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.
Gadon noted six Supreme Court justices will testify against the chief magistrate. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
IBP nominates acting CJ Carpio as next SC top magistrate
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio
At the formal opening today of the application and nomination for the country’s next top judge, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines nominated Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio for the chief justice post.
In a statement, the largest association of lawyers in the country said that Carpio is the most qualified to lead and manage the Supreme Court and the entire Philippine judiciary as he is the most senior justice in the high tribunal.
But Carpio has earlier said he will reject the nomination to the position, citing his stand in the unprecedented ruling that ousted Atty. Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice.
Carpio is one of the six justices who dissented from the majority and dismissed the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General against Sereno.
Aside from Carpio, other most senior justices in the high court namely, Associate Justices Teresita De Castro, Lucas Bersamin and Samuel Peralta are also automatically nominated to the post.
They may accept or reject the nomination until July 26, 2018.
“In tradition, the five most senior justices are automatically nominated. Justice de Castro is nearing her end of term in October but she is still technically qualified,” explained JBC member Atty. Jose Mejia.
Meanwhile, Albay Representative Edcel Lagman believes the eight associate justices who voted to grant the quo warranto petition against Sereno should reject the said nomination.
They should also be disqualified from their respective posts as they will soon face impeachment complaints on grounds of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of public trust. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue
JBC to finalize nomination, application procedures for the next CJ
MANILA, Philippines — The Judicial Bar Council (JBC) will convene on Monday (June 25) to set final guidelines on the nomination and application process for the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC).
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, an ex-officio member of the JBC, said in a text message on Thursday (June 21): “It is expected that the JBC will direct the publication of a notice stating that it will now accept applications or nominations for the vacant CJ position.”
Meanwhile, Atty. Jose Mejia assured that they will be strict when it comes to screening the applicants especially on the issue of the statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN); an important document that triggered a controversy and toppled Maria Lourdes Sereno as chief justice.
“We have always been strict naman kasi simple lang naman kasi iyan. Here are the requirements you submit kaya lang may konting nuisances that had to happen,” Mejia explained.
Mejia added that they may also consider cutting the application period short.
“Normally we give 45 days, but with this one, since time is of the essence, maybe we will lower down the number of days for the application, ” he said.
After the screening process, the JBC will begin the public interviews before deliberating on the shortlist and voting for the person they will recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte.
Under the law, the chief justice position must be filled within 90 days from the occurrence of the vacancy. – JL Asayo / Marje Pelayo
SC upholds quo warranto ruling, voids Sereno’s appointment as chief justice
MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, June 19, denied with finality Maria Lourdes Sereno’s motion for reconsideration for SC to overturn its ruling on the petition against her appointment as chief justice.
In a full court session, the SC upheld its decision on the quo warranto petition of Solicitor General Jose Calida which nullified the appointment of Sereno as the top magistrate of the country.
On May 11 in a special en banc session, the magistrates voted 8-6 to declare Sereno’s appointment as invalid.
In today’s notice, the SC announced the start of the 90-day period for filling the vacancy of the Office of the Chief Justice.
The Judicial Bar Council (JBC) as it announced earlier, is expected to open its nominations for the next chief justice as the SC ruling on the quo warranto has now become final. – UNTV News & Rescue