Coronas’ cash: US$2.4M plus P80M

Chief justice says he won’t resign

By Ira Pedrasa,

Corona returns to the Senate

Chief Justice Renato Corona on Friday admitted having US$2.4 million, including interest earnings since the early 1970s, plus P80 million in co-mingled funds.

“I never, at any time, had 10, 11 or 12 million [US] dollars,” Corona said, denying a claim by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales that he had “transactional balances” of $10 million-$12 million in his dollar accounts.

Answering questions from senator-judges, Corona said his dollar accounts now total $2.4 million. He said he began investing and trading in dollars since the late 1960s when he was still working with the private sector.

In the mid-1970s, he said the Central Bank issued a circular allowing individuals to invest in foreign currencies.

His P80-million peso deposits, on the other hand, include P34.7 million from the sale in 2001 of a real property of Basa-Guidote Enterprises Inc. in Manila, P10 million interest earnings, as well as money earned by his daughters Charina and Carla, and son-in-law, Francis.

Asked why the money of his children was placed in one account, Corona said “the bigger the deposit, the bigger the interest.”

The P80 million also includes a “Coronado fund,” which came from his late mother.

Corona only declared between P2.5 million-P3.5 million in investments and cash in bank in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALNs) from 2002-2010.

The impeachment complaint accuses him of failing to disclose his real assets, liabilities and net worth.

Dollars, pesos

Several times, he was asked by senator-judges why he did not declare his dollars plus a big part of the peso deposits in his SALNs.

Corona said: “Based on my study of the Foreign Currency Deposits Act (FCDA), the requirement of confidentiality is guaranteed.”

He cited a study by a former Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) official, Estrella Martinez, which reportedly found that not a single public official has declared his or her dollar and other foreign currency deposits in any SALN.

A big chunk of his peso deposits was not declared because “it is not ours,” he said. The P34.7 million BGEI money is being held in trust by his wife.

The family feud over BGEI was widely reported during Corona’s impeachment trial.

“We never denied na sa Basa-Guidote [money] yan. The thing is, the money is intact. Here and now, I acknowledge na hindi sa amin yan,” Corona said.

He said he got a cash advance of P11 million from BGEI, which he returned by 2010. The money was used to purchase a real property which, he said, is not even in his name.

Asked why he withdrew big amounts on December 12, 2011, the day was impeached, he said: “Marami po akong naiwang kaibigan at kumpare sa Malacañang [at sinabing] ifi-freeze daw ang assets. Siguro, kung kayo rin, pangangalagaan nyo ang perang pinag-ipunan at ang perang hindi sa inyo.”

Why not declare in SALN?

Senator-judge Francis Pangilinan asked him: “You’re saying there’s absolute confidentiality. But it seems the P22 million [declared from 2002-2010] is very far from the $2.4 million or P80 million?…What is wrong if you don’t declare it.”

Corona said the confidentiality clause in the FCDA is absolute.

Pangilinan, however, pointed out that the Constitution provides that “under oath, we must declare all assets, liabilities and net worth.” He asked: “What’s more important, the law or the Constitution?”

Corona answered: “The Constitution also provides the words [in section 17, Article 11] ‘as may be provided by law’.”

He said the SALN Law is also in conflict with the FCDU.

“I don’t want to sound legalistic. Ang legalistic po dyan, sasabihin, yung isa general law, yung isa special law, merong specific guarantee of confidentiality yung isa, yung isa naman ay wala. Pero, alam po ninyo kung ngayon lang po ako nag-ipon ng mga dollars na yan, maaring sabihin po ninyo totoo yan eh, pero matagal ko na pong iniipon yung mga dolyares na yan kasi dun po namin iniinvest yung aming pera,” he said.

Wasted opportunity

Senator-judge Alan Peter Cayetano asked if Corona and the defense will produce documentary evidence to support his testimony.

Corona said, “my account manager with the [Bank of the Philippine Islands] can answer. The accountant was already working with me when my account was still with Far East Bank [and Trust Co.].” BPI later bought Far East Bank.

At the start of Friday’s hearing, Corona submitted an unconditional waiver opening his bank accounts. The Senate only took note of the waiver, saying the impeachment court cannot produce any evidence for either party.

Senator-judge Francis “Chiz” Escudero later asked the prosecution why it chose not to use the waiver to open Corona’s bank accounts.

Lead House prosecutor Niel Tupas Jr. said: “On the part of the prosecution, nag-rest na kami. We are relying on the Ombudsman and AMLC [Anti-Money Laundering Council] report…We are already getting ready for closing.”

Escudero pointed out, however, that senator-judges even had to debate among themselves during the early part of the trial whether to open or not the dollar accounts of Corona.

“Now you don’t want to look [into the accounts],” he said, adding it was a lost opportunity to know the truth about Corona’s dollar accounts.

Corona asks to be discharged

After Escudero’s questioning, Corona then asked the Senate that he be discharged because he was not feeling well.

He had agreed to return to the impeachment court against his doctors’ advice. He was brought to The Medical City and placed under intensive care after he testified last Tuesday and stayed there until Friday noon.

After his testimony on Tuesday, Corona made an unceremonious exit from the Senate floor, which many described as a “walkout.” On Friday, he apologized for his acts, saying he was suffering from hypoglycemia and felt disoriented after his 3-hour opening statment.

Corona vs Carpios

Corona also lambasted several of his critics in some of his answers to senator-judges.

He detailed the animosity between her and Carpio-Morales which, he said, was further highlighted in their bid for the post of chief justice following the retirement of Justice Reynato Puno.

Then-President Arroyo picked Corona as chief justice and appointed him during the election appointment ban in May 2010. The Supreme Court later ruled that its members are not covered by the appointment ban.

Corona also said he noticed Carpio-Morales always took the side of her cousin, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, in the high court’s rulings. Mr. Carpio was also his rival for the post of chief justice.

