Sereno to Congress on her impeachment case: Expedite process and prove the case before the Senate

The Chief Justice is on the fighting mood!

The lawyers of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno has called out the House of Representatives to bring to a plenary vote the articles of impeachment against the country’s top magistrate and immediately transmit these to the Senate. They are urging the Impeachment trial to begin as soon as possible in order to determine whether or not there is basis to remove her from the Supreme Court.

The top magistrate has been reiterating her call to give her day in court so that she can properly defend herself against all the accusations hurled against her. 

In a prepared statement , lawyer lawyer Josa Deinla, one of Sereno’s spokespersons, said pro-impeachment lawmakers should expedite the process and prove their case before the Senate, which, together with the House, has the “exclusive authority to discipline all impeachable officers for any impeachable offense.”

Deinla said that for her part, the Chief Justice is now in the “advanced stage of preparation” for her looming impeachment trial in the Senate.

The Chief Justice who is currently on an indefinite leave, has made it known to the public that it was meant for her to prepare for the upcoming impeachment trial proper in the Senate. A few weeks ago 13 justices urged the Chief Justice to take an indefinite leave so as to save the integrity of  the Supreme Court.

Lawyer Larry Gadon was the one who filed the impeachment complaint against CJ Sereno, the former claim that the top magistrate failed declare in her statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) the  “exorbitant lawyer’s fees” of USD745,000 (PHP37 million) which she received from the Philippine government.

Gadon also alleged that Sereno committed corruption when she, among other things, used public funds to finance her extravagant and lavish lifestyle by ordering the purchase of a brand-new luxurious Toyota Land Cruiser 2017 model as her personal vehicle, amounting to more than PHP5 million; and stay in opulent hotels when attending conferences in the country and abroad. 

According to her lawyers, the Chief Justice can answer and will prove all the allegations against her is not true and can readily be countered by her legal team.

“The Chief Justice eagerly awaits the transmittal of the articles of impeachment to the Senate where she is ready to defend herself against the unfair, unjust and malicious allegations, which are the bases of the obviously biased impeachment proceedings conducted by the House Committee on Justice,” Deinla said.

Deinla maintains that the Chief Justice has not done anything against any law or any impeachable act to merit her removal from office.

The Chief Justice, she said, strongly believes that the truth is on her side.

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