[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 26 January 2012 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 26 January 2012 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Corona has P10M in 'unexplained wealth' from 2006-2010, prosecution claims (INQUIRER.net)


"MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Renato Corona has allegedly accumulated an "unexplained" wealth of at least P10 million from 2006 to 2010, the prosecution team said on Thursday.


Based on the documents that the prosecutors provided to the media, Corona and his wife's assets increased by P14.6 million from 2006 to 2010 when their combined income for the same period was only P4.6 million.


The Coronas' combined income based on their income tax returns (ITR) was P355, 890.40 in 2006; P843, 583.26 in 2007; P1, 333, 967.71 in 2008; P1, 249, 173.57 in 2009; and P850, 256.25 in 2010 or a total of P4, 632, 871.19.


The annual increase in their assets based on the state of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) on the other hand was P1.2 million in 2006; P1.5 million in 2007; P1.5 million in 2008; P2.050 million in 2009; and P8.430 million in 2010 or a total increase of P10, 047, 128.81.


"There's a variant of at least P10 million na hindi maipaliwanag kung papano tumaas ang kanyang assets sa kanyang SALN na hindi nasusuportahan ng sweldo nilang mag asawa," said prosecution spokesman and Marikina Representative Romero Quimbo, who explained the data during a press conference in the Senate."


Court prevents camps from disclosing docs (www.philstar.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - The Senate impeachment court reminded the defense and prosecution panels to prevent from disclosing documentary evidence to the media in the ouster proceeding against Chief Justice Renato Corona.


On the seventh day of the hearing today, Presiding Senator-Judge Juan Ponce Enrile reminded both panels to keep evidence presented in court confidential.


"Do not discuss merits (of the case) in public," Enrile pointed out.


This after Senator-Judge Joker Arroyo noted that the tax records of Corona are not yet public documents because they have not yet been offered to the court.


Copies of the tax records of Corona, including his statement of assets, liabilities and networth (SALN), were already proliferating in the Internet and various media outfits."


"No matter how public the impeachment trial is, rules of secrecy must be followed. No exceptions. Order must be maintained," Arroyo pointed out."


Corona's daughter faces tax evasion probe (ABS-CBNnews.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - The daughter of Chief Justice Renato Corona is facing possible tax evasion charges for buying an P18-million property from her parents in 2010 despite having only P8,000 in taxable income in 2009.


Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares said Carla Corona Castillo allegedly paid P18 million to her parents for an P11 million property in La Vista Subdivision in Quezon City in October 2010.


However, Castillo's income tax return for 2009 showed she only declared P8,476.00 in taxable income for the year. The ITR also showed Castillo declared her business had gross sales of P97,460.00.


"The daughter does not have enough..has very minimal income and therefore is not capable of buying the property," the BIR chief said.


Palace: Prosecutors not defeated in Day 6 (ABS-CBNnews.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - For the Palace, the prosecution did not suffer defeat in yesterday's impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.


Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that the prosecution was able to establish the "legal presumption" that Corona has ill-gotten wealth based on Corona's income as stated in his income tax returns and his declared properties in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.

He said the burden now shifts for the defense to disprove that Corona has ill-gotten wealth.  


"If you've read the decision of Chief Justice Corona in the case of Republic versus the Sandiganbayan, what happens is that if you are able to show the properties, if you are able to show that the ITRs, and if you look at both, if you see that the properties were acquired in excess of his reported income, what happens is that you don't have to prove ill-gotten wealth," he said.


"What happens is that the legal presumption of ill-gotten wealth arises. So the minute you presented the buildings, the properties acquired, and the minute that you showed that this income as reported is not commensurate to buy those properties, the presumption of law of ill-gotten wealth arises," he added.


Rep. Iggy Arroyo Jr not dead but on life support - brother (www.gmanews.tv)


"(Updated 2:06 p.m.) Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio "Iggy" Arroyo Jr. is not yet dead but is on life support, a report on GMA News TV's "On Call" quoted Iggy's brother, former First Gentleman Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo, as saying Thursday afternoon. 

Mike Arroyo, husband of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, corrected his earlier statement that his younger brother had already died in the United Kingdom due to a lingering illness.

Iggy Arroyo became widely known in 2003 when the controversy over the multi-million peso Jose Pidal account, believed to be owned by his brother Mike, erupted. At a court hearing, Iggy claimed he owned the account."


Iggy Arroyo has been in London for treatment of his liver ailment


Phl improves rating in 2011 Press Freedom Index and censorship (www.philstar.com)


"BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The Philippines has improved slightly in the 2011 Press Freedom Index, the Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) or Reporters Without Borders said.

Now on its 10th year, RSF is a Brussels-based organization that publishes an annual rating index covering 178 countries worldwide.


Though still reeling from the stigma of the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre where at least 57 were killed including 32 media people, the Philippines ranked 140th in 2011.


A year after the Maguindanao massacre, Philippines dropped to 156th, a tremendous slide from its former ranking at 122nd.


Despite the improvement, the RSF still included the Philippines in its 2011 Press Freedom Index, together with Pakistan and Afghanistan "where violence and impunity persist" while indicating redress over "more repression in Sri Lanka, Vietnam and China."

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