Debates on ‘rules of court’ continue to dominate Corona impeachment trial

Well it looks like much of the rest of the proceedings during the trial of impeached Chief Justice, Renato Corona will be spent on clarifying the rules of the court. However long it would take to finish the trial – it could be weeks or months – the presiding officer, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile will have to keep reminding the prosecution and some Senator Judges that “the law must be respected.” It is an increasingly excruciating experience to watch the trial as it takes place at glacial speed just because the prosecution keep insisting on presenting evidence that is either fake; had been illegally obtained; or had been tampered with.

It was so unbelievable that lead prosecutor Congressman Niel Tupas, Jr, a legislator, had to be told that “the source (that) was anonymous should have given the prosecution the caution to scrutinize the document before they presented it to this court as a basis for compulsory process.” This was in reference to the copies of Chief Justice Corona’s alleged dollar account, which according to another prosecutor, Representative Robert Umali, was given to him by an anonymous “small lady” on his way out of the building.

Senator Enrile is increasingly getting annoyed at Congressman Tupas because as the presiding officer, he “assumes full responsibility for issuing a subpoena” based on the “fake” document. Frankly, the validity of the documents should have been checked before the subpoena was given. The quick approval is obviously causing some problems now.

What’s bizarre is that on the day that the documents were declared fake, the prosecution were insisting that they “never said the bank documents were authentic or genuine but ‘felt it warrants attention of this impeachment court’.” It’s either they cannot get their statements right or they do not know how to handle the “fake” documents since they are now stuck with them. But perhaps they felt compelled to deny they are “fake” after Malacañang spokesman, Edwin Lacierda said that they are indeed, authentic. In a press statement, he said, “they do exist”¦ those account numbers. And I think that has been proven right by the PSBank president. What’s very important here is that the account numbers were accurate.” Why a member of Malacañang is making statements as to the authenticity of the evidence in the trial is everybody’s question because they really should not be meddling in the case.

Worst of all, some Senator Judges are becoming blatant in their attempts to come to the aid of the prosecution; this, despite a motion by the defense asking some Senator Judges to inhibit themselves from the case. It is actually mind-boggling why they would do such as thing considering that the prosecution actually put them in a difficult position when they presented “spurious” copies of Chief Justice Corona’s bank accounts just to convince the Senator Judges to approve a subpoena to get the same bank documents they supposedly already possessed. If you are not following, I can’t blame you. The members of the impeachment court are confused as well.

It is such a disgrace that despite the palpable violations by the prosecution, no judge has so far suggested that they be put in contempt of court. In fact, a lot of people are already calling for the case against the Chief Justice to be junked based on the number of violations by the prosecution and the prejudice of some of the judges. However, the prosecution is just getting a slap on the wrist for delaying and quite possibly bungling the case.

I don’t know if it’s arrogance or simply ignorance of the law, but some Senator Judges are also the cause of the delay in the proceedings. Senator Peter Cayetano wasted the court’s time when again, he tried to make PSBank witness inadvertently reveal Corona’s alleged dollar account. The Senator exhibited some signs that he still can’t get over the fact that majority of his fellow judges voted to uphold the Supreme Court’s Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) on the opening of the alleged dollar accounts. He had another go at telling the PSBank executive that during former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada’s impeachment trial, the bank manager at Equitable Bank disclosed the details of Erap’s bank account even without a subpoena.

But Senator Cayetano’s efforts at trying to convince the PSBank president Pascual Garcia that it was okay for him to reveal the contents of Chief Justice Corona’s alleged dollar account was futile after defense leader Serafin Cuevas corrected him by saying that what happened then simply cannot be applied in this case because the Chief Justice is not being tried for plunder. Senator Cayetano’s actions though say a lot about his leanings. It is a sure sign that there are Senators who are allied with the instigator of the Chief Justice’ impeachment, President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy).

