Prosecution conducting a trial by media against CJ Renato Corona

Why are some members of the prosecution team for the trial of the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice, Renato Corona still talking about the details of the case to the media? Aren’t they violating the court rules by doing so? Unfortunately, for reasons unknown to the public, the Impeachment Court seems unable to stop this outrageous trial-by-media tactic headed by no less than the head of the prosecution team, Congressman Neil Tupas, Jr. Defense panel spokesman Mon Esguerra is understandably crying foul over the prosecution’s blatant disregard for the court rules:

He attributed the ABS-CBN report to “unnamed House prosecutors.” Esguerra also cited the appearance of the lead prosecutor, Iloilo Rep. Neil Tupas Jr. before the ANC Headstart where he discussed the merits of the case on TV. “If that is how the prosecution and their media associates handle this impeachment, we are alarmed that the act of the Senate is already being undermined,” he said. “Imagine, having two trials: the Senate and the public, aided by some [television] networks. If the right of our client will be continually pilloried publicly on so-called evidence [that were] never presented or entered into the trial, then we might as well save the money of Juan de la Cruz and stop this charade or stop the live coverage of the hearings, so we stop the pandering, innuendoes and spins. Masyado na pong bastusan itong ginagawa ng prosecution sa media.”

At the end of this trial, we will all realize too late that the prosecution just provided passing entertainment for everyone. Nothing significant will have been accomplished. Even an acquittal might not mean much because of the way the Chief Justice is continuously being portrayed as a villain by the opposing camp. Yes, most Filipinos are currently having a barrel of laughs at the way this whole thing has become a comedy of errors starring the prosecution team. Unfortunately, while we are being entertained, not everyone is taking the details of the case seriously. This is evident in some of the reactions of regular folks in public forums. A lot of Filipinos are still calling for Chief Justice Corona’s resignation despite the ongoing trial that is otherwise going well for Corona. It’s like they don’t even see how the witnesses or evidence presented so far have NOT led to an uncovering of the so-called “ill-gotten wealth”.

Most Filipinos who have neither the time nor resources to watch the impeachment live still rely on mainstream media to get their information. Major media networks said to be owned and operated by people close to President Noynoy Aquino (PNoy) are taking advantage of this by publishing articles and televising shows that are misleading and biased against Chief Justice Corona. They are doing so in an effort to keep inciting anger in the public in preparation for Plan B, said to be the possibility of another “People Power” revolution just in case the Chief Justice gets acquitted. The day our institutions and processes get junked yet again will be another sad day, indeed for the country. I can’t help but think that this impeachment is all part of the government’s grand plan to distract everyone from an economy that is flagging under the watch of PNoy.

Quite a number of Congressmen who are not taking part in the impeachment have expressed concern about the misplaced priorities of the Aquino government. It was reported that “Independent Representative Edcel Lagman of Albay said the administration’s inordinate focus on the impeachment and replacement of Corona was taking its toll on the economy and legislative work.”:

“The collateral damage of the impeachment proceedings on governance and legislation is becoming inevitable,” said Lagman.

“While the national growth has plunged to 3.7 percent last year, which is much slower than the 7.6-percent gross domestic product [GDP] expansion in 2010, and the number of hungry Filipinos has escalated to 4.5 million from 4.1 million last September, the Aquino administration has marshaled its time and resources to an agenda of ousting the Chief Justice,” he said.

Lagman said the implementation of national polices to address poverty and hunger may be stalled and the bailout of the fledging economy may fall at the roadside as all guns of the Aquino administration are aimed at Corona’s head.

After being admonished by Senator-Judges and being mocked by a number of political pundits for their incompetence, one would have thought that the prosecution would devote more time to preparing for the presentation of their “explosive” evidence and being more coordinated with their “star” witnesses on the next sessions. But no. The prosecution team is still consistently exhibiting its ineptitude – a fact they do not seem to be aware of. Even columnists from major publications who are known rabid Aquino supporters like William Esposo, Conrado de Quiros and Patricia Evangelista could not help but express their disappointment with the prosecution. Esposo even went on to say that lead prosecutor, the camera whore Congressman, Niel Tupas Jr should be replaced. It’s an excellent suggestion that you otherwise wouldn’t expect to come from a PNoy supporter.

