Threatened with perjury, Gadon insists evidence vs Sereno is 'strong'
Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon maintained Thursday that his impeachment case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is "strong" after he was warned of possible perjury raps if proven that some of his claims are false.
Gadon has alleged that Sereno "tampered with" a draft temporary restraining order (TRO) by Supreme Court Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro in connection with the disqualification of a party-list group of senior citizens in 2013.
Though he admitted that he did not speak with De Castro herself, Gadon said he obtained the information through Manila Times reporter Jomar Canlas and another friend.
Leonardo-De Castro has denied releasing information to Canlas, prompting House justice committee chairman Reynaldo Umali to warn that Gadon "may be liable for perjury."
In his defense, Gadon said the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption obtained a copy of Leonardo-De Castro's supposed memorandum, which questioned several decisions by the Chief Justice.
Gadon said he tried but failed to get a copy of the document because it was misplaced by SC personnel.
The House justice panel, he noted, has agreed to summon Leonardo-De Castro and other high court magistrates to shed light on allegations that Sereno bypassed them in issuing decisions.
"Sobrang lakas ng ating kaso kahapon. In fact, dahil d'yan sa hearing kahapon, nabigyan ng pagkakataon ang aking mga allegations na mabigyan lalo ng pagpapatunay sapagkat pinapatawag na ngayon ang mga justices," Gadon told DZMM.
(Our case is very strong. In fact, due to the hearing yesterday, my allegations were given a chance to be proven further because the justices will be summoned.)
He added that congressmen can subpoena Leonardo-De Castro's supposed memorandum.
"Kung mayroon mang papeles na kailangang i-produce, kanila itong ipapa-subpoena. Ang impeachment proceeding ay hindi gaya sa korte na ang complainant kailangang dala-dala iyung dokumento 'pag naghain siya ng demanda," he said.
(If there are documents that need to be produced, they can summon these. The impeachment proceeding is not like court trials where the complainant needs to bring all the documentary proof when he files the case.)
DZMM, 23 November 2017