The Chief Executive even claims that there is enough evidence to convict the Chief Justice. Here’s what he has to say:

“Doon pa lang sa na-unearth na peso accounts, malaki na ang diperensya na mukhang napatunayan na iyung kaso,”

That is quite a remarkable statement from PNoy considering the defense hasn’t even presented their rebuttal. It looks like he is not interested to hear how the defense is going to explain the allegations.

Meanwhile, Senator Drilon was visibly upset that the documents that came to be in the possession of the prosecutors are said to be falsified documents. The over enthusiastic Senator didn’t want to stop grilling the witness, Annabelle Tiongson from PSBank. He justified it by claiming that it was an effort to establish the credibility of the witness. But why does he think the witness is not credible? Between the prosecution and the PSBank executives, why is Senator Drilon more inclined to believe that the prosecution is telling the truth and that the witness is lying? He really is good at multi-tasking, acting as a prosecutor and judge during the trial at the same time.

Still there are some sensible judges who remind the rest that the discussions are veering away from the actual case. Senator Chiz Escudero sent a reminder to the prosecution that the PSBank officers are their witnesses and for prosecution to “bear in mind that this is a matter of the impeachment court but not on the case anymore” — meaning that the PSBank’s testimonies may not be part of the evidence of the articles of impeachment after all. Nevertheless, too much time has been wasted just toing and froing on the issue. I can now understand why Senator Miriam Santiago once said that she is “surrounded by idiots”.

We can only hope that there would be more Senator Judges who can think rationally and see this impeachment trial as nothing more than an attempt by the Chief Executive to take control of the judiciary to complete his bid at becoming a dictator as it seems like he already has the numbers to control the other branches of government.

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jcc
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no ilda,

the prosecution has the right to assume that documents that came into their possession could have some traces of reliability on them and they can ask the Senate to subpoena them.

this similar to the rightof the ombdusman to investigate reported malfeasance in office even on the basis of anonymous complainant..

don’t believe always on Senator Santiago’s words. they are not gospel truth. 🙂

http://jcc34.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/last-clear-chance-enough-senator-santiago-please/

flax
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“don’t believe always on Senator Santiago’s words. they are not gospel truth.” If her words were spoken by an anonymous source, they are still believable considering the fact that they are logically sound arguments, unlike the arguments on the link you provided: 1st part: Tort law principle is not applicable to Constitutional law principle. You didn’t elaborate or lay the basis why this should be the case. Second, the law on secrecy of foreign currency does not state, nor discriminate, the nationality or the ethnicity of the depositor. 2nd part: Citing provisions on Ombudsman Act as an excuse for the… Read more »
karim
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i also heard prof. avena and ted “failon ngayon”… ms. avena said, that since this is an impeachment court fishing expedition to extract evidences against justice corona must be allowed because this not a criminal court as it was also happened during the estrada impeachment???weh???

well, i am not a lawyer to challenge the competency of these two chuwariwariwap but my common sense tells me that president erap case was plunder! ang gagaling nitong magpaliwanag sa radyo para lituhin ang masa.

flax
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Thick? literally? figuratively? I say both 🙂

defender
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Dude,

You do not assume when you submit evidence. There’s a thing called verification. It’s very simple. Sa SM nga vineverify yung authenticity ng gift checks eh what more in an impeachment court.

defender
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Sorry Flax,

This reply is intended for JCC.

Der Fuhrer
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We believe Senator Santiago. You are not a Constitutional expert nor authority. Get real! Your dark master the dictator likes the disinformation of black propaganda.

ricelander
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…the prosecution has the right to assume that documents that came into their possession could have some traces of reliability on them and they can ask the Senate to subpoena them.

JCC, tama ka kung naniniwala ka sa kanilang istorya. Pero…

Hehe, hint: bakit kaya kailangang si Lacierda na mismo ang kailangang magsalita upang magbigay ng assurance na genuine nga ang mga dokumento?

isa pang hint: naging lead prosecutor tuloy si Drilon hahaha!

