IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: Tuesday, February 27, 2012

At 2:12 p.m., the hearing was called to order with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile presiding.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The continuation of the impeachment trial of the Honorable Chief Justice Renato C. Corona of the Supreme Court is hereby called to order.  We shall be led in prayer by Senator Alan Peter S. Cayetano, the Minority Floor Leader.

(Prayer by Senator Cayetano, A.)

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The Secretary will now call the roll of Senators.

THE CLERK OF COURT.  The Honorable Senator-Judges:  Angara, Arroyo, Cayetano Allan Peter “Companero”, Cayetano, Pia; Defensor, Santiago; Drilon; Ejercito-Estrada, Escudero; Guingona; Honasan; Lacson; Lapid; Legarda; Marcos; Osmeña; Pangilinan; Pimentel; Recto; Revilla; Sotto; Trillanes; Villar; the Senate President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  With 15 Senator-Judges present, the Presiding Officer declares the presence of a quorum.

Majority Floor Leader.

SEN. 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.

SGT-AT-ARMS.  All persons are commanded to keep silent under pain of penalty while the Senate is sitting in trial on the Articles of Impeachment against Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Majority Floor Leader.

SEN. SOTTO.   Mr. President.  I move  that we dispense with the reading of the February 27, 2012 Journal of the Senate, sitting as an Impeachment Court and consider the same as approved.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Is there any objection?  (Silence)  The Chair hears none; the February 27, 2012 Journal of the Senate sitting as an impeachment court is hereby approved.  (Gavel)

The Secretary will please call the case.

THE SECRETARY GENERAL.  Case No. 002-2011 in the matter of impeachment trial of honourable Chief Justice Renato C. Corona.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Appearances, Majority Floor Leader.

SEN. SOTTO.  Mr. President, may we ask the parties and/or their respective counsel to enter their appearances.

REP. FARIÑAS.  Good afternoon, Your Honor, Mr. President.

For the House Prosecution panel, same appearances,  Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Noted. For the defense.

ATTY. BODEGON.   Good afternoon, Mr. President, and the members of the impeachment court,  same appearance for the defense.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Noted.

Majority Floor Leader.

SEN. SOTTO.  Yes, for our Business for the Day, we are in the continuation of the cross-examination by the defense on Mr. Edmond Llosala, cameraman of ABS-CBN.

ATTY. BODEGON.   If, Your Honor, please, may I address the court.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The Gentleman from the defense.

ATTY. BODEGON.  Yes, Your Honor.

As you would see, Your Honor, hardly is the table for the defense filled.  Most of our lawyers are stuck in traffic, and I understand that our chief defense counsel is on his way.  And so, if it is permissible may we request for a second call, if not, Your Honor, may we move for fifteen minutes…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   How long do you think will take him to reach the court?

ATTY. BODEGON.  Maybe an hour, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Within an hour.  What is the pleasure of the prosecution?

REP. COLMENARES.  We have no objection as to the request for a second call, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  We will orchestrate for one hour, not more than one hour.

ATTY. BODEGON.  Thank you, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   And we will resume once the chief defense counsel is in the court room.

SUSPENSION OF TRIAL

SEN. SOTTO.  Mr. President, before you bang the gavel, may I ask for a one- minute suspension.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Session is suspended for one minute.

It was 2:17 p.m.

At 2:23 p.m., the trial was resumed.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Trial is resumed.

SEN. SOTTO.  Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Majority Floor Leader.

SEN. SOTTO.  Yes.  We have conferred with both the prosecution and the defense and with the concurrence of both, we may suspend the cross-examination on the current witness that we have, the present witness we have who is the cameraman of ABS-CBN, Mr. Edmond Llosala, and so that the prosecution may be able to continue with presenting another witness.  If they both concur with this proposal, we may continue without having to wait for an hour or so or maybe one day depending on how long it will take the lead counsel of the defense to arrive.  We may recall the other witness later on.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What is the pleasure of the prosecution?

REP. COLMENARES.  We are amenable to that proposal, Your Honor please.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  In other words, the cross-examination of the cameraman of ABS-CBN be suspended pending the arrival of the chief defense counsel.

In the meantime, the prosecution will continue to present their witnesses and when the chief defense counsel will arrive, we will recall the witness to the stand, Edmond Llosala, for cross-examination.

ATTY. COLMENARES.  We agree, Your Honor.

SEN. SOTTO.  May we hear from the defense, Mr. President.

ATTY. BODEGON.  We have no objection, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay.  The cross-examination of the witness on the witness stand is suspended until the arrival of the chief defense counsel.

In the meantime, the prosecution may proceed to present their next witness.  (Gavel)

ATTY. COLMENARES.  Your Honor, our next witness will be presented by Atty. Claro Mamaril, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Bring him to the courtroom and swear him or her to testify.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Mr. President, Members of this honourable Impeachment Court, good afternoon.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Good afternoon.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Our next witness for the prosecution, Your Honor, is Miss Elenita Gatbonton.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Well, bring her to the courtroom, swear her and the prosecution may proceed to present her.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Mr. President, they’re fetching her from the holding room, I think.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.  We will wait for her.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Thank you, Your Honor.

THE SECRETARY.  Madam Witness, please stand up and raise your right hand to swear.

Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth in this impeachment proceedings?

MS. GATBONTON.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE SECRETARY.  You help you God.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  The prosecution may proceed.  (Gavel)

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Good afternoon, Miss Elenita Gatbonton.

MS. GATBONTON.  Good afternoon.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Will you please state your name again for the records and your other personal circumstances.

MS. GATBONTON.  I’m Elenita G. Gatbonton.  I’m the Presidential Staff Officer VI of the Malacañang Records Office.

ATTY. BODEGON.  May I make a manifestation, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

ATTY. BODEGON.  We have examined the list of witnesses submitted by the prosecution.  This witness is not among them.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Prosecution.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  We will explain that in due time, Your Honor.  I’m mean, right away.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Explain so that—to avoid surprises.

ATTY. MAMARIL  Well, I was going to ask the witness, Your Honor, why she is here this afternoon and—Can I ask her now so that she will be able to explain?

ATTY. BODEGON.  If Your Honor, please, this witness in not appearing on the strength of the subpoena issued by this court.  And she is not also listed in the list of witnesses.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Let us be liberal.  The witness—As far as I’m concerned, I will let this witness to testify.  Anyway, the defense are very able lawyers who can track her story so if she has any—there’s any reason to do it by cross-examination.  Proceed.  (Gavel)

ATTY. BODEGON.  We submit, Your Honor.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  In fact, if we may say so, Your Honor, I think we have made a reservation regarding compliance.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.  The prosecution has control in the manner of presenting its case, and in fact, you should not be using too much the subpoena powers of this court.  You can bring your witnesses voluntarily, and if they are willing to appear.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Thank you very much, Your Honor.

Ms. Gatbonton, …

MS. GATBONTON.  Yes, Sir.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  … why are you in the Impeachment Court this afternoon?

MS. GATBONTON.  I am here to represent Director Marianito M. Dimaandal, the Director of Malacañang Records Office, who is currently in Cebu City for a lecture.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  He was the one originally …

MS. GATBONTON.  Yes.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  … subpoenaed by the court, isn’t it?

MS. GATBONTON.  In compliance with the subpoena.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  For brevity, Your Honor, we will—if, Your Honor, please, we would like to identify all the …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Your Honor, yes, the purpose why we are presenting this witness, Your Honor, is to authenticate the service records of the Chief Justice while he was a member of the staff of the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  So, this witness is being presented, simply to authenticate documents.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

ATTY. BODEGON.  If, Your Honor, please, may I make a manifestation.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

ATTY. BODEGON.  If the witness is going to authenticate service records of the respondent while he was not yet a Chief Justice or even a Justice of the Supreme Court, then these documents are immaterial, impertinent and irrelevant to this proceeding.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What is the materiality and relevancy of these records with respect to the impeachment of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, counsel?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  These records are being introduced, Your Honor, to prove …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  … that …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  That he committed venalities before he became a Chief Justice—became a Justice of the Supreme Court.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  One of the complaints under Article VII, Your Honor, is that the respondent has betrayed the public trust through his partiality in granting a temporary restraining order.  Just the partiality, we would like to …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  In other words, you want to show the closeness of the Chief Justice with the occupant of Malacañang at that time.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Yes, Your Honor, because he would not be in the position that he is now if he was not …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You may proceed.

ATTY.  MAMARIL.  … appointed by the former President, Your Honor.

We have actually, five documents, Your Honor, and for brevity, I would like to ask if it is possible for us to just identify all the documents …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.  Already proceed.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  … which have already been post-marked—the documents that we are going to present, Your Honor, are nonuple exhibit W …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  They’re all pre-marked.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  They’re all pre-marked, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  So, all right, then proceed to—identify them in the sequences that they were marked by you.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  That is what I was about to do, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right, proceed.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Exhibit nonuple W, exhibit nonuple X …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What is that?  What is that document?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  The Exhibit nonuple W is the complete service records of the Chief Justice, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Present it to the witness.  Show it to her.  Find out if she knows anything about it, and if she vouch that that is a part of the record of Malacañang.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Ms. Gatbonton, I am showing you a document marked as nonuple X, from the Office of the President of the Philipppines.  Are you familiar with this document?

MS. GATBONTON.  Yes, Sir.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  And what is this document about?

MS. GATBONTON.  This is a certified true copy of the service of the service record of Chief Justice Corona when he was connected in OP.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  It was the service record of one Renato C. Corona who worked in Malacañang, is that it?

MS. GATBONTON.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Next is Exhibit nonuple X dated January 22, 2001 which is the appointment of one Renato C. Corona as presidential adviser, Your Honor, can I show it to the witness?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Go ahead.  He was appointed as what?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  As presidential adviser with the rank of Secretary, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Adviser on what?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Presidential Adviser with the rank of Secretary, that is what is written here.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  Mark it.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Ms. Gatbonton, have you seen this document before?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  When was that appointment made?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  It was made January 22nd 2001, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  When was Justice Corona appointed to the Supreme Court?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  There are other documents there.  I am coming to them, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Have you seen this document before, Ms. Gatbonton?

MS. GATBONTON.  Yes, sir.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  And what is this document about?

MS. GATBONTON.  The certified copy of the appointment paper of Honorable Renato C. Corona as presidential adviser.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Thank you.  The next exhibit, Your Honor, is Exhibit nonuple Y dated April 9, 2002.  It is the appointment of one Renato C. Corona as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Your Honor.  Approaching the witness …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  That is also a record of Malacañang?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Yes, Your Honor.  It is from Malacañang.  Mr. Gatbonton, I am showing you a document.  Are you familiar with this document?

MS. GATBONTON.  Yes, sir.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  And what is this document about?

MS. GATBONTON.  A certified copy of the appointment paper of Honorable Renato C. Corona as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What is the date of that appointment?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  The date is April 9, 2002.

THE PRESIDING OFFICEER.  All right.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Last two documents, Your Honor, is Exhibit nonuple Z, it is a transmittal letter of the appointment to the Judiciary of Renato C. Corona as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What date?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Dated May 17, 2010, Your Honor.  And since they are supposed to be joint, Your Honor, the second page is with mark as Exhibit nonuple Z-1, which is dated May 17, 2010, and it is the actual appointment as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines of Renato C. Corona.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  So, present it to the witness and ask her the proper question.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  And the last exhibit, Z-1, was signed by Gloria M. Arroyo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  This Court can take judicial notice of that fact.

ATTY. MAMARIL.    Ms. Gatbonton, I am showing you a document dated May 17, 2010 denominated as “Appointment to the Judiciary,” are you familiar with this document?

MS. GATBONTON.  Yes, sir.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  And what is that document?

MS. GATBONTON.  It is a certified copy of the transmittal letter of the appointment paper of Honorable Renato C. Corona as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

ATTY. MAMARIL. And this document pre-marked as Exh. ZZZZZZZZZ-1 dated May 17, 2010, are you familiar with this document?

MS. GATBONTON.  Yes, sir.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  What is that document about, Ms. Gatbonton?

MS. GATBONTON.  It is the certified copy of the appointment paper of Honorable Renato C. Corona as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Thank you, Ms. Gatbonton.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    What is that document?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  The last document, Your Honor, is Exh. ZZZZZZZZZ-1, which is the  actual appointment.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    The actual appointment.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  The actual appointment signed by the former President.

Ms. Gatbonton, I have presented to you several pre-marked documents, Exh. WWWWWWWWW to ZZZZZZZZZ-1, do you have the originals of the documents that I have just asked you to identify?

MS. GATBONTON.  I have the official copy of official file of the Malacañang record.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  I don’t think the defense object to those documents.  It is a matter of record that is why the Chief Justice Renato C. Corona is before this Court because he is the incumbent Chief Justice, so they are self-explaining documents.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Thank you, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Do you any objection about the appointment of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?

ATTY. BOGEDON. No objection, Your Honor.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  And, of course, accepting that these are copies of documents of which you were also furnished.

ATTY. BOGEDON.  Is the counsel cross-examining the—that is your evidence.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    Counsel.

ATTY. MAMARIL. Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER. Those are copies of—those are not spurious documents. Those are copies of official records of appointments of an incumbent member of the Supreme Court from being a Justice to being a Chief Justice.  I don’t think there is any dispute about that.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  I was just going to make sure that the defense is not raising any objection of this document.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    In fact, this Court can take judicial notice of that matter.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Thank you, Your Honor, I think that is all for the witness, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    You are discharging the witness?

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Yes, Your Honor, unless the defense …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Cross.

ATTY. BOGEDON.  Your Honor, I just got text advice from Justice Cuevas and he prefers that we reserve the cross-examination of the witness until he arrives.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Cross-examination reserve until the defense chief counsel is in the courtroom please remain with us. In the meantime, the witness is discharge.

