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MANILA, Philippines – The legal team of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona is weighing the pros and cons of seeking the High Court’s intervention if the Senate dismisses their motion to hold a preliminary hearing first before the trial proper against Corona starts.
Lead defense counsel Serafin Cuevas broached the option of filing a motion for a temporary restraining order at the SC if the Senate junks their motion to hold a preliminary hearing. The defense argued that the complaint was not verified and questioned how 188 congresspersons understood the contents of the impeachment complaint in a single day, on Dec.12, 2011.
“Justice Cuevas suggested that, but we would consult the chief justice first,” lawyer Ramon Esguerra said in a press conference held after Corona delivered a speech against his critics on Monday, January16.
Esguerra added that they do not want their detractors to think that they are aiming to delay the impeachment trial by going to the SC.
Another Corona lawyer, Tranquil Salvador III, said that if they do file a petition, the trial would be stopped temporarily until the high court rules on the matter.
“It will delayed a few days…that’s automatic,” he said.
Five petitions for TRO are currently pending before the SC. The high tribunal is expected to rule on them when they hold their first en banc session of the year on Tuesday, January 17. – Rappler.com