#CoronaTrial: Day 19
MANILA, Philippines - Here are the highlights of Day 19 of the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
1:20 pm: Prosecution hold press conference, tackles debate over "fake or not fake".
2:23 pm: Session starts. Day 19 begins. Roll call: 22 present.
2:30 pm: Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago grills prosecution anew, and asks clarificatory questions about their PSBank witnesses who appeared to be “hostile.” Lead prosecutor Niel Tupas Jr, on the other hand, refused to treat them as hostile witnesses.
Santiago lectures Tupas about hearsay. “Let me bring to you our happy memories of UP Law. What did you learn about hearsay?”
2:36 pm: Enrile thanks Santiago for “guiding” prosecution.
2:37 pm: PSBank president Pascual Garcia III was set to return to thewitness stand but Sen Sergio Osmeña III requested that the court call PSBank branch manager Annabelle Tiongson first.
Tiongson is then called back to the witness stand.
2:40 pm: Senators begin to pose questions to Tiongson.
2:41 pm: Tiongson says she brought documents that Osmena requested. Tiongson cites details of Corona’s PSBank 5 peso accounts. Osmena asks if Corona has other accounts aside from those that Tiongson enumerated. Tiongson says she doesn’t know.
2:50 pm: Santiago says Tiongson’s testimony is hearsay because she wasn’t the one who entered in the money. But the senator says she can help “lay the foundation.” Santiago then grills Tiongson.
Responding to a question from the senator, Tiongson says she doesn’t know who produces the documents involved. “Perhaps prosecution should know,” Santiago says, laughing.
Santiago asks questions to qualify Tiongson as a witness, and establishes her authority based on court rules. “Counsel, take note,” she says.
3:00 pm: The prosecution then marks as evidence the certifications that Tiongson presented.
3:03 pm: Drilon suggests finishing questions on Corona’s deposits before Annex A, which involves signature cards.
3:07 pm: Sen Alan Peter Cayetano begins questioning Tiongson.
3:13 pm: Enrile suspends trial for “personal reasons”
3:18 pm: Trial resumes.
3:20 pm: PSBank president Pascual Garcia III returns to the witness stand.
Lead defense counsel Serafin Cuevas says tells Enrile that they still intend to cross-examine Tiongson. Enrile says Cuevas may still do so even if the witness was already discharged.
3:27 pm: Garcia says Corona has other peso accounts that are not in the original subpoena.
Garcia says PSBank has another peso account under Corona’s name – a peso time deposit account that was opened on July 23, 2010, with P7-M. It was closed on September 1, 2010, he says.
Corona has another peso time deposit account that was opened June 29, 2011, according to Garcia. It had a P17-M and was closed on Dec 12, 2011, Garcia says.
Garcia says Corona has 2 other accounts but he doesn’t have the details
Osmena asks Garcia if it doesn’t seem strange that account was closed less than 6 months after it opened. Garcia says depositors have “different” reasons.
Tupas manifests that Corona was impeached on December 12, 2011. Corona closed 3 accounts on the same date, based on testimonies so far.
3:42 pm: Sen Jinggoy Estrada questions Garcia about Corona’s other bank accounts. “Ayoko mag-isip ng malisya pero nagsusupetsa talaga ako,” he says. (I don't want to think maliciously but I'm becoming suspicious.)