Ayala property manager says Mrs. Corona had P112,000 in unpaid dues

March 20, 2012 2:02 am 

MANILA, March 19 – On the 31st day of the impeachment trial against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona, the defense presented its 11th witness, Ayala property manager Benz Lim.

Defense counsel Atty. Jose "Judd" Roy III said that their fourth witness for today's hearing, is being presented to show just and valid reasons for the non-inclusion of the The Columns property in CJ Corona's SALN (statement of assets, liabilities and net worth).

Lim told the Senate Impeachment Court that he manages common areas of property such that his duties are similar to those of a building administrator.

He said that his only finance-related duty is to take care of unit owners' association dues which are kept in the association's bank account, adding that, association dues were first charged to Mrs. Cristina Corona in 2009.

Lim said that Mrs. Corona had unpaid association dues amounting to P112,000, adding that, only the principal amount was paid.

He identified the final demand letter to Mrs. Corona regarding the association dues, saying that, no one was occupying The Columns property.

Lim presented the receipts of Mrs. Corona in paying the P108,000 worth of association dues.

He said that Mrs. Corona asked him if he could waive interests and penalty, he replied that the unit owner must write a letter of request for that.

Roy presented Mrs. Corona's letter where she informed the "ordeals" she went through with The Columns unit.

He read Mrs. Corona's letter, which states that The Columns administration had turned unit into "bodega" filled with debris, dirty brooms and toilets stinking.

Lim said that the Board of Directors agreed to Mrs. Corona's request to waive penalty of association dues on The Columns unit.

When asked by Impeachment Court presiding officer Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile about his line of questioning, Roy said that the payment was by installment, adding that, the unit was not formally accepted until later.

Roy told the Impeachment Court that he was not informed if The Columns unit was paid for in cash.

He said that the keys of The Columns were given later 2009 or early.

Roy explained why CJ Corona did not file in his earlier SALN on the ground that paying dues starts when one is recognized as the owner.

Cross-examination on the Ayala property manager by the prosecution will be conducted on Tuesday.

Trial adjourned at 6:37 p.m. and will resume Tuesday at 2 p.m. (PNA)

RMA/PTR

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