Corona also accused the Ombudsman of allowing herself to be used by the Palace in its bid to remove him as chief justice.

“Palagay ko, nagpagamit ang Ombudsman sa Malacañang…Winawagayway niya ang isang dokumento allegedly from the AMLC [Anti-Money Laundering Council] na hindi naman authenticated,” he said.

He noted the allegation of Carpio-Morales first came out in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, even if the information was supposed to be confidential.

He said he received a directive from Carpio-Morales to explain the alleged $10 million in a sealed envelope. The order had the words written in bold, capital letters: “STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL”.

Unexplained wealth

“Maximum damage to the reputation yun e,” he said, in reference to Ombudsman’s allegations of unexplained wealth.

Asked if he will still call for Carpio-Morales’ resignation if it is proven she lied, Corona answered in the affirmative.

Asked if he himself will resign, he said: “Hindi po.”

Responding to questions from Senator-judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Corona said his impeachment has sent chilling effects on the judiciary. He said the Aquino administration has violated the separation of governmental powers in an attempt to impose a “dictatorship.”

“Diktadura na ang susunod,” he said.

May 25, 2012 8:36 pm  Tags:   Posted in: Corona Impeachment, Malaya, Supreme Court

66 Responses

  1. chijap - May 25, 2012 9:27 pm

    When i was a kid, and if i proved a smart aleck or palusot to get away with the incorrect things, my mom would tell me pede ka maging abogado.

    I assume Corona experienced the same thing. Pero difference namin, tinotoo nya at ginawang profession.

  2. Aurore de Breizh - May 25, 2012 10:24 pm

    “Asked if he himself will resign, he said: “Hindi po.””

    Ayayayay… wala talagang respeto itong tao sa sarili niya at walang wala ang delicadeza.

  3. Lurker - May 25, 2012 10:41 pm

    Just hope that the senator-judges don’t get duped by his false humility and incredible explanations re source of his wealth and SALN. Keeping my fingers crossed that he is found GUILTY!

  4. chijap - May 25, 2012 11:44 pm

    Pati kotse nya colorum!

  5. chijap - May 26, 2012 12:13 am

    Can the waiver which Corona provided to the IC court unconditionally (pa-effect na lang) be used in succeeding cases, assuming he gets convicted?

    If i remember correctly, I know he said the BIR and other agencies can check his accounts, etc.

    I was leaning towards yes, but what do legal minds think?

  6. rabbit - May 26, 2012 12:19 am

    and anu nanamn ito si j..ungoy asking nonsence question,, trying to be smart…malino pa un matsing
    mga walang kwentang tanung galing sa walang kwentang tao..

  7. Lurker - May 26, 2012 12:26 am

    Kawawa naman si Jinggoy. The more he tries to appear intelligent, the more he is found out to be not.

  8. TonGuE-tWisTeD - May 26, 2012 2:21 am

    Buti na lang hindi ako nagbabad sa ABS-CBN Channels. 4 na channels nila puro impeachment, ayoko naman sa GMA, maka Corona doon lalo na pag si Arnold Clavio ang host. Sa Solar News ako nanonood(meron bang Solar sa free TV?) kaya nagulat ako kanina nung mapanood ko matapos magpaalam ni Corona meron palang presscon sa Ombudsman si Carpio-Morales. Marami siyang pinatunayang kasinungalingan ni Corona. Lalo na nung tinawag niya yung Assistant Ombudsman na nagdeliver nung sulat niya, hindi naman raw “sealed envelop” kasi binkusan na nung sekretaryang nagreceive daw.

    Tinawag ni Morales na certified liar. Tapos sinabihan pang, “I hope he has a conscience, as clean as mine.”

  9. parasabayan - May 26, 2012 4:38 am

    The waiver came in a little bit too late. Before all his drama, he should have given the waiver willingly, siguro may effect sa mga judges. He gave the waiver after the prosecution rested. Alam niya na ganun nga ang mangyayari but he pushed his luck. Sabi niya tawagan lang daw yung mga managers ng mga bangko. Eh kung yung phone number na inilagay niya eh tao din pala niya yung sasagot, huwag na lang. Yung plate number nga ng sasakyan niya eh fake pa. I really do not trust this man at all. He is arrogant and full of bs!

  10. parasabayan - May 26, 2012 4:42 am

    Kahit na lusot siya at hindi ma-impeach, he should resign coz wala siyang transparency at all. Palusot ng palusot ang in the end inamin din niya ang dapat niyang aminin. If indeed he is clean as he alleges at wala siyang itinatago, why even go through the circus that he subjected the senate through?

    I also do not believe that he does not know accounting. He knew how to move his funds around and then he says hindi niya alam and debit and credit. Another BS!

  11. parasabayan - May 26, 2012 4:44 am

    I believe the Ombudsman more than I believe Corona, hands down!

  12. Rudolfo - May 26, 2012 4:59 am

    Isang pananw, mukhang parang-o-katulad si Corona sa “Batong Buhay” ayaw mag-resign..ang duda dyan ay , may-sumpaan at may-nag-uutos, sa kanya..”a big covenant, stronger than marriage” ??..dahil huling baraha sya..saka mga kampon na, nndyan sa senate court ( halata naman )..Ang tanong, sa anong paraan,para matinag o ma-alis ang isang batong buhay?? ?..Palagay ko, isang “batong buhay” din at mas-malaki sa kanya, ang makaka-biyak dyan…Si Ombudswoman Carpio-Morales, at ang Pangulong Pnoy ?.o another “peoples power” ?…Isang malaking pagkakataon sana, kung gumising sa katutuhanan, itong mga nakakakita ng tama at liwanag, na mga senador, ngunit, alanganin sa kanila ang pag-asa ng mga bomoto sa kanila..dahil sabi ng isang kasanga ay 13 vs.7 lamang ang lumalabas na baraha: sa 7=Joker, Santiago,Bongbong, Jingoy, Cayetano(s), Lapid, then Agimat? How about the Chief, JPE ?…Sabi tuloy ni “batong buhay”, “see you next year” !..ayay-ayay,…kawawang Juan de la Cruz, milyones na gastos, milyones ni Corona, di din yata, penny worth of analysis (sana mali ako)..

