Press Release
March 11, 2008


Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona should consider inhibiting himself from the executive privilege deliberations following reports that his wife publicly

supported President Gloria Arroyo in a paid advertisement published in several newspapers last week. Likewise she herself is a presidential appointee being a board member of a government corporation, Senate Majority Leader and

Independent senator Kiko Pangilinan today said.

"Rule 137 of the Rules of Court specifically and clearly provides that a judge may, in the exercise of his sound discretion, disqualify himself from sitting in a case, for just and valid reasons." Kiko said.

"In one case, Webb vs. People, the High Tribunal ruled that a party may seek the inhibition or disqualification of a judge who does not appear to be wholly free, disinterested, impartial and independent in handling a case." Kiko adds.

"Palagay ko, may basehan at dahilan na hindi na sumama sa delibrasyon at botohan si Justice Corona dahil mismong asawa niya ay nagpahayag ng suporta kay Pangulong Arroyo at appointee pa sa isang govt corporation. Our preliminary research also found that his wife, Cristina Roco - Corona, is a presidential appointee. She is currently a board member of John Hay Management Corporation, a subsidiary of the Bases Conversion Development Authority." Kiko ended.

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