ATTY. BOGEDON.  Thank you, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    Next witness.

ATTY. MAMARIL.  Thank you.

REP. COLMENARES.  Your Honor, we have one more witness other than the camera man, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    Proceed. One more?

REP. COLMENARES.  One more witness.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  For today?

REP. COLMENARES.  But I don’t know the proposal of the defense.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    For today?  For today?

REP. COLMENARES.  For today, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    For today or for?

REP. COLMENARES.  For today, Your Honor, the witness is here, Danilo Piedad, Your Honor.

ATTY. BOGEDON. We will just reserve our cross-examination, Your Honor.  They can proceed with the presentation of evidence.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The presentation of the witnesses of the prosecution is under the control of this court. You may now proceed to bring your next witness.

REP. COLMENARES.  Thank you, Your Honor.  Atty. Al Parreño is going to present the next witness, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Atty. Al Parreño.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor. Good afternoon, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay, Pañero, proceed.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.  May we call our next witness, Mr. Danilo Piedad of ABS-CBN.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Who is that?  (The Presiding Officer refers to a man who sits on the witness stand)

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, that was the witness yesterday, Mr. Edmond Llosala, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   What happen?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  He is not supposed to—he is for cross, Your Honor, which we will do later.  So, we are going to present Mr. Danny Piedad first, Your Honor.

SEN. SOTTO.  There was a misqueue, Mr. President

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Now we have the right witness?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   All right.

THE SECRETARY.  Mr. Witness, please stand up, please raise your right hand.  Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in this impeachment proceeding?

MR. WITNESS.  Yes, I do.

THE SECRETARY.  So, help you God.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  May we proceed, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  For the record,  Mr. Witness, can you please state your name and other personal circumstances.

MR. WITNESS.  I am Danilo Piedad, cameraman of ABS-CBN.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, to the defense, we are offering the testimony of the witness, Danilo Piedad to prove the following material allegations found in the complaint, including the following: He will identify and authenticate the video recording he took on November 15, 2011…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   What is that?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, the video recording he took…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Video report.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   On November…

ATTY. PARREÑO.  15, 2011.  And he will also prove that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband attempted to escape by virtue of a temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court on November 15, 2011.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   You are making a conclusion.

ATTY. BODEGON.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   You describe the act not a conclusion.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.  He will prove, Your Honor, that they attempted to leave the country on November 15, 2011.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Okay.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  On November 15, 2011.  May we proceed, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Proceed

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Mr. Witness, saan po kayo nagtatrabaho?

MR. PIEDAD.  Sa ABS-CBN Corporation po.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Bilang ano po?

MR. PIEDAD.  Cameraman.

ATTY. PARREÑO.   Kailan po kayo naging cameraman ng ABS-CBN?

MR. PIEDAD.  11 years na po, since 2001.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Ano po ang trabaho po ng isang cameraman?

MR. PIEDAD.  To shoot sa news gathering.  Nagne-news gather po, kami po iyong nagsho-shoot sa field.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Bilang isang cameraman po saan po kayo naka-assign?

MR. PIEDAD.  Ito pong mga nakaraang taon, general assignment po ang assignment namin.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Para madali ano, kayo po ba ay cameraman ng ABS-CBN?

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  At noong Nobyembre 15, 2011 ay nandoon kayo sa airport.

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  At ikaw ay nandoon bilang cameraman?

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Dala mo yong iyong, anong tawag doon?

MR. PIEDAD.  Camera po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Camera.

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay, proceed.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.  At noong nasa airport na po kayo, ano po ang nangyari?

ATTY. BODEGON.  Objection, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  May nangyari ba?

MR. PIEDAD.  Marami, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Teka muna, sandali lang para matapos, wala ng maraming—

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Sige, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Bakit ka nandoon at dala-dala mo iyong camera mo e taga ABS-CBN ka?

MR. PIEDAD.  Ang una pong assignment namin that day, November 15, is sa mga suspension ng bus franchise.  So nag-cover kami from MMDA ng morning then nagpunta kami ng DOTC.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Bakit ka nandoon sa…

MR. PIEDAD.  Heto na nga po, Your Honor.  I-interbyuhin po namin sana si Chairman Tolentino, wala po siya sa MMDA, so aalis daw po siya noong day na iyon sa airport na daw po namin siya i-meet so noong afternoon po, doon na kami nag-abang dahil ang flight ni Chairman Tolentino nare-recall ko is afternoon din po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Sino si Tolentino?

MR. PIEDAD.  Chairman po ng MMDA.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  O sige.

MR. PIEDAD.  So doon na po namin siya in-ambush ng interview and then after noon, bigla na lang pong sinabi ng reporter ko na mag standby daw kami doon dahil mayroon daw siyang order na parang mag standby kami doon dahil aalis si GMA, may posibilidad na umalis daw so standby lang daw po kami, sabi ng reporter ko.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Sino ang nagsabi sa iyo noon?

MR. PIEDAD.  Si Zen Hernandez po, iyong reporter ko.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  O sige.  Your witness.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor, for that.  So anong sinabi sa iyo ulit noong, ni Zen Hernandez?

MR. PIEDAD.  Standby lang daw po kami doon dahil…

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Mga anong oras po ito?

MR. PIEDAD.  Mga 4 0’clock.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  At noong mag standby po kayo, ano ang sunod pong nangyari?

MR. PIEDAD.  Wala na.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Teka muna, 4 0’clock ng umaga, 4 0’clock ng…

MR. PIEDAD.  P.M. po, hapon po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  4 o’clock ng hapon.

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Habang andoon po kayo sa airport, ano po ang inyong ginagawa?

MR. PIEDAD.  So nag-o-observe lang sa paligid habang nagpi-feed kami ng materials na na-cover na namin noong unang istorya namin.  Hanggang naghihintay lang po ng sitwasyon.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Dumating ba si dating Presidente Arroyo doon noong oras na iyon o pagkatapos noong oras na iyon?

MR. PIEDAD.  Ang natatandaan ko po medyo madilim na, gabi na po noong dumating.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Dumating ba?

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Anong oras noong dumating?

MR. PIEDAD.  Hindi ko po natatandaan iyong oras.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  O sige.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Kahit mga estimate lang po, mga anong panahon noong gabi na iyon na sinabi ninyo?

MR. PIEDAD.  Hindi…

ATTY. BODEGON.  He cannot remember—already answered, Your Honor.

MR. PIEDAD.  Hindi ko po sigurado kung anong oras.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Madilim na ba iyon?

MR. PIEDAD.  Madilim na po iyon, madilim.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Madilim na madilim ng gabi.

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo, madilim na po iyon.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Pwede ho ba kayong magbigay ng estimate kung anong oras po noong gabing iyon?

ATTY. BODEGON.  He already answered, Your Honor.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, we are just asking for an estimate.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Let him answer kung alam niya.  Alas 7, mga alas 8?

MR. PIEDAD.  Mga 8 po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  8 0’clock ng gabi sigurado ka?

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  More or less.

MR. PIEDAD.  More or less, 8 to 9 po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Between 8 to 9.

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Sige.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  At noong dumating po si GMA, ano po ang inyong ginawa?

MR. PIEDAD.  Natural po shinutan namin.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Paano nyo po siya shinut?

MR. PIEDAD.  Ni-record ko na po iyong camera ko, i-shinut ko na siya.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Teka muna.  Kinunan din ninyo ng video si Mrs. Arroyo noong dumating doon sa airport between 8 o’clock and 9 o’clock in the evening of November 15, 2011.

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Alright, okay.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Pwede mo bang ikwento kung paano dumating si GMA noong between 8 and 9…

ATTY. BODEGON.  Objection, Your Honor, that calls for a narration.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  It’s alright.  Let him answer.  Don’t be jumpy.  Preliminary pa…

MR. PIEDAD.  Habang naka istambay po kami doon sa airport, sa lobby ng departure, so nag-o-observe kami kung may darating na convoy or basta maraming sasakyan ng mga VIP or basta any pwedeng sakyan ng isang VIP. .  So, nag-o-observe lang po kami don.  Basta may napansin po kami na papalapit na po na convoy na with ambulance.  So, inexpect ko na po na don nakasakay kasi ambulance po e.

Nung nakarating na po sa lobby yung ambulance, nakita ko po St. Luke’s yung van.  Kinunan ko na po.  Hindi ko na po ako nag-off record.  Tuloy-tuloy na po recording ng camera ko hanggang sa makababa si dating ano.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Kinunan mo ng video?

MR. VIEDAD.  Yung convoy po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yung convoy at nandon ang sakay ng convoy si Mrs. Arroyo?

MR. VIEDAD.  That time po, Your Honor, hindi po ako sigurado kung sila po yon.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Kaya nga, pero lumabas si Mrs. Arroyo don sa convoy?

MR. VIEDAD.  Sa ambulance po, nung huminto na.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Sa ambulance?

MR. VIEDAD.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  At kinunan mo siya?

MR. VIEDAD.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ano pa?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.  Nabanggit mo nakunan mo si Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo na bumaba sa ambulance.  Nasan yung nakunan mong video na ginamit—na nakunan mo?

MR. VIEDAD.  Fineed na ho namin yon sa UMG van.  So, from my camera, sa SF card, fineed na namin sa van na naka-stand by don.  So, bale, fineed na ho sa opisina, sa base.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Kinunan mo ng video si Mrs. Aquino?

MR. VIEDAD.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Arroyo.  Sorry, slip of the tongue.  Kinunan mo ng video si dating Presidente Macapagal-Arroyo …

MR. VIEDAD.  Opo, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  … nung bumaba sa ambulansya doon sa airport?

MR. VIEDAD.  Opo, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Anong airport?

MR. VIEDAD.  Ninoy Aquino International, Terminal 1 po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  At kinunan mo—Gaano katagal mo kinunan?

MR. VIEDAD.  Hindi ko na po maalala kung ilang minuto yon.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Anyway, nasa yo yung video?

MR. VIEDAD.  Nasa news library na po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  At sinabmit mo sa ABS-CBN?

MR. VIEDAD.  Opo, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  O sige.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.

Bago ako pumunta sa video, nabanggit mo kanina nakita mo si GMA.  Sino ang mga kasama niya ng lumabas sa ambulansya?

MR. VIEDAD.  Hindi ko na matandaan.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Marami ho bang mga tao na—

MR. VIEDAD.  Maraming tao.  Crowded yung area talaga.  Maraming media, maraming tao.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Bakit kilala mo si Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo?

MR. VIEDAD.  Presidente po siya natin dati.  Nag-cover na rin po kami sa kanya dati.  Na-interview na rin po namin siya.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Salamat po.  Nabanggit nyo kanina na yung video na inyong kinunan, sinabpoena po namin ang inyong kumpanya, at kung ipapakita ko ho ba yung video na ito na inyong nabanggit, makikilala nyo po ba siya?

MR. VIEDAD.  Siguro po, Your Honor.  Opo, Your Honor.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, may we present the video that was identified by the witness which we previously marked as Exhibit …

ATTY. BODEGON.  Their witness has not yet identified.  The question was precisely whether he could identify it.  Counsel is saying he already identified.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, we were going to ask him to identify it after he has seen it, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Bring the video tape first and show it to the witness.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay.  Proceed.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Can we ask the Secretariat to please play the video.

(Presentation of video)

ATTY. BODEGON.  If Your Honor, please, manifestation.  The counsel should first show to the witness the video card which we understand contained this video record of—

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Video clip.

ATTY. BODEGON.  Video clip, Your Honor.  He should not immediately show the content of that video clip.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Dapat pinakita mo yung video tape muna kung tape yon o ano man.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor, but to expedite the process of …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  I will allow it just for expeditiousness.  We cannot deny that these things happen anyway.

ATTY. BODEGON.  We submit, Your Honor.

(Video presentation)

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All of these are public knowledge.  It was shown over and over again on television.  So, proceed.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, can we just ask a stipulation from the opposing counsel to stipulate to the authenticity of the video.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  If they want—if they will agree, you may.

ATTY. BODEGON.  What is the matter to be stipulated on?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  That the video that he took is—that the video that he mentioned that he took is the same video that we are presenting right now.

ATTY. BODEGON.  We have not even been shown the …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes, show it to them.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Then please look at the video.

ATTY. BODEGON. Yes, we have to first be shown the card that contains this video recording.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  We can do that, Your Honor, after we play this, we can remove the CD and we can then ask the witness or another witness to identify the compact disc.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  I think nobody can deny that this thing happened.  It happened in front of all the television—TVs of the entire nation and in the world, so, go ahead.  I will allow it to be presented.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  So, and let us see if whether it is material to this proceeding.

(Continuation of video presentation)

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Mahaba ba ito, mahaba?  Is this long?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, it is only for five minutes, I think, we are now ..

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Go ahead.  Finish it.  You know, you cannot deny that these things happen—the one appearing there as Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is not a ghost.  She travelled all the way from St. Lukes, all the way to the airport, so, these are facts, national facts, known to the consciousness of the entire nation.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.

ATTY. BODEGON.  That is true, Your Honor, but the presentation of these facts must follow the rules.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Correct.  I agree.  But—well, what rule is being violated, by the way, counsel?

ATTY. BODEGON.  The rule on authentication, Your Honor.  Because we have not  even been shown the card for which ….

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Then, let us wait until they finish with the presentation.

ATTY. BODEGON.  Yes, Your Honor.

(Continuation of the video presentation)

THE PRESIDING OFFICE.  Okay.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

ATTY. PARRENO.  Mr. Witness.  Ano po ang relasyon ng video na ito sa nakita nating video ngayon?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Alam mo, ako na ang magtanong para madali.

ATTY. PARRENO.  Sige, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Nakita mo iyang video.