O kuha mo na?

by the way, long time no see man.

jcc
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their documents turned out to be be true.. that is why the corona lawyer were twirling ang twisting in objecting to the subpoena.

lately tatlong bank account sa PSBank Katipuna branch na may laman na P34 Million biglang isinara ni Mrs. Corona sa utos ni CJ Corona.. at the time that he was impeached (Dec. 12, 2011) — baka natatakot na mahatulan siya ng guilty at habulin sa kanya ng gobyerno ang pera para bawiin…
🙂

defender
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Sang tabloid mo nabasa ito JCC?

Trosp
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Baka may babayaran???

Di natin alam di ba?

Pero that’s how the anti-Corna/anti due process minds work. Kahit kagaguhan – banat pa rin.

Butch Cruz
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Lets see….The prosecution subpoenaed the records of PSBank and Ms Tiongson on the basis of some documents in thier possession. Upon questioning, thier own witness revealed that the documents were altered, therefore fake, thus exposing the prosecutors to criminal liability. Since it was thier witness, the prosecutors can not debunk the witness’ declaration that the documents are fake. So the prosecutor/judges are coming to thier rescue, trying to debunk the prosecutions’ witness. They have now spent almost three days in this shameful exercise.

empressv.karen
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I don’t think it’s been 3 days Mr. Butch Cruz. It’s been more than a week (I think). If all senators are convinced that the “little lady” illegally obtained documents are fake, all record base on that “little lady” doc will be scratched. Meaning all that time & tax payers money WASTED dahil lang sa “little lady”. Correct me if I’m wrong ha. According sa prosecution kasalan ng “little lady”, ng defense, ng senate, ni sen. Enrile, ng media, ng bangko, ng TRO, ng Supreme Court, ni CJ, ni Gloria, ng Phil. Constitution at ng mundo kase ayaw aminin ng… Read more »
Rain
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Typical Pnoy supporters delusional

Santiago Vargas
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I would say that prosecution is victim of catch 22 or victim of their own trap. Their shit is getting deep and they cannot runaway, it is the quicksand eating them alive. Article 2 is their silver bullet but so far it seems cannot get through the wall of Coronas. On the other side, I am thinking the whole impeachment is a playground for politicians, an exercise of Pnoys childish mental state..

Der Fuhrer
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The balding, sleeping dictator and why he has to be impeached…

http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120216com1.html

Der Fuhrer
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On the fake evidence of the prosecution…

http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20120216hed1.html

flax
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Sic Semper Tyrannis!

Der Fuhrer
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So the cat is out of the bag… the evidence presented by the prosecution is positively identified by credible witnesses as fabricated. The prosecution led by Mr. Neil Tupas seen by many as a pre-bar, graduating law student continues its saga of lackluster, bungling prosecution. The entertainment value is better than a three stooges movie. But wait… Who will answer for the revelation of this fake evidence? The small lady, Mr. Tupas or Mr. Umali? Rule out the small lady as she may also be a fabrication… a cover story or a fairy tale intended to mislead the audience. Watch… Read more »
karim
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“if you tell lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” that is the governance of Pnoy. the ABS-CBN,the inquirer,the Red groups, the legislative, the pulse asia and the entire executive department are using this tools to fool the filipino people that philippines is indeed, reaping progress through Pnoy leadership…ok kayo na ang mga bida! hahaha:) mga sinungaling!!!

jay
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when fake/illegally obtained evidence is allowed, and invisible small ladies take centre stage, then you know things are going downhill.

the legal incompetence of the prosecution combined with the political interference of drilon/senators is helping the defence to prepare a petition for a mis-trial – and then they can do it all over again next year!

a president who is obsessed with texting naive young girls, and who clearly does not understand the law, or the constitution, only adds to the farce.

