Accusation against SC judges has & # 39; chances of fighting & # 39 ;, complainant

Accusation against SC judges has & # 39; chances of fighting & # 39 ;, complainant

Rosette Adel ( – 27 August 2018 – 16.20 hrs

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – One of the complainants against the seven judges of the Supreme Court who voted to oust the former chief judge Maria Lourdes Sereno expressed her confidence that their deposition bid has a "fight chance" in the House of Representatives.

"We always believe that we have that [fighting chance], "One of the accusers who complained, Rep. Teodoro" Teddy "Baguilat Jr. said in an interview with CNN Philippines's The Source.

"We can not let this go, we can not approve it," he added.

On 23 August, Baguilat and three other opposition lawmakers, namely Gary Alejano (Magdalo party list), Edcel Lagman and Tom Villarin (Akbayan party list) filed a complaint against the allegations against seven magistrates, including Judge Teresita Leonardo-De Castro , whose assistant such as Chief Justice has already been announced, due to their alleged role in the deposition of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, last August 23.

The six other judges mentioned in the accusation are Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Andres Reyes, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam and Alexander Gesmundo.

Former SC judge Samuel Martires was not mentioned in the complaint because he was appointed as ombudsman. He replaced Conchita Carpio-Morales who retired in July.

The prosecutors complain about the "unconstitutional" move of the magistrates to dismiss Sereno.

They accused the seven judges of "culpable violation of the (1987) constitution and the betrayal of public confidence."

The legislators added that they should be held liable for "the use of constitutional power" by the Council for the Judiciary and the Bar "to examine the qualifications of job applications in the judiciary".

Baguilat stressed that the House of Representatives should respond to the Sereno Abandonment because the House Commission for Justice was supposed to deliberate and discuss the deposition case against the former Chief Judge before the quo-warranto petition came forward.

The Ifugao solon believed that Congress had to deal with the removal of a chief judge.

Accusation of bidding requires supporters

Despite the trust in the charges, Baguilat admitted that it would be difficult because they needed supporters to expel the seven magistrates.

"It's a political problem … It's going to be a challenge and a difficult business," he added.

Baguilat quoted that some of his colleagues said they did not like the quo-warranto petition that Sereno excludes.

Panel member Rep. Salvador "Doy" Leachon (Oriental Mindoro) said that the House Committee on Justice will discuss the charges against the seven magistrates of the Supreme Court on 4 September.

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