Archive for March, 2012
Posted by admin on March 27, 2012 at 04:15 am
COMMISSION on Audit (COA) released a report disallowing the 2001 payment of P34.7 million by City of Manila to the family of Renato Corona’s wife.
The release came after ex-Manila mayor Lito Atienza’s testimony at the impeachment trial of the Supreme Court chief justice and 11 years after payment. “Why only now?” Atienza complained. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 27, 2012 at 04:14 am
ISN’T it funny that we react to the latest Pulse Asia survey on Chief Justice Renato Corona as if the Senate impeachment proceedings were like the popular American television show, Family Feud?
On one end of the spectrum, there is the defense team and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago fulminating that the survey is contemptuous because it is an attempt to obstruct or degrade justice. On the other end, there is the prosecution engaging in self-serving exultation as if the survey results made up for the grievous stumbles that they committed through the most part of their presentation of evidence. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 27, 2012 at 04:13 am
ONE should give it to journalist Raissa Robles. No, anti-Coronas should give it to this South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) correspondent. She has created a blog which is being read by thousands of Filipinos interested in “Philippine politics and beyond” here and abroad. And her investigative effort and the contribution of her blog’s “cyber warriors” she collectively calls “Plaza Miranda” seem to be paying off.
Over the weekend, Corona was forced to respond to raissarobles.com’s March 24, 2012 post titled, “Does Renato C. Corona have a clone living in the US?” That article questioned why the name “Renato C. Corona” would be linked in Internet searches to two properties in the United States. Corona immediately denied owning US properties. His lawyers questioned Robles’s motive in writing about it. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 27, 2012 at 04:12 am
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago always straddles the extreme, so only she among the senator-judges could issue threats against pollsters and the media for the survey done in the midst of the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
What got her goat was the recent Pulse Asia survey whose results showed, among others, that 47 of the respondents believe Corona is guilty of the charges he is facing. Santiago had also criticized the student council of the University of the Philippines (UP) for releasing a survey result that showed most of the respondents don’t trust Corona. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 27, 2012 at 04:11 am
TWO weeks into the turn of embattled Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona to present evidence and witnesses to disprove allegations against him in his own impeachment trial, more questions are arising and popping up instead of refuting what the prosecution has so far presented.
His defense panel has been plugging holes instead of addressing squarely his failure to fully and truthfully declare his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth and explaining his peso deposits and dollar account. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 25, 2012 at 04:16 am
FIRST, there’s some confusion about voice of the people being voice of God. We’re told scholar Alcuin’s letter to Emperor Charlemagne, which originated “Vox populi, vox Dei,” warned against it.
Alcuin said, “We should not listen to those who keep saying ‘voice of the people is voice of God,’ since turbulence of the crowd is always very close to madness.” (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 25, 2012 at 03:27 am
NOT even a denial from Chief Justice Renato Corona himself can stop his accusers in the House of Representatives from pursuing a probe into the magistrate’s alleged properties in the United States.
Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara assured this Sunday following Corona’s statement debunking a report by investigative journalist Raissa Robles on his supposed dwellings in Tampa, Florida and Mountain View, California. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 24, 2012 at 03:26 am
The prosecution admitted Saturday that a journalist blog post stating that a certain “Renato C. Corona” owns properties in the United States is highly suspicious, but will first verify it.
Raissa Robles, in her blog post, said a document obtained by “Yvonne” from US public records showed a “Renato C. Corona” owned properties in Tampa, Florida and Mountain View, California. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 23, 2012 at 04:05 am
ROAR and furor greeted the suggestion that the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) of other government officials be disclosed, apart from Chief Justice (CJ) Renato Corona and his fellow Supreme Court justices. Understandably, objections, dissent and protestation come from those who do not want their properties revealed or their other dealings disclosed, in utter violation of laws mandating their disclosure to the public.
In the face of such hard stance towards revelation of assets, liabilities and net worth of government officials and workers, there should be a stricter law made to force them into submission and ferret out the truth on their valuables and holdings. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 23, 2012 at 03:59 am
IT’S just unfortunate that the Senate acting as impeachment court, primarily its presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile, barred weeks ago from the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona the testimony of a Philippine Airlines (PAL) executive.
PAL vice president for sales Enrique Javier would have given us another perspective of the flip-flopping of the Supreme Court in the pending case of the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (Fasap). Javier would have talked about PAL platinum card privileges given to VIPs, including Corona and his wife. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 23, 2012 at 03:58 am
THIS is one show that is holding the whole nation in deep suspense. People who did not even know what the powers of a chief justice (CJ) of the Supreme Court (SC) are, and how much he is being paid by the tax-paying public, have suddenly become aware of these facts.
The impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona is decidedly a historical event and a telling national experience, considering that this is the first time in our history to have to impeach a CJ. To know the truth about this issue has somehow taken on a moral necessity for us. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 23, 2012 at 03:57 am
Proceeds from the sale of a commercial lot owned by the family of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s wife Cristina ended up in her account, the prosecution told the impeachment court on Thursday.
Private prosecutor Renato Samonte Jr. said the P34.7-million check issued by the Manila City Government as a result of the negotiated sale of the 1,020-square-meter property was deposited in Land Bank of the Philippines-Malacañang branch. (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 23, 2012 at 03:56 am
Former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza on Thursday confirmed that Chief Justice Renato Corona accompanied his wife Cristina to talk over the sale of the land owned by his spouse’s family.
This took place in Atienza’s office at an unspecified date, which stemmed from Cristina’s reluctance to accept the city government’s plan to expropriate the lot owned by the Basa-Guidote Enterprises Inc. (BGEI). (Read more)
Posted by admin on March 23, 2012 at 03:24 am
IF HE only had his way, Chief Justice Renato Corona said prosecutors who accused him of owning 45 properties that later turned out to be incorrect should apologize in public.
“Much as we want to get an apology, we cannot force this to the prosecutors. Saying sorry for a harm done is a personal decision,” Corona said. (Read more)
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