Sereno on opponents: They have complicated lives now


Posted at Nov 20 2017 08:41 AM | Updated as of Nov 20 2017 11:47 AM

MANILA - Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno said an impending impeachment trial “is not very difficult” for her because she “just (has) to keep on telling the truth.”

Asserting that her “conscience is clear,” Sereno said in an interview aired on ANC Monday that those opposing her are “the ones who have complicated lives now.”

“Mahirap magsinungaling na kaya nilang patunayan. That would be extremely difficult,” she told ANC’s Headstart.

The Chief Justice is facing impeachment at the House of Representatives after a complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon was declared sufficient in form, substance and grounds.

The complaint stemmed from several accusations, including Sereno's alleged lavish lifestyle and non-disclosure of fees she received as government counsel in a high-profile case in her 2010 Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.

Sereno said she does not know how the complainant, lawyer Lorenzo Gadon, “can come and execute a verified complaint and say that he knows as a matter of personal knowledge.”

“I do not know where he will come up with all those allegations when I haven't met him,” she said.

“He will have the burden of saying that he knows all these allegations but at the same time not be forced to admit that there might be a hidden agenda he is advancing,” she added.