Tiangco: Abad text message proof of Palace pressure

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Navotas Rep Toby Tiangco, sitting as a defense witness, testifies about the circumstances surrounding the filing of the impeachment complaint

MANILA, Philippines – The defense presents its 1st witness, Navotas Rep Tobias Tiangco, to lay basis of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s answer to the Articles of Impeachment. Lawyer Dennis Manalo conducts the direct examination. – Rappler.com

 

MANILA, Philippines – Navotas Rep Tobias Tiangco testifies that budget allocation for his projects in his district were delayed supposedly after voting against the impeachment of then Ombudsman Merceditas Guttierez. The defense says the purpose of the testimony is to prove that “there is no basis for the House of Representatives in filing the impeachment case, that the motivation is political. – Rappler.com


MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile questions the materiality of the testimony of Navotas Rep Tobias Tiangco regarding the delay in the release of ‘pork barrel’ to the defense of Chief Justice Renato Corona. Meanwhile, Tiangco admits going to the media regarding the supposed intentional delay in the release of his district’s funds by Budget Secretary Butch Abad. – Rappler.com


MANILA, Philippines – The defense says the testimony of Navotas Rep Tobias Tiangco proves there is a “modus operandi” by the majority members of the House of Representatives “to exert undue influence” to its members to support the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Renato Corona. Prosecution objects, saying the witness did not sign the complaint thus making this testimony irrelevant. – Rappler.com


MANILA, Philippines – Navotas Rep Tobias Tiangco narrates the circumstances during the majority caucus last December 12, 2011, the day the House of Representatives impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona. Tiangco quoted House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte as saying that Corona needs to be impeached since he is seen as a ‘barrier” to the reforms of the Aquino administration. – Rappler.com

 

MANILA, Philippines – Navotas Rep Tobias Tiangco testifies that the impeachment complaint was not properly explained to the members of the House Representatives, implying that it was hastily prepared. The complaint was shown to through a “powerpoint presentation” and that there were no other documents made available. – Rappler.com

 

MANILA, Philippines – Navotas Rep Tobias Tiangco describes the circumstances when the impeachment complaint was approved by the House of Representatives. He admits not personally witnessing congressmen signing the complaint. – Rappler.com


MANILA, Philippines – Navotas Rep Tobias Tiangco mentions that he spoke to 3 congressmen who said they will not be signing the impeachment complaint, but eventually did. He adds that Mandaluyong Rep Neptali Gonzales II was threatening him of expulsion from the House of Representatives, based on what he read from the newspapers. – Rappler.com


MANILA, Philippines – Prosecutor Rodolfo Fariñas cross-examines Navotas Rep Tobias Tiangco, particularly on the issue on the release of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). At one point, Tiangco comments, “can I explain?” when he admitted receiving his PDAF despite his complaints against the present administration. – Rappler.com


MANILA, Philippines – Defense conducts re-direct examination on Navotas Rep Tobias Tiangco, asking him on the effects on the delay of his PDAF. Tiangco says the delay in the release of funds affects his social services such as scholarship and medical projects. – Rappler.com


MANILA, Philippines – Navotas Rep Toby Tiangco, sitting as defense witness, testifies about the filing of the impeachment complaint. He also talks about his past experience in the impeachment complaint against former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez. Tiangco claims getting a text message from Budget Secretary Butch Abad implying that his ‘pork barrel’ is being withheld as a form of alleged ‘pressure’ from Malacañang. Rappler.com 

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