  13. cocoy - May 26, 2012 7:20 am


  14. vonjovi2 - May 26, 2012 7:43 am

    Bati na sila ng mga BAsa Sisters dahil sinabi ni Corona na hindi sa kanila ang pera at may utang pa siya ng bumale. Kaya sa galak ng Basa sisters ay nayakap nila si Corona dahil may makukuha silang pera na ninakaw ni Corona.

    Kapag Thief Justice ka pala ay puwedeng mong palitan ang batas kahit na walang batehan sa SC. Hanep in the philippines lang talaga ang batas ay na babaluktot ng mga naka togang hoodlum.


  15. dan1067 - May 26, 2012 9:25 am

    “Kinain niya ang salita niya. Sinabi ni CJ Corona bago nagsimula ang trial, idineklara ko lahat ang kayamanan ko sa SALN. Hindi pala totoo dahil mas malaki ang perang hindi naideklara,”

    Base sa 2010 SALN ni Corona, lumalabas na mahigit P22 milyon lamang ang kanyang kabuuang yaman subalit umamin ito kahapon na umaabot sa $2.4 milyon ang kanyang dollar account at P80 milyon naman ang peso account.

  16. Aurore de Breizh - May 26, 2012 11:28 am


  17. acibig - May 26, 2012 11:40 am

    i wonder why people are surprise that he has money, he is a lawyer, was gainfully employed all these years, SO DAPAT lang me pera sya, assuming its 3 Million US dollar, it is reasonable, dapat magtaka tayo kung halimbawa si nora aunor eh hindi milyonaryo considering milyon ang kinita before, magtaka kayo kung paano nagkaroon ng kahit 10 – 20 million ang mga batang politician sa congress na less than 40 years old, coz just by working you will not earn millions when you are less than 40 y/o, if you read money magazine and investment website , it tells you how much money one should have when one is 60 y/o, syempre sa pera ni corona, andyan ang interest, investment and inheritance, did anyone wonder how bongbong marcos had his net worth considering he wroked only as politician all these years? we should be objective, stop using emotions, kaya nga puro palpak na president ang naboto from erap, cory and nonoy, puro emotion ang ginagamit

  18. TonGuE-tWisTeD - May 26, 2012 12:16 pm

    P3.5M lang ang nakadeklara sa SALN under “Cash” Now he is admitting to P80M + $2.5M (P110M) = P190M and this is even understated.

    P3.5M vs. P190M

    It is not only anomalous and scandalous, it is CRIMINAL!


    Did he provide sufficient evidence to prove his claim that the funds were co-mingled? No.

    Did he faithfully accomplish his SALN in full compliance with the constitution? No.

    Did he defend public trust as a Chief Justice who should champion the law and not hide behind its ambiguities, conflicts, for self-serving motives? No?

    Is he fit to stay as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? No.


  19. koko - May 26, 2012 12:20 pm

    Jinggoy; Bakit sa tingin ninyo tumestigo si Ombudsman laban sa inyo?
    Walang kwenta mga tanong ng artistang eto samantalang nakaharap siya ng mismong depensa ang humiling ng pagtestigo ng Ombudsman.

  20. MPRivera - May 26, 2012 12:22 pm

    “…………..It is clear that a CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY of a public officer is so fundamental such that it cannot be circumscribed, qualified , superseded or rendered ineffective or nugatory by a mere STATUTORY PRIVILEGE. Anything that is protective of public interest for the paramount good must prevail over private privileges merely providing personal protections.

    In this case, duty must win over privilege.”—vs–privilege

    DID CORONA FULFILL HONESTLY or had been fulfilling his constitutional duties as a public official since he began public office?

  21. MPRivera - May 26, 2012 1:11 pm

    Coronas’ cash: US$2.4M plus P80M

    magkano ang kanyang binabayarang buwis kada taon mula noong 1970′s?

    puwedeng pakikalkal ng kanyang tax records?

    baka sabihin na namang covered by law and NOT ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC EXHIBIT?

    bakit ba pinauso o ipinasa ang mga batas na ganito?

    sino ang mga pasimuno? ano’ng kinatatakutan?

    bakit itatago KUNG galing naman sa MALINIS na paraan?

    meron bang magtatakip ng ilong at hahanapin ang pinagmumulan ng alingasaw KUNG WALA namang kabulukan?

    MALINAW: ang bank secrecy law ay bungang isip at isinabatas at ipinagpipilitan ng MISMONG MGA MAGNANAKAW!

  22. MPRivera - May 26, 2012 1:21 pm

    “…….He said he began investing and trading in dollars since the late 1960s when he was still working with the private sector….”

    may SABIT na naman siya dito sa alegasyon niyang ito.

    aber nga. kailan siya nagtapos ng kanyang abugasya? kailan siya nagsimulang magtrabaho? sabi niya may kaya ang pamilya nila kaya napag-aral siya sa kilalang kolehiyo. parang pinapalabas niya na nag-aaral siya habang nagtatrabaho.

    daming milyon, WALANG KATULONG sa bahay? simpleng buhay? simpleng pagkain?

    nagtitipid kaya pala nga MERONG KAKAMBAL ‘yung plaka ng kanyang sasakyan na anila ay nirerentahan la’ang?

    punong mahistrado, walang nakatokang service car mula sa gobyerno?

    renato corona, sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooobrang haba na ng ilong mo!

