'The Firm' denies CJ Corona's accusation

March 9, 2012 12:43 pm 

By Perfecto Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, March 8 — The Villaraza, Cruz, Marcelo & Angangco (CVC Law) on Thursday denied allegations that they are behind the hatchet job against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona.

In one of his interviews, Corona mentioned the CVC Law or publicly known as "The Firm" as the group pushing for his impeachment in order for its former partner, now SC Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, be appointed as Chief Justice.

"We deny in no uncertain terms the baseless allegations of Chief Justice Corona. These accusations and conspiracy theories are absolutely false and divert public attention away from the issues in his trial," managing partner and chief operating officer of CVCLaw Bienvenido Somera Jr. said in a statement on Thursday.

Somera maintained that their firm did not participate in the impeachment trial despite requests for assistance.

"Events have borne this statement to be true as we have declined any requests for assistance in the trial. None of our lawyers have appeared as counsel for either side," Somera said in the statement.

"Justice Carpio has long severed ties with our Firm. He has been an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court since 2001 and no longer has any interest in our Firm. His sterling record in public service honors the institution he represents and serves as an inspiration to us as well as others in our profession," Somera said.

He added that in case Corona is impeached, they will respect the sole prerogative of President Benigno C. Aquino III to appoint his replacement.

For now, The CVCLaw said "we wish Chief Justice Corona well as he prepares for his defense." (PNA)

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