Enrile disappointed over defense’s ‘irrelevant witnesses’ to Article 2

May 7, 2012 9:51 pm 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, May 7 -– Senate President-presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile expressed disappointment over what he described as ‘irrelevant witnesses” that the defense presented on Monday at the resumption of the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

”We are quite disappointed by the witnesses you brought this afternoon,” Enrile said as the defense ran out of witnesses for the 35th day of the impeachment trial.

Enrile said all the witnesses presented on Monday were irrelevant to Article 2 of the impeachment complaint, which pertains to failure of Corona to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

”All witnesses presented this afternoon were irrelevant to Article 2 of impeachment,” Enrile told defense chief counsel Justice Serafin Cuevas.

After the continuation of cross-examination of former Manila mayor Lito Atienza by the prosecution, the defense presented Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) law division chief Atty. VC Cadangen whom Enrile called as irrelevant. Cagangen testified on the capital gains stock of Basa-Guidote property.

Cadangen was dismissed and the defense presented Bonifacio Developoment Corp. Rep. Noel Kintanar as next witnesses to testify on Bonifacio Ridge property.

Two more witnesses failed to take the witness stand as Enrile questioned the relevance of their testimonies. They were Annylyn Moises, records keeper of the City of Manila, and Efleda Castro, also of City of Manila.

Moises were supposed to testify for the defense in connection with the sale of the Basa-Guidote property, owned by Corona’s wife Cristina family.

Enrile, however, questioned the relevance of their testimonies to the Article 2, saying “we’re cluttering this proceeding with so many collateral, irrelevant and immaterial issues . We’re wasting time.”

With the failure of Moises and Castro to testify, the impeachment court granted the request of the defense to continue its presentation of witnesses on Tuesday. (PNA)

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