Defense: 'Are we seeing a second envelope?'

January 25, 2012 11:09 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA, Jan. 25 – The defense team of embattled Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona on Wednesday said that they take exceptions to the "smoke and mirrors" trick Movement 188 alluded to in its news release launching a "grassroots campaign to explain all eight charges to their constituencies."

Defense Spokesman Atty. Ramon Esguerra objected to the allusion saying that, the defense did not know a thing on "smoke and mirrors" tricks.

Esguerra was a former Undersecretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

He said that "we are in the profession of upholding the Constitution and defending the rights of CJ Corona. We are for what is right and doing it the right way."

The defense team was not into "sidetracking the proceedings from evidence uncovered in the trial's first week already establishing the impeached magistrate's guilt," he said.

Esguerra suggested for Movement 188 "to have their eyes on the ball" because no offer of evidence has been made hence no guilt has been established.

He asked Movement 188 that as signatories of the "verified" impeachment complaint, they should explain first to the Impeachment Court and later to their constituents what Article II covers.

"How many of the 188 have personal knowledge of the charges found in the complaint? If you agreed to the charges, do you also agree that the sequence is immaterial? Were the 188 complainants able to review the evidence purported in the verified impeachment complaint and peddled by the prosecution?," Esguerra asked.

"The defense has been prepared, we have not been the cause of delay since day 1 and the live telecast of the impeachment proceedings is proof that "smoke and mirrors" is not our skill," he said.

Esguerra asked the real intentions of Movement 188.

"If their intent is to introduce a second envelope and bring the impeachment to a different arena, the defense believes that the people is mature enough to see through it. The defense has strong faith in the Filipino people," he said. (PNA) RMA/PTR

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