Panel responds to settlement bid against 7 SC judges
(philstar.com) – August 26, 2018 – 5:01 PM
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The House Committee on Justice will hold a hearing next month in charge of indictment of seven judges of the Supreme Court who voted to oust the former chief judge Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Rep. Salvador "Doy" Leachon (Oriental Mindoro) said that the deliberations on the opposition forces, submitted by opposition lawmakers against seven judges, is scheduled on September 4 as it follows the three-day announcement rule.
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Leachon said that the complaints filed Reps. Gary Alejano (Magdalo party list), Edcel Lagman (Albay), Teddy Baguilat Jr. (Ifugao), and Tom Villarin (Akbayan party list) will be included in the Order of Affairs of the House of Representatives on Tuesday and will be referred to his committee.
The bid to accuse the judges is not expected to flourish given the composition of the House of Representatives.
Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Friday that she wants the accusation process to be speeded up to prevent it from affecting Parliament's legislative agenda.
"According to the rules we have the three-day announcement rule Number one to inform all respondents Secondly, we also have to produce different records We have to reproduce for the inspection of 55 members," Leachon said. in a radio interview with dzBB.
Lawmakers want deposition over Sereno ouster
The four opposition lawmakers filed charges against seven magistrates, including Judge Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, whose ruling was already announced as the main court, because of their alleged role in the deposition of former Chief Judge Maria Lourdes Sereno, 23 August.
The six other judges mentioned in the accusation are Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Andres Reyes, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam and Alexander Gesmundo.
The complainants did not accept former SC Justice Samuel Martires because he has since been appointed as ombudsman. He replaced Conchita Carpio-Morales who retired in July.
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Lagman said that he and the other opposition Solons had filed the deposition in full to hold the SC magistrates liable for their "unconstitutional" move to oust Sereno.
The complainants said that the seven judges were guilty of "culpable violation of the (1987) constitution and the betrayal of public confidence."
She added that she should be held liable for "the use of constitutional power" by the judiciary and council "to examine the qualifications of applications for positions in the judiciary".
"The magistrates must not be allowed to be supreme, even in their arbitrariness and malice," Lagman said.
"For them to escape, it is forgiveness of injustice and oppression," he added.
The seven magistrates mentioned in the complaint voted for the quo-warranto request of Solicitor General Jose Calida, in which Sereno's appointment to the main court was challenged.
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Reps. Edgar Erice (Caloocan), Raul Daza (Northern Samar), and Emmanuel Billones (Capiz) of the Liberal Party supported the filing of the complaint but did not sign the document. Rosette Adel