Archive for February, 2012
Posted by admin on February 29, 2012 at 05:19 am
Confident that they had presented enough evidence to secure the conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona, House prosecutors dropped Tuesday five charges in the impeachment complaint.
In day 25 of the Corona impeachment trial, lead prosecutor Niel Tupas Jr. said the prosecutors “have already presented a strong case. The evidence we laid down suffices to convict Corona for betrayal of public trust.” (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 28, 2012 at 03:15 am
THE House prosecutors were told Monday not to compel the senators to subpoena Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno but instead invite her to the impeachment trial to avoid “direct collision” between the Senate and Supreme Court.
Defense lawyer Rico Paolo Quicho said in a press briefing after the impeachment trial Monday that the prosecutors are free to invite Sereno, who is being asked to testify on Article VII of the impeachment complaint that tackles Chief Justice Renato Corona’s alleged partiality in granting a temporary restraining order (TRO) in favor of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo. (more)
Posted by admin on February 27, 2012 at 03:12 am
The source of the leaked bank documents of Chief Justice Renato Corona remains mysterious as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) examiners categorically denied Monday having examined the chief magistrate’s account.
BSP examiner Jerry Leal told the Senate committee on banks at a hearing Monday that Corona’s account was not included in the 112 sample accounts examined from the Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank). (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 27, 2012 at 03:11 am
The Senate stood by its ruling Monday against allowing testimony on travel perks that impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona supposedly received from Philippine Airlines (PAL) because these were not properly alleged.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said free travel that Corona and his wife, which prosecutors say show the motive for a reversal in a Supreme Court ruling against PAL, is not in Article III of the impeachment complaint. (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 27, 2012 at 03:10 am
Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) president Pascual Garcia III insisted Monday that bank records of Chief Justice Renato Corona were among the eight records of politically exposed persons summoned by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Garcia told the Senate committee on banks at a hearing Monday that PSBank sent Corona’s signature card from its Katipunan branch after BSP bank examiner Jerry Leal sent an e-mail citing the bank’s failure to tag certain accounts as PEP, or politically-exposed persons. (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 27, 2012 at 03:09 am
Senator-judges are discussing Monday the possibility of sending written questions to a Supreme Court (SC) justice regarding allegations that Chief Justice Renato Corona manipulated a ruling involving former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV earlier suggested for prosecutors to just get SC Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno deposition or written interrogatories regarding the deliberations on a temporary restraining order (TRO) that the SC issued in November last year. (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 26, 2012 at 03:08 am
Senator-judges will deliberate Monday on whether to invite a Supreme Court (SC) associate justice to testify on deliberations in the grant of an injunction on a government travel restriction on Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Prosecutors see testimony from SC Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as a “nail in the coffin” for impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona. (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 24, 2012 at 05:14 am
THE prosecution panel will file a motion on Monday asking the impeachment court to invite Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in the trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
A senator-judge, meanwhile, proposed to send Sereno written questions to substantiate alleged irregularities in the Corona-led Supreme Court’s decision to block a watch-list order against Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 24, 2012 at 05:13 am
A GROUP of 188 members of the House of Representatives have come to the rescue of their two colleagues facing possible ethics probe for illegally possessing “leaked” bank documents of impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Movement 188, a group composed of 188 House members who signed the impeachment complaint against Corona, filed on Thursday House Resolution 2181 to support Representatives Reynaldo Umali (Oriental Mindoro) and Jorge Banal (Quezon City) “in their search for truth in connection with the impeachment trial of Corona”. (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 24, 2012 at 05:11 am
DISCUSSION at the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona on Thursday strayed into the propriety of a Justice department circular that allows travel restrictions on people not yet charged in court.
Senator Panfilo Lacson asked Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to justify the issuance of watch-list orders, which her office can do, and effectively curtails travel abroad without approval from the department. (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 23, 2012 at 05:06 am
THE House prosecution panel can ask Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to stay away from proceedings if it feels offended at being lectured at, the senate leader said Wednesday.
“They can ask for my exclusion. I’d gladly give it to them. I’ll gladly give it to somebody that will handle it. They do not want to appear before me, they can tell the Senate to withdraw me as presiding officer,” he told reporters. (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 23, 2012 at 05:05 am
THE Senate rejection of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) executive’s testimony at the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona is unfortunate, Malacañang said Wednesday.
“It’s unfortunate that the Senate President (Juan Ponce Enrile) has decided to disallow the reception for evidence with respect to Article 3,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a news briefing. (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 23, 2012 at 05:04 am
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima testified for around two hours at the impeachment trial of Chief Justice (CJ) Renato Corona on Wednesday, but defense lawyers said she gave little more than a narration of facts.
Defense spokesman and lawyer Tranquil Salvador III said de Lima was only able to testify on the events surrounding the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) on a Justice department order to keep Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from leaving the country. (Read more)
Posted by admin on February 22, 2012 at 06:56 am
The impeachment court has been liberal in the trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona but there have to be limits, said Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday.
Sotto’s statement came after the spokesmen for the House prosecution team said Tuesday afternoon that the court had been too strict in refusing to have a Philippine Airlines (PAL) executive testify on perks that Corona allegedly received while the airline had a case pending with the Supreme Court. (Read more)
« Older Entries