Drilon: Corona's challenge all for show
MANILA, Philippines - Calling Chief Justice Renato Corona's challenge as "all for show," Sen. Franklin Drilon on Thursday reiterated that he will not sign a waiver to disclose information about his wealth.
"We have our SALNs (statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth). We signed a waiver in our SALN. The Ombudsman can make use of that anytime she wants," he said.
Drilon added that he is not the one on trial.
He believes Corona singled him out when he made the challenge because he was able to compel the Supreme Court's clerk of court early in the impeachment trial to submit the Chief Justice's SALNs to the impeachment court.
The senator-judge also said the impeachment court will stand by whatever its verdict will be and will not yield to the Supreme Court should it rule that the Senate abused its power in the proceedings.
Corona's defense team still has a pending petition before the Supreme Court questioning the impeachment proceedings' validity.
Chief defense lawyer Serafin Cuevas told the impeachment court on Wednesday that even if Corona testified in his trial, it doesn't mean they have withdrawn the petition.
"It is our position that the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the Impeachment Court, much less a decision over the merits. I believe strongly that the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the impeachment court," Drilon said.