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MANILA, Philippines – The Senate impeachment court on Tuesday, January 17, rejected a motion by the prosecution for the court to summon impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona and his family to testify at the trial.
At the resumption of the trial, the Senate, sitting as an impeachment court, reminded the prosecution that Corona enjoys the right against self-incrimination.
Asking him to testify in his own trial would violate his rights, the impeachment court said. It would be like allowing him to testify in favor of the prosecution, it added.
The prosecution earlier asked the Senate to issue a subpoena to Corona, his wife Cristina and other members of his family in connection with allegations that the Chief Justice acquired ill-gotten properties.
Existing jurisprudence states that spouses may not testify against each other, the impeachment court explained.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano questioned the Senate’s decision on the matter, prompting a long break. After the break, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile put the issue to a vote.
A total of 14 senators voted in favor of the initial ruling, while 6 voted against it. – Rappler.com