wMANILA, Philippines – The chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court has testified at his impeachment trial that he did not violate any laws when he failed to declare $2.4 million in bank accounts.
Renato Corona invoked the bank privacy law that protects foreign deposits from disclosure. Several senators and prosecutors who want Corona removed from office on charges of betraying public trust said Friday that he violated the constitution that says public officials must declare all their assets.
The politically charged trial has entered its final phase and a decision is expected next week.
Corona's impeachment has become a focus of President Benigno Aquino III's anti-corruption effort. Corona has accused Aquino of threatening democracy by conspiring to have him fired.