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    House panel finds sufficient grounds to impeach Sereno

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines – Voting 25-2, the House Committee on Justice found sufficiency of grounds for the impeachment complaint filed against Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

    This means the lawmakers saw impeachable offenses in the 27 allegations stated in the complaint.

    Some of the 27 grounds stated in the impeachment complaint against Sereno include:

    – alleged luxurious lifestyle
    -frequent travels abroad
    -mis-declaration of her real wealth in her statement of assets liabilities and net worth
    -purchase of high-end vehicles
    – and her alleged tampering of temporary restraining orders and resolutions of courts.

    The lawyer of Sereno has expressed dismay over the result of the hearing on the impeachment rap.

    “The committee should have answered today if these set of evidence have basis. That’s our expectation. But in the hearing, it was declared sufficient in form again,” CJ Sereno’s Lawyer, Atty. Jojo Lacaninao said.

    In the next hearing set in November, the House committee will determine if the complaint has probable cause.

    According to House Committee on Justice Chairman Reynaldo Umali, they will formally invite the justices of the Supreme Court who would like to testify against the chief magistrate.

    However, the committee has yet to decide on the request of Sereno to allow her lawyer to confront the complainant and the witnesses during the November hearing.

    “We will issue subpoena to those who will be necessary in terms of clarifying the allegations in the complaint,” Umali said.

    Once the lawmakers see probable cause in the complaint, they will write articles of impeachment and put it to a vote in the plenary of Congress. Once it passes the plenary, it will be brought to the senate that would stand as the impeachment court to begin the formal trial. From there, CJ Sereno will be obliged to face the Senators who will stand as judges. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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    House panel approves decision to dismiss impeachment complaint vs Andy Bautista

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines – The House Committee on Justice has formally approved the committee report on the dismissal of the impeachment complaint filed against Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista.

    This, after 26 members of the House Committee voted in favor of the motion of Misamis Occidental Representative Henry Oaminal to approve the said committee report and resolution.

    Two members of the committee voted against it.

    The lawmakers who endorsed the complaint even attempted to prevent its approval but to no avail.

    The House Committee initially declared as insufficient in form and substance the impeachment complaint filed by former Negros Oriental Rep. Jacinto Paras and Atty. Ferdinand Topacio against Bautista.

    Based on House rules, no impeachment complaint can be filed against Bautista within a year from the period a complaint was filed against him. – UNTV News & Rescue

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    Lower House to tackle grounds of impeachment against Chief Justice Sereno tomorrow

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — The House Committee on Justice will resume tomorrow the hearing on the impeachment complaint filed against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

    In the said hearing, the lawmakers will determine if the complaint has sufficient grounds and if the accusations are impeachable offenses.

    They will also thoroughly review the response of the SC’s top magistrate to the allegations against her.

    According to House Committee on Justice Chairman Reynaldo Umali, the respondents and complainants are not invited to the hearing tomorrow.

    The only member of the committee will be present in the House inquiry to discuss and vote on whether the complaint has sufficient grounds or not.

    “As a committee, we have to weigh whether that particular allegation plus the answer will still weigh and could constitute grounds for impeachment,” said Umali.

    Earlier today, the camp of Chief Justice Sereno submitted another letter to the House committee insisting on her right to be represented by her lawyers.

    This has been her response to the pronouncement of Umali that the chief justice herself should be the one to cross-examine the witnesses the complaint will present.

    “The impeachment rules of the 17th Congress did not prohibit the CJ’s lawyers from speaking of conducting cross-examination why not? Because to do so would violate the constitutional right to counsel and to be heard through counsel,” said Atty. Josa Deinla, Sereno’s spokesperson.

    Umali, on the other hand, noted that the members of the House committee will discuss and vote on the request of the judiciary’s top magistrate. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

    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

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