FASAP president confirms Corona's involvement in recalling SC ruling in PAL

February 7, 2012 11:11 pm 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Feb. 7 – Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) president Roberto Anduiza confirmed on Tuesday that Chief Justice Renato Corona participated in the decision of the Supreme Court to recall the decision on the FASAP case against the Philippine Airlines on Oct. 4 last year.

Anduiza, the first witness presented under the Article 3 which questioned Corona’s integrity and competence, told the impeachment court that their group is trust hope because of the SC resolution reversing a 1998 decision in favor of FASAP.

”Actually, we are losing our trust and confidence because we won twice on our case and they are saying that Chief Justice inhibited in the resolution but on October 4 resolution, he participated,” Anduiza said.

Asked by prosecutor Rep. Arlene Bag-ao on what the FASAP wished to happen with the Chief Justice, Anduiza said they wanted Chief Justice to be impeached “because we believed that he has something to do” with the SC ruling against FASAP.

Presiding officer Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile interrupted as he questioned the line of questioning being used by the prosecutor.

”Do not educate the witness,” Enrile advised Bag-ao.

Bag-ao heeded but immediately terminated her direct examination of the witness.

Enrile asked defense lead counsel Serafin Cuevas to take his turn for cross-examination but Cuevas requested the court to allow the defense to study first the documents submitted by the prosecution team.

Cuevas said he would rather cross examine the witness on Wednesday.

Under Article 3, Corona has been accused of allowing the SC to act on mere letters filed by a counsel which caused the issuance of flip-flopping decisions in final and executory cases.

The prosecution accused the Chief Justice of availing benefits from the Philippine Air Lines (PAL), including tickets and the PAL Platinum Card, at the time when the SC resolution has been issued that favored the PAL in its case against FASAP. (PNA) RMA/jfm

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