  23. MPRivera - May 26, 2012 1:32 pm

    Finally, a waiver, but no more takers

    “………..“I did not want that to happen. What I went through the past six months was very difficult. It is very hard to describe the pain and suffering that we went through the past six months.”

    Corona said he was not able to sleep well for almost a week, and on the night before he was set to testify at the Senate, he did not get any sleep at all.

    He was not able to take his lunch last Tuesday because he was very nervous due to all of the media coverage, he added.

    It led to his anxiety and being nauseous while he was on the witness stand, Corona said.

    The Chief Justice also apologized to the Senate personnel, the Filipino people in general and his defense team.

    Corona said he respects the Senate as an institution, and that what he did last Tuesday was not a walkout.

    “It is sad that for some people, they have to see me dead before they will be convinced that I am telling the truth,” he said.

    “Nevertheless, this is probably how some people perceive this and I just want to apologize and say that it was not my intention…

    “I was maligned in public several times by the President and you never heard me say anything bad because that is not how I am. I am a decent person.”…………..”

    ala! ay ako’y hindi nakabarik, ay kung bakin baga ako’y muntikan nang masuka dine sa mga winika niyang are, eh.

    ay, sa pagkasinungaling naman talaga ng taong are. ah, ah!

  24. triggerman925 - May 26, 2012 1:47 pm

    Philippine Star Editorial today

    “…..Meanwhile, the martial law-era Republic Act 6426, or the Foreign Currency Deposit Act of the Philippines, guarantees the “absolutely confidential nature” of foreign currency deposits, which can be examined by another person or entity “only upon the written permission of the depositor” – meaning the confidentiality clause is ADDRESSED TO THE BANKS, NOT THE ACCOUNT HOLDER.

    Chief Justice Renato Corona has another interpretation of RA 6426: it prohibits even account holders from public disclosure of their own foreign currency deposits….”

  25. Lurker - May 26, 2012 2:29 pm

    A deliberate misinterpretation of the law from a pathological liar. Did we expect more?

  26. triggerman925 - May 26, 2012 2:30 pm

    The defense really wanted corona to go back last Friday so they can show a “repackaged” chief justice

    PR Stunt #1: No wheelchairs. Check.
    The corona camp sensed that the Filipino people associate wheelchairs with playacting crooks.

    PR Stunt #2: Project humility. Check.
    Transformation is usually a long process but 2 days?

    PR Stunt #3: Unconditional waiver: Check.
    One caveat though – the way I understand it, the waiver takes effect only upon signing. This means all transactions prior to the date of signing are not covered. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    PR Stunt #4: Mrs. Corona approaching and embracing her estranged relatives. Check

    It is obvious that the gameplan was to look good on national TV and generate public sympathy. Whether it’s sincere is another story. Unfortuntely no amount of makeover can cover corona’s blemishes.

  27. MPRivera - May 26, 2012 4:04 pm

    From a blogger:

    “Corona did not declare his dollar and peso deposits. The peso accounts, according to him are “co-mingled” with his adult children’s. Granting that to be true, why didn’t he declare the portion of the P80Million that he owned? Having willfully concealed from his SALN for years – the cash he owned – his financial and legal advisers, I would guess, had to come up with “justifications” for the concealment.

    1. ” Ako po ay abogado at hindi accountant. Hindi ko po naintindihan yang “assets”, “liabilities” at “net worth.”

    2. ” Ang dollar deposits ayun sa Foreign Currency Law ay talaga pong confidential. Kaya hindi ko po i-dineclare ang aking dollars na nagkaka halaga ng $2.4Million).” (One Senator-Judge has been declaring in his SALN’s, the peso equivalent of his dollar deposits.)

    CJ Corona’s daughter with whom he supposedly had a “co-mingled” peso account, shook her head and wiped a tear while listening to her father testify before the Senate Impeachment Court. What exactly that meant? I would leave it to everybody’s interpretation. Any rate, it was an Excellent TV coverage ! Kudos to the entire crew.”

  28. Ellen - May 26, 2012 7:12 pm

    From Tony Arroyo:

    May I share with you some suggestions and hopes because I truly want the public to be reminded of the lies of a certain MR. CROWN

    1) Can someone go to take photos of MR. CROWN’s house and show the pics of his aircons? Since he claims not to have any – its obvious since aircons can be seen from outside

    2) Can someone go and take photos and interview their maids? Since he claims not to have any?

    3) Can someone pls collate all the TV clips, speeches, radio interviews, and newspaper stories on the following statements of Mr. Crown:

    - “I don’t have any dollar accounts! And if you find them, you can keep them” – and then compare them to his statement the other day when he said he has USD 2.4 million.

    - “I am a simple man, I live a simple life” – and then show the pics of the PENTHOUSE of the BELLAGIO and how much it was purchased versus how much its worth. Also show receipts of his P 25,000 barong tagalong which the supreme court (and taxpayers) paid for, and the receipts of his dinners of Wagyu beef – which costs P 8,000 per plate

    - “I collected dollars since 1960s” – and then show a picture of Mr. Crown in the 1965 when he was probably 12 years old

    - “I did not buy real estate, because I want to collect only hard cash” – and then show pictures of his various properties, empty lots, even parking spaces (even when he claims he has no car?)

    - “I did not trust the bank anymore that’s why I withdrew my money on the day I was impeached” – and then play his statement the other day of “…. What I said was I did not trust the bank manager anymore . . . “

    Plus the many other lies he told…

    I just wish these can be played back during the closing arguments so that the public may know what a great liar he is. And if this is not possible, at least in the internet…

  29. joeseg - May 26, 2012 9:53 pm


  30. ningcho - May 26, 2012 10:45 pm

    no wonder there’s so many corrupt public officials in the philippines. lahat sila siguro kapareho ni corona ang takbo ng utak, insisting on the FCDA or RA6426, hindi na nila binibigyan halaga/pansin ang SALN law or RA6713 of 1989.

