Santiago saddened by Corona’s death; reiterates her belief on his innocence

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  • Presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago is saddened by the death of ex-chief justice Renato Corona
  • Santiago said she had hoped he would redeem himself
  • Corona died on April 29 at the age of 67

Presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has expressed sadness over the death of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona; reiterating her stand that she believed he was innocent of the corruption allegations filed against him.

In an article written by Elizabeth Marcelo of GMA News, it was disclosed that Santiago used her Twitter account to express her grief.

“My deepest sympathies to Chief Justice Corona’s family and loved ones,” she tweeted.

Corona succumbed to cardiac arrest early morning of Friday, April 29, at The Medical City in Pasig City at the age of 67.

Santiago, who was interviewed during her campaign sortie at the University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos in Bacolod City, said she has always believed in Corona’s innocence.

“I would have hoped he would redeem himself,” she said.

Corona was facing criminal and civil cases before the Sandiganbayan and the Court of Tax Appeal (CTA) in connection with his alleged ill-gotten wealth, which stemmed from his supposed misdeclaration of assets in his Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) from 2001 to 2011.

In May 2012, senators voted 20-3 in favor of the conviction of Corona for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution over non-declaration of several assets, including real estate properties in his SALNs; causing his removal from the Supreme Court.

Santiago, her runningmate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and the late senator Joker Arroyo voted for Corona’s acquittal.

When she was asked if she believes that Corona’s removal from the SC might have contributed to the rapid decline of his health, Santiago said: “It helped send him to the grave.”

The criminal charges filed against former Chief Justice Renato Corona before the Sandiganbayan and the Court of Tax Appeals have been extinguished following his death on Friday, as disclosed by Atty. Romel Bagares; senior associate at the Roque and Butuyan Law Office.

On the other hand, separate civil action for forfeiture filed against Corona could proceed against his estate.

Moreover, Atty. Raymond Fortun said the criminal liability of an accused is personal to him.

“The death of the accused means that the penalty could no longer be enforced,” he said in a text message to The STAR.