if the Senate does not convict Chief Justice Corona, then people power should be used to force him to step down.” Twenty-eight percent (336 people) disagreed while 25 percent (300 people) were undecided.
      ——————
      WHAT IS THE POINT OF converting percentages into number of people? So that CPMers may profound their own discernment.
      My own discernment: A period of more than a month is a luxury of time not given EVEN to despots to cut and cut clean for a hurried exit. The impeachment trial may just re-open for its formal closure. Closure will not deny the people to ask high court renegades to RESIGN or face the music.

  37. 201
    Wehh says:

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/04/24/12/sc-affirms-hacienda-luisita-valuation-p196m

    Sa wakas nakaganti na din si CJ Corona kay Abnoy. Sana magcomply na finally ang HLI at wag na mag-initiate ng delaying tactics si Abnoy. Mukang huli na ang mga research ni Prosecutor Robles. Sayang binayad sayo ni Noynoy matanggal niyo man si Corona at least may decision na. Goodbye HLI. Simula na to ng pagbagsak ng Yellow Army Bwahahaha ^_^

    • 201.1
      raissa says:

      Talaga?

      Ganti yon?

      Kala ko isang boto lang siya?

      Kung magaakusa ka dapat hindi anonoymous. Wagdu ka talaga.

      Siguro sinasabi mo binayaran ako dahil ikaw ang tunay na bayaran. Magkano ba? P10,000 bawat comment mo dito?

      • 201.1.1
        Wehh says:

        Wehhh di nga? Ikaw hindi bayaran? E ano tawag sayo wahaha. Ah talaga isang boto lang sya? Pero sa tingin mo walang bearing ang decision niya sa ibang AJ? Haha magisip ka. Alam mo kasi kung objective ka lang ng journalist/blogger,hindi puro mga kalaban lang ng admin tinitira mo. Ibahin mo minsan para di halata bwahaha.

        • 201.1.1.1
          raissa says:

          Why are pro-Corona people so CRUDE?

          Ikaw ba taga-bantay sa mga California properties? Wala kang magawa?

          • 201.1.1.1.1
            Wehh says:

            Ah talaga?Baka ikaw ang walang magawa dahil puro paninira sa mga kalaban ni PNOY ang inaatupag mo. Hindi ako Pro-Corona, ang akin lang maging objective ka at hindi bias. Ibahin mo naman ang storya mo.Yung mga pinapatay ni PNOY sa HL iresearch mo din. Kaya ka nasasabihang bayaran ng admin e masyado kang obvious.

            • raissa says:

              read my articles on Hacienda Luisita on PNoy’s photo

              hindi ka nagbabasa talaga. ngawa ka lang.

              • hadassa says:

                @wehh, raissa please, give yourself a favor, huwag mo nang patagalin ang pag de-de-tour ni wehh. inutusan lang yan ng nanay nya bumili ng suka,at napadaan dito, please lang,,,,paki flush mo na yan, baka mag wehh-wehh pa yan dito. palagay ko buntot ni bayaran yan. hayaan mong magsama sila sa poso negro. hindi mo dapat sinasayang ang oras sa mga commenters na mababaw. bye wehh……

        • 201.1.1.2
          kabayan2020 says:

          eh di inamin mo na din na sya talaga may gawa ng flip flopping..
          bakit ganon, pag maganda decision, parang si corona lang ang dapat papurihan… pag pangit, dapat lahat sila..

        • 201.1.1.3
          andrew lim says:

          @Wehh,

          Quoting you:
          “Pero sa tingin mo walang bearing ang decision niya sa ibang AJ?”

          So ibig mong sabihin yung sa FASAP case at pagpapatakas kay Arroyo, may impluwensiya sya sa ibang AJ.

          So hindi pwedeng gawing depensa ni Corona yung one vote lang sya gaya ng sinasabi nya.

          bwa ha ha ha

          • 201.1.1.3.1
            Wehh says:

            Hahaha pag na acquit na si Corona,and i’m sure it will happen, pagtatawananko lang kayo lahat. Bwahaha

        • 201.1.1.4
          choy says:

          @wehh…inamin mo na rin na ang thief justice mo ay nag iinfluence ng ibang justices sa sc sa kanilang disisyon, ibig sabihin tama ang akusasyon ng prosekusyon sa flip- flopping decisions ng sc sa fasap… huli ka!

      • 201.1.2
        Rico Gloria says:

        Hi Raissa,

        Hope you don’t get too riled up by somebody like that.

        When you get to respond to them, then they already succeeded. A post like that deserves no attention.

        Let them be. Discerning readers know.

        Trust us. It wud take more than just stupid post like the above to ruin what you have done by far.

        Do not waste your time. Do not even continue to read through posts like that.

        Have a good one.

        I know that a journalist like yourself shud deserve a better treatment than what these trolls are dissing out. But hey, even nobel laureate have their own crazy critics.

        What I am saying is that you can not really do without them. Accept them as they are. They have become now a part of your work.

        And the best thing is, all you have to do is IGNORE them.

        • 201.1.2.1
          Rico Gloria says:

          The sentence “Have a good one”, is supposed to be placed at the end to avoid confusion.

        • 201.1.2.2
          AngLagay says:

          A very good suggestion, Rico. Otherwise, dapat ibasura or delete that kind of blog. By the way, talaga bang sobra na ang kapal muk ni corona? Bakit kailangan niyang magbigay ng boto sa kaso ng Hacienda Luisita? Kong talagang professional siya at may sariling prinsipiyo, dapat tumulad siya kay Mr. Carpio na nag-abstain. Kasi may complict of interest siya. At kong sa ibang bansa nangyari itong impeachment ni corona…. for sure temporary siyang magpi-file ng “LEAVE OFABSENT” However, alam ko na sa Pinas… KAPIT TUKO sa puwesto ang marami sa mga may mataas na katungkulan. Garapal at manhid! Hindi na tinatalaban ng hiya… sa kapal ng balat para bagang maysoot na bullet proof. Only in the Philippines.

        • 201.1.2.3
          Wehh says:

          Baka ikaw ang stupid.

          Ikaw pala bobo e pag hindi niyo pala kapareho ng opinion stupid na, at pag katulad niyo na member ng yellow army magaling na. Oh Come on ^_^

          • 201.1.2.3.1
            Victin luz says:

            @Wehh,

            Balato naman dyan o. Dami nyo palang dollar ni corona 10m$. pambili kolang sana ng sling shot armas ko panlaban sa mga dayuan sa SCARBOROUGH. tang nalang Kung ayaw mo sa bigay.he he

    • 201.2
      jeffcrazy says:

      the SC just redeemed themselves 6 years after they issued the TRO against the PARC from implementing the land distribution.. if you bother to read the SC resolution back in July 2011, they still affirm the stock distribution option, and after the SC and Pnoy had their conflict on the TRO for GMA’s watchlist order. thats when they come up for the land distribution via their resolution on Nov 2011. you dont even bother to refute Ms. Robles by laying down sensible arguments and instead always resort to ad hominem..

      hence your empty thoughts from an equally empty mind..

    • 201.3
      LeeN says:

      I don’t know which planet you’re from, but it’s populated by people who can’t read. Please note that the Aquino administration’s stand on HLI was for land distribution, per the pleadings of the Solicitor General.

      Raissa is no paid hack, I’m certain. I’m also sure you’re a paid bully.

      • 201.3.1
        Wehh says:

        Ah talaga at pano ka nakasiguro. E anong purpose ng paninira nia kay Corona? Search for Truth Hahaha. Muka nio.

        • 201.3.1.1
          jeffcrazy says:

          wehh, cant you do any better than resorting to ad hominem attacks? you give troll a bad name hahahaha…

          • 201.3.1.1.1
            Wehh says:

            E ano paki mo bat masyado ka affected ikaw ba kinakausap ko.

            • jeffcrazy says:

              hahahaha.. pikon ka pala eh.. nainggit ako kc lahat sila inatake mo, ako lang ang hindi.. di mo kc mabasag mga argumento ko eh nyehehehe… o kaya takot ka lang saken? you give troll a bad name.. at least ung iba, nakikisama sa diskurso at nakikisali sa palitan ng kuru- kuro na may sense at hindi lang puro basura ang lumalabas sa bibig!

        • 201.3.1.2
          Elena Lemi says:

          Wehh

          Anong paninira ang ginawa b kay Corona? Lahat naman nakasaad ay totoo. Gamitin mo utak mo. Sad to say wala ka ngang brain!

          • 201.3.1.2.1
            Wehh says:

            Baka ikaw ang walang brain. Pustahan pa tyo mas bobo ka saken dahil nagpapaniwala ka sa chismis dito.

            Kung totoo pala edi ipresent nio sa Impeachment Court, sa tamang venue.

            Panomo nasabing totoo may decision na ba ang IC?

    • 201.4
      sam says:

      @Wehh

      alam mo? actually it was not “nakaganti” si Corona… its more of like the song “I started a joke” wherein the joke was on Corona.

      its still a battle won for the Yellow Army.

      • 201.4.1
        Wehh says:

        Ah so inamin mo ng yellow army ka nga hahaha. Pano magiging battle won e ang root cause naman kaya gusto ipatanggal si CJ e para iprotect ang HL. Ipamigay na kasi ang lupa at wag na ibahin ang issue. Umpisa pa lang ng term ng presidente yan na ang challenge sa kanya.

        • 201.4.1.1
          angie says:

          mabuti nga yan tapos na ang issue ng HLI. wala ng pwedeng gamitin si Corona.

          e yung mga pro-Corona mismo ang nagsasabi na ang issue ng HLI ay hindi about rule of law kundi about” pag-ganti.” so who’s talking about rule of law?

    • 201.5
      radioactive balut says:

      Wow! Hindi lang po kayo ang natutuwa at maipapamahagi na ang HLI sa mga farmer beneficiaries. Sigurado ako kahit yung mga yellow armies gusto rin na mangyari yan. Nakakalungkot lang para sa inyo dahil tinitingala ninyo si Mr. Corona bilang agrarian reform hero. Matagal na sana yan napagdesisyunan kung hindi lang puro mga kawatan ang mga nasa SC.

      • 201.5.1
        Kabayan2020 says:

        Sa tingin ko napaganda pa nga yung pagkaka impeach Kay corona, napa bilis yung decision sa hli… Kung Hindi siguro sila nabubulatlat,, Baka nagkakabigayan pa dyan. Corona is not a hero for me, but I can say thanks for doing their job!

      • 201.5.2
        jcc says:

        My relatives have a case with the SC. It was not a high profile case because it involves only 27 hectares confiscated by DAR in 1972 and were distributed to 30 farmers but was never paid. We sued Land Bank and DAR for payment. The case was tried in RTC and it was decided after two years that the valuation per hectare was P98,000/hectare, Land Bank went to CA wanting the govt. to pay it only at P12,000/hectare. Land Bank went to CA, CA affirmed the decision of the RTC. LB filed an MR, CA reverses. We went to the SC – SC after almost twelve years ordered that the DAR pay it in accord with the land valuation of P12,000/hectare established by DAR and pay some interest of 6 per cent per annum.So from 1991, the case was finally disposed of by the SC in 2011. Twenty long years and my relatives were dead and some of their children were also dead.

        In 1991, neighboring farm lands were being sold at P150,000/per hectare. So Land Reform is confiscation of land from those who have it and distribute them to the landless.

        In the HLI, the minority would direct the DARAB (a division of DAR) to compute the payment based on the formula of production per annum mulltiplied by price support per picul of sugar x two, (that is the formula for rice land.. i.e., annual gross production multiplied by govt, price support per cavan x two). This is what the SC did in our case. Remand the case to the lower court and for DARAB to compute the ‘just compensation.’

        But here, the majority ruled that HLI should be paid at the 1989 rate of the land at P40T/hectare.

        You can see how the SC perverts the law to suit its own bias.

        http://jcc34.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/sc-decision-on-hacienda-luisita-a-deodorizer/

        • 201.5.2.1
          Sam says:

          @jcc

          I read the article that you pointed. Obviously, the objective was of vendetta. Look at the news, corona applauding himself.

          The farmers would truly feel their triumph as of the moment. But … I feel a little sorry for the farmers. (i’m sure any person who is into agriculture would know why)

    • 201.6
      sam says:

      @Wehh

      You mentioned “nakaganti”, so this means that your saying our Judicial system makes their decision not based on “FACTS” and only based on vendetta?

      Therefore… Violation of Public Trust.

  38. andrew lim says:

    Guys,

    Read former CJ Panganiban’s column in today’s Inquirer. For him, the evidence is already prima facie vs Corona. It’s an unequivocal stand for his conviction!

    http://opinion.inquirer.net/28187/prima-facie-case#disqus_thread

    • johnny Lin says:

      Corona prostituted the position of chief justice dragging along the denigration of the entire supreme court.

      Ex justice Panganiban was speaking both as a legal expert opinion writer and a former chief justice. His heart rides with his dignified past position while his mind dictates him to be legally fair in interpreting the law. Coincidentally both his conclusions reached to the same final analysis.

      Having read many opinions including other lawyers or former justices expressing their ideas or evaluations on the impeachment, his article was the first, in my observation, to kpoint out that the SC TRO on Corona dollar accounts was only applicable to the Senate and Prosecution but not to the Defense, thus in effect they have an obligation, especially Corona, to answer the public, the Impeachment Court or the Ombudsman to give an answer in case Corona is asked in court to open his dollar accounts.

      We are now enlightened why Defense refuses Corona to testify. putting him in the position to revealthe dollar accounts would be devastating to the Defense. On the other hand if Corona will petition the SC to release another TRO in his behalf preventing the revelation of his dollar accounts, the SC justices become accomplices to hiding any ill gotten wealth he has accumulated and that could become the trigger point for the Executive and Legislative branches in declaring the Judiciary branch as harbinger or protector of potential criminal acts of corruption and bribery.

      Yung mga dating justices namayroon pang katiting na budhing natitira sa puso at isipan nila, dapat din magpahayag sa kanilang opinion tungkol sa $10 million na binibintang kay Corona. Kung wala o kakaunti ang perang naipon na pwedeng ipaliwanag dapat sabihin ni Corona. Pero kung meron malaking halaga kahit $1million lang dapat ipaliwanag din ni Corona paano niya naipon ang ganun halaga.

      Importante ipaliwanag niya kahit isa o sampung milyun dolyar ang pinaguusapan. Hindi numero ang mahalaga kundi yung pinanggalingan ng nalikom na yaman. Sa pagpapaliwanag niya binibigyan niya ng respeto ang lahat ng dati o kasalukuyan justices of the SC. Kapag pinasa-isang tabi lamang niya, ginawad niya sa mga justices na sila ay guilty din ng posibleng pangungurakot.

      Ganyan katindi ang pinalabas na hamon ni Ombudsman Carpio Morales dahil dati rin siyang Associate Justice at pinoprotektahan niya ang respeto, integridad at dignidad ng bawat isang naging hustisya ng Korte Suprema at sampalataya sa Institusyon.

      Ganyan lang kasimple, Ginoong Corona he he he.

  39. Chavydada says:

    A BIR TAX EXPERT TO TESTIFY FOR CJ

    There is a reported plan by the camp of CJ Corona to present a tax expert for his defense when the Senate resumes its impeachment trial on Monday.

    They said the witness is a former BIR official and a tax lecturer with extensive knowledge on taxation. CJ’s lawyers reportedly sought the expert in view of the interpretation of CJ’s SALN, but it was not immediately known how the expert witness will explain the said SALN.

    FORMER PRESIDENTS’ SALN BASED ON ACQUISITION COST

    When the SALN was introduced by then Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, it was always based on cost.

    The same policy was adopted by Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos when he signed PD 417 declaring that the value of assets shall be based on the historical, or acquisition cost and not on the fair market value.

    http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/358795/tax-expert-to-testify-for-cj

    http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/257220/news/nation/palace

  40. Rene-Ipil says:

    I like what Senator Honasan said recently.

    “The chief justice is the only one who can respond to the issues and questions lingering in the minds not only of the senator-judges, but the general public,’’ Honasan said by phone. “More than the senator-judges, he owes the Filipinos an explanation. We are only extensions of the will of the people.’’

