Makati assessor, QC register of deeds testify on sale, transfer of 5 Corona properties

March 20, 2012 2:02 am 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, March 19 — On the 31st day of the impeachment trial against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, the defense panel presented as witnesses Makati City Assessor Mario Badillo and Quezon City Register of Deeds Carlo Alcantara.

Under direct examination by defense counsel Atty. Tranquil Salvador III, Badillo, an engineer, testified that based on the tax declaration of Mrs. Cristina Corona, The Columns condominium unit has a market value of P1.2 million and with an assessed value of P726,000.

Badillo said that the market value of The Columns property of Mrs. Corona is the same from 2008 up to the present.

Defense counsel Atty. Dennis Manalo told the Senate impeachment court at the start of the hearing that Quezon City Register of Deeds Carlo Alcantara, a lawyer, would present the basis of non-inclusion of the La Vista and Ayala Heights properties in the chief magistrate's statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Manalo said that the Ayala Heights property was transferred in March 2010 to Amalia Rivera and the La Vista property was transferred to Carla C. Castillo.

The prosecution accepted Alcantara's competence to testify, having presented him as its own witness earlier.

Alcantara presented documents on the title of the Corona property which was cancelled in April 2010 due to its sale.

He said that the Ayala Heights property was sold to the couple Rodel Rivera and Amalia Rivera.

Alcantara presented the title of La Vista property which was sold by the Corona couple to their own daughter Carla for P18 million in November 2010.

He said that the transfer of title from Coronas to the Riveras of the Ayala Heights property was in consideration for the amount of P8 million.

Alcantara also presented the title of the Cubao property which was transferred to Corona's daughter Carla from Daniel Encina.

He said that the Cubao property was sold to Constantino Castillo, the husband of Corona's daughter, in December 2003 for P10.5 million.

Alcantara said that Corona's daughter and her husband bought the Kalayaan property in March 2009 for P15 million. (PNA) DCT/scs/PTR

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