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Iyon bang video na iyon, sino ang kumuha?

MR. PIEDAD.  Ako po, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ikaw.  Iyon ba ay kalian mo kinuha?

MR.PIEDAD.  Noong November 15 po lang, 2011.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Saan.

MR. PIEDAD.  Sa airport po sa NAIA I.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ito iyong sinabi mo na kinuha mo sa oras na pag-itan ng alas otso ng gabi at alas nuwebe ng gabi.

MR. PIEDAD.  Opo, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Tungkol kanino?

MR. PIEDAD.  Kay GMA po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  O, sige, ayun.

ATTY. PARRENO.  May mga nakita po kaming ibang tao doon sa video, kilala ninyo po ba sila?

ATTY. BODEGON.  It is vague, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Hayaan mo na.  Kilala mo ba iyong mga nandoon na mga tao?

MR. PIEDAD.  Hindi po, Your Honor.

ATTY. PARRENO.  Iyong mga kasama ni GMA.

MR. PIEDAD.  Hindi po.  Hindi na po kilala po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You see, Counsel, I am not criticizing you, but you are overburdening your witness with details of which he is incompetent.  He is just a cameraman.  He does not know who is there.  He is just taking pictures of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.  But anyway, go ahead.

ATTY. PARRENO.  We will proceed, Your Honor.  Noong sinabi mo nakunan mo itong video na ito, at sinabi mo iyong recording, ay ano ang ginawa mo doon sa video na iyong na record?

MR. PIEDAD.  Alin po?

ATTY. PARRENO.  Nabanggit mo kanina na kinunan mo ang video na ito at may recording kang nakuha.  Ano ang ginawa mo sa recording na iyon?

MR. PIEDAD.  Noong nakapasok na si GMA sa loob ng airport, so, nagpahinga lang kaming saglit, then ni require na po kami na i-turnover na iyong CF card sa van  para ma feed na iyong raw materials para magamit na po ng office.

ATTY. PARRENO.  Ano po itong CF card na …

MR. PIEDAD.  Ito po iyong bagong ano ngayon, bagong bala ng camera, compact flash ho.

ATTY. PARRENO.  Tapos, ano ho ang ginawa ninyo doon sa CF card na nasabi ninyo?

MR. PIEDAD.  Finid na po sa ABS-CBN.

ATTY. PARRENO.  Kanino po siya napunta iyan sa ABS-CBN, kung alam ninyo lang po.  Sino po ang pinagbigyan ninyo po sa ABS-CBN?

MR. PIEDAD.  Hindi ko alam kung sino sa ABS-CBN.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What is the purpose of your questions?

ATTY. PARRENO.  Your Honor, the accounts earlier, Your Honor, was questioning the authenticity of the evidence we just presented.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Are you disputing it the authenticity of this, counsel for the defense, of this documentary?  Are you disputing it?

ATTY. BODEGON.  The recording itself, they have to authenticate it.  But as to the event that happened, it is public knowledge.  But, what we want is they comply with the procedure of authentication.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Go ahead if you want to be technical about it.

ATTY. PARREÑO.   Your Honor, for purposes of authentication, we will have to go to two things pursuant to the Electronic Evidence Rule, we need to show the video, which the camera man has already identified as his own; but after that,  Your Honors, since it was CF card that he actually established as the basis in the recording, we will then have to present, Your Honor, the custodian of the actual CF card and then present, Your Honor, the person who actually gave the compact disc to this Honorable Court.  So to save on the process, Your Honor, on that process, may we just ask the other party to stipulate if the compact disc that was actually given, Your Honor, by the ABS-CBN is actually the …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Actually, I cannot speak for the defense, but may I address this question.  Are you denying the fact that this happened, that it was recorded in this video and that it depicts of an event?  It does not say anything yet about—the only thing it says that an event happened on November 15 between the hours of eight and nine in the evening and it‘s [re]presented here and that it involves the presence of the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at Ninoy (Aquino) International Airport. So, for what purpose, we do not know why she was there. That is all.  Do you deny that?

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Good afternoon, Your Honor. May I extend my apologies to the entire court.  I am sorry.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   No problem.  No problem.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I wanted to fly but I could not, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   We understand.  We understand.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Thank you, Your Honor.

Now, I understand, my dear compañero is asking for a stipulation relative to the diskette.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  As to the authenticity of the compact disc that was submitted.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I am sorry, Your Honor.  We have not seen this diskette.  We do not know what the contents thereof, although …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   We just viewed it.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Yes, Your Honor.  But we do not even know whether what we viewed comes from the diskette, Your Honor.

ATTY. PARREÑO.   Actually, Your Honor, may I make a manifestation.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Can you show the diskette to them?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Actually, Your Honor, may I make a manifestation, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Yes.

ATTY. PARREÑO. On February 14, Your Honor, during the premarking of exhibits, this compact disc was actually shown to the other counsel, Your Honor.  I have the transcript right here.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Iyun pala, eh.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Yes, but was there any stipulation relative to what it is?

ATTY. PARREÑO. Yes, Your Honor, but …

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  It was shown and it was marked. That is all what the proceedings will show. We may be going too far, which is beyond what you are asking us to do.

ATTY. PARREÑO.   In that case, Your Honor, if they will argue on the authenticity of the compact disc, we will be forced to present the head librarian of ABS-CBN who will actually explain how the SF card became a compact disc.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.    Not that we are disputing what you are trying to claim now, but what we are telling the Honorable Court is that we are not in a position to enter into any stipulation relative to the authenticity of that diskette. Is that beyond our capability being the defense of the Chief Justice Corona or you would like us to just admit and admit whatever you want us to admit?  I am sorry, Your Honor, I should have addressed it to the Court, Your Honor.  I wanted to accommodate—as what the court will notice before, when we are in position to admit, we are merely asking for stipulation. We already admit just to cut short the proceedings.  We are sorry that we have gone this far. In our attempt to, at least, make the proceedings entirely conformable to what is known as due process, Your Honor, we never had waived any of our rights, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Counsel.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  If they will not stipulate as to the authenticity of the compact disc, we will then present the head librarian of ABS-CBN.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Do you have the head librarian here?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor, we have her here.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Alright. Then, bring her.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  We have no more questions to the camera man.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Do you have any cross on this witness or are you going to postpone the cross until you start with the cross of the other?

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I wanted to start, Your Honor, just to show our cooperation to the Honorable Court, Your Honor, but definitely, we are not in a position to conduct any intelligible cross-examination, we were not privy to the direct examination, may we humbly request, Your Honor, …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   They did not—well, they only asked whether he took this video.  That is all. All that the witness said, “I took this video, on this day, between these two…these hours… and it involves the former President, and thus, in you … the former President.

JUSTICE CUEVAS. We will still, with due apologies, Your honor, and with the indulgence of this honourable court, we will still plead that we be allowed to go over the direct examination…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   All right, all right.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  …of the witness, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  So, you want to postpone your cross on this witness?

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Yes, Your Honor, even by tomorrow if there will be no more traffic…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  What is the pleasure of the prosecution?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, may we ask our lead prosecutor for Article VII to express his concern.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

REP. COLMENARES.  Actually, Your Honor, pumayag kami sa proposal ng depensa kanina na hintayin ang defense counsel, tapos later on na i-direct na lang muna ang witness at subject to cross pagdating.  Kasi po gusto naman po naming bilisan, ayaw napo naming humaba pa ang mga testimony po.  Simple lang po talaga ang testimony ng cameraman po e.  Ako ang kumuha niyan, ngayon, actually, public knowledge na halos po ang sa airport po e kaya nagulat kami na pati yong authenticity e iano pa, magprisinta pa kami ng additional witness.  So, para sa amin po kung maari lang po, siguro mag-recess ng five minutes, tingnan po ng defense counsel iyong transcript, maigsi lang naman po iyong direct ng aming counsel, so…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Anyway…

REP. COLMENARES.  …if he can cross na ngayon para hindi na ma-postpone.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   …para hindi na tatagal pa, I will suspend the cross-examination, proceed with your next witness.  (Gavel)

REP. COLMENARES.  Well, thank you, Your Honor.  The next part is the continuation of the cross

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The witness is ordered to stay.  Bumaba ka sa witness stand at huwag kang aalis.

REP. COLMENARES.  Opo.  Iyong continuation na po ng cross na ni-request ng defense counsel po kahapon ang naka-pending po ngayon.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Ipasok na din ninyo iyong librarian ninyo para matapos itong isyong ito.

REP. COLMENARES. Iyong librarian po, sige po.  We would like to…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Para hindi putol-putol itong presentasyon ng ebidensya.

REP. COLMENARES.  Sige po.  Atty. Al Parreño.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Call the librarian.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, may we call Ms. Rochelle Inoncillo-Mendez to please come to the witness stand.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  If that lady is not available yet, Your Honor, may I be permitted to continue with my cross-examination of the previous witness who had taken the stand.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  No, it is better, counsel, for us to finish this, while it is fresh in the memory of everyone, and finish this presentation of this video before the court will allow you to cross-examination the first cameraman of ABS-CBN.

JUSTICE CUEVAS. Okay then, thank you very much, Your Honor.

THE SECRETARY.  Madam Witness, please remain standing, raise your right hand.  Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in this impeachment proceeding?

MS. WITNESS.  Opo.

THE SECRETARY.  So, help you God.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Madam Witness, please state your name and other personal circumstances for the record.

MS. WITNESS.  Ako po si Rochelle Inoncillo-Mendez, head ng  News Library of ABS-CBN.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, we are offering the testimony of the witness to prove the following material allegations found in the complaint:  To identify and authenticate electronic evidence for the prosecution, specifically the compact discs, which were submitted to the honourable court, and other related matters to the impeachment complaint.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  By the way I will just make a preliminary question so that wala ng marami pa.  Noon bang November 15 pumasok ka?  November 15, 2011, pumasok ka sa trabaho mo sa ABS-CBN?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi ko  po sigurado, pero kung weekday po, malamang nandoon po ako sa ABS-CBN.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  November 15 ha.  Ngayon, nasa ABS-CBN ka na noong November 15, 2011?  Empleyado ka na?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ikaw ang librarian noong araw na iyon?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Ngayon, ano ang trabaho mo bilang librarian?

MS. MENDEZ.  Ako po iyong in charge to oversee the news library operations.  Kami po iyong in charge sa…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ano ang operation ng library ng ABS-CBN?

MS. MENDEZ.  Kami po iyong nagre-release at nagre-receive ng mga CF cards…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Nagre-receive at nagre-release.

MS. MENDEZ.  … ng CF cards and tapes.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ano iyong CF card?

MS. MENDEZ.  CF cards, ito po iyong media na ginagamit ng cameraman pagka magko-cover po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Kung kumukuha sila ng mga video clip.

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  O sige.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.  Nabanggit mo kanina na nagre-receive kayo ng mga CF cards.  Paano nyo po siya nire-receive?

MS. MENDEZ.  Upon return to base, iyong cameraman po o iyong driver niya dadalhin sa news library iyong CF card and then kami po ila-log namin, lalagyan namin ng material number and then ita-turn over po namin o ipo-forward sa media management room para po ma-ingest or ma-transfer po sa server iyong laman.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Mabalik lang ako sandal, bilang head librarian, ano iyong ginagawa mo, ano iyong mga functions nyo po?

MS. MENDEZ.  Ako po iyong in charge to oversee nga po the operations, ini-ensure po na merong enough CF cards and tapes sa mga cameramen.  Kami rin po iyong nagla-log and naglalagay ng mga short description—shot list doon sa mga video coverage po.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Nabanggit mo kanina na kayo rin ang nagre-receive nito, pagka na-receive nyo na ito, sino lang ang pwedeng humawak sa mga video clips o sa CF cards na inyong nabanggit?

MS. MENDEZ.  Ang news library personnel lamang po.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  At kanino po nagre-report iyong news library personnel po ninyo?

MS. MENDEZ.  Sa head po ng Media Asset Management Department.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Kayo ang custodian noong mga video clips?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Nasa library ninyo iyan?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  O sige.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.  Sinabi mo rin kanina na kayo ang nagre-release ng mga video cards ba ang tawag doon?

MS. MENDEZ.  CF cards.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  CF cards.  Pag humihingi po ng kopya ng CF cards na ito, ano po ang inyong ginagawa?

MS. MENDEZ.  Kapag ho may humihingi po ng kopya, usually po nanghihingi kami ng request and then based doon sa request po, kung ano po iyong nakalagay doon, hinahanap po namin sa logs or sa catalogues namin kung meron kaming ganoong video po.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Tapos kung may nakita po kayo ng ganoong videos, ano po ang inyong ginagawa?

MS. MENDEZ.  Kailangan pa po itong i-approve po ng kung sino po iyong nag-cover o usually po head po ng news gathering kung pwede naming i-provide pag may nag-request and then pag in-approve po, ise-select po namin iyong video na kailangan then ipapadala namin sa dubbing section para po ma-burn into sa CD.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Sa CD po.  Napansin po namin kanina sa video na merong naka-inscribe sa itaas, paki-describe po kung natatandaan ninyo po iyong…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Property of ABS-CBN.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, thank you, Your Honor.  Iyong property of ABS-CBN, ano po iyon?

MS. MENDEZ.  Standard violator po iyan sa mga lahat ng nagre-request po ng video sa ABS-CBN.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Nabanggit ninyo po kanina na ang ibinibigay nyo po ay compact disc, tama po ba?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Kayo po ay na-subpoena ng hukumang ito, natanggap nyo po ba ito?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  At ayon po sa subpoena, kayo po ay naatasang mag-submit po sa amin ng 7 compact disc.  Dala nyo po ba itong mga compact disc na ito po?

