Who will dare ask Chief Justice Corona these questions?

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By Raïssa Robles

[UPDATE: Was it me you were referring to, Mr. Renato Corona, in your opening statement at the Senate impeachment court? Because there are a lot of other journalists who have been writing about your alleged hidden wealth. But I seem to be the only one who wrote about your name’s connection to certain US properties.

If that was me you were talking about, then I suggest you get together with Ninez Cacho-Olivares and Bobi Tiglao and form a fan club. I warn you, admission is high. Only dollars are accepted.]

After a defiant and feisty opening speech, CJ Corona abruptly left the court. But apparently, the Senate was prepared because the lockdown was swift. Corona was forced to return to the court - on wheels.

Meanwhile, these are the questions I wanted to ask you, being the Supreme Court Chief Justice, but I never got the chance because all my requests for interviews were met with silence:

1. On September 26, 2001, Marichu Villanueva of The Philippine Star quoted you as having issued a press statement inside Malacanang Palace where you were then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s chief aide. In answer to allegations made by Jose Maria Basa III that you were using your office to sway decisions in your wife’s favor in the matter of the family feud inside Basa-Guidote, you said in a Malacanang Palace statement which Marichu wrote for the Philippine Star:

“From the very beginning, I have purposely stayed away from the financial and material affairs of my in-laws,” Corona said in a prepared statement.

“This private case is a family dispute over inheritance within their family and I do not even know how this came about. For Mr. Basa to accuse me now of meddling in this inheritance case is unfair, baseless and un-Christian,” Corona said.

Unknown to us then, but now known to us because of the direct testimony of former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, your wife Cristina received P34,703,800 payment from the city of Manila on June 5, 2001. The check was made out “in trust” to her. June 5, 2001 is only around three months before you issued that September 26, 2001 statement from Malacanang Palace that you had “purposely stayed away from the financial and material affairs of my in-laws.”

1.1 How do you now reconcile that statement you made in Malacanang Palace with ex-Mayor Atienza’s recent testimony that you had accompanied your wife  twice to see him on the Basa-Guidote property?

1.2 How did you introduce yourself then to Mayor Atienza? Did you give him your calling card? And what was written on your calling card?

2. Unknown to us in 2001, but now known to us because of the direct testimony of former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, your wife Cristina received P34,703,800 payment from the city of Manila on June 5, 2001.

I heard you say just now during your opening statement before the Senate impeachment court that Malacanang Palace is very powerful and can do anything. Do you think that on June 5, 2001 when your wife Cristina obtained the P34 million check from the city of Manila – at a time when you were already a close Malacanang aide of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo – the P34 million check was a manifestation of what you just said – that Malacanang Palace is very powerful and can do anything?

3. Your defense lawyer Judd Roy told the Senate impeachment court that you took out the CASH ADVANCE  between September 5 and September 30, 2003 from Basa-Guidote Inc. when the shares had not yet been auctioned off to your daughter Carla Corona-Castillo.

3.1 When was the exact date you obtained the CASH ADVANCE?

3.2 Whom did you request to obtain the CASH ADVANCE?

3.3 What exactly is the CASH ADVANCE for? Why would a corporation like Basa-Guidote give you a CASH ADVANCE when you are not even connected to it; while (in fact) you were an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court at the time?

3.4 Why call it a CASH ADVANCE? Why, for instance, not call it a LOAN?

3.5 Was there anything put in writing that had to do with the CASH ADVANCE?

4. After your daughter Carla won the auction on September 30, 2003, was it your understanding that she in effect owned the company Basa-Guidote?

5. If she owned the company, were you paying back to her the CASH ADVANCE you got from the company?

6. I am confused in this matter. Your lawyer Ramon Esguerra told me that your wife in effect owned Basa-Guidote. To your knowledge, who now owns Basa-Guidote – your wife or your daughter?

7. Did you pay any interest for the CASH ADVANCE?

7.1 If you did not, why not?

8. Your Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) from 2005 to 2009 show that the amount of the CASH ADVANCE was dwindling, until it totally disappeared in the 2010 SALN. Does this mean you were paying off or reimbursing the CASH ADVANCE?

9. To whom were you giving back the millions that you were returning to Basa-Guidote? To your daughter or to your wife? Or to someone else? Or to no one in particular?

10. Do you have documentary proof to show that you were indeed paying back the P11 million CASH ADVANCE from 2005 to 2009/2010?

11. How did the Basa-Guidote money from the sale of the Manila property end up in an account in which you are the sole signatory?

11.1 Who put it there and by what authority?

11.2 Is there any documentary proof that you in effect became the “trustee” for the millions of Basa-Guidote?

11.3 If yes, please may we see it?

12. When your daughter Carla Castillo-Corona won the auction of the Basa-Guidote shares, were you knowledgeable about the fact that the one whose shares were being auctioned off had already died?

13. As an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by then (since you assumed office on April 9, 2002) is it your sworn duty to ensure that justice is done to every Filipino including the late Jose Maria Basa III?

14. Assuming that you did not know then that Jose Maria Basa III had died even before the auction, we can assume that you know now that he did die before the auction because this was revealed during your trial.

15. Now that you do know that Jose Maria Basa III died even before the court could rule on the libel complaint against him, what in your opinion as Supreme Court Chief Justice should now be done with the sales proceeds of the Basa-Guidote property?

16. As the Supreme Court Chief Justice, do you believe that the crime of libel of Jose Maria Basa III was extinguished upon his death and therefore he could no longer be convicted and his property in the form of Basa-Guidote shares of stock could no longer be garnished and then auctioned off?

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  1. 724
    kontrapilo says:

    Corona’s removal from office is just the beginning ; Punish him with a jail sentence would be the best things to show to our corrupt public officials that there is indeed justice in our country, Pakiya po natin na yung mga kurap at magnanakaw ay mapaparusahan, let there be NO MERCY for corrupt public officials, par naman sa ganun, mula sa local government hanggang sa itaas, makikita ng taong bayan na walang kinikilingan ang batas.PANAHON NA magbago, PANAHON NA , para tayo umunlad, PANAHON NA,

    • 724.1
      jjvillamor says:

      I’ve read Kim Henares being quoted to that effect – that he will be investigated for ‘possible’ non-payment of taxes.