  31. vonjovi2 - May 27, 2012 12:17 am

    kailangan repasuhinir baguhin ang law sa FCDA na kapag may pagkakasala ay hindi sakop na ng FCDA at ito ay para lang sa mg dayuhan lang at hindi sakop ang mga pinoy lalo na ang mga magnanakaw sa gobyerno natin. At lalong lalo na hindi sakop ang mga mambabatas natin kasama ang presidente, CJ lahat na nahalal sa gobyerno.

    Kailangan baguhin dahil binababoy ng isang ganid na Thief Justice.

  32. vonjovi2 - May 27, 2012 12:24 am

    kapag nakalusot si Thief Justice ay patay na ang bansa natin dahil marami pang magnanakaw na na upo sa puwesto sa gobyerno natin at tiyak ko na mag papalit na sila ng pesos to dollar account at hindi na nila kailangan ilagay sa SALN.
    Sa mga Serators na boboto ng not guilty ay sana ma KARMA kayo..

  33. vonjovi2 - May 27, 2012 12:34 am

    Sabi ni Thief Justice ay “Abogago Ako at hindi accountant” kaya hindi ko alam. Ang alam lang niya ay kung papaano mag karoon ng instant milyon sa bangko.

    Wala akong dollars sa bangko then ngayon ay $2.4 lang naman at hindi naman malaki kesa sa mga Henerals ni Gloria.

    P22 milyons lang ang asset ko pero hindi kasi accountant kaya ngayon ko lang nalaman na mayroon pala akong P80.7 millions.

    Kung may makikita kayong dollars ay sa inyo na. Ngayon ay ano kayo bale..ibibgay ko ba iyan.

    ‘CERTIFIED LIAR” talaga. Ombudsman Morales 1 million % correct

  34. Aurore de Breizh - May 27, 2012 3:54 am


  35. Phil Cruz - May 27, 2012 7:05 am

    I have never heard anybody tell so many lies. This thug in robes has got to be the biggest liar there is in these 7,107 islands.

    His lies are as kilometric as the Great Wall of China.
    His lies are so blatant, it makes Gloria look like an amateur liar.

    His acting is so poor it makes Richard Gutierrez look like a Robert de Niro.

    I thank him and Miriam though for making me lose 10 pounds during this impeachment trial.. Each time I listen to them I had to run to the bathroom and wretch.

  36. Phil Cruz - May 27, 2012 7:28 am

    But I congratulate the Chief Liar when he admitted that the reason he fell ill was because he was not able to eat lunch on the day he would testify. Because, he said, his stomach was turning from nervousness.

    Now that was the truth.

    And why would he be so nervous? An experienced lawyer and Chief Justice nervous in a court room?

    Ahh..but we all understand why, don’t we?

  37. MPRivera - May 27, 2012 12:03 pm

    taragis na chief justice na meron dinoktor na law degree, HINDI alam kung ano ang ASSETS, ang LIABILITIES at NETWORTH?

    kunsabagay, sa pagsasalita ng wikang Tagalog lang bulol siya, sa simple pa kayang inggles?

    simpleng buhay. simpleng bahay. simpleng pamumuhay SUBALIT hindi pangkaraniwang KASINUNGALINGAN ang lahat ng salitang binibitawan!

  38. MPRivera - May 27, 2012 12:07 pm

    renato corona, eto ang ibig sabihin ng mga hindi mo alam na salitang ‘yan:

    assets – ‘yung mahabang upuang may sandalan sa salas ng iyong bahay na merong malambot na kutson.

    liabilities – ‘yan ang natitira kapag kumain ka ng sorbetes.

    networth – katumbas ‘yan ng ABS-CBN, GMA7 at ABC5.

  39. cocoy - May 27, 2012 1:36 pm

    Ang Assets–Misis
    networth–Mga anak.

  40. triggerman925 - May 27, 2012 2:33 pm

    Assets, Liabilities, Net Worth. Even ordinary college students know and understand the meaning of these terms. Either corona is lying or sadya lang mahina ang ulo nya. Or both.

    BTW I do not know of anyone who speculated in dollars during the 60′s. Dollar speculation is profitable but i doubt the gains are that significant to make someone extremely rich. Yes pwede kang magkapera dyan pero hindi ka yayaman – unless dati ka ng mayaman.

    Noon ang sabi ng depensa baka NAKALIGTAAN lang daw isama ni corona ang iba nyang assets sa SALN. Normal lang naman daw yun so they argue the omission was in good faith.

    Fast forward to May 22/25. Corona himseld refuted his defense counsels’ argument when he admitted that he DELIBERATELY did not include some (most?) of his assets in his SALN by virtue of republic act whatever. Sus ginoo sila-sila hindi magkasundo kung anong palusot ang ibibigay. If they are really truthful, Day 1 pa lang consistent na sana sila sa mga sagot nila.

  41. Ellen - May 27, 2012 2:40 pm

    Galing kay Gemma Policarpio:

    Gusto ko po sabihin na di ako relative ni cj corona pero ako po ay naniniwala sa kaniya na di siya nagnakaw sa government nagtatabaho po yun tao for 45 yrs at bakit gusto patalsikin ni Pnoy kasi po gusto niya maging diktador at ayaw na bumaba sa pwesto.

    Gusto po niya magawa ang gusto niya nag wala tumututol kaya pinaimpeach niya si CJ kahit kasinugalingan ang ebedensiya nila at yun mga kapartido po niya dami ninakaw di kulang na lang pagaari na nila ang pilipinas di niya madisiplina kaya po ako I have Pnoy for ever.

    Wala siya plano para sa atin po bayan puro pakikipag-away ang inaatupag niya.Sana po magacquit si Cj corona po kasi wala siya kasalan.

    I pray po para kay cj corona .

