Prosecutors drop other allegations in Article 3

By Ira Pedrasa,

Posted at Feb 22 2012 03:15 PM | Updated as of Feb 23 2012 02:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The House prosecution team today dropped other allegations in Article 3 of the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Renato Corona.

This, after they got a dressing down from the court yesterday for introducing an allegation not included in the original impeachment complaint against Corona.

Prosecutor Giorgiddi Aggabao said the prosecution is waiving all allegations in Article 3, except for the supposed flip-flopping in the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP) case.

Article 3 provides that Corona allegedly committed culpable violations of the Constitution and betrayed the public trust by failing to meet and observe the stringent standards under Article VIII, Section 7 (3) of the Constitution which provides that “[a] member of the judiciary must be a person of proven competence, integrity, probity, and independence.”

The other allegations there provide that Corona had: “excessive entanglement” with then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for a government position for his wife, dipped his hands in public funds, as well as discussed with litigants pending cases before the SC."
Aggabao said they thought about the issues “long and hard” before arriving at their decision.

The prosecution previously presented FASAP president Bob Anduiza as their witness for Article 3.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, on Tuesday, disallowed a Philippine Airlines official from testifying on the alleged favors Corona received while the flag carrier had a pending case before the Supreme Court.

He said the issue is not part of the allegations in the impeachment complaint and the testimony would have tended to allege bribery, which is not in Article 3.

The prosecution proceeded to Article 7 in the impeachment complaint.