By Ben Rosario
Just do it!
This was the obvious response of the camp of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to President Duterte’s dare that they, along with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, ought to resign and submit themselves to investigation in reference to accusations they’re going through.
Lawyer Josa Deinla, spokesperson for Sereno, stated the chief Justice of the Peace has no intention of giving up her post as a result of she has not done anything wrong, however the impeachment grievance leveled in opposition to her.
“The chief justice will not resign because she has done nothing unlawful, illegal and impeachable,” stated Deinla after she and different Sereno authorized counsels filed the verified rejoinder to impeachment complainant Lorenzo Gadon’s rebuttal of the chief Justice of the Peace’s reply to the grievance.
Deinla stated what Sereno desires to do proper now could be to merely proceed along with her job as chief justice.
Duterte hurled the “resign” problem in response to studies that the Ombudsman has positioned him below investigation for doable unexplained wealth.
The chief government stated he would solely permit a probe on his wealth if each Sereno and Morales would additionally volunteer to resign with him with a view to pave the best way for an impartial probe of their funds.
In a 28-page reply filed earlier than the House committee on justice yesterday, Sereno assailed Gadon’s verified reply as containing nothing however “irreverent and insolent language that can ever palliate the impotence” of his charges in opposition to her.
“A case is built on cold hard facts, not tired and flaccid rhetoric,” stated Sereno, via her attorneys Anzen P. Dy and Justin Christopher C. Mendoza.
The second Sereno response in opposition to the impeachment can be the final pleading the House committee on justice would settle for because it prepares for the primary listening to on possible trigger scheduled Thursday.
Members of the House panel are anticipated to prioritize dialogue of Sereno’s plea that she or her attorneys be granted the proper to cross study witnesses.
Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali, justice panel chairman, rejected the thought, saying solely Sereno could also be allowed to personally cross study witnesses.
However, Assistant Minority Leader and ABC Partylist Rep. Eugene Michael De Vera stated even Sereno can’t be allowed to throw inquiries to witnesses since House guidelines present that solely members of a committee can area questions.
In response, Mendoza stated the Sereno camp is assured that they’ll persuade the House panel to grant them the proper to cross study witnesses in opposition to their consumer.
“Well, as of now, we are confident that we have legal basis in the house rules to cross-examine the witnesses so we are hopeful that the House committee on justice will follow their own rules,” stated Mendoza.
He careworn that in case “those rights are denied,” they might avail of different treatments however with Sereno’s consent.
In her rejoinder, Sereno reiterated her name for the dismissal of the impeachment case, as she assailed point-by-point the grounds cited by Gadon in calling for her ouster.
She careworn that within the declare that she didn’t honestly disclose her Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth, Gadon conceded that the “charge may not be an impeachable offense.”
According to Sereno the complainant had additionally acknowledged that she was “allowed by some existing rules to purchase and use a luxury vehicle”, thus, voiding Gadon’s declare that the acquisition of the Toyota Land Gcruiser is unalwful.
The chief justice additionally famous that Gadon has admitted that she is allowed to journey on enterprise class and that he additionally confessed that the chief justice’s psychological situation is “not a ground for impeachment.”
“So if you are looking at his own words he is already saying that certain charges are not impeachable. And then he also admits that certain grounds are not supported by evidence, he keeps on saying that his facts would have to be verified later on, say that he will do it at a hearing,” lamented Mendoza.
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