Impeachment Court adjourns early on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012 11:07 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 14 — The spirit of love filled the Senate Impeachment Court on Tuesday as both the prosecution and the defense panels cheerfully agreed to adjourn early to give everyone a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Senate President-Presiding Officer Juan Ponce Enrile to be with his family on his 88th birthday.

Retired Justice Serafin Cuevas, defense lead counsel, called for "cessation of hostilities" and lead prosecutor Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. readily approved the motion.

”Today is the birthday of the Senate President and Valentine’s Day. Can you give this day to us so that we can be with our loved ones? In short, I’m asking for declaration of a cessation of hostilities,” Cuevas said.

”We joined the manifestation of the defense,” Tupas, for his part, said.

Enrile replied to both panels: “Peace be with you.”

With this, Enrile adjourned the 17th day of the impeachment trial at 4:30 p.m. while thanking his colleagues as well as members of the prosecution and the defense panels.

”Thank you for being kind (to) a man on the departure room,” Enrile humorously said.

The prosecution presented only one witness today. Leonore Dizon, manager of the Bank of the Philippines Islands-Ayala branch, took the witness stand again regarding Corona’s P12.02 million deposits with their bank.

The defense opposed the presentation again of Dizon but Enrile explained that it was the senator-judges who recalled the witness for additional documents, including the monthly ending balances of Corona’s deposits.

Meanwhile, the prosecution moved to strike out permanently Camp John Hay official Marissa Bondoc from the list of the witnesses it will present under Article III which accused Corona of failure to meet stringent standards of a judiciary member. (PNA)

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