MANILA - A spokesperson of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Thursday questioned why congressmen have decided to wait for the Supreme Court's decision on a quo warranto petition against Sereno instead of bringing the impeachment complaint straight to trial.
"Para lang hong laro iyan ng basketball e. Nasa kanila na ang bola, ipapasa pa nila sa hind naman kasali sa koponan. Ibang liga po iyang Korte Suprema e, iyang petition ng quo warranto," Atty. Josalee Deinla said in a radio DZMM interview.
(That is just like a basketball game. The ball is already in their hands, but they are going to pass it to another team. The Supreme Court and quo warranto petition, in this analogy, belong to a different league.)
"Matagal na ho nilang sinasabi na sigurado naman silang mai-impeach at even mako-convict si Chief Justice, e bakit dini-dribble pa nila?" she added.
(They have said that they were certain that the Chief Justice will be impeached and even convicted. Why then do they keep dribbling the ball?)
Members of the House justice panel are set to vote today on the possible finding of probable cause in the impeachment complaint against Sereno.
However, House leaders said they will wait for the Supreme Court to decide on a quo warranto petition against Sereno before proceeding with the impeachment.
In the interview, Deinla said Sereno already expects the justice panel to vote to bring the complaint to the plenary.
"In-expect na po namin iyan. Ang boto po nila may finding ng probable cause, batay na rin ho sa kanilang mga naging pahayag, pagkilos during the hearing sa committee."
(We expect that their voting will find probable cause, based on their statements and actions during the committee hearings.)
With the finding of probable cause, the committee will draft articles of impeachment against Sereno, which will then be submitted to the plenary for approval.
Watch a live streaming of the impeachment proceedings here.