  42. MPRivera - May 27, 2012 3:08 pm


    walang nagsasabing NINAKAW ni corona ang kanyang itinatagong yaman. ang iniaakusa sa kanya ay BAKIT niya itinatago KUNG galing ‘yun sa malinis na paraan. KUNG sino ang NAGPATAGO niyon sa kaniya KUNG hindi niya sariling salapi. ganu’n lang kasimple.

    lumalabas ngayon na ang KINATATAKUTAN ni corona ay ‘yun GALIT ng nagpatago sa kanya ng pera sakaling sabihin niya KUNG saan o kanino galing ang dolyares na hindi niya isinama sa HINDI niya alam kung ano ang ibig sabihing ASSETS, mga pananagutan niyang HINDI alam kung ano ang ibig sabihing LIABILITIES at kabuuan ng kanyang mga kinita mula sa suweldo, komisyon, anumang paraan, bonus at tinubo ng kanyang negosyo na tinatawag na NETWORTH.

    gustong maging diktador ni noynoy aquino?

    ineng, sa palagay mo kaya, kaming mga papalubog na ang araw ay papayag pang maulit ang nangyari noong nakalipas na sampung taon?

  43. cocoy - May 27, 2012 3:25 pm

    Kapag mapawalang sala si Corona ng mga Senador, magiging P100 ang palit ng $1 dahil mag aagawan ang mga kurakot sa gobyerno na ipalit ang PESO nila sa DOLLAR.. Ayun kay Corona–”Di raw kailangang ideklara ang dolyar sa SALN dahil daw sa foreign currency deposits secrecy law..”

  44. MPRivera - May 27, 2012 3:39 pm

    JPE: CJ will be given due courtesy

    “………It should be a no-holds-barred testimony and he should not invoke his right against self-incrimination,” ….”

    “……“If he claims the funds are not his, he has to explain why they were held under his name. He has to come up with a credible story,”….”

    were there anything questions asked and answered?

    were there anything disclosed and explained?

    weren’t everything went pffffffffffffffffft?!

  45. MPRivera - May 27, 2012 3:39 pm

    were there ANY questions asked and answered?

  46. chijap - May 27, 2012 3:41 pm

    Judges do not typically have access to money from government.

    What they may potentially have access to is money from petitioners or defendants who try to bribe their way

    Corona’s logic is correct, mga tulad nya ay supposedly hindi nagnanakaw (directly) sa kaban ng bayan; but by assuming entertaining perks, benefits, padulas, or suhol (all of which can be proven with indept work), then its worst. Its called selling your position and soul.

  47. MPRivera - May 27, 2012 4:02 pm

    “…………”Kahit na ano pang mangyari after ng Monday, taas-noo kaming mga abugado na masasabing walang itinago si Chief Justice,” said Atty. Tranquil Salvador III……”

    wala na ngang itinatago at malinis ang kunsensiya ni corona SAPAGKAT matagal nang ipinagbili ‘yung kanyang kunsensiya.

  48. Ellen - May 27, 2012 4:32 pm

    Galing kay Nonilon Evangelio:

    Nakakapanlumo na sa lagi mong nababasa na yung mga member ng SC ay panig kay Corona.

    Siguro naman hindi sila tanga na di nila alam na talagang dapat ma convict itong si Corona. Lahat naman sila nag aral,kaya nakaka-awa yung mga nahahatulan nila na walang kasalanan.

    Dapat mapalitan silang lahat dyan sa SC at humanap ng maayos.

  49. MPRivera - May 27, 2012 4:53 pm


    ‘yan ang pinakamasaklap na kaganapan lalo na sa kagatasgatasang, este kataastaasang hukuman na binubuo ng mararangal nating mahistrado. sila ang dapat na tanod ng kasagraduhan ng walang kinikilingang hustisya SUBALIT sila ang unang unang bumabalasubas dahil sa kanilang PAGTATANGATANGAHAN sa batas kapalit ng paldong sobre.

    kaya nga nakakalimutan nila (katulad ni corona) kung ano ang pananagutan nila tuwing sasapit ang buwan ng Abril bawat taon. nalulula sa pag-apaw ng salapi sa kanilang bank accounts.

  50. MPRivera - May 27, 2012 4:58 pm

    ang mga tiwali sa gobyerno ay parang species ng ibon. katulad nila ay mga uwak at buwitreng nabubuhay sa laman ng nabubulok na tao o hayop.

  51. xman - May 27, 2012 8:20 pm

    Via Showbiz Government: (I omitted some lines for brevity)
    shared by Jerry Ocampo
    Excellent analysis of the impeachment proceeding:

    Chef Lapulapu wrote:

    1. The Constitution provides that a public officer shall submit a declaration under oath of his assets, liabilities and networth (SALN) in the manner provided by law. RA 6713 provides the manner in which SALN shall be declared.

    RA 6713, however, provides that the head of offices shall establish procedures for the review of the SALNs to determine whether they have been submitted on time, are complete and are in proper form.

    In the event a determination is made that a SALN is not so filed, the head of offices shall so inform the reporting individual and direct him to take the necessary corrective actions. The head of offices shall have the power, within their respective jurisdictions, to render any opinion interpreting RA 6713, in writing, to persons covered by the said law, subject in each instance to the approval of

    (a) the majority of the particular House concerned, in the case of the Legislative Department;
    (b) the Secretary of Justice, in the case of the Executive Department; and
    (c) the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, in the case of the Judicial Department.

    2. Now here’s the twist: Since CJ Corona belongs to the Judicial Department, the issue as to whether or not his SALN is submitted on time, is complete and is in proper form should first be determined by the Judicial Department. In other words, CJ Corona himself, being the head of the Supreme Court, has the power to render an opinion interpreting RA 6713, such as whether or not the SALN of officials in the Judiciary complies as to the completeness of the required information.