That said, PNoy apologists like Esposo, de Quiros and Evangelista who devote most of their columns to rationalising PNoy and his minions’ moves consistently fail to connect that the prosecution’s inability to handle the task of proving Corona’s guilt has a lot to do with what appears to be very little evidence they have against the Chief Justice to begin with. Evangelista simply romanticised this shortcoming by writing “Let us give the prosecutors the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they believe Corona is guilty so sincerely that the details do not concern them. Perhaps they do not realize their actions trivialize the nobility of the cause they claimed…” That’s a load of crap if you ask me. Why are these so-called columnists considered professional columnists? They are worse than bloggers because they publish unsubstantiated claims.

Then again is belief in guilt, as Evangelista would like to imagine motivates Tupas in his crusade against Corona, really at work here? In his recent column “Prosecutors linked to Hacienda’s law firms”, columnist Rigoberto Tiglao reveals what appears to be the source of Tupas’s almost sociopathic motivation to crucify Corona…

Hacienda Luisita Inc.’s law firm has been the Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila Law Offices. Niel and his wife [Yvonne Angeli] joined the firm straight from law school in 1999, becoming junior partners in a few years. “As lawyers, Niel and his wife are creations of that firm,” a law-school classmate of his said.

While Tupas officially left the firm when he was elected congressman in 2007, it is widely known in Congress that it is still “his Firm,” on whose staff he has continued to rely for his legal research and advice.

According to Tiglao, Tupas’s firm is already involved in the battle to “persuade” the Supreme Court to “reconsider” its resolution to subject Hacienda Luisita to the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). Tiglao cited how the start of their involvement was a virtual go-signal for the impeachment complaint to be “rammed through Congress”. At stake in this effort to protect Hacienda Luisita from expropriation is virtually the entire fortune of the Cojuangco clan which can only be secured if the vast estate is spared from the CARP or if its owners get the payout they demand.

Tiglao continues…

If the [Supreme] Court buckles under their demand, it would result in the biggest payment to a private entity by government in our history, the biggest revenue ever of any Philippine law firm ever because of its contingent-fee contract with Hacienda Luisita, and immense wealth for the Tupases, if they—and most probably they have—still have profit-sharing rights in their law firm.

I had been puzzled over Tupas and his colleagues’ ferocity against Corona, the likes of which I had seen only in the eyes of communist firebrands or of people out to avenge their murdered kin. But now I understand why they have thrown all civility out the window, and had even wanted to drag his wife, his children and even his in-laws to a modern version of a mob’s stoning. Many billions of reasons, it seems.

Perhaps then, given the stakes involved, it comes as no surprise that everyone is treading carefully so as not to upset Tupas, evidently the anointed executor of the Corona impeachment. If any of the Senator-Judges are seen giving even a slightest hint that they are siding with the defense, they could be branded as a GMA supporter and face the wrath of even bigger powers.

In this context, we get to appreciate even more the emerging integrity of the Philippine Senate. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile bravely risked drawing the ire of PNoy supporters when he repeatedly warned private counsel Joseph Perez to refrain from twisting the words of the witness, Noli Hernandez, Megaworld Corporation’s senior vice president for marketing and sales:

Enrile, the presiding officer, appeared irritated when Perez repeatedly mentioned a P10-million “discount” when Megaworld made the original reduction from P24 million to P19.6 million even before Corona came into the picture.

“No, this is not a discount,” the 87-year-old senator told Perez, triggering a reaction from the gallery.

“Counsel, you are twisting the answer. I’m sorry to tell you that. The reduction done voluntarily by the selling company could not be considered the discount. They lowered the price themselves. That is not a discount to anybody. Discount means you’re giving a privilege or a favor to somebody. The discount started at the reduced price of P19.6 million,” Enrile added.

The prosecution thought they could actually trick a property developer into admitting that they use bribery on a regular basis. They must be dreaming. And besides, the property developer’s claim that the property was sold at a discount due to a slump in the property market in 2009 — not to mention that the unit had construction defects — makes a lot of sense. This was even confirmed by Senator Manny Villar, also a property developer, who said that the discount was available to everyone and not just the Coronas.