      But aside from taxes, I hope the Ombudsman also steps in. Aside from the unexplained wealth in the form of bank deposits. I would think that his 4 posh condo units, whether he lives there, rent it out, or just let them gather dust, should be very strong “evidence” against Corona in a life style check investigation

      • 724.1.1
        kontrapilo says:

        Let us finish the game, umpisahan nyo at tatapusin ko; The GUILTY verdict was just a starter, without the real punishment, then we will only invite another corona to come.

  2. 723
    jjvillamor says:

    CORONA ACCEPTS VERDICT (I hope it is not because the SC,sans the ex-CJ, has already made it known that they will accept the IC vote)
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/203039/corona-accepts-senate-verdict

    Hopefully, that means the end of a chapter

  3. 722
    Lu Tsih says:

    Thank you JPE and the IC court for a job well done. We will not forget this.

    One big victory for the Filipino nation to have Corona convicted and fully impeached by the IC. The work ain’t finished yet. More of Corona’s nightmares to follow.

    How could we, the people, continue the ball rolling in holding other corrupt government top brass accountable, removed from office, and prevented from holding public offices ever again? This momentum should not be alowed to go cold and dissipate into thin air of euphoria.

    We need to be more vigilant, now that we have experienced real victory without blood shed.

  4. 721
    jjvillamor says:

    Justice has prevailed. 16:3 for conviction. Will the other senator vote?

    Revilla voted guilty on Article 2
    Recto voted guilty on Article 2
    Pimentel voted guilty on Article 2
    Pangilinan voted guilty on Article 2
    Osmeña voted guilty on Article 2
    Marcos voted not guilty on Article 2
    Legarda voted guilty on Article 2
    Lapid voted guilty on Article 2
    Lacson voted guilty on Article 2
    Honasan voted guilty on Article 2
    Guingona voted guilty on Article 2
    Estrada voted guilty on Article 2
    Escudero voted guilty on Article 2
    Drilon voted guilty on Article 2
    Santiago voted not guilty on Article 2
    Cayetano P. voted guilty on Article 2
    Cayetano A. voted guilty on Article 2
    Arroyo voted not guilty on Article 2
    Angara voted guilty on Article 2

    • 721.1
      jjvillamor says:

      Add Sotto and Trillanes 18:3 guilty

      • 721.1.1
        jjvillamor says:

        Villar Guilty
        19:3 for conviction

        One senator should have jumped off a plane, another has not forgotten, a third seems to be always against whosoever is in power.

    • 721.2
      jjvillamor says:

      20:3 for conviction.

      JPE voted guilty on Article 2
      Villar voted guilty on Article 2
      Trillanes voted guilty on Article 2
      Sotto voted guilty on Article 2
      Revilla voted guilty on Article 2
      Recto voted guilty on Article 2
      Pimentel voted guilty on Article 2
      Pangilinan voted guilty on Article 2
      Osmeña voted guilty on Article 2
      Marcos voted not guilty on Article 2
      Legarda voted guilty on Article 2
      Lapid voted guilty on Article 2
      Lacson voted guilty on Article 2
      Honasan voted guilty on Article 2
      Guingona voted guilty on Article 2
      Estrada voted guilty on Article 2
      Escudero voted guilty on Article 2
      Drilon voted guilty on Article 2
      Santiago voted not guilty on Article 2
      Cayetano P. voted guilty on Article 2
      Cayetano A. voted guilty on Article 2
      Arroyo voted not guilty on Article 2
      Angara voted guilty on Article 2

      Corona is not alone and there are many others far worst than him in terms of undeclared assets. Unfortunately someone has got to be the first. I sincerely wish Corona the best of lack in his future endeavors.

  5. 720
    ebb says:

    …your honor, i hid my 2.4M USD and 80M pesos in good faith….

    • 720.1
      jjvillamor says:

      “I cannot imagine removing a chief justice on account of his SALN,” Joker Arroyo said.

      Why do they refuse to acknowledge that it’s not simply the the non-declaration but the huge disparity and the lies and coverups?

      As noted, if a supreme court employee was sacked with all benefits deprived of him for not declaring that he has a market stall, why should it be different for Corona when the undeclared cash and assets is way much much higher. Probably TEN-THOUSAND FOLD

      • 720.1.1
        jjvillamor says:

        I’m sorry about the gender error. The supreme court employee is Mrs Delsa Flores, a court interpreter from Davao City who lost her government post because she failed to declare in her SALN her ownership of a market stall that she rents out to augment her pay.

        As PNoy asked, “If you were Delsa Flores, how would you feel if you learn that there’s a person who withheld declaring a bigger amount in his SALN?”

        Anyway, glad its over. Wonder what’s next

      • 720.1.2
        kontrapilo says:

        JOKER IS A JOKER ; I can not imagine how come this person can not logically accept that corona is a liar, how much loyalty he must commit to corona? Never mind Brenda, she is out of the topic, she is not an earthling, she does not belong to us, bongbong ? he signed his political career, he is good in ilocos ,where he can buy with his money his kapwa ilocano,, they can own ilocandia , from governor to congressman/woman. but senator never again..

  6. 719
    kontrapilo says:

    CONG FARINAS, was the right man in the right time; he delivered the most exciting ,simple but full of elements in destroying the shield of the defense. Yan ang tunay, may dating at madali masakyan ng karaniwang tao. I like the word PALUSOT, it was a double kill; ng tanungin ni JPE si cuevas ng salitang CULPA. CULPALUSOT YAN ANG DOUBLE KILL; congrats Hon Farinas,

    • 719.1
      jjvillamor says:

      And it was brilliantly delivered in front of the face of MDS who was at the wron g place at the wrong time. Luckily blood pressures did not shoot up.

