Corona still in ICU, lawyers say

by Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 25 2012 01:12 AM | Updated as of May 25 2012 06:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Renato Corona remained at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Medical City in Pasig Thursday night, contrary to earlier reports that he had already been transferred to a regular room, his lawyers said.

The chief justice's lawyers visited him at the ICU. 

 He looks weak but still willing to face the impeachment court, they said.

Atty. Rico Quicho and Atty. Tranquil Salvador III, meanwhile, refused to confirm or deny earlier reports that the chief justice is now willing to sign a non-conditional waiver on the opening of his bank accounts. 

They said all of Corona's lawyers have been together in the hospital the whole day, and they express confusion on the source of the information.

They advised people to wait and see what will happen on Friday. 

The 2 also refused to say whether they would still be conducting a direct examination on corona.

The lawyers also denied statements by Senator Franklin Drilon that the defense panel is disintegrating, saying they are still together and will see the chief justice through the end of the trial. 

They vehemently denied accounts by Drilon wherein retired justice Serafin Cuevas allegedly told the Senate to arrest and detain Atty. Judd Roy for talking too much when he saw Roy giving interviews after Corona left the courtroom on Tuesday. 

Cuevas and Roy were with Corona on Thursday and both denied that the incident happened, the lawyers said.

The defense panel stayed in the hospital to prepare the chief justice for Friday's hearing trial, especially for possible questions from the senator judges.