Corona, wife allowed to post bail for perjury

By Michael Punongbayan, The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 02 2014 02:41 AM | Updated as of Apr 02 2014 10:41 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Former chief justice Renato Corona and his wife Cristina are not expected to serve jail time while the criminal charges filed against them by the Office of the Ombudsman are being heard.

Ombudsman prosecutors yesterday recommended a bail of P10,000 for each of the eight counts of perjury lodged against the couple with the Sandiganbayan.

For alleged violation of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, government prosecutors recommended a bail of P80,000.

This means the Coronas only need to shell out P160,000 each or a total of P320,000 in exchange for their temporary liberty.

On the other hand, the forfeiture case filed against them with the anti-graft court may result in the freezing of the couple’s alleged unexplained assets valued at P130.3 million.

The Sandiganbayan is scheduled to raffle the cases to a division of the anti-graft court today to evaluate the charges and eventually issue an arrest order if warranted.

Under the rules, Corona may opt to post bail prior to the issuance of an arrest warrant against him to avoid arrest.

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales had earlier ordered the filing of forfeiture case against the former chief magistrate and his wife.

The Sandiganbayan said the Coronas accumulated unexplained assets from 2001 to 2011 that were not declared in their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth.