Prosecution dismisses one witness but requests for three more

February 14, 2012 11:07 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 14 – The House prosecution panel permanently removed on Tuesday a Camp John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) official from its list of witnesses but requested the Senate Impeachment Court to subpoena three more witnesses to testify in the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Lead prosecutor Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. told the impeachment court that JHMC corporate secretary Marissa Bondoc has been permanently dismissed as witness “because she has resigned already.”

Bondoc was supposed to testify on the appointment of Corona’s wife, Cristina, as a member of the JHMC board of directors.

Corona has been accused of creating excessive entanglement with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through her appointment of his wife.

Meanwhile, the prosecution requested to subpoena Dr. Juliet Gopez-Cervantes of St. Luke’s Medical Center; Eric Barlongan, process server of the Supreme Court; and Christopher Dollente, also SC process server.

The prosecution wants Cervantes to bring with her medical certificate she issued to former President Arroyo in connection with the temporary restraining order (TRO) favoring Arroyo and former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo from leaving the country.

Borlongan and Dollente have been requested to testify on the same TRO.

The House prosecution impeached Corona for betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of the Constitution and graft and corruption. (PNA) scs/jfm

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