Will the Philippines oust another Chief Justice? Sereno answers

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 23 2018 09:05 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno gestures during an interview on ABS-CBN's "The Bottomline" on Friday, February 23, 2017. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- Will the Philippines see another chief justice get impeached?

In 2012, the country for the first time saw the ouster of a chief magistrate: the late Renato Corona, who was found guilty of betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Constitution for failing to disclose his wealth. 

Now, his successor, Maria Lourdes Sereno, is facing the same challenge after a lawyer lodged an impeachment complaint against her on allegations that she had misdeclared her wealth and has an extravagant lifestyle.

But will the impeachment complaint against Sereno prosper?

"I've already said this in a public interview, I think the probability is quite high that they will proceed, as I think, as originally planned," she said in an interview on ABS-CBN's "The Bottomline."

"I think we can already take the cue from the statements made by the members of the House Committee on Justice, and from the leadership of the House, and from some of the supporters of the impeachment complaint."

If impeached by the House of Representatives, Sereno will face trial before the Senate sitting as an impeachment court. 

The top magistrate, however, remained firm that she has done nothing wrong and insisted that the allegations against her are false.

"I think you shouldn't believe because they are not true," she said.

Lawmakers at the House of Representatives have been holding hearings on the impeachment complaint against Sereno to see whether there is probable cause to bring her to trial.

The Chief Justice said she looks forward to her impeachment trial at the Senate as she is counting on the chamber for fairness.

Catch Sereno's full interview on "The Bottomline" which airs Saturday night at ABS-CBN Channel 2.