    See the link below.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/188197/senators-expect-corona-to-testify-at-trial’s-resumption

    Truly, the senators are mere agents of the people who elected them.  As such , these senators must do what the people wish.  And the people overwhelmingly want to remove Corona as chief justice.

    Onward OPM!!

  41. baycas says:

    Crowns of flowers, thorns for Sr. Flor Maria Basa

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/187747/crowns-of-flowers-thorns-for-sr-flor-maria-basa

    …a Ma. Ceres P. Doyo first article of two parts.

    • Kabalyero01 says:

      @baycas

      latest from Maritess Vitug today!.

      http://www.rappler.com/thought-leaders/4836-the-$10-million-dollar-game-changer

      salient points raised:

      1. “But it is within the power of the Ombudsman to ask government agencies for information on public officials she is investigating. This is where the secretive Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) comes in. Carpio-Morales, our sources tell us, based the information on the “mind-boggling” dollar deposits of the chief justice from AMLC data.”

      2. “These millions of dollars are not in one bank account. We learned that they are spread out and apparently also in overseas accounts. Furthermore, the $10 million represents total transactions during a certain period, we gathered, and not bank balances. The Ombudsman’s Office had to do a “forensic audit” to arrive at this figure.”

      3. “For impeachable officers, the Ombudsman is required to submit her findings to Congress, which should initiate impeachment proceedings. But, in this case, with the impeachment trial already in full swing, the prosecution can present the results of the Ombudsman’s investigation as evidence.

      4. “Here’s where we expect the defense to do what it does well: block this damning evidence against their client. They may go to the Supreme Court and pray for a TRO against the Ombudsman. After all, they were able to get a TRO that prevented PSBank from disclosing Corona’s dollar account/s, one of which had an opening balance of $700,000, as a PSBank document showed.”
      ——————————–

      Defense team will definitely plug all the holes to keep the Prosecution team from
      using the Ombudsman’s “forensic audit” of said mind boggling USD accounts of Corona. Will the Senate tribunal make history by compelling the CJ to come to the witness stand and cut short the proceedings by putting at bay all the remaining 10 witnesses of the
      defense?

      Corona knows when he should throw the towel into the ring and all his team can do
      is to adopt more virulent squid tactics and delaying techniques to further confuse
      the public.

      My hunches tells me> it is time to occupy Padre Faura and bodily move Corona and his
      minions.

      Sobra na ito kapag hindi pa mag explain si Corona voluntarily sa harap ng senate
      tribunal.

    • Sam says:

      Speaking of Sister Flory,

      I’ve asked a teller of a bank with regards to checks with “IN TRUST OF”. The teller informed that the person who will in-cash of such instrument, should be authorized by the trustee.

      example: the check is payable to the account of Mrs Corona in trust of BGEI. Mrs. Corona should be authorized by BGEI before she can cash out the check. I’m not so sure if the said authorization should be sign by the corporate secretary.

      if this is right, I wonder how and who signed the authorization?

  42. teri says:

    Subscribing

  43. Sam says:

    I just read this on Inquirer
    ———————————

    Forfeiture case vs Corona possible, says UE Law dean

    Not only can Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales investigate impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona, she can also use her findings to initiate forfeiture proceedings against his assets if the probe into his financial affairs turns up questionable wealth, according to University of the East Law Dean Amado Valdez.
    And with evidence of questionable wealth, Valdez said, the Ombudsman can bring criminal charges against Corona once he is out of office.
    Valdez said a forfeiture case could be initiated against Corona even if he was undergoing an impeachment trial. Corona cannot invoke immunity because forfeiture is a civil case, Valdez said.

    “Even before you go to the criminal court, nothing will prevent the Ombudsman from initiating seizure proceedings. The subject matter [in the forfeiture case] is wealth, not the person,” Valdez said in a phone interview Thursday.

    Forfeiture proceeding
    “A forfeiture proceeding could be independent. It could stand on its own,” he added.
    Acting on complaints submitted to her office, Morales ordered Corona on April 20 to explain in writing how he managed to have millions in peso and US-dollar accounts in the bank despite his modest government salary.

    She told Corona in her order that she had information that the foreign-currency accounts in his name had deposits amounting to $10 million.

    Corona denied having $10 million in the bank. Through his lawyer, Ramon Esguerra, Corona said the Ombudsman had no jurisdiction over the Chief Justice.

    Morales countered that the Ombudsman Act empowers her to investigate complaints against all government officials.

    Valdez said the Ombudsman’s findings could be used to press criminal charges against an impeachable official, once that official is out of office, in the antigraft court Sandiganbayan.
    Corona’s impeachment trial in the Senate resumes next Monday.

    The question of his foreign-currency bank deposits hangs pending resolution by the Supreme Court of a petition against an investigation that the Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) has brought against the Senate impeachment court.

  44. Sam says:

    Bad news for us
    ———————
    Former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo quietly slipped out of the country early Thursday morning.
    Arroyo left for Japan via Hong Kong on board Cathay Pacific flight CX 904 which departed at 6:20 a.m.

    His embarkation card indicated that his tinal destination was Narita International Airport in Japan and he is billeted at Imperial Hotel.
    ———————

  45. Sam says:

    On ABS-CBN
    ——————–

    Drilon said … Corona to again seek the help of his colleagues in the Supreme Court to stop Carpio-Morales from investigating the alleged $10 million accounts.

  46. johnny lin says:

    Latest News:
    Supreme Court justices ban disclosure of their SALs based on 1989 SC resolution

    This is the REAL Constitutional Crisis!

    SALN Disclosure is a Constitutional mandate. Justices since 1989 have been violating the Constitutional provision uner RA 6713.

    The people or Congress must amend the Constitution to prevent SC justices to issue their own resolutions in total disregard of Constitutional laws.

    Otherwise we are a nation of Mafia SC justices. All they have promulgated are resolutions protecting themselves from being investigated from crimes of ill gotten wealth and corruption.

    These are their resolutions:
    1. Prevent disclosures of their SALN for investigation
    2. Prevent release of Foreign Account Deposits to prevent investigation of possible acceptance of bribery and amassing ill gotten wealth.

    These two resolutions are covered by Constitutional law allowing the Ombudsman to investigate yet, for their selfish interest they decided to cover up their PROBABLE criminal deeds. Their resolutions do not cover the public officials of the other two branches of government, Executive and Legislative.

    We now have a separate government of JUDICIAL ANARCHY. The SC is maintaining a current 200 man strong military armed forces not affiliated with the Philippine Armed Forces. there are plans to increase their number to 5000 strong to protect the SC from mob force.

    There is no other recourse to the people except to CHANGE the current inequitable status quo into something more fair, equal and justifiable to all government officials.

    REMOVE AND REPLACE ALL SC JUSTICES WHO WILL ABIDE BY THE CONSTITUTION.

    • Sam says:

      @Johnny Lin

      I’m not sure, but I think all the Judges even in the lower courts do not disclose their SALN

      • johnny Lin says:

        @Sam

        The point is Judiciary does not have the authority to contradict “What is written in the Constitution”. SC justices could rule on the unconstitutionaity of the SALN law but they could not promulgate resolutions that will benefit solely the public officials under the Judiciary. In effect their Resolution violates another Constitutional law of Equal Rights.

        An error violating another law add insult to injury. We do not have to be lawyers to understand equal protection under the law.

        At the moment the SC justices are raping the Constitution.

        “Evil men flourish when honest people pretend to be blind”

        The Sovereign people will not progress until they suppress the evil ways of people they put trust on their government.

        Otherwise everything we discuss in OPM, people in street debate, news publications and columnist pontificate and the government promugate will amount to nothing until other forces like pressuring the public to demand and Executive using the military accountability from the Judiciary is enforced. The SC justices will not learn their lesson while being tolerated to act as a coleegial body as crime syndicate.

        Tianamen did not succeed because the Chinese stayed home. Sacrifices were made and their cause was heard. Arab Spring did not come forth without people having the voices heard publicly. Sacrifices were made.

        The new traitors of Philippine Republic are wearing robes. The best way to prevent chaos is cut the head of the raging poisonous serpent.

        We have to learn our lesson from history. Remember the year 2012, the Mayans said will be the end of the World. To the Philippines, it is the emergence of the Anarchist Judiciary until it is suppressed immediately. Mark it.

        • johnny Lin says:

          @Sam

          Sorry for inadvertent posting of the draft above, middle paragraph did not make sense.

          The point is Judiciary does not have the authority to contradict “What is written in the Constitution”. SC justices could rule on the unconstitutionaity of the SALN law but they could not promulgate resolutions that will benefit solely the public officials under the Judiciary. In effect their Resolution violates another Constitutional law of Equal Rights.

          An error violating another law adds insult to injury. We do not have to be lawyers to understand equal protection under the law.

          At the moment the SC justices are raping the Constitution.

          “Evil men flourish when honest people pretend to be blind”

          The Sovereign people will not progress until they suppress the abuses of people they put trust on their government.

          Otherwise everything we discuss in OPM, street debate by common people, news publications and columnist pontifications, and the government promuLgations of good governance will amount to nothing until other forces like pressures from the the public and the Executive using its military power to demand accountability from the Judiciary are supplanted. Without this action, SC justices will not learn their
          lesson from their evil decisions of being tolerated to act as collegial body for their crime syndicate.

          Tianamen did not succeed because the Chinese stayed home. Sacrifices were made and their cause was heard. Arab Spring did not come forth without people having their voices heard publicly. Sacrifices were made.

          The new traitors of Philippine Republic are wearing robes. The best way to prevent
          chaos is cut the head of the raging poisonous serpent.

          We have to learn our lesson from history. Remember the year 2012, the Mayans said will be the end of the World. To the Philippines, it is the emergence of the Anarchist Judiciary until it is suppressed immediately. Mark it.

          • Mel says:

            @Johnny Lin, thumbs up.

            Being one, not much can be done. But with many of like minded Filipinos – we can make a big difference.

            Malaking tulong ang Raïssa Robles dot com to inform and educate the ‘masa’.

            2013 National Elections is a year away. Any practical suggestions as to who and how to support Senatorial candidates who embodies the genuine sentiments and aspirations of the Philippines?

    • Victin luz says:

      @Johnny

      Mali naman kasi si Narvasa dyan SALN at sinundan pa ni Davide ng kanyang interpretation ng FISCAL AUTONOMY sa saligang batas naloko na. When people questioned their adversed decisions, sasabihin nlia, one vote lang sila , nobody cares anymore.

      It’s about time to call the people to exercise an EXTRA CONSTITUTIONAL means to REMOVE those Justices if ever CORONA will be acquitted and if convicted , to continue further to other monumental cases decided by SC which are Prejudicial to the people like the PAL case. Kitang kita ang lagayan at kamalian wala naman tayong malinaw na hakbang. Hayan lumaban na ang PRESIDENTE natin ano ang ginagawa ng ibang may makapangyarihan sa atin , GATONG , and then telling WE ARE BEHIND YOU. Ayaw sa FRONT sayang ang boto nang mga ISMARTE sa pera Kung NASA kabilang bakod sila.

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      Johnny Lin @228

      The supreme court should be reorganized. 

      This is doable by means of a constituent assembly and a plebiscite or referendum, which scheme is, I think, acceptable to the great majority of the people.  This is to avoid such alternatives as people power or a revolutionary government.

      Onward OPM!!

      • Victin luz says:

        TAMA ka dyan Rene, marginalized natin kaunti ang SC ng kanilang power to review and decide cases. sobra sa absolute ang ginagawa ng SC ni corona. Special ang treatment pag sila ang involve .

      • Rene-Ipil says:

        Rene-Ipil@228.3

        Johnny Lin is right when he said that the supreme court (SC) justices have been flagrantly violating the constitutional mandate to disclose their SALNs.  Johnny also demanded that all SC Justices be removed and replaced.

        If the SC justices could break the constitution with impunity and render the overwhelming number of the Filipino people helpless, why can’t our duly elected president  bend our constitution by temporarily  closing the supreme court, suspend its operation and submit the matter of reorganizing the SC immediately to the people by way of a referendum.

        I believe that  President Aquino should act decisively now to prevent further destruction of the judiciary and stop “judicial anarchy”.

        Onward OPM!!

    • Kabalyero01 says:

      @JL, Sam and friends,

      Update:

      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/186999/forfeiture-case-vs-corona-possible-says-ue-law-dean

      “Valdez said

      -a forfeiture case could be initiated against Corona even if he was undergoing an impeachment trial. Corona cannot invoke immunity because forfeiture is a civil case.

      -“Even before you go to the criminal court, nothing will prevent the Ombudsman from initiating seizure proceedings. The subject matter [in the forfeiture case] is wealth, not the person,”
      ——————————————————————–

      I just hope Ombusman C. C. Morales should initiate immediate “forfeiture
      proceedings” without being push to the wall by Senator MDS pronouncement.

      15th Congress should realize that the people are tired and sick of this SALN cover-up
      and do something to clip the wings of the judicial anarchy going on with our SC.

      These magistrates cannot be above the law lest sacred cows wearing robes as a shield
      of their own excesses.

      thanks for the input JL and Sam.

  47. Belissima says:

    I re typed a part of Jarius Bondoc’s article from The Philstar:

    The $2,858,977.22 consists of seven alleged dealings in Philippine Savings Bank-Katipunan branch, near Corona’s Quezon City residence. Six, totaling $2,387,298.76, are deposits and credit memos; one, for $471,678.46, is an outward remittance. The supposed details:

    Account # Transaction Date Nature US $ Amount

    1. 141019349 08-05-2008 Deposit $ 764,344.78
    2. 141019678 10-06-2008 Deposit 455,210.07
    3. 191000373 10-31-2008 Deposit 768,733.96
    4. 141019678 07-06-2009 Credit Memo 9,280.70
    5. 141022046 12-23-2009 Credit Memo 254,729.25
    6. 1024292 07-27-2011 Credit Memo 135,000.00

    SUB TOTAL ———————— $ 2,387,298.76

    7. 12-15-2009 Outward Remittance $ 471,678.46

    TOTAL ——————————— $ 2,858,977.22

    A “deposit” is in cash or check; “credit memo” can be proceeds from a remittance, time deposit or interest, or a transfer from another account. “Outward remittance” is a payment made from the depositor’s account. The $2,387,298.76 is worth P100,755,944.16 (in today’s $1:P42.205). The $471,678.46 was P22,023.610.65 (in September 2008’s $1:P46.692).

    In asking Corona to reply, the Ombudsman cited three complaints for undeclared assets. Reportedly it had gathered details of Corona’s peso and dollar deposits in various banks, using the waiver at the back of his annual sworn Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth. The waiver authorizes the Ombudsman to obtain records of an official’s wealth.

    Publicized at the start of Corona’s impeachment trial were five of his purported dollar accounts in PSBank. Supposedly leaked by a “small woman” to a congressman-prosecutor, one document detailed an account number 08919100037-3, with opening balance of $700,000 in October 2008 (P33,617,500 at $1:$48.025).

    • Sam says:

      @Belissima

      I wonder how will CJ react to that?

      • maddog says:

        buy more “dirt-cheap” condos?

      • jorge bernas says:

        @ Sam, @ Bellisima

        You wonder how will thief justice nato corona react on that? Well T.J. will just say that he will revail it in due time & that due time is next week 2nd week of march 2012. pero hindi rin nagawa magsisinungaling na naman si thief justice nato corona.

        Kasama ang mga tiwaling at TUTAng justices nang stupid court, TRO ang katapat diyan… Akala ko pa naman ay maaasahan natin itong mga matalinong justices nang stupid court pero sila pa yata ang siyang protector/nagtatanggol nang mga magnanakaw/sinungaling/mandaraya at mang-aapi sa ating lipunan. Silang mga matalinong justices nang stupid court ay talamak na nakikinabang sa kaban nang bayan?

        Silang mga matatalinong justices nang stupid court ang siyang lantarang sumusuway sa ating saligang batas at ginagawang tama ang mali kong pabor sa pansariling kaginhawaan at pakinabang?

