By Jelly F. Musico
The Senate, sitting as impeachment court, on Monday granted ‘with limitation’ the motion of prosecution panel to subpoena the bank accounts of Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Renato Corona with two banks.
Through the majority votes, the court made the decision after a thorough discussion by the senator-judges in two caucuses before and during a break of the ongoing impeachment trial on Monday.
”This court resolves to grant the issuance of the subpoenae but sets specific limits to the same,” Sotto read the resolution before the 12th day of impeachment trial adjourned on Monday.
Senate President-presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile clarified that the requests for subpoena to the banks officials have been granted “only for the purpose of the instant impeachment proceedings.”
”The court is only issuing the subpoena relating to the bank accounts of Chief Justice Corona because of the pendency of the present impeachment proceedings and for no other reason,” Enrile said in the ruling.
Last Jan. 31, the House prosecution panel filed two motions, including request to subpoena the officials of Philippine Saving Bank-Katipunan branch to testify and produce documents on P1 million which Corona allegedly won in the PSBank monthly millions raffle promo.
The prosecution also subpoena the manager of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)-Ayala Avenue branch to testify and to produce original and certified true copies of the account opening form and monthly bank statements of the respondent.