CJ: Ombudsman’s figures 'malicious, a hoax'

by Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at May 14 2012 08:08 PM | Updated as of May 15 2012 03:52 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Renato Corona dismissed Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales’ statements about his dollar accounts as “malicious” and the figures she gave as a “hoax,” and urged her to resign from her post once she is proven wrong.

In a statement, Corona said: “The initial testimony of the Honorable Ombudsman is quite unfortunate, if not very malicious. I don't know how she came up with her own mathematical equation.”

He described Carpio Morales’ presentation a “hodgepodge,” convoluting the amounts in his dollar accounts as well as the minds of the public.

“The number of accounts alone is at best ridiculous. Her PowerPoint diagram is a lantern of lies which only messed up her presentation, contrary to what some believe now as damning evidence,” Corona said.

He said Carpio Morales does not know what she is talking about, as shown by her “chaotic” accounting.

“Either she does not know what she is talking about, or is purposely misleading the Impeachment Court and the public. Is she even privy to how the [Anti-Money Laundering Council] arrived at the bloated numbers?” he asked.

He added, “we will debunk all her bloated numbers. And once she is proven wrong, I urge her to immediately resign from her post for allowing herself to be used by this Administration and making a laughingstock of ‘government auditing'."

LRA hoax

Corona tagged Carpio Morales' alleged evidence as another “LRA hoax,” referring to the bloated list that the Land Registration Authority (LRA) produced for the prosecution.

The LRA said Corona has 45 properties which it had computer-generated.

The prosecution later said they only have proof of 21 titles against Corona, which includes parking lots.

The defense said Corona only has five properties which were properly indicated in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.

Carpio Morales on Monday said Corona had 82 dollar accounts as of 2011.

The accounts are: BPI San Francisco del Monte - 34, BPI Tandang Sora - 18, BPI Acropolis - 8, BPI Management Investment Corp - 1, PSBank Cainta - 8, PSBank Katipunan - 6, Allied Bank Corp. Kamias - 4, Deutsche - 2, Citibank – 1

She said she arrived at the alleged more than $10 million deposits in Corona’s accounts by adding the “transactional balances.”

Asked what a transactional balance is, Carpio Morales said these are “fresh deposits.”

She said she asked the Commission on Audit (COA) to help her with her own mathematical evaluation, in particular Commissioner Heidi Mendoza and Chairman Grace Pulido Tan.

Her evidence came from a document sent to her by AMLC Executive Director Vicente Aquino.