Rutaquio presented the certificate of title of condominium units at the Bellagio worth Escudero said that he was confused since each article must correspond to a singular act, and asked that both prosecution and defense submit a legal memorandum on the matter. The prosecution then presented Quezon City acting register of deeds Carlo Alcantara. The prosecution then presented Marikina Register of Deeds Sedfrey Garcia but he was told to return on the next trial day. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago , who has been absent at the trial up to this point, asked both the prosecution and the defense how many witness will they present for the entire trial. When Tupas could not give an answer, Santiago scolded the prosecution, saying that they should "not waste the time of this court.
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Rutaquio presented the certificate of title of condominium units at the Bellagio worth Escudero said that he was confused since each article must correspond to a singular act, and asked that both prosecution and defense submit a legal memorandum on the matter.
The prosecution then presented Quezon City acting register of deeds Carlo Alcantara. The prosecution then presented Marikina Register of Deeds Sedfrey Garcia but he was told to return on the next trial day. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago , who has been absent at the trial up to this point, asked both the prosecution and the defense how many witness will they present for the entire trial. When Tupas could not give an answer, Santiago scolded the prosecution, saying that they should "not waste the time of this court.
Enrile was so offended he offered to resign "if somebody cannot accept his rulings. Santiago also said that the court should be more liberal in accepting evidence, after what had happened in the impeachment trial of Joseph Estrada where they prevented the opening of the second envelope.
The court also allowed the subpoena of the income tax returns of the Corona couple. The prosecution presented BIR Commissioner Kim Henares as their witness although Enrile asked how her testimony will be relevant to the case. Santiago scolded both the prosecution and defense for long debates.
The prosecution presented an "alpha list", a document submitted by a company listing its employees, salary, and tax withheld. She testified that Mrs. Corona was a one-time taxpayer for a property transaction on September 9, Corona purchased the property worth 11 million pesos although she had no recorded income that year.
Corona was in other alpha lists. The defense objected but Enrile allowed Henares to answer. The prosecution presented documents from alleged Corona properties in Taguig, Makati, and Quezon City. Arthur Lim replied that they are accusing Corona of violating paragraphs c , e , and f of Section 3 of the law. This comes as the income tax returns of the Coronas were brandished on television and on the internet. Enrile replied that the Senate will decide on this on a caucus.
Carla Corona-Castillo, was able to buy an 18 million-peso property from her mother Cristina despite only having a monthly taxable income of 8, pesos. Charina, bought the property from Megaworld Corporation.
Henares added that Charina never filed an income tax return, and was a one-time taxpayer, for the McKinley Hill transaction. On the cross-examination, Cuevas asked Henares if the Secretary of Finance told her "durugin mo na si Corona crush Corona, if possible.
Pangilinan questioned if the BIR overlooked other income sources from the Coronas. She replied that the BIR exhausted all efforts, including alpha lists.
Henares also said that Corona only had one source of income. Enrile said "they may discuss the procedure but not the content. Visnar told the court that the Corona couple fully paid a 9. BGEI in The senators commented that corporations that are suspended by the SEC can still lend money, and can still be sued.
She said that the Coronas paid three installments within one year, in The prosecution noted that Corona, who only included the property in his SALN, should have included it starting from his SALN, on the year when the deed of absolute sale was issued. However, the defense countered that the Coronas refused the property due to defects, and that the Coronas only started possessing the property in The prosecution and defense then argued on whether wrong entries in SALN constituted betrayal of public trust, with Tupas quoting Joaquin Bernas , saying that "betrayal of public trust" was a "catch-all phrase" covering offenses that may not even amount to crimes.
The prosecution said that the list given to them by the Land Registration Authority had 45 items, but they were not bound to abide by those.
Henares produced the income tax returns of Constantino T. Henares also said that the BIR was in the process of investigating Corona. The Senate based their subpoenas from documents submitted by the prosecution.
Senator Francis Escudero asked where did these come from, as possession of these documents was a violation of the Bank Secrecy Law; House prosecutor Reynaldo Umali said that a "small lady" handed the documents to him.
