CJ defense: Basas irrelevant to impeachment case


Posted at Mar 29 2012 04:30 PM | Updated as of Mar 30 2012 05:49 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Defense lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona believe the testimonies of relatives of Mrs. Corona are irrelevant to the Chief Justice's impeachment trial.

Corona's lawyers said there is no reason why Cristina's cousin, Anna, and aunt, Sister Flory Basa, should be presented as rebuttal witnesses since the personal relationships of the Basas are not covered by the impeachment case.

The Basas are suing Mrs. Corona over the ownership of Basa-Guidote Enterprises Inc., the family corporation that loaned money to the Chief Justice for a property acquisition. The Basas have said they had no knowledge of the loan.

Corona's lawyers said that while the Basas are connected to BGEI, their testimonies are irrelevant since the defense has already presented former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza to testify on the Manila government's purchase of BGEI's property in Sampaloc. -- Report from Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News