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Renato Corona Is Guilty as Charged

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

Defense lead counsel retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas on Tuesday accepted the verdict of the Senate Impeachment Court to convict impeached SC Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.

But Cuevas said that they (defense panel) never imagined that the “margin of votes” would be much big as that.

The Senate Impeachment Court with 20-3 voting, found Corona guilty in not disclosing all his assets, properties, peso and dollar accounts in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) for the years 2002 up to 2010.

Cuevas said that he would not resign as counsel of the Chief Justice, adding that, he would not mind if Chief Justice Corona decides to get another lawyer.

Cuevas admitted that he himself was also surprised on the opening statements delivered by the Chief Justice before the Impeachment Court.

Corona admitted before the Impeachment Court that he had four dollar accounts with US$ 2.4 million and peso accounts with P80 million in “co-mingled funds,” which he did not declared in his SALN.

Cuevas said that it was not part of their plan before Corona took the witness stand.

He said that they did not regret putting Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on the witness stand.

Morales testified before the Impeachment Court based on the 17-page report of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), which states that Corona has 82 dollar accounts with US$ 10 million to US$ 12 million in transactional balances.

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