[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 27 January 2012 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 27 January 2012 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Over 100 witnesses eyed vs Corona (ABS-CBNNews)


"MANILA, Philippines - House prosecutors are eyeing over 100 witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.


Prosecutors urged the Senate impeachment court to summon several members of the Supreme Court to testify in the trial including Associate Justices Maria Lourdes Sereno, Presbitero Velasco Jr., Antonio Carpio, Bienvenido Reyes, Arturo Brion, Diosdado Peralta, Roberto Abad, Lucas Bersamin, Martin Villarama Jr., Mariano del Castillo and Jose Perez.


They also asked the court to summon Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, lawyer Harry Roque, Lauro Vizconde, FASAP President Roberto Anduiza, various Commission on Audit officials and several journalists.


The journalists are ABS-CBN's Ina Reformina, Zen Hernandez and their cameramen, Lia Manalac of GMA-7 and her cameraman, online journalists Raissa Robles,   Criselda Yabes, Rappler's  Marites Vitug  and Philippine Daily Inquirer's Marlon Ramos.


Doctors Juliet Gopez Cervantes and Mario Ver, both physicians of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, are also set to be summoned based on the list submitted by the prosecution to the Senate today in compliance with an order of the court to submit the list of witnesses and documents they intend to present.


Spokesman Sonny Angara explained the long list of witnesses is why they asked the court to be more liberal.


Spokesman Miro Quimbo said the debates on technicalities is slowing down the presentation of witnesses. The prosecution hopes to present 5-7 witnesses a day."


Defense moves to inhibit Drilon (www.philstar.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - The camp of Chief Justice Renato Corona formally asked the Senate impeachment court yesterday to have Sen. Franklin Drilon removed as judge for his being "openly partial and biased" for the prosecution.


In seeking Drilon's disqualification as senator-judge, the defense camp noted that he has lost the "cold neutrality" of a judge, thus undermining due process. This, defense lawyers said, should prompt the court to order the "recusal, inhibition, or disqualification" of Drilon.

The senator called the accusations baseless.


Defense lawyers have accused Drilon of helping the prosecution team led by Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas persuade Supreme Court (SC) clerk of court Enriqueta Vidal to release to the Senate court the statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) of Corona.


"It is beyond the cavil that this turn of events has put in question the integrity of proceedings and members of the impeachment court. Every measure must be taken to guard against the erosion of public confidence in the impeachment trial of CJ Corona, lest the proceedings be rendered legally vulnerable," the defense team, led by retired SC justice Serafin Cuevas, said."


Senate won't remove Drilon as impeach judge (ABS-CBNNews)


"MANILA, Philippines - The Senate impeachment court will not act on the request of Chief Justice Renato Corona's camp to remove Senator-judge Franklin Drilon from the trial for his alleged bias for the prosecution panel.


Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, the court's presiding officer, said it's up to the person being asked to inhibit himself to decide whether he will still participate in the trial or not.


"We will not act on that. I don't know if they want to discuss it. I will not even present that to the members of the court," he told reporters on Friday, referring to the defense panel's motion to inhibit Drilon.


Drilon has said he will not inhibit himself from the impeachment trial.


Enrile said not even the impeachment court can remove Drilon.


"He's an elected representative of the people. Under the Constitution, he's entitled to sit in all proceedings in the Senate unless he's removed in accordance with our rules on ethics," Enrile said.


"The inhibition is personal to each senator of the republic," he added."


Marquez on WB funds misuse charges ' I have nothing to hide' INQUIRER.net)


"MANILA, Philippines-"I have nothing to hide," Supreme Court Spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said in response to a request by a lawmaker to investigate his alleged misuse of funds from the World Bank and "unofficial" defense of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Akbayan Representative Walden Bello has asked Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to investigate Marquez.


But Marquez said the request of Bello could be "premature" as the Supreme Court is currently looking into the "concerns" of World Bank regarding its fund support for the high tribunal's Judicial Reform Project.


"With all due respect, the request of Akbayan to investigate me may be premature. The court is still presently addressing the concerns of the World Bank," Marquez said in a text message sent to reporters.


"Just the same, I will submit to the jurisdiction of the Ombudsman should it see fit to investigate me," he said."


Daughter sent to retrieve Iggy's remains (ABS-CBNNews)


"MANILA, Philippines - The Arroyo family has sent the eldest daughter of Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio "Iggy" Arroyo Jr. to London to oversee the repatriation of the congressman's remains.


The Negros lawmaker's chief of staff Bong Ruado told ABS-CBN News that Arroyo's daughter Bianca is expected to arrive in London from Las Vegas.

Ruado said Arroyo's other daughter Dina cannot fly yet as she just gave birth earlier this week here in Manila.


Other relatives from the Tuason side are also expected to fly in to London to help.

There is no time table yet for the repatriation as the family still has to deal with documentation requirements in London.


Arroyo's eldest brother, former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, cannot fly to London as he is covered by a hold departure order issued by the Sandiganbayan."


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