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Prosecutors want TV cameramen to testify in Corona’s impeachment trial

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The House of Representatives prosecution panel has sought for the issuance of a subpoena requiring crew members of ABS-CBN, one of the giant television companies in the country, to personally appear before the ongoing impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona on February 21.
Danny Piedad, Jay Salonga, Ruben Bautista and Edmond Losalla have been requested to identify and authenticate the video footage showing the alleged attempt of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to leave the country on February 15 last year.

Arroyo was stopped from flying to Singapore after she was escorted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace.

The prosecution also wants the TV crewmen to identify and authenticate the video recording with regards to the statements made by the Supreme Court media office on the SC temporary restraining order (TRO) against a travel ban on Mrs. Arroyo.
In a separate request for subpoena, the prosecution also asked Salonga and Bautista to testify regarding their personal knowledge of the public pronouncements of SC Administrator Jose Midas Marquez on November 16 last year in the TV show “Headstart” at the cable ANC Channel.
The TV crew will also be asked to testify on the statements of the lawyers of Mrs. Arroyo and former First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo on the flight bookings and payment of bond as part of conditions set in the TRO.

Under Article Seven of the impeachment complaint, Corona had been accused of partiality in granting a TRO in favor of the Arroyos in order to give them an opportunity to escape prosecution.

Mrs. Arroyo has been accused of election fraud and corruption.

In another request for subpoena, the House prosecutors also want SC clerk of court Atty. Enriquetta Vidal to testify regarding her personal knowledge on the application for leave by Corona; on extension of working hours of the SC on November 15 to allow Mrs. Arroyo to escape; and on speedy processing of Arroyos’ petitions for TRO.

The prosecution panel also requested the impeachment court to subpoena Marianito Dimaandal, chief of the Records Custodian of the Office of the President, to testify on Corona’s official appointment as presidential chief of staff; as spokesman; as executive secretary; as justice of SC and even as chief justice.

Enrique Javier, vice president of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Sales Office, has also been requested to testify and bring documents regarding Corona’s round trip ticket to the United States on November 4 last year.

Vidal and Dimaandal had already testified before the impeachment court under Article 2 where Corona had been accused of failure to disclose his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) and failure to declare all his wealth.

by: Jelly F. Musico - PNA




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