Set deadline for CJ trial, prosecution asks court

The prosecution panel is willing stipulate on evidence that are not disputable

PRE-TRIAL PRESSER: Prosecution spokespersons call on Cheif Justice Renato Corona to testify

MANILA, Philippines – The priority of the prosecution panel now is to finish the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona as soon as possible.

“We believe that Senate must now impose a schedule,” prosecution spokesperson Romero “Miro” Quimbo said in press conference on Friday, May 4.

Sitting as an impeachment court, the Senate will resume the trial of Corona on Monday, May 7.

The prosecution panel said they are willing to stipulate on testimonies of witnesses as long as they are not disputable.

Spokesperson Juan Edgardo Angara noted senators’ statements over the break that they want to finish the trial before Congress adjourns sine die on June 7.

“They [Senators] will probably be stricter against irrelevant witnesses, irrelevant witnesses, or immaterial debates,” Angara said.

CJ shoud testify

The best way to abbreviate the trial is for the defense panel to present the Chief Justice as its witness, said Rep. Lorenzo Tanada, also a spokesperson. “Kung gusto nila matapos agad, iharap na nila si Chief Justice Renato Corona. That would abbreviate the trial,” he said.

On Friday, May 4, the prosecution filed a motion to quash the defense panel’s subpoena for Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to return to the witness stand.

“We feel that they have exhausted all possible questions to Secretary De Lima [when she took the witness stand.],” Tañada said. –