The Impeachment: Should Chief Justice Renato Corona Testify in his Defense?
Today, 22 March 2012, the defense presented its last witness (former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza) before the Senate, acting as an impeachment court, takes a break. Even before the trial resumes in May, there’s a discussion on whether Chief Justice Corona should take the witness stand.
Many are saying CJ Corona should testify to personally shed light on the transactions. The expected logic is this: he must testify if he has nothing to hide. Even the Impeachment Court presiding officer, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, stated that Corona should testify.
[The poll is found below. Feel free to discuss and argue in the comment section below.]
On the other hand, whether to take the witness stand is within the sole discretion of the defense panel. Nobody, not the prosecution or the Senate, can compel the Chief Justice to testify. Some say there would be no need for CJ Corona to testify if other witnesses and the documents already establish his defense. Others point out that he will be a sitting duck, dead man walking, if he appears in the Senate — primarily because, as alleged by the defense, some senators appear to be an extension of the prosecution.
If you're the defense lawyer of CJ Corona, would you call him to testify?
- Yes, he has to testify (54%, 28 Votes)
- No, absolutely not (46%, 24 Votes)
Total Voters: 52
As of 31 March 2012, the poll is dead even at 50% for each side. You could still answer the poll above or express your comment below.