House committee junks impeachment complaint vs 7 SC justices due to insufficiency - The Daily Sentry

Monday, September 10, 2018



House committee junks impeachment complaint vs 7 SC justices due to insufficiency





Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and six members of the Supreme Court are declared by this committee to be insufficient in substance and thereby dismissed / photo from PTV


Manila, Philippines – the House Justice Committee has just found the impeachment complaint against the 7 Supreme Court Justices who voted to oust former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno – insufficient in form.

At least 23 members of the committee stood up and found the impeachment complaint insufficient in substance and only one found it sufficient.


“The seven consolidated complaints against Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro and six members of the Supreme Court are declared by this committee to be insufficient in substance and thereby dismissed,” House justice committee chairman Salvador Leachon said.

Newly appointed Chief Justice de Castro, together with Associate Justices Noel Tijam, Andres Reyes Jr., Alexander Gesmundo, Lucas Bersamin, Diosdado Peralta, and Francis Jardeleza faced the raps for voting in favor of the quo warranto petition which pave the way for Sereno’s ouster.

The consolidated impeachment complaint against the seven associate justices was filed by complainants Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr., and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano.

Per the House rules, the requirement of substance is met if there is a recital of facts constituting the offense charged and determinative of the jurisdiction of the committee.

The seven justices were accused of allegedly violating the Constitution, saying they are fully aware that impeachment is the only mode or process of removing impeachable officials, like Sereno.

The complainants also charged them with culpable violation of the Constitution because they usurped the constitutional power of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) to vet the qualifications of applications for positions in the judiciary, and to nominate applicants to judicial positions to the exclusion of both the executive branch and the Supreme Court.

“The decision of the Supreme Court was not judicious. It was malicious. It was not fair, but capricious. It was not collegial, but conspiratorial,” Lagman said.


Source: PNA