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MANILA, Philippines -- Lawyers of Chief Justice Renato Corona said they could not give full assurances that he would return to the witness stand on Wednesday despite Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s threat that his testimony would be stricken off the record and a ruling made.
"Hindi namin masasagot yan ng (We cannot answer that) 100 percent. Hindi namin masasabi kung uupo siya diyan. Pero kinakailangan niyang bumalik (We cannot say if he will sit there again. But he needs to come back," Quicho said.
Another spokesman, Tranquil Salvador III, said Enrile's statement was clear and that Corona needed to appear before the court.
However, he added, "Mahirap magsalita. Hindi kami diyos (It’s difficult to say definitely. We are not gods). He's condition is as you've seen now. Hopefully by tomorrow he's better."
He acknowledged the gravity of the court’s threat.
"Sino po ang nasa (Who is at a) disadvantage?" Salvador said. "We cannot speak of absolutes at this point."
Salvador said he rushed to Corona immediately after he left the room and was told by the magistrate that he wasn't feeling well.
"Sabi nya talagang nahilo siya, nagdidilim paningin niya. Ayaw naman daw niyang masuka sa harap ng TV. Totoo naman pong masama ang kanyang pakiramdam. Kita niyo naman kahit naka-wheelchair siya, sabi namin kailangan niyo bumalik (He said he was really dizzy and his vision was dimming. He didn’t want to throw up in front of the television cameras. It’s true that he was feeling bad. But you see, even if he was in a wheelchair, we told him he needed to return)," he added.