Judge Lorredo said he will not hesitate to issue a subpoena to President Gloria Arroyo and her husband if Lozada asks the court to summon them as “hostile witnesses.”
He also said he will not hesitate to issue arrest warrants against the First Couple should they disregard the subpoena and will be ready to deputize other public officers to serve the warrants if the police refuse to.
Among those he could deputize, Lorredo said, are Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Sen. Panfilo Lacson and even detained Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who all belong to the political opposition.
estifying in his own corruption trial would be a huge gamble for Michael Carona
Inquiring minds want to know. Will Mike Arroyo and Gloria take the stand in there corruption trial? Will a trial already expected to generate juicy testimony give us the ultimate dramatic showdown of having the President of the Banana Republic and the First Gentleman inflicted with swine flu in the box, dueling with Jun Lozada’s attorney?
Normally, you’d dismiss the possibility from the get-go. Some witneses just aren’t up to it. They’d either melt or explode their asses on the witness stand. Either way, not good.
But here we have the Arroyos the Mafia bosses, coming out of virtual obscurity to be elected President through Garci’s phone conversation and touted for her ability to win over critics. Even Judge Lorredo described Mike Arroyo in his order that—My observation is that of all the presidential spouses, Atty. Mike Arroyo is the one who is very sickly. He has a serious heart disease. He even tries to make us believe that he is in no condition to attend Senate probes.
And in a trial in which former friends with dubious backgrounds are likely to be Jun Lozada’s most potent accusers, why not let the natural-born schmoozer take them on?
By far the worst gamble for the defense is putting the accuser on the stand, the minute Big and little Mike put on the stand, they lose the benefit of the reasonable doubt standard.
Theere are dozens of places where reasonable doubt can creep in during a trial. For example, the judge finding out that a witnese on the stand didn’t properly fill out the required financial disclosure statements (which forms part of the case against the Arroyos and the railroadman) might charitably conclude that he was too busy, simply not attentive enough or that the forms were overly complicated. Or even that it seems like a technicality, that it was a mistake they could see themselves making, and might not justify prison time.
But such musings can take on a whole different tone, if the witness is facing Jun Lozada’s attorney boring in on him with questions like:—- “You can’t remember being given five hundred thousands of pesos, sir? Does that happen to you every day, sir?”
And there’s an immovable bottom line, once the Judge thinks that the witness on the stand has looked them in the eye and lied, the Judge will dismissed the perjury case against Jun Lozada..
And in this case Jun Lozada will testify. It’s only the very unusual defendant that can survive cross-examination and help himself.
The Big and Little Mike team would appear to have another problem. Excerpts from secretly recorded conversations between Big Mike and witness — some of which have already been made public in Senate proceedings — suggest that illegal payments were made to Abalos and 200 for Sec.Both men use the word “untraceable” in apparent references to cash that changed hands.
If the tape is as devastating as it seems, the upshot may well be that Mike and Gloria can’t testify, because what would happen is that they’d have to try and explain the tape and no explanation is going to sound good. That’s what can turn what may seem like a technical violation into a guy committing perjury.
The Arroyos defense knows what’s on the tape and still has chosen to fight the charges. Jun Lozada’s lawyer will challenge the credibility of his accusers (Mike Defensor).
Most people have a vision that when you go see a defense lawyer, they say, ‘Tell me what happened.” Top-notch lawyers never ask that question. Rather, even though the trial of Jun Lozada has started, it’s likely his lawyers will listen to the evidence against him and wait until relatively late in the trial to get his version of events.
It’s never easy to decide to let a defendant testify in a high-profile case, Big Pig testimony in his corruption case may have sunk his chances, because Judge just didn’t believe him.
But not testifying in a case to Jun Lozada also poses a problem, the Judge hate to put a guy on the stand when the case looks weak and like it’s ‘no harm-no foul’,” But when the Judge trying a case y representing an upstanding public official as a defendant, the Judge expects an explanation, because they’re thinking, ‘If I’m wrongly accused, wild horses wouldn’t keep me off the stand.’ So that’s a huge tactical dilemma the defense faces.”
I’ve been assuming The Arroyos and little Mike would have to testify. The Corruption case would have to be pretty flimsy for THEM not to have to take the stand to rebut it. I’m not so sure. They makes it sound as if potential peril awaits them and even the coolest of cookies can crumble under cross-examination.
But, my crystal ball says- Jun Lozada will push off as long as he possibly can, because it’s such a dangerous gamble.