'Senator-Judge Drilon's questions are logical,' says House lawyer

January 23, 2012 10:43 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA, Jan. 23 – One of the lawyers of the House of Representatives prosecution team on Monday accused the lawyers of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona of engaging in delaying tactics when it called for Senator-Judge Franklin Drilon to inhibit himself from the impeachment trial.

In a statement on Monday, Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares said that "CJ Corona's legal defense team's move to inhibit Senator Drilon is a delaying tactic meant to put a chilling effect on the senators."

"It may be a dangerous trap to pave Corona's filing of a petition with temporary restraining order (TRO) with the Supreme Court to stop the impeachment after his SALN (Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth) was exposed and found questionable," Colmenares said.

Over the weekend, defense counsel Ramon Esguerra said that they will seek the inhibition of Drilon.

On at least two occasions last week, Drilon appeared to do what prosecutors from the House of Representatives and their private counsels should have done in the direct examination of their own witnesses.

Drilon managed to make Atty. Enriqueta Vidal, clerk of court of the SC en banc, admit that she had brought with her Corona's statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs).

Likewise, the senator was also able to make Atty. Randy Rutaquio, Taguig City register of deeds, testify that Corona had acted as an "attorney in fact" for his daughter in the sale of a property on Oct. 21, 2008.

Colmenares said that Drilon's questions were reasonable and logical.

"A study of the transcripts will show that the clerk previously answered no to Atty. Mario Bautista's question if she brought the SALN. In fact, she can be charged with perjury for lying at the impeachment proceedings," he said. (PNA)

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