        Nakakahiya at Nakakadiri na kayong mga justices na TUTA at midnight appointees ni fake president Pandak… Mahiya kayo sa mga balat ninyo at sa mga anak ninyo na pinapakain ninyo nang galing sa Nakaw/Kasamaan.

    • johnny Lin says:

      Look at the reply of the Corona and defense lawyers.
      They do not dispute the dollar deposits except the total amount, the authority and timing of the Ombudsman

      If we amend the charges that CJ has $10million deposit plus minus $5 million for accruacy, they will not dispute the amount anymore. They will just bedevil the Ombudsman.

      Whether it is $2 or 3 or 5 or 10 million dollars, the question remains the same.

      Where did Corona get the million dollars. Explain them. They refused to do it by diverting the issue.

      An honest man will defend his integrity and honesty by revealing the inaccuracy of the amount with supporting documents rather than subverting the issue.

      Defense lawyers are claiming that the truthfulness of the issue has nothing to do with the integrity of Ombudsman Morales. They are making this claim as an excuse because they know Morales got her facts from data of Anti Money Launderin Council.

      Everyone who has knowledge of International Anti Money Laundering law knows that each transaction from PEP with FCD accounts has a dossier of all the transactions on his bank accounts. Corona and Defense lawyers are attacking the Ombudsman by deliberately appealing to the ignorant public. Poor lawyers, they not only lose their credibility as bright legal minds, they are becoming stupid puppets of Corona.

      I would not recommend Corona lawyers to be hired by anyone because they are dumb lawyers. Only individuals and corporations with criminal initent would engage them because they allow themselves to lie for profit. Their brilliancy reduced to protecting criminals

      He he he

      • Thinking Out Loud says:

        On the contrary, I highly recommend the Corona lawyers to those who want to win their cases, kahit pa guilty sila. These lawyers are very bright (when the price is right). Pera lang po ang katapat nila. Or…., come to think of it, pera nga lang ba ang katapat nila? What drives these lawyers to do all these things for Corona? Sa mga lawyers po sa forum na ito, what will make a lawyer successful in its truest sense? Is it to defend a case, no matter what?

        Nagtatanong lang po because i am starting to feel that your profession is one of the vilest professions of all. Do ethics and morality still come at play?

        Pasintabi po sa mga honest lawyers who I believe still exist. I know marami-rami pa rin po kayo. But what we see now does not reflect that.

          • Elena Lemi says:

            @maddog

            There are plenty. Let’s start with the fiscal then to MTC, RTC, CA & last is SC. Do you know why
            that investors shun the PI? It’s because the problem is with our judiciary system. During the early
            90’s there were so many investors who came in. What happened? All or most of those investors was appalled with our judiciary. Why? When a case is about foreigner, they asked money from their lawyer. I had been a witness to that. So what will happen to us if we don’t chip off the head first so others will follow the rightful way? We will be doom!
            Our present gov’t wants a clean judiciary that is why we have this impeachment trial. Hindi pera pera lang dapat justice has to prevail!

      • sam says:

        @Johnny

        kaya nga CJ said “I don’t have $10M” kasi its more than $10M

      • JiroArturo says:

        @Johnny Lin
        How can the Senators/Judges render a fair judgment on Corona if they themselves have dollar accounts undeclared on their SALN?

        • Elena Lemi says:

          @JIroArturo

          Don’t be naive about this. All I can say is it’s cleaning up for our gov’t. Let’s just say
          at least at present we got a president who started.
          Next step is to amend our existing constitution that is obsolete. With what is going on
          in the Scarborough Shoal don’t you think we the people should take our stand? This
          time we ought to voice out. If needed we want a referendum about it. The only problem
          is how we convince the masa who are prone to vote buying. This will be the biggest
          predicament for all of us.

        • johnny Lin says:

          @jiroArturo

          Kaya nga ico-convict nila si CJ!

          “Ang magnanakaw galit sa kapwa magnanakaw”, Old adage, true to form.

          He he he

  48. Sam says:

    From Inquirer
    ———————
    No Corona reply for Ombudsman

    Chief Justice Renato Corona’s lawyers won’t say if the country’s embattled top jurist will comply with the order issued by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on April 20 directing him to explain his alleged $10 million in bank deposits.

    “The public will just have to wait on the action to be taken by the Chief Justice, if any,” said defense lawyer and spokesperson Tranquil Salvador III.
    ———————————-

    Atty Salvador still insist that the Ombusman has no jurisdiction over CJ.

    Republic Act No. 6770
    Section 13. Mandate. — The Ombudsman and his Deputies, as protectors of the people, shall act promptly on complaints filed in any form or manner against officers or employees of the Government, or of ANY subdivision, agency or instrumentality thereof, including government-owned or controlled corporations, and enforce their administrative, civil and criminal liability in every case where the evidence warrants in order to promote efficient service by the Government to the people.

    Section 22. Investigatory Power. — The Office of the Ombudsman shall have the power to investigate any serious misconduct in office allegedly committed by officials removable by impeachment, for the purpose of filing a verified complaint for impeachment, if warranted.

  49. Rene-Ipil says:

    Corona had seven transactions in six dollar accounts with the Philippine Savings Bank  in 2008, 2009 and 2011 involving 2.8M US Dollars.  See the link below.

    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?publicationSubCategoryId=64&articleId=802738

    On February 9, 2012, Pascual Garcia, President of Philippine Savings Bank testified in the Corona trial in the senate.  

    “THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  Lastly, Account No. 089-191000373, does that account exist in your record?

    MR. GARCIA.  Yes, Your Honor.”

    Dollar account number 191000373 is among those listed in Jarius Bondoc’s article.

    Onward OPM!!

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      Jake Macasaet has a similar article in Abante.  Please see link below.

      http://www.abante.com.ph/issue/may0212/op_am.htm

      Onward OPM!!

    • Sam says:

      if truly that the account or no such dollar account, therefore no need to ask for a TRO. diba?

      • Elena Lemi says:

        @Sam

        The ombudsman & BIR can look into TJ’s accounts due to the waiver he signed in his SALN. With the help of course from AMLA.

      • maddog says:

        as presiding officer of the ic, enrile was remiss when he did not lead the ic to challenge the tro.

        • JiroArturo says:

          @maddog
          Hindi mapapakatiwalaan si Enrile. Papanig iyan kahit kanino basta lang meron paginabang sa tao. Tuso gaya ng matsing.

        • Victin luz says:

          Pweding ganyan ang nangyari may negligence si Enrile. . Pero I think The senate Pres. Just only moves his feet one step backward To move three steps forward. From the start he knows that there are other ways to open those dollar accounts ” kagaya nga ng Ombudsman ” and the senate is the SOLE judge of an impeachment case . What he did ” para sa akin ha” ok let the senate respect the TRO but a WARNIING to CORONA and the 7 justices aligned with corona NEVER to decide about JURISDICTION of the case against the SENATE.

          PINAGBIGYAN SILA pero WAG NYO SYANG SUBUKAN

          • Victin luz says:

            @mad dog@jiro

            Ha ha lahat ng ating hinala ay may katotohanan so we will wait for the votation and CONVICTION MGA pare. Pero the three of us and etc. Are really HAPPY sa paglabas ng detailed dollar accounts ni CORONA at sana ilabas nadin ni Mr. Bondoc ang ibang accounts sa ibang banko.

            Gusto nating marinig ngayon ang very PROUD na si ATTY Esguerra. ATTY Salvador, ATTY Roy, ATTY Kimeno BA, ano na naman kasinungalingan ang sasabihin nila sa MASA.

            • JiroArturo says:

              @Victin luz
              Hindi na ako makahintay. Atat na atat na akong marinig ang depensia. Baka sasabihin hindi admissible dahil galing sa “poisonous tree”. O baka maglalabas na naman ang SC ng TRO para hindi lumabas ang ebidensiya ni Bondoc. Yon unang TRO hanggang ngayon temporary pa rin. I-nix-tend lang hanggang June 26. Dapat noon pa hindi na ni-respeto ang unang TRO ni Enrile.

              • Victin luz says:

                @jiro,

                Ha ha sinong bang hindi jiro, ako din inip na inip na at inis na inis sa kasinungalingan ng MGA DEFENSE lawyer ni Corona. They are TWISTING everything sa technical term CRISSCROSSING the Right of Way of the river ” kahit saan tumumbuk at kahit sino matamaan o malunod basta sila makapag bigay ng argumento kahit KASINUNGALINGAN ” nakakainis talaga.

          • maddog says:

            being cunning and having good intentions doesn’t really go hand in hand.

            • maddog says:

              especially when you read about his past.

              • Victin luz says:

                @mad dog

                He has to show his good intention this time , because he doesn’t want his son Jackie to miss the magic 12 in the SENATE. Remember because of his good performance in the IMPEACHMENT proceedings, Jackie landed #5 in that latest SWS survey to be elected as senator. I presumed that the elder ENRILE will not do away his good intention this time and besides ” matanda na rin sya” and it will be his LEGACY.

              • Victin luz says:

                I am very young then when I started reading newspapers, at the age of 11yrs. Old . Sport page Lang noong una hanngang natotong magbasa ng front page. Yes the past, about a young son of high govt. Official. shooting a judge and others, The Pelaez ambushed at Banaue st. QC , the Coco Levy funds and etc. And lately the PORT IRENE bully’s and mafias. I even witnessed a fight between Jackie and Boy Aspiras ( then town mayor of La union ) at Baguio Pines Hotel in Baguio City. But time changes things only memories of the past remains intact.

  50. Rene-Ipil says:

    Corona had seven transactions in six dollar accounts with the Philippine Savings Bank  in 2008, 2009 and 2011 involving 2.8M US Dollars.  See the link below.

    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?publicationSubCategoryId=64&articleId=802738

    Onward OPM!!

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      On February 9, 2012, Pascual Garcia, President of Philippine Savings Bank testified in the Corona trial in the senate.  

      “THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  Lastly, Account No. 089-191000373, does that account exist in your record?

      MR. GARCIA.  Yes, Your Honor.”

      Dollar account number 191000373 is among those listed in Jarius Bondoc’s article.

      Onward OPM!!

      • Victin luz says:

        @Rene

        It could be before the continuation of impeachment trial of Corona on Monday, Mr. Bondoc will post the other dollar accounts deposited in various banks totaling to less than 8m$. Baka you know mr. Bondoc Rene , tell him for TRANSPARENCY ilabas na lahat .

  51. Springwoodman says:

    Read supposed details of Corona’s PS Bank dollars:

    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?publicationSubCategoryId=64&articleId=802738

  52. duquemarino says:

    @raissa @CPMers

    Nagiging katawa-tawa na si Corona at ang defense panel with this latest item on the Corona trial, “Defense: Corona handled Ombudsman order on his own”
    http://www.rappler.com/nation/special-coverage/corona-trial/4501-defense-didn-t-know-about-ombudsman-order

    One time, the defense made a late Sunday evening presscon about the 100 million peso pay-off, then a media round of Corona interviews, tsk tsk tsk.

    Mukhang “hilong talilong” na nga ang Rena “Tuko” Rona, or like a headless chicken running around. O baka naman strategy pa rin nya to make it appear that he is still in control of the situation at ang kanyang defense panel ay incompetent, irrelevant, immaterial na rin.

    Ano say mo Mr. Denial “Crowned Crown”?

    • Mel says:

      Ombudswoman Carpio-Morales can suspend any gov’t official, including Chief Justice Renato Corona.

      If the Senate Impeachment fails or acquits R Corona, can the Ombudsman make true her stance that is not applicable an impeachment?

      Pioneering is such a difficult trendsetting risk to step into where no one has dared to venture. ‘Palace says Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over CJ, but…’ – Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

      Ombudswoman Carpio-Morales has thrown in another dimension to go after a seating Chief Justice, with a given deadline to reply.

      In a text message to ABS-CBN News, Carpio-Morales cited section 22 of Republic Act 6770, or the Ombudsman Act, which empowers her office to investigate any impeachable official of the government.

      She said that under the law, the Ombudsman can even suspend the impeachable officer pending an investigation.

      Chief Justice Renato Corona insisted, however, that the Ombudsman does not have authority to investigate his office.

      He branded the Office of the Ombudsman’s investigation into his alleged dollar and peso accounts as part of the Aquino administration’s “retaliatory moves” following the Supreme Court’s (SC) landmark decision to distribute Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita to farm workers.

      READ the rest at ABS-CBN News.

      Source: Henry Omaga Diaz, ABS-CBN News
      Posted at 04/30/2012 5:12 PM | Updated as of 04/30/2012 6:26 PM

      • Mel says:

        erratum

        ‘…that is not applicable for an impeachment?’

      • concerned citizen says:

        “Chief Justice Renato Corona insisted, however, that the Ombudsman does not have authority to investigate his office.”

        The TJ is correct in these, but the Ombudsman is investigating the TJ and NOT the Supreme Court Office what the TJ called his (own) office !

    • Mel says:

      Senator Santiago ‘favored a deferment of the Ombudsman’s preliminary investigation.’

      Ombudsman can probe Corona, says Santiago

      The senator said that although the Office of the Ombudsman had the power to investigate Corona, a preliminary investigation by the Ombudsman would “complicate matters because there would be two separate investigations concerning the same subject matter.”

      “I would think that is unfortunate at this time because he’s being asked to fight a battle on two fronts,” Santiago said.

      But she added that she favored a deferment of the Ombudsman’s preliminary investigation.

      “Let him first defend himself [in the Senate],” Santiago said. “If he is found guilty, then he would be the subject of [a criminal] investigation, where the Ombudsman could come in since the Ombudsman is like our fiscal or prosecutor,” she said.

      No jurisdiction
      For Corona’s lawyer Esguerra, Morales’ order is nothing but a piece of paper.
      In a text message to the Inquirer Sunday, Esguerra said there was no reason for the Chief Justice to comply with the Ombudsman’s order.

      He said the Office of the Ombudsman had no jurisdiction over an impeachable public official like the Chief Justice.

      “The Chief Justice is still holding his position and any legal action … will have to await the verdict in the … impeachment [trial in the Senate],” Esguerra said.
      He said the action of Morales could be intended as preparation “for another impeachment complaint,” a hint that the defense is expecting the Senate to acquit Corona.

      Said Esguerra: “If I relate it to the law, Republic Act 6770 and the Constitution, the detractors of the Chief Justice are already laying the groundwork for another impeachment complaint. That is where the investigation by the Ombudsman is headed.”

      He said Morales’ order “cannot be for forfeiture of alleged unexplained wealth under Republic Act No. 1379.”

      “As stated, the route of the investigation is another impeachment in the future based on alleged ill-gotten wealth that has been barred in the current one,” Esguerra said.

      READ the rest of the report at newsinfo.inquirer dot net

      Source: ‘Ombudsman can probe Corona, says Santiago’
      By Marlon Ramos, Michael Lim Ubac, Philippine Daily Inquirer, 12:49 am | Monday, April 30th, 2012

      • Victin luz says:

        Yes, it’s true Ombudsman Investigation will only complicate matters especially to the defense and the smooth flow of Impeachment Trial of Corona. But Meriam knows fully well that what really complicates the trial is the defense deliberate and willful attempt in hiding the dollar accounts of Corona in conivance with the SC’s. TRO and some of the Senators – Jururs. I believe CARPIO MORSLES giiven that power ,well proceed with the investigation, for an speedy trial and an early conviction of CORONA.

      • idde says:

        Straddling the fence is what Trapos do best.

        I’m sorry madame senator. You have no credibility, at least where I am concerned. Your previous statements and stands betray your ultimate objective. And this objective is not consistent with our search for good governance.

      • Lim A. Hong says:

        The Ombuds(wo)man is investigating ill gotten wealth which was thrown out by the senate seating as an impeachment court when the prosecution was presenting their case on article 2, insisting that ill gotten wealth is part and parcel of the whole. I believe Mariam was absent so many times in the early hearings.

        • Mel says:

          Ombudsman can present CJ dollar deposits: Angara

          MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Edgardo Angara on Monday said the Office of the Ombudsman can present its findings on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s alleged $10 million in foreign currency accounts.