  7. 718
    Lu Tsih says:

    Former SC Associate Justice Cuevas dismally failed to respond to Enrile’s qustion on the culpability of anyone, if any, who observes the SALN requirement involving the disclosure of one’s foreign currency deposits are concerned. Cuevas resorted to the “safety” of the foreign depositor from kidnappers and criminal elements should this disclosure becoomes public knowledge which is contrary to the provisions behind the law geverning the SALN.

    Needless to say, it would be quite a challenge for any IC Judge to acquit Corona with a clear conscience. It would be interesting to know what judgment each member of the Gang of Four in the IC would make. Though I tend to believe it is a foregone conclusion, I still hope they would do what is right and just to redeem themselves, for self-serving reasons, or to avoid disservice to the Filipino nation.

    • 718.1
      maddog says:

      culpa vs dolus?

      enrile is saying he is going to convict corona.

      • 718.1.1
        Lu Tsih says:

        I gathered he will convict Corona too. JPE’s line of questioning to Cuevas was a good indicator of what his thoughts were.

      • 718.1.2
        aces high says:

        @ Maddog

        Hindi alam ni cuevas yung culpa ang alam nya lang kupal kaya ayun nagkandakupalkupal. Ha ha ha!!!

  8. 717
    curveball says:

    natutuwa ako at meron tayong ganitong preseso (impeachment).
    meron ako masasabi sa aking mga apo na may ginawa kayo taga CPM para mamulat kami sa tunay na pangyayari sa likod ng mga balita.
    salamat sa inyo.
    mabuhay tayong lahat na nagmamahal sa ating bayan

  9. 716
    sam says:

    Latest from Inquirer
    ————————

    SC will accept senator-judges’ verdict in impeachment case
    (portions of the article read as follows)

    MANILA, Philippines–The Supreme Court will accept “whatever verdict” the Senate impeachment court will render on embattled Chief Justice Renato Corona, a member of the high tribunal said Monday.

    Associate Justice Martin Villarama, who has been assigned to write the high court ruling on Corona’s petition to stop his impeachment, said the tribunal would accept any Senate decision, which is expected to be out Tuesday.

    He also said that his draft ponencia on Corona’s petition was ready but he partially agreed with a reporter’s question that it could become “moot” due to the Senate ruling expected on Tuesday.

    “We’ll accept anything. We’ll accept the verdict. Whatever it is, we’ll accept it,” Villarama told reporters during an ambush interview at the Supreme Court.

    “If there are adjustments to be made, we will try our best to serve the Filipino people and the nation. It’s hard if there’s no justice. That cannot be shattered,” he said.

    “You have to improve or regain the confidence of the people on the judiciary. Well, congratulations if (Corona’s) acquitted. We’ll try to do better in the times ahead,” he added.

    Villarama urged senators to be “objective” in their decision and not let political considerations affect how they vote on whether to convict the chief justice.

    “They’re all intelligent. They’re all upright. I hope there would be less politics … be objective about the whole thing for the good of the Filipino people,” Villarama said.

    “Well, good luck to the chief. I can say that he’s a good man. He’s been very good to us. He’s been a good leader since I joined the court. I wish him luck,” he added

    • 716.1
      Lu Tsih says:

      Has SC got any choice? Has it got any legal grounds not to accept the IC verdict? If none whatsoever, it is a futile effort on their part to make such declarations.

      Interesting to note though that the content of the above article refer to personal relations with Corona and did not touch on the concrete issues and charges raised against Corona. Hmmmn…makes me wonder why and how come.

      • 716.1.1
        Sam says:

        they have to issue this statement, due to cuevas made a radio interview saying that will definitely go to the SC in case that the verdict is not in their favor

      • 716.1.2
        Kajames says:

        As of this point, Corona has become a hot potato too hot maybe even for the remaining 14 robies.

  10. 715
    Mary Grace says:

    if villar will vote for acquital, please (as I will) campaign to your friends, etc. not to vote cynthia villa….. same with the senators up for re election….

  11. 714
    Balikbayan says:

    Kuha ni Enrile ang ibig sabihin ng RA 6426. Hanga ako. BS ang sagot ni Cuevas: kidnappers might get the depositor. So, kung P100 million (wala kang dollars), dapat huwag mo rin i-declare dahil takot ka sa kidnappers?

    • 714.1
      Mary Grace says:

      takot sila from kidnappers, but their SALN are locked in the SC vault, so who’s to know? they are cowards…. what made them think they are more special than the rest of the government officials?

      • 714.1.1
        Jun2 says:

        At saka kung takot si Corona sa kidnapping, extortion, etc. dapat di sya pumasok sa gobyerno. Takot siya sa extortion, hmmm.. bakit kaya?

    • 714.2
      Lu Tsih says:

      Let us not be misdirected by Cuevas’ lame alibi for corona he dished out in lieu of nothing else that might be deemed credible. The defense has really gone awry, for it is very difficult to estabish a strong defense for corona…he is sooo guilty of his hidden assets and yet desperate for alibis.

    • 714.3
      jjvillamor says:

      Then close down all exclusive subdivisions, luxury condos like bellagio and the sales of luxury cars as a move against kidnapping. Pero as they say, ang magnanakaw galit sa kapwang magnanakaw whether it be unexplained wealth, tax evasion or kidnapping.

      Nagbabayad kaya ng tamang buwis mga lawyers ng defense?

  12. 713
    ArielD says:

    Oh, masterful move on the part of the Prosecution to have the Speaker of the House end their closing! SOMEBODY over there is quick on their feet. Bravo!

    • 713.1
      ArielD says:

      Of course, there’s a political texture to the move, as Raissa correctly points out.

  13. 712
    ArielD says:

    Sure, the Prosecution waived its right to cross – pardon me, but I seem to recall Cuevas saying, as he presented his witness, that the Prosecution had previously indicated it would waive cross, and he was expecting them to make good on that commitment (or words to that effect).

    Now they decry the decision to waive cross? Prosecution, please set them straight on this point!

