Corona WIDOW seeks forfeiture case dismissal

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Cristina Corona have asked the Supreme Court’s (SC) Second Division to resolve their petition order the Sandiganbayan’s Second Division to dismiss the P130-million civil forfeiture case filed against her and her late husband, former Chief Justice Renato Corona. The couple has a pending petition for certiorari (review) at the SC on the Office of the Ombudsman’s rulings in 2014 that found and upheld that there were sufficient grounds to file a case against them in order to forfeit their alleged ill-gotten wealth. “Her co-petitioner in this case, former Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, passed away on 29 April 2016. Unfortunately, notwithstanding the untimely death of former Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, which will result in the dismissal of Criminal Case Nos. SB-14-CRM-0196 to SB-14-CRM-0211 against him before the Sandiganbayan, the instant Petition cannot be rendered moot and academic because the Petition for Forfeiture, docketed as Civil Case No. SB-14-CVL-0001, pending before the Sandiganbayan, Second Division, still survives,” Mrs. Corona’s camp said in a manifestation. Criminal Case Nos. 0196 to 0211 pertains to the perjury and breach of conduct charges filed in 2014 against the late magistrate in connection with allegedly inaccurate declarations in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) in 2003 to 2010.

REINA TOLENTINO

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