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Trial proceeds, Senate rejects defense plea

Rappler.com
Impeachment court adjourns, will resume trial Tuesday

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate impeachment court on Monday rejected a motion by the defense team of Chief Justice Renato Corona that they hold a preliminary hearing first before going to the actual trial.

In a decision announced after the senators convened at 2 pm on Monday, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said that the trial should proceed.

Earlier, defense lawyers of Corona told reporters they are considering raising this issue before the Supreme Court.

Enrile however said there’s no reason to further delay the trial.

The Senate will convene again tomorrow, Tuesday, January 17, to proceed with the trial. – Rappler.com