The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the request of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution, Inc. (VPCI) for documents to support their impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
These documents were requested in a petition filed by VACC President Dante Jimenez and VPCI President, Atty. Eligio Mallari, on Friday.
Sereno inhibited herself from taking part in deliberating on the petition.
Among the documents requested were:
1) En Banc Resolution in A.M. No. 12-11-9-SC supposedly adopted on November 27, 2012;
2) Subsequent En Banc Resolution recalling the aforementioned resolution;
3) Honorable Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno’s Memorandum on the appointment of Atty. Solomon F. Lumba as Chief Justice Staff Head II; 2
4) Honorable Senior Justice Antonio Carpio’s Letter on the withdrawal of his signature in the appointment of Atty. Solomon F. Lumba as Chief Justice Staff Head II;
5) Memorandum to the Court En Banc dated December 2012 of Honorable Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, seeking the recall of Honorable Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno’s administrative order creating the new Judiciary Decentralized Office (JDO) and reopening the Regional Court Administration Office (RCAO) in Region VII;
6) En Banc Resolution creating the Needs Assessment Committee to determine the need to decentralize the functions of the Supreme Court in support of its power of administrative supervision over lower courts; and
7) Memorandum to the Court En Banc dated July 10, 2017, of Honorable Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro calling for a review of Honorable Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno’s administrative orders re “Appointment of Atty. Brenda Jay Mendoza in June 2016 as chief of the Philippine Mediation Center under the Philippine Judicial Academy’, “Frequent foreign travels and grant of allowance to Atty. Maria Lourdes Oliveros and other OCJ staff purportedly with funding support from the host organizers of the travel as approved by the Chief Justice and two Division chairpersons”, and “Delays in filling up the posts of Supreme Court deputy clerk of court, chief attorney, and two positions for assistant court administrator”, which were supposedly issued without the approval of the Court En Banc;
Except for No. 7, all documents will be released by the SC for the petitioners. The release of Item No. 7 will still be deliberated upon by members of the High Court.
On Thursday, the groups filed an impeachment complaint against Sereno for supposed culpable violation of the Constitution, betrayal of public trust, corruption, other high crimes, and betrayal of public trust. - report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News