FantasticNoy
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“All I want is the truth behind this. In my view, the Tupases are the political allies of the family of Annabelle Tiongson. I hope you (Tupas) respect my views the way I respect your view. I will no longer argue with you, let the people be the judge. Who knows, it might be the bank manager who leaked the documents to you. Let the people be the judge,” said Estrada. – Senator Estrada (Tribune 16Feb) I also gathered that Annabelle Buenaflor Tiongson is a related to a certain Porky Drilon, obviously relative of Senator/Prosecutor Judge Franklin Drilon from Dumangas… Read more »
Der Fuhrer
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“When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty; because apprehensions may arise, lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws, to execute them in a tyrannical manner.”
-Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu

Der Fuhrer
Guest

The absolute dictator wannabe should study the aforementioned quote. In the Philippine Star today, Ms. Valte denies Mr. Aquino’s dictatorial tendencies. Still denying for damage control. Still the repeat technique of black propaganda.

jay
Guest

binay has been very quiet.

balitangkutseroo
Guest

same with laila daldalima.

ahehe
Guest

It’s as if Pnoy is calling for Edsa on the gov’t channel. I turned of the tv.

ahehe
Guest

*turned off

karim
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wala akong kinalaman sa panawagan mo Pnoy! mag edsa ka ng mag isa mo! marami ka nmn kabig kau na lang magsama-sama, dilaw,andyan na lahat na kulay…me unyango, black and white movement,KKKK, kamag-anak incorporated, may pulahan kasama ni quiros, llamas, hontiveros-baraquel, walden belo, eta rosales, teddy caseno, joma sison,milf secessionists, yon mga appointees mo sa armm kayo na ang magsama-sama na kayo sa pag lustay ng pera nming mga taxpayers.

Der Fuhrer
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This “cuss word” is for the sleeping dictator… Edsananginamo! LoL!

Trops
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ROFL!!!

jay
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listened to DOM-Noy in his element with schoolgirls today, and all the idiot can do is whinge and whine like a girl himself with his corny jokes and no sense of decorum or presidential bearing.
not one ounce of inspiration or innovation.
same obsession on corona. a lame duck.
no wonder only a naive young girl from a foreign country calls him ‘intelligent’, and she is not exactly known for the size of her brain cells.
p-noy is clearly a liability to the country and a figure of fun in the rest of ASEAN

Anonymous
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It is sad to say that this female cartoon character is a much better whiner than PNoy.

Der Fuhrer
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FallenAngel
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Do I understand this correctly: are the senators who insist that the PSBank witnesses statements were wrong implying that they know bank documents better than the people who actually work there?

Link below: in the view of Ernesto Maceda, something GRP readers know only too well…

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews_mstd.htm?f=//2012/february/16/news2.isx&n=news&d=/2012/february/16

Mark
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I am not sure if the Prosecution is destroying their case on their own or if they are getting some help from very smart tacticians. On the other hand the Corona team is handling this case like chess players every move they make has been strategic and planned ahead. When Corona was impeached they claimed he did not file his SALNs, the Corona defense answered that in due course they will prove that wrong and they did. Then the issue of the alleged 45 properties came up and once again the Corona defense answered that in due course they will… Read more »
jay
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“No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. ” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

the 2 faces of hypocrite p-noy has become transparent to all

jay
Guest

the conspiracy unravels
the lies will continue
shame on the liberal party for shaming the country and showing no respect for the law and due process

Becksean
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Tunay na kulay ni Kiko Pangilinan…alam mo na agad kung ano ang boto niya at dito nyo rin malalaman kung ano ang tunay na motibo niya. http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F%3Fgl%3DGB%26hl%3Den-GB&gl=GB&hl=en-GB&rdm=4ozmbjsag&reload=2&reload=2&rdm=4pmnepvu3#/watch?v=LqtVyohmbb0

Der Fuhrer
Guest

The flawed logic of the dictator Aquino…

http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20120216com2.html

Der Fuhrer
Guest

Aside from the short lady… a certain Congressman Banal seems to be a another fabrication by the prosecution.

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