    Who will review CJ Corona’s SALN?

    Certainly, it should not be him. In the absence of a clear statutory provision, I believe it is the Supreme Court En Banc wich should review CJ Corona’s SALN if it is submitted in compliance with RA 6713.

    The Supreme Court En Banc should render an opinion on whether or not CJ Corona’s interpretation is correct (i.e., his dollar deposits under the FCDA are absolutely confidential and there is no need for him to disclose them in his SALN and his peso deposits are comingled funds in his name).

    3. Assuming CJ Corona’s interpretation is “ridiculous”, so to speak, meaning his dollar deposits and comingled peso deposits should be declared, then his SALN does not comply with the completeness test .

    Should he be removed for culpable violation of the Constitution?

    If we follow the intent of RA 6713, CJ Corona cannot yet be impeached because there is no showing that the Supreme Court had made a determination that his SALN is not complete or that he was already directed to take the necessary corrective actions.

    The language of RA 6713 is very clear: the reporting individual must first be informed and directed to take the necessary corrective actions on his SALN. It is only after this review and compliance procedure is neglected by CJ Corona that a violation of RA 6713 and a culpable violation of the Constitution can be concluded.

    4. Besides, under Civil Service Commission MC No. 10, s. 2006, the penalty for failure to file the SALN is suspension for 1 month to 6 months, for the first offense, and dismissal, for the second offense. In other words, CJ Corona’s act of not disclosing the dollar deposits and comingled peso deposits, which amounts to failure to file the SALN, assuming the review and compliance procedure under the law has been undertaken, should be punished only by suspension.

    The Constitution provides that “(j)udgment in case of impeachment shall not extend further than removal from office and disqualification to hold any office under the Republic of the Philippines”. The language of the Constitution is very clear that the impeachment court can impose a penalty that does not extend further than removal from office.

    It simply means that the impeachment court can impose a penalty lower than removal from office (or dismissal from the service). In other words the Senate can penalize CJ Corona with suspension or even reprimand him for his “ridiculous” interpretation of the FCDA vis-a-vis RA 6713 and the Constitution.

  52. saxnviolins - May 27, 2012 9:05 pm

    Noon ko pa sinasabi, issue of legal interpretation lang ito.

    Yang prosecution and defense, parehong appealing to the emotions. The prosecution cites the many properties, and dollar accounts, to incense the jury. Si Corona naman, paawa effect.

    But as Enrile said, the amounts are immaterial.

    Fitness is not a basis for removal.

    The bases for removal are found in the Constitution, in Section 2 of Article XI.

    The bases in play here are only two – culpable violation, and betrayal of public trust.

    On the interpretation of those two phrases, will hinge the conviction or acquittal, were the senators to vote as true judges or members of a jury.

    Of course, deep down, there will be other considerations – whether of conscience, moral fitness, political advantage, or even money.

    All parties will have sleepless nights, dahil sa gapangan; and it will not be of the sexual kind.

    After the gapangan, there will be the Big O (obituary) for the Articles, or for a career. Isang katerbang post-mortems ang lalabas, from experts and others, either merely for keyboard practice, or to angle for an appointment.

    Since the start of the trial, mayroon nang isang legal academic na obvious namang angling for an appointment. Dati nang applicant to the Supreme Court.

    Exercise discernment in reading opinions (including mine). May iba diyan na iba ang motive, not a purely intellectual exercise.

  53. Phil Cruz - May 27, 2012 10:44 pm

    Can any lawyer or anybody please tell me why Corona should not be convicted and kicked out of office in view of the fact that the Supreme Court had once terminated a government employee for not declaring his market stall in his SALN?

  54. TonGuE-tWisTeD - May 28, 2012 1:17 am

    He is the Chief Justice and he wishes to be excused.

  55. xman - May 28, 2012 6:30 am

    Repost from Showbiz Government:

    Ex-Justice Cuevas’s wit and humor:

    From his twitter account: Just Cuevas @justcuevas

    ‘Who said that in PNoy’s leadership there are no checks & balances? Checks for signing CJ’s impeachment, balances after conviction.”

  56. saxnviolins - May 28, 2012 8:20 am

    Maraming Trillanes fans dito. This is what he said recently:

    “If you are still undecided at this point, still awaiting the closing arguments coming from the lawyers who are experts in arguing their case, then you cannot really decide for yourself for your life,”

    In contrast, is this, from Enrile’s wingman, Tito Sotto:

    “There might be a compelling statement or reason from either side. Some of us who have not fully made up (our) minds, unless (with) a good picture of the proceedings, cannot immediately decide. So to be fair to everyone, (a decision) the day after would be the best option,” Sotto said in a radio interview.

    These people are judging a case. So it may be best to hear from one who had sat in the Federal Court of Appeals for fifteen years, before he gave his statement at his confirmation hearing (for the Supreme Court), a part of which, is the following:

    A judge can’t have any agenda. A judge can’t have any preferred outcome in any particular case and a judge certainly doesn’t have a client. The judge’s only obligation, and it’s a solemn obligation, is to the rule of law. And what that means is that in every single case the judge has to do what the law requires.

    Good judges develop certain habits of mind. One of those habits of mind is the habit of delaying reaching conclusions until everything has been considered. Good judges are always open to the possibility of changing their minds, based on the next brief that they read or the next argument that’s made by an attorney, who’s appearing before them, or a comment that is made by a colleague during the conference on the case when the judges privately discuss the case.

  57. saxnviolins - May 28, 2012 8:21 am

    Sorry. The quote comes from Justice Samuel Alito, found below:

  58. Phil Cruz - May 28, 2012 9:37 am

    #54, Tongue,

    Ha hah.. siya nga ano? Chief Layar of the SC pala. I forgot.

