On top of the P130 million forfeiture case, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has also sued former Chief Justice Renato Corona for eight counts of perjury and eight counts of violation of the Code of Conduct for Public Officials charges before the Sandiganbayan.
Morales, a former associate justice of the Supreme Court, filed the additional 16 cases before the anti-graft court before noon on Tuesday based on the assets which were not listed by Corona in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
The bail for the perjury and violation of Code of Conduct charges, however, was set at only P10,000 per case or P160,000 for the 16 cases.
The 16 cases will be raffled at the Sandiganbayan on Wednesday, along with the P130-million forfeiture case leveled against Corona and his wife, Cristina.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales had sought for the freezing of P130.59 million assets of former Chief Justice Renato Corona and his wife, Cristina, before the Sandiganbayan.
This developed after Morales, in a 27-paged decision, filed a forfeiture case against the Corona couple for allegedly using their position to amass ill-gotten wealth and asked the anti-graft court to issue a writ of preliminary attachment that will freeze their assets, whether in peso or in dollar deposits, in banks and real estate properties in Quezon City and Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.
To support the forfeiture case, Morales delivered attachments and documents measured around three-feet tall to the Sandiganbayan’s court docket as supporting evidence.
Specifically, the evidence gathered by the Office of the Ombudsman showed that Corona’s legitimate earnings amounted to P30.37 million in his tenure as a legal officer in the Office of the President (2001), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (2002 to 2011), a member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (2008 to 2009) and the House Electoral Tribunal (2009 to 2010).
He, however, only posted P13.97 million net worth in his SALN in 2001—an amount that only increased by P8.97 million over the next 10 years since he only recorded P22.94 million net worth in his 2010 SALN.
His wife’s legally acquired income, on the other hand, was pegged at P30.37 million during her term as an official of the John Hay Development Corporation from 2007 to 2010—an amount which was not in his SALN.