Atty. Bruce Rivera lectures critics who said Kerwin and Dayan's testimonies 'scripted'

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"Under the law, inconsistencies do not negate a testimony especially if it is not on a material point and human perceptions are in play. In fact, if the testimonies are too perfect, it becomes suspicious."

This was the response of Atty. Bruce Rivera to posts circulating on social media saying the testimonies of Ronnie Dayan and Kerwin Espinosa are scripted.

He said that common mistakes in the testimony of witnesses could be disregarded because human perception is fallible and people bound to make mistakes.

Earlier, Kerwin Espinosa and Ronnie Dayan admitted a connection to De Lima, but gave different statements as to when they first got into contact and how many times they transacted.

However, Rivera said it will not change the fact that money was given whether it be four or five times is not that material because the fact remains that drug money was given.

He also urged critics to look at the bigger picture of the issue rather than nitpicking on the details.

Read his full statement below: 

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I saw in my newsfeed several posts saying the Dayan and Espinosa testimonies are scripted because of the differences in the number of times money was given and time when they were introduced.

Under the law, inconsistencies do not negate a testimony especially if it is not on a material point and human perceptions are in play. In fact, if the testimonies are too perfect, it becomes suspicious.

The number of times money was given can be disregarded whether four or five times because human perception is fallible and people can make mistakes. Gaya ng tanong, ilang beses kayo nag-sex, tapos iba-iba ang sagot, pwede magkaiba ang sagot. Kaya, malay mo...mas matatas ang memory ng isa at makalimutin yung isa.

But to those who are making these posts:

It does not change the fact that money was given whether it be four or five times is not that material because the fact remains that drug money was given.

It is more disturbing that there are people nitpicking on details when we should be looking at the bigger picture.

As of writing, his post already reached more than 3,700 reactions and was shared more than 600 times.

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