          Speaking to ANC’s Headstart, Angara said the Ombudsman has the right to conduct a fact-finding inquiry into Corona’s dollar deposits. He said the Ombudsman can secure an original copy of Corona’s dollar accounts despite a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court.

          “Its findings are officially acceptable as evidence in any judicial, as well as administrative bodies…and basic presumption of irregularity. That’s why i said its just fair that we provide the defense an opportunity to rebut whatever findings that the ombudsman will forward to the impeachment court,’ he said.

          He added: “There’s a presumption that if you don’t rebut it, it’s true.”

          Corona has thumbed down calls for him to explain his alleged $10-million bank deposits before the impeachment trial that resumes today.

          After meeting with his lawyers, Corona issued a denial and instead said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales should explain why she initiated an investigation on an allegation not supported by evidence.

          “I don’t own any such $10-million deposit. It simply does not exist,” Corona told The STAR.

          Corona, however, called on the Senate to invite Ombudsman Morales to the trial should the House prosecutors raise this new allegation at the resumption of hearings.

          “Why doesn’t the Ombudsman instead explain how she came up with that incredible, fantastic and mind-boggling amount?” he said.

          The Chief Justice also said he sees no need for him to face the Senate sitting as an impeachment court.

          “How can anyone be made to explain something that does not exist?” he asked critics who are urging him to explain the alleged hidden wealth during the trial.

          Angara to CJ: Expect fairness

          Angara said he expects the impeachment proceedings to be shorter and more focused after the defense team announced that they only have 10 witnesses left to present.

          He assured the Chief Justice of fairness even though his son, Rep. Sonny Angara, is a spokesperson of the House prosecution team.

          “He can expect fairness in all aspects from me… cause the reason, as you may have noticed, I’m not standing up and making commentaries is precisely out of respect for the perception that I must act in strict neutrality, the cold neutrality of a judge,” he said.

          “I’m trying to do that. I’m trying to act on this issue even-handedly, with objectivity and fairness to the Chief Justice and I recognize that right and responsibility on my part,” he said.

          “So I don’t think the issue of father and son would color my judgment,” he added. With a report from Philippine Star.

          SOURCE: ABS-CBNnews.com, Posted at 05/07/2012 12:31 PM | Updated as of 05/07/2012 6:46 PM

  53. CoronaSALN says:

    Tomorrow is the last day of filing of SALN.. filing is different than disclosing.. and clearly.. TJ Corona has no intention of disclosing it, corrected or not.. even ordinary Filipinos will surely believe that he is hiding something (er.. many things.. ) and only shows his real character – a COZENER!!!

  54. Bellissima says:

    These are the facts:

    1.) February 17, 2012 – Hontiveros, Keh, Gorres et al filed a case at the Ombudsman against the THIEF JUSTICE.

    2.) April 20, 2012 – The Ombudsman asked THE THIEF JUSTICE to explain the charges against him (the $10 Million dollar account)

    3.) April 23, 2012 – THE THIEF JUSTICE received the formal letter from the Ombudsman to explain, within 72 hrs., how he amassed the $10 million in his account.

    4.) April 24, 2012 – Hacienda Luisita ruling was handed down by the SC.

    5.) April 25, 2012 – THE THIEF JUSTICE announced that the President, or the Palace, will definitely RETALIATE against him for the ruling on the HLI case.

    It’s clear from the sequence of events that THE THIEF JUSTICE had already received the Ombudsman’s demand or order to explain his $10 million account prior to issuing the ruling in the HLI case, and in fact was issuing an extremely punitive ruling in retaliation for the investigation of his own dollar accounts. His prediction of retaliation by the Palace is actually a deflection or distraction from his own retaliatory actions.

    • baycas says:

      March 18, 2012 – Vera Files reported through abs-cbn news online:

      Ombudsman asks AMLC for Corona’s bank records
      By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files
      Posted at 03/18/2012 9:06 PM | Updated as of 03/19/2012 10:24 AM

      March 19, 2012 – Ellen Tordesillas blogged the same article

      With the network of moles in the Executive branch of government Corona bragged about during his media blitz he already knew what’s coming to him even before it’s publicized.

      And the Mole of Asia is none other than gloria and her minions (especially Merci’s sleepers at the Office of the Ombudsman).

      Corona used the HLI case to glorify himself to become the CAR (champion of agrarian reform) as PDI reported it last April 25, 2012. Neat, huh?

    • Springwoodman says:

      Learned 3: You can fool some of the people some of the time…
      Not Learned 3: …but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time – especially not CPMers!

  55. andrew lim says:

    THE OMBUDSMAN HAD BASIS FOR ASKING ABOUT THE $10M in CORONA’s ACCOUNTS

    When Corona submitted, signed and filed his SALN, the last paragraph authorizes the Ombudsman to obtain and secure documents and information about the filer.

    Essentially a waiver, this authorizes the Ombudsman to get from the Anti-Money Laundering Council information on Corona’s dollar accounts.

    This is how they got dollar account info on those corrupt generals- Ligot and Garcia, without running into trouble with the secrecy on foreign currency deposits law.

    Corona should just open the accounts and testify to finish this. Otherwise, there will be too many questions left unanswered.

    And an acquittal based on technicalities and legalities will not clear him at all.

    • Sam says:

      MDS said over dzbb radio interview

      “Sa ngayon, magko-complicate lang sa impeachment trial itong parang preliminary investigation ng Ombudsman dahil hindi na malaman ng publiko kung ano ba ang ebidensya para sa aling kaso,”
      ——————————————————–

      teka lang MDS, kala ko ba this is not a trial by the public? … paano kaya magiging magulo?

      • Elena Lemi says:

        @Sam

        Siya lang ang naguguluhan di mga Pinoy dahil pag inacquit ng senado si TJ mananagot sila sa taong bayan.

    • pelang says:

      question: can the SC en banc issue a TRO regarding the 10M dollar account? or has the Ombudsman the sole power to have it opened for scrutiny which no TRO can be issued against?

      • roy roger says:

        IMO. the Ombudsman is not covered by the TRO re opening of dollar deposits, because the thief Justice has given the ombudsman authorization to look into his assets, which include dollar deposits.

        If I’m not mistaken, the bank secrecy act does not prohibit the opening of dollar deposits if there is a written authorization from the depositor.

  56. Mel says:

    Corona asked: Explain $10M bank accounts

    Aside from his peso accounts and real estate properties, impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona allegedly has at least $10 million in bank accounts that the Ombudsman is now asking him to explain.

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, acting on several complaints filed with her office, asked Corona to explain in writing within 72 hours how he acquired several peso and dollar accounts, allegedly “grossly disproportionate” to his salary, in different banks.
    The order was dated April 20 and served on Corona on April 23.

    “This office finds that there is reasonable ground to proceed further with the conduct of an inquiry vis-à-vis the charges that you, during your incumbency as a public officer, accumulated wealth that is purportedly grossly disproportionate to your salary and other lawful income,” Morales said in the April 20 order, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer.

    In addition, Morales said in the letter that she had received information that “there are several bank accounts in PSBank and several other banks in your (Corona’s) name, including those denominated in US dollars the aggregate value of which amounts to at least US$10,000,000.”

    Through his lawyer, Ramon Esguerra, Corona responded with a terse four-point reply: (1) I do not own 10M. It simply does not exist. (2) It’s part of the black propaganda and mind-conditioning preparatory to the resumption of trial on May 7. (3) No different from the phoney LRA [Land Registration Authority] list, phoney US property list, phoney surveys, phoney letters to the Inquirer editor, etc., etc. (4) The Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over the Chief Justice.

    Three complaints
    Invoking her powers under Republic Act No. 6770, which defines the powers and functions of the Office of the Ombudsman, Morales asked the Chief Justice to reply in writing to the complaints and to the information concerning his alleged accounts in several banks.
    Morales cited three complaints filed against Corona before her office for violation of antigraft laws, invoking the Ombudsman’s power to investigate impeachable officers for serious misconduct, including violations of RA 9194, or the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2001.

    “They claim that you do not have the means to acquire properties in substantial amounts, supposedly considering your ‘indicated net worth, modest means and salary as a Chief Justice,’” the Ombudsman said in her letter to Corona.

    Complainants Ruperto Aleroza, Gibby Gorres, Harvey Keh, Risa Hontiveros and Albert Concepcion sought to have Corona investigated for allegedly amassing “real and personal properties in significant amounts” and not declaring them in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) as required by law.

    In a complaint dated Feb. 17, the complainants cited 10 pieces of real property which were presented by the House prosecution in Corona’s impeachment trial at the Senate. These include supposedly “posh” units at the Bellagio, Spanish Bay, The Columns, One Burgundy Plaza condominium developments and houses in the La Vista and Ayala Heights gated communities.

    The complainants also cited Corona’s alleged 10 peso accounts and two dollar accounts at Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) and five peso accounts with Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

    A second complaint was filed on March 1 by party-list member Walden Bello (Akbayan), Earnest Francis Calayag, Moses Mikael SD Albiento and Tristan Diane Brioso Zinampan.
    They claimed that Corona underdeclared the values of his real properties in his SALN and did not declare his property in La Vista, Quezon City, and in McKinley Hills, Taguig.
    They claimed that the “actual value of his personal properties in the amount of P31,752,623.00 exceeded the declared value in his SALN by P27,252,623.09.”

    “According to complainants, the real and personal properties supposedly owned by you and your family are manifestly out of proportion to your salary as public officer, as well as other lawful income, during your respective tenures as associate justice and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,” the Ombudsman said.

    A third complaint dated March 28 was filed by Emmanuel Tiu Santos who said Corona had unexplained wealth consisting of P24.6 million in five accounts at PSBank and P12 million with BPI.

    Santos, citing reports published in the Inquirer, pointed out that Corona also withdrew P32.6 million on the day he was impeached.

    Trial resumes May 7

    READ THE REST AT Philippine Daily Inquirer, By Juliet Labog-Javellana
    1:25 am | Sunday, April 29th, 2012

    • concerned citizen says:

      There is more on Rappler.com,explaining by documents how the Ombudsman was able to retrieve such information

      • Bellissima says:

        These are the facts:

        1.) February 17, 2012 – Hontiveros, Keh, Gorres et al filed a case at the Ombudsman against the THIEF JUSTICE.
        2.) April 20, 2012 – The Ombudsman asked THE THIEF JUSTICE to explain the charges against him (the $10 Million dollar account)
        3.) April 23, 2012 – THE THIEF JUSTICE received the formal letter from the Ombudsman to explain, within 72 hrs., how he amassed the $10 million in his account.
        4.) April 24, 2012 – Hacienda Luisita ruling was handed down by the SC.
        5.) April 25, 2012 – THE THIEF JUSTICE announced that the President, or the Palace, will definitely RETALIATE against him for the ruling on the HLI case.

        It’s clear from the sequence of events that THE THIEF JUSTICE had already received the Ombudsman’s demand or order to explain his $10 million account prior to issuing the ruling in the HLI case, and in fact was issuing an extremely punitive ruling in retaliation for the investigation of his own dollar accounts. His prediction of retaliation by the Palace is actually a deflection or distraction from his own retaliatory actions.

        • Elena Lemi says:

          @Bellisima

          With the sequences you mentioned, I remembered what @Wehh commented before na “nakaganti si TJ kay Pnoy”. So I presume the ruling of the SC on HLI was a retaliation of the thief.

    • Springwoodman says:

      Lessons Learned/Not Learned

      Learned 1: Isang tawag lang…
      Not Learned 1: You do not fight Malacanang…

      Learned 2: I know the law…
      Not Learned 2: The law will trip you up…

      • Rene-Ipil says:

        Springwoodman @217.2

        Lesson:  Do not fight malacanang.

        Another lesson: Never underestimate your enemy.

        The manner Corona talks about Pnoy, he has no respect for the latter’s ability.  Corona also misjudged Pnoy’s character.

        According to a columnist who almost correctly predicted all the turn of events during Pnoy’s run for the presidency in 2010, Pnoy is intelligence and security savvy.  Meaning that he has already the necessary information – evaluated, classified and processed into intelligence – when he started lambasting Corona.

        I am sure that as the president and commander-in-chief, Pnoy has the mind boggling capability to acquire reliable information about anybody if he chose to have it.  In intelligence parlance it would be in a “need to know basis”.

        But of course any man, whether the president or the chief justice, has his limitations.  And it seems that Corona does know his limitations.

        Onward OPM!

    • maddog says:

      if corona was able to amass this much alleged ill-gotten wealth, what about former ombudsman gutierrez? makes one wonder.

      • jocko 7874 says:

        Amassing wealth by itself is not all that bad to me. But what really is, are the donors who keep on prying your halls of justice, and your government offices ready to heap piles and piles of piso on these officials to make decisions the “way of the piso”.

        These “donors” are not small street vendors, but are from the mega corporations and “elite” families like PAL, Mega World etc. two of whom have been proven to have “taken care” of CJ. If this practice does not stop, turning the corner on corruption will never happen.

        Me thinks, that right now there must be more then a few who are “sweating” in their pants, hoping that the CJ will never reveal the names of donors as to how he has amassed and acquired all his ill-gotten wealth.

        But therein lies the rub….for he can loose every centavo he or his family has acquired, but still have that “ACE” up his sleeve….that information.. that will allow him to go back and ask for more to keep his “mouth shut” and not reveal where it all came from and especially the “reason it was given”….for if that information came to light…gosh can you imagine.how many cases that would entail…and the reversals that may happen? Be very hard to think of the repercussions that would be echoed in your halls of justice because of one “greedy” man and his cohorts. (lawyers would have a field day huh)

        I cannot imagine that his attitude would ever change, the information in his head will always make him “secure”, no matter how many bad decisions goes against him and how the public will remembers and preceive him. He wins in the end…. hopefully it is just a very small battle with the war to be decided by you people in here.. and all the contributors who made this info known, and to other blogs, and to Ms Raissa…especially for her quality and impartial reporting.. and to her mom and dad.. who raised her with morals and scruples.. surely they are so very proud of her… as they should be…and to all you others here and world wide, of Filipino blood running in your veins….with the exception of the trolls of course he he he…but hopefully they will see the “light’ some day…

        Let’s see what happens and if the office of Ombudsman does do something about it?

        Hawaiians have a word for this movement “Imua”.

    • Mel says:

      How did the Office of the Ombudsman get around the bank secrecy law, which expressly states that no foreign currency deposits may be examined without the “written permission of the depositor?”

      It’s simple. Corona has given the Office of the Ombudsman the permission.

      Waiver

      The Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) is not only a document that requires public officials to declare their assets. It is also a waiver allowing the Office of the Ombudsman to verify declarations by the same public officials.

      At the back of the form, a paragraph on top of a filer’s signature reads:

      WAIVER: SALN documents also act as waivers allowing the Ombudsman to verify assets declared by public officials

      “I hereby authorize the Ombudsman or his duly representative to obtain and secure from all appropriate government agencies, including the Bureau of Internal Revenue, such documents that may show my assets, liabilities, net worth, business interests, and financial connections to include those of my spouse and unmarried children below 18 years of age living with me in my household covering past years to include the year I first assumed office in government.”

      When we asked Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales about the issue in a recent press conference, she explained: “The provision is such that the filer of the SALN authorizes the Ombudsman to determine the assets of the filer in agencies including the BIR.”

      Source: How Ombudsman got access to CJ’s dollars, by CARMELA FONBUENA, http://www.rappler.com
      Posted on 04/29/2012 6:59 AM | Updated 04/29/2012 10:03 AM

      Imagine, before the Easter/Lenten break of the Senate Impeachment on R Corona, almost everyone was grappling how and where to get around the R Corona’s Supreme Court’s iTRO on his foreign currency accounts, notably at PSBank.

      The answer is, and was just right under the sniffing noses of people. Holy $hit.

      Has any one missed which one of the SALNs were signed for the waiver? Which SALN form format/layout (document) VERSION did the Honorable Ombudswoman used?

      Reviewing the old articles of Raïssa since last year, I don’t recall seeing (maybe I’m wrong) that waiver to that effect. Or probably in some of the hundreds of comments posted – there must have been one.