Anduiza said that Corona participated from the deliberations even if Supreme Court spokesperson Midas Marquez earlier said that the Chief Justice was recusing. In , the court ordered Philippine Airlines to reinstate crew members who were laid off. However, in , the court reversed its ruling after Philippine Airlines lawyer Estelito Mendoza wrote to Corona.
Anduiza said that while Corona recused in , he was not among those who did not participate in the deliberations. In a separate petition, Corona asked for the recusal of Associate Justices Maria Lourdes Sereno and Antonio Carpio , who had been publicly against Corona, and a special raffle on the case. House prosecutor Kaka Bag-ao says yes.
Enrile rules that since there is no temporary restraining order, the Senate can proceed. Garcia only brought peso accounts; he argues that if he exposes any dollar accounts, it will also expose him and his bank to criminal liability. After a discussion, Enrile orders Custodio to submit a letter detailing the reasons why he should not be cited for contempt , and ordered him to return the next day.
Senator Estrada asked if the Tiongson was a "small lady"; Garcia replied that Tiongson is a tall woman. He also answered that all five account numbers in the subpoena existed in that PSBank branch. Estrada also asked what "PEP" and "K" meant on the bank records; Garcia answered that "PEP" meant " politically exposed person ", but he refused to answer what "K" on "k" meant, saying that as an annotation to a photocopied document, he can not say that it was bank-sourced "original document.
Defense lawyer Judd Roy apologized to the Senate and emphasized that there was no malice in their statements. Senator Estrada dared the defense to reveal their source, and Senator Antonio Trillanes ordered them to write an explanation on why they should not be cited for contempt.
Majority floor leader Tito Sotto said, quoting a report from the Sergeant-at-Arms, that no small lady was seen from their CCTV; Enrile then gave the prosecution 24 hours to explain how they acquired the bank records. The senators scolded the prosecution for using allegedly spurious bank documents to issue subpoenas. The prosecution replied that they could not vouch for the authenticity of the bank documents. Enrile replied that it is up to the senators if they want to ask the witness questions.
Answering another question from Estrada, Tiongson said that the allegedly fake bank documents may have been retrieved from other sources. Three of the bank accounts, Estrade noted, were closed on December 12, , the day Corona was impeached. The Senate ordered Banal to return to the court on the next session day. Garcia then said that the AMLC specialist just checked if the accounts were properly labeled, and did not check on the balances. Senator Jinggoy Estrada still maintained that he believes that the prosecution-submitted bank record was authentic, alleging that the AMLC photocopied one of the signature cards.
She then arranged to check if the original documents were still in the vault. Tupas then informed the court that the prosecution had finished presenting witnesses for the second article of impeachment.
Philippine Airlines case. Using the dissenting opinion by associate justice Maria Lourdes Sereno , de Lima said that Corona corrected the draft of the decision, and instructed Supreme Court spokesperson Midas Marquez to mislead the public by stating that the restraining order was still in effect even if Arroyo was not able to abide by it. The defense argued that the Supreme Court decision was not solely an action of Corona, as there were other seven other justices who concurred with him.
Senate votes 20-3 to convict Corona
Article I[ edit ] Respondent betrayed the public trust through his track record marked by partiality and subservience in cases involving the Arroyo administration from the time of his appointment as Supreme Court Justice which continued to his dubious appointment as a midnight Chief Justice and up to the present. In relation to this, a press release by Senator Franklin Drilon enumerated some 19 cases where Corona allegedly voted in favor of the Arroyo Administration. XI of the Constitution. In the case of the President , the Vice-President , the Members of the Cabinet , the Congress , the Supreme Court , the Constitutional Commissions and other constitutional offices, and officers of the armed forces with general or flag rank, the declaration shall be disclosed to the public in the manner provided by law. Firstly, it is not for the Chief Justice to unilaterally decide whether to disclose or not to disclose them. Thirdly, CJ Corona never issued an order that forbids the public disclosure of his above declarations.
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