Justice panel eyes impeach articles vs Sereno


Posted at Mar 07 2018 10:47 AM | Updated as of Jan 08 2020 12:12 PM

Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno answers questions during her guesting at ABS-CBN's Bottomline on February 23, 2018. Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The House justice committee on Thursday will vote on which of the 27 allegations raised against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will be included in the articles of impeachment against her.

This is what panel chairperson Reynaldo Umali said Wednesday even as the Supreme Court tackled a separate quo warranto petition seeking Sereno's removal from office.

"Sa Committee on Justice tuloy-tuloy lang kami. Bukas magbobotohan kami para malaman namin kung ano po iyung mapapaloob sa articles of impeachment," Umali told DZMM.

(The Committee on Justice will continue with the impeachment proceedings. On Thursday, we will vote on what the articles of impeachment will contain.)

The panel aims to submit the articles to the House plenary for approval before Congress adjourns for the summer break beginning March 22.

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The House plenary, meanwhile, will vote on the impeachment complaint in May, as congressmen prefer to wait for the Supreme Court to rule on the quo warranto petition Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had said.

The petition, lodged by the Office of the Solicitor General, had cited Sereno's failure to declare her wealth in full -- a requirement when she applied for the top judicial post in 2012.

The same allegation was raised in the impeachment complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon, who also accused Sereno of having a wealthy lifestyle and bypassing her colleagues in the issuance of court orders.

Most of Gadon's accusations will probably be included in the articles of impeachment, Umali said.

The impeachment, however, will be "moot and academic" if the High Court ousts Sereno, he admitted.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Sereno to answer the quo warranto petition within 10 days.