    • 712.1
      kontrapilo says:

      Himaymayin natin ung transcript para malaman ng taga defense ; kaya di na nag cross ang prosecutor ng mag declare ang defense na di na rin sila mag direct ; at itong si atty matalo daldal ng daldal na kung bakit daw di nag cross ang prosecutor para malaman ang katotothanan, atty matalo, papano naman ma tanung ang cliyente nyo, ay halos sya na lang ang kumuha ng lahat na oras, tapos may pa cry-cry pa, at sakit-sakitan pa, pagod na daw sya,, arte subrang halata, kulang sa ensayo, atty better change ur language dapat kasi mag review muna kayo sa mga pinagsasabi nyo, panay PALUSOT, CALMA LANG AT HINDI CULPA. CULPALUSOT…

  14. 711
    Balikbayan says:

    Farfinas talking. Mga nilantad niyang palusot, na-discuss ng CPM thoroughly ditto. Congrats, Raissa and CPM.

  15. 710
    Balikbayan says:

    Nagumpisa ang defense with Angeles on RA 6426 and SALN law. Absolute confidentiality daw, kaya Mr. Corona need not declare his FCD. But he waived it daw. Inconsistent daw.
    Mababaw ang arguments. Cf. Message 696 below. Didn’t touch this point at all.

  16. 709
    Nathandxb says:

    THE SIMILARITY OF MAYWEATHER AND CORONA

    When Mayweather was cornered by repeatedly ducking Pacquiao, he suddenly positioned himself as an advocate of cleaning boxing from PEDs. Corona, when pushed on a wheelchair, suddenly becomes an advocate of transparency.

    Mayweather’s nick name is “Money”, Corona worships money at the expense of the whole country.

    Maywether has Golden Boy as a promoter, Corona has the pan-duck that lays the golden egg (GMA).

    Mayweather lives in a bubble of lies around loyal supporters whose job is to say “yes” to him, just because they all make money out of him. He has the rapper 50 Cents as his most loyal follower, Corona has a 50 cent worth puppy called Midas.

    Mayweather beats his former live-in partner, Corona has Mang Indo.

    Mayweather was found guilty and will serve his sentence by June. Corona will be found guilty tomorrow and will be out of SC before June.

    • 709.1
      Lu Tsih says:

      Funny indeed! Thanks for this lighter side of our nation’s trouble.

      There’s still the Ombudsman and I hope most if not all of the various points raised on Corona’s culpaibiity will be properly tackled and raised.

      • 709.1.1
        Kim says:

        @Lu Tsih – don’t forget Kim Henares ;)

        • 709.1.1.1
          Lu Tsih says:

          @Kim, thanks for reminding. Corona did not declare his foreign currency deposits and were not subjected to tax? Whew! What about his “co-mingled assets, were they not taxed too?”

  17. 708
    Leona says:

    The SENATE owes it to the people to come out with a COMPLETE VERDICT on all the 3 Articles: 2, 3 & 7, so that it leaves nothing UNKNOWN.

    The defense should be STOPPED from saying “coniction on Art. 2 is illegal and unconstitutional,” and everybody does not know what happened to the other 2 Articles because “anyway CJ was already convicted in one Article.” If there are 3 convictions on the 3 AOI, promulgate the verdict on all three.

    For the defense to question “for any grounds on all Articles where a guilty verdict” is made, it would be very difficult to be making “monkey’s arguments” questioning 3 guilty verdicts or 2 guilty verdicts, etc., as compared to one guilty verdict and the rest of the AOI remaining UNKNOWN. In the same manner of “not guilty” verdicts.

    The Senate should not commit a blunder by an incomplete rendering of verdicts on ALL AOI charges vs CORONA.

    It is not that difficult anyway to have a complete rendition of 3 verdicts for each Article.

  18. 707
    Marina B. Tasarra says:

    “And whatsoever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13) “Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” (John 16:23b)

    Father God, your children bought and washed by the blood of your one and only begotten Son come humbly before your throne of grace at this very moment. We claim your promise, that if we ask anything in Jesus name it shall be given unto us. We cry to you for mercy for our country and its people you have given us to love, to cherish, to care and die for if need be. Let your righteousness and justice prevail as the members of the IC render their verdict to the CJ on trial. We love you. In Jesus name, Amen.

  19. 706
    jjvillamor says:

    What I can;t understand is this. Corona has unexplained wealth. Well, he did explain it actually but without supporting documents or supporting testimonies. I am not a lawyer but I would think that someone with unexplained wealth should have the burden of proving that it is legal.

    Any thoughts?

    • 706.1
      Lu Tsih says:

      There’s still the office of Ombudsman where punitive measures could be imposed. Can’t wait for it to commence.

  20. 705
    jjvillamor says:

    Last night I dreamt that I travelled into the future and back. But somwhere along the time warp drive something went wrong and GMA is still president and Corona is the CJ. And this page here http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/201765/tesda-to-teach-how-to-convert-bananas-to-feeds reads
    TESDA TO REACH HOW TO CONVERT UNEXPLAINED WEALTH TO DOLLARS

    instead of
    TESDA TO REACH HOW TO CONVERT BANANAS TO FEEDS

  21. 704
    caliphman says:

    What I want to know is how come no one is focusing on the 242 million fresh peso deposits that flowed into Coronas local currency bank accounts. CJ’s defense on not declaring his dollar deposits, as legally tenuous as it is, applies to any dollar balance as humongous as this figure may be. It is a legal and not a factual issue. His peso deposits however is a factual issue.
    His testimony, if taken at face value, accounts only for 80 million pesos so he as no defense for the remaining 160 million. His lawyers can claim the AMLA data is unverified but the information was obtained in the course a public body’s performance of its function and as such, it is presumed authentic and need not be verified. Moreover, CJ’s testimony on his peso bank balance was not supported by documentary evidence and according to the rules of evidence cannot be accepted over the AMLA based balance.
    The prosecution should definitely highlight this point when they offer their oral arguments as it is a strong piece of evidence that the CJ violated the SALN law to which a defense was not given.

