Cristina Corona has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the P130 million forfeiture case filed against her and her late husband, former Chief Justice Renato Corona.
In a motion filed before the Supreme Court, Cristina prayed that the Supreme Court order the Sandiganbayan Second Division to dismiss the case as well as nullify the Office of the Ombudsman’s resolutions which ordered the filing of the case.
“In view of the foregoing, Mrs. Corona most respectfully beseeches this Honorable Court to resolve this Petition and spare her and her family from the effects of the Ombudsman’s Joint Resolution and Joint Order, which are mere offshoots of the public and political persecution suffered by the former Chief Justice,” her motion said.
“Mrs. Corona and her family should not be allowed to continuously sacrifice their rights and liberty, and suffer unwarranted anxiety and undue oppression due to the harassment suits filed against the former Chief Justice,” the motion added.
It can be recalled that the Second Division issued a writ of preliminary attachment in May 2014 which ordered a freeze of his assets amounting to more than P130 million.
Apart from the civil case, the former Chief Justice has been charged with eight counts of Perjury under Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code and eight counts of violating Section 8 in relation to Section 11 of the Code of Conduct of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act 6713).
With his death, the criminal cases will eventually be dismissed.