Corona wife questions DOJ jurisdiction
MANILA, Philippines - The wife of Chief Justice Renato Corona on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, questioned the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice over her case, expressing doubts it would be fair to her.
The DOJ began its probe on a case filed last year against Mrs Cristina Corona by her former colleague at the John Hay Management Corp in Baguio City, who accused her of using the corporation's funds for personal use.
In a counter-affidavit she filed with the DOJ, Mrs Corona said that it should "re-evaluate itself and desist from proceeding with the instant case in view of its patent prejudice against respondents." Corona said that the timing of the preliminary investigation was suspect considering that the case was filed against her 17 months ago, or in July 2010 yet.
"Hence, some billings of BCC are referred to my husband's account notwithstanding he was not the one who used such devices," she said.
Corona, through her lawyer Stanley Fabito, also moved for the personal appearance of Daytec. "This complaint-affidavit was made last July 16, 2010. Before an action was made on the complaint-affidavit, it should be first subscribed to before the investigating prosecutor together with the presentation of original documents," Fabito said.
Mrs Corona was also not present at the preliminary investigation, but she filed her sworn counter-affidavit before Assistant State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon.