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March 20 Senate impeachment court record

March 20 Senate impeachment court record

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TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
1
Republic of the Philippines
Senate
Record of the Senate
Sitting As An Impeachment Court
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Pasay City 
AT 2:16 P.M., THE PRESIDING OFFICER, SENATE PRESIDENT JUAN PONCE ENRILE,CALLED THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL TO ORDER.
The Presiding Officer.
The continuation of the impeachment trial of the Hon. Chief Justice RenatoC. Corona of the Supreme Court is hereby called to order.We shall be led in prayer by Sen. Teofisto L. Guingona III.Senator Guingona.Heavenly Father, once again we come before You to pray that You may bless an importanttask, the performance of our earthly mission of unearthing truth and dispensing justice;Yet, we come before You to dedicate this task and hope that You find delight in what we doin this Chamber;Lord, Your word reminds us all that You detest, despise and hate lying lips;Open our eyes when such lips come before us;Unmask them for us and protect the ears of those who shall hear the words from such deceitfulmouths;Your word reminds us, too, that You delight in persons who are truthful;May You find delight in the process now taking place in this Chamber;May You find delight in the words of those who come here and bare the truth before us;Give us ears and minds that discern truth amid lies;And may our human efforts be rewarded with the discovery of the truth in which You delight;With humble hearts, we pray.Amen.
 
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TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
______________
*Arrived after the roll call**On official mission
The Presiding Officer.
The Secretary will please call the roll of senators.The Secretary,
reading:
Senator Edgardo J. Angara...............................................................PresentSenator Joker P. Arroyo...................................................................PresentSenator Alan Peter “Compañero”
 
S. Cayetano.................................Absent**Senator Pia S. Cayetano...................................................................PresentSenator Miriam Defensor Santiago....................................................PresentSenator Franklin M. Drilon................................................................PresentSenator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada.......................................................PresentSenator Francis G. Escudero.............................................................PresentSenator Teofisto L. Guingona III.......................................................PresentSenator Gregorio B. Honasan............................................................PresentSenator Panfilo M. Lacson................................................................PresentSenator Manuel “Lito” M. Lapid.......................................................PresentSenator Loren Legarda......................................................................Present*Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr...................................Absent**Senator Sergio R. Osmeña III...........................................................Present*Senator Francis N. Pangilinan............................................................PresentSenator Aquilino L. Pimentel III........................................................PresentSenator Ralph G. Recto....................................................................Present*Senator Ramon “BongRevilla Jr......................................................PresentSenator Vicente C. Sotto III.............................................................PresentSenator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV...........................................Present*Senator Manny Villar.........................................................................Present*The President.....................................................................................Present
The Presiding Officer.
With 16 Senator-Judges present, the Presiding Officer declares thepresence of a quorum.The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, may I ask the Sergeant-at-Arms to make the proclamation.
The Presiding Officer.
The Sergeant-at-Arms is directed to make the proclamation.
The Sergeant-at-Arms.
All persons are commanded to keep silent under pain of penalty whilethe Senate is sitting in trial on the Articles of Impeachment against Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.
The Presiding Officer
. The Floor Leader.
Senator Sotto
. Mr. President, I move that we dispense with the reading of the March 19, 2012
 Journal
of the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court and consider the same as approved.
The Presiding Officer.
Is there any objection?
[Silence]
There being none, the March 19, 2012
 Journal
of the Senate sitting as an Impeachment Court is hereby approved.The Secretary will now please call the case.
 
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
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The Secretary.
Case No. 002-2011, in the Matter of Impeachment Trial of Hon. Chief JusticeRenato C. Corona.
The Presiding Officer.
The Floor Leader, appearances.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, may we ask the parties to enter their appearances.
The Presiding Officer.
For the Prosecution.
Representative Tupas.
Good afternoon, Mr. President.For the Prosecution panel of the House of Representatives, same appearances. We are ready,Your Honor.
The Presiding Officer
. Noted.For the Defense.
Mr. Bodegon.
Good afternoon, Mr. President, and the Members of this Impeachment Court,same appearances for the Defense, Your Honor.
The Presiding Officer.
Noted. The Majority Leader.
Senator Sotto.
Mr. President, before the continuation of the cross-examination of the Defensewitness, Mr. Benz Lim, may we recognize Sen. Teofisto L. Guingona III.
The Presiding Officer
. The gentleman from Bukidnon.
Senator Guingona.
Thank you, Mr. President.Just clarificatory questions. This is addressed to the Defense.
 Ano po, naguguluhan lamangkami,
so, I would like to just be clarified. In 2010, the Coronas sold two properties: one, AyalaHeights, which was sold for P8 million; and another, La Vista, which was sold for P18 million, correct?
Mr. Bodegon.
That is correct, Your Honor.
Senator Guingona.
Thank you. And in his 2010 SALN,
nakalagay apat na
condo. So,
iyong
condo 4 and 5,
may
note
nakalagay sa
SALN: “We sold two parcels of land in Quezon City to payfor the loans for the condo units.” To pay for the condo units 4 and 5. Am I correct?
Mr. Bodegon.
That is what appears in the SALN for 2010, Your Honor.
Senator Guingona.
Okay. And these condo 4 and condo 5 are Bonifacio Ridge, condo 4; andBellagio, condo 5, am I correct?
Mr. Bodegon.
Correct, Your Honor.
Senator Guingona.
Okay. My question
lamang
is: If the Quezon City properties were sold in2010 to pay for the condos, the condo 4 and condo 5, condo 4
 po
was paid—fully paid in 2004, andcondo 5 was paid in 2009, so, actually, when you sell something, you get the money and you seek topay for the condo. But in this case,
nauna po iyong
purchase
ng
condo before selling the QuezonCity lots. Could you please enlighten me on this?
Mr. Bodegon.
If Your Honor please, that should actually be the subject of testimony.However, if you....

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