Defense: CJ Corona disclosed everything

by Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2012 09:19 PM | Updated as of May 26 2012 05:19 AM

MANILA - Lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona believe that whatever happens after Friday's hearing at the Senate impeachment  court, they can still hold their heads up high with the thought that their client disclosed everything to the public and did not hide anything.

"Kahit na ano pang mangyari after ng Monday, taas-noo kaming mga abugado na masasabing walang itinago si Chief Justice," said Atty. Tranquil Salvador III at a press conference Friday night after the 42nd day of the impeachment trial.

Salvador said the Chief Justice's testimony was the defining moment of their client.

The high magistrate on Friday also signed an unconditional waiver for his bank accounts. The Senate, however, merely took note of the waiver since the court is not a producer of evidence for either party.

Salvador said that he was able to convince the chief justice to do it Wednesday night, while their client was being treated at Medical City.

"Sinabi ko sa kanya na if there's anything that the people should remember, ayokong isipin nila na isa kang walkout chief justice," he said.

Salvador said he was surprised when the Chief Justice nodded and agreed to his suggestion that he returns to the witness stand.

Plate-switching charge
He also clarified that the black Chevrolet Suburban vehicle being used by the Chief Justice is not owned by the Coronas.

"Alam ko inuupahan lang nila yun. Kaya nga po sinasabi ni Chief Justice na wala silang hilig bumili ng mamahalaing ari-arian," he said.

A check made by the police Highway Patrol Group revealed that the vehicle's plate number (ZEE-868) was registered not to the black Suburban, but to a L-300 van in Cebu.

Salvador said if there's such discrepancy regarding the vehicle, it should be explained by the party that leased the vehicle to the chief justice.