MANILA (Mabuhay) — The arraignment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona in connection with his tax evasion cases has been postponed again.
The Court of Tax Appeals moved to July 1 the ousted magistrate’s arraignment due to a pending motion for reconsideration filed by his lawyers.
Corona’s lawyers filed a motion for reconsideration on the court’s ruling denying their request to dismiss the cases.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue had alleged Corona did not pay taxes worth P120.5 million. The revenue agency said income tax returns were not filed from 2003 to 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010.
The tax cases were an offshoot of his impeachment case in 2012. He was removed from office in May that year for allegedly failing to properly disclose all his properties in his statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALNs).
The tax cases were eventually filed in March 2014. He was initially scheduled for arraignment in September that same year.
A motion to quash the case was filed, forcing the court to move the arraignment to December.
It was again rescheduled to January 2015 due to a typhoon.
The Papal visit in January then forced the court to postpone again the arraignment. (MNS)