    I guess that goes for Her Imperial Highness Brenda also. She is excused and is entitled to shriek and scream and insult prosecution lawyers and prosecution witnesses (only) and make an ass of herself on nationwide TV .. because she is the Chief Nutcase of the Senate.

  59. Phil Cruz - May 28, 2012 10:13 am

    I like Malaya’s Ducky Paredes’ description of the nation’s Chief Of All Justices:

    ” a tattle-tale  with a mean streak”.

  60. chijap - May 28, 2012 10:44 am

    I’m amazed how the Supreme Court employees represented by its union head thinks of the issue:

    For his part, Supreme Court Employees Association president Jojo Guerrero said Corona was correct when he did not declare his dollar accounts in his SALNs.

    In the same interview, Guerrero said he is sure that some of the senator-judges do not declare their foreign currency deposits.

    “I’m sure may mga senador na hindi nagdedeklara,” he told ABS-CBN.

    Talaga lang ah.

  61. MPRivera - May 28, 2012 12:24 pm

    nananakot ang defense team ni renato corona:

    hindi na kapanipaniwalang legalidad ang ipinaglalaban ng depensa KUNDI maaaring meron silang itinatagong PINAGKASUNDUAN ng kanilang pinipilit pagtakpang hindi marunong mahiyang walang kahihiyang hindi karapatdapat maging punong mahistrado.

    magkano este, ano kaya iyon?

  62. MPRivera - May 28, 2012 12:43 pm

    at this point na kailangan nang desisyunan ang nagdaang nakakainis na impeachment dramedy, DAPAT sigurong magsitigil na ang bawat panig sa pagbibigay sa media ng anumang pahayag – senator jurists, prosecution, defense team at lalo’t higit ang malakanyang.

    anuman ang maging desisyon ng mga senador-hurado AY tanggapin na lamang nang maluwag ng bawat ng bawat panig AT huwag nang magbitiw pa ng panlilito at/o pananakot.

    KUNG meron pang dapat resolbahin ay huwag nang sobrang pagpiyestahan sa pamamagitan ng walang tigil na press conference bagkus ay gawing matibay ang anumang kaso NA dapat suportado ng matibay na ebidensiya.

    huwag sayangin ang pondo ng gobyernong galing sa buwis na kinatas mula sa dugo at pawis ng karaniwang mamamayang DAPAT paglingkuran nang WALANG panloloko at panlalamang ng mga nakapuwestong nanumpa ng katapatan.

    tigilan na ng mga nasasangkot ang pagtatago sa legalidad bagkus harapin ang anumang ibinibintang AT sa katulad ng kaso ni renato corona, habang dinidinig ang kaso AY pansamantalang bumaba sa puwesto upang huwag maimpluwensiyahan ang paglilitis.

    kung meron pang natitirang kahihiyan ay magbitiw na lamang kaysa paulit ulit paikutin ang paniniwala ang karaniwang mamamayan.

    maaaring merong ilan na nagbubulagbulagan subalit mas lamang sa kanila ang mga nagtatangatangahan!

  63. MPRivera - May 28, 2012 4:23 pm

    by ztefertilizerscam4 on Mon, 05/28/2012 – 13:38

    Accused of gun-poking in 1997, Corona has owned wide variety of firearms

    A summary of Renato Corona’s 31 guns with corresponding serial numbers, according to the PNP:

    .45-cal revolver (DAN1906)
    .38-cal revolver (A40241)
    .22-cal revolver (CJS2753)
    .38-cal revolver (88676)
    .22-cal revolver (145560)
    .22-cal revolver (UD93691)

    .32-cal pistol (DAA096492)
    .380-cal pistol (374-29000)
    .45-cal pistol (748851)
    .45-calpistol (1678782)
    .22-cal pistol (1948)
    .45-cal pistol (92456B70)
    9mm pistol (AS335)
    .40-cal pistol (DLB531)
    .45-cal pistol M37 (GDV758)
    .40-cal pistol (QL1431)
    .45-cal pistol (RK6887)
    .45-cal pistol (SN24969E)
    .45-cal pistol (WF3557)
    .45-cal pistol (BL32370)
    .45-cal pistol (DHZ878)
    .45-cal pistol (KPA11832)

    .45-cal frame (BL31184)
    .45-cal frame (PG005068)

    9mm machine pistol (T0624-07V0060978)
    9mm machine pistol (SR01121)

    12GA shotgun (M450399)
    12GA shotgun (RC101548)

    9mm submachine gun MK9 (P0580)

    556 high-powered rifle (4951938)

    30-cal carbine (7243757)

  64. MPRivera - May 28, 2012 4:25 pm

    by ztefertilizerscam4 on Mon, 05/28/2012 – 13:47

    I found some interesting report on the dollar movements of the CJ happening on the day or a few days coinciding with some SC rulings: I don’t know if this is just coincidence. You be the judge.

    Sept. 16, 2011 – Estelito Mendoza wrote the 2nd letter to SC asking reconsideration for FASAP case. – Same Date – CJ deposited P1M to BPI.

    Oct 17, 2011 – SC granted Mendoza appeal on FASAP case – 2 days later at BPI, credit memo for CJ in the amount of USD373,634.24.

    Dec. 21, 2009 – SC voted 6-4 to declare 16 questionable municipalities as constitutionl. Same day at BPI, CJ deposited P1M: 1 day after at BPI and PSBank: P8.5M deposit, USD225,937.00 credit memo.

    June 28, 2011 – SC issued resolution to implement ruling on League of Cities. 5 days earlier: P4M deposit at BPI and 2M credit Memo at BPI

    Nov 17, 2011 – Issues TRO in favor of GMA. 2 days after, USD373,634.24 credit memo at BPI

    Sep.13, 2010 – Merciditas gutierrez filed for TRO and was issued next day. Same day, USD700,000.00 deposit to CJ at BPI.

    Just asking if the above are just coincidental events and are not related to each other,.

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