'Coronas gave P16M Taguig lot to daughter'

Posted at 01/13/2012 10:22 PM | Updated as of 01/14/2012 5:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona and his wife transferred the ownership of a P16-million lot in Taguig City to their daughter, documents show.

The lot is located on Mckinley Hill in Fort Bonifacio.

Security guards at the subdivision refuse to confirm if indeed the land belongs to Corona.

However, ABS-CBN News obtained a title from the Taguig Registry of Deeds.

It shows that the land title was transferred in October 2008 to the Chief Justice's daughter, Ma. Charina Corona.

Records of the Land Registration Authority also identified the Corona couple as the property's original owners.

A property consultant from Megaworld, which developed the subdivision, said the lot is now worth some P16 million, almost double its price in 2008.

Other titles show the Coronas own 2 more condominium units in Bonifacio Global City, a 300-meter penthouse in Bellagio that he bought in January last year, and a 113-square-meter unit at Bonifacio Ridge that was purchased in November 2005.

House prosecutors claim Corona amassed 40 properties in the last 9 years, with 12 of them in Taguig.

However, documents show that 6 of the 12 titles have already been cancelled, while 3 more are for parking spaces near a condominium.

"Kapag una mong nakita yung listahan maiisip mo, wow, ang dami naman. Pero yung iba nga kanselado na, so tingin namin malicious ito. Meron namang process para malaman yan eh, bakit di nalang sundin?" said Corona's spokesman, Atty. Ramon Esguerra.

The House prosecution panel, however, has denied any malice in its release of the alleged undeclared properties of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

They want to dig deeper and find out how Corona acquired his properties.

They are also asking the chief justice to just come clean.

"What we want to know ay kung naka-declare ba sa statements of assets and liabilities niya iyan, at kung yung property ay kaya bang mabili ng isang tao na may salary ng isang justice," said Rep. Erin Tañada, spokesman of the House prosecution panel.

Defense lawyers said there are no anomalies in Corona's statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth, which the chief justice will make public at the appropriate time. - from a report by Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News; ANC