De Lima willing to testify against CJ Corona before Senate Impeachment Court

January 27, 2012 10:54 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 27 – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima on Friday expressed willingness to appear before the Senate Impeachment Court to testify against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona.

"If subpoenaed, yes, I will," De Lima said.

De Lima met with Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares last Wednesday.

Colmenares is the lead prosecutor for Article VII of the Articles of Impeachment against Corona.

"We met and we made initial discussions on the possible parameters of my testimony," De Lima said.

Crossing party lines and with 188 votes, the House of Representatives impeached Corona as the SC's 23rd Chief Justice anchored on three grounds -– betrayal of public trust, graft and corruption, and culpable violation of the Constitution.

The Senate Impeachment Court is hearing the eight articles of impeachment against Corona, including his alleged non-disclosure of his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN), and his alleged favorable "voting trend" on a number of cases involving former President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (PNA) RMA/PTR

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