MS. MENDEZ.  Iyong mga compact disc po ay isinabmit po namin sa Senate Secretary.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Pag ipinakita ko ba itong mga compact disc na ito ay makikilala nyo po ba ito?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, may we…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Approach the witness.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  May ipinapakita po ako sa inyong cover ng compact disc which was previously marked as Exhibit TTTTTTTT-1.  Pwede pong paki-describe kung ano po tong label na nasa ibabaw po ng compact disc?

MS. MENDEZ.  Ni-label-an po namin ang video 1 para ma-identify po iyong—ito po yong number noong nakalagay sa subpoena.  So bale ina-identify po nito ang bawat press briefing po.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Pwede nyo po bang buksan ang compact disc case po na iyan?  At sa loob po, for the record, may nakikita po tayong compact disc na merong nakalagay na previously marked as Exhibit PPPPPPPP with the date, February 14, 2012 which I am showing to the defense right now, and below that are the words “Midas Marquez, press briefing, November 15, 2011”.  Ano po itong relasyon nitong CD na to sa sinabpoena po ng korte?

MS. MENDEZ.  Nandito po yung hinihingi po don sa subpoena na may mga in-enumerate po silang mga detalye na nandito po sa CD na ito.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Ito po ba yung video showing the press briefing of Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez on November 15, 2011 na ipinakita po sa atin ni Edmund Llosala?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you.  May pinapakita po ako sa inyong case ng compact disc entitled video 2, ABS-CBN, previously marked as Exhibit Octuple U-1 with the date of February 14, 2012, ano po tong label po na ito sa ibabaw ng compact disc case?

MS. MENDEZ.  Video 2 po, ibig sabihin, ito po yung number 2 item sa subpoena.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Ito po ba yung video showing Atty. Ferdinand Topacio statement on the preparation of cash bond on November 15, 2011 na dinescribe po ni Mr. Edmund Llosala?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Sa loob po ng compact disc case po na to, maaaring niyo po bang buksan, ay meron pong isang compact disc previously marked as Exhibit octuple U with the date February 14, 2012, at sa ilalim po nito mayroong nakalagay na pangalan Atty. Ferdinand Topacio November 15, 2011, tapos may nakalagay number 2.  Ano po ang relasyon nito sa compact disc na binanggit nyo po kanina?

MS. MENDEZ.  Nandito po yung video na naglalaman ng statement ni Atty. Topacio.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Pwede pong i-clarify—nakalagay po dito kasi DVD.  Ano ho ba yung difference nung DVD saka yung compact disc na binabanggit nyo kanina?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po ako masyadong sa technical para po ma-explain kung ano yung difference po ng CD at DVD, pero lahat po kasi ng format na nire-release ng ABS ay DVD.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  So, ito yung—Yung lahat ng binabanggit mo kanina na compact disc, ito po ay either—ito rin po ay DVD, tama po ba?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama ho.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  May pinapakita po ako sa inyong compact disc with the words video 3 ABS-CBN, previously marked as Exhibit octuple V-1, February 14, 2012, ano po ang relasyon nito sa video showing the representative of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo about the process the payment of cash bond at the Supreme Court na dinescribe ni Edmund Llosala kahapon po.

MS. MENDEZ.  Nandito po sa CD na to yung video po na dinescribe nga din po sa item 3.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Pwede pong pakibuksan po tong case po na to?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ano yung item 3?  Item 3 ng?

MS. MENDEZ.  Yun po yung video na pinapakita yung according dun po sa subpoena na about to process the payment of—

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Item 3 ng subpoena?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.

Sa loob po nito ay may compact disc na previously marked as Exhibit—DVD previously marked as Exhibit octuple V with the dates February 14, 2012, and below that are the words “Posting/payment of cash bond at the Supreme Court November 15, 2011”.  Ano po ang relasyon nito sa sinabpoena po sa inyong DVD na nabanggit nyo kanina?

MS. MENDEZ.  Ang CD po na ito ang naglalaman nun pong video na nasa item 3 ng subpoena.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Salamat po.  May pinapakita po ako sa inyong compact disc case at sa labas po nito may nakasulat na Exhibit octuple W-1 February 14, 2012, video 4, ABS-CBN.  Anong relasyon po nito sa sinabpoena po sa inyo na video showing the arrival of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at the airport on November 15, 2011 na ipinakita po ni Danny Viedad kanina?

MS. MENDEZ.  Ito pong CD na to ang naglalaman nung video na ipinakita po kanina.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Sa loob po nito ay merong DVD.  Ano po itong DVD na to previously marked as Exhibit octuple W video 4, February 14, 2012, below that are the words “GMA to NAIA, November 15, 2011”?

MS. MENDEZ.  Nilalaman po nito yung video na sinasabing attempted travel ni GMA.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you.  May pinapakita po ako sa inyong DVD case

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ano ‘yong sinabi noong witness?  Attempted …

MS. MENDEZ.  Attempted travel.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Attempted travel.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.  May ipinapakita po ako sa inyong compact DVD case na merong salitang Video-5, ABS-CBN, Exhibit Octuple X-1, February 14, 2012, ano po ‘tong nakamarka po na ito sa labas?

MS. MENDEZ.  Video 5 po na nag-iidentify po ‘to doon sa item 5 na nabanggit po sa subpoena.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Sa loob po nito ay merong DVD case, maaari nyo po bang buksan?  Sa DVD po nito ay mayroong exhibit Octuple X, February 14, 2012, at nakalagay po sa ilalim, arrest of GMA by virtue of warrant of arrest issued by Judge Jesus Mupas, ano po ang relasyon nito sa na-subpoena sa inyo, item no. 5, video of the press briefing of Acting Director Bocayo and Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel on the release of warrant of arrest and the arrest of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo?

MS. MENDEZ.  Iyong CD po na ito ang naglalaman noong press briefing on the arrest of CGMA.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you.  Dalawa na lang po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Sino ang—who conducted the press briefing?  Who made the press briefing?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, according to the subpoena, it is Acting Director, Senior Superintendent James Bocayo, NCRPO-CIDG Chief, and then Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  May ipinapakita po ako sa inyong CD case at nakalagay po sa labas ay may label na video 6, ABS-CBN, with marking exhibit, Octuple Y-1, February 14, 2012.  Ano po ang relasyon nito sa aming hininging video showing Supreme Court Spokesman Midas Marquez on November 16, 2011 in Headstart.

MS. MENDEZ.  Iyong CD po na ito ang naglalaman ng item 6 doon po sa subpoena.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Pwede hong mapabuksan ang CD.  Sa loob po nito ay mayroong isang compact disc, at sa compact disc—DVD, exhibit …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ano ba ‘yong—nakalimutan ko na, ano ba ‘yong item 6 sa subpoena?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, this is the video showing Supreme Court Spokesman Midas Marquez on November 16, 2011 in Headstart, Your Honor—ANC.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Ano ang relasyon ng DVD na ‘to sa nabanggit ko po?

MS. MENDEZ.  Ang DVD po na ito ang naglalaman noong statement ni Spokesperson Midas Marquez.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Salamat po.  At panghuli po, mayroon po ditong DVD case with a label, video 7, ABS-CBN, previously marked as Exhibit octuple Z-1, ano po ang relasyon nito sa aming sinubpoena—sa sinubpoena ng court na ito na video showing the press briefing of Midas Marquez on November 21, 2011.

MS. MENDEZ.  Itong DVD po na ito ang naglalaman noong item 7 na nakalagay po sa subpoena.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Sa loob po nito ay may DVD, at sa DVD po na ito ay may marking na exhibit octuple Z, February 14, 2012, with the words, statement of Midas Marquez regarding the TRO issued to GMA on November 20, 2011, ano po itong DVD po na ito?

MS. MENDEZ.  Ang DVD po na ito ay naglalaman ng press briefing po ni Spokesman Midas Marquez.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you.  Your Honor, one last question.  Sa pag-prepara po ba ng DVD na ito ay mayroon kayong nakasama na taga-prosecution o defense?

MS. MENDEZ.  Wala po.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  No further questions, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay, cross.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  With the kind permission of the honorable court, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Do you want to suspend your cross here and then …

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  With the permission, we will proceed with our cross examination now, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Wtih this lady.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Yes, Your Honor, because we heard her direct examination.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Thank you, Your Honor.

There are—magandang hapon po, Madam Witness.  Meron pong pitong video dito na in-identify kayo, tama ho ba?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  At bawat isa sa kanila, mayroon label, halimbawa iyong video A, showing press briefing of Supreme Court Spokesman Midas Marquez on November 15, 2011, tama ho ba iyon?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Kayo ho ba ang naglagay nitong showing press briefing of Supreme Court or iyong inyong photographer?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po ako.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Wala kayong kinalaman diyan sa pagkakalagay ng label na yan?

MS. MENDEZ.  Iyong nakasulat po sa sa DVD mismo, hindi po ako iyong nagsulat.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ganoon din ho ba ang sagot ninyo sa mga sumusunod na video, halimbawa, video 2 showing Ferdinand Topacio’s statement on the prepration of payment of cash bond on November 15, 2011.  Ganoon din po, wala kayong kinalaman doon.

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po ako ang nagsulat.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  At ganoon din ang inyong sagot doon sa mga sumusunod na video, wala kayong kinalaman, wala kayong participation sa nakalagay doong statement, tama ho ba iyon

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Sino ang naglagay po nito, kung alam ninyo o hindi rin ninyo alam?

MS. MENDEZ.  Iyong dubbing personnel po namin ang nag-label po ng mga DVDs.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Hindi kayo kaharap noong inilalagay iyan.

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Nasa inyong opisina kayo.

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  At iyon namang sinasabi ninyong tao ninyo na gumawa ng labelling na ito ay hiwalay ang opisina sa inyong lugar, tama ho ba?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Samakatuwid po, kung sinasabi ritong video showing press briefing of Supreme Court Spokesman Midas Marquez, on November 15, 2011, hindi ninyo maaaring patibayan na ito nga ay totoong briefing ni Atty. Marquez, tama ho ba?

ATTY. PARRENO.  Objection, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What is the objection?

ATTY. PARRENO.  Your Honor, the defense counsel is asking for a conclusion of law to the witness.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Factual lang.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Go ahead.  What is your answer, defense counsel.  No, no, iyong si defense counsel muna.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I was asking her, Your Honor, for a fact, for a factual basis.  Because there were statements here made that it was a press briefing of Supreme Court Spokesman Midas Marquez on November 15, 2011.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Witness may answer.

MS. MENDEZ.  Pagka-burn po nito sa DVD, pinanood ko po iyong kopya at ikinumpera ko po doon sa source na video.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Hindi kayo kaharap noong magkaroon ng press briefing na iyan.

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Pati iyong nakalagay na petsa rito, hindi rin ninyo alam at hindi rin ninyo mapatutunayan sa husgado na totoo iyon, tama ho ba?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ang ibig niyong sabihing hindi, wala kayong kinalaman doon sa press briefing na iyon.

MS. MENDEZ.  Wala po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Doon pos a sinasabing video No. 2 showing Atty. Ferdinand Topacio’s statement on the preparation of payment of cash bond on November 15, 2011, hindi rin po kayo kasangkot diyan sa DVD na iyan.

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi rin po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ang nalalaman lamang ninyo, may inentriga sa inyo DVD ba iyon, compact disc for your safekeeping as librarian of ABS, tama ho ba iyon?

MS MENDEZ.  Opo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Sandali lamang.  Ano ang kaibhan noong CF card at saka iyong DVD?

MS. MENDEZ.  Iyong CF card po iyong compact flash, maliit po lang siya na memory card na ginagamit po sa camera po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Iba iyon sa compact disc na iyan.

MS. MENDEZ.  Iba po.  Iyong DVD po, ito po iyong ginagamit naming na nitia (?) pag po magpo-provide kami ng copy ng videos.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  O sige, go ahead.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Alinsunod sa inyo, kung tama ako, ang pagkaunawa ko, ni-review ninyo itong DVD ba ang tawag po dito?

MS. MENDEZ.  DVD po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ni-review ninyo.  All right.  Ito pong sinasabi ditong showing Ferdinand Topacio’s statement, ito po may nakita kayong tao.

MS. MENDEZ.  Mayroon po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  May nakita kayong tao, tama ho ba?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Pero hindi ninyo mapatutunayan sa husgado na siya nga si Ferdinand Topacio, o kilala ninyo siya.

MS. MENDEZ  Napapanood ko na po siya sa mga news.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Hindi ho iyan ang tanong ko sa inyo kundi kung kilala ninyo siya.  Hindi ninyo kilala?

MS. MENDEZ.  Kaya ko pong i-identify si Ferdinand Topacio.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ang ibig ninyong sabihin, kilala ninyo siya?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ano iyong sinasabi ritong, statement on the preparation of payment of cash bond.  Nasaksihan ba ninyo iyon?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  So, wala kayong kamalay-malay sa kung ano iyong transaction na nakita ninyo si Ferdinand Topacio na nasa video na iyan.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Sagutin ninyo.

MS. MENDEZ.   Wala po akong alam.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Hindi rin ninyo alam kung ano iyong sinasabing pagbabayad o pagdedeposito na ginawa niya tama ho ba ako?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  May sinasabi ditong cash bond, allegedly made or paid on November 15, 2011.  Saan ninyo kinuha itong statement na ito kung hindi ninyo alam ang mga pangyayari?

MS. MENDEZ.  Mayroon pong I.D. ang bawat video po, mayroon po siyang shot list.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Samakatuwid ang inyong deklarasyon tungkol dito sa nilalaman ng video na ito batay lang sa inyong nabasa? Wala kayong kinalaman sa katotohanan o kung iyan nga ay naganap o hindi?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, at this point, may I just make a quick objection, Your Honor.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  You are free.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, the defense counsel makes statement about “wala daw siyang kinalaman dito sa mga bagay na ito,” Your Honor.

