SC issues TRO vs. subpoena on opening of CJ Corona's alleged dollar account

February 9, 2012 11:32 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, Feb. 9 -– Voting 8-5, the Supreme Court (SC) en banc issued on Thursday a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the subpoena issued by the Senate impeachment court on the opening of the alleged dollar account of Chief Justice Renato Corona at the Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank)-Katipunan branch in Quezon City.

The SC associate justices who voted in favor of the TRO were Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Arturo Brion, Roberto Abad, Jose Perez, Lucas Bersamin, Martin Villarama Jr., Bienvenido Reyes, and Jose Mendoza.

Those who objected to the issuance of the TRO were Associate Justices Antonio Carpio, Mariano Del Castillo, Diosdado Peralta, Maria Lourdes Sereno, and Estela Bernabe.

Chief Justice Corona and Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. took no part on the case.

In a press conference, SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said that the petition filed by Corona seeking to stop the impeachment trial was hastily raffled off to Justice Velasco.

However, Marquez added that Velasco inhibited from the Corona petition, saying that his son signed in the impeachment complaint.

Because of the inhibition of Velasco, there is no justice-in-charge to handle the case just yet, Marquez said.

He added that the SC deferred its action on Corona's petition to stop the impeachment trial. (PNA)



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