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Palace: Evidence, not persecution, basis of forfeiture case vs former CJ Corona

Posted On 2014 Feb 03
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Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona (2nd R) with his family waves to his supporters during an interfaith prayer inside a Supreme Court in Manila May 22, 2012. Corona will testify in his Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday after he was accused of failing to disclose several bank accounts containing millions of pesos, and real estate properties in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN). Also seen are (L-R) Corona's son Francis, Cristina (his wife), Renato and his daughter Carla.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: RELIGION BUSINESS CRIME LAW)

Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona (2nd R) with his family waves to his supporters during an interfaith prayer inside a Supreme Court in Manila May 22, 2012. Corona will testify in his Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday after he was accused of failing to disclose several bank accounts containing millions of pesos, and real estate properties in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN). Also seen are (L-R) Corona’s son Francis, Cristina (his wife), Renato and his daughter Carla. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Evidence and not persecution is the basis of criminal and civil charges to be filed by the Ombudsman against former Chief Justice Renato Corona and his wife Cristina, Malacañang said Thursday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Palace believes the Office of the Ombudsman is acting as an independent constitutional body in pursuing the charges against Corona.

“We trust this action was taken by the Ombudsman on the basis of objective gathering of information, and the case was filed based on concrete evidence. It’s the independence of the office and the integrity of the Ombudsman herself that is on the line here,” he said at a media briefing.

He added the Palace joins the Filipino people in trusting the process will have a beneficial outcome.

Besides, he said the charges constitute a “logical continuation” of Corona’s impeachment trial where he was convicted and stripped of his post.

Kaya siguro dapat natin ikagalak at ikatuwa na nagkaroon ng progreso sa proseso ng paghanap ng katotohanan at katarungan (We should welcome the progress of this process of searching for truth and justice),” he added. (MNS)

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