Prosecution uses 'anonymous' source on alleged CJ dollar account

Posted at 02/06/2012 11:57 AM | Updated as of 02/06/2012 3:48 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The prosecution has requested the impeachment court to subpoena an alleged dollar bank account in the name of Chief Justice Renato 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.”
 
The prosecution claimed the account had an initial deposit of “$700K”, which it interpreted to be $700,000 (about P38 million in October 2008). The prosecution alleged this was not declared in Corona’s statement of assets, liabilities and net worth.
 
“While it cannot vouch for the authenticity of the said documents, the prosecution believes that it is its duty to submit the documents to this Honorable Impeachment Court, as they may have a bearing on the Court’s resolution of the pending request for subpoena,” it said.
 
It noted even the media has information on this particular bank document.
 
On Thursday, however, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile gave the prosecution a mouthful on its move to ask for numerous subpoenas. He said the requests are not specific enough.
 
In response, the prosecution said: “The documents submitter herewith indicate specific accounts which appear to be in the name of respondent.”
 
Defense lawyer Ramon Esguerra told radio dzMM this morning: "Sa tingin namin, dapat nilang masabi at mapatotohanan sa Senado kung saan galing yan. Kung galing yan sa bangko, may liability ang bangko. Kung galing kahit kanino, may liability yan dahil wala pa naman subpoena."