H.Speaker Alvarez to CJ Sereno: Enjoy your leave, relax, see a doctor

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has turned his sights on the Chief Magistrate of the land.

A day after the spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno announced that she will go on wellness leave, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has made a gesture of concern towards the former.

In a letter signed by the Chief Justice submitted to the Clerk of Court En Banc Atty. Anna-Li Papa Gombio, dated February 27 Sereno said she will go on an indefinite leave to prepare for the Senate trial on her impeachment.  

The House speaker also urged his counterpart in the Senate, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, whom Alvarez claims to be “excited” to start the impeachment trial, to relax ahead of the possible proceedings before senators.

The Chief Justice made it clear that her reason for taking the indefinite leave is for her vital preparations in case there will be a trial. Also, Sereno in a previous statement believes that there is “probability is quite high” that the House panel deliberating on the impeachment complaint against her would proceed to Senate for the impeachment trial.

Sereno was “forced” to leave by other Justices.

House Justice Committee chair Rey Umali, who is presiding over the impeachment in the House, claims that he was tipped by several justices about the “forced leave” of Sereno.  

Sereno’s counsel Jojo Lacanilao emphasized that justices cannot force Sereno to go on an indefinite leave, which their camp believes, is like ousting the Chief Justice. He said only the Senate can dismiss the top magistrate after an impeachment trial. 

Atty. Lorenzo Gadon filed the complaint against the Chief Justice, accusing her of of misdeclaring her wealth in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth and having an extravagant lifestyle, among others.

Source: ABS CBN

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