[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 30 January 2012 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 30 January 2012 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Prosecution wants presentation of evidence reordered anew (www.philstar.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - At the opening of the eight day of the impeachment trial today, the prosecution asked the court for them to be allowed to re-order the presentation of evidence of the Articles of Impeachment.


This time, the prosecution wanted that the presentation of evidence will be in the following manner: Article 2, 3, 7, 1, 8, 4, 5, and 6.


Earlier, the House prosecutors asked the court to be allowed to present the evidence in the following manner: Article 2, 1, 7, 1, 8, 4, 5, and 6.


Defense lead counsel Serafin Cuevas however protested in the move of the prosecution. However, Presiding Senator-Judge Juan Ponce Enrile allowed the prosecution's request in the name of the liberality of the court.


"The chair will allow the reordering of presentation of evidence of the prosecution. This time I suppose the prosecution panel is familiar with the (case) storyline," he said."


Prosecution: Fraud examiner to connect dots in Corona's SALN (ABS-CBNnews.com )


"MANILA, Philippines - The prosecution will try to present a "certified fraud examiner" to "connect the dots" in Chief Justice Renato Corona's alleged unexplained wealth based on the documentary evidence so far presented.


Prosecution spokesperson Miro Quimbo said the fraud examiner will "render an opinion on the true or correct net worth of chief magistrate and his lack of capacity to acquire the properties registered under his name and that of his wife and children based on his declared income."


He did not name the examiner, noting only that the witness will explain the "badges of fraud" in the chief magistrate's statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.


He said the fraud expert will use Corona's SALN, titles covering various properties in the name of Corona and members of his family, and their tax records that Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares presented to the impeachment tribunal last week.


"The job of a certified fraud examiner is to investigate and determine if there are suspicious entries in a document and how the fraud occurred. Banks use this kind of expert to detect fraudulent transactions and irregular contracts. Fraud examiners are trained to identify badges of fraud," Quimbo said."


'Corona, wife bought McKinley Hill property for daughter'(ABS-CBNNews.com)

"MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The finance director of Megaworld said Chief Justice Renato Corona and his wife bought the P6.1 million-McKinley Hill property for their daughter, Ma. Charina.


In his testimony, Megaworld's Giovanni Ng said the chief magistrate and his wife were the ones who made payments for the P6.1 million-property even if the deed of absolute sale was in the name of their daughter.


Private lawyer Joseph Joemer Perez presented a total of 27 official receipts, which Ng said were in the names of the Corona couple.


The buyers' names, in this case the Corona couple, were included in the information sheet, the presentation of which was objected by the defense."


Cuevas denies he was approached by Palace 'emissary'(INQUIRER.net, Radyo Inquirer 990AM )


"MANILA, Philippines - Former Supreme Court Justice Serafin Cuevas on Monday denied that a lawyer with links to the Malacañang approached him, urging that he quit his role as lead counsel of Chief Justice Renato Corona's defense team.


"Sino po ba naman si Justice Cuevas para kausapin ng Malacañang [Who am I to be sought out by the Malacañang]?" asked lead defense counsel during a Radyo Inquirer 990AM interview.

Cuevas said that he voluntarily took on Corona's case and would give it up should his client ask him to do so. He revealed how the chief justice had requested that he take on the position as lead counsel, something he tried to reject at first.


"But the judiciary had been part and parcel of my life already. It is not right to destroy it," Cuevas said.


"My magnificent obsession is to defend the independence of the judiciary," added the lead defense counsel, revealing that his standing by Corona was "inconsequential" in his efforts to protect the judiciary."


Bishops pray for speedy resolution to CJ trial (ABS-CBN News)


"MANILA, Philippines - Officials of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) held a press conference on Monday to discuss what transpired during their 5-day plenary and workshop wherein 99 bishops from all over the country gathered at the Pope Pious VII center in Manila. 


According to the new CBCP President  and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, the plenary allowed them to reflect on issues and plan upcoming events in the Church's calendar.


According to CBCP Vice President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, they are hoping that the impeachment process is resolved soon since government services to the poor are slowed down by the impeachment process. "Impeachment is not part of a normal life of our country...we pray this is resolved soon."



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