Is it just me or is there a trend here? Why is it that when public officials are put in to trial for their “alleged” corrupt acts they end up in the wheelchair? I mean seriously? I feel like this is a repeat performance with a different actor. Come on!
Not so long ago Gloria Arroyo pulled the same act when she and her husband tried to leave the country while in the middle of an investigation. Are these politicians frustrated actors? I’m sorry but they should know better that Filipino’s are not that stupid!
Corona gave a dramatic performance while giving his testimony at the witness stand and even signed a waiver giving the court full access to his bank accounts as well as his wife for investigation. Everything was going really well until he said that there is a condition to this waiver. He wants all the senator judges to sign the waiver as well and have their bank accounts be subjected to scrutiny. I’m sorry but to me ALL PUBLIC OFFICIALS are corrupt so that doesn’t change anything. It’s like him saying “Hey I stole money from the government but everyone does it right?” Poor Philippines! I really wish there would come a time when we can get rid of all these corruption or at least to the point where we can minimize it.
Enrile, said that if the chief justice will not be able to return on Wednesday for cross examination, his testimonies will be stricken off the record and the case will be considered submitted for resolution. As of the moment Corona’s camp appealed to the court to have him come back on Friday due to health reasons.
Better be ready with your popcorn and soda for another telenovela.
Wow! Corona owned a $10 Million or Php420 Million Bank Account? That’s alot of money!
Now tell me… how can a Chief Justice earn that much in just 8 years?
Here’s the complete article from Yahoo News.
Morales made this revelation as she took the witness stand on Monday’s trial, further indicting the chief justice.
Morales said Corona’s dollar accounts ballooned from a single account in 2003 to 82 accounts in eight years.
She said that according to the report, Corona made “significant withdrawals” during the 2004 and 2007 elections, and the week he was impeached in the House of Representatives.
The chief justice was said to have withdrawn $418,000 and transferred the amount in a trust fund on the day he was impeached.
She added that based on the report, Corona had a $10 million “transactional balance” which she explained as the “total inflow and outflow of funds that when through the system.”
This is apart from his “fresh deposits,” which refer to the “money that never moved,” amounting to over $12 million, the Ombudsman said.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales speaks before the Philippine Senate to testify in the impeachment trial of Supreme …The defense team presented Morales, who was later identified a hostile witness, to prove that there is no evidence that Corona owns a $10-million dollar account and that the probe of the office of Ombudsman is illegal and baseless.
Lead defense counsel Serafin Cuevas tried to stop Morales’ testimonies because he said she is not competent to explain the 17-page AMLC report which was described as “strictly confidential” and contained a summary list of Corona’s 705 bank transactions in both of his peso and dollar accounts from 2003 to 2011.
But the court unanimously voted for the Ombudsman to show a present a report prepared by Morales and the Commission on Audit.
Morales said her office, within its power, is conducting a fact-finding investigation against Corona following a series of complaints accusing the chief justice of violations of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act for acquiring ill-gotten wealth.
She added that while the complaints did not specifically mention the $10 million, she asked assistance from AMLC if they have documents of the chief justice’s bank transactions relevant to the filed complaints.
Cuevas, however, noted that the alleged multi-million dollar account is not included in the impeachment complaint.
“If the $10 million is not included in the impeachment complaint, then all the more reason that I should conduct an investigation,” Morales said.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile clarified that Article 2 of the impeachment complaint generally accuses Corona of untruthful disclosure of his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.
“There is no question the $10 million is not included in articles, but the issue is inclusion or non-inclusion of SALN. The amount is immaterial,” Enrile explained.
Morales was ordered to return tomorrow to continue to testify on Corona’s alleged dollar accounts.