Defense: CJ may show up next week

by Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at May 23 2012 02:17 PM | Updated as of May 24 2012 03:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Lead defense counsel Serafin Cuevas informed the Senate on Wednesday that Chief Justice Renato Corona will not be able to return to the impeachment court until Monday next week due to his illness.

Cuevas told the court Corona’s doctors are monitoring the chief justice for 48 hours after assessing a near “heart attack” last night.

Some quarters have questioned the unceremonious exit of Corona in yesterday’s proceedings, saying the chief magistrate walked out, disrespected the court, and refused to be cross-examined.

His doctor and son-in-law Constantino Castillo, yesterday said Corona also suffered from hypoglycemia.

An irate Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile had said Corona should return or the Senate will already decide sans his testimony.

“There are provisions in the rules for a postponement, we are constrained to invoke [that] even if there will be a tremendous impact on our case,” defense lawyer Dennis Manalo said on Wednesday.