The impeachment court has denied a motion seeking to require the Corona family to testify in the impeachment case against Chief Justice Renato Corona Jr.
Renato Corona himself, will not be obliged to take the witness stand, the Senate acting as impeachment court said.
The Senate ruled that Corona, his wife Cristina and their children Carla and Francis, and in-laws Charina and Constantino cannot testify against themselves, citing Article 3, Section 17 of the Constitution.
Senator-judge Alan Peter Cayetano however moved to reconsider the decision.
The acting and impeachment presiding officer, Juan Ponce Enrile then divided the upper House, resulting into 14-6 in favor of sustaining Enrile’s earlier decision not to compel the Coronas.
The prosecution panel will present their documentary and testimonial evidence for the eight articles of impeachment and directly examine their witnesses and the defense will have their turn to cross examine.
Rep. Sonny Angara said, they will first present evidence for Article II which pertains to Corona’s real estate properties and failure to file statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.
They will also finalize the list of witnesses they will present and definitely present land titles and pertinent documents concerning the questioned properties.
‘Corona family cannot be compelled to testify’
The impeachment court has denied a motion seeking to compel the Corona family to testify in the impeachment case against Chief Justice Renato Corona Jr.
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