Evidence against CJ Sereno were provided by SC employees – Atty. Gadon
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Atty. Larry Gadon
MANILA, Philippines — Atty. Larry Gadon expressed confidence that his impeachment complaint will push through in the House of Representatives.
The lawyer said his pieces of evidence against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno are strong because they were provided by Supreme Court employees themselves.
“While walking, someone would hand me a folder with documents. When I open it, it would contain a copy of this, a copy of that. So I began to have lead on what documents to get,” said Atty. Larry Gadon, the complainant.
On Wednesday, Atty. Gadon was able to get the original copy of Sereno’s personal data sheet.
Gadon claimed this will prove that Sereno altered her credentials for her to enter the Supreme Court.
Some of the original documents Gadon has secured were the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) report which the chief justice allegedly manipulated, her record of the purchase of luxury cars and the questionable spending of SC’s budget and her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN).
During the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, Sereno’s spokesperson Atty. Carlo Cruz said the chief justice is ready to face the complaint and defend herself in the investigation.
“They’re saying it’s a numbers game and our efforts are pointless. But no, Mr. Razon. At least if we lose this, we were able to show the Filipino people that we faced this with dignity; we will face this issue following the right process; we will face this and reveal the whole truth,” said Cruz. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The oral arguments on the controversial anti-terrorism law have been moved to February 2, the Supreme Court announced Friday.
This is after staffers of Solicitor General Jose Calida tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“Considering the meritorious request of Solicitor General Jose Calida that his Assistant Solicitor General and some staff who will attend the oral arguments have been tested positive for COVID-19, you are hereby informed, per instruction of the Honorable Supreme Court, that the oral arguments is reset to February 2, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.,” the Clerk of Court said in a statement.
“No further postponement will be allowed,” it added.
The high court originally scheduled the oral arguments on January 19.
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.
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday distanced itself from an impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen before the House of Representatives.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte is not involved in the move and did not endorse the complaint.
“Wala pong kinalaman diyan. We don’t even know who the proponents are,” Roque said in a televised press briefing.
The impeachment rap against Leonen was lodged by one Edwin Cordevilla of a group called the Filipino League of Advocates for Good Government.
Cordevilla accused Leonen of committing “culpable violation of the constitution and betrayal of public trust,” and slow case disposition.
He also accused Leonen of failing to file his statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) during his tenure at the University of the Philippines, as required by law.
Cordevilla filed the complaint with the assistance and representation of lawyer Larry Gadon. It was endorsed by Ilocos Norte Representative Angelo Marcor Barba, cousin of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Leonen said he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint but he expressed confidence that House lawmakers will “do the right thing” and will not entertain “false issues raised by some clearly personal or vindictive reasons.” – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
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