Manalo: CJ is entitled to an acquittal

Posted at May 28 2012 04:23 PM | Updated as of May 29 2012 01:27 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - Defense lawyer Dennis Manalo on Monday said Chief Justice Renato Corona is entitled to an acquittal because the allegations against him are unfounded.

"The issue here is his credibility. Every person is presumed innocent until proven otherwise," he said.

Manalo noted that the  Ombudsman's testimony on Corona's dollar accounts is hearsay.

He noted that the Anti-Money Laundering Council was never presented in court or made to explain its report.

He said even the prosecution waived its right to cross-examine Corona. "If cross exam is waived, testimony is unimpeached," he said.

ANC Chief Justice on Trial, May 28, 2012