[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 19 January 2012 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 19 January 2012 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Corona bought P14.5M condo unit, says witness (INQUIRER.net)


"MANILA, Philippines-A deed of absolute sale pertaining to a 303.5-square-meter condominium unit in Taguig City in the name of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona and wife, Cristina, was presented by a witness during the impeachment trial on Thursday.


The deed of absolute sale was among the documents brought to the Senate acting as an impeachment court by Randy Rutaquio, the register of deeds of Taguig City.


"The deed of absolute sale pertains to the so called Belaggio.residences with Megaworld Corp. appearing as seller and with the espouses Cristina Corona and Renato Corona being the buyers," said Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga, a member of the prosecution team.


The deed of sale, Barzaga said, covered one condominium unit with an area of 303.5 square meters and three parking slots with an area of 12.50 square meters each listed in separate condominium certificate of titles.


"For the record also, I would like to manifest that the selling price as indicated in this deed of absolute sale is P14,510,225," said Barzaga.


"And further, I'd like to manifest that, in the SALN (statement of assets, liabilities and net worth) which was presented and identified, these Taguig properties were declared for the first time in the SALN of the respondent, Chief Justice Renato Corona, for the year 2010," Barzaga added.


Witness on Coronas' Taguig properties testifies (ABS-CBNnews.com )


"MANILA (1st UPDATE)  - The prosecution presented today its third witness, the Taguig Register of Deeds, to supposedly prove Chief Justice Renato Corona's properties in the city.

Atty. Randy Rutaquio was subpoenaed by the Senate, sitting as impeachment court, to show that he has in his custody land titles in the names of the Corona family.


Prosecution members earlier presented documents purporting to show the sale of a 303.5-square-meter unit with three parking slots at The Bellagio in December 2009, six months before Corona's appointment as Chief Justice by outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.


The value of the property, according to the prosecution, is around P14 million.


Rutaquio was also able to bring a deed of sale in the name of Maria Czarina Corona. He said the attorney-of-fact in this transaction, as sold by Megaworld Corp., was the chief justice himself."


BIR chief to testify in Corona trial on Tuesday(abs-cbnNEWS.com)

"MANILA, Philippines -Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares was unable to testify during the 4th day of the impeachment trial against Chief Justice Renato Corona after failing to get permission from the Office of the President for documents needed to be submitted.


She was ordered to appear instead on Tuesday, January 24.


She said the Tax Code provides that any documents from the BIR can be released only upon order of the President of the Philippines through the Secretary of Finance.


Henares is being summoned to bring and attest to the authenticity of the income tax returns (ITR) and other tax records of Corona and his wife, Cristina, from 1992 to 2010.


Prosecutors likewise sought the ITR and tax records from 2000 to 2010 of his daughter Carla and son-in-law Constantino Castillo III, and from 2005 to 2010 of son Francis and daughter-in-law Czarina."


Enrile: No one can interfere with Senate on Corona impeachment (www.gmanews.tv)


"No one can interfere with us."


This was the statement of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Thursday, a day after the Supreme Court decided not to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the impeachment trial and instead, asked the Senate and House of Representatives to submit a comment regarding the issue within 10 days.

As Senate president, Enrile presides over the impeachment court hearing the case against Chief Justice Renato Corona, who was impeached last December over allegations of betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of the Constitution, and graft and corruption.

Several petitions seeking for a TRO against the proceedings are pending before the high court. The impeachment trial is now on its fourth day.


In an interview with reporters, Enrile said the Senate has yet to reply to the request but stressed that "more or less" they already know what to tell the SC.


"My reading of the Constitution is that this is a special situation. We have the sole power to try and decide the case... meaning no one can interfere with us as long as we apply the Bill of Rights and the principle of due process," he said."


Lagman quits as House minority leader (Philippine Daily Inquirer) 


"MANILA, Philippines-Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman resigned Thursday as minority leader and as chair and member of Lakas CMD.


Lagman said his relationship with fellow members of the minority, who he said were beholden to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, "has become grossly untenable."


"Although Representative Danilo Suarez has not garnered an incontestable absolute majority of minority members to replace me, I am resigning as minority leader to give way to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's anointed one," he said in a statement.


His resignation came after a squabble with Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez over the leadership of the House minority."


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