      TIMING? Wherewithal, the Bellagio Condo Units were just the Tip of the Iceburg!

      NGAYON, ang malaking tanong.
      Will the Senate Presiding Officer (JPE) allow or request the Ombudsman to shed light on her ‘discoveries’ in reference to Article II of the Impeachment?

      As for R Corona’s public politicize rebuttal? He’ll cry wolf that it is another gov’t persecution. He’ll be mastering for another concocted script to belie the Ombudsman’s findings.

    • Johnny lin says:

      @Mel
      At last, the greatest secret has been put out in the open.

      If you remember in December 2011, upon the release of the impeachment charges, even before the trial started, we had lengthy discussions with many commenters including our good natured friend, a lawyer, sorry, I forgot his handle. In that I was adamant on pressing two points. The first point was Article II of the 8 charges has the most claw to convict. The second point was my answer to one poster that the big surprise would be the revelation of ill gotten wealth in foreign deposit accounts of Corona that would aghast everybody on the mindboggling amount.

      When the trial started it was in Raissa blog that Anti Money Laundering Law topic came up into our discussion long before other newspapers picked up the topic because of the testimony of PSB president and their TRO petition with the SC. I posted then that the real reason of PSB position was not about following the FCD law but their public exposure on the investigation by AML unit of unreported dollar accounts of certain depositors which PSB violated by unreporting.

      All those points are now dots connected by the Ombudsman revelation. Fortunately, before the trial ended the constant insinuations on the enormous dollar deposits of Corona were vindicated. The trolls and the skeptics could no longer accused our discussion as hearsay.
      Our sources were more than reliable, not only on the AML involvement with the dollar accounts of Corona but also the inter connection between Tatad, Maceda, Corona and Binay.

      Somebody is really watching the back of PNoy

      He he he!

      • Mel says:

        @Johnny Lin

        You wrote, ‘…we had lengthy discussions with many commenters including our good natured friend, a lawyer, sorry, I forgot his handle.’

        @Saxnvoilins, nawala na sa radar. Busy siguro…

        Yeah, you’re spot on máte.

        I hope the others would find time to read the Raïssa Robles’ articles as far back as late November to early December, including the comments.

        Its good reading.

      • JiroArturo says:

        @Johnny Lin

        Wala bang prosecution power ang AMLC? Diba sila dapat ang nag request kay Corona na magpaliwanag siya sa mga dollar deposits niya. O hindi alam ng AMLC ang dollar deposits dahil ang PSB hindi nag re-report sa AMLC? Meron naman silang periodic examination diba? O nagbubulagan lang ang AMLC?
        Meron bang ebidensiya talaga ang Ombudsman sa $10M ni Corona?

        • baycas says:

          http://www.amlc.gov.ph/amlc.html

          Functions:

          – Requires and receives covered or suspicious transaction reports from covered institutions (banks and all other institutions and their subsidiaries and affiliates supervised or regulated by BSP; insurance companies and all other institutions supervised or regulated by the IC; and securities dealers and other entities supervised or regulated by the SEC);

          – Issues orders addressed to the appropriate Supervising Authority (the BSP, IC or SEC) or the covered institution to determine the true identity of the owner of any monetary instrument/property subject of a covered or suspicious transaction report or request for assistance from a foreign State, or believed by the AMLC, on the basis of substantial evidence, to be representing, involving, or related to the proceeds of an unlawful activity;

          – Institutes civil forfeiture proceedings and all other remedial proceedings through the Office of the Solicitor General;

          – Causes the filing of complaints with the Department of Justice or the Ombudsman for the prosecution of money laundering offenses;

          – Investigates suspicious transactions and covered transactions deemed suspicious after an investigation by AMLC, money laundering activities, and other violations of the AMLA;

          – Applies before the Court of Appeals, ex parte, for the freezing of any monetary instrument/property alleged to be proceeds of any unlawful activity as defined in the AMLA;

          – Implements such measures as may be necessary and justified to counteract money laundering;

          – Receives and takes action in respect of any request for assistance from foreign states in their own anti-money laundering operations;

          – Develops educational programs on the pernicious effects of money laundering, the methods and techniques used in money laundering, the viable means of preventing money laundering and the effective ways of prosecuting and punishing offenders;

          – Enlists the assistance of any branch, department, bureau, office, agency or instrumentality of the government, including government-owned and –controlled corporations in undertaking any and all anti-money laundering operations, which may include the use of its personnel, facilities and resources for the more resolute prevention, detection and investigation of money laundering offenses and prosecution of offenders;

          – Imposes administrative sanctions for the violation of laws, rules, regulations and orders and resolutions issued pursuant thereto; and

          – Examines or inquires into bank deposits/investments upon order of any competent court in cases of violation of the AMLA, when it has been established that there is probable cause that the deposits/investments are related to an unlawful activity. No court order, however, is necessary in cases involving kidnapping for ransom; narcotics offenses; and hijacking, destructive arson and murder, including those perpetrated by terrorists against non-combatant persons and similar targets.

          To ensure compliance with AMLA, the BSP may inquire into or examine any deposit or investment with any banking institution or non-bank financial institution when the examination is made in the course of a periodic or special examination in accordance with the rules of examination of the BSP.

        • johnny Lin says:

          AMLC does not have prosecutory power but it could freeze any criminally suspicious bank accounts anytime and request the owner to give written explanation, except in the Philippines where a court order is needed, the reason Philippines AmL unit is under regulatory probation.

          They could give secret information if they want to proper authorities and further investigation could be instituted like what Ombudsman did.

          Ombudsman inquiry was constitutionally legal based on SALN signature of Corona. Whatever his lawyers are saying about the authority of Ombudsman on investigating his dollar accounts is all baloney. The lawyers dont mind looking stupid to knowledgeable people like OPMers, all they care is release to the press their unfounded alibis.

          Defense lawyers will no longer present the original SGV forensic accountant as their witness, which they promised before the trial recess.

          The accountant withdrew from the case. He asked the lawyers why Corona was lying to them. They said they could not pry him to reveal all his secrets. He told them they are inutile for tolerating him since Corona should have been treated like any of their regular clients and argument ensued. The accountant was so pissed off for wasting his time and lying to him for enticing him to try defending a crook with false documents.

          He he he

          • JiroArturo says:

            @johnny Lin
            How did you find out the forensic accountant will not testify anymore? Wala naman akong nababasang kahit na katiting na balita na ayaw ng tumistigo yan accountant na yan. Baka pwedeng kunin hostile witness ng prosecution. Naging circus na tuloy ang trial. Salamat sa info Johnny.

        • Victin luz says:

          @jiro Ganito kasi ang court procedure dyan.

          1. File a verified complaint against Corona. Done 3 x by Miss Hontiveros and etc. 2. Ombudsman power to prosecute and INVESTIGATE govt. Employees incluing
          Corona. During the process of invistigation, they go to AMSLA. 3. AMSLA- power to examine the dollar accounts of Corona, after Ombudsman
          findings of probable cause- during impeachment hearing dollar accounts of
          Corona comes out and the waiver of Corona SALN for Ombudsman to
          Investigate further and now they go to AMSLA.
          4. AMSLA complied with the order of Ombudsman, kaya lumabas na ang
          detalyadong dollar deposits sa PSB. I believe other banks too, may hawak na
          ang Ombudsman.
          5. Ombudsman can issue suspension order to Corona ( preventive) while they are
          Investigating Corona for a possible impeachment trial again next year.
          6. Ombudsman following this kind of procedure , was to prepare Hon. Morales
          to go to the witness stand and divulge everything about money laundered by
          Corona pag maramdaman nang mamayan thru PINOY na we can not get the
          2/3 vote to convict Corona.
          7. Ombudsman has also power to order AMSLA to freeze the dollar and peso.
          deposit ni Corona. Palagay ko JIRO wala nang kawala si CORONA. With those
          surveys favoring conviction and this dollar deposits opened to public. GULO
          pag di nila e convict si Corona.

          • Victin luz says:

            Jiro,

            pasensya na na researched ko. Your question must have been better explained by lawyers of CPM er’s , maybe they are too busy. For your information i am not a lawyer but a beautician after retirement with the Govt.. Siguro kagaya mo ako na kaya sumama dito ay both to contribute our litlle knowledge to our environment and to learn more of everything to our co-bloggers, nevertheless you can count on my researched .

  57. Kabalyero01 says:

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/184339/corona-asked-explain-10m-bank-accounts#disqus_thread

    what is “phony” here is the way Coronas’ defense team parroting like typical trapo
    politicians defending the indefensible.

    “…… Corona responded with a terse four-point reply: (1) I do not own 10M. It simply does not exist. (2) It’s part of the black propaganda and mind-conditioning preparatory to the resumption of trial on May 7. (3) No different from the phoney LRA [Land Registration Authority] list, phoney US property list, phoney surveys, phoney letters to the Inquirer editor, etc., etc. (4) The Ombudsman has no jurisdiction over the Chief Justice.”

    • pelang says:

      he can not claim he doesn’t own 10M nor it doesn’t exist. otherwise, why did he promise to show his dollar account “in time”? that means, he does have a dollar account, whether it’s 10M dollars or empty now, he has to show it. from that, the movement of the contents of his passbook could be traced to end somewhere (transferred to another account or withdrawn thru Manager’s Checks- which is traceable. 10 Million dollars will be too bulky if withdrawn cash).

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      Kabalyero @216

      In regard to the $10M, Corona said “I do not own 10M. It simply does not exist.”

      I think he is telling the truth this time.  It would be a lie if he said “I did not own 10M.  It simply did not exist.” Corona has mastered the art of telling lies by telling the truth.  So I remember his cousin Demetrio Vicente from Marikina.

      @136  I posted on April 21, 2012:

      “No dollars would be declared in the 2011 SALN because nothing of it is left as of December 31, 2011.”

      Again, remember what Corona said before.  “I am not stupid.” That may be true before but not anymore.

      Onward OPM!!

  58. Vibora says:

    Latest news from PDI.
    By: Juliet Labog-Javellana

    OMBUDSMAN’S ORDER:
    Corona asked: Explain $10M bank accounts

    “Aside from his peso accounts and real estate properties, impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona allegedly has at least $10 million in bank accounts that the Ombudsman is now asking him to explain.
    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, acting on several complaints filed with her office, asked Corona to explain in writing within 72 hours how he acquired several peso and dollar accounts, allegedly “grossly disproportionate” to his salary, in different banks.
    The order was dated April 20 and served on Corona on April 23.
    “This office finds that there is reasonable ground to proceed further with the conduct of an inquiry vis-à-vis the charges that you, during your incumbency as a public officer, accumulated wealth that is purportedly grossly disproportionate to your salary and other lawful income,” Morales said in the April 20 order, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer.
    In addition, Morales said in the letter that she had received information that “there are several bank accounts in PSBank and several other banks in your (Corona’s) name, including those denominated in US dollars the aggregate value of which amounts to at least US$10,000,000.”

    Sabi nga ni Ted Faillon, “mind boggling”
    Link: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/184339/corona-asked-explain-10m-bank-accounts

  59. 209.1 RE: chit navarro says: April 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Wow! Ms Raissa this IS GREAT as a lecture piece or a case study for graduate school analysis by State Univs and Colleges which teach and grant degrees in Agriculture. We know this is right under our nose of indifference but the nail needs hammer to make it sink into our brains.

    This guy or lady should be invited to speak to faculty and students fora and symposia all over the country. Invite ALSO speakers from those who all their lives fight as part of their livelihood for the welfare of our farmers.

    This piece is one jewel of Plaza Miranda’s shinning armor of FACTS.

    In those forums and symposia, TO PRSENT THE MYOPIC (este proper interpretation) SIDE OF THE LAW Johnny Lin must be invited to speak also.

    209 re: Johnny lin says: April 27, 2012 at 7:41 am

    “After SC final decision on HLI, let us face the facts:
    The price tag is 1989 price for the land. Who will pay the Cojuancos? The government, meaning the taxpayers. Who will pay back the government? The awarded farmer?”

  60. Mel says:

    Ombudsman reminds gov’t execs, employees of SALN deadline Monday

    Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales reminds government officials and employees that the deadline to filing their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) is on or before April 30.

    Morales also reminded officials and employees to accomplish their SALN truthfully.
    “It is high time that we instill the perspective of not just filing the SALN but of accomplishing the same with honesty by correctly and completely abiding with the requirements of the law,” the Ombudsman said.

    Source: By Tetch Torres, INQUIRER.net 5:09 pm | Friday, April 27th, 2012

    ——
    Defense wants Corona to keep 2011 SALN secret

    • Elena Lemi says:

      @Mel

      So where is the transparency there? The thief should know that he is being impeached at present. Lalo na mga defense. Di nila tayo maisahan babantayin natin yan!

      • Mel says:

        @Elena

        My 2 cents on this debacle where men of law admonished their client, a man who sits as Chief of Justice, supposedly of honesty, integrity, credibility and apolitical in the dispense of justice – in & out of the chamber.

        The Judiciary’s Code of Conduct is as good as recycled toilet paper.

        See 210.1

        • Elena Lemi says:

          @Mel

          I agree with you specially the recycled toilet paper of the Code of Conduct in the Judiciary.
          Now, it’s about the $10M dollars that the Ombudsman had unearthed. I don’t think this time around, the TJ can evade it. Another is the Senate as jurist/judges. Am really waiting for the continuation of the impeachment trial.

          • Mel says:

            May 7, 2012, resumption of the Corona Senate Impeachment.

            Ombudsman can present CJ dollar deposits: Angara

            MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Edgardo Angara on Monday said the Office of the Ombudsman can present its findings on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s alleged $10 million in foreign currency accounts.

            Speaking to ANC’s Headstart, Angara said the Ombudsman has the right to conduct a fact-finding inquiry into Corona’s dollar deposits. He said the Ombudsman can secure an original copy of Corona’s dollar accounts despite a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court.

            “Its findings are officially acceptable as evidence in any judicial, as well as administrative bodies…and basic presumption of irregularity. That’s why i said its just fair that we provide the defense an opportunity to rebut whatever findings that the ombudsman will forward to the impeachment court,’ he said.

            He added: “There’s a presumption that if you don’t rebut it, it’s true.”

            Corona has thumbed down calls for him to explain his alleged $10-million bank deposits before the impeachment trial that resumes today.

            After meeting with his lawyers, Corona issued a denial and instead said Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales should explain why she initiated an investigation on an allegation not supported by evidence.

            “I don’t own any such $10-million deposit. It simply does not exist,” Corona told The STAR.

            Corona, however, called on the Senate to invite Ombudsman Morales to the trial should the House prosecutors raise this new allegation at the resumption of hearings.

            “Why doesn’t the Ombudsman instead explain how she came up with that incredible, fantastic and mind-boggling amount?” he said.

            The Chief Justice also said he sees no need for him to face the Senate sitting as an impeachment court.

            “How can anyone be made to explain something that does not exist?” he asked critics who are urging him to explain the alleged hidden wealth during the trial.

            Angara to CJ: Expect fairness

            Angara said he expects the impeachment proceedings to be shorter and more focused after the defense team announced that they only have 10 witnesses left to present.

            He assured the Chief Justice of fairness even though his son, Rep. Sonny Angara, is a spokesperson of the House prosecution team.

            “He can expect fairness in all aspects from me… cause the reason, as you may have noticed, I’m not standing up and making commentaries is precisely out of respect for the perception that I must act in strict neutrality, the cold neutrality of a judge,” he said.

            “I’m trying to do that. I’m trying to act on this issue even-handedly, with objectivity and fairness to the Chief Justice and I recognize that right and responsibility on my part,” he said.

            “So I don’t think the issue of father and son would color my judgment,” he added. With a report from Philippine Star.

            SOURCE: ABS-CBNnews.com, Posted at 05/07/2012 12:31 PM | Updated as of 05/07/2012 6:46 PM

          • Mel says:

            ANOTHER FOREIGN CURRENCY ACCOUNTs OF R CORONA?

            Corona also has euro accounts, says civic group

            They’re just bank summaries, says defense lawyer Ramon Esguerra

            MANILA, Philippines – One of the petitioners before the Office of the Ombudsman who sought a probe into Chief Justice Renato Corona’s bank accounts alleged he has documents to prove the chief magistrate has at least US$2 million in several accounts in seven banks.

