Defense: It's Corona's right to seek SC help

By David Dizon,

Posted at Feb 08 2012 02:03 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2012 06:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The defense team of Chief Justice Renato Corona on Wednesday said there is nothing wrong with Corona's petition asking the Supreme Court to stop his impeachment trial.

Lawyer Tranquil Salvador III said it is Corona's right to ask the Supreme Court to rule on questions of law especially if the defense does not agree with some of the resolutions issued by the Senate impeachment court.

"We are just a mouse that was cornered and has nowhere to hide. It is not desperation. I am just explaining that there is a law that we can use. There are processes that we can use," he said in Filipino.

Lawyer Rico Quicho said the filing of petition for certiorari is not an extraordinary event because any person can go to the Supreme Court to ask for interpretation of the law.

He said the defense panel is specifically protesting the issuance of a subpoena for Corona's bank records, which he said violates the Bank Secrecy Law.

"There are times during the impeachment trial that there were decisions or resolutions that is not anchored in law," he said.

"Sa pagtakbo ng paglilitis ay may kamaliang nangyayari at may mga kakulangan. Mayroon kaming karapatan at ngayon sumasangguni kami sa Supreme Court para maisaayos ang mali na nangyayari," he added.

"We are just defending the rights of our client." 

Quicho said the decision to ask the SC to stop the Corona trial was not done overnight. He noted that the trial was now bordering on the persecution of the Chief Justice, and not justice.

He also denied that the issuance of a TRO by the Supreme Court will spark a constitutional crisis.