The prosecution’s overconfidence is leading them to make grave mistakes, which is the failure to foresee the strength of their opposition. They are not good at listening, a skill they can apply if they could only stop talking too much and let the other party finish what they are saying. It was embarrassing when at some point one of the prosecutors objected to a question that hadn’t even been asked by the defense.

The problem here is that no matter how many times the prosecution has been caught with their pants down, they seem unaffected. They do not seem to be aware that they are out of step, which leads me to believe that they are incapable of internalising criticism. The fact that the prosecution still has a lot of supporters means that most Filipinos are incapable of internalising as well, which is why they appear to be unaffected by criticism, a trait that actually lulls most into thinking that they are the best even when they are not.

[Photo courtesy Reuters.]


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while we’re at it the media is swooning over the Grace Lee thing….even made headlines at Yahoo! news



it lays the basis for a mis-trial but with no evidence after 3 weeks that wont be necessary.
so much for 45 properties etc.
it has become farce and p-noy et al are panicking.
the public are either bored, confused, not interested, or see the dirty tricks.
plan b – raise popularity and profile via grace lee. shades of shalani in election.

Lord Chimera

So the Tupas family has a large stake in the Cojuanco family fortune. That explains many things like how Tupas Jr. being the “alpha” of the team in spite of his ineptness and that his teammates are helpless to conduct the proceedings without taking the lead from him.

So it all boils down to money, how crass can this guys get?


Looks like vincenzo is absent here yet again.
Looks like he is too dumbstruck by the incompetence shown by his precious prosecutongs to comment here.
What’s the matter vincenzo?
Too chicken to admit defeat?

Are the congressmen and woman on the prosecution side aware that WE the taxpayers are their TRUE bosses and not ABnoy? Baka naman pedeng tantanan na nila ang impeachment na to at gawin ang pangunahin responsibilidad ng panglilingkod sa bayan at mamamayan…ISANG PANAWAGAN SA MGA KONGRESISTANG nasa impeachment court, SAYANG NAMAN PO ANG BINABAYAD NAMIN MGA TAX PAYERS SA INYO…HINDI PO BA NAKAKAHIYA NAMAN SA AMIN NA KAMI ANG NAGPAPA-SWELDO SA INYO AT NAGPAPAKAIN SAMPU NG MGA KAPAMILYA NINYO KAYA MAAARI BANG GAWIN NYO NAMAN ANG TRABAHO NYO AT SINUMPAANG TUNGKULIN! *NOTE Pakilagay po ang panawagang ito sa lahat ng… Read more »
jesus v a villamor III
jesus v a villamor III

lying through his teeth…how could these guys sleep at night…what a bunch of hypocrites…the whole lot…

Ana Villareal

At the impeachment trial of CJ Corona, I can’t help but admire some personalities like Retired Associate Justice Cerafin Cuevas, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Escudero. My big disappointment on the prosecution panel.I’m sorry!Hindi po ako natutuwa sa inyo! Nakakahiya…For the senator judges, I’m watching closely. I’m making a list of who will I drop in my list to vote. Be careful, you too are on trial. Uphold impartiality!

rodolfo g. albuera jr
rodolfo g. albuera jr

Makapal lang talaga ang mga mukha ng mga porksecutors, hindi daw sila ang naglabas sa media na may 45 na properties si CJ Corona.

kakatawa reaction ng panelist…parang sinabing: “o di ba ikaw nagsabi nyan sa amin”



The prosecution would like to ride on their claim of “good intentions.” But as the saying goes, the road to perdition is paved with good intentions.


Ilda, as you’ve quoted this shameless presstitute Evangelista:

“Let us give the prosecutors the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they believe Corona is guilty so sincerely that the details do not concern them. Perhaps they do not realize their actions trivialize the nobility of the cause they claimed…”

(Isn’t it the benefit of the doubt is accorded to the accused? Jeez, stigmatizing and vilifying one’s name do not concern them.)

And I wonder why she did not add this:

“The end justifies the means. The prosecution should be judged by their intention”

And if they fail:

“Don’t judge them by the unintended result”.


