‘Corona angry over dollar deposit accusations’

Posted at | Updated as of 05/10/12 3:04 AM
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MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Renato Corona is fuming mad over accusations that he owns $2 million in foreign currency accounts in different banks.

Defense panel spokesman Ramon Esguerra said Corona was incensed after reading documents sent to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile about his alleged dollar deposits.

“Nakakuha tayo sa Internet niyan. Naka-print namin at inisa-isa niya at medyo namula ang mata sa galit, yung mukha sa galit dahil ang sabi niya ‘Ano ba itong pinagsasabi nitong mga ito? E wala naman ako nito. Wala naman ako niyan.’ Sabi niya ‘Panahon nang tapusin ito. Sobra na yan. Sobra na. Sukdulan na.’ Yun ang kanyang naging reaksyon,” Esguerra told radio dzMM.

The lawyer said the chief magistrate’s promise to testify in his impeachment trial is not conditional. He said he merely wants his accusers and the Ombudsman to testify under oath so he could refute the accusations directly.

He also said the issue of opening Corona’s dollar accounts was discussed during their meeting Tuesday.

Radio DZMM, May 9, 2012