CJ Corona vows to appear at Senate impeachment trial

May 8, 2012 10:47 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, May 8 – Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato C. Corona vowed to appear and testify before the Impeachment Court to defend himself, according to Defense panel lawyer Jose "Judd" Roy III.

Roy III on Tuesday said that if the Impeachment Court were inclined that they would address the issue of US$ 10 million, they would willingly confront the issue.

The defense asked the Impeachment Court to summon Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Harvey Keh, Risa Hontiveros, Rep. Walden Bello and seven others over Corona's alleged dollar bank accounts.

However, Roy said that the matter of the US$ 10 million had never been raised in the Impeachment Court.

On the other hand, Senate President and Impeachment Court Presiding Judge Juan Ponce Enrile told the defense that any asset, regardless of whether legally or illegally obtained, is a function of the SALN (Statement of assets, liabilities and net worth).

The defense assured the Impeachment Court that they will present CJ Renato Corona to respond to all the witnesses on the US$ 10-million issue.

Roy said that once these witnesses testify under oath on the alleged US$ 10 million, they would present evidence to contradict this through the testimony of Corona.

Enrile told the defense that they were happy that they (defense) were cooperating with the Impeachment Court.

For his part, Senator-Judge Jinggoy Estrada assured the Chief Justice that if and when he appears before the Impeachment Court, he will be treated fairly. (PNA)

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