'Nothing' presented in hearings to back impeach rap: Sereno camp


Posted at Jan 15 2018 09:04 AM | Updated as of Apr 24 2019 02:58 PM

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MANILA - The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said Monday impeachment proceedings against her would not prosper, ahead of the resumption of congressional committee hearings.

"Nothing has been presented that would lead to a conclusion that there is an impeachable act, much less than an impeachable offense," said lawyer Carlo Cruz, Sereno's spokesperson.

Previous hearings only proved that the lawyer who sought to impeach Sereno, Larry Gadon, had no personal knowledge of the allegations.

Cruz said evidence presented so far had been weak.

The chairman of the House Justice Committee, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali earlier said he expected up to 10 more hearings before the body decides whether or not the case should proceed.

If the impeachment complaint reaches the House plenary, Umali said lawmakers would likely vote to transmit the case to the Senate for trial.

Gadon had accused Sereno of culpable violation of the Constitution, corruption, other high crimes and betrayal of public trust. He cited the Chief Justice's alleged misdeclaration of wealth and slow action on cases.