  22. 703
    BRENDA TILILING says:

    I will acquit TJ. But, if my vote, Joker’s and others votes won’t be enough to clear him, please, please lang po, do not file criminal charges against him and his family.

    No, not against Carla please. She is innocent of this. Nakita nyo na naman po ang letter nya to his Daddy. She is a good daughter. Masunurin po talaga. Lalong lalo naman po si Charina, nag-share pa nga po ng 15M for the co-mingled funds from her hard-earned money (from product endorsements, blockbuster movies, sales of her expensive paintings). Mababait po silang lahat. Not Christina, she is a loving wife. She has done nothing wrong.

    Blab blab blab

    Narciso!!!! Ang gamot ko please.. Sinunumpong na naman ako….RA Article 4626 chenes chenes…..Crispin….Basilio…..Waaaaah…….Ehhhhhhhhhhh

  23. 702
    Insideout says:

    Miriam Defensor Santiago

    In the event that she votes to acquit Chief Justice Renato C Corona, The President of the Republic of the Philippines must immediately advise the International Criminal Court that the Republic’s support for her taking her oath is withdrawn.

    The grounds are:

    A. Medical infirmities and delusional condition affect her capacity to function
    B. Lack of criminal law and jurisprudence knowledge
    C. Probable affiliations with alleged criminal personalities and their activities

    In summary her irrational and uncontrollable anti-social behavioural traits in court situations and her bizarre twisted pronouncements on matters of law that would foster the Philippines as the world’s haven for all criminal financial transactions and run absolutely against the purpose and function of the International Criminal Court.

    There will always be the suspicion that she was the recipient of the largesse of her Patron the corrupt and alleged criminal activities of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her servant Renato C Corona.

    As it is, if the vote to acquit the Chief Justice the Philippines will become the pariah of the international community and sanctions will be applied against all Philippine financial transactions.

    Foreign embassies will be reporting back to their countries the actions and results of the trial. The relevant UN local agency will also be filing reports directly or indirectly to The International Criminal
    Court.

    Remember MDS already insulted the ICC by using her medical condition and then promptly continuing as a Senator Judge.

    Noynoy simply has to use her official excuse for her not commencing in the Court and they will welcome it. Her recent (in fact lifelong) behaviour will not be appreciated in the ICC and will bring ridicule and humiliation to the nation.

    • 702.1
      jjvillamor says:

      Ohhh.. nuts.

    • 702.2
      Lu Tsih says:

      @insideout, please don’t forget her blatant display of bias through unnecesary yet excessively hostile outbursts to lambast the party she didn’t favor and her recommending to the court a much less penalty from impeachment to reprimand, which is not even provided for by the law in cases of impeachment. She takes on the role that of a judge in an impeachment court without even knowing the law on impeachment processes.

      Defensor Santiago knew her patron is guilty, so she started pushing for reprimand as a court verdict though the impeachment court could only either acquit or impeach. Tsk, tsk, tsk…What a dumb skull hypocrite!

      • 702.2.1
        Lu Tsih says:

        Please forgive my French…this is just one of those occassions when I could not help myself. My faith teaches it is wrong to call anyone an idiot, stupid, bird-brained, mung-brained, numb skull, dumb skull, knuckle head, air head, etc., but…my human weakness prevails now and then.

  24. 701
    Mary Grace says:

    God in heaven above…… please enlighten our Congress to do something about this RA 6426… to amend it by way of clarification on its effect to the SALN law and the fight against graft and corruption in the executive, legislative, judiciary, armed forces and all officials required to file this SALN… otherwise all crooks in the government has found a perfect a way to hide their loot and get away with it!!! We really need to avoid this controversial and opposing interpretation!

    • 701.1
      jjvillamor says:

      hahaha. You are praying that crooks fry themselves.

      But that would be a good development

  25. jjvillamor says:

    CORONA ACCEPTS VERDICT (I hope it is not because the SC,sans the ex-CJ, has already made it known that they will accept the IC vote)
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/203039/corona-accepts-senate-verdict

    Hopefully, that means the end of a chapter

  26. Lu Tsih says:

    Thank you JPE and the IC court for a job well done. We will not forget this.

    One big victory for the Filipino nation to have Corona convicted and fully impeached by the IC. The work ain’t finished yet. More of Corona’s nightmares to follow.

    How could we, the people, continue the ball rolling in holding other corrupt government top brass accountable, removed from office, and prevented from holding public offices ever again? This momentum should not be alowed to go cold and dissipate into thin air of euphoria.

    We need to be more vigilant, now that we have experienced real victory without blood shed.

  27. jjvillamor says:

    Justice has prevailed. 16:3 for conviction. Will the other senator vote?

    Revilla voted guilty on Article 2
    Recto voted guilty on Article 2
    Pimentel voted guilty on Article 2
    Pangilinan voted guilty on Article 2
    Osmeña voted guilty on Article 2
    Marcos voted not guilty on Article 2
    Legarda voted guilty on Article 2
    Lapid voted guilty on Article 2
    Lacson voted guilty on Article 2
    Honasan voted guilty on Article 2
    Guingona voted guilty on Article 2
    Estrada voted guilty on Article 2
    Escudero voted guilty on Article 2
    Drilon voted guilty on Article 2
    Santiago voted not guilty on Article 2
    Cayetano P. voted guilty on Article 2
    Cayetano A. voted guilty on Article 2
    Arroyo voted not guilty on Article 2
    Angara voted guilty on Article 2

    • jjvillamor says:

      Add Sotto and Trillanes 18:3 guilty

      • jjvillamor says:

        Villar Guilty
        19:3 for conviction

        One senator should have jumped off a plane, another has not forgotten, a third seems to be always against whosoever is in power.

    • jjvillamor says:

      20:3 for conviction.

