Cuevas: Corona to appear in court again

There's something to look forward to in Friday's trial.

After Tuesday's court drama, Chief Justice Renato Corona will attend the impeachment trial on Friday, the deadline given him by the Senate impeachment court before the case is submitted for judgment.

A DZMM report quoted former Justice Serafin Cuevas, Corona's chief defense lawyer, as saying Corona will appear before the court against medical advice.

Cuevas said Corona's doctors were against allowing the chief justice to testify since he is in intensive care for a possible heart attack. Cuevas said they would sign a medical waiver so Corona can go to the Senate.

Supreme Court spokesman Midas Marquez has said Corona had double heart bypass operations in 1995 and 2008 and has had diabetes for 20 years.

Corona was too ill to appear at the hearing Wednesday, prompting Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to set the Friday deadline. His camp said he had a "hypoglycemic episode." Corona was then brought to Medical City in Pasig, where he is still confined as of this posting.

Marikina Representative Romero Quimbo meanwhile told Yahoo! Southeast Asia in a text message that Corona will be subjected to cross-examination if he does attend the hearing.

"We have not waived (our right to cross-examine). We will cross-examine him as soon as he is available tomorrow," he said.

Enrile has said that should Corona refuse to submit to cross-examination, his testimony will be stricken off the record.

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