Monday, 16 January 2012

Impeachment court junks motion to summon Corona, family

MANILA, Philippines—The Senate acting as an impeachment court has turned down the prosecution team’s motion to require Chief Justice Renato Corona and members of his family to appear before the impeachment trial.
“This court resolves to deny the request,” said Senate Secretary Emma Lirio Reyes, who sits as clerk of court, reading from the prepared ruling of the Senate on Tuesday.
Requiring Corona to testify, the impeachment court said, would be a violation of his right against self-incrimination.
Even the impeachment rules, the ruling said, do not require the respondent to appear before the Senate.
The court also denied a request to subpoena Corona’s wife, Cristina, “by reason of marriage” as provided for in the rules of court.
The court also cited a prohibition for children to testify against their parents in denying the prosecutors’ request to subpoena Corona’s children—Carla and Francis.

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