Henares personally knows CJ Corona

January 26, 2012 11:23 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA, Jan. 26 – On cross-examination by defense lead counsel retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares admitted that she personally knows SC Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Henares told the Senate Impeachment Court that Chief Justice Corona was a colleague of hers at the SGV (Sycip, Gorres, Velayo accounting firm) for four months and that her husband was under Corona in the Ateneo Law School.

On the other hand, Henares said, the Corona children – Francis, Czarina — were never introduced to her.

Cuevas said that Czarina Corona, not personally known to Henares, had been abroad for no less than 10 years.

Henares said that she would not know where she (Czarina) is now.

There is a possibility that if she (Czarina) is asked to explain, she can explain, Henares said.

Henares admitted that she conferred with prosecution lead counsel Iloilo Rep. Neil Tupas, Jr. in connection with the subpoena issued to her by the Impeachment Court.

She said that the House prosecution panel told her that she would testify about the Corona family.

They told me, Henares said, that they were prosecuting an impeachment case against CJ Corona and that she would be asked about the documents she was asked to bring with her, the contents of the documents and not to testify on anything else.

It is a public knowledge, written in the newspapers everyday about the impeachment case, Henares said.

She said that they never discussed about the questions which would be asked during the impeachment trial.

Henares came to know about the grounds for impeachment – he (CJ Corona) should not have accepted the midnight appointment as it was a violation of the Constitution, culpable violation of the Constitution and all those things, non-disclosure of the SALN (Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth), among others.

She was subpoenaed by the Impeachment Court to appear on Jan. 19, 2012.

Henares said that she received a copy of the ITR of Chief Justice Corona on Jan. 18, 2012 from a media person and noticed discrepancies in Corona's SALN.

The authority of the President, through Executive Secretary Paquito "Jojo" Ochoa, Jr., was given to Henares on Jan. 20, 2012 to disclose the information about the ITRs of the Corona family for the periods 2002 to 2010.

She said that the BIR had certified that Chief Justice did not file his ITRs for the periods 2002 to 2005, adding that, the SC did not file the alpha list for the same periods.

Henares told the Impeachment Court that she noticed that there were discrepancies in the SALNs of the Chief Justice Corona such that there were no acquisition cost in the column provided therein.

However, she said, it is explainable as far as such discrepancies are concerned.

Henares said that if there is only one source of income and there is withholding tax, there's no need to file ITR.

She said that the exemption is at P30,000, including the PERA (Personnel Economic Relief Allowance) and RATA (Representation and Traveling Allowance) are exempted from withholding tax.

The trial adjourned at 6 p.m.

Next hearing will be on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at 2 p.m. (PNA)

RMA/PTR

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