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MANILA, Philippines -- Chief Justice Renato Corona earned over P5 million during his stint as a member of the House and Senate electoral tribunals, witnesses revealed Wednesday.
On Day 29 of the Corona impeachment trial, the defense first presented Irene Guevarra, the secretary of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) who revealed that Corona earned P121,166.67 per month as member of the tribunal as follows: P20,000/month; P19,166.67/month miscellaneous expenses; and P82,000, other expenses.
Corona was SET member from Feb. 28, 2009 to April 30, 2009 for a total of P1,696,333.38 in allowances and per diem.
The SET has nine members consisting of six senators and three justices.
As a member of HRET, Corona earned a total of P3,359,807.85 for 21 months, said witness Girlie Salarda of the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET). Corona's HRET earnings are broken down as follows: P2,504,022.92 in allowances, miscellaneous expenses, and per diem, and P855,784.92 as chairman of the tribunal for five months.
The prosecution, however, questioned why these earnings were not declared in Corona's statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.
Guevarra graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University, where she took her law course and who top the bar examinations in 1981.