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  • Editorial

    Uneasy is the crown on CJ’s head

    Unless he takes the witness stand to testify in his own defense, many legal observers think impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona is going to be convicted. Aside from the legal eagles following the impeachment trial at the Senate convened court, Senate President and presiding judge Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator-judge Miriam Defensor Santiago have strongly suggested that Corona should testify. The accused chief justice’s defense panel does not think there is a need for that, claiming the prosecution’s case is [...]

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  • Editorial

    Corona not likely to testify

    If one of the defense lawyers of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is to be believed, there is no way that the embattled chief magistrate will testify before the Senate impeachment court. “I will not allow Corona to testify. The evidence presented against him does not require him to testify. We can rebut the evidence of the prosecution without his testimonies,” lawyer Jose Roy III said this week. Defense panel head Serafin Cuevas had earlier said he was wary [...]

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  • Editorial

    Supreme Court justices submit SALNs

    Chief Justice Renato Corona and the rest of the 15-member Supreme Court filed their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) on time, but the high court is with-holding their public disclosure in line with a 23-year-old resolution. Jose Midas Marquez, court spokesperson and concurrent administrator, said the magistrates submitted their SALNs to the Office of the Clerk of Court as mandated by the Constitution. He said the submissions were made on or before the April 30 filing deadline. [...]

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  • Editorial

    Corona lawyers to bring in de Lima as hostile witness

    The lawyers of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona intend to bring in Justice Secretary Leila de Lima as a hostile witness when the impeachment trial resumes on Monday, next week. Lawyers Jose Roy III, Tranquil Salvador, Karen Jimeno and Rico Paulo Quicho also said they would not allow Corona to testify in the impeachment trial “I will not allow Corona to testify. The evidence presented against him does not require him to testify. We can rebut the evidence of [...]

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  • Editorial Corona’s claim of retaliation

    Corona’s claim of retaliation

    How can anybody make it worse than what it already is for Chief Justice Renato Corona? The guy, lest he forget, is undergoing impeachment trial, and the pieces of testimonial and documentary evidence presented against him damning enough. For instance, he tried to help President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo flee the country and escape accountability. He has also accumulated wealth in real estate properties and in cash that the Ombudsman describes as “grossly disproportionate to his legal income.” But what makes [...]

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  • Editorial

    Lobby group delays issuance of mining policy

    By MANDY P. FRANCISCO The adoption of implementing guidelines of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 (Republic Act 7942), originally scheduled in February this year, may suffer a delay as the mining industry continues to lobby against it. Director Leo Nazareno of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said his group still needs to consult with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Agrarian Reform (DAR), and Social and Welfare Development (DSWD). “We [...]

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  • Editorial Damning dollar deposits

    Damning dollar deposits

    Even if acquitted by the Senate impeachment court, Chief Justice Renato Corona isn’t off the hook. In fact his legal troubles aren’t over if the Office of the Ombudsman is to have its way in probing and prosecuting the already impeached chief magistrate. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, herself a former associate justice of the Supreme Court, has received information on an alleged $10 million in Corona’s bank accounts in Philippine Savings Bank, where he also has a large peso deposit. [...]

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  • Editorial

    Don’t conduct investigation by publicity — Recto

    Senator Ralph Recto, said he thinks Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has jurisdiction “but I think it would have been more prudent had they waited for the Senate to finish the trial. But they can do it. They can do the investigation but better if it were done quietly.” He said it may be confusing for the Ombudsman to probe Corona’s assets while the impeachment trial is still ongoing. This might result in an overlap between the two. Recto has read [...]

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