Oral arguments could sway senators: dean

Posted at 05/28/12 12:12 PM
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MANILA, Philippines - Dean Amado Valdez of the University of the East College of Law said there is still a chance that the oral arguments could sway some of the senator-judges to vote for conviction or acquittal of Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Valdez said the oral arguments could drive home points that might not be clear to some of the senators.

He noted, however, that Corona's testimony could raise doubts among some of the senators that he was really hiding ill-gotten wealth.

"Where did the P80 million come from? Where did $2.4 million come from? Strictly speaking, Corona's testimony was self-serving. There was no corroboratve statement. He didn't show slips that he was collecting dollars," he said.

He also noted that even if Corona invested $10,000 at 5% interest per annum, it would only grow to $45,000 after 30 years.

ABS-CBN Umagang Kay Ganda, May 28, 2012