LIVE: House hearing on impeachment complaints vs Chief Justice Sereno
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MANILA, Philippines – The House committee on justice will begin reviewing the two verified impeachment complaints against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Wednesday, September 13.
The first complaint, endorsed by at least 25 members of the House of Representatives, was filed by lawyer Larry Gadon on August 30.
Gadon accused Sereno of failing to be truthful in her Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN). He also questioned her travel expenses and allowances she had supposedly given her staff, as well as SC resolutions that did not go through the en banc.
The second complaint, filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and the Vanguards of the Philippine Constitution, was filed on September 4 after 16 lawmakers endorsed it.
The task of the House justice committee is to determine whether the complaints are sufficient in form and substance, and if there is probable cause to pursue these complaints. A majority vote of justice committee members will be needed to decide there is probable cause. (READ: FAST FACTS: How does impeachment work?)