Day 3 of Corona impeachment: ABS-CBN lawyer bungles questioning of key prosecution witness

Key point of contention on Day 3 of the trial of the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Renato Corona is the emergence of allegations that Corona did not declare all of his assets — specifically big properties already revealed to the media — in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN). So now that the SALN had been provided, the argument is now around its accuracy.

Atty Karen Jimeno gives a telegenic face to the defense team

Supreme Court Clerk of the Court Enriquietta Vidal who is custodian of the SALNs of the SC justices was one of the witnesses called by the prosecution team. However, for some bizarre reason, she was questioned like a hostile witness by outside attorney of the prosecution team Mario Bautista who, some observed, consistently failed to lay the premise of his questions. Defense team leader Serafin Cuevas, on the other hand, demonstrated class and professional acumen in cross-examining the prosecution witness on the SALN and addressing the court in a way that brings them up to speed with proper court procedure. A commentor even quipped that Cuevas explained things the way a seasoned — and patient — lecturer would to one of the dimmer students in his class.

Interestingly, Bautista is a “top lawyer” of Philippine goliath media enterprise ABS-CBN and is reportedly currently the lead attorney for the private legal counsel of the prosecuting team…

“Atty. Mario Bautista has taken a leave from his functions and duties as General Counsel of ABS-CBN Corp. He informed us that he will take on the role of lead prosecutor at the CJ impeachment trial,” Bong Osorio, the broadcasting network’s head of corporate communications, told Interaksyon.com.

Furthermore…

Sources said that aside from Bautista, four other top ABS-CBN executives are working for the House prosecution team: Maximilian Uy, chief legal counsel & assistant corporate secretary; Manuel Torres, corporate secretary; Maximilian Joseph Uy, legal services head and assistant corporate secretary; and Enrique Quiason, assistant corporate secretary.

The company, however, did not comment on the other four lawyers’ alleged participation in the prosecution team.

ABS-CBN has long been criticised for acting like the family publicist of the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan. The Lopez family who now enjoy majority shareholding over the enterprise, owe much of its re-acquisition of control over the vast media network to the powerful clans it now seems to be serving. Shortly after the ascent to power of the late former President Corazon Aquino, ABS-CBN ownership reverted back to the Lopezes. ABS-CBN is also widely credited for creating the “People Power” and “Edsa Revolution” concepts, encapsulating the entire drama that saw the fall of former dictator Ferdinand Marocs and the “return” of “democracy” to the Philippines under those two catch phrases, and engineering the ingraining of these notions deep into the Filipino collective psyche through its omnipresent media channels.

Considering the precarious financial position of the Aquino-Cojuangco crown jewel — the huge Hacienda Luisita farming estate — it is not surprising that the full force of Kamaganak Inc is being conscripted to the “noble” cause of ousting Corona from the Supreme Court. Hacienda Luisita Inc (HLI) is reportedly insolvent and the clan’s continued ownership over the vast estate rests upon its continued exemption from the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which only the High Court can effect. Indeed, there is some reason to believe that it is not only the financial health of Aquino-Cojuangco Inc that is at stake, but also those of what could be a web of businesses that have lent money to HLI…

To [President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III], Corona represented an absolute roadblock to the whole point — his mission to his family while President of the Philippines [to secure the future of the clan’s control over HLI].

Indeed, this goes beyond Hacienda Lusita and further to its creditors which includes other businesses within Aquino-Cojuangco Inc and the banks who had likely had their arms twisted into lending money to the spiralling enterprise.

If HLI descends into insolvency oblivion, it is bound to drag down all the poor sods it owes money to and could even precipitate a mini financial crisis on its own if the web of financial exposure to the doomed enterprise unravels beyond what is known today.

The question that becomes even more pointed now after catching wind of the awesome legal support being provided by ABS-CBN to the impeachment prosecution team is this:

Does Hacienda Luisita Inc owe money to ABS-CBN?

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata…

For now, let us also watch certain “senators” who supposedly swore to act as judges in this exercise. There is widespread perception that Senators Franklin Drilon and Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan acted like prosecution lawyers and not like the judges which they were supposed to be in this trial. Included in the perception was Senator Alan Peter Cayetano who along with the Drilon and Pangilinan many opined “may as well have been working for the prosecution”. The plot thickens…

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Phil Manila
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“…acted like prosecution lawyers and not like the judges which they were supposed to be in this trial.”

Yes, I must say the impeachment rules are not that precise. You could sense that both sides are not quite sure what to follow: in presenting evidence, in cross examining, etc. Much is left to the good judgement/appreciation of the presiding Senator-Judge.

You get the feeling that: OK, let’s play but we will fine tune the rules of the game as we go along.

