MANILA, Philippines – Malacanang insisted that the family feud over Basa Guidote Enterprises Inc. (BGEI) is relevant to the impeachment case being faced by Supreme Court chief Justice Renato Corona.
When asked about the earlier statement of the defense team that the recent revelations of the Basa family against the Corona couple are irrelevant to the trial, Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte replied in a radio interview on Sunday, March 11, that these allegations should be considered in the trial.
“Nagiging relevant po kasi ‘yung Basa Guidote Enterprises, Inc. dahil nakalagay na po sa SALN mismo ni CJ Corona ay nangutang daw po siya doon sa korporasyon ng P11 million. At mula ho 2002 hanggang 2009 ay…binabayaran daw po niya ‘yung utang doon sa BGEI (The Basa Guidote Enterprises Inc became relevant because CJ Corona indicated in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth that he borrowed from this company and had been paying off this loan from 2002 to 2009),” Valte said.
Aside from the loan, BGEI was dragged into the impeachment trial after the chief justice admitted withdrawing P32.6 million from the company’s bank account a day before he was impeached in December 2011.
The Basa family claims that Mrs. Corona, whose father is one of the founders of BGEI, should not have lent money or engaged in self-dealing.
“Relevant po ‘yung korporasyon para makita [kung] mayroon nga ho bang kakayahan ‘yung korporasyon na magpautang ng ganoong klaseng pera,” Valte said. “Sino ho ‘yung nagpautang?“
Valte’s statement is a response to the statement of defense lawyer Karen Jimeno, who said that the intra-corporate conflict involving Mrs Corona’s family does not fall within the scope of the impeachment complaint.
“This is an impeachment case. We have the articles of impeachment which only involves Chief Justice Corona,” she said. “There’s an ongoing case where they can flesh this out.” – Rappler.com