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MANILA, Philippines – The daughters of Chief Justice Renato Corona bought properties in 2008 and 2010 in Metro Manila, but their declared income at the time did not indicate they were capable of buying such.
Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares made this conclusion on Thursday, January 26, at the resumption of Corona’s impeachment trial.
In 2008, Charina Corona bought a lot in McKinley Hill in Taguig for P6.1-M, but according to BIR records presented on Thursday to the impeachment court, she registered as a one-time taxpayer only for that year and for the purpose of the McKinley purchase. It is said that Charina works in California; she made her father her attorney-in-fact when she bought the property.
In 2010, another Corona daughter, Carla Corona-Castillo, purchased from her parents a 1,200-sq-m lot in the posh La Vista subdivision in Quezon City.
Carla Castillo had a gross monthly income at the time of P8,476, according to Henares. “The daughter has very minimal income and is therefore not capable of buying properties,” she told the court.
The tax records of the daughters were presented to the court despite objections from the defense.
When Carla Castillo’s purchase of the lot was first raised last week, the Corona camp argued that she’s married to a doctor who has the means to buy the property.
Her husband, Constantino Castillo III, is a urologist who practices at 2 of the country’s top private hospitals, Medical City and Asian Hospital. He is also listed in the Philippine College of Surgeons Web site.
The Castillos are in their 40s. Constantino graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1996 and finished his residency training in 2002, meaning he has had 8 years of practice when he and Carla bought the La Vista lot. (A year before they bought the La Vista property, Constantino and Carla bought an 819 sq-m commercial land with building in Quezon City for P15 million.)
Some senator-judges warned all parties against disclosing these tax declarations to the public, saying these are not public documents. (Read our chronology of what transpired on day 7 here. – Rappler.com