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Prosecution drops 5 raps; panel rests case vs Corona By Gerry Baldo Angie M. Rosales and Benjamin B. Pulta 02/29/2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Prosecution drops 5 raps; panel rests case vs Corona

By Gerry Baldo Angie M. Rosales and Benjamin B. Pulta 02/29/2012

In a surprise move, the prosecution panel, led by Rep. Niel Tupas Jr., announced before the Senate impeachment court that it is dropping five Articles of Impeachment and has rested its case against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona but reserved its right to present evidence on the bank accounts of Corona in the event the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the SC on the bank deposits of the CJ is lifted.

In an open court manifestation, Tupas told the impeachment court that the prosecution is resting its case, saying that the prosecutors have already presented 25 witnesses and 397 pieces of evidence that would be sufficient to convict the Chief Justice.

The surprise move taken by Corona’s accusers was announced by Tupas after hearing from SC that the high court was not waiving its judicial privilege on pending cases, which means that the high court did not allow the participation of two of its employees in the impeach proceedings..... MORE

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