CJ returning to Senate Friday, says lawyer

(UPDATED) While they say he's 'stable,' doctors of the Chief Justice advise him against attending the trial, but he signed a waiver

DEFYING DOCTORS. Chief Justice Renato Corona will return to the Senate Friday, defying doctors' orders. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB/Senate Pool

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Chief Justice Renato Corona will attend the impeachment trial Friday, May 25, lead defense counsel Serafin Cuevas told reporters.

Corona will attend the trial in defiance of his doctors’ medical advice, Cuevas said, according to reports by ABS-CBN News.

Cuevas says he told Corona: “Baka akalain ng husgado na hindi kayo nagbibigay respeto (They might think you’re not being respectful of the court).” Cuevas told reporters, “We were able to convince him” to attend “in compliance with the impeachment.”

Earlier, prosecution spokesman Rep Juan Edgardo Angara said on Twitter that Corona is likely return to the witness stand Friday, quoting one of Corona’s counsels. The counsel told Angara that Corona “is feeling better.”

In a medical bulletin issued past 3 p.m. Thursday, May 24, Corona’s doctors at The Medical City said they have ruled out a heart attack, adding he’s in a “stable condition.”

However, they have advised him against appearing at the Senate to avoid stress. If Corona chooses to defy this advice, the doctors said they will have to ask him to sign a waiver.

The Chief Justice will be moved out of the intensive care unit (ICU) Thursday, according to the doctors. He has also signed the waiver.

Corona was brought to the hospital Tuesday night after a 3-hour testimony at the Senate. – Rappler.com

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