MANILA - Chief Justice Renato Corona's appearance in his trial does not mean he will answer all questions thrown at him, and even senators cannot force him to say everything.
Senator Franklin Drilon on Wednesday said it is Corona's constitutional privilege to remain silent if he wishes even while he's already at the witness stand.
"The Chief Justice can invoke his right to refuse to answer a question on the ground that it could incriminate him," he said.
If Corona does so, however, Drilon said the evidence presented against him would remain unrebutted.
"Hindi po namin siya puwedeng pilitin na sumagot. Ngunit kung ano man ang ebidensya na iharap sa impeachment court tungkol sa bagay na ito will stand unchallenged," he told reporters.
Corona may even choose not to disclose his dollar accounts.
But Drilon said he hopes Corona would remain true to his pubic statements that he will open his accounts for scrutiny.
During Tuesday's hearing, Corona's lawyers said there is a big possibility that Corona will disclose everything.
(Watch defense lawyer Judd Roy's announcement before the impeachment court that the chief justice will testify