DAY 3

ROUND 3 of Corona Trial goes to the prosecution.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.


To be fair, the prosecution panel scored big on Day 3. The first prosecution witness, the High Tribunal’s clerk of court Enriqueta Esguerra-Vidal was compelled to turn over to the impeachment court the envelope that contained copies of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s statements of assets, liabilities and net worth or SALNs. This development should be credited to the efforts of the lead prosecutor. So congratulations… Frank Drilon.

Clerk of Court Enriqueta Esguerra-Vidal turned over to the impeachment court copies of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s statements of assets, liabilities and net worth defying an existing Supreme Court resolution prohibiting the release of the magistrates’ SALNs. After testifying for the prosecution, Vidal, who was allowed to leave, went straight home and updated her résumé.

Based on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s SALNs, his net worth jumped from P14.96 million in 2002 to P22.9 million in 2010. That’s an increase of P8 million. Or as a congressman would say, “three terms.”

According to Budget Sec. Florencio Abad, Chief Justice Renato Corona cannot afford a multimillion-peso condominium unit considering his salary as a government official. Unless, of course, he works at the Bureau of Customs.

Day 3 may have “gone” to the prosecution as the Inquirer bannered but the blunders of the private prosecutors cannot be ignored. Leading questions, hypothetical questions and questions that tend to ‘cross examine’ their own witness were objected to by the defense and sustained by the presiding officer. The 83-year-old Serafin Cuevas was just too much for the hotshot prosecution lawyers. It’s like watching Meryl Streep in an intense, dramatic exchange with Megan Fox.

Justice Sec. Leila De Lima denies allegations that she facilitated the release of documents from the Land Registration Authority (which is under the DOJ) to be used as evidence against Chief Justice Corona. She refused to comment on rumors though that she is the inspiration for the prosecution panel’s frequent press conferences.

In Other News
In protest of an anti-piracy legislation in the United States, free online encyclopedia Wikipedia blacked out its site for 24 hours. But that’s nothing compared to the prosecution panel which has been blacking out for two days now.

Reports say Wikipedia is down. To which, Niel Tupas and company said, “We can relate.”

Wikipedia has shut down. And retired Justice Serafin Cuevas was like, “Ano ‘yon?”

In support of Wikipedia’s battle against censorship, Sen. Lito Lapid has decided to keep his mouth shut during the entire Corona impeachment trial.

Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo isn’t worried at all. Even before Wikipedia could black out its site, he was able to copy all the information he needed.

For 24 hours, Wikipedia is blacking out its site. Or as millions of students worldwide would call it, “end of the world.”
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“Amateurs hope, professionals work.”
– Garson Kanin

Quote of the Day
“The impeachment proceedings are a learning experience for us. We have to relearn trial techniques like the presentation of evidence. We will get better as the impeachment trial progresses.”
~ Prosecution panel spokesperson Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada

Briefly Noted
The Daily Tribune’s Niñez Cacho-Olivarez revealed ABS-CBN’s “ties” to the prosecution panel. She wrote:
“Five members of the prosecution panel, acting as private prosecutors for the trial are all high officials of the Lopez-owned ABS-CBN network. The five private prosecutors are Maximilian Uy — chief legal counsel, assistant corporate secretary; Mario Bautista — general counsel, legal services; Manuel Torres — corporate secretary; Maximilian Joseph Uy — legal services and assistant corporate secretary; and Enrique Quiason — assistant corporate secretary.”

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36 thoughts on “DAY 3”

  1. the way senator-judges questioned atty. vidal on day 3 of the trial was like disrobing themselves and showing their true colors.

    prosecution team somewhat recovered from day 2 debacle, no thanks to the distinguished gentleman from iloilo, frank drilon.

    defense team tried hard to stop or delay the release of corona’s saln’s but they are no match to frankie. in the first place why delay when cj corona claimed that out of 45 alleged properties he only owns 5, unless of course otherwise.

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  2. “Five members of the prosecution panel, acting as private prosecutors for the trial are all high officials of the Lopez-owned ABS-CBN network. The five private prosecutors are Maximilian Uy — chief legal counsel, assistant corporate secretary; Mario Bautista — general counsel, legal services; Manuel Torres — corporate secretary; Maximilian Joseph Uy — legal services and assistant corporate secretary; and Enrique Quiason — assistant corporate secretary.”

    What’s in it for ABS-CBN? Aren’t media organizations supposedly impartial and objective? Why are they taking sides?

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    1. Imo, Cory gave back abs-cbn to the lopezes years ago and it’s time for the lopezes to help the cojuangcos retain ownership of hacienda luisita. That’s why they sent abs-cbn’s legal department to help the prosec. The same set of losers, i mean lawyers, who handled abs’ cases against willie revillame, which they lost.

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  3. ‘Politics has nothing to do with fair play. It
    is bound up with hatred, jealousy, hypocrisy,boastfulness,
    disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure in
    witnessing defeat. In other words, it is war
    minus the shooting.’
    George Orwell – adapted

    Vidal – will not win employee of the month.

    Karen jimeno – miss photogenic

    Drillon – prosecutor and spokesman. Also wants to be judge, jury, and executioner. Already building the scaffolding

    Political process – the rights of the individual and due legal process dont apply

    ABS-CBN – providing the prosecution with 5 abs-cbn lawyers free! Mmmm

    Conflict of interest – ask abs-cbn lawyers

    Payback – who will buy NBN network at knockdown price!?

    Cuevas – old dog showing young (b)ucks a trick or two

    Makati bars/restaurants – full of laughing/drinking congressmen and their ‘daughters’!. Does impeachment mean holiday.

    Coronas address – abs-cbn published it! Irresponsible and unethical

    P-noy – “he has adjusted his schedule to monitor the trial” lacierda. Does impeachment mean no work – as usual

    It’s the hacienda, people! – the elephant is getting out of the room

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    1. my belief is, noynoy is after the head of gloria, the supposed crowning
      glory of his presidency more than anything else…

      and gloria must be very very thankful to corona for at least at the moment
      she is taking the backseat…..

      and she must be praying very very hard that corona will not be convicted
      or else, she will surely share the burden…

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  4. isn’t it common sense that the copies of corona’s SALNs must be
    turned over to the impeachment court? for what then is the purpose
    of bringing it over? for props?

    of course the great cuevas already argued that the purpose is just
    to show that indeed corona filed his SALNs, but purposely playing
    dumb, as if he is not aware that the ulterior motive of the prosecution
    is to see the contents of the said documents

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  5. hayaan nyo na guys, at least may idea na kayo kung sino-sino ang magkakampihan…

    sana matapos na kaagad yan, para makausad naman tayo, puro na lang hearing saka papogi, pero pag nagkagipitan na pabilisan ang mga yan sa pagsuot ng bayong sa ulo…

    sa mga hindi nakakapansin, iniisa-isa na ni sir pnoy ang mga leader ng mga kapit bahay natin sa asia, wala lang sinasabi ko lang…

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  6. “Height story miffs Aquino: I’m not 5’6″ and I’m not into 5-6”

    Ambabaw! Pati ba naman editorial cartoon sa height pinapatulan…Sabihin mo lang kung gusto mo lang mapag-usapan lablyf mo at gusto mong ma-link dyan sa thai. Kaya lang baka thae ang labas mo kung di ka papatulan nyan.

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