Kaya Natin convenor says he fails to follow CJ's impeachment trial

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm 

MANILA, May 16 – Kaya Natin convenor Harvey Keh on Wednesday told the Senate Impeachment Court that he failed to follow the impeachment trial of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona.

The defense manifested that Keh is a hostile witness for his alleged "active involvement in a well-planned and orchestrated efforts to destroy the reputation of Corona."

Senate President and Senate Impeachment Court Presiding Judge Juan Ponce Enrile declared Keh as a "hostile witness".

Under direct-examination by defense counsel Dennis Manalo, Keh said that he did not regularly follow the impeachment trial because he could not watch the whole afternoon as he has several jobs.

Keh said that he was not in a position to authenticate the Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) documents they submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman (Ombudsman), adding that, the complaint was for "ill-gotten wealth" and not covered by Article 2.

Keh told the Impeachment Court that he was not the "small lady" who gave documents to Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali.

He also said that he was not the "mysterious messenger" who left bank documents in the house of Quezon City Rep. Jorge "Bolet" Banal.

Keh said that he did not indicate in his complaint before the Ombudsman that the alleged Corona dollar accounts were the subject of a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the SC.

He said that not all the members of Kaya Natin have been critical of Corona such that they have no statement asking for the conviction of Corona.

The defense presented to the impeachment Court a copy of Keh's blog of a statement of Kaya Natin on Corona's impeachment.

Keh said that Kaya Natin supported the impeachment of Corona but they have asked the Senate to investigate the said impeachment complaint.

He admitted that he is a critic of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

When asked by Enrile why he brought the documents to his office instead of the Ombudsman where he filed the complaint, Keh said that he felt that the Senate was in the best position to evaluate the documents.

Keh said that he was asked by ABS-CBN on his reaction to the Ombudsman's Corona dollar accounts revelation, adding that, he wanted to dispose of the documents immediately.

Prosecution private counsel Marlon Manuel did not conduct a cross-examination on Keh. (PNA) RMA/PTR

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