Senator Vicente “Tito” C. Sotto III said yesterday that P5 million will be used for the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona starting January 16. Sotto said that the amount was set aside initially for the impeachment trial of Ombusman Maria Merceditas N. Gutierrez.
It was unspent because it was pre-empted by her resignation. The money, Sotto said, will be used to purchase equipment, pay overtime, and buy food, among others. Sotto said the money will be taken from the Senate President’s budget last year, and any additional funds will be tapped as the trial goes along.