MANILA, Philippines - The Palace believes the lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona want him to evade certain questions when they reportedly decided not to let him testify in his own impeachment trial.
“Anybody who testifies before the Senate will be subject to a lot of questioning and it is not only limited to questions propounded in the direct examination and I suppose that is one of the fears of the defense lawyers—that the Chief Justcie will be subjecting to questions far beyond the direct questions,” Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
Members of Corona's defense team earlier said they see no need for the Chief Justice to testify in the trial after the complainants, referring to the congressmen, also refused to take the stand.
Corona, meanwhile, denied that he had $10 million in several bank accounts, saying that the reports are part of black propaganda ahead of the resumption of his impeachment trial on May 7.
Lacierda, meanwhile, said Corona and the other Supreme Court magistrates could still release details of their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) despite an SC resolution barring the public disclosure of the SALNs.
He said Supreme Court Associate Justices Maria Lourdes Sereno and Antonio Carpio already divulged details of their wealth before the start of Corona's impeachment trial.