Comedy, cliffhangers, high drama in CJ trial

Posted at 05/28/2012 12:32 PM
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MANILA, Philippines - There were moments of high-tension drama, a bit of comedy relief, cliffhangers and unexpected twists.

It took over 40 days but the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona is set to end this week as senator-judges prepare to vote for either an acquittal or a conviction, a fitting finale to what has been a real-life television series dubbed by social media users as “Coronavela.”

For the defense team, they expect the verdict to go their way. Defense spokesman Atty. Rico Quicho said they did everything to prove the innocence of their
client.

But the prosecution sees it differently. Congressman Sonny Angara maintains that the Chief Justice did them a favor.

Both prosecution and defense panels are scheduled to have an hour each this Monday to deliver their closing arguments.

The prosecution is expected to stress that the Chief Justice withdrew at least $3.25 million from December 12, the day he was impeached, to December 22, 2011.

This is contrary to what Corona claimed on Friday that he only had $2.4 million.

“Sabi nya $2.4 million lang. Obviously, someone is lying here and bahala na ang senators to judge which one is lying,” Angara said.

The senato-judges are expected to vote either on Monday or Tuesday in what is sure to be a blockbuster end to a historical impeachment trial.

Mornings@ANC, May 28, 2012