[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 15 May 2012 Afternoon

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Newsbriefs 15 May 2012 Afternoon

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan


Corona keeping $12M in 5 banks - Ombudsman (Philippine Daily Inquirer)


"Chief Justice Renato Corona kept more than $12 million in "fresh deposits" in five banks where he maintained 82 dollar accounts between April 2003 and early this year, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Monday testified at the Senate impeachment trial of Corona.


Morales said fresh deposits referred to deposits that did not move. "They remained in the particular accounts," she said.


Corona, whom the Office of the Ombudsman is investigating on his alleged unexplained wealth, has vehemently denied holding at least $10 million in bank deposits.


The Chief Justice declared a net worth of P22.9 million in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth for 2010.


With the assistance of the Commission on Audit (COA), Morales said her office came up with the total amount of Corona's dollar deposits based on a report that the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC)   had prepared for the Office of the Ombudsman.


The AMLC report recorded a total of 705 transactions in Corona's foreign currency accounts with Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank), Allied Bank, Deutsche Bank and Citibank, according to Morales.


Morales said the transactional balance "is not the balance of the account" but a record of the "transactions that went into funds . including the inflow and outflow of funds."


Corona dares Ombudsman to resign if she's proven wrong on dollar allegations (INQUIRER.net)


"MANILA, Philippines-Chief Justice Renato Corona branded as "lantern of lies" the testimony Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and dared her to resign if they prove her wrong.


In a statement, the Chief Justice said the allegations that he has 82 dollar accounts is "quite unfortunate, if not very malicious."


"I do not know how she came up with her own mathematical equation. She made a hodgepodge out of the accounts, making her numbers chaotic. The number of accounts alone is at best ridiculous. Her powerpoint diagram is a lantern of lies which only messed up her presentation, contrary to what some believe now as damning evidence."


"Either she does not know what she is talking about or is purposely misleading the Impeachment Court and the public. Is she even privy to how the AMLC arrived at the bloated numbers? We will debunk all her bloated numbers. And once she is proven wrong, I urge her to immediately resign from her post for allowing herself to be used by this Administration and making a laughingstock of 'government auditing."

Morales strikes back at CJ's 'lanterns of lies' (ABS-CBNnews.com)

"MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on Tuesday finally gave her opinion to Chief Justice Renato Corona's statement that her testimony at the Senate impeachment trial was a "lantern of lies."

"If indeed, he made those charges what I can say is that they are just other lanterns of lies. He says these are lanterns of lies. These are lanterns of lies as far as his statements are concerned because these documents were delivered to me by the executive director of the [Anti-Money Laundering Council]," she said. 

Morales said she has blanket authority to investigate Corona and his family after he signed a waiver in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth, allowing her office to seek help from other government agencies to check the veracity of his SALNs. She said an Ombudsman panel had subpoenaed copies of Corona's SALNs, but the Supreme Court has yet to comply."


'It's game over for CJ if AMLC report is verified' (ABS-CBNnews.com)

"MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE)  - If the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) report on Chief Justice Renato Corona's dollar accounts and transactions is verified, then it's game over for him in his impeachment trial, analysts said late Monday.


Reacting to the testimony of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) School of Government Dean Tony La Viña said that if it is proven that the AMLC report is true, then the chief justice is finished.


"If the AMLC report is verified, I would think it is all over but the formalities. Of course, this can be dragged on by questioning authenticity of documents/transactions but is disservice to public if purpose is delaying inevitable," he said on social media network Twitter.


ANC analyst and veteran journalist Teddy Locsin Jr. also believes that Morales' testimony, if proven correct, means the end for Corona. 


"It isn't even a bombshell but a careful reconstruction that seals CJ's coffin," he said on Twitter."


Senate will not call AMLC witness - Enrile (INQUIRER.net)


"MANILA, Philippines - The Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, has no plans of calling the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) in the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona without a request from any involved parties.

Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile, who presides over the trial, said there was no request yet to summon the AMLC and the Senate could not act on its own to call any witness.

"Walang request sa akin (There are no request)," Enrile told reporters on Tuesday, a day after Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales testified about the $10million banks deposits allegedly owned by the Chief Justice."


GMA to file urgent motion for treatment abroad (ABS-CBNnews.com)


"MANILA, Philippines - Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's camp is set to file an urgent motion for the court to allow her to seek medical treatment abroad, a court official said on Tuesday.


Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 112 spokesperson Felda Domingo said Arroyo lawyer Raymond Santos had notified the court that his client will file an urgent motion next week seeking to allow the former president to have medical surgery abroad.


Domingo said the Arroyo camp decided to file the motion next week since Judge Jesus Mupas, the presiding judge over the former president's electoral sabotage case, is on leave until Friday.

Arroyo ally Occidental Mindoro Rep. Amelita Villarosa earlier said the former president is in pain and is on a soup diet because of her condition.


She said the protrusion of Arroyo's titanium implant on her neck into her esophagus is preventing the former president "from eating, swallowing and breathing properly."


P-Noy vows to stop GMA from seeking treatment abroad (www.philstar.com)


"DAVAO CITY, Philippines  - President Aquino assured the public here yesterday that he will do everything he can to block the attempt of detained former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to seek medical surgery abroad, noting that she no longer has credibility over purported life-threatening illnesses.


He made the promise when asked if the executive department, in particular the Bureau of Immigration, would allow the former president, now a Pampanga congresswoman, to leave the airport if the Pasay City court gives its go-signal for the surgery.


"If the court allows her to leave, then we will do something to make sure that justice won't be delayed," Aquino told reporters at the Grand Regal Hotel here."


CBCP to voters: don't vote for pro-RH Bill politicians (Radyo Inquirer 990)


"MANILA, Philippines-Ahead of the senatorial elections, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines appealed to voters Tuesday to withdraw their support for politicians who are in favor of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, a report from Radyo Inquirer 990AM said.


CBCP president, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma was quoted as saying that moral values instilled in people who are in favor for RH Bill can be considered "questionable" as it implies a trait of being an anti-life.


Palma further said that leaders who will win the election should observe the teachings of the church about faith and the sanctity of life.


Voters should exercise their right to vote by supporting worthy candidates, Palma said."





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