Your Honor, we already presented the camera man to actually authenticate the events as it transpired. This witness is just being presented to present the actual compact disc.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I am cross-examining her, Your Honor, not on the basis of the statement of any witness …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Wait a minute, counsel.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER. Your witness is under cross.  Let the cross-examiner ask the question.  I know what you are after and there is a rule on this.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor, we submit, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Allegedly, based on this second video, payment of cash bond was allegedly made on November 15, 2011.  I suppose you also have no personal knowledge about this?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  And this information came from your camera man?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi ko po sigurado kung sa kanila po nanggaling.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Eh, saan po nanggaling itong information ninyo relative to the alleged payment of cash bond on November 15, 2011?

MS. MENDEZ.  Mayroon pong shot list iyong bawa’t video po na mayroon po kaming grupo na titlers na naglalagay ng description.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Pero, ang aking pagkakaunawa, wala kayong kinalaman o hindi kayo kasangkot doon sa sinasabing pagbabayad ng cash bond na iyon more especially on November 15, 2011, tama ho ba ako?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS. Now, iyon pong Video No. 3 showing the representative of former President Gloria Arroyo about to process the payment of cash bond. Ito ho ba’y saan nanggaling, sa inyo, nakita ninyo bang ito, pangyayari na ito?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Samakatuwid, ulat lang ito sa inyo?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS. Hindi ninyo maaaring patunayan sa Husgado, iawtentika sa Husgado na katotohanan ng nakalagay dito, tama po?

MS. MENDEZ. Opo.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Alright.  Now, sino po itong sinasabi ritong representative of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo?  Hindi rin po ninyo alam?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi ko po alam iyong pangalan. Nilagay lang po namin “representative”.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Sa inyo nanggaling iyon? Hindi iyon ang tunay na pangyayari na siya ay representative ni former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, tama po ako?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Now, iyon pong sinasabi ditong about to process the payment of cash bond at the Supreme Court, alam ba ninyo kung saan naganap ito?  Hindi rin po?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi rin po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS. So, itong sinasabi rito, hindi ninyo mapatutunayan totoo sapagka’t hindi ninyo nasaksihan, tama ho ba ako?

MS. MENDEZ.  Wala po ako doon sa lugar na iyon noong nangyari.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Thank you.  Now, iyon pong sinasabi dito sa Video D showing the arrival of former President Gloria Arroyo at the Airport on November 15, 2011, batay po sa inyong salaysay ngayon, ibig kong maniwala na inyong isasagot katulad din noong sagot ninyo sa mga unang tanong ko na wala kayong kinalaman dito, hindi ninyo nasaksihan ito, hindi ninyo mapatutunayan ang katotohanan nito, tama ho ba ako?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ito pong Video E, iyong press briefing of SPD Acting Director o Superintendent James Bucayo and NRP-CIDG Chief Supt. Joel Coronel, kilala ho ba ninyo iyong si Director Sr. Supt. James Bucayo?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Paano nangyari na napalagay po ito dito sa video na iyan? Nilagay po ng inyong reporter—iyong inyong photographer, ganoon po ba?

MS. MENDEZ.  Mayroon po kaming writer na naglalagay po ng description.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Hindi kayo kaharap nang ginawa iyan?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.   Hindi ninyo siya tinannong, “Eh, sino ba yang James Bucayo na iyan?”

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS. May sinasabi rin po dito iyong NCRPO, CIDG, Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel on the release of warrant of arrest of former President Macapagal-Arroyo.  Tanong ko sa inyo, alam ba ninyo itong tinutukoy na mga pangyayari dito?

MS. MENDEZ.  Wala po akong personal na knowledge tungkol po sa nangyari.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Iniulat lang sa inyo noong allegedly mga tauhan nyo doon sa opisina ninyo.

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Samakatuwid, kung ito po ay totoo o hindi, hindi ninyo maaaring tindigan sa husgado ngayon.

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Tama.  All right.  Now. Ito pong arrest ng former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ito raw po ay isang pangyayari of national importance, iyon ho ba ang pinagbatayan ninyo kaya napalagay ito rito o wala rin kayong kinalaman dito?

MS. MENDEZ.  Wala po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ang katotohanan, nalaman lang ninyo na naaresto si kagalang-galang na President Arroyo dahil iyon ang nakalagay sa papers at ibinabalita sa radyo, tama ho ba iyon?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Pero kung papaano siya naaresto, kung kelan at kung saan e hindi nyo matitindigan sa harap ng kagalang-galang na hukumang ito, tama ho ba?

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Pero ito pong sinasabi ritong video showing Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez on November 16 in Headstart, hindi rin po nyo nasaksihan ito?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ito pong nakalagay ditong statement wala kayong kinalaman rito, ang naglagay nito iyon lamang empleyado ninyo.

MS. MENDEZ.  Iyong statement po ako po ang naglagay.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  A ito po, itong video showing court’s spokesman Midas Marquez on November 16, 2011, tama ho ba iyon?

MS. MENDEZ.  Opo

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Kayo naglagay nito?  Liwanagin nyo po.

MS. MENDEZ.   Saan nyo po…hindi po iyan yong nilagay ko po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  A, hindi…

MS. MENDEZ.  Pwede pong pakiulit?

vv JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Opo.  Meron pong nakalagay ditto sa Video F ano po, video showing Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez on November 16 in Headstart, ANC.  Kayo ho ba ang naglagay nito?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, may we ask the defense counsel to please show the video that he is asking the witness to identify.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  You made her identify all these things in subpoena, I am just reading form the subpoena.

MS. MENDEZ.  Exactly…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The witness may answer if she knows.

MS. MENDEZ.  Your Honor, iyong nabasa nyo po ay iyon po iyong nakalagay sa subpoena, hindi po iyon nanggaling sa amin na deskripsyon.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Oho.  Wala  ho kayong kinalaman diyan?  Ibig sabihin wala ho kayong participation, hindi kayo naglagay nyan, at hindi nyo alam kung paano napalagay iyan diyan, tama ho ba?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ano pong hindi, hindi nyo alam?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi ko po alam.

JUSTICE CUEVAS. Ayun.  Now, samakatuwid itong tinutukoy ditong showing spokesman Midas Marquez on November 16, 2011, alam ba ninyo kung ano iyong conference na iyon na tinutukoy dito?  Baka sakali alam ninyo pakisabi nga ninyo sa kagalang-galang na hukuman.

MS. MENDEZ. November 16…

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Iyon pong nakalagay dito, binabasa…

MS. MENDEZ.  …sa Headstart.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Opo, wala kayong kinalaman diyan?

MS. MENDEZ.  Wala po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  All right.  E, iyon pong isa, iyong video showing the press briefing of Midas Marquez on November 21, 2011, hindi rin nyo alam ‘to?

MS. MENDEZ.  Wala rin po ako don, personally.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Iyong press briefing na iyon na naganap na hindi naman nyo nasaksihan in person.

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ni hindi nyo nadinig si Atty. Marquez making the press briefing?

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Iyong lugar na pinagganapan ng press briefing hindi rin nyo alam.

MS. MENDEZ.  Hindi po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  So, summarizing your statement now, I am inclined to believe that you came here to identify the various compact discs that were presented by the prosecution.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Objection, Your Honor.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  What is the basis of the objection?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What is the pleasure?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, he is misleading the witness to merely identify, Your Honor, were she is here actually to both authenticate and identify the electronic discs.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I am sorry, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Actually, if I remember correctly, the prosecution stated into the record that this witness is being presented, once being presented, to identify and authenticate certain…

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Exactly, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  …electronic discs.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  I think six or seven of them ATTY. PARREÑO.  Seven, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Alright.  And that is actually what she did present so she may answer, go ahead.

MS. MENDEZ.  Pwedeng pong paki ulit ng tanong?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The witness may answer.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Samakatwid po, ang pagkakaunawa ko sa kabuuan ng inyong deklarasyon ngayong hapon sa kagalang-galang na hukuman, parang humarap kayo dito para lang i-identify iyong mga, ano ba ang tawag doon?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  I-identify at i-authenticate iyong mga…

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Compact disces.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  … 7 compact disces na iprinisinta ng prosekusyon sa iyo.

MS. MENDEZ.  Tama po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  O iyon.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I am now inclined to believe that these statements appearing on top of this disc that you identified were merely hearsay insofar as you are concerned because you do not know them personally.  Am I right?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Objection, Your Honor.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  What is the basis?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What is the objection?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  The defense counsel is asking for a conclusion of law.  Hearsay, Your Honor, is a statement of law which the witness might not even be familiar with.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  There were various preliminary—I’m sorry, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  No, no, go ahead, go ahead.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  There were previous preliminary questions that this representation made, Your Honor, and there was a clear admission on the part of this witness, Your Honor, that she has nothing to do, she does not know anything about this so this is merely in summation of the totality of her statement, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You want the Chair to rule?

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Alright.  The witness was presented here as the librarian of the ABS-CBN whose function was and is to be the custodian of these materials that were 7 electronic disc that were presented here and which she identified and authenticated.  She was the one who received the CF cards for each of these video clips or compact disc and she was also the one who released them for purposes of this proceeding.  Is that correct, Madam Witness?

MS. MENDEZ.  That is correct.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay.  Now, she is, therefore, competent to testify about the existence of these materials which are in her custody to the extent that the compact disc exist and the originals of which are in her custody and that the one presented to the court are faithful reproduction or replication of those original CF cards under her custody as a librarian of ABS-CBN.  She is a competent witness to testify on that fact.  As to the contents of these compact disc, the real evidence would be the compact evidence themselves.  So let the compact disc become a part of the testimony of the witness and whatever are the impressions depicted in each of the compact disc, the real evidence will be those individual compact disc themselves.  So ordered.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  May we make a short manifestation, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  If the court will notice, Your Honor, we never dispute much less do we contravert that the 7 disc identified by the witness were in her possession by reason of her function as alleged chief librarian of ABS-CBN, Your Honor.  What we are contradicting, Your Honor, is the fact that the labelling made do not appear to be made by her personally.  She cannot even explain who made this labelling, Your Honor.  Only that particular aspect, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You are correct that for that extent, she herself admitted, that is an admission that she is ignorant of those labelling.  And so those are in the record.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  So, the admission of a witness against the one presenting is an evidence adverse to the presenting party, isn’t it?

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay.  So that the extent of the contents of the truthfulness or lack of truthfulness, accuracy or inaccuracy, of the contents of the diskettes presented to her, you are correct that those are hearsay to her.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Thank you,—

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  So, therefore, the real evidence will be the diskette themselves.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  And those are apparent to any viewer of the diskette.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Correct, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay.  So ordered.  (Gavel)

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you, Your Honor.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Were you in anyway, privy to the subject matter of …

SUSPENSION OF HEARING

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  May I beg your indulgence.  Let’s suspend the trial for one minute.  (Gavel)

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  One long minute, Your Honor?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

It was 3:56 p.m.

At 4:00 p.m., the session was resumed.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Trial is resumed.

Counsel for the defense may continue with the cross examination.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  We are through with the witness, Your Honor.

Thank you very much, Madam Witness.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You are through with the witness.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  With my cross, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You are through with your cross of this witness?

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Correct, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  The redirect.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  No redirect, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  No redirect.  The witness is discharged.  Thank you.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Next witness who is going to be subject of cross examination.

The ABS-CBN …

ATTY. PARREÑO.  May we call, Your Honor, Danilo “Danny” Viedad.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The Llosalla.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Edmond Llosalla, Your Honor, Llosalla.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Llosalla, Llosalla.

SEN. SOTTO.  Order of appearance.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  I think the defense has not finished the cross examination of Llosalla.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes, so we will continue with Llosalla, and then we go to the next cameraman of ABS-CBN.

Is this Mr. Llosalla here?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Will you bring him in for cross examination.

ATTY. PARREÑO.   He is on his way, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ah nandito na pala si Mr. Llosalla, kaya kanina hindi ko nakilala siya e, siya ay …

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Poging pogi ngayon ho.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Oo.

MR. LLOSALLA.  Thank you po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Under the same oath.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  Proceed.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  With the kind permission, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I recall that when you took the witness stand last time, noong una …

MR. LLOSALLA.  Opo.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  … po kayong tumestigo, ang binanggit nyo doon sa video ninyo ay pangyayaring naganap noong November 15, 2010.

MR. LLOSALLA.  Yes po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  At iyon po ay …

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, may I just make a minor objection, Your Honor, as to the dates, since it will go into the record, …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  … the counsel mentioned November 2010.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes, 2010, just what the defense counsel said.  It is 2011, di ba?

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I am sorry, Your Honor.  I stand corrected then, thank you for your suggestion.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Correct.  All right.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  May we continue now, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Please go ahead.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  And iyon pong press conference na iyon na inyong kinunan ng video ay pagkatapos ng session en banc ng kagalang-galang na Kataas-taasang Hukuman, tama ho ba ‘yon o hindi ninyo alam ‘yon?

MR. LLOSALLA.  Pakiulit po ‘yong tanong Sir.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  At iyong video ninyong—iyong pangyayari na kinunan ninyo ng video noong November 15, 2011, ay pagkatapos lamang ng session en banc ng kagalang-galang o Kataas-taasang Hukuman.  Alam ho ba ninyo ‘yon o hindi?

MR. LLOSALLA.  Hindi po Sir.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  O paano po nagkaroon ng—paano ba ninyo nakunan ng video ito sa sarili ninyong kagustuhan o may nag-utos sa inyo—utos ng inyong …

MR. LLOSALLA.  Iniutos lang po ‘yon Sir ng aking reporter na may presscon po kaya po kami tumakbo at nag-transfer po sa Supreme Court building.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Saan kayo nanggaling?

