SANDIGANBAYAN JUNKS CASES VS CORONA

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THE Sandiganbayan’s Third Division dismissed the perjury and breach of conduct charges filed against the late former Chief Justice Renato Corona in connection with alleged inaccurate declarations in his statements of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALNs) from 2003 to 2010. Last Friday, Corona’s lawyers filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the cases considering his death last April 29 due to cardiac arrest. The court heard the motion on Wednesday afternoon. “This is not the way we – or CJ [Chief Justice] Corona – would have wanted these cases dismissed. Had he not passed on, CJ Corona would have wanted to see his vindication of the accusations against him on our firm belief that he is innocent of the charges against him,” defense lawyer Reody Anthony Balisi said. The prosecution did not object to the defense’s request for case dismissal and ordered the release of the P160,000 bail bond Corona posted in April 2014. Under Article 89 (1) of the Revised Penal Code, the death of an accused before final judgment is rendered in the case extinguishes his supposed criminal and civil liabilities.

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