MANILA, Philippines – Senator-judge Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Saturday expressed concern over the number of witnesses that the prosecution plans to present for the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
The senator said it could take 10 months for the prosecution to present a hundred witnesses excluding defense witnesses.
"We have had six witnesses in the last two weeks. If we maintain this pace, 100 witnesses will require 10 months of trial. This doesn’t include the witnesses for the defense,” Pangilinan said in a press statement.
He also said that a lengthy trial could affect their other duties as lawmakers.
“Going by this lengthy route is pushing to the limit our ability to effectively govern the nation," he said.
Pangilinan added that although the Senate impeachment court is open to giving both sides enough leeway to present their case, it is also the duty of the court “to strike a healthy balance between the demands of the trial and that of the national interest."
The prosecution panel submitted to the Senate on Friday a list of possible witnesses, which include several journalists and members of the Supreme Court.