The much awaited part of the Corona Trial will now come to realization as the Chief Justice’s lawyer confirmed that he will be testifying in the ongoing impeachment trial. Defense lawyer Atty. Jose Roy said they will present Chief Justice Renato Corona as their witness in the condition that several hostile witnesses, including Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales will also be presented in relation to Corona’s alleged million dollar bank deposits.
This is a welcome development in the seemingly lame presentation of the defense panel in the ongoing impeachment of the chief magistrate. In the several weeks that they’ve presented witnesses in defense to the accusations of the prosecution, there have been no solid arguments that will debunk his improper disclosure of his Statement of Assets, Liabities and Net Worth (SALN). It is very evident that the Senator Judges are getting impatient with the “peripherals” and “immaterial” witnesses being presented on the witness stand.
Now that the accused himself will testify, it will be a great chance for the defense to answer all the accusations, because there’s no more credible defense witness but the accused himself. Since the case is all about the CJ’s SALN there will be no more perfect person to answer about its discrepancies but he himself. Should they’ve presented him earlier, I think the trial will be on its final part now.
I don’t want to insinuate but I think the defense is loosing cards at this point and they can no longer find any valid and clear defense with regards to the Article 2 so they don’t have any choice but to present the Chief Justice. But I think it’s a good tactic to have him testify because he has the direct knowledge of it. If he will be able to explain anything about his SALN and its discrepancies and it will be that convincing, that will definitely sway the tempo of the trial. I just hope that indeed he has that bullet to fire-out all those accusations leveled against him, because as of now his defense wasn’t able to totally counter the charges being laid by the prosecution panel.
“There is no better defense than the main accuse personally defending himself”