MR. LLOSALA.  Sa DOJ Department po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Magkalapit lang ano.

MR. LLOSALA.  Halos magkalapit lang po iyon, Your Honor.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Sino po iyong nagsabi sa inyo na mayroong magaganap na press conference?

MR. LLOSALA.  Ang reporter ko po na si Ms. Ina Reformina.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  The way I understood it, she was your immediate superior.  Siya po ang superior ninyo.

MR. LLOSALA.  Yes, sir.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Is there any particular importance of any event that you feel you are supposed to cover on that particular day?  Mayroon ho bang mahalagang pangyayari na dapat ninyong ma-cover na naganap noong araw na iyon, November 15, 2011?

MR. LLOSALA.  Dito po sa duty ko sa Department of Justice at Supreme Court, Everyday po kaming nandiyan, at kung ano po iyong nagiging issue o mga rallies sa labas, kino-cover po namin iyon.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Hindi ninyo sinasagot ang aking tanong sa inyo.  Ang tanong ko sa inyo ay ganito, mayroon ho bang hindi pangkaraniwang pangyayari na naganap noong November 15 na kinailangang koberan ninyo ng inyong video o wala.

MR. LLOSALA.  Wala naman po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Wala.  So, hindi ninyo alam kung ano ang inyong kokoberan na iyon.

MR. LLOSALA.  Hindi pa po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ni iyong si Atty. Midas ng Supreme Court, hindi ninyo alam na siya ay magko-komperensya.  O alam ninyo atimano.

MR. LLOSALA.  Hindi pa po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Hindi rin ninyo alam kung ano ang dahilan na magpe-press conference siya.

MR. LLOSALA.  Hindi pa rin po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Noong matapos ninyong makunan ng video iyong press conference niya, nalaman ba ninyo kung ano ang dahilan bakit siya nag-press conference?

MR. LLOSALA.  Nalaman ko na lang po na TRO po iyon pero hindi po ako nag-focus diyan.  Nag-focus na lang po ako sa video and audio na kailangan naming mai-feed sa …

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Ano ang ibig ninyong sabihin nalaman ninyong TRO iyon.  Ano po ang ibig ninyong ipahiwatig o ipaalam sa kagalang-galang na hukuman.

MR. LLOSALA.  Dahil po, once na mag-set up po kami ng camera, tsine-check po namin ang audio.  So, doon po sa pag-monitor namin ng audio na habang nagsasalita si Atty. Midas Marquez, doon ko po narinig na may binanggit siyang TRO.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Samakatuwid, iyon pong TRO na binabanggit ninyo, nalaman ninyo lamang samantalang nagsasalita na, nagpe-press conference na si Mr. Marquez.

MR. LLOSALA.  Yes, po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Kung ano ang nilalaman ng TRO na iyan, at ano ang ipinagbabawal diyan o ano ang saklaw niyan, hindi po ninyo alam.

MR. LLOSALA.  Hindi nga po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Hindi rin ninyo alam kung papaano lumabas iyang TRO na iyan.

MR. LLOSALA.  Yes, po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  At ang nalaman lamang ninyo, basta may TROng inilabas.

MR. LLOSALA.  Iyon lang po.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  That will be all with the witness.  Salamat po ng marami.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Re-direct?  May re-direct ba?

ATTY. PARRENO.  No re-direct, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The cross is over, no re-direct, the witness is discharged.  Salamat.  You have another witness.

ATTY. PARRENO.  We have one more witness for cross.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  This is the last one.

ATTY. PARRENO.  Yes, Your Honor.  Danilo Piedad.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay, bring him in.

ATTY. PARRENO.  May we ask Danilo Piedad to please come to the witness stand.  Your Honor, we have the witness here, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Defense counsel, the witness is yours for cross-examination.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  If Your Honor please, this is the same witness, Your Honor, where I begged the indulgence of the honorable court to allow me to go over the transcript of his direct-examination.  I was not around, Your Honor, and neither have I heard whatever he stated, Your Honor.  So, in fairness to him and to the impeached public who is the Honorable Chief Justice Corona, may I be permitted to cross-examine him tomorrow, so I can go over the transcript.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    Yes, that is a fair and reasonable.

ATTY. PARREÑO. Your Honor, with all due respect to the defense counsel, there are other lawyers who were present during the direct examination of this witness.  Maybe they can cross-examine the witness, so they can be discharged already.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   Well, that is the privilege of the defense counsel.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  We submit, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    He is the one in-charge of his panel. He discerns who will cross-examine and who will not. So, he is the one cross-examining.  He was not here during the direct examination.  He needs time, according to him, to go over the transcript.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, if I may, may I give the floor to our lead prosecutor for Article VII and to explain how we are going to do under Article VII case.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    Yes. Go  ahead.

REP. COLMENARES.  Actually, Your Honor, actually, described the testimony of the witness, and if the defense counsel would agree, we give him time to read the transcript. It is very short.  I am sure, Your Honor. Tapos, we want to finish this case, Your Honor, as soon as possible. Ayaw na naming pahabain pa po ito, simple lang po ang testimony ng witness. Sinabi niya lang na ako ang kumuha ng picture na iyon nag-shoot ako doon at ito iyong lumabas. Ganoon naman po ang aming ano.   Sana napagbigyan naman namin kanina ang depensa na humingi sila na i-reset, hintayin, ituloy ang direct, ito naman po simple lang pong hiningi namin, ituloy ang cross ngayon para matapos na po ito.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    Bakit ba ngayon nag-aapura tayo? What is the pleasure of the defense counsel?

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Well, I really was not around, Your Honor, when the witness testified whatever representation my learned counsel, colleague, may have in mind, certainly, will be a violation of our rights to due process, Your Honor.  Maaari bang iyong palagi na lang manifestation na ganito, ganito, inaapura and so on? Para bang all the delay comes from the defense.  There were many instances, Your Honor, when they were not in a position to proceed, we were very liberal and magnanimous enough to accommodate all their request, Your Honor.  I do not deserve this kind of …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    So, you are not ready to cross?

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I am not ready, Your Honor, to conduct an intelligible cross-examination.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    We cannot compel the defense counsel to do the cross.

REP. COLMENARES.  We submit, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER. Alright.   So, what is your pleasure, you want a continuance for this witness?

JUSTICE CUEVAS. If the court so allows, your Honor, may we be allowed to cross-examine him tomorrow.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    The request of the defense counsel is granted.  The witness is instructed to come back tomorrow at two o’clock in the afternoon at the resumption of the trial of this impeachment case to testify on cross-examination.

REP. COLMENARES.  Your Honor please, may we ask a clarificatory question, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.    Yes.

REP. COLMENARES.  Yesterday, there was a statement from this Honorable Court that the Clerks of Court of both the Supreme Court and the Impeachment Court will discuss the request of the prosecution  na mai-subpoena lang sana o mapapunta dito ang mga administrative officers po like the Clerk of Court, security guard, driver, may we know kung ano po ang resulta po noon?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  I would like to request the Clerk of Court to inform the court, and the prosecution, and as well as the defense counsel about what happened during her meeting with Clerk of Court of the Supreme Court.  Atty.  Emma?

REP. COLMENARES.  Thank you, Your Honor.

THE CLERK OF COURT.  According to Atty. Vidal, the per curiam resolution of the Supreme Court dated February 14, 2012, provides that the same rules on confidentiality that apply to Justices and Judges also apply to all court officials and employees and said restriction cannot be waived, except upon approval of the Supreme Court.  Thus, Atty. Vidal committed to immediately inform the Supreme Court of the matter by including the same into today’s en banc agenda of the Supreme Court. While the action of the Supreme Court will, according to Atty. Vidal, be made known to her at the soonest today afternoon or Wednesday morning, yet, the official resolution on the same will still be available by next week, because they will have the resolution approved by the Supreme Court which they will draft.  Thus, it was suggested that, perhaps, she may be able to obtain a verbal authorization without awaiting a written resolution of the Supreme Court to ensure that the named court personnel may not be cited for contempt.  Atty.  Vidal agreed to secure, if possible, even just a verbal authorization from the Supreme Court and advised me accordingly if the two witnesses will be allowed to appear before this court and personally explain why they cannot testify pending the issuance by the Supreme Court of a waiver if any will be issued.

But, then, this morning, I called her up again and according to her, even a verbal authorization was denied by the Supreme Court.  So, still, by next week we will be informed of the resolution of the waiver of the Supreme Court, if any”.

Thank you.

REP. COLMENARES.  Maraming salamat po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The Minority Floor Leader.

SEN. CAYETANO (A.).  Mr. President, may I just make a reservation that tomorrow may I have two or three minutes to just make a manifestation or some thoughts on this issue.

Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

REP. COLMENARES.  Mr. President, may we be allowed to make a short manifestation po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

REP. COLMENARES.  Salamat po.

Actually po, nag-announce na po kanina ang spokesman ng Korte Suprema that the Supreme Court will not waive confidentiality under advising their administrative personnel not to appear before this court.  Nakakalungkot na nakakatakot na ang ating Korte Suprema po ay may ganong desisyon.  Para sa amin po, napagkaitan ang prosekusyon ng oportunidad na makakuha ng ebidensyang public records po.  These are administrative officers po.  Ito’y mga security guard o process server at ang mga dokumento po ay public records, wala po siyang confidentiality doon.  Ano po ba ang itinatago ng Korte Suprema sa hukumang ito?  Ito po ang isang malaking bagay na sa amin po ay malaking gulat pero nakakalungkot din.

Ngayon po, ang akin na lang pong sasabihin dito, so far po, nagprisinta nap o kami ng ebidensya patunay doon sa alegasyon namin, na nag-allege kami na may kaso si Ginang Arroyo, kailangan niyang tumakas sa bansa.  Nagprisinta kami ng ebidensya na walang life and death urgency na para bigyan siya ng TRO kaagad-agad.  Nagprisinta po kami ng ebidensya na may distortion, distortion doon sa sinabing kondisyon, na sinabi ni Atty. Midas Marquez at iyong lumabas doon sa aktwal na TRO po.

Ang sunod po sana naming purbahan dito at kami ay naglabas na ng ebidensya sa mga sumusunod ay ang who did it po, sino po ang gumawa nyan?  Ngayon po, may pruweba na kami batay sa internal rules ng Korte Suprema para iprisinta na ang chief justice lang ang may poder na gumawa po nyan.  Kaya lang po kailangan pa rin namin ng dagdag na ebidensya para sabihin, para mapatunayan na chief justice lang ang pwedeng mag-utos na i-extend mo iyong office hours, para chief justice lang pwedeng mag-utos  security guard, ikaw ang mag-serve ng subpoena.  Your Honors, please, at ito ay ipinagkait sa amin ng Korte Suprema sa ngayong araw.  At nakakalungkot na ang judiciary natin ang walang recognition don sa rights, sa due process rights ng complainants, Your Honor, to access to justice and to access to evidence.  In that case, Your Honor, probably, this is my last manifestation before this honourable court, may I ask the lead prosecutor po, Niel Tupas, to address the honourable court.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  We will take note of your manifestation, but, the Supreme Court as a co-equal separate and independent and coordinate branch of government, has, as the Congress and the Executive have,  its own internal rules.  So, I cannot see anyway by which we can break this system, this is the system that is authorized under our form of government and the only way by which we can break this if you want to control the Supreme Court or you want to be more superior than the Supreme Court or you want one department to be more superior over the other departments of the government would be to amend the Constitution and that is a function, not your function, nor my function or the function of the President of the Philippines or the Supreme Court but the function of the sovereign people of this country.  They are above us.  Okay?  So ordered.

SEN. SOTTO.  Mr. President, may we recognize Senator Jinggoy Estrada.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The Gentleman from San Juan.

SEN. ESTRADA.  Thank you, maraming salamat, Ginoong Pangulo.  Isang katanungan lang po siguro kay Congressman Colmenares.  Sa Article VII, meron na ho kayong 7 witnesses na prinisinta rito sa hukumang ito.  At doon sa letter of compliance ninyo under Article VII, nakalista ho rito ay 24 witnesses po ang inyong ipiprisinta.  Ano ho ang nangyari doon sa ibang witnesses?

REP. COLMENARES.  Actually po, if I may, may mga ibang secondary witnesses po kami.  For example po, iyong IT video CCTV ng DOJ na nagpapakitang sine-serve ng gabi na, late na ang TRO ni Ginang Arroyo.  Meron kaming security guard na mag-a-attest na sine-serve ito sa gabi pero po iyong siyempre kung ang process server po nandito, ay siya po talaga ang magsabing sine-serve namin iyan, ala 6, alas 7 ng gabi.  Ngayon mga secondary witnesses sila na pwedeng iprisinta, may iba pa pong mga posibleng secondary witnesses pero dito na po kami sa yugto na tingin naman po namin ano na-establish na namin iyong may motibong tumakas, na-establish na namin na may TRO na ipinasa, na-establish na namin na walang life and death urgency para ibigay iyong TRO na without a hearing, wala man lang oportunidad ang gobyerno na sumagot, na-establish na rin namin, tingin namin na may distortion.  Ang kailangan na lang po naming i-prove sino ang gumawa niyan.  Was it the Chief Justice who did it?  Ang tingin namin, in this stage, ang witness po namin manggagaling na talaga diyan kung hindi man isang Justice, isang administrative officer na magsasabing sino ang nag-utos sa iyo na i-draft iyang resolusyon na iyan, anong oras mo drinapt, bakit ina-announce na ni Atty. Midas Marquez alas 2 ng hapon, hindi pa pala tinatyp, sino ang nag-utos na driver ang mag-serve.  Iyon po, lahat po iyon galing na po sa Korte Suprema iyon at kung ito po ang desisyon ng Korte Suprema kanina na hindi na sila talaga mag-waive ng kanilang kline-claim na confidentiality, iyong mga primary witnesses na po iyan.  Sa ganang akin, malaki ang posibilidad na wala na po sila, na hindi na po sila maprisinta po dito.

