Karen Jimeno: the classy face of Corona’s legal team

If the underlying strategy of those who are campaigning for the ouster of Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is the use of mainstream mass media to demonise him, they may be in for a worthy challenger from those who defend him. Lawyer Karen Jimeno who has taken the role of one of the spokespersons of Corona’s legal team of top-notch attorneys is emerging as a media celebrity in her own right.

Jimeno stands out in stark contrast to the common lack of class of the prosecution team (and the broader anti-Corona campaign juggernaut) in the way she presents herself to and engages the Philippine Media. Together with her colleague and fellow team spokesperson Tranquil Salvador, she provides an oasis of decorum and dignity to what is evidently becoming a minefield of underhanded tactics and jologry that has long been the hallmark of Philippine print and broadcast news.

As I observed in one of their earliest press conferences on Day Two of the impeachment trial

I salute the grace with which Corona’s defense team spokespersons discussed the remains of the day with the media after that “disastrous” showing by the prosecution. They kept reminding everyone to apply a bigger picture perspective on the whole exercise we are being subjected to today courtesy of the vanity and small-mindedness of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, and not see the bumbling antics of the prosecutors on Day 2 as a feather on their cap. The setback of the prosecution team is “just an initial victory” according to Atty. Tranquil Salvador of the defense team “This is not a day-to-day competition. In a trial like this, you need to build up your case,” Salvador said.

This well-bred class stands in stark contrast to the inbred crass of Philippine media. A recent “report” on the ABS-CBN News site made a mountain out of the molehill of an alleged Php 8 million (est. USD 184,000) increase in the wealth of Corona “after joining the SC”. Then again, USD 184,000 being considered to be a big amount to ABS-CBN reporters just highlights the sort of non-money “journalists” make in the Philippines (considering the vast wealth of the Lopez clan who own much of ABS-CBN), which is probably why so many of them need personal “sponsorships” on the side to get by.

More interesting is the way the full statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) of Corona were splashed all over that “report”. Included in the documents placed online for ready download is Corona’s residential address which, in most countries, would be an unethical practice. But then, this being the Philippines, a Third World country lest we forget, anything goes. The Civil Code of the Philippines lacks any explicit stipulation on the treatment of personal information by the media. In that regard, what ABS-CBN do are, by Philippine standards, normal.

As I wrote a while back in 2009 in my article “The establishmentisation of the Philippine Media”…

I, for example, am very critical of ABS-CBN on the basis of what I see on their Bandila news program which is aired on a free-to-view channel in Australia, specifically in the way they routinely:

– give disproportionate airtime to hearsay (sabi-ni-ganyan and sabi-ni-ganito) “reporting” and other instances of sloppy journalism that insult their otherwise noble profession;

– give disproportionate airtime to politically-charged stories when there are disasters and other events affecting hundreds or thousands of ordinary Filipinos that are more newsworthy and deserving of broadcast minutes; and,

– broadcast images of uncovered dead bodies demonstrating a lack of respect for privacy and regard for common decency.

On one episode (I think this was in the aftermath of flash flooding in the Bicol region), they even had their field reporters and camera crews shoving their way into a busy emergency room to interview medical personnel.

The Filipino viewing public should be thankful for Jimeno’s classy glamour and Salvador’s telegenic communication style. They complement the steely professionalism of the top-notch defense team who give honour to their general, the venerable Serafin Cuevas who, unfortunately, stands out like a law professor in a classroom full of slow learners. If this is going to be a trial-by-media, the Corona legal team are up to the job even in that aspect. They could have been stand ins for the protagonists of lawyer drama TV show Boston Legal. Then again, even the prosecution teams in Boston Legal are shown to be brilliant lawyers themselves — which describes the sort of stretch of the imagination needed to see their Philippine counterparts fitting the bill there.

[NB: Photo of Karen Jimeno shown in this article show up in an image search on Google.com and can be traced to the site OnlineKnowledge.org.]


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Well put sir


Class is something that isn’t learned at school.


bravo. well said.


oe her. she was on duelo yesterday. ganda nya and classy talaga. somthing the prosecution lacks.


Buti nalang sa defense team ang side nitong si Atty K Jimeno, kundi aaswangin ni AbNoy at mga dilaw yan. ‘Lam naman nating hayok na hayok yan si panot. Si Krissy lang naman kasi pambato nila—alang ka-class-class! Minamatch pa nya si kuya nyang pulpol sa prime minister ng Thailand, di naman bagay. She’s way above his league.


She’s a pretty face which makes her eye catching on tv but it’s the other lawyer, Atty. Salvador who is articulate and eloquent and has longer experience in litigation, who made the better spokesperson.

A Fine Jologs
Hmmm… someone has to get off his (imaginary) high horse here. I am surprised that this website is named “Get Real Philippines” yet the pseudo-intellectual writer of this article seems to be out of touch with reality. The writer should not confuse his being a fanboy of an “artistahin” lawyer as a sign of his supposedly, “classiness”. His attempted appetence for supposedly finer things is no less than a pretense. The writer should not be deceived by the eloquence and beauty of Atty. Jimeno–though admittedly possessing such fine traits–as a mark of “classiness”. A probinsyano who could not speak English… Read more »

kris aquino likes to be dragged into everything – especially if it has nothing to do with her.


another ad hominem spewing idiot.


A Fine Jologs

TAKEN FROM ILDA: “Discussing or talking about things is good because people get a chance to hear other points of view…”

TAKEN FROM BENIGNO: “…All pertinent opinions are welcome here.”

I really do hope that you stick with your words. The principle behind the freedom of expression IS NOT the freedom from things you do not want to hear. DO NOT CENSURE COMMENTS, which in your opinion, counter your standpoints. You should actually be delighted that opposing views enter the realm of your blog to ascertain the balancing of views!

joshua r

so it’s okay to post your non-agreement to a post on his blog but when others disagree with your post you get so high handed in your reply and start name calling…why bother posting if you don’t like to be answered back..ikaw na..


Someone needs to chill before he makes an even bigger fool of himself.

A Fine Jologs
@Sphynx However, did you notice the comment of Parallax referring to me as “another ad hominem spewing idiot”, to which admin Ilda DID NO delete? Do you see the BIAS of the admins now? 🙂 Anyway, much of time has been consumed by this blog and I do think that this will be my last comment on this issue (and this blog too). It was a pleasure to have exchanged thoughts with you, Sphynx! Thank you! PS: You might want to set-up your own blog for you are the only the level-headed person I spoke to here. I will not… Read more »

eat ur heart out taklesang kris aquino..move over karen jimeno has class par excellence..!

joshua r
a comment if i may: i make it a point to make a comment on the article and the comments made about the content of the article, not its writer, not the blog, not the personal biases of the author, not his intelligence, his “classiness”, his sexual preference, his age, etc..in other words, i am an equal opportunity commenter, hence my disdain for others who resort to attack the personality rather than the subject of a post, name calling and downright rudeness should be censured for it does not lead to meaningful discussion as this case in point, in one… Read more »

Interesting thread! But where is the link to the article where Ilda and GRP was criticized by the great Noel Vera?

"A Fine Jologs"
@Benigno & Ilda Why don’t you find yourselves REAL jobs? Or is it only in this kind of field where ***** get hired? Well, I’m not surprised since after all, it’s a “Dum-dum” who founded GRP. Trololol! And oh wait, you are right, I stand corrected in calling you “intellectual snobs”. I guess I failed to understand what “intellectual” truly meant by using it to describe people like you. Such a disgrace to that person who coined that term, that not even “pseudo intellectual” would be apt to describe people like you. It’s just really hard to place “GRP” and… Read more »