            Civil society group “Kaya Natin” convenor Harvey Keh showed ABS-CBN News purported bank statement summaries which show Corona’s alleged dollar accounts as well as euro accounts.

            He said he got the documents from someone he does not know.

            Keh said he has already submitted the documents to the office of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, hoping that these can still be admitted as evidence in the ongoing impeachment trial.

            One of the bank accounts show a beginning balance of $379,500.00 in January 2011. “The amount should have at least appeared in his [Corona’s] 2010 statement of assets, liabilities and net worth,” Keh said.

            He said the supposed dollar accounts were never disclosed in Corona’s Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth.

            He noticed that “there were heavy withdrawals” from the accounts each amounting to $150,000, $250,000 and $300,000 in December 2011, when Corona was impeached by 188 members of the House of Representatives.

            Keh also said he received “evidence” allegedly pertaining to euro accounts of Corona.

            He also obtained the names of some of the individuals who allegedly deposited money in Corona’s bank accounts, but Keh chose not to name them.

            Keh claimed one of the individuals is a local government official who has a pending case before the Supreme Court.

            Another individual who allegedly deposited money in Corona’s dollar account is close to a high-ranking government official.

            Keh is one of the petitioners in three cases lodged against Corona before the Office of the Ombudsman.

            Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales earlier directed Corona to explain a total of $10 million deposited in several banks.

            “This office finds that there is reasonable ground to proceed further with the conduct of an inquiry vis-à-vis the charges that you, during your incumbency as a public officer, accumulated wealth that is purportedly grossly disproportionate to your salary and other lawful income,” she said.

            Sought for comment, defense lawyer Ramon Esguerra said the impeachment court should not accept Keh’s documents since these are only bank summaries.

            “I’ve seen them, they’re just summaries of alleged bank documents,” he said.

            He also said Keh is a polluted source and counted him as one of Corona’s critics.

            Keh said he is hoping that the banks named in his documents provide supporting details.

            He said this development is another reason why Corona should explain his bank deposits, he said.

            SOURCE: by Henry Omaga Diaz, ABS-CBN News, Posted at 05/07/2012 9:14 PM | Updated as of 05/07/2012 9:14 PM

  61. Thinking Out Loud says:

    Has anyone read this article written a year ago by a certain Joseph Santolan? Your comments please on his allegations about the HLI issue.

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/jul2011/phil-j07.shtml

    Thanks

  62. Balikbayan says:

    @CPM:
    In response to some mention of Binay in previous blogs here:
    After Binay announced his run for Presidency, I held my nose tight.
    I have no axe to grind, but what I have read about Binay is that he has unexplained wealth (millions of dollars?); he thinks dynastically (wife temporarily replaced him as Mayor, son installed despite Binay’s promises to a loyal deputy, daughter to Congress, another to run as Senator); he chooses Marcos lackeys (Maceda, Tatad), Erap boys (two Erap boys to Senate, yuck!), Enrile son (wasn’t he a known bully, spoiled brat and womanizer among his cohorts?) election cheat (Zubiri) for his Senatorial slate.
    CPM, following Binay, it is not too early to start thinking about a list of good candidates for President. With our collective knowledge and wisdom, perhaps we can have some influence on who will be the next President. Or at least, we can stop another thief from becoming President.

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      @balikbayan @211

      In addition, an article in Rappler says that Binay lobbied for the 
      plea bargain of General Garcia.  See link below:

      http://www.rappler.com/nation/4227-binay-lobbied-for-general-charged-with-plunder

      • priscila sereno -reyes says:

        @Rene-ipil,di ko maisip kung ano layunin ni Binay bilang president,bakit iyong mga kampon ni GMA ay ipinagtatangol niya,e mayaman na naman siya .mga buhay pa e nabubulok na ang kaluluwa .

        • Rene-Ipil says:

          Priscila @211

          Bakit nga ba si Binay ay gusto pang mag-presidente eh pagkayaman-yaman na niya?

          Una: Para maprotektahan ang ilegal na yaman nya.
          Ikalawa: Para madagdagan pa ang yaman nya.
          Ikatlo:  Para ipakita Sa lahat – kalaban o kampi – na Hindi Lang siya mayaman,  pinakamakapangyarihan pa. 

          One must know his limitation.  It appears that Binay does not.

          Onward OPM!!

      • baycas says:

        Re: rappler.com/nation/4227-binay-urged-aquino-to-consider-garcia-plea-bargain

        The weakness of the case against Garcia is the reason as can be read from Binay’s memo to PNoy.

        Baka makalusot na naman gaya ng mga perjury cases (Note: Military SALN flaw):

        abs-cbnnews.com/nation/06/18/09/ex-afp-comptroller-acquitted-again

    • Thinking Out Loud says:

      Agree. It is never too early to scrutinize and expose these wannabe’s. It is about time that we Filipinos learn how to choose our public servants (i refuse to call them leaders for now). Nakakalungkot nga lang isipin na marami pa rin talaga tayong mga kababayan ang bumuboto ayon sa kung sino ang sikat, kung sino ang napapanood sa TV, whether good or bad publicity. haaay, much worse, most of these people eh yung mga hindi nagbabayad ng buwis, mga pabigat sa lipunan. kawawa ang mga middle class sa Philippines. kandakuba ka sa pagta-trabaho, magbabayad ng malaking buwis, na dapat ay pantustos sa mga proyekto na mag-aangat lalo na sa mga lower class (social justice daw eh), pero ibubulsa lang ng mga iniuupo ng mga lower class din. what an irony.

  63. Sam says:

    Just read that Corona’s defense team wants to keep CJ’s 2011 SALN secret.

    Question, pwede bang nila gawin yan?

    • Mel says:

      Defense wants Corona to keep 2011 SALN secret

      Lawyers yet to decide if Coronas will take witness stand

      MANILA, Philippines – Chief Justice Renato Corona’s defense team on Thursday said he should not publicly disclose his statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) for 2011.

      They believe that doing so will go against a Supreme Court resolution that disallows justices from disclosing their SALNs.

      Lawyers Tranquil Salvador, Rico Quicho, and Karen Jimeno said Corona is not consulting them on what he should put in his new SALN.

      All government officials and employees are required to submit their 2011 SALN on or before April 30.

      Meanwhile, Corona’s lawyers said they intend to finish with their presentation of evidence within 12 days to 3 weeks after trial resumes on May 7.

      However, they believe this may not be possible because some factors — such as the interrogation of the prosecution and senator-judges’ grilling – are beyond their control.

      Corona’s defense team said they have at least 10 remaining witnesses.

      But until now, they still haven’t decided if they will put either the Chief Justice or his wife on the witness stand.

      They said they still don’t see any need to do so, claiming the prosecution has failed to present strong evidence to prove that Corona has committed an impeachable offense and should therefore be convicted.

      Former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza will go back to the witness stand on May 7, the first day of the second round of the impeachment trial.

      Source: by Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News
      Posted at 04/26/2012 9:41 PM | Updated as of 04/26/2012 9:43 PM

      • Thinking Out Loud says:

        Knowing how wicked they are, they will surely find a way to twist the law to be able to do it. But the question is “Why hide it?” That in itself is a proof that there is something going on. They are making fools out of us. Kagigil.

        • Mel says:

          This is one example where ‘lawyers’ are complicit to and tolerate irresponsible wrong doings of magistrate(s).

          The person indicted is not any ordinary gov’t employee. The Chief, the highest magistrate of the land. And here, low-life officers of the court cow-tow for what are obviously unlawful (‘sins’) not only to their profession, but to the law of the land.

          Just the same, they skirt behind their legalese, mumbo-jumbo that the Chief is but only human, and that he is allowed to keep it secret, or better still – to correct his omissions to his heart’s content.

          Part of the job? Where do you draw the line? When you openly and publicly tolerate your client’s unlawful conduct to avoid a ‘guilty’ charge for Article II impeachment complaint.

      • kabayan2020 says:

        itong si Thief Justice at Defense team pinagloloko lang tayo. hahaha! Ilang weeks na silang nakapahinga, till now d pa sila makapag decide kung haharap nga sa witness stand ang mag asawang kurakot!
        MGA DEFENSE LAWYERS, HINDI BA KAYO NAHIHIYA SA MGA PINAGSASABI NYO? parang mga kindergarden ang tingin nyo sa mga tao. LOL!

    • maddog says:

      hopefully someone will find a way. by not challenging the tro against the opening of $ accounts, the ic will now have some difficulty because the sc is now emboldened.

      how can the ic be so stupid to allow the tro against opening the $ accounts when that tro i
      was decided by friends and enemies, which guarantees no impartiality, of the chief justice?

  64. Johnny lin says:

    After SC final decision on HLI, let us face the facts:

    The price tag is 1989 price for the land. Who will pay the Cojuancos? The government, meaning the taxpayers. Who will pay back the government? The awarded farmer?

    Each farmer will be awarded a piece of land probably at least one hectare per farmer? How would he pay back the government from his income from a measly hectare of land to till?

    If the farmer decides to sell, how long shall he hold on to the land before selling? Could the land be converted to residential lot on selling or remains to be an agricultural land? How much will the farmer is allowed to sell the land, at 1989 price for how long or 2012 price immediately?

    If the farmer is allowed by the government immediately at 2012 price because the government bank wants it money back repaid immediately, would that be subject to another litigation or w the SC decision fair to the Cojuangcos.

    The SC decision brought more questions to the government and more problems to the farmers on repayaing the lots unless they think they dont have to repay the government.

    When GMA awarded ancestral lands and mountain settlers to Aetas in Pampanga, the stipulation was the awardee could not sell the lot for at least 10 years. The difference the GMA awarded lots were residential pieces compared to the HLI.

    Does the end justify the means?

    • chit navarro says:

      No, not at all. Owning a piece of property through land reform is not a solution to the economic marginalization of farmers tilling the land. Tell me, which land reformed property have made farmers rich? I have been a witness to a thousand-hectare area in Nueva Ecija subjected to land reform. The government distributed the lands to the farmers; paid the owner part in cash and part in bonds with 10-year/20-year maturity. Hindi pa naibibigay ang mga titulo ng lupa, naisanla na ng mga farmer-beneficiaries ang kanilang share: proceeds ng sanla, pinambili ng TV, tricylcle, radio at nagpagawa ng bahay. Wala nang pera para pambili ng seedlings, fertilizers, pambayad ng traktora para mag-araro at dahil may TV at radyo na sila, may kaunting porch, tamad na rin magtrabaho. Yong tricycle na inutang nila, hindi na mahulugan. Nong natauhan sila, they started to become farmers again but the usurious interest on their loans eat up their share of the property – until they were thrown out of their farms and went back to the old man, begging his kindness to re-settle them in the portion of the property not subjected to land reform. Nasaan na yong mga miyembro ng UNION & their lawyers who poisoned their minds to agitate for land reform? Siyempre, nawala na dahil nakuha na nila yong legal fees & shares nila in millions…. And we are talking here of ricelands where you can have 3 harvest seasons in a year.

      That’s what will happen to HLI tenants. Ngayon pa lang, marami nang nagsasabi na yong mga totoong tenant-tillers are not among the list submitted to DAR as beneficiaries. The only people who will profit from this are the militant groups & their lawyers. The tenant-tillers will have worse fate than now.

      Tell me, how can you cultivate a one-hectare sugarland and make money out of it? It takes 14 months for sugar cane to be cultivated until it reaches the mill. At the mill, you are given a quedan for your share in the sugar content of your sugarcane. Then you bring this to the bank for the cash equivalent, minus allt he fess that the bank can think of. No bank will give you a loan for a 1-hectare property planted to sugarcane. I have been there – I managed a 5,000 hectare property in Cagayan for sugar cane – at the start, the landowners were so “glorious” because the bank would release sugar crop loans so easily – they started travelling, buy newer cars, trucks, etc. – but when reality set in, sugar content is not as expected, and the banks started to squeeze & foreclose, well… wala na rin. And sugarcane is the hardest plant to cultivate because it is very dependent on the weather… not just on water but alson on sunshine. And sugarland can not be converted into riceland because of its soil content…. it’s far different. I don’t know if one can plant onions or garlics or veggies… but I doubt.

      That’s why it’s no wonder that the tenant-tillers opted for stock distribution in the three referendums that were conducted by NGO’s. They were just being practical. As it is, they farm the land, they get paid and they get shares in the profits, if any. Wala silang sakit ng ulo as to where to get the money for cultivation, fertilizers & transport to the mill. It’s a loooong and lengthy process for sugarcane farming – far more tedious and laborious than ricefarming.

      As you said, @JohnnyLin – it brought more problems to the farmers UNLES THEY THINK THEY DON’T HAVE TO REPAY THE GOVERNMENT: a very important clause that I am sure is not properly explained to the farmer-beneficiaries. In the earlier land reform programs, beneficiaries thought all the while that the land they are getting is FREE….

      • RE: chit navarro says: April 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

        Wow! Ms Raissa this IS GREAT as a lecture piece or a case study for graduate school analysis by State Univs and Colleges which teach and grant degrees in Agriculture.

        This guy should be invited to speak to faculty and students fora and symposia all over the country. Invite ALSO speakers from those who all their lives fight as part of their livelihood for the welfare of our farmers.

        This piece is one jewel IN Plaza Miranda’s shinning armor.

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      @johnny, chit @209

      The job of the government does not end in the distribution of land to the agrarian reform beneficiary (ARB).  It has the duty and responsibility, through DAR, DA, Land Bank and other government agencies to make sure that the land becomes productive and profitable by providing the necessary support in terms of organization, financing, technology, equipment, facilities, transportation and other infrastructuresto attain the desired objectives of agrarian reform.

      Many say that in the past decades the government was a failure in implementing it’s agrarian reform programs. I agree.  The main reason was simply the lack of funds to support the ARBs after land distribution.

      Now, there is less corruption in government; more revenues are collected; transactions and expenditures are transparent; more funds are available; and the people are participating to promote good governance.

      If we could have good leaders beyond the present regime, there is every reason for the ARBs to succeed and prosper, and become productive members of the society.

      As to the specific problems attendant to the HLI ARBs, I think it would be the best if they were organized as a cooperative and given full support in all aspects by the government.  This should be done by the government to provide a model of a successful land reform  project if only to show its foes and allies the way to “daang matuwid”.

      Onward OPM.

  65. Cha says:

    @yvonne

    I agree. These recent developments have once again shown us the true nature of this man.

    He is a dangerously devious pretender who now paints himself as the champion of the poor. A modern  day Robinhood who has taken from the rich hacenderos to give to the poor farmer. Never mind that the same so called “supreme” court of his also just recently slammed the door on the coconut farmers’ claim to the coco levy funds usurped by the even richer Danding Cojuangco; who to those in the know, is by far one of the most powerful man in our country, politically and otherwise.

    Does anyone else suspect something sinister in the timing of the handing down of these two SC decisions ? The obviously unpopular one came just a few days into the impeachment court recess, time enough for it to influence the thinking of those beholden to Boss Danding. And time enough for its negative impact to fade away and be replaced by this other more benevolent image of a “hero of agrarian reform”. (my foot!)

    To further milk this most “supreme” of all interventions, Corona is now predicting a retaliation from President Aquino; such that he emerges as a mere victim of a “vindictive” Pnoy should the impeachment court’s decision not be favorable to him. Some kind of storyteller he is, huh?

    Someone better take back the narrative from this narcissistic con-man. We need another Sister Flory or another Tampa, Florida to stop him on his tracks and expose him again for the lying fraudster he actually is. 

    I pray that Raissa has another scoop on him soon. Pretty please…

    • Rene-Ipil says:

      @cha, Yvonne 

      I am truly happy that the government will pay Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) the 1989 valuation.  

      In effect, the government does not have to allocate about 5B to pay HLI and wait for 30 years to recover same from the former beneficiaries, if they ever pay.  Imagine what 5B can do in terms of schools, hospitals, roads and other infrastructures built.   A portion of the 5B may also be used to help the farmer beneficiaries in making their farms more productive and their harvest more marketable to earn more profits.  This can be done by providing better technology, appropriate post harvest facilities and good market conditions to the farmers.

