'Lawyers using questionable docs face disbarment'

Posted at 02/06/12 4:03 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Prosecution lawyers may face repercussions if they insist on using bank records obtained through “criminal act", defense lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona said Monday.

Defense lawyer Judd Roy said the prosecution, it seems, is insistent on using “illegally” obtained bank records allegedly under the name of Chief Justice Renato Corona. “The Defense cannot be party to such total disregard of the laws of the land and as lawyers they should bear the consequences.”

The prosecution has requested the impeachment court to subpoena an alleged dollar bank account in the name of Corona, as provided by an “anonymous source.”

In a supplemental request for subpoena filed on Friday, the prosecution said “an anonymous source provided the prosecution with photocopies of what appears to be PSBank documents.”

Roy noted if proven later that “bank records were obtained through a criminal act, lawyers involved can be disbarred and their license revoked.”

Defense spokesperson Tranquil Salvador asked, “how do they want the Court to appreciate it?”

“Its illegally sourced and anonymous at that and that should constitute evidence?” he added.

They said the prosecution should already refrain from insulting the impeachment court by using such fraudulent evidence.

They added such action is a direct violation of R.A. No. 6426 or the Foreign Currency Deposit Act of the Philippines.

Section 8 reads: “All foreign currency deposits authorized under this Act, as amended by PD No. 1035, as well as foreign currency deposits authorized under PD No. 1034, are hereby declared as and considered of an absolutely confidential nature and, except upon the written permission of the depositor, in no instance shall foreign currency deposits be examined, inquired or looked into…”