MANILA, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 (ABS-CBN) by David Dizon, - Not even the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona is stopping the plans of Corona's defense spokesperson Karen Jimeno for Valentine's Day.

Speaking to ANC, Jimeno said she will be having dinner with her husband tonight right after the trial hearing at the Senate.

Jimeno married her husband, investment banker Evan McBride, a week before the trial started last January 16.

"We've known each other for about 3-and-a-half years before we got married," she told ANC's "Headstart."

Jimeno, 31, studied law at the University of the Philippines, and attended Harvard Law School in the US for her Master of Laws. She married McBride, an investment banker, on January 7 prompting Supreme Court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez to remark to the media before the impeachment trial started that Jimeno will be “spending her honeymoon at the Senate.”

Since the start of the trial, she has amassed a following from fans who admire her intellect and looks. A Facebook fan page entitled “Karen Jimeno Courtroom Crushie" was created during the first week of the trial.

Asked what keeps her looking fresh, she said: "I don't think I look fresh. I am already starting to feel the stress."

She also downplayed a joke that she could join the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant. "That's overestimating...I don't believe that," she said.

Would she be interested in hosting a TV show? "No, I think my competence is being a lawyer and I don't know, I don't see myself doing that," she said.

Will she be having a baby soon? "I think my mom is planning for me to have a baby very, very soon. She was very upset when I agreed to be spokesperson as soon as I got married. We're going to try for a baby because she wants a grandchild."

Jimeno was recently the subject of controversy after it was discovered that she signed a manifesto of the UP College of Law protesting Corona's "midnight appointment" as Chief Justice. The "midnight appointment" included in one of the 8 Articles of Impeachment against Corona.

Jimeno, however, said her support for Corona now is consistent with her position to support the rule of law. She said while she disagreed with Corona's "midnight appointment", the Supreme Court had ruled that the law does not cover appointments to the judiciary.

"If the Supreme Court comes out with a decision, the decision of the majority and not just Chief Justice Corona, then that becomes part of the law of the land and we have to uphold it," she said.

Jimeno admits that some relatives were concerned for her when she agreed to become part of Corona's defense team. She said she respects people who say they admire her but think she's working for the wrong side.

"I just hope he [referring to a commenter] still respects the law and the process. In the end, when we see all the evidence, we hope we can prove him wrong," she said.

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