      But the result does not always justify the means used.  The HLI decision is clearly a subterfuge to preempt any move by Pnoy to campaign for Corona’s ejectment as chief justice, whether by conviction in the senate or through people power.

      • Elena Lemi says:

        @Rene-Ipil

        I will think differently. Why? After the distribution kaya ba ng mga farmers na mag plant & pay the gov’t whatever the amount na bigay ng DAR? I am not a haciendero but will think as a businessman. Sige bigay ko price at hand pag di nag survive ang farmers sino ang lalapitan nila? Dapat ang pagiisip natin pang matagalan hindi now lang. Sino ang nag rally? Taga Hacienda Luisita ba lahat? It’s a big NO! Better scrutinize before commenting because babalik sa atin.

        • pelang says:

          what do you think the poor farmers would do to the land that would be distributed to them? they don’t have the means to even till it for lack of maschineries, seedlings, fertilizers irrigation sytem etc. then, mangungutang pa sila pambayad sa lupa na natanggap nila gaano man ka-mura, ang isang hectare ay 10,000 sq.meters. ipagbibili nila ‘yon sa malaking halaga, bibilhin sa kanila ng mga ma-kwarta (maaari din pamilya ng mga Cojuangco uli, who knows?). which defeats the reason why the DENR wanted to distribute the lands to the farmers in the first place, so that they can till the land, grow food on it, sell their own products themselves, in short be their own masters. how many farmers are involved? how much land are each farmer entitled to? kaya bang i-manage ang isang pamilya ang isa o 2 hektarya, wala man lang maschine, walang ready market for their produce? Sana tangkalikin sila ng mga groceries, supermarkets natin. pag hindi, mabubulok lang ang mga produce nila lalo na’t marami silang farmers na magkukumpetensiya. tapos, ano? hindi sila makakabayad ng inutang nilang mga binhi, fertilizers, at saka siguro maschineries, working animals like carabaos. in the end, magkakautang pa sila, babawiin sa kanila ang lupain nila ng bankong pinagkautangan nila, and they’ll end up poorer than before.

          • raissa says:

            That’s what the DAR is supposed to do. Help out.

          • Rene-Ipil says:

            @pelang

            Thank you for taking time to explain the possible aftermath of land distribution to farmer beneficiaries.

            @elena lemi

            Rest assured I’ll further hone my knowledge about agrarian reform. Let me just say that I thought (rightly or wrongly) that I have learned enough about the subject from my study of the agrarian reform law, it’s various rules and regulations, pertinent operation manuals, relevant supreme court cases and DAR legal opinions, and my personal interactions with DAR officials, Register of Deeds, and farmer beneficiaries themselves, and personal observation for quite a time of the status of parcels of land awarded to farmers.

            May be I could help if you ask me specific question on specific problem on agrarian reform.  In that way, I will be forced to review and further study the matter.  And I also learn in the process.  So thank you for your time.

            Onward OPM!!

    • Victin luz says:

      @cha

      1. Sister Flory must take the witness stand so as her neice and courtesy of the senators- jurors.
      2. @Yvonne is right, their must be a way to indict Carina and Carla in US and it should be fast , better if before may 6.
      3. Other properties of Corona must come out, in Batangas, Baguio , Tagaytay and other key Location in the Philippines like Puerto Princesa City to be used in a righteous propaganda against Coronas Supreme Court’s monumental decisions favoring the ” masa”.
      4. Vigilant to the would be inducement of pro corona media between VP Binay and PINOY. 5. CPM must be cautious and not directly HIT senators – jurors. 6.PINOY must be MAGNANIMOUS in accepting the decision of Hacienda Luisita.

      • JiroArturo says:

        @Victin luz

        On what ground could you indict Charina or Carla? Not declaring they have properties in the Philippines? Has anyone seen their tax returns (Form 1040)?

    • Yvonne says:

      @Cha

      My recollection is that President Aquino had a small minority stake in Hacienda Luisita and that he completely divested himself of that property when he became President. Thus the Supreme Court decision on HLI has no financial bearing on the President.

      Therefore, for CJ Corona to come out with an unsolicted comment emphatically stating that he expects “for sure” a retaliation from Malacanang is a clear indication of his continuing devious ploy to politicize the Supreme Court and, by extension, of the judiciary

      We should not allow him to divert the public’s attention from his impeachment trial. We should continue to ask, until we get the answers:

      When will Corona open his dollar bank accounts as he repeatedly promised to do?

      Where are his proofs that Carla and Charina are the rightful owners of the properties that the prosecutors are attributing to him?

      Where are his proofs that Carla and Charina have the financial capacity on their own to purchase those properties?

      Why does CJ Corona need a mailing address in the U.S.?

      Why did CJ Corona select the 1401 Bayshore property as his mailing address, when he could have selected Carla or Charina’s mailing adress?

      Is CJ Corona aware that a Limited Liability Company (LLC) linked to a Bayshore address was organized in early January of this year, whose purpose is for “any and all lawful business”?

      Is CJ Corona aware that a CEO of a company engaged in quarrying business in Batangas is also linked to the LLC?

      I’m not saying that CJ Corona is linked to either the LLC, or to the quarrying business in Batangas. I’m not suggesting that either. I’m only asking, please explain the circumstances of your selecting the 1401 Bayshore address so that inquiring minds will know the truth and not draw any wrong conclusion.

      These are legitimate questions to ask of a public official – especially of someone in a high position of public trust.

    • Yvonne says:

      @Cha

      My recollection is that President Aquino had a small minority stake in Hacienda Luisita and that he completely divested himself of that property when he became President. Thus the Supreme Court decision on HLI has no financial bearing on the President.

      Therefore, for CJ Corona to come out with an unsolicted comment emphatically stating that he expects “for sure” a retaliation from Malacanang is a clear indication of his continuing devious ploy to politicize the Supreme Court and, by extension, of the judiciary

      We should not allow him to divert the public’s attention from his impeachment trial.

  66. David says:

    My gosh, Thief Justice Corona’s Inferior Court out did themselves. You can not divide a large portion of land in half and expect it to work. How are you going to divide it into 6,000 plus pieces and expect it to work. Say goodbye to Hacienda Luisita and a large volume of sugar of sugar production. WELL DONE INFERIOR COURT! and the rest of you assistant Thief Justices for doing what you do best, creating chaos in your own self interest and that of your brain dead leader.

  67. Yvonne says:

    CORONA EXPECTS PALACE TO RETALIATE AFTER LUISITA RULING

    Chief Justice Renato Corona feels that the Aquino administration will retaliate after the high court issued its final ruling to distribute the land in Hacienda Luisita to farmer-beneficiaries.

    In a text message to reporters, Corona answered “sigurado [I’m sure]” that the administration of President Benigno Aquino III will get back at him.

    The above is excepted from ABS-CBN news:

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/04/25/12/corona-expects-palace-retaliate-after-luisita-ruling

    The Supreme Court decision on HLI will stand even if Corona inhibited himself from the case; his vote was not a decisive factor. So why is Corona saying that the Palace will retaliate against him?

    It is either Corona is strongly politicing the Supreme Court, or he is unwittingly admitting that he is exerting influence over the other Supreme Court justices.

    Either way, Corona is showing his true color, and it’s telling us what klnd of Chief Justice he is.

    • Johnny lin says:

      @Yvonne
      Agree with you 100%% that Corona’srefusal to inhibit and his allies votes against Lusita is not only suspect but tainted to the highest degree.

      Their majority vote upon the instigation of Corona implied by his own text message without provocation was to spite the President and blame him if Corona is convicted as an act of vengeance. That was the only possible conclusion relayed by Corona text message to media.

      He could have kept his mouth shut but he could not resist to be in the limelight, much different from any previous CJ in the Philippines or anywhere in the world. He has attained another stripes to his Guiness book of World Records awards and inclusion in Ripley’s Believe it or Not journals.

      Undoubtedly, this HI was the proof that the SC is for hire, this vote was personal on the part Corona and his cohorts.

      IF CORONA DID NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH TOO SOON, the decision could be praised as fair to the farmers.

      This vote was also a message to those with pending cases in SC that there is a magic 8 Mafia in the SC. Luisita ruling was also Good advertisement also for Corona lawyers.

      God bless Philippine justice. “Blessed are the rich, poor are poorer in court”

      It came directly from the horse mouth without provocation. The more the people should be vigilant with impeachment decision. Upon conviction and the SC justices decide to intervene we should urge all Filipinos to storm the Supreme Court.

      • Rene-Ipil says:

        @johnny Lin 

        Better if a plebiscite or referendum would be conducted to authorize the president to reorganize the supreme court. The referendum would be the voice of the people in effecting a constitutional amendment.

        Onward OPM!!

        • Johnny lin says:

          @Rene-Ipil

          Selective Constitutional changes, yes to referendum or 2/3 Congressional mandate but immediate replacement of Mafia SC justices needs sovereignty, that is We the People.

          Cutting the head sooner deters a vicious animal from harming anyone anymore.

          • Rene-Ipil says:

            @Johnny Lin

            Agree. Agree. Cut the head soonest.

            My assessment of the people’s pulse is that if the senate did not convict Corona, the sovereign Filipino people would oust the whole Arroyo court.

            So, the Arroyo 8 should better lift the dollar TRO and stop meddling with the senate.

            Tama Na.  Sobra Na.

    • Sam says:

      @Yvonne

      Like what I’ve posted below … his objective was obviously of vendetta, and he applauded himself..

      • Yvonne says:

        @Sam

        Well, here is a message to CJ Corona:

        If we cannot get justice in our country we will not hesitate to take the fight in the U.S. You involved Carla and Charina in your impeachment trial by arguing that they are the owners of properties that the prosecutors are pointing to be yours. That being the case, it will be open season for Carla and Charina in the U.S. We will use the very same argument and evidence that you are using in the impeachment trial to connect them to those properties in the Philippines, and we will find out if those properties are rightfully declared for U.S. taxation purposes.

        And since Miriam’s name was also mentioned during the hearing, we will also look into her properties for US taxation purpose.

        • techburns says:

          @yvonne hinay hinay lang… while I agree that we should look into the childrens wealth too, I don’t think they are stupid to break US laws. Who knows, Charina might have declared the Mckinley property now and just paid interest for late declaration.

          I understand your emotions but, if you are planning on something, don’t post it here as if they can’t read it.

          wag po sanang masamain ang comment ko. Kasi sa tingin ko wala na tayong scoop na makukuha sa kanila dahil alam na nila na maraming matang nakatingin.

          • Yvonne says:

            @techburns

            Your sobering comment is well taken.

            • Balikbayan says:

              @techburns and @yvonne:
              If Charina filed the correct taxes in the U.S., she would be in deeper trouble. Her prior returns must show the interest & dividends of her bank accounts (which will indicate the amount of cash she had prior to the McKinley investment) and equities she may have sold in order to pay for McKinley.
              Assuming that she could not have raised the capital by herself (Salgado did not participate here, recall), a forensic analysis by the U.S. authorities, at PR’s request will show that money laundered from someone else paid for this transaction.

              • jorgebernas says:

                SA GINAWA NI THIEF JUSTICE NATO CORONA NA DINAMAY MGA KAWAWANG MGA ANAK SA MGA ANOMALYA NIYA. SIYA NA MISMO ANG SISISIHIN NANG MGA ANAK AT NANG SUPREME COURT DAHIL NILABAS NI THIEF JUSTICE NATO CORONA MGA BAHO NANG STUPID COURT NA KARAMIHAN AY TUTA NI PANDAK AT CORONA….KAYONG MGA ASO NI PANDAK AT CORONA MALAPIT NA KAYONG HATULAN KAYA SANA MAGBAGO NA KAYO AT HUWAG MAGPABILI SA KINANG NANG PERA PARA HINDI KAYONG 8 JUSTICES MAG MUKHANG PERA… MAKAKARMA DIN KAYO….

        • scg II says:

          my 3 daughters are all Physical Therapists. My eldest is a PT for 22 years. Married with 2 sons. Yes she has a nice house and expensive vehicles, but she got no savings of more $100 thousand. She works as a home care therapist.. She earns twice as much of a PT in the hospital. My second is a PT who is married to an American who is an IRS auditor. She has a beautiful house and expensive cars too. and my 3rd is a home care PT who has no $100 T savings. So who will believe that Charina sent 15M pesos to Corona for a house in McKinley?.

      • AngLagay says:

        Well… what can we expect to a “SNAKE EYES” like him? Filipino will be better off without that 8 mafia in the supreme court. About time to impeach or kick them all.

    • sam says:

      @Yvonne

      this is the reply to CJ posted at ABS-CBN website
      ————————————————————–
      A Palace spokeswoman on Thursday reminded Chief Justice Renato Corona about his promise to open his dollar accounts in his impeachment trial.

      In a text message, Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte said the country has not forgotten Corona’s promise to open his dollar accounts despite the chief magistrate’s efforts to skirt the issue.

      “Kahit ipagpatuloy pa ni Ginoong Corona ang kanyang pagpupumilit na ilihis ang mga isyu palayo sa kanyang paglilitis, hindi pa rin makakalimutan ng mga nagmamasid ang kanyang pangakong buksan ang kanyang dollar accounts. Nagiintay pa rin ang taumbayan,” she said.

  68. Rico Gloria says:

    This is a litmus test for Cyber Plaza Miranda.

    As I mentioned in my earlier comments in this article (#182), we have been against the Chief Justice, but I supposed not for the personalities concerned but for the principles we have been fighting for.

    The CJ has been the current representation of what is wrong in our government esp judiciary and we are strongly against that. Not the person itself, I hope.

    When I read the PDI today about the SC decision on HLI valuation, I was stunned with the value discrepancy 1989 values pegged HL at P196M against the 2004 valuation of almost P5B.

    That is huge money. And surprisingly, Sereno voted against the majority.

    Now the question remains more relevant considering what was at stake. More than P4B in money made by that singular decision.

    If we are to remain steadfast to the very principles that we are fighting for against corruption in our judiciary. I believe we should also turn now to a more watchful eye to the events that are beginning to emerge on the current government.

    I still believe that P-Noy has been true to his words by far. But what is at stake now is more critical than ever. We do not want P-Noy to fail esp that his family, relatives, Danding Cojuanco, etc are of course putting pressure on him now with regard to this issue.

    It is but ignorant of us if we completely ignore what is at stake here. I am not saying there is something wrong with his intentions to clean up the judiciary what I am saying is that he is in a very critical situation right now.

    If Ms. Robles can do some investigative work with regard to certain issues surrounding HL that wud be wonderful.

    All I am saying and I have been consistent with this is that we are fighting for principles here. Shared principles. Not over personalities. Although sometimes we get carried away, I know.

    So if we are against corruption in any form. Be it in Arroyo form or Corona, we are also against corruption if it takes the form of Cojuangco or Aquino.

    Bottomline:watchful eye.

    • baycas says:

      For the record:

      MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Voting 14-0, the Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 24, reiterated its ruling ordering the total distribution of Hacienda Luisita to about 6,000 farmer-beneficiaries.

      In a separate voting, the SC also stood pat on an earlier ruling that the Hacienda Luisita Inc (HLI) should be compensated based on a 1989 valuation of the land. Eight justices voted in favor of the majority decision on the valuation issue, while 6 dissented.

      Those who voted in favor of the 1989 valuation were Chief Justice Renato Corona and Associate Justices Presbitero Velasco, Jr., Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Arturo Brion, Roberto Abad, Martin Villarama, Jr., Jose Perez, and Jose Mendoza.

      The 6 justices who voted to refer the land valuation for just compensation to HLI to a special agrarian court were Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano Del Castillo, and President Benigno Aquino III’s 3 appointees: Maria Lourdes Sereno, Bienvenido Reyes, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe.

      Justice Antonio Carpio inhibited himself from the case because the former firm he belonged to represents a bank that purchased a portion of the hacienda.

      http://www.rappler.com/nation/4280-draft-sc-on-hacienda-luisita

      Related link is Sereno’s lone dissent on the valuation:

      http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2011/november2011/171101_sereno.htm

      —–

      I requested Ma’am Raissa to post her SCMP news article on this issue for everyone to read and possibly comment on.

