By Ang Paglilitis Editor Team
The lawyer “who helped turn the tide of history” in the impeachment trial of former President Joseph Estrada will most likely cross-examine Chief Justice Renato Corona when he testifies in the impeachment court.
Chief private prosecutor Mario Bautista would in all probability cross-examine the chief magistrate, said private prosecutor Renato Samonte in the Ang Paglilitis Special Forum aired by the People’s Television Network.
The chief justice’s lawyers have earlier allowed Corona to testify in the trial on the condition that ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and individuals who have filed a complaint against Corona before the ombudsman be subpoenaed by the impeachment court.
Bautista also cross-examined ombudsman Carpio-Morales when she testified on Corona’s 10-million-dollar deposits.
Bautista was the private prosecutor who presented Clarissa Ocampo as witness in the impeachment trial of former President Estrada. He has been commended for his work by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a speech before the University of the Philippines Class of 1979.
“He helped turn the tide of history as private prosecutor when he presented Clarissa Ocampo as the key witness in the trial of the century. Congratulations to you, Mario, thanks for your contribution,” said Arroyo.
Bautista has been recognized as a “leading lawyer” by Asialaw Profiles, Legal 500, and Asia’s Leading Lawyer for Business, and has also served as chapter director of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
Bautista is a managing partner of Poblador, Bautista & Reyes, which he co-founded in 1994. He placed sixth in the bar examination in 1979 after receiving his Bachelor of Laws Degree that year from the University of the Philippines.
As chief private prosecutor, he has been supervising the legal strategy of the prosecution team and has been coordinating with their volunteer lawyers.
Lead prosecutor Iloilo Representative Neil Tupas has described Bautista as a “well respected and principled veteran litigation lawyer.”