[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 25 January 2012 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 25 January 2012 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

 

Impeachment court disallows presentation of evidence on Corona's 'ill-gotten' wealth (www.gmanews.tv)

 

 "(Updated 5:05 p.m.) The Senate, sitting as the impeachment court, disallowed the presentation of supposed evidence from the Bureau of Internal Revenue on the alleged ill-gotten wealth of Chief Justice Renato Corona in his ongoing trial. 

The court granted the motion of the defense to prohibit the presentation of evidence on Corona's alleged ill-gotten wealth. 

"This impeachment court has arrived at a decision. This court will allow the introduction of evidence on impeachment Article Number II, paragraphs 2.2 and 2.3 but not the introduction of evidence for paragraph 2.4," Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, presiding officer of the impeachment court, said at the start of Wednesday's trial.

However, Sen. Franklin Drilon noted that "the court did not rule on that [paragraph 2.4] and will rely on the presumptions of law, particularly the Anti-Graft Law".

Lead defense counsel Serafin Cuevas interjected that the ruling of the court was for the full exclusion of the paragraph.

But Drilon said he was "just putting on record" what they decided in caucus."

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Details of Corona's income, taxes revealed (ABS-CBNnews.com)

 

"MANILA, Philippines - Details of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona's income and taxes were finally made public during the impeachment trial on Wednesday, but it was revealed he did not file his income tax return (ITR) with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from 2002 to 2005.

 

BIR Kim Jacinto-Henares said she has received authorization from President Aquino to present Corona's ITRs. She was testifying on the authenticity of the ITRs, which are being used by the prosecution as evidence in the case against Corona. 

 

Henares said that Corona did not file any income tax return with the BIR from 2002 to 2005, even though he was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in April 2002. 

 

"Sa taong 2002, hindi ho nag-file ng alphalist ang Supreme Court at hindi rin ho nagfile ng income tax return ang Chief Justice Corona. So wala ho kaming record," Henares said.  "

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Defense fears Corona ITR would be portrayed in bad light (INQUIRER.net)

 

"MANILA, Philippines-The defense panel on Wednesday said the presentation of Chief Justice Renato Corona and his family's income tax returns (ITRs) at the impeachment trial would tempt the public to make their own comparisons with copies of the defendant's recently made public statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

 

Defense team spokesperson lawyer Tranquil Salvador III told reporters before entering the plenary hall for the sixth day of the impeachment trial that they were worried at how the ITRs would be handled and made public once they are presented at the trial.

 

He said that the Chief Justice, like other public officials, was a member of various committees and may have other sources of income. "Pwedeng hulugan o nangutang (ang Chief Justice)," he offered.

 

He said that it would be best for the said documents to be assessed and checked by the court before being made public, "uploaded online" like the SALN.

 

"Iniiwasan (rin namin na ito ay) maging panimula ng mga di dapat mangyari," Salvador stated."

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Mrs. Corona bought P11M property with no income: BIR chief (ABS-CBNnews.com)

 

"MANILA, Philippines - The wife of Chief Justice Renato Corona purchased an P11-million property at the posh La Vista subdivision in Quezon City in 2003 despite not having declared any income prior to the transaction, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares disclosed Wednesday before the Senate impeachment court.

 

Henares said Corona's wife, Cristina, registered with the bureau as a one-time taxpayer for the property transaction in Sept. 9, 2003.

 

However, she said: "She was not registered as taxpayer. and therefore, for all legal purposes as far as BIR is concerned, she has not earned any income prior to Sept. 9, 2003." 

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Defense: We will seek all legal remedies for CJ (ABS-CBNnews.com)

 

"MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Renato Corona's defense team said it "will seek all legal remedies" in order to defend his right to due process.

 

Defense spokesperson Tranquil Salvador III said they will abide by the wisdom of the impeachment court. He told abs-cbnNEWS.com separately that as with any litigant, all legal remedies are available to the chief justice.

 

Analysts earlier said the accused may yet go to the Supreme Court if he or she thinks that she has not been given due process or there is grave abuse of discretion on the part of other courts, such as the impeachment court.

 

Integrated Bar of the Philippines spokesperson Trixie Cruz Angeles earlier said the defense may go to the Supreme Court if it feels that the Senate, acting as an impeachment court, has acted with grave abuse of discretion."

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Prosecution memo: CJ violated spirit of SALN (ABS-CBNnews.com)

 

"MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) - The prosecution said Chief Justice Renato Corona's alleged ill-gotten wealth is the centerpiece of one of the articles of impeachment filed before the Senate.

 

In a memorandum filed Wednesday morning, the prosecution said: "The prosecution's evidence on Corona's accumulation of ill-gotten wealth strikes at the very heart of his failure to disclose his SALN [statement of assets, liabilities and net worth] to the public. It shows that Corona has not been truthful and honest in his SALN, and has therefore violated the very spirit and the letter of the SALN requirement.  Such proof is, therefore, very material and relevant."

 

The prosecution used Corona's own decision on the Marcos ill-gotten wealth case  (G.R. No. 152154. July 15, 2003), wherein the then-associate justice said technicalities should be set aside "if there is proof of illegal acquisition" of wealth. "

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Motion to recall GMA arrest warrant junked (ABS-CBNnews.com)

 

"MANILA, Philippines - A Pasay City judge on Wednesday morning junked a motion filed by the camp of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo seeking to recall the warrant of arrest issued against the former president.

 

Judge Jesus Mupas of Branch 112 of Pasay RTC issued the resolution junking the motion to recall the arrest warrant in connection with the electoral sabotage case against Arroyo.

Arroyo's arraignment has been set on February 20 at 8:30 a.m.

 

The court may now act on Arroyo's motions for bail and house arrest that were held in abeyance pending this decision.

 

Mupas also junked former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Benjamin Abalos' motion that he inhibit himself from the case. Abalos cited an alleged extortion attempt by the emissaries of the judge."

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House to summon Midas on SC funds (www.philstar.com)

 

"MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives will summon Supreme Court (SC) administrator Midas Marquez this week to explain the reported misuse of a $21.9-million loan from the World Bank (WB).

 

"All concerned (parties) will be invited. We will also extend invitations to officials of executive agencies with oversight functions over loans like the National Economic and Development Authority and the Department of Budget and Management," Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said."

 

Evardone authored a resolution seeking an inquiry into the findings of a WB review team on irregularities in the use of portions of the bank's loan for judicial reforms."

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Ruling on SMC shares affirmed (www.manilastandardtoday.com)




"THE Supreme Court has affirmed a decision of the Sandiganbayan mandating the reconveyance to the government of the 24 percent block of shares or 753.8 million shares in San Miguel Corp. acquired through the coconut levy and registered in the names of the Coconut Industry Investment Fund and its holding companies.

 

The controversial levy was collected from the country's coconut farmers from 1973 to 1982.

Voting 11-0, the high court, through Associate Justice Presbitero J. Velasco Jr., said the CIIF shares in SMC valued at about P100 billion could be used for the benefit of the country's coconut industry and its farmers.

 

A copy of the SC decision was not immediately available.

 

The block of shares was earlier ordered by the high court, through its Sept, 17, 2009 ruling, converted from common shares into preferred shares. 

 

The high court noted that the Presidential Commission on Good Government has held on to the sequestered shares for more than 20 years, and now may be the right time for it to relinquish its role in corporation in light of claims that the sequestration of the shares "has frightened away investors and stunted growth of the company."

 
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