By Raïssa Robles
However, he doesn’t seem to do as well during cross-examination.
At least twice, Cuevas has stumbled during cross-examination. He enabled tax chief Kim Henares to enter even more damaging evidence against his client, Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona.
It was also Cuevas who unwittingly allowed the entry of more bank documents from the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). He tried to recover by taking back this request early this week.
Today, Cuevas – while trying to make small talk with Justice Secretary Leila de Lima – mentioned that he once occupied De Lima’s position as justice secretary.
And so I got curious.
Did Cuevas himself issue the same kind of watchlist orders that De Lima had issued against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo? That the Arroyo camp had roundly condemned as unconstitutional, and for which the Corona-led Supreme Court issued a TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) in Arroyo’s favor?
It turns out that Cuevas did. He issued several watchlist orders while he was the justice secretary of President Joseph Estrada between July 1, 1998 and February 15, 2000.
I eagerly look forward to Cuevas explaining why it’s wrong for De Lima to issue a watchlist order, while it was right for him to do so when he was the justice secretary.
Take a look at a couple of Cuevas’ watchlist orders:
They can be viewed at the Bureau of Immigration website.