MANILA, Philippines - Lead defense counsel Serafin Cuevas on Monday said the defense team cannot be "bulldozed" to present Chief Justice Renato Corona to testify in his impeachment trial.
Cuevas said due process should still be observed notwithstanding the character of the impeachment proceedings.
He questioned the need to present Corona noting, that the chief magistrate is accused of having amassed properties that he did not declare in his SALN.
"Is that impeachable? That he has bank accounts that were not reflected. But we have witnesses to testify that there is no such violation and even if there is, it may not be considered as violation because they are not impeachable in character," he said.
ANC Chief Justice on Trial, May 7, 2012