Friday, 25 May 2012 11:14
Senator-judge Franklin Drilon declared on Wednesday that he will not sign any waiver, saying he reported all his assets in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).
”There is no requirement that we open our bank deposits because if that is the case, then it will be disastrous to the banking system,” Drilon said during Wednesday’s impeachment trial.
”But having said that, I’m on record, I will not sign any waiver,” he said.
Drilon made his reaction after Chief Justice Renato Corona signed a blank waiver authorizing government entities, including the Senate, sitting as impeachment court, to open his dollar and peso bank deposits.
Corona said he would formally submit the waiver on condition that the 188 congressmen, who signed the impeachment complaints and Drilon would sign a similar waiver.
Lead prosecutor told the court that none of the 188 congressman will take heed to Corona's challenge, which the prosecution described as divisionary tactic and propaganda.
”It’s a non-issue. We will not sign. None of 188 congressmen signed waiver that Corona distributed,” Tupas said.
”I see Corona’s waiver as a divisionary tactic only to confuse the real issue. It’s more on propaganda,” defense spokesman Rep. Erin Tanada, for his part said.
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