Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Corona on why he closed his PSBank accounts the day he was impeached: 'Nawalan na kami ng tiwala sa bangko'

Chief Justice Renato Corona on Wednesday said he lost trust in Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank), the reason why he decided to withdraw the P37 million in his bank accounts on December 12, 2011, the day he was impeached.

Corona surfaced on GMA Network's Unang Hirit and finally broke his silence.

In an interview by Arnold Clavio, Corona said, "Ang dahilan niyan, nawalan na kami ng tiwala sa bangko, dahil alam namin na doon nanggaling ang leak."

The prosecution team has released documents pertaining to Corona's PSBank accounts, in which he failed to declare in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN), a violation of Article 2 of the articles of impeachment.

The defense team earlier said that Corona's P37 million accounts belonged to Basa-Guidote Enterprises, Inc. (BGEI), which is a corporation owned by his wife's relatives, the reason why the chief justice did not declare in his SALN.

"Ang perang iyon ay pinagbentahan ng lupa... Hindi lang iyon ang depensa namin, iyon ang katotohonan. Sa korporasyon iyon [ng aking asawa]," he said.

Corona also said as early as November last year, he had been hearing that the bank where he had his three accounts, had been giving away information.

But PSBank Katipunan branch manager Annabelle Tiongson earlier told the Senate impeachment court that the "leaked" documents on Corona's bank accounts did not come from their branch.

Photo and video from GMA News.

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