Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Senate OKs Corona bank records as evidence

The bank records of Chief Justice Renato Corona will be accepted as evidence in the impeachment trial.

Senate on Tuesday ruled that Corona's PSBank accounts will be used as evidence, with the defense team losing bid to suppress evidence pertaining to these records, which allegedly prosecution achieved through illegal means.

The accounts allegedly contain million peso accounts that Corona did not disclose in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs).

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile however stated that even though the bank account number exists, the court has still not decided yet on the opening of bank account "but only on the documents at hand", which refer to the records submitted by the prosecution to the Senate.

"The court has arrived at a decision and ruling that it will deny the motion to suppress and accept the evidence for the consideration of the court in connection with Article 2 (failure to publicly declare SALN) of the articles of impeachment," impeachment trial presiding officer Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said shortly after a two-hour caucus in his office.

Trial resumes on March 12.


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