House committee finds Gadon impeachment complaint vs Sereno sufficient in form and substance

UNTV News   •   September 13, 2017   •   3862

MANILA, Philippines — House Committee on Justice said the impeachment complaint filed by Atty. Larry Gadon against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is sufficient in form and substance.

Thirty congressmen voted to declare the complaint as such while five voted against it.

In the said hearing, Bayan Muna Party list Rep. Carlos Zarate questioned the evidence presented by the complainant.

“Even if you read the complaint all the allegations are base on news paper clippings I don’t think that is personal knowledge,” Zarate said.

But Majority Floor Leader Cong. Rudy Fariñas said they have original copies of the documents from the Supreme Court.

“The Office of the Clerk of Court en Banc is directed to furnish to Atty. Lorenzo Gadon certified true copies of the following document…it list down 20 documents including the list of foreign travel all lawyers of the office of the Chief Justice,” Fariñas said.

Meanwhile the committee dismissed the complaint filed by Dante Jimenez of VACC and Atty. Eligio Mallari of the Vanguard.

Cong. Fariñas, one of the lawmakers who voted against it, said the complaint is not verified and not notarized.

“It has to have personal knowledge and then or culled for an authentic records but that’s not what they put in the verification they just copied the verification by 1/3 of all the members of the house,” Fariñas added.

The complainant requested the House Committee to allow them to fix it before dismissing the complaint.

“If we could still rectify this form because we admit it is our first time to file against complaint against the Chief Justice,” said Jimenez.

However, the House Committee said it does not want to waste time for an unverified complaint.

“I declare that the second complaint that of Dante Jimenez and the other complainant already dismiss, what’s next I have already order the com sec to already send notice to the Chief Justice to answer,” House Committee on Justice Chairman Rep. Reynaldo Umali said.

In the next hearing of the committee, the lawmakers will determine if the complaint has probable cause.  The witnesses in the complaint will also appear in the said hearing.

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Duterte names Diosdado Peralta as new Supreme Court Chief Justice

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2019

Newly-appointed Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte named Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta as the new chief justice of the Supreme Court, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed that Duterte signed Peralta’s appointment paper on Wednesday in a message to reporters.

Peralta will be replacing Lucas Bersamin, who retired last week after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Peralta beat Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Andres Reyes Jr. who were also shortlisted by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for the post.

Peralta and Perlas-Bernabe both got seven votes while Reyes received four votes.

Among the three candidates for the post, Peralta is the most senior justice in terms of the number of years in the Judiciary.

Justice Peralta is an alumnus of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, the Supreme Court said in a statement.

Born in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Peralta started his career in government service when he was appointed Third Assistant City Fiscal in 1987 then went on to become a trial court judge and later a Sandiganbayan Justice before he was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2009.

Prior to his SC appointment, he was a professor, lecturer, resource person, and Bar reviewer in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Remedial Law, and Trial Techniques in various universities.

Peralta will be sitting as the chief magistrate until he retires at the age of 70 on March 27, 2022.

Peralta, Bernabe get top JBC votes in SC chief justice shortlist

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2019

Supreme Court Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta (L) and Estela Perlas-Bernabe (R)

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Associate Justices Estela Perlas-Bernabe and Diosdado Peralta got top votes from the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in its shortlist for the next chief justice.

According to a copy of the shortlist released by the SC’s Public Information Office on Tuesday, October 15, both Bernabe and Peralta got seven votes.

Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr., meanwhile, got four votes from JBC members while Associate Justice Jose Reyes received one vote.

The chief justice position will be vacated when CJ Lucas Bersamin reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 on October 18.

Bersamin was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as chief justice on November 28, 2018.

The shortlist has been submitted by the JBC to Duterte for choosing.

Under the Philippine Constitution, Duterte has 90 days to pick the next SC top magistrate.

House recommends using Laguna Lake as permanent source of domestic water

Maris Federez   •   August 28, 2019

Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines located between the provinces of Laguna and Rizal. (Photoville International/Rogz Necesito Jr.)

Despite the rising water level in Angat Dam, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has expressed concern about the possibility of another water crisis next year.

The NWRB said that if Angat Dam fails to reach its normal operating level, Metro Manila might experience another shortage come dry season.

Because of this, Congressman Ruffy Biazon, during the House Committee on Metro Manila Development hearing on Wednesday (August 28), recommended the use of Laguna Lake as a permanent source of domestic water.

This aims to address the shortage of water supply in Metro Manila and its neighboring cities and provinces in case the water level in Angat Dam recedes anew.

“Kasi iilan lang yung nakikinabang doon eh. Pinagkakakitaan yung Laguna Lake hindi para sa paggamit ng ordinaryong mamayan kung hindi sa paggamit ng mga interes ng kumpanya,” Biazon said.

The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) agreed that this can be done, although they admit that they do not have the funding to conduct dredging in the lake.

They also cited the expense that will be incurred in treating and eliminating the saltwater from Manila Bay that gets combined to the water in the lake.

Add to this is the fast-increasing formation of algae which affects the quality of the water.

“Ang Laguna Lake kaya niyang i-supply ang requirement for domestic water supply as source of domestic water. Ang problema lang is more on the water quality,” said Engr. Emiterio Hernandez of the LLDA.

To date, Maynilad and Manila Water get a small percentage of water supply from Laguna Lake for their customers in Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan.

Meanwhile, water levels in several dams are continuously increasing due to the rains being experienced in the country.

As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, the water level in Angat Dam has reached 181.74 meters.

Ipo Dam water level, on the other hand, has gone up to 11.82 meters; while that of La Mesa Dam went up to 77.18. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

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