SEN. ESTRADA.  So is my understanding correct that these 7 witnesses that you have just presented under Article VII that will be the last, wala na ho kayong ipiprisinta?

REP. COLMENARES.  Well, I think the lead prosecutor will discuss that po pero…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Ilan iyong dating witness na nakalista para sa Article…

SEN. ESTRADA.  24 po, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  24.

SEN. ESTRADA.  Well, that includes, Mr. President, the Justices of the Supreme Court, Mr. President.

REP. COLMENARES.  If I may lang, Your Honor please, kasi pahahabain pa namin iyong—gusto talaga namin that smallest number of witnesses ayon na rin po sa opinion ng lahat, I think even the Judges of this honourable impeachment court.  So for us to present two or three witnesses, just to prove that the process server went to the DOJ at 6 pm, ang process server mismo ng Korte Suprema po ang pinakamabilis.  So hanggat maaari po sana we would like to get primary evidence po rather than secondary po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Mr. Prosecutor, kung nagpunta sila sa DOJ, bakit hindi ninyo sa halip na manggagaling iyong ebidensya ninyo sa Korte Suprema, bakit hindi ninyo gamitin iyong testimony noong mga taong nakakita doon sa Department of Justice?

REP. COLMENARES.  Tama po.  In fact, humingi kami ng subpoena.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  O e bakit hindi ninyo gagawin iyon?

REP. COLMENARES.  May subpoena po kami sa IT…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Hindi na subpoena, bakit subpoena, tao na ang—hindi ba ninyo kontrolado ang partido ninyo?

REP. COLMENARES.  Hindi po, hindi po ako, Bayan Muna Party-List po ako.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Pero coalition kayo e.  Hindi ba kayo kasama sa coalition na nag-impeach nitong nasasakdal na Mahistrado?

REP. COLMENARES.  Prosecutor lang po ako dito.  Pero, naka-schedule po sila under our ano—sinasabi ko lang po ang aking—

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Why don’t you just bring them here voluntarily.  In the same way that you brought the ABS-CBN—

REP. COLMENARES.  They’re willing naman po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Precisely.  So, you are making it appear na kawawa kayo e.

REP. COLMENARES.  Hindi po.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You have all the means.

REP. COLMENARES.  Yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You have the power.

SUSPENSION OF HEARING

REP. COLMENARES.  May I have a one-minute recess lang po.  I’ll consult with the lead prosecutor, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  One minute suspension.  (Gavel)

It was 4:26 p.m.

RESUMPTION OF HEARING

At 4:27 p.m., the hearing was resumed.

SEN. SOTTO.  Mr. President, we are ready to resume.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Trial resumed.  (Gavel)

SEN. SOTTO.  Mr. President, the floor—Well, Senator Estrada has the floor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

SEN. SOTTO.  He is merely asking questions.  So, may the lead prosecution just answer the questions of Senator Estrada.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Gentleman from San Juan has the floor.

SEN. ESTRADA.  Congressman Colmenares, hindi nyo pa ho nasasagot yung aking tatanungan.

REP. COLMENARES.  Opo.

SEN. ESTRADA.  Paikliin lang ho natin ang inyong sagot kasi masyadong mahaba.

REP. COLMENARES.  Opo.  May mga lima pa po.

SEN. ESTRADA.  Sa pitong witnesses na pinresent ninyo sa ilalim ng Artikulo 7, yun na ba ang pinakahuli ninyo?  Ilan ho ba’ng ipepresenta?

REP. COLMENARES.  Your Honor, with your indulgence, the lead prosecutor wants to speak po.

TEP. TUPAS.  Magandang hapon po, Ginoong Pangulo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Magandang hapon.

REP. TUPAS.  Doon sa tanong ni kagalang-galang na—

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Maayong hapon.

REP. TUPAS.  Maayong hapon, Mr. Senate President.

Doon sa tanong ni kagalang-galang na Senador kung ilang witnesses pa ang sa Article 7, ito na po yung huling witness sa Article 7 na subject to cross by the defense.

SEN. ESTRADA.  Kasi nagtataka lang ako dahil marami kayong sinulat.  Halos lahat yung mga witnesses nyo sa taga-ABS-CBN.  E isa lang—taga-ABS-CBN lang ba kumuha nung mga video.  Kasi meron kayong nakalista rito Miss Lea Mañalac taga GMA-7, Marlon Ramos The Inquirer, Mark Meruenas taga GMA news.  Hindi nyo na sila ipepresinta?

REP. TUPAS.  Hindi na po.  Corroborative na lang po yung sa kanila at we decided that the witness, Mr. Llosala, yun na yung last witness for the prosecution don sa Article 7.

SEN. ESTRADA.  Okay.  Huling katanungan lang po, Ginoong Congressman.

Pagkatapos nitong Article 7, itutuloy nyo pa ba sa ibang artikulo o tapos na tayo lahat?  We will wait for the defense to present their evidence.  Are we done?

REP. TUPAS.  Gusto ko pong mag-manifest mamaya-maya doon e.

SEN. ESTRADA.  A, Inuunahan lang kita?

REP. TUPAS.  Yes, Sir.

SEN. ESTRADA.  Okay.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The Gentleman from Pampanga.

SEN. PANGILINAN.  Yes, Mr. President, thank you.

Mr. President, with the earlier manifestation of Congressman Colmenares regarding the developments in the Supreme Court, as well as the confirmation of our Clerk of Court and our Secretary, it is, in effect, Mr. President, the Supreme Court has made it known to us that they will refuse to honor or refuse to comply with the subpoena of this court, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  That’s correct.

SEN. PANGILINAN.  And I think, Mr. President, , this is a serious development. If we take it in the context of, first, we debated and discussed the issue of the TRO on the dollar accounts, saying then—I mean, a number of us felt that the Supreme Court had no jurisdiction and we continue to assert that by way of having filed our answer or our position before the Supreme Court.

So, after the TRO of our subpoena, Mr. President, on the dollar accounts, we now have this, the refusal of the Supreme Court to honor or comply with the subpoena.

My concern, Mr. President, is that what happens next?  As we go through this trial, what other orders or rulings will the Supreme Court undertake, whereby whittling away, Mr. President, the powers of this Impeachment Court?

I do not have the answers today, Mr. President.  I am not asking for a position to be taken by the Impeachment Court today, Mr. President, but I think, just as we deliberated and voted on the issue of whether or not, to honor the TRO, I think, we should deliberate and perhaps vote on the issue on whether or not we will accept the Supreme Court’s refusal to comply with or honor our subpoena, Mr. President.

And perhaps, during a caucus, we can discuss this, maybe on Monday or some other time, Mr. President.  But I fear, Mr. President, that at least, we assert the primacy and supremacy of the Impeachment Court in impeachment proceedings, Mr. President, we might find ourselves in a joint venture or joint undertaking with the Supreme Court in terms of impeachment proceedings.

And therefore, the sole power, Mr. President to try and decide impeachment cases becomes fiction, Mr. President.

This is my fear.  For the record, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  The Chair would like to clarify because all these things might create a wrong impression to the public mind, and to be fair to this court, to be fair to our people, and to be fair to everybody, this Chair would like to humbly state, for the record, that the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over the trial and decision that this Senate will make in this case.  That is not indicated by the action of the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is the guardian of the Constitution.  They know that the sovereign people of this country reposed to this Senate, the sole power to try and decide this case.  The Supreme Court cannot decide it.  What happened was, that we issued a subpoena and the internal rules of the Supreme Court which is a co-equal, separate, independent and coordinate department with us, says, we have our own internal rules on this matter, and we do not allow our judges, justices, judges and employees to be subpoenaed by the Impeachment Court.  That is another matter.  It does not deprive us of jurisdiction to try and decide this case.

In the same manner that, if you remember, when we had a problem—when the Senate had a problem with Malacañang, in connection with some investigation being conducted by this Senate, in one of its committees, the palace invoked its Executive privilege by preventing the members of the palace staff, including the members of the bureaucracy and the military from testifying in that particular investigation. And it was the Supreme Court who said, Yes, the Executive has an executive privilege that only up to a certain respect and in the manner they defined as to how it could be invoked.  And we continued with the hearing exercising our own jurisdiction over the matter which was the subject matter of the committee hearing at that time.  That is the same situation here, isn’t it?  No, they are not impeding us from continuing with the trial and decision on this case.  We can decide this case even without those witnesses coming from the Supreme Court based on the evidence we have at hand.The Gentleman from Iloilo.

SEN. DRILON.  Mr. President, considering the very sensitive nature of this issue, may I move that we discuss this in our next caucus, rather here in open court.  If that is in order.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Well, it was started by a Member of the court.

SEN. DRILON.  We know, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  What is the pleasure of the House?

SEN. SOTTO.  We can take it up, Mr. President, on Monday at 12:00 noon.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right, the Members of the court will not discuss this any further.  We will hold it under advisement and we will discuss it in the caucus on Monday.

SEN. SOTTO.  There is still one more question from a Member of the court, Mr. President.  Senator Loren Legarda.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The gentle Lady from Antique, Malabon, Manila, and the Republic of the Philippines, Senator Legarda.

SEN. LEGARDA.  Panay and Laguna, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Panay, Laguna.

SEN. LEGARDA.  And the Philippines.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  And the Philippines.

SEN. LEGARDA.  Thank you, Mr. President.  Napakaikling point of clarification lang po sa prosecution, perhaps more particular to the person in the transcript.  Is there a Mr. Parreno who said it yesterday?

ATTY. PARRENO.  Yes.

SEN. LEGARDA.  Yes.  Maski sino po, pero dahil ito ay sa statements ni Mr. Parreno.  Tungkol lang po sa dalawang araw na nating pinapanood na mga video na pinapanood ninyo sa amin.  Gusto ko lang pong malaman, Mr. Parreno, ano’ng oras ba ang business hours ng Korte Suprema?

ATTY. PARRENO.  Your Honor, sa akin pong pagkaalam, hanggang 4:30 p.m. po sila.

SEN. LEGARDA.  Can you verify?  I understand, it is 8:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Official office hours is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

ATTY. PARRENO.  Usually, Your Honor, when we try to file at 4:30, it is closed.  But we will verify that, Your Honor.

SEN. LEGARDA.  We want to establish the office hours and I wish you would answer me with not “usually”, because we want to establish a fact, not what is usual practice.

ATTY. PARRENO.  Yes, Your Honor.  We will submit a manifestation to that effect.

SEN. LEGARDA.  No, I do not need, you don’t have to labor with a manifestation.  Just give me the answer now.  You can just call and you should have had that information because you discussed that for two days.

ATTY. PARRENO.  Yes, Your Honor.  You are correct, Your Honor.  It is 8 to 5, officially.

SEN. LEGARDA.  That is why, do not rely on usual.  You should rely on what is a factual basis.  Because my questions are so simple, I just want to understand dahil dalawang araw ninyo pinapanood sa amin iyong video.  Because yesterday, you established, based on the transcript, the rationale for showing us the video.  Isa po sa inyong sinabi, ang kadahilanan ng videong iyan, in your own words, para patunayan, tinatagalog ko na lang, na iyong respondent ay ginamit ang kanyang puwersa para i-extend ang panahon ng office hours sa Korte Suprema para makapagbayad ng cash bond para ma-grant iyong TRO.  That is on page 27 of the transcript.  Tinagalog ko iyong English na transcript.  Kung 8 to 5 po ang opisina ng Korte Suprema, sinabi naman ninyo sa page 33 ng transcript, sa pagtatanong ng Presiding Officer, na iyong pagbibigay ng bayad ay nangyari ng 4:15  base sa third video. Eh, ako po’y nalilito dahil ano po ang kasaysayan ng inyong pagpakita ng video kung ito naman po ay sakop ng panahon na may business hours? Dahil ang gusto ko pong sanang napatunayan ninyo at nakumbinsi kami na talagang ini-stretch ang panahon na ginamit ang pwersa ng respondent para nga mabigay itong cash bond na ito outside of the regular office hours.  Because you have two contradictory statements, unless, I do not understand the transcript, can you just clarify.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor, actually, Your Honor, at around 4:00 p.m. or 4:15, this was shown by the video 3 that we presented, the messenger, Atty. Topacio, were attempting to pay, attempting to pay …

SEN. LEGARDA.  Please, just answer my question. Kayo po ang nagsabi, it happened at around 4:15, according to the watch, that is your answer to the Presiding Officer yesterday.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor.

SEN. LEGARDA.  4:15?

ATTY. PARREÑO. Opo.

SEN. LEGARDA.  And I asked you, the office hours of the Supreme Court is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. may I know what you meant by “office hours were stretched?”

SEN. LEGARDA.  Your Honor, actually, what happened at 4:15, based on our investigation, was that the messenger attempted to pay, but afterwards the cashier asked them for a copy of the resolution, so, based actually on the records that we received, the payment was, the certification of payment, was given on the next day, February 16—sorry, November 16. So, as of 6:03, as of posting time, 6:03, Your Honor, Atty. Topacio has yet to secure a copy of the resolution, so the payment was not actually made at around 4:15, but afterwards, and also, Your Honor, to prove the extension of hours, there are other incidence as well, not only the payment of the bond, but actually, also Your Honor, the submission of the affidavits, I mean, the Special Power of Attorneys were not …

SEN. LEGARDA.  Let’s clarify.  The Presiding Officer asked the third video was at 4:00 o’clock. You said, “Yes, Your Honor.  It happened around 4:15.”  My simple question is, what was the third video all about?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Ma’am, it was an attempt to pay.