  69. langkawas says:

    CJ sings banana potato song ~ watch please!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=x0PcHS1bhQ0

    ~

  70. Balikbayan says:

    @CPM:
    In the U.S., you don’t need volumes of personal documentary evidence and scores of witnesses to arrest a fraudster and thief. Lifestyle checks and personal bank accounts can be ordered even by a small city mayor. (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/small-illinois-town-comptroller-accused-stealing-millions-200808914.html).
    Yesterday, lawmakers in Mexico called on authorities to investigate the bribery allegations of Walmart executives. (http://news.yahoo.com/u-lawmakers-launch-wal-mart-bribery-investigation-190247403–finance.html).
    Perhaps our lawmakers can ask U.S. authorities to investigate Rene, Cristina and Charina for money-laundering and improper U.S. taxes allegations.

    • manny says:

      @Fellow Balikbayan,
      Thanks for the above links, I hope our local media pick up those stories. In PH , its
      often the mayors , local LGU officials doing the corrupt practices because they see their
      own governors, representatives, senators up to the president of the country doing the same thing but could hide it better from the public.
      Our own laws on money laundering has lots of loop holes and since many in the judiciary are corrupt, lawyers used it to their advantage thus no one is punished.
      So what do we do about it ? .. Educate more people of this cancer like what CPMs and OPMs are doing in this forum. Spread the word to your relatives, friends here and abroad. Start writing letters/ emails to the newspaper editors, even to the staff of all elected officials esp senator-judeges.
      On the Corona’s matter I believe US authorities are doing their share however
      those findings only good if our own authorities do something about it. Though its in the US interest to get portion of those hidden wealth in form of taxes , that it needed badly.
      Btw, in San Diego , CA a very popular , a war hero, politically connected US congressman is in jail for several years now because of corruption.
      To my fellow Balibayans ( who are back ) for years we’re blessed, we benefited from an open government, where fairness practiced, where an ordinary person even a Basurero can own his own home DO tangible things to shared those blessings.

  71. On TOPIC PERHAPS MORALE BOOSTER

    Ms Raissa and her Plaza Miranda contributors will not claim due credit BUT for the thousands of readers and commenters, the first two paragraphs OF this early NEWS contain the details of Plaza Miranda’s “mental strength and collective wisdom” the gist which probably shaped and determined the survey results. More power to CYBERWORLD’S PM.
    —————————
    More bad news for Corona in SWS poll
    Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:46 am | Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/181583/more-bad-news-for-corona-in-sws-poll

    Most adult Filipinos last month believed that Chief Justice Renato Corona kept hidden wealth, that he intended to help former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to flee the country and that he accepted special favors in office, a survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS) found.

    The survey also found that more than 46 percent believed that people power should be used to force Corona to step down should the Senate impeachment court decide to acquit him.

    • SURVEY RESULTS RE-STATED IN ANOTHER WAY when percent becomes number of people or warm bodies:
      http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/181583/more-bad-news-for-corona-in-sws-poll

      “ A total of 1,200 (100%) respondents nationwide were shown cards with statements related to the impeachment trial. They were asked to rate each statement whether they “strongly agree,” “somewhat agree,” “undecided,” “somewhat disagree” or “strongly disagree.”

      The survey found that 756 people out 1,200 (63%) agreed on the statement, “Chief Justice Corona has hidden wealth based on the undeclared money and assets in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.”
      144 (12%) out of 1,200 disagreed, while 288 (24%) were undecided.
      SWS data showed that majorities 660 to 924 (55% to 77%) out of 1,200 respondents in all areas and socioeconomic groups believed the hidden wealth charge against Corona, with the percentage highest in Metro Manila (77 percent) and among the ABC class (69 percent).

      To the statement that Corona “intended to help former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband to flee the country and elude the charges that she is facing,” 696 people out of 1,200 (58%) agreed. 204 (17%) of 1,200 respondents disagreed while 276 (23%) were undecided.

      The majority of the respondents in all areas and socioeconomic classes agreed on the statement. It was 70 percent in Metro Manila and 73 percent in class ABC.
      The survey also asked the respondents whether they agreed that Corona “accepted special favors like discounts in the condominium and plane tickets.” 684 people of 1,200 (57%) agreed, 168 (14%) disagreed and 338 people (28%) were undecided.
      Agreement on this statement was highest in Metro Manila (69 percent) and class ABC (76 percent).

      Forty-six percent (or 552 respondents) agreed on the statement, “if the Senate does not convict Chief Justice Corona, then people power should be used to force him to step down.” Twenty-eight percent (336 people) disagreed while 25 percent (300 people) were undecided.
      ——————
      WHAT IS THE POINT OF converting percentages into number of people? So that CPMers may profound their own discernment.
      My own discernment: A period of more than a month is a luxury of time not given EVEN to despots to cut and cut clean for a hurried exit. The impeachment trial may just re-open for its formal closure. Closure will not deny the people to ask high court renegades to RESIGN or face the music.

  72. Wehh says:

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/04/24/12/sc-affirms-hacienda-luisita-valuation-p196m

    Sa wakas nakaganti na din si CJ Corona kay Abnoy. Sana magcomply na finally ang HLI at wag na mag-initiate ng delaying tactics si Abnoy. Mukang huli na ang mga research ni Prosecutor Robles. Sayang binayad sayo ni Noynoy matanggal niyo man si Corona at least may decision na. Goodbye HLI. Simula na to ng pagbagsak ng Yellow Army Bwahahaha ^_^

    • raissa says:

      Talaga?

      Ganti yon?

      Kala ko isang boto lang siya?

      Kung magaakusa ka dapat hindi anonoymous. Wagdu ka talaga.

      Siguro sinasabi mo binayaran ako dahil ikaw ang tunay na bayaran. Magkano ba? P10,000 bawat comment mo dito?

      • Wehh says:

        Wehhh di nga? Ikaw hindi bayaran? E ano tawag sayo wahaha. Ah talaga isang boto lang sya? Pero sa tingin mo walang bearing ang decision niya sa ibang AJ? Haha magisip ka. Alam mo kasi kung objective ka lang ng journalist/blogger,hindi puro mga kalaban lang ng admin tinitira mo. Ibahin mo minsan para di halata bwahaha.

        • raissa says:

          Why are pro-Corona people so CRUDE?

          Ikaw ba taga-bantay sa mga California properties? Wala kang magawa?

          • Wehh says:

            Ah talaga?Baka ikaw ang walang magawa dahil puro paninira sa mga kalaban ni PNOY ang inaatupag mo. Hindi ako Pro-Corona, ang akin lang maging objective ka at hindi bias. Ibahin mo naman ang storya mo.Yung mga pinapatay ni PNOY sa HL iresearch mo din. Kaya ka nasasabihang bayaran ng admin e masyado kang obvious.

            • raissa says:

              read my articles on Hacienda Luisita on PNoy’s photo

              hindi ka nagbabasa talaga. ngawa ka lang.

              • hadassa says:

                @wehh, raissa please, give yourself a favor, huwag mo nang patagalin ang pag de-de-tour ni wehh. inutusan lang yan ng nanay nya bumili ng suka,at napadaan dito, please lang,,,,paki flush mo na yan, baka mag wehh-wehh pa yan dito. palagay ko buntot ni bayaran yan. hayaan mong magsama sila sa poso negro. hindi mo dapat sinasayang ang oras sa mga commenters na mababaw. bye wehh……

        • kabayan2020 says:

          eh di inamin mo na din na sya talaga may gawa ng flip flopping..
          bakit ganon, pag maganda decision, parang si corona lang ang dapat papurihan… pag pangit, dapat lahat sila..

        • andrew lim says:

          @Wehh,

          Quoting you:
          “Pero sa tingin mo walang bearing ang decision niya sa ibang AJ?”

          So ibig mong sabihin yung sa FASAP case at pagpapatakas kay Arroyo, may impluwensiya sya sa ibang AJ.

          So hindi pwedeng gawing depensa ni Corona yung one vote lang sya gaya ng sinasabi nya.

          bwa ha ha ha

        • choy says:

          @wehh…inamin mo na rin na ang thief justice mo ay nag iinfluence ng ibang justices sa sc sa kanilang disisyon, ibig sabihin tama ang akusasyon ng prosekusyon sa flip- flopping decisions ng sc sa fasap… huli ka!

      • Rico Gloria says:

        Hi Raissa,

        Hope you don’t get too riled up by somebody like that.

        When you get to respond to them, then they already succeeded. A post like that deserves no attention.

        Let them be. Discerning readers know.

        Trust us. It wud take more than just stupid post like the above to ruin what you have done by far.

        Do not waste your time. Do not even continue to read through posts like that.

        Have a good one.

        I know that a journalist like yourself shud deserve a better treatment than what these trolls are dissing out. But hey, even nobel laureate have their own crazy critics.

        What I am saying is that you can not really do without them. Accept them as they are. They have become now a part of your work.

        And the best thing is, all you have to do is IGNORE them.

        • Rico Gloria says:

          The sentence “Have a good one”, is supposed to be placed at the end to avoid confusion.

        • AngLagay says:

          A very good suggestion, Rico. Otherwise, dapat ibasura or delete that kind of blog. By the way, talaga bang sobra na ang kapal muk ni corona? Bakit kailangan niyang magbigay ng boto sa kaso ng Hacienda Luisita? Kong talagang professional siya at may sariling prinsipiyo, dapat tumulad siya kay Mr. Carpio na nag-abstain. Kasi may complict of interest siya. At kong sa ibang bansa nangyari itong impeachment ni corona…. for sure temporary siyang magpi-file ng “LEAVE OFABSENT” However, alam ko na sa Pinas… KAPIT TUKO sa puwesto ang marami sa mga may mataas na katungkulan. Garapal at manhid! Hindi na tinatalaban ng hiya… sa kapal ng balat para bagang maysoot na bullet proof. Only in the Philippines.

        • Wehh says:

          Baka ikaw ang stupid.

          Ikaw pala bobo e pag hindi niyo pala kapareho ng opinion stupid na, at pag katulad niyo na member ng yellow army magaling na. Oh Come on ^_^

          • Victin luz says:

            @Wehh,

            Balato naman dyan o. Dami nyo palang dollar ni corona 10m$. pambili kolang sana ng sling shot armas ko panlaban sa mga dayuan sa SCARBOROUGH. tang nalang Kung ayaw mo sa bigay.he he

    • jeffcrazy says:

      the SC just redeemed themselves 6 years after they issued the TRO against the PARC from implementing the land distribution.. if you bother to read the SC resolution back in July 2011, they still affirm the stock distribution option, and after the SC and Pnoy had their conflict on the TRO for GMA’s watchlist order. thats when they come up for the land distribution via their resolution on Nov 2011. you dont even bother to refute Ms. Robles by laying down sensible arguments and instead always resort to ad hominem..

      hence your empty thoughts from an equally empty mind..

    • LeeN says:

      I don’t know which planet you’re from, but it’s populated by people who can’t read. Please note that the Aquino administration’s stand on HLI was for land distribution, per the pleadings of the Solicitor General.

      Raissa is no paid hack, I’m certain. I’m also sure you’re a paid bully.

      • Wehh says:

        Ah talaga at pano ka nakasiguro. E anong purpose ng paninira nia kay Corona? Search for Truth Hahaha. Muka nio.

        • jeffcrazy says:

          wehh, cant you do any better than resorting to ad hominem attacks? you give troll a bad name hahahaha…

          • Wehh says:

            E ano paki mo bat masyado ka affected ikaw ba kinakausap ko.

            • jeffcrazy says:

              hahahaha.. pikon ka pala eh.. nainggit ako kc lahat sila inatake mo, ako lang ang hindi.. di mo kc mabasag mga argumento ko eh nyehehehe… o kaya takot ka lang saken? you give troll a bad name.. at least ung iba, nakikisama sa diskurso at nakikisali sa palitan ng kuru- kuro na may sense at hindi lang puro basura ang lumalabas sa bibig!

        • Elena Lemi says:

          Wehh

          Anong paninira ang ginawa b kay Corona? Lahat naman nakasaad ay totoo. Gamitin mo utak mo. Sad to say wala ka ngang brain!

          • Wehh says:

            Baka ikaw ang walang brain. Pustahan pa tyo mas bobo ka saken dahil nagpapaniwala ka sa chismis dito.

            Kung totoo pala edi ipresent nio sa Impeachment Court, sa tamang venue.

            Panomo nasabing totoo may decision na ba ang IC?

    • sam says:

      @Wehh

      alam mo? actually it was not “nakaganti” si Corona… its more of like the song “I started a joke” wherein the joke was on Corona.

      its still a battle won for the Yellow Army.

      • Wehh says:

        Ah so inamin mo ng yellow army ka nga hahaha. Pano magiging battle won e ang root cause naman kaya gusto ipatanggal si CJ e para iprotect ang HL. Ipamigay na kasi ang lupa at wag na ibahin ang issue. Umpisa pa lang ng term ng presidente yan na ang challenge sa kanya.

        • angie says:

          mabuti nga yan tapos na ang issue ng HLI. wala ng pwedeng gamitin si Corona.

          e yung mga pro-Corona mismo ang nagsasabi na ang issue ng HLI ay hindi about rule of law kundi about” pag-ganti.” so who’s talking about rule of law?

    • radioactive balut says:

      Wow! Hindi lang po kayo ang natutuwa at maipapamahagi na ang HLI sa mga farmer beneficiaries. Sigurado ako kahit yung mga yellow armies gusto rin na mangyari yan. Nakakalungkot lang para sa inyo dahil tinitingala ninyo si Mr. Corona bilang agrarian reform hero. Matagal na sana yan napagdesisyunan kung hindi lang puro mga kawatan ang mga nasa SC.

      • Kabayan2020 says:

        Sa tingin ko napaganda pa nga yung pagkaka impeach Kay corona, napa bilis yung decision sa hli… Kung Hindi siguro sila nabubulatlat,, Baka nagkakabigayan pa dyan. Corona is not a hero for me, but I can say thanks for doing their job!

      • jcc says:

        My relatives have a case with the SC. It was not a high profile case because it involves only 27 hectares confiscated by DAR in 1972 and were distributed to 30 farmers but was never paid. We sued Land Bank and DAR for payment. The case was tried in RTC and it was decided after two years that the valuation per hectare was P98,000/hectare, Land Bank went to CA wanting the govt. to pay it only at P12,000/hectare. Land Bank went to CA, CA affirmed the decision of the RTC. LB filed an MR, CA reverses. We went to the SC – SC after almost twelve years ordered that the DAR pay it in accord with the land valuation of P12,000/hectare established by DAR and pay some interest of 6 per cent per annum.So from 1991, the case was finally disposed of by the SC in 2011. Twenty long years and my relatives were dead and some of their children were also dead.

        In 1991, neighboring farm lands were being sold at P150,000/per hectare. So Land Reform is confiscation of land from those who have it and distribute them to the landless.

        In the HLI, the minority would direct the DARAB (a division of DAR) to compute the payment based on the formula of production per annum mulltiplied by price support per picul of sugar x two, (that is the formula for rice land.. i.e., annual gross production multiplied by govt, price support per cavan x two). This is what the SC did in our case. Remand the case to the lower court and for DARAB to compute the ‘just compensation.’

        But here, the majority ruled that HLI should be paid at the 1989 rate of the land at P40T/hectare.

        You can see how the SC perverts the law to suit its own bias.

        http://jcc34.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/sc-decision-on-hacienda-luisita-a-deodorizer/

        • Sam says:

          @jcc

          I read the article that you pointed. Obviously, the objective was of vendetta. Look at the news, corona applauding himself.

          The farmers would truly feel their triumph as of the moment. But … I feel a little sorry for the farmers. (i’m sure any person who is into agriculture would know why)

    • sam says:

      @Wehh

      You mentioned “nakaganti”, so this means that your saying our Judicial system makes their decision not based on “FACTS” and only based on vendetta?

      Therefore… Violation of Public Trust.

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