MANILA, Philippines – Here are the highlights of Day 29 of the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
2:14 pm: Session starts. Roll call: 17 senator-judges present.
2:19 pm: Prosecution starts cross examination of SC chief judicial staff officer Araceli Bayuga.
Defense first asks about the whereabouts of a handwritten letter by Mrs Cristina Corona, which showed the acknowledgment of receipt of the titles, borrowed by private prosecutor Jose Justiniano. Justiniano said he will look for it, it could have been included in other documents.
2:23 pm: Cross examination starts, private prosecutor Antonio Hernandez asks questions. Prosecution asks about why she appeared in the impeachment court, and whether she got permission from her superiors at the Supreme Court.
Bayuga says she was only subpoenaed on Tuesday, March 13, and she was summoned by the court back in Feb 1. She said the CJ ordered her to prepare documents on his salaries, benefits from the SC. She then explains how the certifications were issued.
Bayuga then explains the details of the salaries and allowances itemized in the certification. She explains details on the allowances, amounts given, and how it is handled by their office.
Hernandez also asks Bayuga about the SC’s alpha lists.
3:20 pm: Cross examination ends. Clarificatory questions from Senator-judge Franklin Drilon. He asks about the CJ’s salaries and taxes.
3:37 pm: Trial suspended to let witness examine documents.
3:41 pm: Session resumes. Clarificatory questions continue. After Drilon, Senator-judge Ralph Recto asks questions.
Senator-judge Antonio Trillanes IV also asks questions, but directs questions to defense. He asks about the relevance of the Bayuga testimony. He also asks if the Chief Justice would divulge the information about his dollar accounts.
Senator-judge Francis Escudero asks about the filing of the SC’s alpha lists with the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
4:08 pm: Session suspended.
4:51 pm: Session resumes. Questions from senator judges continue. Escudero clarifies with prosecution about what properties they were referring to when they presented their case. Meanwhile, Senator-judge Alan Peter Cayetano says issue should be on the declarations on the SALNs.
More classificatory questions. Senator-judge Jinggoy Estrada asks about the list of 45 properties allegedly owned by the CJ. Other senator-judges who ask questions are Senator-judges Panfilo Lacson and TG Guingona.
Discussion then shifts on the missing Corona letter. Court asks the two parties to discuss issue among themselves.
5:28 pm: Witness Bayuga is temporarily discharged. Session suspended.
5:35 pm: Session resumes. Next witness is Irene Guevarra, secretary of the Senate Electoral Tribunal. Questions in direct and cross examinations center on CJ Corona’s allowances as member of SET.
Senator-judge Koko Pimentel then makes a short manifestation, commending Guevarra’s work at the SET.
5:56 pm: Session suspended as court awaits next witness.
5:57 pm: Session resumes. Atty Girlie Salarda of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) testifies about the CJ’s salaries and allowances as HRET member.
6:08 pm: Session adjourned. Trial resumes on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 2 pm. – Rappler.com