Palace: No comment on Corona's 'vindication'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 27 2013 05:17 PM | Updated as of Sep 28 2013 01:17 AM

MANILA -- Malacañang refused to comment on the statement of former Chief Justice Renato Corona that he felt vindicated following the privilege speech of Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

"Huwag na ho nating balikan 'yan. That's beating a dead horse already. I have no opinion on his opinion," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

In a text message on Wednesday, Corona said what Estrada said in his speech just goes to show that his ouster from the Supreme Court was against the Constitution.

"Nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos sa bindikasyon na ibinigay niya sa akin sa araw na ito. Hindi ako nagulat sa rebelasyon ni Sen. Estrada sapagka't kinumpirma lamang niya ang alam namin at ng marami sa ating mga kababayan. Sapul sa simula, sinabi ko na walang katotohanan ang mga paratang ng Malacanang sa akin at pawang kasinungalingan ang pinagsasabi nila tungkol sa akin. Lalabas at lalabas ang katotohanan," he said.

Twenty senators moved to oust Corona in May 2012 after he was found to have failed to include in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) his dollar accounts.

In his long speech, Estrada said P50 million additional pork funds were given to those who voted to convict Corona.

"Sa naisiwalat ni Sen. Estrada hinggil sa tunay na nangyari noong impeachment trial ko, malinaw na labag sa Saligang Batas ang pagkatanggal sa Punong Mahistrado. Nagpapasalamat din ako sa mga iilang mga broadcaster at mamamahayag na buong tapang na naglahad ng katotohanan sa kasagsagan ng impeachment, sa kabila ng massive demolition campaign ng Malacanang," Corona said. -- Reports from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News; Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com