MANILA, Philippines – The impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona comes to an end next week. What’s the mood in the prosecution and defense camps?
Lead defense counsel Serafin Cuevas, lead prosecutor Niel Tupas Jr., and deputy lead prosecutor Rodofo Fariñas all said they are relieved.
“Hindi po ako nakakakain ng maayos. Hindi ako nakakatulog ng maayos. Necessarily, it is a relief. A very welcome relief,” Cuevas, 84, said after the trial on Wednesday, May 23.
Prosecutors Tupas and Fariñas are also looking forward to complete the trial.
“Now that we know it is almost over, we are relieved. Whatever the outcome, on our part, we’ve done our best. We’ve contributed to the nation with this prosecution of the Chief Justice,” Tupas said.
Confident that they have presented more than enough evidence to show that Corona committed culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayed public trust, Fariñas is also relieved.
“We feel relieved. I feel relieved. Since January, wala na kami ginawa kundi ganito. Siya na rin. This is the own making of the Chief Justice. I think he made our job easier with his performance and his conduct yesterday,” Fariñas said.
Tupas added: “It was arduous. It was a tough trial. It was a difficult one. But despite of everything, we were able to present a solid case against the Chief Justice,” Tupas added.
Cuevas tried to resign before
Cuevas denied reports that defense lawyers wanted to resign after Corona’s walkout on Tuesday, May 22.
But he said he tried to resign a long time ago. Corona did not let him go.
“Nag-resign na ako matagal, ayaw tanggapin e…. Minsan may conflict of opinion. Kung wala na akong katututran e pinakamagaling siguro ay hayaan nyo na ako mag resign,” Cuevas said.
He said he could not remember when he talked to Corona about his resignation. – Rappler.com