Abalos gets mad over witness' glasses

Posted at 06/22/12 4:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Yogie Martirizar, the former chairman of the North Cotabato board of canvassers, continued her testimony on Friday during the bail hearing of former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairperson Benjamin Abalos.

The hearing was marked with clashes over the marking of evidence and an unusual argument over the eyewear of Martirizar.

Wearing a pair of slightly tinted eyeglasses as she took the witness stand, Martirizar was admonished by Abalos for allegedly hiding her eyes and disrespecting the court.

"You can see if a person is evasive or lying by looking at their eyes. Dapat pag tumetestigo tinatanggal ang salamin kung hindi naman talaga kailangan," complained Abalos.

Maritirizar was defended by her lawyer Atty Nena Santos, who invited the members of the media to verify that the glasses were graded.

"Kailangan niya magsuot ng salamin eh. Masyadong personal yung gusto niya," she said.

Judge Jesus Mupas eventually asked Martirizar to remove her glasses, which the latter followed, saying that she only needed them to look at certain documents.

The bail hearing will continue next week with the cross examination of Martirizar.