Corona receives P5.86M as member of SET, HRET – witnesses

March 15, 2012 9:21 am 

MANILA, March 14 – Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona received a total of P5,863,900 as member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), according to two witnesses presented by defense panel on Wednesday.

Atty. Irene Gueverra, secretary of SET since 1995, was the first to take the witness stand and testified that Corona received a total of P1,696,333.38 allowances and benefits as member of SET.

Gueverra, a Bar topnotcher in 1981, said Corona served as member of SET from Feb. 28, 2008 to April 30, 2009.

On the other hand, Atty. Girlie Salarda, secretary of HRET, said Corona served as member of HRET for 21 months from Jan. 2, 2007 to Feb. 27, 2008 and from April 30, 2009 to Nov. 12, 2009 where the respondent got a total of P2,504,022.92 as allowances and perks.

Salarda said Corona also served as HRET chairman for five months from November 2009 to May 26, 2010, receiving a total of P855,784.92.

Salarda said Corona’s perks and allowances are not taxable but should have been included in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth or SALN.

SET is composed of six senators and three justices while HRET membership included six justices and six congressmen.

Defense lawyer Joel Bodegon said they presented the two witnesses to prove another sources of income of Corona who has been accused of none declaring his SALN to the public.

Last Tuesday, another defense witness Araceli Bayuga testified that Corona received a total of P22 million as justice of the Supreme Court for the last 10 years.

So far, the defense panel has presented four witnesses that also include Corona’s second cousin Demetrio Vicente and Navotas congressman Tobias Tiangco, who volunteered to appear before the impeachment court to talk on how the impeachment complaint was prepared before it was transmitted to the Senate.

Vicente testified that he is the real owner of the seven parcels land in Marikina City which, according to the prosecution, is owned by Corona’s wife, Cristina. (PNA) RMA/jfm

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