SEN. LEGARDA.    Was it not the close up of the bag containing the money which represents the cash bond?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, you are right, ma’am.

SEN. LEGARDA.  And that happened at 4:15?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor, that was an attempt to pay at 4:15.

SEN. LEGARDA.  Was there any payment made?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  The payment was made subsequent to that.

SEN. LEGARDA.  Which was what time?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Based on our—it happened at around, Your Honor, based on our recollections, it happened around 6:03.

SEN. LEGARDA.  But you did not say that yesterday?

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  6:03 of what day?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  November 15 also, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  November 15.

SEN. LEGARDA.  What part of the transcript did you say that yesterday?  Because he said yesterday, 4:15?

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Actually, when we manifested that, Your Honor, we were referring to the attempt to pay.

SEN. LEGARDA.  But you did not say “attempt to pay yesterday”.  You are just saying this today that is why I am confused.  Because I read the transcripts of the days past and I compare it to your allegations on page 27 to what you actually said transpired, which is on page 33.  And I know that office hours is 8:00 to 5:00.  Kaya gusto ko pong maintindihan kung bakit ninyo sinasabi na pina-extend ang office hours para po mabayaran iyong cash bond kung naganap po ng 4:15. Iyon lang po ang aking gustong maintindihan.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Yes, Your Honor, but actually, that was an attempt to pay, the actual payment was made.

SEN. LEGARDA.  Then, you should have said that there was an attempt to pay because I am reading the transcript now and, unless, I cannot read or don’t know how to spell, I cannot see the word “attempt”.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  To be honest, Your Honor, we also had a discussion yesterday, I said, I mentioned the word—I am referring to the other prosecutor, I told them, I mentioned the word “attempt.”

SEN. LEGARDA.  I cannot see it now, then, just like in the Senate Journal, we reviewed it, then, you should have asked the stenographers to correct it.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  In any case, Your Honor, if there is …

SEN. LEGARDA.  Because it confuses the Senator-Judges dahil po maliwanag sa inyong mga alegasyon, among many things, iyong noncompliance sa cash bond–tatlong compliance sa TRO, ay iyong pagbabayad ng cash bond at iyong alegasyon ninyo na ginamit ng Supreme Court Justice, iyong respondent, ang kanyang pwersa para ma-extend ang office hours.  That is why, upon perusing this transcript, I see that there is no extension.  That is the reason why I am clarifying with you baka naman nagkamali ang stenographer, nagkamali kayo sa oras o nagkamali ang inyong alegasyon.

ATTY. PARREÑO.  Your Honor, the time, as of the video three time, is correct, that is around 4:15.  If I made the impression that I did not mention the word “attempt”, Your Honor, let me correct that now, the 4:15 was…

SEN. LEGARDA.  Well, I don’t know how many corrections you will have to make because these are records of the Senate.  On another page, 17, how can it be on page 17 in another page?  Anyway, my point is, Mr. President, is, I simply wanted to understand and be convinced that, indeed, there was a herculean effort to make sure that powers were utilized to extend office hours to accommodate the cash bond which was being posted by the former President.  I think I made my point clear, and that is all, Mr. President.   Thank you.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Thank you.  Prosecutors.

SEN. SOTTO.  The lead prosecutor, Mr. President, wants the floor, before we…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   The Gentleman from Iloilo.

REP. TUPAS.  Yes, just a short manifestation, important manifestation for the prosecution, Your Honor.  Maybe we will be given two minutes.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

REP. TUPAS.  Thank you.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You can spend more than two minutes.

REP. TUPAS.  Thank you, Sir.

On January 30, 2012, on day 8 of the impeachment trial, we manifested that the house panel will present its case within a reasonable time as we believe that this is the best for the nation.  We do not wish to prolong the proceedings and impose upon the time of this honourable tribunal, the respondent, and that to the public that we serve.

Today, Your Honors, on day 25 of the impeachment trial, the house prosecution has, thus far, presented 17 witnesses for Article II, 1 witness for Article III, and 7 witnesses for Article VII, or a total of 25 witnesses.  And, has marked, thus far, 166 documents for Article II

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  17 witnesses for Article II?

REP. TUPAS.  Alone, yes, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.

REP. TUPAS.  And has marked 166 documents for Article II,  alone,  16 for Article III, and 65 for Article VII, or a total of 397 documents marked, thus far, for Articles II, III and VII.

Your Honor, Mr. President, it is our humble submission that we have already presented a strong case, and the evidence that we have laid down suffices for the removal from office of Chief Justice Renato Corona for betrayal of public trust with the presentation of Articles III, VII and especially Article II.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  How about culpable violation of the Constitution?

REP. TUPAS.  We are proving betrayal of public trust, Your Honor, in this respect.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You are no longer using the ground of culpable violation of the Constitution?

REP. TUPAS.  The betrayal of public trust.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The court would like a categorical answer.

REP. TUPAS.  With respect to Article II….

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   If you want to make a categorical…

REP. TUPAS.  With respect to Article II, it is both betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Article II?

REP. TUPAS.  With respect to Article II.  With respect to the other Articles of Impeachment that we have thus far presented evidence, namely:  Article III and Article VII, betrayal of public trust.

May I proceed, Sir.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

REP. TUPAS.  This for this reason that after the presentation of Article II, the The None Disclosure of SALN, Article III, the competence, integrity, probity, and independence of a Member of the Supreme Court, and Article VII, TRO in favour of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the prosecution will no longer present evidence, or rather, the prosecution is terminating the presentation of its evidence, of course, subject to the cross tomorrow by the defense.  We will no longer present evidence with respect to the other Articles of Impeachment namely, Article I, this is the midnight appointment and the voting pattern, we will no longer present evidence.  Article VIII…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Article IV.

REP. TUPAS.  Article VIII first, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Alright.

REP. TUPAS.  Article VIII because this is the sequence which we filed a manifestation.

After Article I, no longer present.

Article VIII, this is with respect to the Judiciary Developmet Fund (JDF) and the Special Allowances for the Judiciary or SAJ, we will no longer present.

Article IV, regarding the issuance of the status quo ante order enjoining the proceedings of the House of Representatives during the Merceditas Gutierrez impeachment, no longer present evidence.

Article V, the flip-flopping of 16 cities, the FASAP and the Dinagat Island cases, we will no longer present, and Article VI.

Article VI is with respect to the creation by the Supreme Court of this Ethics Committee which absolved one of the Justices of the Supreme Court namely, Justice del Castillo, we will no longer present evidence.

Mr. President, the prosecution in terminating the presentation of its evidence reserves its right to present evidence on the dollar accounts of the respondent Chief Justice Renato Corona for Article II.  As we know, there is a case, in fact today a comment ad cautelam ex abundante which was filed this noon time by the Senate as well as the House panel of prosecution with respect to the temporary restraining order issued on February 9, 2012 by the Supreme Court.  And just to point out that in that, just a one-paragraph statement on that comment, ad cautelam ex abundante filed today, the House prosecution and the Senate are of the position that the Senate impeachment tribunal issued a subpoena dated February 6, 2012 pursuant to its constitutional power to try and decide all cases of impeachment which includes the manner and form…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Sole power.

REP. TUPAS.  … sole power to try and decide all impeachment cases which includes the manner and form of issuance of such writs such as the subpoena.  We just want to make that of record, Your Honor, because tomorrow, we will only have the cross to finish the presentation of the evidence of the prosecution and we also reserve our right tomorrow after the cross to…

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  I would like to—if you are through.

REP. TUPAS.  Not yet.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Tell me if you are through and I want to posit…

REP. TUPAS.  Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.   … some questions.

REP. TUPAS.  Yes, sir.  After the presentation tomorrow of the cross, after the cross by the defense, we would like to reserve our right to request for a period of time, to give us time within which to submit our formal offer of documentary evidence.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

REP. TUPAS.  That is all, Your Honor, and thank you so much.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Now, I want to clarify—are you telling this court that you are now saying you will stand or fall on Article II, Article III and Article VII?

REP. TUPAS.  That is correct, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  You will not present any evidence on the other articles of your Articles of Impeachment.

REP. TUPAS.  That is correct, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Are you withdrawing formally these articles—Articles I, 4, 5, 6 and 8?  Are you going to formally withdraw these articles?

REP. TUPAS.  We are dropping the articles, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Then write the corresponding motion to drop—Articles 4, 5 6—1, 4, 5, 6 and 8.  The court would like the prosecution to formally file a motion that will be approved by this court, formally, to drop and withdraw without their any further reception of evidence for Articles 1, 4, 5, 6 and 8.

SEN. SOTTO.  Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The Gentleman from Makati and Bicol.

SEN. ARROYO.  Mr. President, I think that that’s the privilege of the prosecution if they prefer not to proceed anymore with their five articles.

So, I would suggest that they just file a formal notice and not a motion because I think it will be unfair if we still pass judgement on what they would want to prove.  Just a notice and that’s it.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

REP. TUPAS.  We can do that, Sir.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  If you do not make a formal notice or motion, then my next question to you, are you submitting these cases for decision on the basis of the pleadings that are filed?  Because there are pleadings already that were filed.

There was your Articles of Impeachment.  There was an answer.  You made a reply.  There are controverted facts.  There are defences that were raised by the defense which will bind you if you are not going to traverse them.

So, I want a formal statement of your clear position on this matter.

REP. TUPAS.  Yes, Sir.  We will do that.  We’ll file a formal notice.  It will not anymore present evidence with respect to Articles 1, 8, 4, 5 and 6.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Not only that you are not presenting.  That you are withdrawing—

REP. TUPAS.  And we are withdrawing.  Yes.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  And, in effect, cancelling these individual articles of impeachment in your Articles of Impeachment against the respondent.

REP. TUPAS.  We will do that, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Very clear ha, very clear.  And that you will stand or fall on your case against the respondent on the basis of Articles 2, 3 and 7 …

REP. TUPAS.  Correct, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  … of your Articles of Impeachment.

REP. TUPAS.  Yes, Sir.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Okay.  What is the pleasure of the defense?

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  Well, I was about to make a short manifestation, Your Honor, …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Proceed.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  … in connection with the alleged offer of non-presenting evidence insofar as the specific Articles of Impeachment are concerned.  But I’ll be more correctly satisfied, Your Honor, If there is a withdrawal or a notice to that effect, filed before this court so that the court may act on it very, very formally, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

SEN. SOTTO.  Mr. President, a reaction from Senator Arroyo I think—

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Gentleman from Makati and Bicol.

SEN. ARROYO.  Mr. President, the action of the prosecution to file a notice is subject to an opposition of the—

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I’m not opposing.

SEN. ARROYO.  Even our approval.  That is their right.

SEN. SOTTO.  No action necessary.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  I think a court action will be necessary, Your Honor, …

SEN. ARROYO.  No, no.  I mean—

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  … because the pleadings have gone so far already.  There were evidences presented this way and that way.  And I do not think that either party may do what they want without an approval from this court, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Anyway, …

SEN. ARROYO.  Mr. President, …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

SEN. ARROYO.  … the prosecution is not interested anymore on five articles.  So, if they file a notice informing the Senate that they will not anymore prosecute the five articles, so be it.  And that’s it.  It’s not subject to the approval of the Senate because they are the ones who have filed the articles.  It’s their privilege to withdraw it if they want to.  So, if they file a notice informing the Senate that they will not anymore prosecute the five articles, so be it, and that’s it.  It is not subject to the approval of the Senate because they are the ones who filed the articles.  It is their privilege to withdraw it if they want to.  So, if they file a notice, that’s it.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  We want to be sure that we have a formal evidence of the position of the prosecution that they are in effect, withdrawing as articles of impeachment, Article I, Article IV, Article V, Article VI, and Article VIII, yet, that is as far as the Articles of Impeachment is concerned.  Now, but you cannot deprive the defense about the effect of their answers, they can use their answers to this articles if they are material for the defense of their client.  Okay, is that understood by the prosecution?

REP. TUPAS.  Yes.  It is loud and clear, Your Honor, and prosecution wishes to thank the kind statement of Senator Joker Arroyo.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  All right.  What is the pleasure of the defense?

SEN. SOTTO.  Mr. President.

JUSTICE CUEVAS.  We submit, Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  So ordered.

SEN. SOTTO.  Thank you.  Mr. President …

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Majority Floor Leader.

SEN. SOTTO.  Yesterday, the counsel for Chief Justice Corona filed a motion to suppress illegally obtained evidence, seeking to expunge from the record, all evidence, thus far offered, received, and proposed in relation to the subpoenas addressed to PS Bank branch manager, Ms. Annabelle Tiongson.

To allow our colleagues to go over the pleading that was filed, I move that we take up the matter in caucus, also on Monday, March 5, 2012.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Is there any objection?

REP. TUPAS.  Your Honor.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Yes.

REP. TUPAS.  With respect to that motion, filed by the defense, we filed a manifestation today.  The prosecution filed a manifestation today that we will file an opposition on or before March 5, Monday.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Then, granted.

REP. TUPAS.  Thank you.

SEN. SOTTO.  We will take it up.  Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  We will take it up in our caucus on Monday.

SEN. SOTTO.  Thank you.  Mr. President, may we ask the Sergeant-at-Arms to make an announcement.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  The Sergeant-at-Arms may now make an announcement.

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS.  Please all rise.  All persons are commanded to remain in their places until the Senate President and the Senators have left the session hall.

ADJOURNMENT OF TRIAL

SEN. SOTTO.  Mr. President, I move that we adjourn until two o’clock in the afternoon of Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

THE PRESIDING OFFICER.  Is there any objection?  (Silence)  There being none, the trial is hereby adjourned until two o’clock in the afternoon of Wednesday, February 29, 2012.  So ordered.

It was 5:02 p.m.

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