Corona to go on trial



Sandigan to try disgraced Chief Justice for misdeclaring SALN

The Sandiganbayan has found probable cause to try former Chief Justice Renato Corona for the crime of perjury and violation of the code of ethical standards over the alleged misdeclaration of his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) from 2003 to 2010.

Corona was impeached by Congress in 2011 for false declarations of wealth in his SALN.
He is also facing a P130-million forfeiture case before the Sandiganbayan.

A well-placed source told The Manila Times that the anti-graft court has already voted 4-1 for the denial of his motion for judicial determination of probable cause.

The source said Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang penned the ruling, which was concurred in by Associate Justices Jose Hernandez, Alex Quiroz and Ma. Theresa Dolores Gomez-Estoesta.

Only Associate Justice Samuel Martires dissented from the majority ruling, the source added.

The source said the court found the amendments to the charge sought by the prosecution as merely formal.

With the court’s finding of probable cause, the case will proceed to trial.
Corona, who posted bail last year, will be arraigned in October.

The Office of the Ombudsman indicted Corona for allegedly misdeclaring his true net worth by not including pieces of property and several bank accounts as well as undervaluing a number of real-estate assets in his SALN.

The Ombudsman’s investigators said from 2001 to 2011, the Chief Justice and his wife, Cristina, earned P30.4 million, of which P27.1 million was earned by Corona as an official at the Office of the President, a Supreme Court justice, member of the Senate Electoral Tribunal and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal.

His wife, Cristina, meanwhile, earned P3.2 million from 2007 to 2010, based on records submitted to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) by the John Hay Development Corp. (JHDC) where she worked.

Case records also showed that from 2002 to 2010, Corona’s cash deposits increased from P1.34 million to P137.9 million.

By 2010, the cumulative discrepancy between Corona’s SALN declaration and his actual cash deposits amounted to P134.4 million.

The resolution also cited records of the Land Registration Authority (LRA) showing that the Coronas owned several pieces of property in Quezon City, Makati City and Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City, which were undervalued by P17.3 million.


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  1. are you people not happy that the present Admin. is prosecuting corrupt gov’t officials.

    with this kind of Filipino mentality they will never be satisfied and happy… hahahahah lol

    • if this government is really sincere in prosecuting corrupt government officials, starting from the very top, there won’t be any government officials left.

  2. This man is the most persecuted in this administration. Corona naively thought that the impeachment court has nothing on him, not knowing that after shredding his reputation to piecesby the powerful and biased yellow media, had to battle against a corrupt congress &senate and the full force of Malacanang’s armory that is bir, amlc, ombudsman. It was a losing battle from the start.

  3. 30.4 million

    That’s a lot less than the billions of DAP funds that disappeared and are unaccounted for by Sec budget management Abad.

    That’s a lot less than billions that disappeared when the 15 liberal party senators each gave their P200 Pork barrel gifts to Napoles and other fake non government organizations.

    That’s a lot less than the P50 million extra Pork barrel gifts President Aquino gave to the senators that voted to impeach Corona.

    That’s a lot less than the Yolanda funds that were provided to the Philippines by foreign governments that disappeared.

    That’s a lot less than the lives of the SAF 44 after they were abandoned by President Aquino, with Secretaries Roxas, Gazmin, Soliman having a tour and lunch while the SAF 44 were massacred were worth.

  4. armando flores on

    Chief Justice Corona’s impeachment, trial and later conviction by the aquino appointed sandiganbayan justices is aquino’s vengeance against the man who decided in favor of the poor farmers at hacienda luisita against the powerful and greedy family of aquino. This is proof that justice here in the philippines is for SALE. The impeachment of CJ Corona was procured by the MILLIONS of people’s money given by aquino to the senators who convicted CJ Corona at the senate impeachment. IF THESE YELLOW BAND OF THIEVES being led by aquino and to be continued by ROXAS did this to a Chief Justice, they could easily pressure and cow down other justices and judges of the lower courts.

    • It was bared that many of the voting senators in favor of impeaching the former CJ were bribed. This is equivalent to ‘discovery’ of new evidence after the trail in criminal cases. Can this not be considered for purposes of nulliying the ‘guilty’ verdict. This is a bad precedent in the history of the Philippine government. Further prosecution of the former CJ on the basis of other evidences acquired ‘illegally’, but were considered for purposes of political expediency, not necessarily in accordance with the rules on evidence, is not in consonance with justice and fair play. It is not in accordance with ‘tuwid na daa’, but selective justice and vengeance, plain and simple.

      With such a precedent, it is a possiblity that the same ‘lynching’ will be duplicated in the future. The former CJ might have been ‘downed’ because of politics and personal vendetta, but there is still that Someone who will finally judge not only him, but also those who ‘judged’ him. Some my not believe in “Karma”, but I do.

  5. Felimon A. Soria on

    Justice Corona has been impeached and stripped of everything that is important to him. Furthering his agony is akin to beating a dead horse. I think Mr. President you should intervene in the name of human decency.

    • Decency ? from the man who abandoned the SAF 44 while they begged for reinforcements for hours ?

      Decency from the man who has 130,000 people still living in tents 2 years after the Yolanda typhoon despite the foreign governments donating P18 billion in aid. Where did that money go ?

      Decency from the man who blames past president GMA for the condition of the MRT ?

      Decency from the man who has 3 opposition senators charged while protecting the 15 liberal party senators who gave their P200 million pork barrel gifts to Napoles fake companies.

      Decency from the man who cancelled congressional projects and called that saving and then used the DAP to bribe senators to impeach Corona and pay his family double the rate approved by the supreme court for a portion of Hacienda Luisita.

      Decency from that guy ?