Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Based on the 27 official receipts offered as new evidence by the prosecution on Monday, all were under the name of Corona and his wife.

"In all 27 receipts, nowhere did Charina's name appear,” confirms Megaworld Finance Director Giovanni Ng, the seventh witness of about 100 more to be presented to court. The deed of sale for the McKinley property, however, was under Corona's daughter Charina.

Private prosecutor Joseph Perez then informed the court that the McKinley property was not disclosed in Corona's statement of assets, liabilities and net worth, which is among the evidence needed under Article II of the impeachment complaint.

Lead defense counsel and retired Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas was quick to object to Perez' insinuation, forcing Senate president and presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile to rule to strike out the prosecution's supposed "manifestation," agreeing the prosecution was making a conclusion.

If the prosecution witness' testimony will be believed, Chief Justice Renato Corona and his wife paid for a P6-million property in McKinley Hills in Taguig City owned by their daughter.

Cuevas stressed to the court that Corona served as his daughter’s "attorney-in-fact" during the transaction since Charina was abroad during that time.

Cuevas then asked the Megaworld executive if it was possible that receipts could show another name and not necessarily the owner stated in the deed of sale.


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