This uncertainty might what prompted Sir Knight Neil Tupas to blurt out:

In the name of God, GO!!! 🙂

brianitus
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Karen Jimeno should be the next Pantene shampoo endorser.

Combuzz
Guest

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/01/18/12/cojuangcos-want-corona-inhibit-hacienda-luisita-case

Cojuancos have succeeded in taking corona out of the picture, they are now in full swing to take over the PHilippines. Is there anything we can do to stop this hostile takeover?

Goreymac
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“Does Hacienda Luisita Inc owe money to ABS-CBN”

Maybe not ABSCBN but the Lopezes, as it would be very easy to find this out through financial statements filed in the PSE.

Hyden Toro
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Drillion, Pangilinan, and Cayetano are the Running Dogs of the Hacienda Luisita Mafia; the Cojuangco-Aquino families…Remember the names of these Senators…they sold their dignities, already…they are partners of Noynoy Aquino, in the attempt to monopolize power. The ABS-CBN network is used as a propaganda tool of the Cojuangco and the Aquino family….There is a vested interest of the Lopezes on the Hacienda Luisita land…They will not send their Top Lawyers to the Corona impeachment for free. They are hoping to get something back from the Corona impeachment…this is the reason I have told everybody: We are ruled by a Hacienda… Read more »
Felipe
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Hahaha…sabihin mo lang (tulad ng ginagawa mo). Ako rin dati, na-block ako—some funk somewhere in the system. Just let them fix that.

jay
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ABS-CBN
Aquino Bull Sh#t – Cojuangco Business Network

jay
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It’s the hacienda, people

As the private prosecutors stumble and fumble – 5 are from ABS-CBN (legal department)!!! – the cojuangco-aquino publicity channel – i think midas marquez will be next in the firing line.

jay
Guest

Vidal will not be winning SC most trusted or brightest employee award.

Never give her your car to look after!

jay
Guest

abs-cbn have just published all coronas saln’s including his address.
this seems unethical , a clear conflict of interest and irresponsible if not illegal.
the salns were submitted to the court not abs-cbn

jay
Guest

the media mafia links are clear
caradang – ex abs-cbn
rappler – ex abs-cbn staff writers

employing their ‘independent pet’ raissa robles as a conduit for inside info so they can claim hands off!

am sure the price is to extend their monopoly and of course a lot of govt advertising revenue. even jiminez official portrait has abs-cbn logo in background so DoT advertising campaign will pay a lot.

takeover of failing govt NBN station

? purchase of gma7 – now up for sale

Der Fuhrer
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Red Alert! Is the Philippines headed for a “night of the generals, Indonesian Scenario?” Please see the red connection of Mr. Aquino which I posted in past articles.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=769160&publicationSubCategoryId=63

Der Fuhrer
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Heil Der Nutzi Fuhrer EvilNoy! The greatest Nutzi mind of the Nutzi master yellow race! Der great Fuhrer is a master of black propaganda and distractions! He hides his hidden agendas in the political circus spectacle of his directed blitzkrieg against the pro-democracy CJ Corona! Der Nutzi Fuhrer EvilNoy has unveiled a great master plan to fulfill his destiny as the greatest Nutzi dictator! His exploration of informal talks and alliances with the extreme communist left and its legal and progressive allies will now see fruition! Ja! Der great Nutzi Fuhrer is for a formal alliance in the guise of… Read more »
Alan
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hahaha… ito na ba ang top lawyers ng ABS CBN? Coming to war unprepared LOL

Aljid
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Just a question, is Atty. Karen Jimeno married?

Lord Chimera
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Such formidable forces have been arrayed against Corona and not to mention the amount of resources and effort mobilized just to take him out. It says a lot about the Yellow cabal, they know if that they fail it would be a blow to Pnoy’s pursuit of justice(actually more like pursuit of vengeance), a vindication of the belief that he and his minions are incompetent(from the way they handle their so-called evidence and their amateurish antics in the senate house) and the big financial loss due to the fact that they cannot get a friendly judge to reverse the Hacienda… Read more »
Anna
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Well, I don’t really watch ABS-CBN for the News, because you can see that it’s very obvious on the manner of how they deliver. Very subjective.

R. Rivera
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I was able to watch the impeachment trial yesterday with some friends and I could see different views depending on inclinations: that is prosecution or defense. But what is sad, was people seem to ignore facts focusing only on the number of properties being mentioned by prosecutors. They are ignoring facts that some properties are not in the name of CJ Corona and wife and even mother titles are included. Pampahaba ng listahan! I find the private prosecutor directly examining the QC registrar as very arrogant, sobra ang yabang! Parang naka -score na siya eh umpisa pa lang. Yan ang… Read more »
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