MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Wednesday did not pose any question to former Akbayan Representative Rissa Hontiveros-Baraquel during the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Instead, Santiago praised Baraquel for being “one of the staunchest allies of Sen. Pia Cayetano and myself in our epic struggle to pass the Reproductive Health Bill.”
She also noted Baraquel very nearly became senator in the 2010 elections and “there is still a very strong possibility that she may soon join the Senate in the very near future.”
In her testimony, the former congresswoman said she never accused Corona of owning $10 million in dollar deposits.
She also said no one ordered her group to file a complaint against the Chief Justice before the Ombudsman.
ANC Chief Justice on Trial, May 16, 2012