CJ leaves Senate gently but tired

May 25, 2012 10:00 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, May 25 — After more than three hours on the witness stand, embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona on Friday left the Senate impeachment court gently, though very tired.

Corona left the Senate in the same Medical City ambulance that took him to the Senate in a convoy around 1:18 p.m. Friday.

Senate President and presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile excused an admittedly "very, very tired" chief magistrate.

After being excused from the hearing, Corona was taken briefly to the Senate clinic. Senate Medical and Dental Services chief Mariano Blancia said the chief justice's blood pressure was normal 140/80.

"Okey na siya, walang ibang symptons. Nakauwi siya nang normal ang kanyang blood pressure (He's okay, he has no other symptoms. He left with his blood pressure normal). At least we have done our duty to him," Blancia said.

Meanwhile, at the sidelines of the impeachment trial, Corona's wife Cristina, during a break in the proceedings, walked up to her cousins — the siblings Ana, Carmen, Isabel, Francheska and Eric Basa — and embraced them one by one.

Corona’s daughter, Carla, also approached the siblings and hugged them. Most of them were in tears.

Cristina later took the siblings to the witness stand, where the chief justice remained seated during the break. There, Corona also embraced the Basa siblings.

Baby Nebrida, classmate and close friend of Cristina, in an interview with media, said she had advised Mrs. Corona that at this point in their lives "the fastest way to healing is to forgive."

Nebrida was the one who made the Basa-Corona reconciliation possible as both families are close to her.

The feud between the two families, triggered by a property dispute between Cristina and her uncle, the late Jose Basa, has stretched for three decades, and was even dragged into the impeachment trial of the chief justice.(PNA)

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