      JPE voted guilty on Article 2
      Villar voted guilty on Article 2
      Trillanes voted guilty on Article 2
      Sotto voted guilty on Article 2
      Revilla voted guilty on Article 2
      Recto voted guilty on Article 2
      Pimentel voted guilty on Article 2
      Pangilinan voted guilty on Article 2
      Osmeña voted guilty on Article 2
      Marcos voted not guilty on Article 2
      Legarda voted guilty on Article 2
      Lapid voted guilty on Article 2
      Lacson voted guilty on Article 2
      Honasan voted guilty on Article 2
      Guingona voted guilty on Article 2
      Estrada voted guilty on Article 2
      Escudero voted guilty on Article 2
      Drilon voted guilty on Article 2
      Santiago voted not guilty on Article 2
      Cayetano P. voted guilty on Article 2
      Cayetano A. voted guilty on Article 2
      Arroyo voted not guilty on Article 2
      Angara voted guilty on Article 2

      Corona is not alone and there are many others far worst than him in terms of undeclared assets. Unfortunately someone has got to be the first. I sincerely wish Corona the best of lack in his future endeavors.

  28. ebb says:

    …your honor, i hid my 2.4M USD and 80M pesos in good faith….

    • jjvillamor says:

      “I cannot imagine removing a chief justice on account of his SALN,” Joker Arroyo said.

      Why do they refuse to acknowledge that it’s not simply the the non-declaration but the huge disparity and the lies and coverups?

      As noted, if a supreme court employee was sacked with all benefits deprived of him for not declaring that he has a market stall, why should it be different for Corona when the undeclared cash and assets is way much much higher. Probably TEN-THOUSAND FOLD

      • jjvillamor says:

        I’m sorry about the gender error. The supreme court employee is Mrs Delsa Flores, a court interpreter from Davao City who lost her government post because she failed to declare in her SALN her ownership of a market stall that she rents out to augment her pay.

        As PNoy asked, “If you were Delsa Flores, how would you feel if you learn that there’s a person who withheld declaring a bigger amount in his SALN?”

        Anyway, glad its over. Wonder what’s next

      • kontrapilo says:

        JOKER IS A JOKER ; I can not imagine how come this person can not logically accept that corona is a liar, how much loyalty he must commit to corona? Never mind Brenda, she is out of the topic, she is not an earthling, she does not belong to us, bongbong ? he signed his political career, he is good in ilocos ,where he can buy with his money his kapwa ilocano,, they can own ilocandia , from governor to congressman/woman. but senator never again..

  29. kontrapilo says:

    CONG FARINAS, was the right man in the right time; he delivered the most exciting ,simple but full of elements in destroying the shield of the defense. Yan ang tunay, may dating at madali masakyan ng karaniwang tao. I like the word PALUSOT, it was a double kill; ng tanungin ni JPE si cuevas ng salitang CULPA. CULPALUSOT YAN ANG DOUBLE KILL; congrats Hon Farinas,

    • jjvillamor says:

      And it was brilliantly delivered in front of the face of MDS who was at the wron g place at the wrong time. Luckily blood pressures did not shoot up.

  30. Lu Tsih says:

    Former SC Associate Justice Cuevas dismally failed to respond to Enrile’s qustion on the culpability of anyone, if any, who observes the SALN requirement involving the disclosure of one’s foreign currency deposits are concerned. Cuevas resorted to the “safety” of the foreign depositor from kidnappers and criminal elements should this disclosure becoomes public knowledge which is contrary to the provisions behind the law geverning the SALN.

    Needless to say, it would be quite a challenge for any IC Judge to acquit Corona with a clear conscience. It would be interesting to know what judgment each member of the Gang of Four in the IC would make. Though I tend to believe it is a foregone conclusion, I still hope they would do what is right and just to redeem themselves, for self-serving reasons, or to avoid disservice to the Filipino nation.

    • maddog says:

      culpa vs dolus?

      enrile is saying he is going to convict corona.

      • Lu Tsih says:

        I gathered he will convict Corona too. JPE’s line of questioning to Cuevas was a good indicator of what his thoughts were.

      • aces high says:

        @ Maddog

        Hindi alam ni cuevas yung culpa ang alam nya lang kupal kaya ayun nagkandakupalkupal. Ha ha ha!!!

  31. curveball says:

    natutuwa ako at meron tayong ganitong preseso (impeachment).
    meron ako masasabi sa aking mga apo na may ginawa kayo taga CPM para mamulat kami sa tunay na pangyayari sa likod ng mga balita.
    salamat sa inyo.
    mabuhay tayong lahat na nagmamahal sa ating bayan

  32. sam says:

    Latest from Inquirer
    ————————

    SC will accept senator-judges’ verdict in impeachment case
    (portions of the article read as follows)

    MANILA, Philippines–The Supreme Court will accept “whatever verdict” the Senate impeachment court will render on embattled Chief Justice Renato Corona, a member of the high tribunal said Monday.

    Associate Justice Martin Villarama, who has been assigned to write the high court ruling on Corona’s petition to stop his impeachment, said the tribunal would accept any Senate decision, which is expected to be out Tuesday.

    He also said that his draft ponencia on Corona’s petition was ready but he partially agreed with a reporter’s question that it could become “moot” due to the Senate ruling expected on Tuesday.

    “We’ll accept anything. We’ll accept the verdict. Whatever it is, we’ll accept it,” Villarama told reporters during an ambush interview at the Supreme Court.

    “If there are adjustments to be made, we will try our best to serve the Filipino people and the nation. It’s hard if there’s no justice. That cannot be shattered,” he said.

    “You have to improve or regain the confidence of the people on the judiciary. Well, congratulations if (Corona’s) acquitted. We’ll try to do better in the times ahead,” he added.

    Villarama urged senators to be “objective” in their decision and not let political considerations affect how they vote on whether to convict the chief justice.

    “They’re all intelligent. They’re all upright. I hope there would be less politics … be objective about the whole thing for the good of the Filipino people,” Villarama said.

    “Well, good luck to the chief. I can say that he’s a good man. He’s been very good to us. He’s been a good leader since I joined the court. I wish him luck,” he added

    • Lu Tsih says:

      Has SC got any choice? Has it got any legal grounds not to accept the IC verdict? If none whatsoever, it is a futile effort on their part to make such declarations.

