Justice committee deliberates Gadon allegations against Sereno

To establish a probable cause, the House of Representatives Committee on Justice led by Rep. Umali conducts a deliberation on the allegation against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno on the ground of culpable violation of the Constitution.

The verified complaint of Atty. Lorenzo Gadon accuses Sereno of at least three (3) instances of falsification: falsifying an SC resolution twice and falsifying an SC temporary restraining order.

At the onset of the deliberation, the Committee raises some house rules on whether non-members of the Committee can participate. First raised by Rep. Lagman, a non-member of the Committee and supported by Rep. Kaka Bag-ao.

The majority maintained that non-members should not participate due to time constraints as the impeachment process allows the House in just 60 session days.

Justice Committee deliberates Gadon allegations against Sereno

Atty. Larry Gadon accused Supreme Court Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno of falsifications. (Photo: from FB.com/GoForGadon/ page.)

Cross-examining Gadon, no chance; Canlas named

The Committee ruled that Sereno’s counsel is barred from cross-examining Gadon. And while some members of the Committee argued that there is no falsification since the internal rule of SC allows Sereno to render actions on matters when the SC is on recess, Gadon refused. He said that the case for a TRO is already assigned and drafted by SC Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro. Hence, the rule on recess and urgency, where Sereno is allowed to render actions, is not applicable.

Meanwhile, the Committee suggests that for the facts of the allegation to be established or verified, Leonardo-De Castro must be subpoenaed. But when Gadon is asked about his primary source of facts, he named Jomar Canlas of The Manila Times. ▲

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