Total of 6 justices to testify and tell all on Sereno - House Committee

Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno / Photo file from Inquirer (ctto)

Manila, Philippines – On Sunday, Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali, said that there were more Supreme Court justices who expressed willingness to step forward and testify against the Chief Justice.

According to a report from Philstar, there were five incumbent justices, and one retired.
Justices Teresita Leonardo-De Castro (the first one who testified), Noel Tijam, Mariano del Castillo, Francis Jardeleza and Samuel Martires are all willing to break the traditionally judicial protocol.

Also, the retired magistrate Arturo Brion, who earlier rebuke Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno.

“Barring unforeseen circumstances, we look forward to hearing their testimonies. We hope that necessary clearances are given to them by the Supreme Court to face and testify before my panel,” Rep. Umali said.

Four among these justices have already confirmed their attendance at today’s resumption hearing.

Del Castillo is said to be the latest addition to the justices who want to testify – whom just informed the House Committee on Justice, about his decision to come forward.

“I have no personal knowledge about his intention to testify, but his willingness to face us was relayed to my committee secretariat,” Umali said.

“Associate Justice Del Castillo may testify on the circumstances behind the Toyota Land Cruiser controversy and other allegations of corruption against the Chief Justice,” he added.

“We can accommodate his (Del Castillo’s) testimony by January next year because our hands are full with the scheduled testimonies of other justices,” Umali said.

Meanwhile, a group named The Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Laiko), a lay arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines expressed its support for Sereno.

“Without going into the merits of the impeachment complaint, the Laiko unequivocally expresses its full support for Chief Justice Sereno. Our knowledge of how the Chief Justice conducts herself gives us reason to believe that she is a person of integrity unsullied by any hint of corruption,” the group said, believing that Sereno is worthy of keeping her post.

Source: Philstar

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  1. Wowowowowowowowo what a revelation is coming. I feel sorry for Sereno. But if he has something to say, best is say it now and come out of her hiding before the fire rages further. Or best is resign asap before getting truly humiliated. Once wrong is done it is difficult to rectify being an executive to the people.