MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Chief Justice Renato Corona left the Senate session hall after giving a nearly 3-hour-long opening statement since he was not feeling well and had difficulty walking after experiencing low blood sugar level.
Defense lawyer Juddy Roy said Corona, a diabetic, suffered a drop in blood sugar.
Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said Corona went to the Senate clinic after leaving the session hall. "Feeling very weak and can’t walk,” he said.
Corona later recovered and then sat on a wheelchair. As of posting, he already entered the session hall.
His son-in-law, Constantino Castillo, said the chief magistrate did not eat lunch and felt he would faint so he quickly left the hall. Corona also experienced blurred vision 20 minutes before the end of his statement, he added.
“He’s suffering from a hypoglycemic episode...We fed him sugar and Coke,” Castillo said.
Many initially thought what Corona did was a “walkout.”
After getting an applause for signing a waiver opening his bank accounts, he stood up and left the session hall, confusing even his lead defense counsel Serafin Cuevas.
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile asked Cuevas to return to the witness stand since he has not yet been discharged.
He warned that if the court is disrespected, the Senate will right then and there decide the case.
ANC analysts said that if he had walked out of the trial, Corona's testimony would be stricken off the records.