2 lawmakers to endorse new impeachment complaint vs CJ Sereno

admin   •   August 7, 2017   •   6489

 

MANILA, Philippines — There are 27 articles of impeachment with 54 pages and more than 250 page attachments.

This is the whole impeachment complaint that the lawyer and former senatorial candidate Larry Gadon plans to file against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

But unlike the first filed impeachment complaint against the chief justice there are two lawmakers who showed interest in endorsing it.

“Dalawang mag-eendorse, ayaw lang ipasabi ang pangalan,” said Atty. Gadon. “Ang usapan namin ay itong next week, ako’y babalik doon upang finally ay mai-submit ko na ito sa Office of the Secretary General of the House of Representatives.”

(Translation: There will be two endorsers, but they don’t want to be named yet. We agreed that I will return next week to finally submit this [complaint] to the Office of the Secretary General of the House of Representatives.)

Aside from this, the complaint identified some officials of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) and employees under the office of CJ Sereno who may possibly be called upon or subpoenaed by Congress in case the complaint pushes through.

“Sila kasi yung nasa Office of the Chief Justice na nakakaalam sa mga papeles tungkol dun sa mga travel allowances and yung ibang papeles dun na pwedeng ipa-subpoena ng House sakaling mag-conduct ng hearing,” said Gadon.

(Translation: These are the ones from the Office of the Chief Justice who know about the documents regarding the travel allowances and other papers that the House may subpoena in case they conduct a hearing.)

Another complaint by Gadon is the purchasing of a luxury car of Chief Justice Sereno worth P5.1 million aside from the millions spent to bullet proof the car.

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) were the first to file a complaint against the chief justice but no lawmaker endorsed it. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

JBC opens application for Chief Justice after SC OKs Peralta’s early retirement

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the applications for chief justice following the Supreme Court en banc’s approval of the early retirement of Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta.

In an announcement, the JBC said the applicants may submit their applications and other documentary requirements on February 15.

Applicants must visit the JBC website and access the online application scheduler from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight not later than the said date, it added.

The JBC said Peralta’s optional retirement was approved by the magistrates on January 5 during their first en banc session this year. He will step down from office when he turns 69 on March 27, one year ahead of the mandatory retirement age for judges and justices.

The SC in December confirmed that Peralta opted for early retirement but did not disclose the reason.

Peralta was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as SC chief justice in 2019.

When he retires, the five most senior magistrates in the high court will be automatically nominated for the post, subject to their confirmation. They are Justices Estela Perlas Bernabe, Marvic Leonen, Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, Alexander Gesmundo, and Ramon Hernando.

Impeachment complaint filed vs. Associate Justice Leonen

Marje Pelayo   •   December 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — An impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Associate Justice Mario Victor ‘Marvic’ Leonen was filed at the House of Representatives (HOR) on Monday (December 7) for “culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust.”

Edwin Cordevilla, the secretary-general of Filipino League of Advocates for Good Government filed the complaint assisted by Atty. Larry Gadon.

Gadon was also the lawyer behind the impeachment case against former Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in 2017.

Ilocos Norte Representative Angelo Barba, meanwhile, endorsed the complaint against Leonen.

“As I said in the beginning, Mang Ed [Cordevilla] is a constituent of mine,” Barba said.

Among the issues raised by Cordevilla’s complaint include Justice Leonen’s failure to dispose 37 cases within 24 months and “for arbitrarily delaying the resolution of cases pending before him as Chairperson of the House of Representative Electoral Tribunal.”

The SC official is also being accused of not filing his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) for 15 years since his tenure as a professor at the University of the Philippines. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

JBC extends application period for CA, CTA, Sandiganbayan vacancies

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Judicial and Bar Council on Thursday announced it has extended the application period for several vacant positions in the Court of Appeals (CA), and other courts.

In an advisory, the JBC said it moved the deadline from August 25 to September 25 following requests for extension of the deadline of submission of documents owing to the difficulty in securing documents in view of the imposition of modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite were placed under MECQ from August 4 to 18. It has now shifted to general community quarantine status.

The JBC said there are job openings in the CA, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) as well as in the Legal Education Board.

CA vacancies are for the positions left by Justices Rodil Zalameda, Edgardo Delos Santos, Mario Lopez, and Samuel Gaerlan who were appointed to the Supreme Court; Justices Luisa Padilla and Jane Aurora Lantion who compulsorily retired in January 2020.

The opening in Sandiganbayan is for the position left by the late Justice Reynaldo Cruz, while the CTA vacancies are for the positions formerly held by retired Justices Cielito Mindaro-Grulla and Esperanza Fabon-Victorino.

The JBC also said applications are also open for several positions in the Legal Education Board.

The council reminded applicants to access the online application scheduler in its website on or before August 25 to register and selected the date they will submit their documents.

Applicants must also submit the complete and accurate digitized versions of their documents through electronic mail on their selected date and time of appointment in the scheduler.

The submission of hard copies of documentary requirements, however, is suspended until further notice, the JBC said.

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