Coronas ask for more time to submit counter-affidavits

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 25 2012 11:12 AM | Updated as of Sep 25 2012 07:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Former Chief Justice Renato Corona asked for more time to submit his counter-affidavit on tax evasion charges filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against him, his daughter, Carla, and son-in-law, Constantino Castillo III.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) panel, composed of Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Roseanne Balauag and Prosecution Attorneys Roland Estepa and Javee Laurence Bandong, hearing the preliminary investigation into the tax raps, set today's hearing for the submission by respondents of their respective or joint counter-affidavit.

The panel gave the Coronas up to October 5, the next hearing, to submit their separate or joint counter-affidavit.

Lawyer Reinard Sanchez, representing the Coronas in collaboration with Atty. Perpetuo Lotilla, said his clients needed more time to prepare their defenses due to the voluminous complaint.

"We need more time to study the voluminous complaint," Sanchez told ABS-CBN News.

The Coronas did not appear in Tuesday's hearing because of the motion.

The BIR, in its complaint, alleged that Corona owes government P120.5 million in taxes. His daughter's alleged income tax liability was reported at P9.93 million, while Castillo's alleged tax liability amounts to P20.25 million.

The Coronas assured they will answer the charges even as they lament it is part of government's continuing persecution against them.