      Interesting to note though that the content of the above article refer to personal relations with Corona and did not touch on the concrete issues and charges raised against Corona. Hmmmn…makes me wonder why and how come.

      • Sam says:

        they have to issue this statement, due to cuevas made a radio interview saying that will definitely go to the SC in case that the verdict is not in their favor

      • Kajames says:

        As of this point, Corona has become a hot potato too hot maybe even for the remaining 14 robies.

  33. Mary Grace says:

    if villar will vote for acquital, please (as I will) campaign to your friends, etc. not to vote cynthia villa….. same with the senators up for re election….

  34. Balikbayan says:

    Kuha ni Enrile ang ibig sabihin ng RA 6426. Hanga ako. BS ang sagot ni Cuevas: kidnappers might get the depositor. So, kung P100 million (wala kang dollars), dapat huwag mo rin i-declare dahil takot ka sa kidnappers?

    • Mary Grace says:

      takot sila from kidnappers, but their SALN are locked in the SC vault, so who’s to know? they are cowards…. what made them think they are more special than the rest of the government officials?

      • Jun2 says:

        At saka kung takot si Corona sa kidnapping, extortion, etc. dapat di sya pumasok sa gobyerno. Takot siya sa extortion, hmmm.. bakit kaya?

    • Lu Tsih says:

      Let us not be misdirected by Cuevas’ lame alibi for corona he dished out in lieu of nothing else that might be deemed credible. The defense has really gone awry, for it is very difficult to estabish a strong defense for corona…he is sooo guilty of his hidden assets and yet desperate for alibis.

    • jjvillamor says:

      Then close down all exclusive subdivisions, luxury condos like bellagio and the sales of luxury cars as a move against kidnapping. Pero as they say, ang magnanakaw galit sa kapwang magnanakaw whether it be unexplained wealth, tax evasion or kidnapping.

      Nagbabayad kaya ng tamang buwis mga lawyers ng defense?

  35. ArielD says:

    Oh, masterful move on the part of the Prosecution to have the Speaker of the House end their closing! SOMEBODY over there is quick on their feet. Bravo!

    • ArielD says:

      Of course, there’s a political texture to the move, as Raissa correctly points out.

  36. ArielD says:

    Sure, the Prosecution waived its right to cross – pardon me, but I seem to recall Cuevas saying, as he presented his witness, that the Prosecution had previously indicated it would waive cross, and he was expecting them to make good on that commitment (or words to that effect).

    Now they decry the decision to waive cross? Prosecution, please set them straight on this point!

    • kontrapilo says:

      Himaymayin natin ung transcript para malaman ng taga defense ; kaya di na nag cross ang prosecutor ng mag declare ang defense na di na rin sila mag direct ; at itong si atty matalo daldal ng daldal na kung bakit daw di nag cross ang prosecutor para malaman ang katotothanan, atty matalo, papano naman ma tanung ang cliyente nyo, ay halos sya na lang ang kumuha ng lahat na oras, tapos may pa cry-cry pa, at sakit-sakitan pa, pagod na daw sya,, arte subrang halata, kulang sa ensayo, atty better change ur language dapat kasi mag review muna kayo sa mga pinagsasabi nyo, panay PALUSOT, CALMA LANG AT HINDI CULPA. CULPALUSOT…

  37. Balikbayan says:

    Farfinas talking. Mga nilantad niyang palusot, na-discuss ng CPM thoroughly ditto. Congrats, Raissa and CPM.

  38. Balikbayan says:

    Nagumpisa ang defense with Angeles on RA 6426 and SALN law. Absolute confidentiality daw, kaya Mr. Corona need not declare his FCD. But he waived it daw. Inconsistent daw.
    Mababaw ang arguments. Cf. Message 696 below. Didn’t touch this point at all.

  39. Nathandxb says:

    THE SIMILARITY OF MAYWEATHER AND CORONA

    When Mayweather was cornered by repeatedly ducking Pacquiao, he suddenly positioned himself as an advocate of cleaning boxing from PEDs. Corona, when pushed on a wheelchair, suddenly becomes an advocate of transparency.

    Mayweather’s nick name is “Money”, Corona worships money at the expense of the whole country.

    Maywether has Golden Boy as a promoter, Corona has the pan-duck that lays the golden egg (GMA).

    Mayweather lives in a bubble of lies around loyal supporters whose job is to say “yes” to him, just because they all make money out of him. He has the rapper 50 Cents as his most loyal follower, Corona has a 50 cent worth puppy called Midas.

    Mayweather beats his former live-in partner, Corona has Mang Indo.

    Mayweather was found guilty and will serve his sentence by June. Corona will be found guilty tomorrow and will be out of SC before June.

    • Lu Tsih says:

      Funny indeed! Thanks for this lighter side of our nation’s trouble.

      There’s still the Ombudsman and I hope most if not all of the various points raised on Corona’s culpaibiity will be properly tackled and raised.

      • Kim says:

        @Lu Tsih – don’t forget Kim Henares ;)

        • Lu Tsih says:

          @Kim, thanks for reminding. Corona did not declare his foreign currency deposits and were not subjected to tax? Whew! What about his “co-mingled assets, were they not taxed too?”

  40. Leona says:

    The SENATE owes it to the people to come out with a COMPLETE VERDICT on all the 3 Articles: 2, 3 & 7, so that it leaves nothing UNKNOWN.

    The defense should be STOPPED from saying “coniction on Art. 2 is illegal and unconstitutional,” and everybody does not know what happened to the other 2 Articles because “anyway CJ was already convicted in one Article.” If there are 3 convictions on the 3 AOI, promulgate the verdict on all three.

    For the defense to question “for any grounds on all Articles where a guilty verdict” is made, it would be very difficult to be making “monkey’s arguments” questioning 3 guilty verdicts or 2 guilty verdicts, etc., as compared to one guilty verdict and the rest of the AOI remaining UNKNOWN. In the same manner of “not guilty” verdicts.

    The Senate should not commit a blunder by an incomplete rendering of verdicts on ALL AOI charges vs CORONA.

