Corona bank accounts info authentic, says PSBank president

by Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Feb 16 2012 08:58 PM | Updated as of Feb 17 2012 04:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Information in a contested document from the prosecution team regarding bank accounts of Chief Justice Renato Corona is authentic, Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) President Pascual Garcia III said Thursday.

"The info is authentic but between Annex A (bank signature card from prosecution) and the original, the way some of the information [are] indicated are different," he told Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, presiding officer of the impeachment court.

"Those discrepancies are simply discrepancies but the rest are authentic reproduction of the docs in your possession," Enrile said.

Garcia earlier confirmed that 10 peso and dollar accounts indicated in the bank document exist.

PSBank Katipunan branch manager Anabelle Tiongson, who was grilled by senator-judges on Monday, earlier described the document from the prosecution as "fake: because it has some differences with the original document the bank has."

Senator-judge Jinggoy Estrada, however, said Tiongson may have only been "nervous" during her first time in the witness stand.

Estrada also believes that the PSBank document is not fake.

Garcia revealed 7 more peso-denominated PS Bank accounts of Corona on Thursday, aside from 5 accounts presented in a previous hearing.

Three of the bank accounts, one containing around P17 million, were closed on December 12, 2011 -- the day he was impeached by the House of Representatives.

This drew suspicion from Estrada. "Ayokong mag-isip ng malisya pero nagsususpetsa talaga ako," he said.

Garcia said the bank has information on where the money from closed accounts went.

The Senate impeachment court is issuing subpoenas on bank documents containing information on the closed accounts.

Corona's lawyers said on Thursday that they will present their side of the story when the proper time comes.