Ilda, as you’ve quoted this shameless presstitute Evangelista: “Let us give the prosecutors the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps they believe Corona is guilty so sincerely that the details do not concern them. Perhaps they do not realize their actions trivialize the nobility of the cause they claimed…” (Isn’t it the benefit of the doubt is accorded to the accused? Jeez, stigmatizing and vilifying one’s name do not concern them. This Evangelista calling their action noble???? She’s lucky if I would not misspell presstitute as prostitute in describing how her mind works. The funny thing is I feel I would… Read more »
aileen estrera
ang batas ay common sense kahit grade one nakakaintindi kaya kung pilosopo ka talaga pangangatwiranan mo, pero ang tanong me maniniwala ba? Mag-explain ng mag explain ke se hoda palaliman ng utak at ingles, baluktut pa rin sa tingin ko at mali. Tapos! Tsaka baket kapit tuko kase sya sa pwesto malamang binayaran yan ni gloria na wag na wag kang magreresign paki kung pag piestahan ng tao ang buhay at baho mo. From the start alam naman nyang trial by publicity care of media, talagang sinasadya talaga ng prosecutor na magbanggit ng magbangit ng baho nya kahit sitahin pa… Read more »
Hyden Toro

You can connect the dots now….the impeachment is to reclaim the Hacienda Luisita owned by the Aquino-Cojuangco families…You can see the Greed of these families…Putting their own interest of their Hacienda Luisita land they swindled; above the interest of the country…Our economy is nosediving .
Noynoy Aquino is like a Clown in a sinking ship. Trying to entertain and divert the attentions of people, before they all get drowned…of course, the Clown , himself,will drown also…
We ask all Patriotic Filipinos,to come out, to resist where this Mentally Retarded and Mentally Ill President is taking our country…we must stop this stupidity…


why all the secrecy surrounding the funding of rappler. it only adds to the general mistrust and bias of the media.
it is generally thought that rappler is funded by cojuangco-aquino with support, info and live feeds from abs-cbn so dont expect impartiality.
its another dot in the propaganda war. all the usual suspects acting as a covert cabal.
clearly not serious journalists if no ethics.


eh kase mag-people power na. that’s their objective in the first place. eh kaso walang kumagat, hence, they’re unprepared. go flood the Makati area or EDSA with your yellowtards and let’s see kung ilan pupunta. baka mapahiya kayo!

Betrayal of Public Trust These congressmen-prosecutors were trusted by their constituents to uphold the truth and not to tell lies. When they said that the chief justice has 45 properties, they should be bound to prove ALL of those because we are all assuming that the facts they laid were correct. And now that they are retracting their statement, how come they still have the guts to face the media and the Filipino people and say that the Chief Justice committed an impeachable offense? These prosecutors are the ones who betrayed the public trust because they misled the public in… Read more »

On the side note, I noticed Malacanang is now silent not releasing public statements regarding the impeachment.


next week – 6 things
1. p-noy will start distancing from impeachment (in public at least)
2. the repeated phrase will be ‘betrayal of public trust’
3. the press will be a bit more circumspect in their reporting
4. but somehow there will be an attempt to re-energise public interest in the trial – otherwise it weakens the only arrow left in the armory – betrayal of public trust
5. the senators will become more frustrated
6. the opposition will look for an early vote after article 3


De Lima faces disbarment, backpedals on anti-CJ remarks

magsama kayo ni Lacierda. Good night, noytards.

Frm Winnie Monsod: “Thus, now is a good time to evaluate the prosecution’s case with respect to Article II of the complaint, reproduced in full: “II. RESPONDENT COMMITTED CULPABLE VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION AND/OR BETRAYED THE PUBLIC TRUST WHEN HE FAILED TO DISCLOSE TO THE PUBLIC HIS STATEMENT OF ASSETS, LIABILITIES, AND NET WORTH AS REQUIRED UNDER SEC. 17, ART. XI OF THE 1987 CONSTITUTION. “2.1. It is provided for in Art. XI, Section 17 of the 1987 Constitution that “a public officer or employee shall, upon assumption of office and as often thereafter as may be required by law,… Read more »