MANILA - The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday to read her reply-affidavit to the impeachment complaint filed against her.
Atty. Carlo Cruz, Sereno's spokesperson, said the Chief Justice has laid out in the verified reply all her answers to the impeachment complaint filed against her by Atty. Lorenzo Gadon.
"We were hoping, perhaps, it would be nice if the President would find the time to review and read the answer by the Chief Justice in connection with the impeachment complaint," he told ANC.
The camp of Sereno issued the statement after President Duterte's allegations of corruption against the Chief Justice in a speech before the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Davao chapter.
The Supreme Court, Duterte said, is headed by a "corrupt" official whose statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth failed to declare a professional fee for serving as government counsel in arbitration proceedings against the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. Inc. (Piatco).
Cruz said Sereno believes it would be better not to issue an official statement to these "insinuations" and referred Duterte instead to the verified reply for the specific explanation of the Chief Justice.
The lawyer said Sereno already made it clear in her response that she made every requisite disclosure with regards to the fees paid to her by the government, and the amount has all been accounted for.
He said the Sereno camp is just waiting for the House justice committee and the respondents of the impeachment raps if they would be allowed to do a cross-examination.
Aside from Sereno, the President also slammed in the same speech Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales for her alleged "selective justice" amid a probe on Duterte's wealth.
Duterte even dared both Sereno and Morales to resign with him and "open all our books."
The Ombudsman tweeted a short reply to the President, saying: "The Ombudsman has already stated its position; to abide by its constitutional duty. No need to add more."