    It is not that difficult anyway to have a complete rendition of 3 verdicts for each Article.

  41. Marina B. Tasarra says:

    “And whatsoever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:13) “Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” (John 16:23b)

    Father God, your children bought and washed by the blood of your one and only begotten Son come humbly before your throne of grace at this very moment. We claim your promise, that if we ask anything in Jesus name it shall be given unto us. We cry to you for mercy for our country and its people you have given us to love, to cherish, to care and die for if need be. Let your righteousness and justice prevail as the members of the IC render their verdict to the CJ on trial. We love you. In Jesus name, Amen.

  42. jjvillamor says:

    What I can;t understand is this. Corona has unexplained wealth. Well, he did explain it actually but without supporting documents or supporting testimonies. I am not a lawyer but I would think that someone with unexplained wealth should have the burden of proving that it is legal.

    Any thoughts?

    • Lu Tsih says:

      There’s still the office of Ombudsman where punitive measures could be imposed. Can’t wait for it to commence.

  43. jjvillamor says:

    Last night I dreamt that I travelled into the future and back. But somwhere along the time warp drive something went wrong and GMA is still president and Corona is the CJ. And this page here http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/201765/tesda-to-teach-how-to-convert-bananas-to-feeds reads
    TESDA TO REACH HOW TO CONVERT UNEXPLAINED WEALTH TO DOLLARS

    instead of
    TESDA TO REACH HOW TO CONVERT BANANAS TO FEEDS

  44. caliphman says:

    What I want to know is how come no one is focusing on the 242 million fresh peso deposits that flowed into Coronas local currency bank accounts. CJ’s defense on not declaring his dollar deposits, as legally tenuous as it is, applies to any dollar balance as humongous as this figure may be. It is a legal and not a factual issue. His peso deposits however is a factual issue.
    His testimony, if taken at face value, accounts only for 80 million pesos so he as no defense for the remaining 160 million. His lawyers can claim the AMLA data is unverified but the information was obtained in the course a public body’s performance of its function and as such, it is presumed authentic and need not be verified. Moreover, CJ’s testimony on his peso bank balance was not supported by documentary evidence and according to the rules of evidence cannot be accepted over the AMLA based balance.
    The prosecution should definitely highlight this point when they offer their oral arguments as it is a strong piece of evidence that the CJ violated the SALN law to which a defense was not given.

  45. BRENDA TILILING says:

    I will acquit TJ. But, if my vote, Joker’s and others votes won’t be enough to clear him, please, please lang po, do not file criminal charges against him and his family.

    No, not against Carla please. She is innocent of this. Nakita nyo na naman po ang letter nya to his Daddy. She is a good daughter. Masunurin po talaga. Lalong lalo naman po si Charina, nag-share pa nga po ng 15M for the co-mingled funds from her hard-earned money (from product endorsements, blockbuster movies, sales of her expensive paintings). Mababait po silang lahat. Not Christina, she is a loving wife. She has done nothing wrong.

    Blab blab blab

    Narciso!!!! Ang gamot ko please.. Sinunumpong na naman ako….RA Article 4626 chenes chenes…..Crispin….Basilio…..Waaaaah…….Ehhhhhhhhhhh

  46. Insideout says:

    Miriam Defensor Santiago

    In the event that she votes to acquit Chief Justice Renato C Corona, The President of the Republic of the Philippines must immediately advise the International Criminal Court that the Republic’s support for her taking her oath is withdrawn.

    The grounds are:

    A. Medical infirmities and delusional condition affect her capacity to function
    B. Lack of criminal law and jurisprudence knowledge
    C. Probable affiliations with alleged criminal personalities and their activities

    In summary her irrational and uncontrollable anti-social behavioural traits in court situations and her bizarre twisted pronouncements on matters of law that would foster the Philippines as the world’s haven for all criminal financial transactions and run absolutely against the purpose and function of the International Criminal Court.

    There will always be the suspicion that she was the recipient of the largesse of her Patron the corrupt and alleged criminal activities of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her servant Renato C Corona.

    As it is, if the vote to acquit the Chief Justice the Philippines will become the pariah of the international community and sanctions will be applied against all Philippine financial transactions.

    Foreign embassies will be reporting back to their countries the actions and results of the trial. The relevant UN local agency will also be filing reports directly or indirectly to The International Criminal
    Court.

    Remember MDS already insulted the ICC by using her medical condition and then promptly continuing as a Senator Judge.

    Noynoy simply has to use her official excuse for her not commencing in the Court and they will welcome it. Her recent (in fact lifelong) behaviour will not be appreciated in the ICC and will bring ridicule and humiliation to the nation.

    • jjvillamor says:

      Ohhh.. nuts.

    • Lu Tsih says:

      @insideout, please don’t forget her blatant display of bias through unnecesary yet excessively hostile outbursts to lambast the party she didn’t favor and her recommending to the court a much less penalty from impeachment to reprimand, which is not even provided for by the law in cases of impeachment. She takes on the role that of a judge in an impeachment court without even knowing the law on impeachment processes.

      Defensor Santiago knew her patron is guilty, so she started pushing for reprimand as a court verdict though the impeachment court could only either acquit or impeach. Tsk, tsk, tsk…What a dumb skull hypocrite!

      • Lu Tsih says:

        Please forgive my French…this is just one of those occassions when I could not help myself. My faith teaches it is wrong to call anyone an idiot, stupid, bird-brained, mung-brained, numb skull, dumb skull, knuckle head, air head, etc., but…my human weakness prevails now and then.

  47. Mary Grace says:

    God in heaven above…… please enlighten our Congress to do something about this RA 6426… to amend it by way of clarification on its effect to the SALN law and the fight against graft and corruption in the executive, legislative, judiciary, armed forces and all officials required to file this SALN… otherwise all crooks in the government has found a perfect a way to hide their loot and get away with it!!! We really need to avoid this controversial and opposing interpretation!

    • jjvillamor says:

      hahaha. You are praying that crooks fry themselves.

      But that would be a good development

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